On Monday, April 29, I witnessed an unfortunate lack of action on the part of the Oak Park Board of Trustees. Proposed amendments to the village code that would have resolved issues faced by President-Elect Abu-Taleb were put off without debate. While President Pope committed to placing the item on the agenda for the May 6 meeting, this delay was unnecessary.
I'm unclear why the board did not act on the proposals. Apparently, some trustees are concerned about adopting the amendments until Springfield acts. Given the fact that the amendments as written do not take effect unless the state law is changed, I can't understand that objection. There is no reason not to adopt these amendments now.
I'm disappointed the board did not vote on these amendments. The public should hear what, if any, legitimate objections individual trustees have. A vote would allow us to know where each trustee stands on this important issue.
There is no valid public policy reason for not changing the local ordinance to allow the duly elected village president to serve the village while maintaining his business in this community. These amendments are all upside with no downside and should be passed.