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Council QuickStory: Closed Session on Employee and Other Business

The Geneva City Council adjourned to executive session Tuesday night to discuss an unknown employee situation.

Probably the most interesting item on the agenda Monday night was one that no one could talk about.

Item No. 14 was a closed session in which the council was to discuss "the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of an employee of the public body."

What that means or who the employee might be, no one could say, but it isn't a typical executive session topic—at least, not something we see very often on the Geneva City Council agenda.

According to the Illinois Open Meetings Act, public bodies are allowed to discuss matters in closed session under certain conditions. In broad strokes, they are usually matters of litigation, land purchase or personnel.

Mayor Kevin Burns said no action would be taken on this particular personnel matter tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 17). If it chooses, the public body can adjourn to closed session, then come back to open session and take action.

In other action, the council approved the mayor's appointment of 1st Ward Alderman Chuck Brown as Geneva's representative on the Tri-Com board. Tri-Com Central Dispatch is the 9-1-1 call center for Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles. It averages more than 120,000 9-1-1 calls per year and more than 83,000 dispatches per year, according to its website.

The Tri-Com Board meets at 8 a.m. at the Tri-Com offices, 3823 Karl Madsen Dr., St. Charles, March 14, May 9, July 11, Sept. 12 and Nov. 14, 2012.

In the City Council's omnibus agenda, the council unanimously approved six items without discussion, including ordinance amendments to raise the and to in Geneva.

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