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Accusation against Amboy mayor to be aired?

Council meeting agenda otherwise routine

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

AMBOY – Nothing looks out of the ordinary on tonight’s agenda for the Amboy City Council – approval of bills, discussion of street projects, consideration of the city’s investment policy, among other topics.

But the meeting might veer far from the routine.

Last week, Alderwoman Deanne Hoy said she would talk at the City Council meeting about a confrontation she had this month with Mayor Tom Nauman outside The Beef Hut restaurant, which had no water service for about a month, a situation blamed on a frozen city line.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Hoy told deputies that the mayor got physical with her in the argument. They apparently were discussing the city’s water problems.

The mayor declined to comment.

In recent weeks, residents and business owners have gone to Hoy about how the city’s frozen lines have affected them.

Some reported that the mayor told them they would have to wait until the spring thaw to get water service again.

In a recent interview, Nauman denied he said that.

He also said residents were told repeatedly they should let their water drip to prevent freezing lines. While the city printed that advice in its March water bills, it didn’t do so a month earlier, before the problems started.

In the April 2012 election, Nauman beat then-Mayor Frank Mekeel with 39 percent of the vote to 31 percent. Hoy followed close behind with 30 percent.

Hoy and Nauman have been at odds before.

In August, Hoy publicly accused the mayor of circumventing the bidding process for a sidewalk project by hiring a couple of men from a construction company. She said she called the attorney general’s office to complain.

“I understand trying to save money,” Hoy said in an interview last year, “but I don’t believe in making something work to our advantage if it’s illegal.”

Nauman declined to comment on the issue when Sauk Valley Media called at the time.

“It’s just a difference of opinion,” he said. “That’s all it is.”

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