Village residents discuss Prebil situation at special town hall

Staff report

More than two dozen Grantwood Village residents attended a special town-hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss a request by two members of the Board of Trustees that the chairman resign.

Grantwood Village Board Treasurer Cathy Forand and Clerk Nancy Humes have called on Chairman Robert Prebil to resign after they say he used his position to have assault and stealing charges against his grandson dropped last summer.

Prebil did not attend Tuesday’s town-hall meeting but sent village residents a letter saying he would be available for questions at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 16.

Street and Building Commissioner Michael Boone, Police Commissioner Glenn Biffignani and Village Attorney Jeff Duke also did not attend Tuesday’s meeting, which was called by Forand and Humes.

In his letter to residents, Prebil admits asking Duke for “help” regarding charges against his grandson but maintains he has done nothing wrong.

Look for a follow-up story in next week’s Call.

To clarify an earlier story, trustees discovered Prebil’s July 6 interaction with Duke last month. They were reviewing past attorney invoices while interviewing law firms in preparation for the expiration of Duke’s contract with the village this July.

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