A View of the Algonquin Township Annual Meeting

The following was received from newly-elected Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery:

A point of view by the numbers

The 164th Annual Algonquin Township Town Meeting was called to order at 7 pm on Tuesday April 16th 2013 by Marc Munaretto.

A much larger group from normal monthly meetings of about 30 people was in attendance.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, it continued as many have gone before.

Newly-elected Algonquin Township Clerk Chuck Lutzow, elected Annual Meeting Moderator, sits next to outgoing Township Clerk Marc Munaretto.

Newly-elected Algonquin Township Clerk Chuck Lutzow, elected Annual Meeting Moderator, sits next to outgoing Township Clerk Marc Munaretto.

But after the election of a moderator, Charles Lutzow, a slight change was made during the normal flow that will be setting the tone for this years elected board, officials, and the township organization.

Three electors were caught in this photo:  Eileen Marhoffer, Lou Anne Majewski and Chuck Lutzow.

Three electors were caught in this photo: Eileen Marhoffer, Lou Anne Majewski and Chuck Lutzow.

A motion was made to pay the moderator $1 for the services rendered that night.

Charles indicated to make it 0 and save the cost of writing a $1 check. The old fee was $50.

This is showing how the newly elected clerk is looking at all expenses and, like every vote counts, every dollar is important.

More of those interested enough in township government to attend the meeting.

More of those interested enough in township government to attend the meeting.

The meeting had the open discussion by the audience, the approval of all motions on the agenda, and the reading of the Annual Reports like many other township meeting going on that night.

The $1,486,000 ending balance in the Town fund, the $145,000 in the General assistance fund, and the 834,000 in the Road Fund indicates a very sound financial position.

There was a concern given by Citizen Anne Majewski on the sale/purchase of township property and if a certain dollar amount was needed to be approved.

Road Commissioner Bob Miller indicated there is no amount level but all activities must follow state township requirements.

Also a statement of concern for township employees having individual credit cards was raised by Citizen Lou Anne Majewski. Since it was not an official motion, it would have to be pursued during a regular monthly meeting in the future.

The underlying feeling I was sensing was a concern for change, but not for the sake of change.

A bible story from Luke 16: 1-13 came to mind. To paraphrase Money, utilize it effectively in a quick 5 point recap:

  1. Value what you have and don’t waste. Use what you have to impact others. Help the poor and unfortunate.
  2. Plan for the future and don’t rationalize. Humility, repent, do what’s right, and be frugal.
  3. Operate shrewdly and Heaven rewards it. “Wise as serpents, but harmless as doves.”
  4. Start early and God sees it Faithful with a little will be faithful in much. Tithe, save, and live on what you have.
  5. Fire a master if you have more than 1, it’s time to settle it. Only can have one master. Don’t worry, be Happy.

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