Arriving a bit late at the Nunda Township Annual Meeting, I was told I had not missed much.
No controversy with adjournment less than a half an hour after the meeting began.
The monthly meeting of the township board was not until 8. Most waited.
The regular board meeting went peacefully until the public comment period.
Homeowner Douglas Mann, who has objected strenuously to ditching in front of his home performed by newly-elected Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance, took the floor during the public comment period at the end of the meeting.
“The Township has been given two citations for non-compliance of the [County] Storm Water Ordinance,” Mann said.
That has resulted in a court case for which Mann has been seeking the cost of legal fees.
Mann told of filing two Freedom of Information requests, both of which were denied. He appeal the second one to the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
“Who of us feels like transparency isn’t a good thing?” he asked audience members.
Lesperance took umbradge.
“You submitted a Freedom of Information request. We didn’t have any attorney bills at the time your request was made.
“The bill for legal fees has been approved tonight.
“We properly and legally responded to it.
“It’s like you’re trying to harass me.”
“How much?” Mann asked.
“Fill out the FOIA request and we’ll reply to it,” Lesperance replied.
“You’ve exceeded your time,” Supervisor Lee Jennings said.
“Somewhere between $5 to $6,000 within a couple of hundred dollars,” Lesperance replied.
“That[‘s what] Mr. Mann’s nonsense has created in legal bills,” the Road Commissioner said.
Next came Lee Stevens of Crystal Lake.
“I don’t even know this gentlemen,” he said, looking at Mann.
He said he had read about Mann’s drainage complaint in the paper.
“Why not put things back the way they were?
“I didn’t think that [reply] was civil.
“I don’t think that was civil at all.
“Look at Grafton Township.
“26,000 down the drain.”
In other business, bills were paid and rural McHenry resident Donald Lechner was re-appointed and sworn in as Trustee of the Nunda Rural Fire Protection District.