The McHenry County Board’s Finance & Audit Committee has recommended fulfilling an Andy Zinke pre-election press opportunity to convert squad cars to Liquid Propane Gas.
The vote on a three-year contract (with additional [unspecified] option years) is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6th’s 9 AM County Board meeting.
Reading agenda item (2b(2)), I tried to put myself in the place of a new Sheriff, who will take office in December.
Would I want the County Board to impose such a restriction for what might be my entire term of office?
The answer was, of course, “No.”
Finance Committee minutes note that Donna Kurtz and Nick Provenzano pointed out that new leadership was coming to the Sheriff’s Department.
I reached out to Republican Bill Prim for his opinion and received the following email:
“If I were to look to an alternative fuel source I look to CNG, compressed natural gas.
“It’s less expensive, the price is stable, availability is high and private industry moving in that direction.”
This is the second three-year contract for the Sheriff’s Office which will be considered at Tuesday’s meeting.
The first has to do with a contract with the U.S. Marshal’s Service which increases the daily payment from $85 to $95, while the actual cost has been advanced as $131.38 per day by jail consultant John Summerill.