As I predicted last night, the Continuous Flow Intersection proposed by the McHenry County Transportation Committee and County Board has succumbed to political, business and village official pressure.
As Chairwoman Anna May Miller put it, “The CFI had significant push back.”
She cited specifically, the 200 people who attended a public hearing on the project, plus “stakeholder” meetings, none of which favored the CFI option.
There were also mass mailings.
Backed by her two Democratic Party Board allies–Nick Chirikos and Paula Yensen, both up for re-election–the Committee voted 3-2
- not to delay a vote for two weeks so the public could have an opportunity to absorb the information presented for the first time in public Wednesday and have a night time hearing, and
- to forward a resolution with blanks filled in to favor an expanded “conventional” intersection.
During the discussion on his amendment to delay a Committee vote for two weeks, Nick Provenzano repeated the length of time the project has been in the works–seven years (464 weeks or so), according to Miller–pointing out that another two weeks wouldn’t not mean much.
Commenting on a previous point of order by Provenzano that the meeting’s agenda was a violation of the Open Meetings Act because of the blanks in the resolution, Chirikos said,
“I see nothing that has been out of order or secretive in this matter.”
There will be no cost estimate included in the resolution, an amendment by Nick Provenzano to cite a cost of $96 to $101 million having been rejected by the same three-vote majority.
Exhibit A, supposedly attached to the resolution was no where to be found in the room.
The Highway Department’s Wally Dietrick said it would be posted later in the day and will be a summary of the approximately two-hour slide presentation. It will be a summary of the presentation by TranSystems’ personnel.
Although held in the County Board room, a recording of the meeting will not appear on the County’s web site.