A first meeting of the McHenry County Board’s Committee on Committees rejected a recommendation of Mike Skala to delete two committees and recommended eleven for committee chairmanships.
The six-member Committee, appointed by newly-elected Chairman Joe Gottemoller from among his fifteen-person election coalition and consisting of one from each County Board district, ratified Gottemoller’s choices.
All but two supported Gottemoller for County Board Chairman.
Each of the six members on the Committee on Committees were tapped for leadership posts.
They and their committees are identified above and below:
- Sue Draffkorn – Law and Justice
- Ken Koehler – Liquor and License
- Mary McCann – Public Health
- Anna Miller – Transportation Committee
- Nick Provenzano – Legislative
- Carolyn Schofield – Planning and Development
- Mike Skala – Finance and Audit
Of the remaining four committee chairmen, two voted for Gottemoller and two for Jim Heisler:
The other two of the nine Gottemoller supporters are
- Michele Aavang – Natural & Environmental Resources
- John Jung – Human Resources
The only two selected who voted for Heisler, rather than for Gottemoller, were
- Jim Heisler – Building Projects
- Tina Hill – Management Services
A chairman for another committee, which meets only when there is an application for a landfill, waste transfer station or other pollution control facility, was not recommended.
Both Building Projects and the Pollution Control Facility Committees did not meet for the last two years.
Skala recommended the Building Projects Committee be abolished and its duties (supervising new construction) and the duties of the Pollution Control Facility Committee be transferred to Planning and Development.
Koehler reminded the newer newer members who have never seen the pollution control facility process of its time-consuming nature. He suggested that adding that burden to Planning and Development would result in that committee’s workload being too high.
An alternative suggestion was that the duties be assigned to the Natural & Environmental Resources Committee.
After McCann observed, “It may be perceived that NERC has too many environmentalists,” that possibility was dropped and a consensus reached to keep the Pollution Control Facility Committee.
On Friday morning, the Committee will slot members in the twelve committees, plus make suggestions for various liaison positions.
One from each County Board district is traditionally appointed to each committee with two from the most rural District, District 6, put on the committee that handles zoning.
Miller suggested putting two on the Transportation Committee from the part of the County “where certain issues [are important].”
While not in priority order, the following matrix shows preferences expressed by members of the County Board:
For those who do not like little print, here are the preferences in alphabetical order:
- Michele Aavang – Law & Justice, Legislative, Natural & Environmental Resources, Planning & Development
- Yvonne Barnes – Finance, Legislative
- Sue Draffkorn – Human Resources, Law & Justice, Liquor & License, Planning & Development
- Diane Evertsen – Human Resources, Management Services, Transportation
- Andrew Gasser – Finance, Planning & Development, Transportation
- John Hammerand – Finance, Building Projects, Liquor & License, Transportation
- Jim Heisler – Finance, Human Resources, Management Serves, Transportation
- Tina Hill – Legislative, Management Services, Public Health
- Ken Koehler – Law & Justice, Liquor & License, Transportation
- Donna Kurtz – Finance, Planning & Development, Public Health, Transportation
- John Jung – Human Resources, Law & Justice, Legislative
- Don Kopsell – Law & Justice, Liquor & License, Transportation
- Bob Martens – Building Projects, Legislative, Natural & Environmental Resources
- Mary McCann – Finance, Management Services, Natural & Environmental Resources, Public Health
- Anna Miller – Law & Justice, Public Health, Transportation
- Bob Nowak – Human Resources, Legislative, Liquor & License, Natural & Environmental Resources
- Nick Provenzano – Finance, Law & Justice, Legislative, Transportation
- Michael Rein – Human Resources, Legislative, Natural & Environmental Resources, Public Health
- Carolyn Schofield – Human Resources, Legislative, Natural & Environmental Resources, Planning & Development
- Mike Skala – Finance, Management Services, Planning & Development
- Larry Smith – Where needed
- Mike Walkup – Law & Justice, Planning & Development, Public Health
- Chuck Wheeler – Human Resources, Law & Justice, Public Health, Transportation