The following letter was sent to State Rep. Jack Franks by the Villa Vaupell Country Club community asking for “help to stop the actions of the Nunda Township Road Commissioner, Mike Lesperance on my community, Le Villa Vaupell Country Club, in unincorporated McHenry County, established 1929.:
The Honorable Jack Franks, State Representative 63rd Dist.,
I am a resident of Le Villa Vaupell Country Club located in unincorporated McHenry County on Griswold Lake. We are adjacent to the Village of Holiday Hills, separated by a fence since 1950. Our family has resided in this subdivision since 1925, I am 4th generation(like yourself).
Starting in November 2014, our subdivision has been the target of Nunda Township Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance. His activities have shaken our community to its core.
I am writing you because you are known for ”fighting for responsible and ethical government, even if that means taking a stand against members of his own party. You believe that public trust can only be guaranteed when government is open and transparent, and that elected officials must be held accountable every day, not just on Election Day.”
I believe that Mr Lesperance has acted in an arbitrary and unaccountable manner in his treatment of the residents of Le Villa Vaupell by:
- tearing down the fence that separates us from Holiday Hills since 1950; and
- removing the 2 stone pillars at our entrance, the only road in and out. The 2 Stone Pillars, (see above) had been there since 1931.
NUNDA TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER ACTIONS IN LE VILLA VAUPELL
November 3, 2014 Township removes wrought iron fence on Hyde Park without notice to LeVilla Vaupell. Community called Sheriff Department, no help civil matter.
November 4th Township returns to remove tree on property line, where fence was. I approached Mr. Lesperance and stated this was private property. He said show me proof. We went to my Board President’s residence, he was shown some documentation.
He said, I will look in to this and if I have removed fence erroneously I will replace and with a better fence, witnessed by myself.
November 5th Township returns to remove tree on property line. Local residents stand guard, instructions given to tree removal to start cutting down over President’s head.
Resident calls Sheriff to file complaint. Tree still stands today.
November 6th through present- Repeated attempts by Board for communication unsuccessful. Club sought legal counsel (huge financial hardship???). Lawyers unsuccessful. Last recourse we filed a legal complaint in April 10, court date July 10 (Case 15CH400) We have documentation fence and tree are on Le Villa Vaupell property not Township.
April 15 Mr. Lesperance removes 2 Landmark Stone Pillars at our entrance without notification. Lee Jennings, Nunda Township Supervisor states he(Mr. Lesperance) isworking on roads to improve safety and visibility. We have been told repeated times
THE HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER GETS HIS BUDGET AND ANSWERS TO NO ONE!!!!
As I stated earlier said pillars erected 1931, they are our identity as a subdivision. If there was an issue, shouldn’t the board have been notified to move them? They are our property just like the fence. This entrance has been marked for 84 years. I am unaware being a lifelong resident and then some of any safety issues.
April 17-18 Community continues attempts to reach out to township, local, state government officials, governor’s office on Constituent Affairs, State and County Preservation departments and the media for help stopping this ABUSE OF POWER, DISREGARD FOR THE PUBLIC IT SERVES!
April 17 I sent personal email to Road District for return of pillars intact. No reply.
April18 I went to Nunda Township Road District to see pillars and ask for return. Spoke with employee who said he hadn’t seen them today, saw prior. But I have the signs would you like them. I said yes, he then called Mike Lesperance, his boss for approval.
He said yes. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lesperance showed up at the Road District. The employee called him over to speak to me. He came over, I had my email in hand and asked where the pillars where. He very cold heartedly said in “landfill”!!!. I asked when, he thought Wednesday or Thursday 16th, I said they were photographed Thursday, must have been after that. I said nothing left, no in landfill. He proceeded to walk away. I have documented the entire interaction, if further information is needed. I left with what was left of our Pillars, just two wooden signs bearing our name.
- What do you do when private property is taken and destroyed without notice to the community?
- How does a community get answers from their township on their actions when they don’t reply to repeated attempts?
- What does a community do when they feel victimized, that their identity as a community has been stolen?
- How do you stop an elected local government official that is out of control?
- How do you find out what’s next when communication fails?
As our community’s Representative, and a Member of the Task Force on Reducing Corruption in Government, how can you help us?
Thank you for indulging my long story (which is only a portion). Please call or email to discuss further how you can assist us. There are 75 families victimized and feeling helpless to stop the Township’s Highway Commissioner’s actions.
1213 West Northeast Shore Drive
McHenry, IL 60051