Former McHenry High School Board member Ned Neumann lives on an unincorporated road on the Fox River.
To put it quite mildly, he is dissatisfied with the level of cooperation of McHenry Township Road Commissioner Leon Van Every.
Here’s is Neumann’s opinion, published with his permission:
The McHenry Township Board’s obsession with running the township government like it was their private club is about to draw some more attention to their pattern of resignations and appointments to vacancies.
For many years a group of citizens have had a legitimate beef with the McHenry Township Road District.
We heard that the current Highway Commissioner [Leon Van Every] was going to quit early and that the Township Board had already selected one of their own, Jim Condon, a fellow trustee, as his replacement.
Trustee Condon was appointed to his trustee position when the previous trustee was appointed to the vacant township clerk position because of an early resignation.
Months ago, when we first got wind of them playing their same old games with this resignation/appointment charade, our group confronted the principals involved and expressed our concerns.
Each of them, including Township Supervisor Craig Adams, who was appointed Supervisor because of a resignation, denied that it had all been worked out and that it was going to happen.
It would be illegal if they had worked that all out in secret ahead of time.
Recently the Highway Commissioner announced his early retirement with over a year left in his term.
Will they be arrogant enough to go through with their plan with so many of us having called them out on it ahead of time?
If they do, they’ll have a new activist on their hands.
My goal will be to make Bob Anderson look like an amateur.