District 1 McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser left a comment under Saturday’s article about Northwest Herald Editor Dan McCaleb indecision on whether to support the widening of Randall Road from four to six lanes.
Here’s his comment:
The NW Herald is not the only one that is torn.
The sales pitch – I mean Committee of the Whole brought up more questions – than answers.
– It was stated that the improvement suggested would only improve the intersection from a grade of F to a grade of D.
– There is no timeline
– “$10 million for property acquisition” but I did not see the properties in question
– If this is so important to business then why do we have to pay a premium to the businesses that will benefit from this?
– None of the board members I spoke to were given a copy of the sales pitch before the Committee of the Whole.
Finally – and I am saying this as politely as is humanly possible for me – we are doing our jobs.
Those of us who are new to the board do not have history of this project from a board point of view.
But more importantly – and why many of us “newbies” were elected – is our bovine excrement detectors pegged when the CFI was almost rammed down our throats buy a few people.
So please, forgive us our skepticism when we say that we do not have faith in what some inside the transportation committee and their lobbyists are proposing.
Forgive us when we feel like we are set up to approve something with very little advance notice.
Forgive us if we want to take our time before we sign off on a capital project.
We are just doing our jobs.
County Board District 1
Overall Nice Guy