Mike Walkup, the man who was a leading proponent for the consolidation of township government, has filed nominating petitions for Nunda Township Supervisor.
Walkup comes off a November election defeat by Jack Franks for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship.
He is running against incumbent Supervisor Lee Jennings and Cate Williams.
Williams is the President of the McHenry County League of Women Voters and Nunda Township Deputy Clerk..
Walkup attended the last Nunda Township Board meeting. He describes what he said below:
“I was at the township meeting two weeks ago where I urged that the salary for Supervisor be set at no more than that of a County Board Member as the Supervisor had no discernible statutory duties that would require more than a few hours of work per week, whereas County Board Members were expected to work 20 hours per week.
“A Township Supervisor is only responsible for four things;
- distributing interim public assistance;
- overseeing township cemeteries;
- acting as treasurer for the Road District; and
- chairing the once per month meetings of the Township Board.
“Everything else is fluff created to justify the bloated salaries.
“Interim assistance, for a township in which there is secretarial staff, should not take more than a few minutes of the Supervisor’s time per application.
“Nunda Township averages under 24 applications in most years. That is two per month.
“Township cemeteries are small and mostly inactive and there is a cemetery board to oversee that. Lawn mowing can be done by hiring a landscaping service.
“Payroll checks for the Road District can be, and in the case of Nunda, are, done by an outside payroll service so the Supervisor is limited to signing the checks.
“I calculate that the total amount of time for those three functions should not exceed a few hours in the entire month.
“For this the Nunda Supervisor is paid approximately $75,000 per year and just voted to give himself a pay raise each year for the next four years.
“By contrast, the Supervisor in Coral Township only earns about $7,000 per year.
“Taxpayers should be outraged at this township ripoff.
“It is probably the biggest government scam going.
“If elected I will reduce the salary of the Supervisor to no more than $21,000 per year at the first opportunity, and will reduce the staff and overhead levels at the Supervisor’s office.
“This should represent at least a 50% reduction in those costs by the end of my term.
“I will call it my ‘Cut 50% Plan.'”
Williams is a Republican Precinct Committeeman who was elected Secretary of the Nunda Township Republican Central Committee last spring. She previously served as Township GOP Treasurer.
Walkup ran for Supervisor in 2001, but lost to write-in candidate John Heisler 866-737.
Heisler did not run for re-election four years ago.
That’s when Jennings took office, defeating Bridgett Provenzano and Kerry Leigh,who was on the ballot, even though she had withdrawn her candidacy. He went on to defeat Leda Drain, who ran as an Independent in the General Election.
Prior to a U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating that legislative bodies be apportioned according to population, all township supervisors served on county boards. As a sop to proportional representation there were “assistant supervisors” for the larger townships–Algonquin, Dorr, McHenry and Nunda.
Since that decision Ersel Schuster served as both Seneca Township Supervisor and on the County Board, so there is no reason to believe that Walkup could not hold both posts as well.