McHenry’s Ned Neumann offers the following commentary in a Northwest Herald letter to the editor. It is published with permission of its author.
Consider outsourcing township plowing
If there are great savings to be had in the operation of township government they will have to come from the road district.
That’s where most of our township taxes go.
The problem with the talk of consolidating township government is that the savings opportunities that could come from delivering services now in a cost efficient way don’t even get looked at while there is a grand solution on the horizon.
We’re in a unique part of the state.
Because of the sand and gravel and trucking industries in our area, a tremendous number of assets that these industries possess sit idle throughout the winter.
Shouldn’t consideration be given to conducting a pilot program for the outsourcing of some of our township plowing services to these industries?
This past winter was easier than most for the plowing burden, but even in a typical winter most of the time the dozens of Township Road District employees have nothing really important to do while they wait for it to snow.
In McHenry Township, their equipment is of new showroom quality and clearly doesn’t need much maintenance.
They could paint the shop floor again, but how many times each winter?
I think it’s time we asked our Highway Commissioners to look at outsourcing some of their services and to begin disassembling their Chicago style army of patronage employees.
It’s not the employees fault.
They didn’t build the system and they’d be nuts to not seek these jobs for themselves and their kids.