Besides cutting what McHenry Township Trustees are paid to nothing after the 2021 elections, the four Republican Party Trustees voted to put a discussion of a November referendum to abolish the elected office of Road Commissioner at its January 11th Board meeting.
The motion was opposed by Township Supervisor Craig Adams, elected as an Independent, but the four GOP Trustees outvoted him.
Supporting the January discussion were
- Bob Anderson
- Bill Cunningham
- Mike Rakestraw
- Stan Wojewski
Road Commissioner James Condon emphasized that passage would abolish the Township Road District.
“You are taking over,” he said, but pointed out that it would not occur until his term was up in 2021.
“There is no big rush to do this,” he continued.
“We ought to be doing a fiscal impact study to see if there’s any savings.”
He explained that elsewhere when a road district had been abolished, “people were not too excited about that.”
He added that he would be in favor, “if we’re really going to save money.”
Anderson said, “One of the big things we want is oversight over your bills.”
Discussion elsewhere in the meeting showed Trustees not happy with getting a list of bills to be examined less than two days before the meeting.
One Trustee asked why the meetings could not be changed from the second Thursday to the third Thursday.
January would be the first opportunity for such a referendum, which was authorized when House Bill 607 was enacted.