Three of the five members of the McHenry Township Board voted to allow citizens to determine whether the Office of McHenry Township Road Commissioner should exist after incumbent James Condon’s term runs out in 2021.
Supporting the ballot measure were Township Trustees Bob Anderson, Bill Cunningham and Mike Rakestraw.
They were elected as Republicans, along with Trustee Stan Wojewski.
Wojewski, along with Superviosr Craig Adams, voted against the proposal.
Adams and Road Commissioner Condon were elected as Independents, although having been appointed
to replace Republicans whose terms had not expired.
Rakestraw initially voted against the proposal at a former meeting, then changed his mind.
He though he had the agreement with Supervisor Adams to put the item on the agenda last week, but only “discussion” of the idea appeared.
The Trustees, unlike McHenry County Board members, have the ability to put items on the Board’s agenda and did so for Tuesday night’s meeting.
The meeting is live streamed here, if you want the details.
One who attended wrote,
“Probably 100 to 120 in attendance. I was one of three who supported it.
“I think Craig Adams and Jim Condon are being coached by the TOI [Township Officials of Illinois] group.
“They had the big room, the one that was used at the election board hearings that you attended, collapsed into a crowded small venue that made it appear that it was really packed.
“There was a big, raucous, crowd.
“A lot of booing and cheering.
“Almost out of control.
“95% opposed, 5% for.”
Another who attended the meeting sent the following:
“Despite a room full of people asking them to not approve the resolution, it passed 3-2.
“Almost all of the comments were asking them to look at what the results of the referendum would be and to study the options.
“Stan Wojewski was the first to vote, and he voted no.
“The rest of the trustees voted yes. Craig Adams voted no.
“The video is already posted on youtube.
“After the vote the tone of the meeting got much more hostile.
“There was an altercation in the hallway between some of the people leaving immediately after the vote before the meeting was over and the cops had to be called.
“One of the trustees, who had been falling asleep during public comment at the beginning of the meeting was then arguing with people making public comments at the end of the meeting.”