In case you didn’t get to the bottom of McHenry County State’s Attorney’s report on his investigation of the Algonquin Township Road District under Road Commissioner Bob Miller, here they are:
Recommendations to Algonquin Township
1. Establish a detailed policy for payment or reimbursement of all expenses in keeping with the Internal Revenue Service’s “Fringe Benefits Guide, Office of Federal, State, and Local Governments.” Have the Highway Commissioner adopt said policy and pass a resolution or ordinance prohibiting Trustees or any other Township official from approving expenses that are inconsistent with this policy.
2. Create a detailed policy for approving all other spending by setting forth all possible categories of spending deemed appropriate for “road purposes.” Have the Highway Commissioner adopt said policy and pass a resolution or ordinance prohibiting Trustees or any other Township official from approving expenses that are inconsistent with this policy.
3. Prohibit Trustees or any Township official from approving any Road District employee compensation that is not specifically provided for in an employee’s written and/or labor contract and in accord with the Road District’s Personnel
4. Pass and adopt a purchasing ordinance setting forth the detailed procedures for competitive bidding and non-competitive procurements and entering into professional service contracts. A good example of such an ordinance is theMcHenry County Purchasing Ordinance.
5. Pass an anti-nepotism resolution or ordinance that is adopted by the Highway Commissioner.
6. Establish a process to ensure that all Road District bills and expenses accrued but not yet paid along with a written explanation of the nature and purpose ofthe expense are accessible to Trustees at any time.
7. Carefully consider options to abolish the Road District and/or Township through consolidation.