The following was written by Jon Gealow of McHenry and published in the Northwest Herald on Saturday. It is re-published here with his permission.
Robert Beltran’s Protestations are Without Merit
If Mr. Beltran chooses to in his own mind call Mr. Anderson’s campaign “propaganda” rather than “education” he is free to do so.
Yes, the McHenry elector’s did vote at the annual meeting to conduct a cost-benefit study, but not all present voted for the study.
It just appeared so to Mr. Beltran since the electors present were predominantly road district employees and their supporters.
Mr. Beltran alleges that the Township Trustees may not legally refuse to conduct a “cost-benefit study”.
However, 60 IlCS 1/30-20 indicates that the electors have only the powers enumerated in Article 30.
Since the conduct of a “cost-benefit study” is not one of the powers enumerated, the electors exceeded their authority in voting on the “cost-benefit study.
The voting took place, even though to township attorney supervised the discussion of the motion, and ruled that the motion could not be amended.
The basis for that ruling appears to be in conflict with Robert’s Rules.
Instead of the supporters of the office of highway commissioner spending their money on an injunction and legal expenses, why not spend it on a “realistic cost-benefit study”.
That is a study that would include the few Illinois Townships without a highway commissioner, and township road costs in other states without a township highway commissioner.
Merely comparing township road costs in McHenry County as done by his wife is meaningless.
While our current township highway commissioner may be as honest as the day is long, the need to eliminate township highway commissioners is made quite obvious by what is going on in Algonquin township.
Looking at expenditures made by the former Algonquin township highway commissioner, and the States Attorney stating that those expenditures do not warrant a grand
jury proceeding, elimination of the township highway commissioner is the only way to stop such abuse.
The majority of voters in McHenry Township were well aware of Mr. Anderson’s views on Township Government when they voted for him.
It is indeed unfortunate that currently, at all levels of government, the losers of an election immediately resort to lawsuits to overcome their election loss.