When Ryan Provenzano was fired by Algonquin Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow (with photographer from the Northwest Herald told when to come take a photo), he was also banned from the Algonquin Township Hall.
Provenzano was subsequently made Deputy Highway Commissioner by Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser, but not allowed to enter the Highway Department office, which is in the Township Hall.
Negotiations have been ongoing between Lutzow and Gasser to trade services for rent for the space his office occupies in the Township Hall.
Friday, Gasser ratcheted up the pressure by sending the following email:
From: Andrew Gasser <[email protected]>
Date: August 3, 2018 at 3:42:33 PM CDT
To: Charles Lutzow <[email protected]>
Cc: Ryan Provenzano <[email protected]>, Pamela Gavers <[email protected]>, Colleen Schor <[email protected]>, Dorothy Wildeboer <[email protected]>, Melissa Victor <[email protected]>, Rachael Lawrence <[email protected]>, Trustee Dan Shea <[email protected]>, Dave Chapman <[email protected]>
Subject: Lack of IGA [Intergovernmental Agreement]
It is very disappointing it has come to this. The highway department has been more than lenient with work arrangements for the Deputy Highway Commissioner. On no less than four (4) occasions I have personally approached you for a solution to accessing the highway department offices with no success.
You have no problem with the Deputy entering the building in which you banned him in writing to help set up functions in said building, yet, he does not have access to my office.
After eight (8) months of waiting this is completely unacceptable.
Effective immediately the Algonquin Township Highway Department will no longer be participating in the following functions:
- Bingo Setup – this is a township function and not a highway department function.
- Emptying recycling dumpsters – the recycling program is a township function which we can no longer participate in.
- Electronics recycling – the recycling program is a township function which we can no longer participate in.
- No pre-work premises inspection (walk around) – this is township property which should be cleaned up by the township and not the highway department.
- No township mowing or watering on township property – this is a township responsibility.
- No building maintenance/ trash collection – this is a township responsibility.
- No scheduling of new bus rides after August 17th, 2018 – this is a township function.
- No maintenance of township busses – this is a township responsibility.
- No fuel for the township busses – this is a township responsibility.
- No longer paying the salaries of bus drivers – this is a township responsibility.
Highway Commissioner, Algonquin Township
702 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: (847)639-2700 X6
During Trustee comment time at the end of the meeting, Trustee Melissa Victor took great offense at the announced end of township bus service for senior citizens.
She quoted the “Core Values” of Gasser’s Department:
Service Before Self
Excellence in all that we do
“I feel Mr. Gasser is lying to us,” Victor said.
“I’m very upset that Mr. Gasser ‘s removing these programs.”
Commenting on the announced suspension of scheduling of new bus rides as of August 17th, Supervisor Chuck Lutzow observed, “This has been a Road District program since I don’t know when.”
“We will serve our residents even if we do it with Nunda Township,” Trustee David Chapman declared.
Referring to Provenzano, Clerk Karen Lukasik interrupted to say, “He’s banned from the building.”
“The biggest problem is recycling,” Lutzow said.
“Some of that can probably be done easily.
“We certainly don’t have the money to contribute 100% to the bus service.
“I’d need to hire another person.”
Turning to the intergovernmental agreement he is negotiating with Gasser, Lutzow said he didn’t want to get into it too deeply.
At this point, Victor told of serveral seniors having come up to her needing rides for dialysis.
They were “very disturbed” at the potential end of bus service.
“This is something he promised us,” Victor continued.
“He promised no services would be cut.”
“Not letting Ryan in is superfluous to this,” Chapman added.