Township Trustees are supposed to review bills looking for improper ones.
In Algonquin Township, such bills are only submitted two days before Board meetings.
In that time, Trustee Rachael Lawrence tagged three requests for payment approval from Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser that her colleagues agreed should be pulled for further consideration or documention.
The first concerned the lack of receipts for reimbursement some of which were charged on a township credit card.
When Lawrence called Gasser, he admitted that mistakes had been made.
The second, with a similar double billing problem, was for a trip that Gasser and his top assistant Ryan Provenzano made to Peoria in Mid-August.
Supervisor Chuck Lutzow observed, “Typically, an expense report” would be submitted.
The third and the worst from a public relations viewpoint was Provenzano’s purchase of work clothes at Nordstrom’s.
$425.53 for jeans [“genes” when posted], socks and hiking boots.
Lawrence said she was not bringing up the request for payment because of the place the clothes were purchased, but, rather, because there is “no policy here…for a clothing allowance.”
She did observe that hiking boots don’t have steel toes, which would typically be in work boots.
She said that she wished Gasser had attended the meeting so he could explain his clothing allowance policy.
In all $1,957.30 was withdrawn from consideration at the meeting out of $143,000 requested for approval.