McHenry’s Ned Neumann sent the following letter to the Northwest Herald. It is published here with his permission.
(Opponents of the McHenry Township Road District consolidation referendum are welcome to send their published letter here with permission to post them on McHenry County Blog.)
People are raising questions that are already answered about the referendum to consolidate the McHenry Township Road District with the McHenry Township Board.
There is no lack of clarity about what will happen when the referendum passes.
The referendum question that voters will vote for or against is as straightforward as it could be. It reads:
Shall the Road District of the Township of McHenry be abolished with all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities being assumed by the Township of McHenry? Yes______ No_____
This referendum has absolutely nothing to do with other townships, or the County, or the Senior Center, or Youth Center, or Senior Rides, or other township functions.
Why do supposedly responsible people continue to ask what’s going to happen, or who’s going to do it?
The only difference will be that the road district employees will now work for the Township Board rather than the Highway Commissioner.
Let’s get this done.
Let’s gets this stupidly structured unit of government combined, two and a half years from now, with the already existing town board of five elected officials, eliminating the position of the single one-man-rule Highway Commissioner.
The new township board, a democratically elected group of five, will hire the Director of Road Services to perform the duties of the former Highway Commissioner.
McHenry Township only.
Vote YES to consolidate the Road District with the town board.