Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser ordered road salt without bidding last fall.
In October, Trustee Rachael Lawrence asked law enforcement for a “proper investigation.”
After delivery, the amount billed by Compass Minerals was $107,095.43.
When Gasser realized his bidding mistake, he asked for bids and Compass came in with the same price. No other firm bid.
The matter was referred to the McHenry County State’s Attorney, who referred the case to the Illinois Attorney General.
That state office concluded that criminal prosecution was not warranted.
The road salt bill again came before the Algonquin Township Board Wednesday night and again the Trustees refused payment.
When the bill was reviewed by the Township Board, Rachael Lawrence said, “As we know, ‘unlawful’ doesn’t always mean ‘criminal.'”
Township Attorney Jim Kelly commented, “That still doesn’t change [the fact] that it wasn’t bid.”
Lawrence oved toremove the bill from those offered for approval.
The motion was passed 3-0.