A Friday night special meeting of the township electors of McHenry Township results in overturning the township board’s June decision to eliminate the township’s bus service for seniors or people with disabilities.
In a rare move of citizen response to the loss of a township government service, voters in McHenry Township called a special meeting of the township electors. According to the meeting video, 173 electors were reported as present for the rare special meeting, and 2/3 of the electors present, or 116, needed to approve the transfer of surplus funds to fund the bus program through the end of the township’s fiscal year, which is March 31, 2020.
By a show of hands of electors holding elector cards, a count of 169 electors supported the transfer. The motion passed and the room erupted in applause.
In spite of an advisory referendum to continue the bus program already on the March 17 ballot, the township board on a vote of 3-2 at a June 18 special meeting decided to discontinue the township’s bus program on November 30, 2019.
Trustees Bob Anderson, Mike Rakestraw and Steve Verr voted in favor of discontinuing the bus program at the June meeting. Supervisor Craig Adams and Trustee Stan Wojewski voted to continue the service.
At a recent meeting, the township board voted to remove $57,000 from the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget previously allocated for the bus program beyond the original termination date of November 30, 2019.
Friday night’s vote by 169 of the 173 electors, easily surpassed the 2/3 majority needed to transfer the funds.
District 4 McHenry County Board Member Kay Bates (R, McHenry), addressed the electors to support the busing effort, and she is, “…proud of the people in this room who are committed to fighting for township busing for the vulnerable among us.”
Friday’s special electors meeting video can be viewed at the following YouTube link, and the meeting is called-to-order at the 27:39 mark on the video: