Chuck Wheeler continued with the following in his member comment at the McHenry County Board meeting this past week:
On another matter, I further want to request the following.
Our County Administrator [Peter Austin] has a contact with the County that has an automatic rollover provision in it which automatically renews without the advice and consent of the entire County Board.
To me this lacks transparency and should be debated and negotiated by the board.
I, now, am requesting that administration provide the entire board with the entire contract prior to the next board meeting, prior to any adjustments or added contingencies.
This would include but not limited to all aspects such as the auto allowance for discussion in the next COW [Committee of the Whole[ meeting.
I would also like the Chairman of HR [Human Resources] to place Mr. Austin’s contract as a topic on the agenda for discussion Committee meeting well before the May renewal point as well.
Another one of our famous continual rolls over contract is the one for the Chairman Franks lobbyist.
Please provide the Contract for our lobbyist which we did not approve for continuance in every board member’s email.
In the appearance at our COW meeting it was determined that so far, we have spent at least $90,000 in consulting fees with and I quote, “zero return on our investment!”
But a promise that soon we will see results!
16 months is a long time with zero return on investment.
All matters of concern to this board should be open and transparent to the board and the public if possible.
A clear start and end date should also be stated in the contract.
I request a motion to reconsider this contract.
I am still waiting for it.
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