Comparing County Government Efficiencies

This comes from a report submitted to the Management Services Committee of the McHenry County Board: Bellwether Benchmarking McHenry County participated in a Multi-County Benchmark comparison to assess the performance of departments and operations. Seven Illinois counties participated in the … Continue reading

County Could Farm Out Snow Removal Near Municipalities

BGA President Andy Shaw writes in the Chicago Sun-Times Monday of suggestions made by former Cook County Commissioner (now Congressman) Mike Quigley on saving Cook County government money. One that sounds a lot like something McHenry County Board member Mike … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Reflectors

One wet night after the improvements were finished on Rakow Road where it intersects with McHenry Avenue, I noticed that there were no reflectors between lanes to help guide motorists. I still wonder why this safety feature was not included … Continue reading

County Highway Workers Contract

Here are the guts of the McHenry County Transportation Department contract terms with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, Public Employees Division. This is what is being shown the Count Board: The collective bargaining agreement between the Local 150 … Continue reading

Park & Ride Lot – Possible Salt Dome Site?

The McHenry County Board seems determined to come up with a site for another salt dome in the southeastern part of McHenry County, which the Transportation Committee has defined as south of Route 176 and east of Route 47. Perhaps … Continue reading

MCC Board Picks Architect

After a long and secret retreat, the McHenry County College selected the architectural firm of Demonica Kempter Architects (DKA). (Fortunately, I brought three newspapers and a new science fiction novel to read while waiting in the hall.) The firm was … Continue reading

Hanky Panky at the Courthouse

Yesterday, I attended the Transportation Committee meeting of the McHenry County Board. That was where the Committee voted 3-2 to approve dropping the Continuous Flow Intersection in favor of a more conventional, yet innovative for Illinois, approach of three left … Continue reading

Randall Road Decision Meeting Moved to County Board Room

With citizens getting uppity on proposed recreational zoning restrictions and mailings going out in opposition to the Continuous Flow Intersection proposal at Randall and Algonquin Roads, McHenry County officials have decided to move next Wednesday’s 8:15 AM meeting of the … Continue reading