“Use in case of bad behavior,”
is the message written on a paddle with cobwebs running from it in the Northwest Herald in the editorial cartoon displayed most prominently on its web site today.
Beneath is the message,
“Spare the rod, spoil the Grafton Township Board.”
So, the NW Herald is adding ridicule to mix in this run-up to the April 13th Grafton Township Annual Town Meeting, perhaps prompted by the latest court battle.
And ridicule is what politicians hate most.
The NW Herald is not the first to have employed that tool, as you can see above from the tee shirt worn by a supporter of Township Supervisor Linda Moore. For those unfamiliar with township government, there are four trustees, plus the supervisor on the township board.
So far, however, McHenry County’s paper of record has not run a story (at least I haven’t seen one) about that important Tuesday April 13th gathering at 7 PM at the Huntley High School on the western side of Huntley. Last year’s was a doozy!
More fun than a Tea Party demonstration and your vote could actually save you tax dollars.
The Trustees and newly-hired Township Administrator Pam Fender obviously want those registered voters attending (called electors) the meeting to approve new township offices. The building Fender passed out information about is even big enough to house a big food pantry.
The agenda prepared by Township Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, obviously serving only the Township Trustees, is crafted in such a manner as to favor keeping the over $600,000 the Trustees have in the bank from selling the township hall to the township road district. That was done improperly during the time that former Township Supervisor John Rossi was in office, according to Judge Michael Caldwell’s decision, upheld by the 2nd Appellate Court in Elgin.
The other illegal act—borrowing money from Harris Bank—was corrected, pretty much fulfilling the campaign promise of current Township Supervisor Moore to stop the new $3.5 million township hall on Haligus Road in Lake in the Hills.
I assume that the editorial board of the NW Herald would editorialize against approval of new offices for a government which its editorial cartoon denigrates just as it editorialized against voting for the fall referendum to approve a $3.5 million new township hall last July.
Time will tell.