Although every township will hold annual town meetings tonight, of the 17 in McHenry County, those in Grafton, Dorr and Nunda Townships are guaranteed to provide the most action.
In Grafton, the forces behind the Township Trustees vs. Township Supervisor Linda Moore’s supporters will face off at 7 PM at the Huntley High School.
The re-elected folks (with one replacement, Gerry McMahon), who managed to borrow $3.5 million from Harris Bank to build a new township hall are back again. The total cost, with interest, would be over $5 million.
And, what all on the township board agreed to do, unwind the sale of the township hall to the township road district, minus the $66,000 commission to County Board member Marc Munaretto and other expenses, isn’t on the top of the agenda.
Instead, the Township Trustees seem to want to keep the over $600,000 that’s sitting in the bank and use it, plus other money to be designated, to buy and remodel an old Huntley factory for $2.1 million. Newly-hired Township Administrator Pam Fender found the property.
In addition, there will be numerous opportunities to pass resolutions to ratify what Judge Michael Caldwell ruled had been done illegally.
Vote the right way and you could see your Grafton Township taxes go down. Vote the way the Township Trustees want and there’s little chance of that.
In Dorr Township, there are three questions to be voted upon. The earlier attempt to have them voted upon with one vote has apparently been reversed to allow the citizen-petitioners to have up or down votes on their questions as presented.
The big question is whether electors will vote for a $1 million rebate of money sitting in the bank to construct new facilities.
That meeting will start at 7 at the Woodstock High School on South Street just a couple of blocks west of city hall.
Nunda Township, which runs north from Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake to the southern part of McHenry, will vote on whether to put an advisory referendum on the fall ballot asking whether voters want to repeal the township’s Open Space Plan, the bonding for which lost 59% to 41% last year.
All three townships are completed controlled by officials elected on the Republican Party ticket.