A letter to the Northwest Herald from McHenry’s Ned Neumann, printed here with his permission:
Control, Transparency, and Accountability Sought by Consolidation Advacates
The motivation for the referendum in November to consolidate the McHenry Township Road District into the town board jurisdiction is to gain control over the current one-man rule operation of the road district.
It is not being done to save money.
It certainly won’t cost more.
If it needs to save money, how about we’ll get rid of the road district phone line, envelopes and letterheads.
And now, then, let’s get on with the really important things, not the nickel and dime savings, but gaining control of the road district and then determining what is the most cost efficient and sensible way to get our roads built and maintained.
It’s all about finding ways to reduce the size of government without reducing the services.
The continual calls for a cost study are simply a distraction.
We’re looking for some control, transparency, and accountability which we would have if it was under the purview of the town board with scheduled public meetings.
For those who don’t know, there is not a road district board of directors or scheduled road district meetings.
It’s one person running the show with no one standing over their shoulder.
No check and balance except get elected every four years with the help of an army of supporters who, somehow, either they or their families, just happen to get salaries, contracts, or dollars from the township road district in some manner.
It’s like there still being elevator operators in the automatic push button elevators in the City of Chicago building.
The original, elder Mayor Daley truthfully explained the elevator operator’s continued employment by explaining that the push buttons couldn’t vote.
Our township road districts have become an army of patronage workers akin to the Democratic machine in Chicago.
In our road districts, one person is running that machine and has those jobs and contracts.
That Highway Commissioner position will be eliminated with the passage of this referendum to consolidate the road district into the town board operation.
Vote “Yes” in McHenry Township in November to combine the road district into the town board operation.