From outgoing Algonquin Township Trustee Elaine Ramesh, who was appointed to replace Rachael Lawrence and who subsequently ran unsuccessfully for Algonquin Township Supervisor:
Final Remarks upon Concluding Service to Algonquin Township
I’m grateful that I have had the opportunity to serve our Township as a Trustee, the first Barrington Hills resident to serve in this capacity.
During my time in office, I did my best to make fiscally responsible decisions and design policy to protect the Township from unnecessary expenses by:
- creating guidelines to prevent excessive legal fees by capping lawyer’s hourly rates embodied as a Township Resolution
- voting against salary increases for Township officials, and
- voting against paying excessive legal bills and
- by not seeking reimbursement for any of my own travel related expenses for Township meetings (meals, mileage or hotel costs) or for Township logoed clothing
I’m proud of my efforts to serve with thoughtfulness and integrity by:
- facilitating communications with residents by proposing the addition of capability on the township website for direct and cost-effective emailed news
- maintaining and improving both of Algonquin Township’s historic cemeteries in partnership with the Crystal Lake Historical Preservation Commission, including obtaining estimates from restoration experts on costs of needed monument repairs and advice on best practices for maintaining old gravestones, and regularly inspecting both sites
- advocating for resumption of programs for residents during the pandemic via Zoom communication such as Chair Yoga; and for putting our resolutions online in searchable format, and for putting videos of 2019-2021 meetings on our website to improve transparency
- proposing several amendments to Illinois state law to our Township organization TOI to improve the functioning and fiscal oversight of Township government and
- by making the effort to attend each board meeting, and to bring questions and ideas to the table every month.
I’ve enjoyed working together with my colleagues on the Township board. I believe Algonquin Township can continue to be a vital local resource if diligently managed and continuously updated to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
I encourage the newly elected officials to be an active, energetic board, willing to invest their time and effort through all four years of their terms in improving Algonquin Township; and to be a blessing for all of the residents.
As my tenth year of local government service draws to a close, I stand ready for the next opportunity to creatively and faithfully assist my community.