To the Editor:
I want to let the community of Algonquin Township and County Board District 1 know about what I saw firsthand – an impressive example of caring and collaboration by government and of two individuals who serve the community.
After the devastating floods to our county this summer, County Board member Nick Chirikos went to the aid of neighbors by helping to fill sandbags, and going to affected neighbors’ homes to talk with them. He did site assessments of the flood paths that invaded the properties and homes of neighbors. One had 4 feet of mud and sludge destroying his property in his basement.
Chirikos then contacted Bob Miller, Algonquin Township highway commissioner.
Together, these two public servants collaborated, with the result being a deeper trenching of North River Road, designed to eliminate another calamity when the hard rains surely come again. This was also done in collaboration with Barrington Hills.
This is the example of why we need township governance and effective County Board members. Both of these public servants have been voted to fill their positions. They produced concrete solutions for their constituents. While there may be two sides to the position that there are too many layers of government, this is a prime example of two things: local needs and local problems are best managed locally, and you get who you vote for.
Nobody will help us solve our problems better than ourselves. To Chirikos and Miller: job well done. Thank you.