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Politics over safety

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

In July, Nunda Township Highway Commissioner Mike Lesperance began his easement work on Garden Lane and Running Iron Drive, diverting the direction of stormwater runoff and creating dangerous culverts without any engineering plans or the required county permits.

Six months later, as snow and dangerous road conditions befall us, the depth and sheer drop-off from the roadway of these culverts make Garden Lane and Running Iron dangerous. All it will take is only one wheel off the pavement in icy conditions and even the sturdiest of vehicles will flip.

Why would Mr. Lesperance tolerate such dangerous roadways in Nunda Township? Because of his dispute with McHenry County as to who has authority over township roads. Isn’t it nice to know that our new Nunda highway commissioner puts politics above safety?

This Christmas, I’m thankful that there’s a county government in place to keep guys like Mike Lesperance in check.

Douglas Mann

Crystal Lake

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