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Our view: Government feuds a waste of time, money

Published: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

We are becoming disturbed with what we hope is not a trend of local government bodies ignoring the permitting processes of other governmental units that share geography.

First, School District 155 ignored city of Crystal Lake zoning ordinances when Crystal Lake South High School erected new bleachers that were too tall and built too close to neighboring homes.

Neighbors filed suit against the school district, the city was pulled into it, and taxpayers are left paying for lawyers to fight it out in court. Judge Michael Chmiel is expected to rule on the bleacher case on Wednesday.

Now McHenry County is suing the Nunda Township Highway Department, claiming it violated two county ordinances when it worked on a culvert and diverted stormwater runoff without obtaining the proper county permits over the summer.

The county says the highway department developed in a flood-prone area without a permit and changed the direction of stormwater runoff without a permit. The county also claims that it sent written warnings of the potential violations to highway department Commissioner Mike Lesperance, who didn’t respond.

Now we have taxpayers footing the bill for more lawyers and other court costs because some of our elected officials can’t follow simple rules.

It’s pretty clear to us that the Nunda Township Highway Department and School District 155 should have followed procedure and acquired the proper permits and variances before moving forward with their projects.

Instead we have more government waste – of time and money.

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