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Burton Township re-evaluates meeting place

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT

SPRING GROVE – The Burton Township Board of Trustees can’t hold its monthly meetings at its own Town Hall.

Instead, it meets in the basement of the State Bank of the Lakes in Spring Grove because the Town Hall, which may date back as far as 1893 when the first plot of survey marks it as the town hall, doesn’t have bathrooms and isn’t compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Supervisor Sam Jones said.

That is why, at its meeting Tuesday evening, the board of trustees will discuss its options, including renting a new space, building a new Town Hall or making do, Clerk April Shetsky said.

The Town Hall is currently used to store documents and for short meetings of township employees. It has water but no septic system, and the lot it is on is not large enough for a septic system to be installed at a reasonable rate, Jones said.

The township’s supervisor, clerk, road commissioner, assessor and four trustees are all part time, Shetsky said. The town hall does not have regular hours for when it’s open.

The board of trustees will also discuss senior transportation, which will cost more for the township to provide at the same levels in the future, she said.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Burton Township is located in the far northeast corner of McHenry County and includes the village of Spring Grove.

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