CRYSTAL LAKE – Townships throughout McHenry County will host their annual meetings Tuesday, giving residents a chance to voice opinions on township issues and vote on any items on the agenda.
State law requires all townships to hold an April meeting in which registered voters within the township have the same voting power as trustees and can approve or reject spending and initiatives related to township government.
There are 17 townships in McHenry County, most of which will start their annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Nunda Township Supervisor Lee Jennings said like most townships there was nothing major planned for the annual meeting other than to review budgetary items. He said no resident requested an issue to be put on the agenda, also common in many townships.
“It’s a good time for people to express their opinions about what is going on in the township. That’s what these town hall meetings are for,” Jennings said. “It’s more like a state of the township presentation.”
Some Nunda Township residents have been unhappy with highway commissioner Mike Lesperance who is involved in a lawsuit with McHenry County because of potential ordinance violations he committed doing roadwork.
Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns said he is happy for what looks to be an uneventful annual meeting this year after legal troubles and rifts with the former supervisor dominated past meetings.
The only nonstandard agenda item this year is asking voters to lower the listing price of a building the township hopes to sell this year.
“I think it’s going to be a quick meeting this year,” Kearns said. “There probably won’t be any fireworks like in years past.”
Information about McHenry County townships can be found at www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/county-yearbook/township-offices.