McHenry City Council to discuss committee structure

Council members also plan to award bid for 2017 Street Resurfacing Program

McHENRY – The McHenry City Council will vote Monday evening whether to expand the size of the council’s standing committees from three members to five.

Members discussed at the last council meeting whether to increase the size of committees, which city code sets at three members, including the chairman.

The committees consist of community development; finance and personnel; parks and recreation; and public works. Based on council action in deciding whether three or five members will serve, the appointments of who is involved in what committee will be announced later at the meeting.

Alderman Andy Glab said he’s in support of five-person committees because of the Open Meetings Act.

“More than anything else, the Open Meetings Act becomes too cumbersome to where we cannot have any direct conversations within the committee,” Glab said. “To where it gets to be almost [childish] where if we want something on the agenda and we want to talk to the chairman, we can’t, and we have to go through staff on everything.”

Alderwoman Geri Condon said she’d be “very concerned” if the board votes in approval of five council members per committee. She said five-member committees would mean less discussion during council meetings.

“If there were five members and all five members, even for that matter four, come out of the committee in agreement, at that point you really negate the entire council discussion because they already have a majority to pass with whatever the issue is,” Condon said. “With three, if just two or three approve it, it then goes to council and there’s a more full discussion. Just because they came out of the committee with majority support doesn’t mean it would pass – it’s up for discussion.”

According to the agenda, Mayor Wayne Jett is requesting that each committee call a meeting before July 14 to help establish a meeting schedule through April 30.

Also on the agenda is a motion to award a bid to Peter Baker and Son Co. of Lake Bluff to complete the 2017 Street Resurfacing Program in the amount of $1,082,840.

The 2017-18 Capital Improvement Program includes $1,015,000 for pavement resurfacing and maintenance, and the staff estimates $100,000 will be required for pavement maintenance.

On June 7, staff received four bids for the 2017 Street Resurfacing Program, with bids ranging from $1,082,840 to $1,252,158.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the McHenry Municipal Center, 333 S. Green St.

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