To the Editor:
In Illinois, there is only one level of government – the township – that holds an annual meeting conducted by the electors, not the elected. Once a year, answering to their constituents, the township reports and the residents have the opportunity to respond, make and pass motions and even give direction to their officials.
This year, on April 10, the McHenry Township voters, at their annual meeting, unanimously instructed those officials to conduct a cost-benefit study before imposing a referendum to consolidate with the township highway department and its commissioner.
Unfortunately, three of the five board members did not care to hear what the residents had to say. Two of the trustees (Mike Rakestraw and Bill Cunningham) left before the public comment period, while the chief advocate for eliminating the highway department (Bob Anderson) never showed up at all.
I am left with the impression they don't care to know what their constituents think.
I do thank the two remaining board members (Stan Wojewski and Supervisor Craig Adams) for staying to listen.
Robert F. Beltran