Letters to the Editor

Letter: No need to consolidate in McHenry Township

To the Editor:

I lived in McHenry Township from 1976 to 2005 and returned in November 2017 and was surprised to see an old colleague running our road district.  

Trustee Bob Anderson thinks we can save money by consolidating, and I strongly disagree. We have a unique situation in McHenry Township. We have a registered, professional engineer running our road district.

We are extremely fortunate to have a professional overseeing the department, and I am certain he has saved us money and will continue to do so. I worked in an engineering firm for 20 years that was a consultant to many McHenry County villages and townships and did all of the recruiting. I can tell you licensed engineers are extremely difficult and expensive to come by.

Why put this benefit in jeopardy? The bottom line is that you are going to have amateurs, without his extensive knowledge, making decisions for us. All trustees combined cannot equal what Highway Commissioner Jim Condon brings to the table.

When he hires an outside engineering firm to work on a project for the township, I am certain his experience saves us money. Engineering firms have to respect that there is no “padding” their contracts because Condon has written and figured the cost of contracts for consulting firms his entire career – and as a past colleague, I can tell you that he did it very well. His negotiating experience alone is invaluable.

If Anderson is certain this will save us money, why isn’t he insisting on a study before jumping off the cliff? Not only do I think he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, my personal opinion is that he just craves attention and the spotlight and cannot stop himself. If he succeeds, there’s no doubt his next move will be to turn over our entire township to the county, and then we become just a little fish in a big school.  

I implore my fellow voters to send Anderson packing once and for all and retain our road district.

Janine Panozzo

McHenry

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