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Algonquin Township supervisor says Gasser has redrafted intergovernmental agreement

Deal expected to go before trustees later this month

Algonquin Township officials discuss matters during a meeting Aug. 8 in Crystal Lake.
Algonquin Township officials discuss matters during a meeting Aug. 8 in Crystal Lake.

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser has redrafted a proposed intergovernmental agreement with the township that’s expected to go before trustees this month, Supervisor Charles Lutzow said.

“Andrew has not signed it,” Lutzow said. “We have not seen the changes that were made.”

The agreement now will be up for a vote at the board’s Sept. 12 meeting.

“I would like to get this sorted out,” Lutzow said. “This should not be this difficult.”

Gasser could not be reached for comment.

Officials called a special meeting Tuesday to discuss an intergovernmental agreement Gasser’s department has been negotiating with Lutzow’s office.

The absence of an agreement stirred up turmoil between the township and highway department.

In an Aug. 3 email, Gasser announced: “Effective immediately the Algonquin Township Highway Department will no longer be participating in the following functions ... ”

Gasser offered a bullet-point list of the things his department no longer would do, including bingo setup, emptying recycling dumpsters, prework premises inspection, mowing or watering on township property, building maintenance or trash collection, scheduling of new bus rides after Aug. 17, maintenance of township buses, fueling of the township bus and paying bus drivers.

The subject of the email was “Lack of IGA,” or intergovernmental agreement – a reference to a contract the road district and township have been negotiating to split costs on rent and services such as recycling and bus transportation.

Township officials unanimously approved the agreement, 5-0.

The agreement asks the highway department to pay rent ($60,000 a year in monthly installments of $5,000), split the recycling costs with the township and consider duties around the property, including snow removal and bingo setup.

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