To the Editor:
At the request of a group of more than 15 township voters, McHenry Township Supervisor Craig Adams has scheduled a meeting for Oct. 1.
Presumably your readers, using their common sense, would agree that it is beyond reason that a group of 15 residents could require Adams to schedule a meeting whenever they feel they need a meeting. Adams could end up calling multiple meetings a week.
Illinois Township Code does not provide for calling a meeting as proposed. Presumably, one or more of the 15 voters and their attorney are trying to give an overreaching application to ILS 1/30-10, which only applies to annual township meetings. Why hasn’t the township attorney so advised Adams?
Not enough to violate the Illinois Township Code, the same group has formed a committee, the core of which is Tina Hill (not a McHenry Township resident), Adams (suing himself) and Highway Commissioner James Condon (to preserve his job) to raise money to support the hiring of a patent attorney to file a lawsuit against the township board.
The lawsuit asks the court to remove the consolidation question from the November ballot, direct the board to conduct a cost study and share the results with the public 90 days before placing the consolidation question on the ballot. Some might call this micromanagement of the township board by the electorate.
Further, the lawsuit wants to remove Steve Verr from his appointment and direct the board to pick a trustee based on public interviews and the vote of the electors. Again, there is no provision in the Illinois Township Code for such actions.
I don’t recall the electors having been asked to vote on the appointment of Condon as highway commissioner.
In summary, those McHenry Township voters who oppose consolidation consistently have wanted a cost study. Why not let the at least 6,795 voters at the election last November make the decision at the polling places this November, whether or not a cost study is needed.
Jon C. Gealow