To the Editor:
In November, McHenry Township residents have for the first time an opportunity to vote to have the township roads system run by the township supervisor and Board of Trustees instead of the present one-man-rule highway commissioner. For years, the accusations of abuses that I hear about in township government revolve around the road districts.
In some townships, the stories and criticism relate to patterns of resignations and appointment to vacancies. In other townships, it might be financial and nepotism abuse. In another township it might be a highway commissioner who holds an outside full-time job. It seems that the criticism always revolves around the road districts. Townships get a bad name because of the road districts. When was the last complaint you heard about the dispensing of public aid, or the senior center, or youth center, or other township functions? It’s always the road districts.
Township road districts have become armies of patronage workers who will work tirelessly to keep their gravy train running. They’ll stay punched in and on the clock all winter long waiting for it to snow, while in our part of the world private industry has untold assets from the mining and trucking industries sitting idle. No road commissioner has studied how some workshops or focus groups of trucking professionals might bring forth some expertise to help build a better system for providing for road services. It’s clearly time for us to start finding ways to reduce the size of government without reducing the services. Eliminating the road district unit of government is definitely a beginning.
Vote yes in November to eliminate the road district unit of government in McHenry Township.