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Voters’ meeting to talk township issues now set to be held Oct. 1

McHenry Township Highway Commissioner James Condon
McHenry Township Highway Commissioner James Condon

A special meeting called by a group of more than 15 McHenry Township voters with a petition has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at McHenry Township Hall, 3703 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg.

The meeting had originally been scheduled for Sept. 17.

On the meeting’s agenda is a return to two matters that stirred up recent controversy among trustees and voters: the cutting of public officials’ salaries and a referendum question on the November ballot that gives voters the power to dissolve the road district.

New business on the special meeting agenda includes a request to restore those salaries and remove the referendum from the ballot.

Highway Commissioner Jim Condon said the results of the special meeting will be symbolic – elector votes are not binding – showing what the future voters want to see take shape.

“It’s a pretty good idea to have a meeting and be able to share your opinion with the trustees to let them know what you want to happen,” Condon said. “I think it’s great there’s another opportunity to provide direction to the trustees, even if they choose not to listen. In the future, voters will see that the current trustees don’t have the township’s best interests in mind.”

In April, a group of residents was given a chance to directly address trustees about how to manage the township. They voted, 76-0, on a request calling for a cost study to see what effect consolidation would have on taxes.

An Illinois law that took effect Jan. 1, however, allows township trustees to ask voters whether they want the road district abolished and its responsibilities given to the township supervisor. At a special meeting in February, trustees voted to include the referendum on the November ballot.

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