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Algonquin Township officials finalize intergovernmental agreement to split costs

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser and Supervisor Charles Lutzow have signed an intergovernmental agreement to split costs and establish a rent schedule for the highway department.
Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser and Supervisor Charles Lutzow have signed an intergovernmental agreement to split costs and establish a rent schedule for the highway department.

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser and Supervisor Charles Lutzow have signed an intergovernmental agreement to split costs and establish a rent schedule for the highway department.

The township board approved the latest draft of the agreement during a meeting Wednesday night by a margin of 3-0. Lutzow, Trustee Dan Shea and Trustee Dave Chapman voted “yes.” Trustees Melissa Victor and Rachael Lawrence were absent from the meeting.

After the board approved the agreement, Lutzow and Gasser signed it at the front of the room.

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 continue certain duties, including snow removal and bingo setup.

The absence of an agreement had stirred up turmoil between the township and highway department, and it raised questions about whether residents would have access to services they depend on.

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

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

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 and fueling of township buses and paying drivers.

Although Gasser’s list included recycling and senior bus services, he never discontinued them.

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