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Algonquin Township to discuss again whether to set ballot initiative to abolish road district

Trustee to call vote on whether to set ballot initiative to abolish road district

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence listens to public comment at a meeting in Crystal Lake.
Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence listens to public comment at a meeting in Crystal Lake.

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence said she plans to call for a vote on Wednesday for a resolution establishing a referendum on the November 2020 ballot to abolish the township’s road district.

The board discussed this resolution at its March meeting but voted to table the matter until April.

The referendum would be tied to a law that went into effect in 2018 that gives residents the authority to abolish the highway department with a majority vote and transfer road responsibilities to the township.

The statute gives townships the ability to place a question on the ballot to let voters decide: “Shall the Road District of the Township of Algonquin be abolished with all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations and responsibilities being assumed by the Township of Algonquin?”

Trustee Dan Shea has contended that the problems inside the highway department don’t have to do with the form of government itself but instead can be traced to Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser.

Instead, Shea had suggested legislation that allows a recall of a highway commissioner by the public.

However, Lawrence argued during the March meeting that the problems within the road district are rooted in system that lacks accountability or oversight.

“This is not about a person,” Lawrence said in March. “This is about accountability. This is about good government. This is about having some control.”

In July, Lawrence brought forward the same resolution, but her motion to approve it failed.

Lawrence said in March that it would be better to pass a resolution now to allow the Democratic process to unfold into the November 2020 election.

“I think the earlier we get into it, the better,” Lawrence told the Northwest Herald Monday.

The Algonquin Township meeting will be at 7 p.m. at 3702 Highway 14.

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