The Algonquin Township Board decided during a special meeting Wednesday to hold off on the appointment of a deputy supervisor and Freedom of Information Act officer for another week.
The appointment of a deputy supervisor to perform ministerial duties, such as signing checks, became necessary after supervisor Charles Lutzow suffered a stroke earlier this month. Trustee Dan Shea began the meeting by wishing Lutzow a fast recovery.
Without a definitive timetable on when Lutzow may be able to return to his duties, trustees Shea, Rachael Lawrence and Dave Chapman voted to table the matter until the board’s next regularly scheduled meeting. Township attorney James Kelly previously said in an email that it could be three months before Lutzow returns.
In the interim, Chapman said he could call Lutzow’s wife to get a better idea on when he may be able to return to the board.
The appointment of a township FOIA officer also was tabled until the next meeting. Kelly said an officer will be needed in the next week or so.
No one was named at the meeting as a potential replacement; however, Lawrence previously said Township Assessor Richard Alexander could fill the role.
Although these appointments were postponed, the board did appoint a new counsel – Rockford-based attorney John Nelson – at a rate of $250 an hour for the case between Clerk Karen Lukasik and the township highway department. The township is a third party in that case.
Lukasik, through David McArdle, her township-paid attorney in the matter, recently offered settlement terms to the township to either resign and dismiss her counterclaim in exchange for $65,000 – about three-and-a-half times her current salary – or maintain her position with sole access to township records rooms and dismiss her counterclaim in exchange for $36,000.
Chapman said this decision will try to rein in the township’s legal expenses and gain a broad settlement on a number of cases that are draining resources from the township.
The board also approved two tax objection suits that were agreed upon in late May.
Excessive tax rates levied for funds that already had enough money to cover annual expenses led to surpluses that St. Charles-based attorney Tim Dwyer has been fighting to get back into residents’ pockets, according to the lawsuit.
The next township meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 19 at 3702 Route 14. Before that, a town fund budget hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. followed by a road district budget hearing at 6:45 p.m.