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Algonquin Township board to receive update on lawsuits

Algonquin Township attorney James Kelly is expected to update officials Wednesday on a series of lawsuits involving elected leaders.
Algonquin Township attorney James Kelly is expected to update officials Wednesday on a series of lawsuits involving elected leaders.

Algonquin Township attorney James Kelly is expected to update officials Wednesday on a series of lawsuits involving elected leaders.

The agenda for the board’s monthly meeting includes an item listed as an “update on lawsuits that affect the Algonquin Township and the Algonquin Township road district.”

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees have mounted in multiple lawsuits in the past 16 months, engulfing McHenry County’s most populous township in turmoil.

Lawsuits have included a labor battle between the highway department and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and an in-house fight involving Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser and Clerk Karen Lukasik.

The meeting agenda also includes discussion of the latest draft of an intergovernmental agreement between the township and the highway department. Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser and Supervisor Charles Lutzow have reached an agreement on a final draft, Lutzow said.

The agreement asks the road district to pay rent, split the recycling costs with the township and carry out duties around the township property, including snow removal and bingo setup.

If approved by the board, Gasser and Lutzow must sign the agreement in front of Lukasik.

The absence of an agreement stirred up recent turmoil.

In an Aug. 3 email with the subject line “Lack of IGA,” Gasser announced the highway department no longer would handle several programs and duties the road district had managed for years.

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

The township board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

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