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Algonquin Township set to name interim supervisor

Supervisor Chuck Lutzow had stroke on June 2

Trustee Dan Shea, attorney James Kelly and Trustee Rachael Lawrence wait for the arrival of Trustee Dave Chapman at Friday's special meeting in Algonquin Township.
Trustee Dan Shea, attorney James Kelly and Trustee Rachael Lawrence wait for the arrival of Trustee Dave Chapman at Friday's special meeting in Algonquin Township.

Algonquin Township is set to name an interim supervisor at a special meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The job is expected to go to Algonquin Township Assessor Richard Alexander, Trustee Rachael Lawrence said. He will be stepping in to fill some of the role of Supervisor Chuck Lutzow, who suffered a stroke on June 2.

Lawrence said that Alexander won’t be running meetings, he will just be handling administrative duties such as signing checks while Lutzow is out for an undetermined amount of time, which could be up to three months.

“He can obtain a bond, he’s familiar with the key fob system ...” Lawrence said. “He wants to be of service and help out.”

Lawrence, Dan Shea and Dave Chapman are the three active members of the board with Lutzow out and Melissa Victor having resigned her trustee post.

Lawrence and Shea waited about 20 minutes for Chapman to arrive for Friday’s 4 p.m. special meeting and, just as they were about to call it a day, Chapman called to say he was on his way. After the meeting started, Shea read a statement hoping for the best for Lutzow.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the board also is expected to vote on appointing a new counsel – Rockford-based attorney John Nelson – for the case between Clerk Karen Lukasik and the township road district. The township is a third party in that case. Lawrence said that the proposal would be for Nelson to earn the same rate as township attorney James Kelly for his work.

“We’re trying to bring an end to the litigation,” Lawrence said. “We believe that he, instead of Jim Kelly, can bring a swifter end to litigation in that case. This is just a substitution in that one case.”

Lukasik’s township-paid attorney recently offered settlement terms to the township to either accept her resignation or to leave her in office with sole control of the township’s records in response to a two-year-old lawsuit claiming she tried to destroy public records.

The board also will vote on approval of two tax objection suits that were agreed upon in late May. Lawrence made it clear that, while the board previously advised its attorney related to the lawsuits, this is the first vote that will take place from the board on the matter.

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