To the Editor:
Retired Professional Engineer Road Commissioner Jim Condon apparently thinks that a barber is unqualified to express his own opinion as an elected township commissioner.
Does his name calling extend to all McHenry Township citizens who make or made a living by working in a non-government enterprise? Surely Road Commissioner Jim has his hands in the township cookie drawer. Why else would a professional engineer take a job as a road commissioner?
McHenry Township has never before had a professional engineer as a road commissioner. Any township decision requiring the opinion of a professional engineer is made by McHenry County.
With respect to Robert Beltran’s and Judith Gottlieb’s negative analysis of the study conducted for the township, nothing else could be expected from them, since it did not result in a conclusion that tax dollars would not be saved.
Robert Beltran’s long career on a government payroll does not make his an expert on township government or road maintenance. Similarly Ms. Gottlieb’s long career on a government payroll concerning wastewater does not make her an expert on township government or road maintenance.
They particularly reject township-to-township comparisons, which is exactly what Beltran’s wife did at a township board meeting in opposing the elimination of the township road district.
Arguments that services provided by the township would be more expensive if provided by the county makes one wonder why they are not on the backs of their county board members to reduce the costs of the services the county provides.
There is concern about losing other non-mandated services the township provides, i.e., bus service, senior meeting rooms, etc. However, if we are to share the costs of those services, after 47 years of mowing my own lawn and raking leaves, and servicing my own vehicles, including changing oil and filters, I would also like the township to provide those services.
Why must we maintain the non-mandated services now provided? If we must, why not do a one up on Bernie Sanders and become the first socialist township in Illinois.
Jon Carl Gealow