Letters to the Editor

Letter: Townships in need of oversight


To the editor:

How much of this miscellaneous pay crap at a township road district do we have to see before we realize that, even just for that reason alone, we need to have these decisions made by a five member board rather than a single individual.

For my part, a savings doesn’t need to be shown to justify rolling the road district operations into the already existing town board. You wouldn’t find five board members to go along with some of the nepotism on steroids or financial largess that a single individual can do if they want to.

I live in McHenry Township and for over 40 years I was president of my subdivision association. Our association maintained our subdivision road. Not a private road. Not in a gated community, but a public residential road that was privately maintained.

Until a few years ago, for over thirty years, my association was denied acceptance into the McHenry Township Road District system. We were pretty much told, by different highway commissioners over the years, in so many words, that unless we spent about a million dollars digging ditches where they weren’t needed and cutting down some trees that made our neighborhood charming, that he wouldn’t accept us.

His call. Only his call. No greater body to appeal it to.

We were pretty much dismissed, sometimes rudely, because things hadn’t changed from a few years ago when we said “No! You don’t meet our standards.”

In my township, I don’t see any financial handouts and mismanagement that one man can get away with if they want to, but what I do see is that, on some important issues, there is a “one-man rule” system that I simply don’t like and that I feel is structured improperly.

I have a chance to deal with it and I’m going to encourage everyone I know to vote “Yes” to roll the McHenry Township Road District into the town board’s operation. The town board could hire the current Highway Commissioner at the same salary and change nothing and I’d be happy.

No more one-man rule.

Ned Neumann