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Agreement between Algonquin Township, highway department still in works

Algonquin Township Supervisor Charles Lutzow said he is hopeful an agreement between the office and highway department will be finalized soon.
Algonquin Township Supervisor Charles Lutzow said he is hopeful an agreement between the office and highway department will be finalized soon.

An intergovernmental agreement between the Algonquin Township supervisor’s office and the highway department still is in the works weeks after the absence of one caused turmoil among officials – but Supervisor Charles Lutzow is hopeful an agreement soon will be finalized.

“We’re optimistic the board will approve it at the [October] meeting,” Lutzow said, “presuming we’ll get the language figured out.”

The IGA now is being negotiated between township attorney Jim Kelly and highway department attorney Robert Hanlon, Lutzow said.

The agreement asks the highway department to pay rent, split the costs of recycling and bus services with the township and continue duties around the property, including snow removal and bingo setup.

In an Aug. 3 email, Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser announced: “Effective immediately the Algonquin Township Highway Department will no longer be participating in the following functions ... ”

The list included bingo setup, emptying recycling dumpsters, scheduling new bus rides after
Aug. 17, maintenance of township buses, fueling the township bus and paying bus drivers.

The subject of the email was “Lack of IGA.”

On Aug. 4, Gasser delivered a memo ordering highway department employees to cease all work for the township.

“Any violation of this policy,” the memo said, “will lead to immediate termination.”

The Northwest Herald could not reach Gasser for comment on this story, but Lutzow confirmed Friday that no services have been axed.

“Everything is operational,” Lutzow said. “There’s been no reduction of services.”

Officials are set to meet for their next monthly board meeting at
7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the township offices, 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

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