Algonquin Township

Algonquin Township – Law? What law? Can’t sweep this one under the rug either!

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

As we continue to wait for the clerk to comply with our Freedom of Information Act request we continue to identify major concerns through other venues of obtaining records she appears to not want us to have.

The used street sweeper getting so much attention lately turns out was sold claiming a certain statute gave Algonquin Township Road District the authority to sell it and Village of Island Lake the authority to buy it.

We contend this is another example to be used for the firing of the attorney who drafted the Intergovernmental Agreement for them.

From the IGA that Clerk LuKasik has yet to provide:

WHEREAS, Seller has the authority to sell the Asset pursuant to Illinois law,
with specific reference to 605 ILCS 5/6-201.10; and

WHEREAS, Buyer has the authority to buy the Asset pursuant to Illinois law,
with specific reference to 605 ILCS 5/6-201.10;

We will provide 1 free dinner for a family of 4 at any location in McHenry County if they can find one word in the statute they cited, 605 ILCS 5/6-201.10, that gives them the power to sell or buy equipment from each other! 

Now we’re not saying the local government can’t enter into IGA’s or buy and sell equipment to each other as they clearly can. We are just saying the nimrod attorney that drafted this IGA cited a statute that has no reference to selling anything. Since we have yet to get our records from Algonquin Township we have no clue who drafted this and can only assume it was the attorney.  If former Highway Commissioner drafted it, it explains even more!

(605 ILCS 5/6-201.10) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-201.10) 
    Sec. 6-201.10. Have authority to make agreements with the highway commissioner of any other road district or with the corporate authorities of any municipality located in the same county or in an adjoining county or with the county board of the county in which such road district is located or of any adjoining county, for the lease or exchange of idle machinery, equipment or tools belonging to the district, upon such terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon.  (Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

The sale of the used sweeper was neither a lease or an exchange according to the records we have obtained, which includes the check from the Village that paid for the purchased sweeper.

The laws are not hard to read or comprehend but it is becoming ever so clear we have attorneys involved in local government that appear to have no concept of comprehension of our state laws or the ability to validate the laws they cite, assuming this was in fact drafted by an attorney.

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    • exchange of idle machinery, equipment or tools belonging to the district, It spells out WHAT can be exchanged. Idle machinery, equipment or tools.

          • Homer, read the law and apply modern English language. Exchange of……….. The two parties can exchange the items listed. If one has a sweeper and the other has a truck and they consider them idle, they can exchange them. No matter how hard you try to read into the law to defend these actions it won’t work. What they did was no in accordance with the law they cited as giving them this power.

          • How many other pieces of “idle” equipment valued in excess of $50,000 were “exchanged” prior to this “idle” street sweeper?

            What was the actual value of this street sweeper? Unless there was significant unreported damage the value probably exceeded $100,000 rather than what the taxpayers received as part of the deal cut to send it out the door.

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