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April 22, 2024

Algonquin Township meeting – Email content tells an interesting story

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On December 22, 2018

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

During today’s Algonquin Township Special Meeting, Trustee Lawrence makes reference to an email sent to the trustees the night before fromRoad District Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser.  She claims what was sent was a revised levy and then says it’s actually the same levy.

Reading the actual email sent, it was nothing more than Gasser sending the same email he sent to the trustees on November 9th, 2018, which contained a revised levy.  So there is no confusion, the November 9th, 2018 email contained the revised levy.  Resending it was not an indication that there was yet another revision as implied.

What is so interesting with this is not Lawrence’s apparent confusion on the so-called revised levy, but rather what the email contained.

“Feel free to call the office or email with questions.”

According to Gasser, he did not receive a single call or email about his November 9th, 2018 revised levy.  Again, not one communication.  That being the case, why on earth did Trustee Shea spend so much time complaining about it during their December 12th, 2018 meeting where the board failed to do their job and certify it?  Why did Trustee Victor not raise any concerns with Gasser prior to her voting no on the certification of the levy?  Gasser confirmed that he did have discussions in his office with Trustee Chapman, the sole yes vote during the December 12th, 2018 meeting.

It is clear from the November 9th, 2018 email, the trustees had sufficient time to address any concerns and also had a clear invitation to do so. For Trustee Shea to complain and pontificate about the Road District levy during the meeting while making no effort to communicate with him in advance should concern the citizens. If he truly had concerns why not raise them in advance?  Trustee Lawrence made sure the public knew she did not support the levy submitted, but she has not contacted Gasser to share any concerns either.

And they wonder why Gasser does not attend their meetings?

Gasser Revised Levy emails



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