Area Township Annual Meetings Set for Tonight

By Patterson, Jennifer | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), April 9, 2002 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Area Township Annual Meetings Set for Tonight

Patterson, Jennifer, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)

Byline: Jennifer Patterson Daily Herald Staff Writer

There may not be much on the agenda, but annual town meetings are important nonetheless, township officials say.

"It's a chance for us to showcase what we're doing and a chance for the voters to voice their opinions," said Dundee Township Supervisor Sue Harney.

Town meetings will be held by townships throughout the Fox Valley area tonight.

At more than 150 years old, township government was around long before municipalities formed and took over services for their own residents.

At that time, the annual meetings were an opportunity for residents to help decide how their tax dollars were spent, Harney said.

It's less that way now, but the public still has a role in the event.

Unlike monthly township meetings, the annual town meeting is conducted by a member of the audience chosen by the township clerk at the start of the evening, said Algonquin Township Supervisor Pat Floeter.

If there is a resolution or a decision that must be made, registered voters in the audience are the ones to say "aye" and "nay."

Tonight, those in Dundee Township will be able to vote on the purchase of a 1-acre parcel adjacent to the township highway department building on Route 72 and Sleepy Hollow Road.

Highway Commissioner Larry Braasch has plans to build a storage building on the property, but the purchase must be approved first.

In Elgin Township, participants will be asked to decide on a measure to sell a portion of the governmental body's McLean Boulevard property to the city of Elgin for a future road widening project.

The two governments haven't agreed on a price yet, but voters must give the idea their stamp of approval if it's going to happen, said Elgin Township Supervisor Doug Johnson.

Like the agendas at many other townships meetings tonight, Algonquin Township's won't include any earth-shattering business, Floeter said.

Still, voting on whether the township should sell old highway department equipment is residents' privilege.

"Electors really are in charge of the products their taxes pay for," Floeter said. "That road grader is theirs."

The meeting also is a good time for residents to hear about township finances and to air any concerns about services or property tax assessments, among other things, officials say.

Depending what's on the constituents' minds, there can be 100 people at an annual meeting or ten, Harney said.

"I think it's what we all make of it," she said. "It's just another opportunity for elected officials and voters to interact."

GRAPHIC: Meeting the public

Here are the specifics on annual meetings being held in local townships tonight:

Algonquin Township

Location: 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake

Time: 7:30 p.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Area Township Annual Meetings Set for Tonight


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?