Algonquin Township trustees meet, discuss effects of state funding freeze
The Algonquin board of town trustees met on Oct. 14 to discuss auditing the township’s bills and the effects of the state’s funding freeze.
During his update to the trustees on Oct. 14, Highway Commissioner Robert Miller reported that, due to the state’s budget impasse, the MFT funds have been frozen. These funds are used to buy salt for winter use on the streets and highways of Algonquin Township.
While the township currently has a fund surplus and will not depend on MFT funds to buy salt, the continuing budget impasse also affects the Waterway Agency, which has not received its grants from the state either. The new head of the Waterway Agency, Joe Kelly, and staff have been looking for alternate methods to increase revenues, including the possibility of snowmobile registrations.
Miller also discussed the article on e-recycling that Dan Shea provided and the challenges that it presents to the township. The e-recycling program allowed residents to discard one computer monitor per household, with the last event of the year scheduled for Oct. 31.
The board also voted to audit the claims in several funds. These include $150,251.21 for the Town Fund; $14,543.15 for the General Assistance Fund; $279,534.51 for the Road and Bridge Fund; and $160,131.27 for the Equipment and Building Fund. The motions passed unanimously.