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Algonquin Township meeting postponed because of security concerns

Algonquin Township Trustees Rachael Lawrence and Dan Shea discuss an intergovernmental agreement between Algonquin Township and its highway department during a meeting Aug. 28 in Crystal Lake.
Algonquin Township Trustees Rachael Lawrence and Dan Shea discuss an intergovernmental agreement between Algonquin Township and its highway department during a meeting Aug. 28 in Crystal Lake.

Because there are no McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies available to stand guard at Algonquin Township’s monthly meeting Wednesday, the meeting has been postponed to next week.

“We have to postpone the meeting due to security concerns,” Supervisor Charles Lutzow said. “We don’t have a deputy coming because of the funeral.”

Funeral arrangements for fallen McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner have been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road.

“For security reasons and out of an abundance of caution, tomorrow’s meetings have been delayed a week to when a deputy is available,” Trustee Rachael Lawrence said in a statement. “Please keep Deputy Keltner and his family in your prayers as he is laid to rest [Wednesday].”

The Algonquin Township board meeting has been rescheduled for
7 p.m. March 20 at the township offices, 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

In the past several months, Algonquin Township meetings have drawn many visitors, including residents from all over McHenry County looking to comment on political disputes that have been brewing for years.

In November, 10 inflatable rats lined the stretch of Route 14 in front of the Algonquin Township Highway Department.

Flanking “Scabby the Rat,” more than 100 members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 toted signs in protest of Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s firing of three laborers last year and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees the road district has spent in a subsequent legal fight.

Here’s a look at what’s on Algonquin Township’s agenda:

• Eagle Scout recognition for Paul Joswiak

• Discussion and action regarding proposed Algonquin Township road district ballot initiative/referendum

• Adopt resolution for prepayment of bills prior to the monthly meeting of the Algonquin Township board

• Adopt annual township meeting agenda for 7 p.m. April 9

• Appointing the township ethics commission

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