Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Algonquin To Annex Parts Of Algonquin (!), Add Truancy Measure
The annexations were an exercise to make legal paperwork conform to what everyone including the property owners thought was reality. At least they did until McHenry County GIS mappers' software reported several Algonquin locations were really unincorporated. Even though the scattered homes and the mall on South Main have been paying Algonquin taxes and receiving Village services for years, no one could find a record they'd ever been legally taken into the Village. "Maybe they were never annexed," said Community Develepment Director Russ Farnum, "or maybe they were annexed and nobody ever recorded it; we just don't know"
The truant ordinance came from a recent meeting with District 300's Leadership Council. "They've had great success using it at Dundee-Crown in Carpentersville," said Police Chief Russ Laine. The ordinance will allow D300 administrators to ask Jacob's High School's resident Algonquin PD School Resource Officer to issue a citation for truancy carrying a student fine for the first violation, a bigger fine for both the student and his parents for the second.
"What happens for a third violation?" asked Trustee John Spella. Laine said there wouldn't be a third one. "It's really a last-dtich effort to change the behavior of the student," said Laine.
The pro-forma annexations and the truancy ordinance are expected to win final approval at Algonquin's next full Board meeting.
In the pic: It took a computer program to discover the Algonquin strip mall on South Main Street technically isn't in Algonquin yet.