New SG Twp Board members sworn in

By on May 24, 2013

Sugar Grove’s new Township Board includes Lee Drendel (left to right), Tom Rowe, Scott Hester, Phil Silagi, Laurie Geary and Greg Huggins. Courtesy Photo

by Chris Paulus
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Township Board members were sworn in on Monday, with Lee Drendel, Scott Hester, Laurie Geary and Mike Fagel as trustees, Phil Silagi as township clerk, and Greg Huggins as highway commissioner. Tom Rowe was sworn in as the new township supervisor.

Geary has worked in banking for about 30 years, and has also contributed to the Corn Boil and the Holiday in the Grove event. She said she is excited to begin her work in municipal politics.

“I want to help grow the senior center. I was an auditor for the center in the past. I also worked at the Sugar Grove Library doing some training for the seniors,” she said.

Geary, a write-in candidate, ran a minimal campaign through the use of business cards, Facebook and ads in the Elburn Herald. She won 105 votes.

“We have to win back the trust of the people. We have to show them that (the platforms) that we ran on will actually happen,” she said.

The township will soon begin discussion of its general budget for the fiscal year, with the proposed date of the public hearing set for Monday, June 24. Board members on Monday took time to look over the budget spreadsheet and discuss details of some of its funds.

“The supervisor desperately needs a new computer,” Rowe said. “It’s a very old computer that I think was donated to the Township.”

Rowe said the Township also put some funds into the senior center.

“One thing that we want to move towards with the monthly lunch is more of a catered situation. We’d still like to offer it free to the seniors,” he said.

According to Rowe, the Township is also trying to compensate for the loss of mental health funding from the state and national level.

The new-look Township Board on Monday passed an ordinance requiring signatories on checks. This will require two signatures on checks written by the township—one from the supervisor, and another from a trustee or clerk.

Rowe said this proposal was based on a suggested made by the township’s law firm.

“About a year ago, the Township Board made a decision and passed a resolution to require two signatures on checks,” Rowe said. “Talking to our law firm, they were a little bit surprised by that. Normally the supervisor just signs the checks. The law firm suggested that one signature be from the supervisor and the other be from another board member or the clerk,”