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Letter: 'We Need to Protect and Defend Township Government'

Milton Township Trustee Marty Keller writes about the need for township government. To send a letter to the editor, email Charlotte@patch.com.

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Milton Township Update

With the general elections coming to a close on Nov. 6, the Illinois General Assembly saw it fit to force both parties to select their candidates for the March 2013 elections in the next four weeks. The internal campaigning within all parties is in full swing. I have not heard the names of Democrats running but the Republican field is pretty full. There are two candidates running for each position of Township Supervisor and Township Assessor plus eight candidates have declared their candidacy for Township Trustee. I see this as an indicator of a healthy interest in township government.

Earlier this year, several issues were raised concerning township government and employee policies and procedures. While the personnel issues were addressed immediately in private, the Supervisor felt it would be best to update the Employee Manual and expand areas of concern. This revised manual will be completed shortly and then made available on-line at the Milton Township web site. 

Of greater concern is the talk of eliminating Township government all together.  While this may have some merit in much of Cook County where there are very few unincorporated areas and the county assessor handles all properties, but that is hardly the case for the rest of the state. In DuPage County we need to know who would handle the General Assistance, Cemetery, Township roads as well as property assessment. What would be the cost of the replacement services or the loss of some services all together? Township government fills the many gaps that exist between the city and the county.

For the foreseeable future, I think we need to protect and defend township government.

I’ll close with a plug to aid the neediest of our neighbors. We can always use donations for our food pantry or donors to help fund our Holiday Basket Program. Call the main office at 630-668-1616 if you can help.

Marty Keller

Milton Township Trustee

 

J November 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
On Wednesday night, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee will meet at the Wheaton Bowl, owned by one of the township trustees, Sal Falbo. They will slate their candidates for the April election. Chris Heidorn, the heart of the problem in Milton Township, will be slated as supervisor, again, as will the trustees that have not earned and do not deserve our trust, SAL FALBO and MARTY KELLER. If you want to have input to who is slated to represent you in April, contact your committeeman and call Darlene Ruscitti, Chairman of the Dupage Republican Party at 6306537200. Ask her to involve herself in this travesty called MTRCC.
Major Tom November 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
marty, so what do you have as a salary?
Major Tom November 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
does anybody know their salary?
J November 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The trustees receive $6 thousand a year. What is more important is the position they are in. Instead of guarding the public's trust, Keller, Falbo and Jensen are more like gargoyles, protecting the Heidorn castle. The public needs desperately to wake up and throw toss them to the curb. Well, Jensen will walk herself to the curb at the next election by not running. She should move that walk up to the next garbage night.
Major Tom November 09, 2012 at 11:40 PM
city council gets 3k for 45 meetings a year

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