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  1. Anonymous on April 13, 2020 at 10:50 am

    In Jarvis Township it is a clear case of “who you know”.
    Those of us that travel Bauer Rd northbound have complained to township road commissioner about the mud that is left on the road almost daily by a farmer who has changed his operation and moving heavy equipment across the road to feed his cattle. That farmer works for the township.
    Instead of insisting the farmer sweep the road after leaving the mud, the township have this week put up People Crossing signs in the area when the equipment crosses the road.

    • Anonymous on April 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      The legalities of things like “Laws”, “Ordinances” and the “Constitution” are things for the Peasantry of the Fiefdom to follow and abide by, not the members of the Fiefdom working for the Township. It’s been that way for decades, they run things the way they want to around here, careful what you say or thugs working for the Road District may come knocking on your door. Or worse you could find yourself framed for a crime you didn’t commit by their appointed “good old boy” connection.

  2. Anonymous on April 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    The Collinsville Township Board of Trustees Operates Unencumbered by Accountability.

    Having watched the proceedings at the Collinsville, Illinois Trustee meetings both in person and via Facebook I was astounded to find the absence of structure for how the proceedings take place.

    Please feel welcome to go back and look at these videos yourself and you will find tremendous comedy amongst the sad realization that these elected officials behave on video with infantile vindictiveness and demonstrate no compunction to be transparent for the public, let alone operate with the taxpayers best interest. When reading this summation it might seem that this must be fiction or an exaggeration and I truly wish that too. These are paid employees that operate with little decorum and no willingness to be forthright, transparent, and open, they do not even recognize the need, as they are in power and impervious to accountability.

    During the last few meetings they ushered out the previous Supervisor Terry “Bones” Allan and in a prearranged coup installed a new Supervisor Dan Hopkins aka Yogi, who had two weeks earlier resigned his oath to serve the public. Under the cover of darkness and in the chaos created by the Covid19 isolation orders, an “emergency meeting” took place virtually in minutes.

    “Miraculously” the recently resigned former Trustee just happened to be hiding outside the “emergency meeting” and just after the previous long tenured Supervisor, who was likely forced to step down, the new Supervisor was installed without discussion or fanfare. There was one dissenting voice that delivered an admonishment by the concerned Trustee on behalf of the public for not yet again acting in haste, but the conspirators voted immediately.

    This crude illusion had been manufactured and was even predicted two weeks prior in the public comments on these video’s regarding the resignation and release of Dan Hopkin’s from his oath to serve the public. Suddenly, Dan could not wait to serve the taxpayers and obtain the large salary that went along with his new found enthusiasm.

    The past level of dysfunction has now dramatically risen. The lawyer is allowed unrestricted billable hours and when that point is brought up regarding concerns over productivity with tax dollars the response from new Supervisor Hopkins is for rationalizing and mitigating the wrongful nature of this practice by saying “other lawyers charge even higher prices”. This has nothing to do with the question posed but allows him to press forward with the meeting to the nodding approval of the other board members who also feel embarrassment over their own dereliction of responsibility and fear scrutiny of themselves.

    Then Dan Hopkins on his own, purchases for the taxpayers a $900 desk (at least the previous Supervisor bought his own) that was portrayed and once again minimized by stating that this desk was worth even more. This expenditure and approval of the abundant lawyer fees have never been discussed but are blindly allowed, which calls into question why, and are things corrupt or grotesquely negligent? Today the concern is that next meeting the new Supervisor will produce an expensive throne to preside over further obfuscation and ineptitude foisted upon the already strained taxpayers.

    This pandemic further highlights the complete disconnection of the Trustees to the taxpayer. These careless expenditures for “necessities” when the average taxpayer is struggling and feeling pressure trying to make it through financially. The money given to the lawyer and for a desk could have been used to assist the most disadvantaged people in the community. Perhaps some kids or seniors could have benefitted during these unprecedented times, however the Supervisor and conspirators draw the line when it comes at the expense of not increasing the income for the Township lawyer or not acquiring office furniture as the first acts of “leadership” through the crisis.

    True leadership is by demonstrating selflessness and setting the example for the followers, not by deepening the approval of those closest involved supporters/conspirators who are needed to allow continued Self interests. Why not contribute to the community if you want to produce leadership? At the very least the lawyer is intelligent enough to know better, but lacks the self respect and moral conviction to not allow himself from abusing his position also. He would be quick to produce a malpractice claim elsewhere for far less negligence. These precise points will never be addressed or responded to because a denial from shaky ground will pose a significant and likely embarrassing challenge.

    You can watch these videos by going to Derrick Keith Cox Facebook page and then when you read the comments you will find criticism of these actions, but what you will not find is anyone that defends or endorses these behaviors.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2020 at 10:59 am

      I suggest you watch the Township meetings on the township website if you want to see the whole meeting. Plus watching from the Facebook page of Derrick Keith Cox he has residents blocked including per his comments the new Trustee. Also there are childish subtitles calling Trustees and the Supervisor names like in the statement above. One even went as far as say Mr. Foley was tipsy at the last meeting. I agree the meetings haven’t been run the best in the past, but with Mr. Hopkins in the Supervisors seat I think you’ll see a change in how things are run around the Township and these meetings. All the whining and grandstanding will come to a stop I’m sure. I don’t think Mr. Hopkins can be pushed around like Mr. Allen was by Mr. Cox. I’d like to know why the Republic Services representative came directly to Mr. Cox and didn’t make an appointment to speak to the board directly? This board has to work together as a team and there’s four Trustees not just one and if the one doesn’t get his way then it’s a conspiracy that everyone is against him. Then the name calling comes out and the next meeting he’s convinced his friends to come to the meeting and plead his case. It’s sad to watch cause people aren’t coming for the Township meetings they are coming to be Derrick Cox cheerleaders.

  3. Anonymous on May 4, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Where I live burning is allowed. I have breathing problems and asthma. I enjoy sitting outside for fresh air, not pollution that make it hard to breathe. A neighbor burns all the time their grass cuttings. I do not want to cause problems with neighbors and say nothing. What I would like is for them to take this into consideration and burn late afternoon, or have clippings hauled away.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Neighbor, talk to me.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2020 at 10:01 am

      I agree, burning should be limited to certain days of the week. However, per the city ordinance: “Burning is allowed 7 days a week between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., within the City of Troy for yard waste (leaves, branches, etc.) Burning of construction material is prohibited within the city limits of Troy.” Technically anyone burning in the city should have their fires out by 4:00 p.m. I don’t see how this works since fresh grass clippings can smolder for days. I guess, to have it changes to say Monday, Wednesday, Friday burning only, you would need to bring it up before the city council.

  4. Anonymous on May 10, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Before he retired, Scott Lawson was responsible for picking up signs around Troy that were put up where they weren’t supposed to be. When he retired, and his position was filled in the Police Department, they were supposed to start doing that. Ha! Just driving around, you can see that this kind of work is below the TROY PD.

    • Anonymous on May 28, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Yep. Plenty of Mosquito Joe signs around these days. Joe must be a friend of the PD, or the barber shop. Hard to tell them apart sometimes

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