Machesney Park Village Administrator Tim Savage is not telling the whole story in the article in the Rockford Register Star from Jan. 11. Approximately three years ago, the Village of Machesney Park had the opportunity to trade the park north of the quarries along Highway 251 north end of Machesney Park for approximately 10 acres of land south of the quarries, which included one enclosed salt shed, one open salt shed, one heated building that would have housed any and all equipment the village owns, one nice office, approximately 10 acres of land, and a small house that could have been used for storage or other village uses. All the village uses the park for now is a dump site. This would have saved the taxpayers $130,000 to build a salt shed that was built in a very inappropriate area. It would have saved the residents $900,000 to buy the Penney’s property and all costs to update the property, which could be in the millions. It may even be possible to make this trade and save the residents money. I am tired of half-truths from Village Hall, and I am tired of this mayor, village administrator and board spending taxpayers’ money foolishly. The Penney’s project should go on a referendum and let the residents decide, not eight lonely political people. It must stop and stop now.
Machesney Park, Illinois
Editor’s note: Tom Strickland was the mayor of Machesney Park from 2009 to 2013. After he retired, an election was held between Bob Mullins and Jerry Bolin,which Bolin won. Tim Savage is the current village administrator, who was hired by a board of trustees.
From the Jan. 21-27, 2015, issue