Township government is closest to the people and is responsible for, but not limited to, roads, property assessment and general assistance.
Most townships, Blackberry in particular, accept the responsibilities and do so with little notoriety or fanfare.
Within the next few weeks, I will be leaving the office of Blackberry Township Supervisor.
I would like to publicly issue my heartfelt gratitude to the members of the board of trustees that served during my 14-plus years in office, namely Edward Dunteman, Jim Feece, Jim Michels, Tim Norris and Harley Veldhuizen; the township clerks, Elverna Strausberger, Carol Herra and Lisa Hodge; the road commissioners, Al Bergquist and Rod Feece; the supervisor of Blackberry Cemetery, Fred Dornback; and the assessors, Karen Becker and Uwe Rotter.
Some of the highlights of change that have taken place in the township in the last 14 years, in no special order, are the Harley Road bridge construction, an increase of more than 20 miles of roads in the township, an increase in the township from 2,000 to more than 6,000 parcels of land, the assuming of responsibility for Blackberry Township Cemetery from the Masonic Lodge, a new addition and kitchen to the town hall, establishment of a sign shop, and others. These changes, I am proud to say, took place without any increases in tax levies to our taxpayers.
We also established a tuition reimbursement program for those parents within our township that have children enrolled in the Fox Valley Special Recreation programs.
We work closely with Elburn Baseball to lease and construct the ballfields at McNair Field. We worked with the Kaneland Football group to find an emergency field for their games and practices when the decision was made to leave Elgin.
We, last year, joined the Ride in Kane Program to benefit not only our seniors, but those within our township who are unable to drive.
The Assessorâ€™s Office has changed from one desk, one person, to a full office of two full-time and two part-time people under Uwe Rotter. Uwe saved the township thousands of dollars through his computer knowledge and ability to purchase office furniture for little cost. He is also starting property tax education seminars to aid taxpayers in understanding property tax bills and assessments.
I am extremely proud of our accomplishments and the people I have worked with.
David L. Anderson
Blackberry Township Supervisor