County board must vote again to buy site
By SUSAN W. MURRAY
Submitted: July 25, 2006 4:51 PM CT
In spite of the excitement of advocates over approval of a new animal control facility in Crystal Lake, a clerical error by the McHenry County Administration staff nullifies the vote.
At the July 18 McHenry County Board meeting, in a 12 to 9 vote, the board passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of the State Farm Insurance building at 100 Virginia Ave., Crystal Lake, to house the county Animal Control Department. But the resolution did not contain language that would allocate the emergency appropriation of $1.7 million needed to do so.
In the public participation portion of the meeting, Rosanna Pulido, director of the Illinois Minuteman Civil Defense Corp, addressed the board, as did several other county residents, on the issue of illegal immigration.
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, founded in April 2005 to alert the United States Border Patrol of people crossing the U.S./Mexican border illegally and to build a fence along that border.
Citing three deaths in which undocumented aliens were charged with the alleged crimes, Pulido presented a binder to the board asking that the McHenry County Sheriff use monies from the Justice Department for holding undocumented aliens in the county jail. She also requested money for police training in spotting fraudulent documents, such as Social Security cards and birth certificates. The county received $129,000 from the Justice Department.
Patrick J. Salem contributed to this report.