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Hopkins Township corrects meeting error

Meeting moved up to Tuesday

Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – State law requires that all townships have their annual meetings on the second Tuesday of April, which is next week.

At least one township, however, had planned to hold its session a week later.

In March, Hopkins Township, which is just west of Sterling, published a legal notice in Sauk Valley Media that it would have its meeting April 15.

Hopkins Supervisor Lynette Springman said last year’s meeting was also held the third Tuesday of April. That complied with state law, which requires townships to delay their meetings by a week when they conflict with the April consolidated election. That election is on the second Tuesday every other year.

After Sauk Valley Media called her about the date of the meeting, she said her township would have the meeting this coming Tuesday, in compliance with state law. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the township hall, 24719 Emerson Road.

Annual meetings are where township residents have a voice and can vote on issues.

Townships take care of rural rural roads, hand out aid to the poor, and assess the value of properties for taxes, among other duties.

Lee and Whiteside counties each have 22 townships.

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