Theodore Harts Supervisor

815.716-8665

supervisor@sterlingtownship.com

 

 

Sterling Township

Supervisor SpotLight

  As   Sterling   Township   Supervisor,   I   have   a   responsibility      to      support   and   represent   everyone within Sterling Township as we move forward together.   Let   me   start   by   saying,   I   was   born   and   raised   in   Sterling,   and   I’ve   been   a   respected   citizen   for many   years.      I’m   one   of   8   children   with   exemplary   upbringing   by   my   parents,   Frank   Harts   Sr. and   Bobbie   Mae   Harts,   which   allowed   me   to   understand   the   needs   of   this   great   community from   a   firsthand   view.      I   do   have   a   heart   for   the   Sterling   Community,   especially   for   those   less fortunate. In   the   past,   I   have   been   a   foster   and   adoptive   parent   for   many   children,      and   I’ve   adopted   6   of my    own,    attended    Northern    IL    University,    served    4    years    in    the    United    States    Air    Force,      produced    a    music    CD    album,    written    a    book    on    the    lives    of    my    parents,    and    traveled throughout the country, but Sterling Illinois will always be my home. While   I   believe   in   creating   opportunities   which   allow   those   in   need   to   “Aim   High”   I’d   like   to   be instrumental   in   giving   them   a   hand   up,   and   not   just   a   hand   out.      While   this   takes   more   effort on   the   part   of   both   the   givers   and   receivers,   I   believe   it   builds   a   stronger   community   for   the long term. The 3 main lawful requirements  of a Township are: To maintain the roads and bridges outside of the City limits To provide general assistance to the indigent and poor To assess the real value of properties within the Township There are no better Staff than who we have in place right now to carry out these duties. My current goals include: Financial   Stability   and   Accountability    –   To   have   procedures   and   controls   in   place   for   money handling    complete    with    checks    and    balances,    spending    controls    and    monitoring,    and accountability   for   staff,   such   as   background   checks   and   drug   screening.      We   have   made   many other improvements within the Township to make sure we are lawfully sound. Community   communication    –   Aside   from   the   community’s   welcomed   involvement   in   the twice   monthly   Township   board   meetings,   I   will   seek   to   engage   the   greater   community   through other   modes.      While   every   idea   or   suggestion   cannot   be   implemented,   serious   consideration will be given to the voices of the people of Sterling Township. Youth   Services    –   Positive   support   for   the   youth   of   our   community.         If   we   invest   in   our   youth now,    and    encourage    them,    train    them,    and    mentor    them    into    being    productive    and participating   members   of   society,   perhaps   they   won’t   repeat   the   errs   of   the   ways   of   preceding adults in their lives. Townships   have   the   latitude   to   create   programs   to   better   the   lives   of   their   citizens.      I   have   a vision   of   helping   adults   who   are   currently   unable   to   take   care   of   their   basic   needs   while simultaneously   mentoring   our   youth   so   they   can   flourish   and   become   contributing   members of   our   Township.      This   will   reduce   the   need   for   general   assistance   thereby   streamlining   our Township in the future and reducing taxes. In   closing,   I   believe   we   are   stronger   when   we   work   together.      Community   collaboration   is imperative.        When    our    Township    facilitates    ongoing    collaboration    between    education, business,   and   organizations   in   our   community,   everybody   wins.      I   have   spent   much   of   the   five years   of   my   employment   with   Sterling   Township   building   relationships   and   collaborating   within this community, and I plan to continue.
© Sterling Township 2015
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  As     Sterling     Township     Supervisor,     I     have     a responsibility      to      support   and   represent   everyone within    Sterling    Township    as    we    move    forward together.   Let   me   start   by   saying,   I   was   born   and   raised   in Sterling,    and    I’ve    been    a    respected    citizen    for many   years.      I’m   one   of   8   children   with   exemplary upbringing    by    my    parents,    Frank    Harts    Sr.    and Bobbie      Mae      Harts,      which      allowed      me      to understand    the    needs    of    this    great    community from   a   firsthand   view.      I   do   have   a   heart   for   the Sterling     Community,     especially     for     those     less fortunate. In    the    past,    I    have    been    a    foster    and    adoptive parent   for   many   children,      and   I’ve   adopted   6   of my   own,   attended   Northern   IL   University,   served   4 years   in   the   United   States   Air   Force,      produced   a music   CD   album,   written   a   book   on   the   lives   of   my parents,   and   traveled   throughout   the   country,   but Sterling Illinois will always be my home. While    I    believe    in    creating    opportunities    which allow   those   in   need   to   “Aim   High”   I’d   like   to   be instrumental   in   giving   them   a   hand   up,   and   not just   a   hand   out.      While   this   takes   more   effort   on the   part   of   both   the   givers   and   receivers,   I   believe it builds a stronger community for the long term. The   3   main   lawful   requirements      of   a   Township are: To   maintain   the   roads   and   bridges   outside   of   the City limits To   provide   general   assistance   to   the   indigent   and poor To   assess   the   real   value   of   properties   within   the Township There   are   no   better   Staff   than   who   we   have   in place right now to carry out these duties. My current goals include: Financial   Stability   and   Accountability    –   To   have procedures    and    controls    in    place    for    money handling    complete    with    checks    and    balances, spending        controls        and        monitoring,        and accountability     for     staff,     such     as     background checks   and   drug   screening.      We   have   made   many other   improvements   within   the   Township   to   make sure we are lawfully sound. Community    communication     –    Aside    from    the community’s   welcomed   involvement   in   the   twice monthly   Township   board   meetings,   I   will   seek   to engage    the    greater    community    through    other modes.      While   every   idea   or   suggestion   cannot   be implemented,   serious   consideration   will   be   given to the voices of the people of Sterling Township. Youth   Services    –   Positive   support   for   the   youth of   our   community.         If   we   invest   in   our   youth   now, and    encourage    them,    train    them,    and    mentor them     into     being     productive     and     participating members    of    society,    perhaps    they    won’t    repeat the   errs   of   the   ways   of   preceding   adults   in   their lives. Townships   have   the   latitude   to   create   programs   to better   the   lives   of   their   citizens.      I   have   a   vision   of helping   adults   who   are   currently   unable   to   take care    of    their    basic    needs    while    simultaneously mentoring    our    youth    so    they    can    flourish    and become   contributing   members   of   our   Township.     This   will   reduce   the   need   for   general   assistance thereby   streamlining   our   Township   in   the   future and reducing taxes. In   closing,   I   believe   we   are   stronger   when   we   work together.      Community   collaboration   is   imperative.     When        our        Township        facilitates        ongoing collaboration    between    education,    business,    and organizations   in   our   community,   everybody   wins.     I    have    spent    much    of    the    five    years    of    my employment     with     Sterling     Township     building relationships      and      collaborating      within      this community, and I plan to continue.
© Sterling Township 2015
Sterling Township

Matthew J. Howze, Supervisor

815.625.3990 ext 105

supervisor@sterlingtownship.com