|General Assistance is a cooperative effort between the
Township and Residents who have limited resources or none. General Assistance
pays for needs of residents who are unemployed or disabled and who have
no other forms of income assets. Lemont Township administers General
Assistance on a needs allowance basis, meaning that the need must exist
before General Assistance funds are provided.
|The township supervisor serves as chief executive officer
of the township. The supervisor’s duties and responsibilities include
serving as chairman of the township board of trustees, supervisor of
the general assistance program and treasurer of all town funds including
general assistance, and road and bridge funds.
Unlike a mayor or village board president, the supervisor may vote
on all matters before the town board. Generally speaking, other chief
executive government officers may vote only to break a tie. In this
regard the supervisor serves as a trustee and may make or second motions,
participate in all legislative decision and should exercise voting
power on all issues before the board.
The supervisor maintains sole jurisdiction over the general assistance
office and may employ necessary workers without prior approval of
the township board of trustees. Salaries for the workers must be appropriated
by ordinance from the general assistance budget.
In administering the township general assistance programs, the supervisor
adheres to standards approved by the Illinois Department of Human Services.