The Riverside Township Board of Trustees will name the township assessor’s office in honor of Schofield “Scuffy” Gross, the longtime former assessor who died last month at the age of 88.
Township officials announced their intention to dedicate the office, which is on the third floor of the township hall, 27 Riverside Road, in July. A 12-by-5-inch bronze plaque with Gross’ name and dates he served as assessor – 1969 to 2009 – will be mounted on the wall outside the door to the office.
“He was so proud of that office,” said Township Supervisor Rich Tuscher at the July meeting where the idea of the memorial plaque was presented.
A similar plaque on the first floor of the building is mounted outside Room 4, which is dedicated to former Township Supervisor Gary Wilt. At the township board’s meeting on Aug. 9, Tuscher said the new plaque would cost about $320.
At the July meeting of the township board, Riverside Township Lions Club President Alex Gallegos offered for the club to help pay for the cost of a plaque. Gallegos said the club would have liked Gross’ connection with the Lions to be indicated on the plaque, but the township board opted to keep things simple.
Gallegos said the club will discuss ways to memorialize both Gross, and longtime club member Dennis Sadilek, who died last week, at their September meeting.
Second plaque for Topinka?
As the Riverside Township Board of Trustees put the final touches on its request to cast a bronze plaque memorializing the late Judy Baar Topinka and dedicating the Riverside Township Hall’s auditorium in her honor, there’s word a second plaque may accompany it.
Earlier this year, R. Jason Klein, president and CEO of Bolingbrook-based Award Emblem Manufacturing Inc., offered to donate a plaque to honor Topinka, who was a friend of the family for more than three decades.
“Our memory of her will always live on, which is why we would like to offer to design and manufacture a plaque that you can display in the auditorium in her honor,” Klein wrote to the township board in March.
The additional plaque would contain more biographical information that the one approved by the township board and which will be cast soon. While the township’s plaque will indicate Topinka’s years as state representative, state senator, treasurer and comptroller, the second plaque tentatively would include a more than 150-word narrative of her life.
The plaque is more in line with what Topinka’s son, Joseph, had pitched to the township board, and which the board declined.
All of the plaques will be discussion items on the township board’s agenda on Sept. 13.