Anybody can find themselves on the wrong side of an issue occasionally. It happens to all of us. However there are some who find themselves on the wrong side of decisions and issues quite often. When it comes to Naperville city officials, the names that keep popping up are councilmen Bob Fieseler, Grant Wehrli, and Naperville city manager Doug Krieger.
Their problem is that they can’t run from their voting record. Naperville residents problem is that they suffer from the results of Fieseler’s and Wehrli’s decisions. When you add city manager Doug Krieger’s ill-advised decisions to the mix, that leaves the residents of Naperville behind a gigantic 8-ball.
Both Fieseler and Wehrli, along with Krieger continue to push the fingers of Naperville residents into live electrical sockets, and it doesn’t stop. It started in 2007 with the horrible decision to purchase power from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA). Both Fieseler and Wehrli were naive in thinking purchasing power from ‘renewable sources’ and ‘going green’ would be a better investment than using less expensive natural gas alternatives. They were oh so wrong, and now the residents of Naperville find themselves looking at higher energy rates than most other communities throughout the country.
After digging that hole, when most others would throw away their shovels, they continued to dig the hole deeper by doing a money-grab from the Department of Energy and pushing a not-so Smart Grid program at Naperville residents and forcing the installation of not-so Smart Meters on homes and businesses in Naperville. This lead to the arrests of two Naperville women for protecting their homes and families from those forced installations. The City of Naperville’s image took a major hit when the arrests were seen throughout the country as an example of ‘local government gone wild’.
Not only were councilmen Fieseler and Wehrli instrumental in fostering negative press towards Naperville, they also supported and spear-headed another ill-advised decision to choose a vendor to develop an e-portal system for the grid, that failed miserably and cost Naperville residents almost $800,000. Then to add insult to injury for residents, the city filed a lawsuit against the nearly bankrupt company which will cost residents even more money. There simply is no end to how much tax-payer money, Naperville city officials are willing to waste towards lost causes.
Chances are that if you are looking for city manager Doug Krieger, you will find him somewhere in the inky shadows of city hall, approving another expense-acquisition for more shovels. As for Fieseler and Wehrli, they are most likely at the local Home Depot or Menards in the shovel department.