Sometimes you know it’s not going to be a good call when you look at caller ID or hear someone’s voice, and invariably you’re right. Same thing happens when you look at the ‘From’ line on an email, or go to your mailbox and look at the sender’s name, most notably when bills arrive.
When is the last time you received something in the mail from the City of Naperville and you were excited to receive it. The last time it happened to me is when I received an electric bill from the city and realized it was my neighbor’s bill mistakenly delivered to me.
The City of Naperville is not a source of good news for residents. Watch and listen to resident Sandy Glass when she addressed the Naperville city council during the Public Forum portion of the November 18th meeting as she refers to unwanted ‘Merry Christmas’ wishes from city officials.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Naperville city officials had good news for residents. Maybe a city owned vehicle with a loud speaker driving by your house and thanking you for watering your lawn on the right day at the right time. Or using the loud speaker to recognize a home owner for painting his or her house. Maybe even stopping by a lemonade stand and buying a cup of lemonade while congratulating the kids for working to earn money. Or how about surprising residents now and then with a letter in the mail thanking them for helping to make Naperville a great place to live.
Councilman Paul Hinterlong, during the same meeting, did make an effort to provide residents with a ‘Merry Christmas’ when he mentioned water rates might not increase as much as planned.
It’s almost like someone saying, that rather than hitting you in the head four times with a two-by-four, they were going to do it only twice. Now there’s a reason some joy.
In fairness to councilman Hinterlong, he did give an assist to Mother Nature, and he did add a bit of needed humor, to the meeting. Now if only we could get fewer of the typical ‘Merry Christmas’ wishes from Naperville city officials, we’d all be much happier.