If you’re watching a sporting event, you typically have a team you’re pulling for, unless you’re simply a fan of the sport. You have the good guys, let’s say the Cubbies, and then you have the not-so-good guys which is anybody they are playing.
When it comes to government, it’s not as easy picking out the good guys, when they are in a pushing and shoving contest. That’s where things are at with the City of Naperville and the Naperville Township regarding Naperville’s offer to manage about 20 miles of of unincorporated township roads, thereby saving taxpayers close to $800,000.
Seems like a no-brainer, however when it comes to government, what seems like common sense is not part of the equation. Naperville city officials have been professional, cordial, and persistent in discussions with Township officials but progress is at a standstill.
The reason for the quagmire is that the decision rests solely with the Naperville Township highway commissioner, Stan Wojtasiak, who said a decision “may take a week, it may take a month, it may take a year”. Stan is not too eager to separate himself from the power or security of his position. Quickly now, name one government official who doesn’t share the same feeling.
During the recent three-hour Naperville Township meeting, which was packed with township residents, township employees, (and likely family members), along with Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, the audience had the opportunity to listen and get answers to their questions from Chirico. The audience was polled, and the vote was 46-42 not to allow Naperville’s mayor to speak or answer questions.
How could a group not even care enough to listen or get their questions answered, with the opportunity to save almost a million dollars in taxes. Well, if the meeting was packed with folks more concerned about the status quo, then it makes sense. However there were also township residents present who would benefit from savings in the form of reduced taxes, so what was up with that group.
Could it be a huge distrust towards Naperville’s city officials including the city council. Could it be the City of Naperville’s litany of issues involving the mistreatment of Naperville’s residents including the forced installation of Smart Meters on the homes of those residents, and the subsequent arrest of residents protesting the unlawful action by the City of Naperville. Could it be even more difficult now to gain the trust of township residents, with a class-action lawsuit against the City of Naperville looming on the horizon alleging fraud, at the expense of residents.
Could it be when it comes to township residents, “better the devil they know, than the devil they don’t know.”