The Naperville city council may need to be re-educated about conducting council meetings considering that between June 22 and August 15, a period of 55 days, there was only one Naperville city council meeting (July 19). During that nearly eight week period of time, the city was working quite efficiently. Fewer meetings meant fewer ordinances, less regulation, fewer unwise decisions, and fewer problems. It sounds like a formula we may want to explore.
When you think about it, why do we need all those council meetings? Wouldn’t one per month be sufficient? And why do we need all those city council members? Nine seems to be redundant, when three council members would be more efficient. If council members spoke less, and residents spoke more, I think our Founding Fathers would be proud. Naperville has nine city council members, while our country had seven Founding Fathers (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Franklin and Hamilton). They built a foundation and framework for our country. One would think that if they could do that, then Naperville city officials could be more efficient and effective by streamlining their words and actions.
When the Naperville city council approves an ordinance, it often times has more words than any amendment in the Bill of Rights. In fact, there are more words in Naperville’s liquor ordinances than there are in the Constitution of the United States.
The Naperville city council is in a power struggle with a Naperville Township supervisor to reduce the inefficiency and redundancy of government. It’s a good idea. It would also be a good idea to do the same within the City of Naperville.