Naperville city officials don’t like talking when they screw things up. If you ever want to end a discussion with most Naperville city council members, simply ask him or her a question about one of their many screw-ups or anything to do with his or her accountability in the matter. There is no better way to clear out a room full of Naperville city officials , than to ‘call them out’ on a bad decision. They will leave that room faster than a room gets dark after turning off the light switch.
However, to the Naperville city council’s credit they have figured out a way to avoid tripping over each other when rushing out of a room to avoid answering residents’ questions. They simply file a lawsuit, as they did against Calico Energy Inc., and then hide behind the lawsuit, saying they can’t comment on a pending lawsuit. Brilliant on their part.
Calico is the company that the City of Naperville paid almost $780,000 to develop software supporting Naperville’s ill-advised Smart Grid program and specifically the forced installation of so-called Smart Meters on homes and businesses in Naperville. The council’s decision to use Calico has been a colossal failure. Calico was in line for more than $900,000 in payments for the ePortal work, which means Naperville city officials forked over 87% of the contract’s fees ($780,000 our tax dollars) and in return got nothing more than a vendor who is on the brink of bankruptcy according to City Attorney Margo Ely.
Watch and listen to Naperville resident Mike Anderson as he states the facts and questions the city council, and listen closely to councilman Bob Fieseler’s comments at the end.
Councilman Fieseler says, “Could we have done better….who knows”. Are you kidding me, $780,000 wasted and he still doesn’t know.
He then said, “one vendor out of 15”, implying that’s not so bad. First of all we don’t know about the other 14 vendors yet, and one inept vendor (decision on the council’s part) is one too many. How about the next 15 times Fieseler applies his vehicle’s brakes, they work 14 times.
Then councilman Bob Fieseler finishes by saying, “Be careful what we say as officials, because there is a lawsuit pending”. Councilmen Fieseler was the ‘flag carrier’ and councilman Grant Wehrli was the ‘bugle boy’ for pushing the Smart Meter fiasco on the residents of Naperville, and now they both hide behind a lawsuit.
Councilman Bob Fieseler will be running for re-election to the Naperville city council, while councilman Grant Wehrli, anticipating local voter-backlash and defeat in the next council election, has decided to run for election in Illlinois’ 41st District.
Sooner or later both will have to address their part in this debacle, because sooner or later the voters will be voting.