For years now, Naperville city officials have been patting each other on the back, and congratulating themselves regarding the financial soundness of their city-owned electric utility. They actually believed in their own rhetoric. Watch and listen as city manager Doug Krieger proudly waves a bogus five-year rate study, at residents thinking he could fool all the residents, all the time.
Naperville residents said, “No, you’ve got it all wrong”. Would city officials listen. Of course not, because they have all the answers. Last year the Electric Utility was $5 million in the black. Now less than 1 year later, city officials are $25 million in the red. If you listen to City Manager Doug Krieger, and look at the city website, everything seems great. But $25 million in the hole is an abysmal failure.
So now the rate study showing a 0%, 0%, 2%, 2%, and 2% increases over a five-year period was nothing more than smoke and mirrors on Krieger’s part. Increases will be closer to double-digit. Krieger’s answer, is that the last thing he wants to do is raise the rates. Watch and listen as Krieger starts dancing.
Does Krieger think he’s been a ‘good guardian’ of the electric utility and Naperville residents’ tax dollars. Here is what he says.
Here’s where it starts to get more interesting. Watch and listen to Naperville councilman Bob Fieseler as he directly confronts Krieger’s performance.
Finally a council member appears to have had enough (long overdue) of Krieger’s mis-information and lack of strong and competent leadership.
Krieger still doesn’t get it, and to the credit of Bob Fieseler he comes at Krieger again, and Krieger can’t handle the truth.
These exchanges between councilman Fieseler and Krieger may have been Fieseler’s most brilliant since he’s been on the council. Kudos for councilman Bob Fieseler for thinking, identifying, and saying, what residents have known for quite some time. Naperville city manager Doug Krieger doesn’t seem to have the foggiest idea what he is doing.
Watch and listen as Doug Krause wants to know “who’s going to pay for it?” The residents are going to pay for it. Krause knows it, the residents know it, but Public Utilities Director of Electric (Mark Curran) can’t give a straight answer.
Watch and listen to Curran along with Chief Procurment Officer Michael Bevis embarrass themselves with their lack of awareness.
Finally, watch and listen to Krieger and Naperville city councilman Grant Wehrli when they attempt to “Hijack resident participation” by moving a public meeting to the daytime so fewer residents are available to voice their opinion.
How despicable is that. Does anybody even know if Wehrli has a job, other than taking care of himself. So Wehrli wants to “game” the residents by making inconvenient to those who do have a job.
This is the same Grant Wehrli who wants to be elected to represent Illinois’ 41st District in Springfield. For what reason? To sit in the back of the room and do nothing. Considering what he has done to Naperville, maybe that’s not a bad idea.