Typically I watch the Naperville city council meeting in real time, either in person which I did for the first two years, or live on television over the last two years. I would go to the meeting in order to see council members either dozing off, talking among themselves, or playing with their hand-held devices while residents addressed the council during open forum. Occasionally during a council intermission or after a meeting, I would be able to hear and see a council member ‘going-off’ verbally on a resident. With the addition of councilmen Cherico, McElroy, and Wentz that doesn’t happen anymore, so watching on TV works for me, at least for now.
After looking at last Tuesday’s agenda, I decided not to watch in real time, but to record the meeting instead. I had two other opportunities instead. One was an opportunity to learn something at a continuing education event, and the other was sharpening my pencils. I chose the C.E event. I based my decision on the fact that the Naperville city council is truly not interested in solving the problem of over-serving in the downtown area of the city. Oh, they say they want to take a strong stand, and regain control of the nightly chaos, but they are not willing to do what is necessary to return the city to the residents and families of Naperville.
When I later watched the meeting, the council, as expected, did not let me down. They accomplished absolutely nothing with regard to the ongoing nightly liquor-fueled mayhem after 11:00pm in Naperville. City staff presented a number of light-weight remedies to the problem, and one-by-one the city council erased all but two from the list. The two that the council most likely will approve to solve all of Naperville’s alcohol problems include:
- additional training for employees (BASSET training)
- prohibit price reductions on drinks
Wow. Hours and hours of talking, and that’s it. Training employees, who most likely will be gone by spring when the street fighting intensifies, and no longer will anyone be able to get a beer for five-cents off. I should have sharpened my pencils. That would have been time better invested.