The clock is ticking for the current Naperville city council (61 days until the municipal election) and we saw our first glimpse that the council is gearing-up to slam decisions through a vote before they leave. Apparently most council members, including Krause and Hinterlong, have little faith in the decision-making ability of the the next sitting council.
The issue was whether or not to increase the city manager’s authority to settle claims from $25,000 to $50,000. Watch and listen as councilman Fieseler wants to table it for the next city council to decide, Krause is concerned about limiting transparency, and Chirico thinks city manager Krieger knows what he is doing:
Now watch and listen to council member Judith Brodhead, as she also wants to table it, newly appointed council member Tom Miers asks a good question, and Naperville city attorney Jill Pelka-Wilger answers his question:
The real question is why is this such an issue now, when there have only been two settlements during the last two years within the $25K to $50K range? That is one settlement per year. What does the Naperville city council know, that they don’t want residents to know? There must be something coming down the road, or a lot of ‘somethings’ for this to become an issue ‘now’, that has to be decided ‘now’. The trust level towards Naperville city officials has again reached the level of critical. What are those rascally council members up to?
Watch and listen as councilman Paul Hinterlong implies the next city council doesn’t know history, and will be slow on the uptake, and then he alludes to the white elephant in the room, when he says, “Either we believe in what our city manager (Doug Krieger) is doing, or we don’t”
Hinterlong nailed it in a way he didn’t intend. A very large number of residents and business owners don’t believe in our city manager for one simple reason; he often times doesn’t know what he’s doing and his actions confirm that suspicion.
The issue finally came to a vote, but not before councilman Bob Fieseler mentioned the obvious….the ‘C’ word….’Concealment’
Only Fieseler and Krause voted against concealment, while the others slammed the decision through. Another classic example of the Naperville city council professing transparency while conspiring otherwise in the inky shadows of city hall corridors.