Some things are just not enjoyable, in fact they can be downright painful. Things like a letter from the IRS, or a dental appointment, or free tickets to a White Sox game. They can be miserable experiences.
Unfortunately the same can be said about appearing in front of the Naperville city council asking (pleading) for a variance in a code, as was the case during the June 2 council meeting when homeowner Dean Batotowski presented his request to install a pass-through circular driveway on his property. Watch and listen as he presents his idea:
Appearing in front of the council is the current day version of a public flogging. When the dust settled and the vote was taken, it wasn’t even close.
Eight votes against the homeowner, and one vote in favor (Kevin Gallaher). The homeowner simply wanted approval to improve his property allowing his family to enjoy life just a bit more without hurting anyone. None of his neighbors objected. No harm no foul, but that’s not how city officials saw it.
Move ahead to the June 16 city council meeting when the homeowner asked city council members, via email, to reconsider his request with modifications. The homeowner simply requested the council to listen. The vote to extend the courtesy was taken requiring this time a two-thirds ‘yes’ vote to approve the motion to reconsider. One would think that a resident-friendly council would welcome the opportunity to listen to a resident with a unanimous 9-0 vote, but not so with this council. Watch and listen to the council vote on whether or not to watch and listen to the homeowner:
The vote to listen was 6 to 3 in favor. The good news is that the homeowner can present his modified request. The not-so-good news is that council members Judy Brodhead, Patty Gustin, and John Krummen didn’t have the slightest interest in listening to a resident. Apparently they think they are busy, busy people with no time to listen, but isn’t this what they signed-on for when they campaigned for council membership.
Brodhead, Gustin, and Krummen were also probably pre-occupied with their devices when former council member Bob Fieseler shared his words of advice for new council members on the day they took their oath of office. Watch and listen as eight-year council member Fieseler encouraged the new council members to “Keep the human touch” and to “go lightly”.
Apparently Brodhead, Gustin, and Krummen were too busy to listen to Fieseler. For them, the discussion is over.