It was just a few years ago that Naperville officials were promising residents that not-so Smart Meters would save money on their electric bills. That was part of the propaganda that officials used to push the idea. The Naperville city council along with city manager Doug Krieger pushed the idea so hard and fast, that they had to resort to handcuffing and arresting residents who dared to protect their homes and families from the forced installation of the unwanted meters.
The City of Naperville pushed so hard, that one resident was pushed into the court system. The resident, after spending emotion, money and time was found not guilty in a jury trial; the City of Naperville lost, which means Naperville tax payers lost. City officials never lose money or time personally, so they have no problem dragging residents through the court gauntlet also known as municipal bullying.
That was the previous Naperville city council, not the current one. It was also the previous Mayor, and the previous Chief City Attorney, both of whom are gone. In fact, the only current city council members remaining from the initial vote to approve the not-so Smart Meters are Judith Brodhead and Paul Hinterlong. The other seven city council members who approved the initial vote for the meters are long gone.
There is a third current Naperville city councilman who was instrumental in getting the meters approved, and that is councilman John Krummen who was one of the Naperville Smart Grid ambassadors. Those were the folks whom city officials ‘planted’ in the audience during council meetings to help push the not-so-smart meter fiasco. Who can erase the sight of Krummen slouched over the podium, addressing the city council, while taking side glances over his shoulder at the audience. If only someone would have suggested to Krummen to raise the microphone, it would be easier to erase the memories of his slouched-over presentations.
By the end of the summer, the score will be two electric rate increases and zero savings to residents.
And whatever happened to all those electric charging stations throughout Naperville that were supposed to serve all those anticipated alternative fuel vehicles? Remember those electric vehicles that council members would tool around town, for a minute or two before they would return to their gas powered sedans and SUV’s in the inky shadows of the municipal parking lot.
The only way I can get the image of Krummen slouched-over the podium off my mind, is to picture the previous council members all piling into an electric vehicle. It reminds me of when I was a little kid going to the circus and watching clowns getting into a clown car. It was really funny then. It’s sort of funny now, except that it’s the residents who are left paying for the council’s unwise decisions.