There must be times when Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico thinks he is dealing with a dais half-full of misfits. Of course he would never admit to it. He has too much class to do that, and the fact is that he has to work with the other eight council members. Wouldn’t it be interesting to crawl into his mind occasionally when he is driving home after a council meeting reflecting on the night’s events and the folks he had to listen to.
If it wasn’t for the ‘need’ to be politically correct, I’m sure he would have some classic comments for folks addressing the council and other council members wanting face-time during meetings. For example, during the last Naperville city council meeting, councilwoman Rebecca Boyd-Obarski brought up an idea about BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training) in Naperville. Currently all servers of alcohol in Naperville are required to take the training, and then be re-certified (with training and education) every three years, which also is a State of Illinois requirement. Councilwoman Obarski would like to see re-certification be changed to yearly rather than every three years. Watch and listen as Obarski presents the idea:
Are you kidding me. Every year. That’s outrageous. Let’s take it a step further. Let’s do it monthly. Or better yet, why not require every server to review a one-minute Cliff Notes style video version of the training before serving any alcohol drink. I mean if a little bit of training (every three years) is good, then more training yearly has to be even better. And before serving each drink would be the best. Naperville likes to set a high bar (pun intended) when it comes to being first or the best with everything. Being the first kid on the block with a new-style Pogo stick is not always a wise idea.
This is a classic example of councilwoman Obarski’s mind-set for over-regulation. No consideration is given to unintended consequences. Fortunately for businesses and residents of Naperville, Mayor Chirico (who is also the liquor commissioner) is sitting behind the steering wheel at the dais and can tactfully lead the council in the right direction, which is exactly what he did.
How refreshing it would be, if he could occasionally say, “councilman/councilwoman, you must be nuts”. For those of us viewing it online or live on TV, we have the luxury of not needing to be PC.