This simple question has been getting bounced around for quite some time, and it may finally be getting to the point of being resolved.
The idea of consolidating maintenance of 16 to 20 miles of Naperville Township roads with the City of Naperville was presented to Stan Wojtasiak, Naperville Township Highway Commissioner. The goal, according to Naperville city councilman Kevin Coyne was to save residents up to $800,000, by creating less government while lowering taxes. Seems like a great idea, except that Wojtasiak didn’t believe that much could be saved. If the savings was only $10, it’s still a great idea.
The problem is that Wojtasiak is the person making the final decision to do it, or not to do it. He found every way possible to delay making the decision. His job security trumped saving residents money and consolidating government.
The City of Naperville placed a non-binding referendum on the recent November ballot, with approximately 90% of township and city voters approving of the City of Naperville taking over the road maintenance for the Naperville Township. This still wasn’t good enough for Wojtasiak. Control, power, and personal gains are very difficult for government folks to give up.
Wojtasiak could see the writing on the wall, and decided to play an offensive maneuver by cutting a deal with Lisle Township bypassing the City of Naperville’s offer. This was not about common sense, this was all about a power struggle between Wojtasiak and Naperville city officials. Unfortunately Naperville city and township residents were caught in the middle.
That takes us to the most recent action by Coyne and Naperville Township Supervisor Rachel Ossyra to submit a request to the DuPage County Circuit Court for a binding-referendum to be placed on April 4th ballot asking:
“Shall the Naperville Township Road District and the Lisle Township Road District be consolidated into one consolidated township road district?”
The date for the court hearing on the referendum is January 9th, with January 26 being the last day to finalize the April 4th ballot. Maybe everybody will finally be able put the issue to rest and move forward.