Who doesn’t like good Italian food, combined with live music and dancing, wrapped around a great festive time with friends? Well there are at least seven people, and they are all on the Naperville city council. And of the seven, who is the biggest curmudgeon of them all; that would have to be Naperville councilman John Krummen.
It all unfolded during the February 6 Naperville city council meeting when John Barry, owner and CEO of Star Events tried to re-open the door for approving Festa Italiana, at the Naper Settlement proposed for August 3-5. The event had been in the works for over a year, and then an unclear, cumbersome, and flawed process caused the plug to get pulled, time ran out, and the fun event disappeared into the inky shadows of the Municipal Center.
Watch and listen as Barry has his three minutes to resurrect the opportunity, and pay special attention how Krummen builds Barry’s hopes with a few words, only to be trampled within seconds as Krummen hides behind ‘process’.
Now watch and listen as the city clerk tries to clarify the processes, followed by a question from Mayor Chirico, when Krummen, again points out that he is a ‘process-guy’ only to have him conclude that it “sounds like we (the city) need to clean up some of our processes”.
So people, (residents, event planners, etc.) are held accountable to flawed processes. The amazing thing is that not only are the recipients of a fun event denied the opportunity of the event, the city and Naper Settlement also lose positive economic impact because of flawed processes.
Only two members (Mayor Chirico and council member Patty Gustin) of the nine-member council voted to reconsider the event. Gustin pointed out “As a city council, we have said to the Settlement, to do things to make the Settlement relevant, do things to increase the budget, increase revenues, and things like that, so it is not a tax burden on taxpayers, this is exactly what they are doing, and for us to deny it, is kind of like speaking out of both sides of your mouth.”
No less than three times, during the 40-minute council discussion, Krummen mentioned that he is a ‘process guy’; maybe he needs to change and amend his comment by saying he is an ‘effective-process guy’. In essence, Krummen, through the council’s vote, was saying to the fine folks of Naperville, “You get nothing. You lose. Good day sir!”