Sep 122020
 

This is a great time for Naperville city officials to deceptively slide a bad deal on Naperville residents and businesses. City officials are utilizing the “Never let a bad situation go to waste” principle. The bad situation is COVID and just about everything else going wrong in the country. The bad deal is city officials pushing Radiofrequency (RF) Smart water-meters on residents homes and Naperville businesses.

Naperville city officials did this a few years ago with electric meters. To say it was contentious is a huge understatement. City officials used force in an all-out assault on residents to install the unwanted meters on homes. Naperville moms were cuffed and arrested and tossed into the slammer. Residents formed the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group, law suits were filed against the City (Fourth Amendment violations) which resulted in huge, 6-figure financial settlements payed out by the City.  Naperville’s family-friendly image took a big hit.

The Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group of dedicated, highly educated and informed residents was committed to exposing the truth and fighting for informed consent, and trying to protect all Naperville residents in Federal Court against the city of Naperville’s attempts to force residents into submission.

Now city officials are trying to push RF digital water meters onto residents using the same lame arguments including residents being able to see how much water they are using in real time and identifying water leaks. That requires residents to watch their water meters like they watch TV; that’s not going to happen.

The city of Naperville said Smart Meters for electric would save residents money. Not one resident has saved a dime. If there is one, please let me know. This time city officials are not pushing that lie because residents will pay more. Prior to councilman John Krummen taking up space on the city council, he was a smart-meter-flag-carrying, bugle boy for electric smart meters. Now he is doing the same for smart water-meters.

Major concerns about electric utility RF Smart Meters included health risks, privacy rights issues, security breaches, and skyrocketing costs for electricity. The same concerns apply to RF smart water meters.

Smart water-meters only benefit the city, not the water customers, and smart water-meters frequently overcharge customers, sometimes into the thousands of dollars. Ask Tinley Park residents or Google “smart meters water overbilling” for thousands of examples, nationwide.

Finally, if you want to opt-out and keep your current water meter, you can do that, however the city will punish you with a monthly opt-out fee. Keep in mind that the monthly fee can and will increase until you give up and acquiesce. It’s the Golden Rule, “he who has the gold, makes the rules” and the City has the gold.

Sep 052020
 

Let the fun continue, election time is getting closer. No, I’m not talking about the one in 58 days, I’m talking about the one in 212 days, the Naperville city council election, April 6, 2021. Four city council seats are up for grabs including seats currently occupied by Judy Brodhead, Kevin Coyne, John Krummen, and Benny White, with two of those four (Brodhead and Coyne) destined to become fading memories in Naperville’s history.

Coyne, determined to ignite the DuPage County Republican organization (yes, there is one) into action by announcing his candidacy for DuPage County Board in District 5. His only problem is that he is great candidate, and the great ones often get overlooked for lesser ones.

Brodhead’s expiration date of effectiveness on the council is long overdue. Her greatest contributions to the council are providing a classic example of the need for term limits, and informing residents that “dogs don’t bark”. She joined the city council back when dirt was new, occupying space since in 2009.

Benny White’s position on the council for re-election appears to be the best bet, considering his platform on leadership with diversity and inclusion. Sometimes somebody appears at the right time for the right reason, and White is that person.

If there is an incumbent candidate vulnerable for defeat, it would be John Krummen, not that Krummen hasn’t been good, but if ‘better’ is possible, then ‘good’ is not enough. Being an incumbent is a big advantage, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky can attest to that. It doesn’t mean that Trubisky can hit the broad side of a barn, just that people know his name.

For now, council members Patty Gustin, Paul Hinterlong, Patrick Kelly, and Theresa Sullivan are safe until 2023 when their terms expire. Mitch Trubisky is safe too until the first set-of-downs (possession) ends, then it’s all about performance and results. The same needs to apply for members of the city council.