How easy is it to sway Naperville councilman Patrick Kelly’s position on an issue? The answer is that it is very easy to have him question his own decision-making ability. To a lesser degree, the same holds true for Naperville council members Judy Brodhead and Benny White.
It happened again during the October 20th city council meeting when Kelly asked his fellow council members to revisit the council’s decision to not donate an exhausted city ambulance to Naperville’s sister city, Cancun, Mexico.
During the October 6th city council meeting, city council member Theresa Sullivan questioned the issue of donating the ambulance, worth $7,000 to Cancun. The vote to donate the vehicle was 5 in favor, and 4 against, however the vote required 6 ‘yes’ votes to make it happen, hence it failed by 1 vote.
The four voting against the proposal were Kelly, Judith Brodhead, Benny White, and Sullivan. Brodhead and White sat on their hands with their microphones off, and said nothing during the discussion. Sullivan presented a compelling case against the donation, and Kelly tagged along on Sullivan’s coattail.
Now Kelly wants to open the discussion again, while Sullivan is steadfast with her original position. It will take only one vote to reach the needed six votes to approve the donation, and Kelly is that one vote, confirming that Patrick Kelly has a weather vane for a backbone.
So what exactly was Kelly’s epiphany that’s causing him to reverse his vote. Maybe we will find out during the next city council meeting Wednesday November 4th, and why didn’t he know it before the original vote?
The issue isn’t what happens to the old ambulance. The issue isn’t really the $7,000 value of the tired vehicle. The issue is how the Naperville city council operates on issues. Do they fully comprehend the issue for which they are voting? Do they have any idea what their constituents want? Do they listen, do they care?
They probably do listen, a little bit. They probably do care, little bit. Maybe even more-so during an election year.