Naperville has an emergency. It’s not a spiking crime wave, or speeding vehicles, or J-walking; it’s not even overdue books at the library. It’s something far worse than any of those things; it’s artwork. Century Walk, through its president Brand Bobosky, wants more money for more artwork. You can’t blame Bobosky, it’s his job to get as much money as he can, as soon as he can, to get more artwork before there is a run on artwork, making artwork unavailable. Did I mention artwork? It would be like running out of water, or food, or sesame seeds. Not only does he need more money, he needs it yesterday, but today will do. All he had to do is convince five of nine city council members, To Bobosky’s credit, he did it in spectacular fashion. It was like cutting through soft butter with a hot knife.
Numerous speakers during the Public Forum portion of the meeting presented compelling reasons for the council to wait until the Century Walk task force presented a final report to the council, but it was obviously too much to ask; the five had already made up their minds to rush the decision. The five “lets-do-it now” council members included council members Patty Gustin, Paul Hinterlong, Paul Leong, Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, and Mayor Steve Chirico.
The one question that none of the five could answer was, why the rush? Why not wait for the report. Is artwork in Naperville truly an emergency. The five were utterly disrespectful to the members of the task force. Why should anybody ever volunteer to be part of a task force in Naperville, when their efforts go unrecognized and unappreciated.
Watch and listen to Brand Bobosky as he states, “this tax really works”. Of course it works, he outsmarted the council.
Now watch and listen to Dianne McGuire as he implores the council to ‘respect the process’ they created:
Watch and listen to Lucy Evans, former city council candidate as she points out possible “violation of IRS code”
Finally watch and listen to Melvin Kim as he makes a compelling case for ‘missing foundational process’:
Four Naperville city council members (Ian Holzhauer, Patrick Kelly, Teresa Sullivan, and Benny White) made a valiant effort to protect our tax dollars by exercising their fiduciary responsibility to all Naperville residents. The primary responsibility of the city council is to wisely oversee the City’s budget. Rushing decisions should never be part of the equation. Lack of planning on the council’s part, does not constitute an emergency for Naperville’s tax payers.