If you have ever been part of a Homeowners Association, chances are you won’t want to do it a second time; it’s only as good as its leadership. If leadership incorporates common sense in its decision making process, then it’s good for the members. If common sense is not part of the equation, then it can be miserable for members. In a sense, the Naperville city council is a Home Owners Association, with businesses being the members; comply with council mandates, or life will be miserable.
During the most recent city council meeting, an agenda item (Downtown Design Standards) was the topic of discussion, including colors, paint vs. stain, percentages of accent colors, etc. You know you are living in a town without many problems if almost 20% of time of a city council meeting is devoted to paint, stain, and colors on downtown buildings.
Watch and listen to Naperville councilman Paul Hinterlong as he questions the subtleties of paint and stain:
Watch and listen to councilwoman Theresa Sullivan as she expresses concern about another layer of bureaucracy making it more challenging to operate a business in Naperville:
Leave it to an Air Force fighter pilot in Arizona to ask, “does Naperville leadership have nothing more to worry about than a color scheme on a local business”. Watch and listen to councilman Ian Holzhauer as he ‘nails it’ by relating the story:
When it came time to vote on the issue to add more restrictions on businesses, or keep the current policy, the vote was to keep “it as it is” prompting the best question of the night by councilman Paul Hinterlong:
I guess it depends upon what the definition of ‘is’ is.