Could the Naperville city council give old folks a break? They could, but would they? Probably not. And how do I get away with calling old folks, old? Well, I am one, in fact, I am closer to 100 than I am to 50. If Culver’s can give me a 5% discount on a ButterBurger, can’t city officials do a little something for a person’s successful effort to make it into their not-so-golden years. How about a little ‘shout out’ like “Wow, you’re really an old guy! Congratulations!”
Or how about this. The Naperville Police Department, along with AARP, offers a two-day refresher, Smart Driver Program, specifically for folks over 50, helping mature drivers to stay safe. The cost is $25, ($20 for AARP members). Space is limited to 50 attendees. Wouldn’t it be nice if the City would cover the $1000 – $1250 expense for Golden-Oldies to attend, as a show of support for the group most-hammered by inflation.
If city officials say, “we can’t do that, that’s reverse age-discrimination”. That’s a little weak, but OK, how about this; cover the residents 40% portion of side walk repair / replacement adjacent to their property. The City currently does not cover the expense of fixing sidewalks in need of repair. Evanston and Schaumburg, along with other cities cover the repair cost, why not Naperville. City officials say those cities are smaller than Naperville, so it’s easier for them to cover the expense, which mathematically makes no sense. If that’s the case, how is it that cities of comparable size (Fort Collins, Colorado, and Overland Park, Kansas) fully fund replacement.
Naperville councilwoman Patty Gustin is not in favor of helping residents with the replacement cost, focusing more on the effect it would have on the city’s budget, and the rising inflationary cost. Naperville councilwoman Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, has a different take on the issue stating she has always been concerned with the City not fully covering the expense, and letting it fall on the residents.
Wouldn’t it be nice if city officials factored in the concept of giving residents a break, when it came to the heavy load of expense they carry, especially in the current financial crunch folks are experiencing.