The City Council race has narrowed by one due to the action taken at the latest City Council meeting.
The board voted 5-4 to keep the municipal code in place that prohibits anyone with an interest in the sale of alcohol from holding office.
This proved to be a problem for Jimmy Bergeron, the owner of the Wise Boxer Pour House and City Council candidate, who temporarily suspended his campaign prior to the vote. If elected, he wouldn’t be able to renew his liquor license during his term in office.
Ultimately, the decision came down to a conflict of interest for the board.
“I don’t like the fact that this is a community service job and you’re up here to serve the community, and if you’re recusing yourself 36 times I don’t think you’re serving the public,” said Councilman Paul Hinterlong.
“In the case of reprimand or enforcement, I think that could be a real issue,” said Councilman Steve Chirico. “A sitting councilman, who holds a liquor license, who has a violation and the Mayor needs now to enforce and penalize that person.
Bergeron disagreed and thought the issue should be left for the voters to decide, but now won’t have a say at all.
“I’m extremely disappointed, from the beginning of this I’ve been trying to take the high road and obviously tonight petty politics won out,” said Jimmy Bergeron. “I think they were looking for an excuse to keep me out of the election, and the red herring issue being the recusal issue.”
In other ongoing discussions, the board voted to table a vote on added regulations surrounding the sale and use of alternative nicotine products, until a new board takes office.
And finally, Mayor Pradel had an important announcement for the group.
“I A. George Pradel and the City of Naperville do hereby proclaim April 2, 2015 as the World Autism Awareness Day in the City of Naperville,” said Pradel.
Several organizations came out to accept the proclamation including individuals from both school District 203 and 204.
In honor of the special day, Turning Pointe will be distributing blue lights for residents to use on their porch, and the Naperville Park District will also be lighting Moser Tower blue from April 1-13.
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