At the latest City Council meeting, Naperville welcomed a new member to the board.
Tom Miers was officially sworn into the council, joining the rest of the team for about three months, until all seats are up for grabs during the April 7 election. The President of Naperville Bank and Trust is no stranger to the community, having lived here for 40 years, and serving on numerous boards.
“It’s a real honor to fill Grant’s spot, we have a wonderful council and a great team on the staff and I look forward to providing a few months of leadership to the council and leadership to the city. I’m very excited about being able to contribute and help further all the good work that this community does,” said Tom Miers, Councilman for the city of Naperville.
Council then got down to business discussing and updating their fiscal policies.
They voted seven to two to allow the city manager to settle claims of up to $50,000 without approval from the council. That number is an increase from the previous cap of $25,000, which was set in 1999.
Council members Doug Krause and Robert Fieseler voted against that ordinance, arguing that it opens up the door for transparency issues.
“I think that we need to be aware of what’s going on, this is your government, your tax dollars being spent. I mean I voted against it when we gave the city manager the right to go from $50,000 to $100,000 to prove contracts. This way it’s your money, you should know what’s going on, transparency is important,” said Doug Krause, Councilman for the City of Naperville.
Some council members wanted to delay action, waiting until the new council takes office, but ultimately the majority agreed it’s just a matter of business.
“I don’t see what the problem is, this is a black and white policy as councilman Miers said and it’s not tying the hands of our city manager, either we believe in what our city manager is doing without city or we don’t is what I’m kind of getting the feel of, it’s updating a policy so we can get business done,” said Paul Hinterlong, Councilman for the City of Naperville.
City Manager Doug Krieger said his office would be happy to provide monthly reports to the council and the city website so the public is aware of future claims or severance packages settled between $25,000 and $50,000.
And finally, council recognized the life saving efforts of the Naperville Police Department.
Officers Jason Duffy and Jeremy Womack were given the lifesaving award for using the drug Narcan to help a teenage girl who overdosed on heroin on January 23.
The Naperville Police Department was trained to use the drug that helps reverse the effects of a heroin or opiate overdose just 3 days before the incident.
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