Hello, residents and friends of Naperville! September is here, and that means school is back in session.
I’ve been noticing a lot of “close calls” between motorists and bicyclists in recent weeks, and with children walking and biking to and from school each day, it is so important for everyone to be to be aware of their surroundings. Bicyclists, please make sure to obey the rules of the road. Those rules include using hand signals to indicate to drivers that you are stopping or turning, riding predictably in a straight line and not swerving in the road or between parked cars, riding in the same direction as traffic and always wearing a properly fitted and fastened helmet. None of us want to see anyone hurt or killed, so please be smart while riding. More tips are available on the city of Naperville website at www.naperville.il.us/bikepedsafety.aspx.
Just as staying safe on the road takes teamwork between all who share the space, keeping our beloved city running takes everyone’s hard work and dedication. With the city’s annual employee recognition event taking place this month, I want to say thank you to all city employees as well as those who work for our intergovernmental partners. By working together as a team, Naperville’s quality of life is second to none. Our employees are the greatest asset of our beautiful city — thank you for everything you do.
Think about the wonderful amenities we enjoy in our everyday lives, be it the Riverwalk, the downtown, retail shops and restaurants, parks, schools and so many more. Employees of these organizations go above and beyond to do the best they can, and their dedication is unparalleled. Whether you are a policeman, fireman, waiter or waitress, custodian, lifeguard, administrative assistant, teacher or utility worker — everyone has a role to play in the city’s success. Please don’t overlook the work these employees perform.
They want to help make this community the best it can be. Because of this, I and the entire City Council say thank you.
I’d also like to thank our city leaders that I am so very fortunate to work with. Our individual city department directors are part of what is called the Director Leadership Team, known around City Hall as the DLT. Whereas Council sets city policy and paints the “big picture” of the municipality Naperville should be, the DLT and our City Manager Doug Krieger bring that vision to life. It’s that leadership and all employees working together that keep Naperville the city all others aspire to be.
I believe we are succeeding in being that leader to other municipalities as well. Recently, Gov. Pat Quinn visited the Public Works Service Center to announce grant funding to build our new Environmental Collection Center, which will allow residents from the entire region to safely dispose of everything from traditional recyclables to household hazardous waste.
He was impressed by our existing facilities and how Naperville operates, and I believe it is a testament to the city’s dedication to maintain our triple-A bond rating from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, balanced budget, and economic growth and development of our respective businesses and organizations.
So the next time you are out and about and see a worker in their daily role, please make sure to say thank you. You never know, it could change a life, or at least put a smile on his or her face.
While we are very fortunate and blessed to be a leading-edge city, we must also work together as a team to make sure no one goes unnoticed who may be struggling. There are those living among us who are facing hard times even as the economy recovers.
Please make it a point to reach out to those who may need extra help and keep searching for little ways to make life better for others. Sometimes, we need to look deep into the shadows to truly see what is happening with those around us. I know together we can make a difference, Naperville.