Never a dull moment during Dog Days for news around here,
what with the DeKalb City Council and City Clerk Lynn Fazekas
feuding over who has control of the official city seal. The August
12 council meeting should be very entertainingand long.
It should not come as a surprise that there would be another
controversy centering on the city clerks position. There
have been no less than eight city clerks in and out of that office
in the decade since we moved back to DeKalb.
Ive known Lynn through her City Barbs Blog for most
of my time back here. Like me, she fancies herself as a government
watchdog; some would call us muckrakers, but that
has become a derogatory term for yellow journalism.
When she was appointed city clerk a year ago I wondered
out-loud if they were inviting the fox into the henhouse
so I waited for the feathers to fly. I have enjoyed her blog
posts over the years and think she is best at critiquing government
and officeholders, rather than handling the duties of rubber
stamping official documents.
What I hope doesnt happen is a legal hassle, which
will cost the city and taxpayers thousands in attorneys
fees and possibly even the potential for a lawsuit by the city
clerk for causing her undo stress or harassment, not an unfamiliar
allegation around city hall. Then we are talking big bucks, even
if an out-of-court settlement is reached.
I hope the city leaders dont decide the unused space
in the bowels of the old Nehring bank building, where city offices
are moving, would be a good place to relocate the city clerks
office. I asked local historian Steve Bigolin to give me a guided
tour of the bank basement and found a walkin vault, plus a number
of deadend passageways, even rooms carved out under the front
sidewalk on Lincoln Highway. The biggest
Converting this old bank basement vault into an office
for the city clerk is not being considered at the next council
meeting.This signage was not created at taxpayer expense, but
rather placed over the doorway by the columnist so he could remember
which vault of the four in the building he had photographed.
Looking deep inside you will find artifacts from DAAHA's museum
(Schrader photo for ShawMedia)DeKalbs official city seal depicts barbed wire,
corn, a scroll representing education, an eagle, and the date
1856 when the city was incorporated.