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Mayor Responds to Recall Charges

Chiaverotti answers critics who have filed a recall petition against her, defending the city's stance in the Parkland Mall case and the decision to not allow a referendum in the lake park purchase.

The following is a letter Muskego Patch received from Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, who is the target of a recall effort along with Aldermen Keith Harenda and Neome Schaumberg.

The citizens and voters of Muskego are smart. They understand we have representative government and that recalls are not the democratic process but merely obstruct city work.

The City's legal counsel presented to the Common Council that the was not the proper subject matter. Therefore the Council was not bound to referendum. The petition also asked for a park development plan and costs associated. The Council recognized this and delayed the decision to before a final vote contingent on the property owner’s agreement. We are waiting response from the property owners.

All communications with regard to Parkland Mall litigation are done through legal counsel in closed session as to protect the interests of the City/public. The alderpersons have been fully informed of the allegations and the issues in the case through closed session updates.  The petitions are vague and unfounded in alleging there has been any kind of suppression.

The City’s positions have been represented through the City’s defense counsel in defending the case and the City awaits further opportunities set by the court to further respond to the allegations.  We are still in active litigation strongly defending against claims made by the Parkland Mall plaintiffs.

The City is working within the confines of court orders governing the litigation including orders for mediation and any current or future orders which would address opportunities for dismissal.

Efforts by this recall group and efforts of the Parkland Mall Plaintiffs are all meant to manipulate the litigation in favor of their private interests and as against the City’s/public’s interest.  It appears based on the information expressed by the recall group that confidential information discussed only in closed session has somehow become available.  It’s unreasonable to assert that information has been withheld from alderpersons when all the court proceedings, both federal and state, have been public and multiple; extensive, closed sessions have been held at which in depth of the litigation process and results have been presented.

The Parkland Mall Plaintiffs presented claims that sought as much as $120M at one point and the current demands continue to be extreme.  When the aldermen are speaking outside their authority of the Council with respect to the litigation then such action or statements can lead to additional allegations of liability against the City and publics best interest.

The Parkland Mall Plaintiffs are suing the city for matters involving alleged prior statements by former City officials.  Efforts to engender further unauthorized statements or actions are simply meant to manipulate the litigation to draw liability against the City in favor of their private interests.

Nate D. April 01, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Kathy is one of the most conservative people you know? Do you live under a rock? Did you pay any attention to her tax and spend record while an alderwomen or during her short time on the County Board. She never voted against new spending...never. She is far from conservative. I know that because I was at County Board meetings and witnessed it....where were you? You either do not know what it means to be a conservative or you are simply trying to mislead everyone.
The Anti-Alinsky April 01, 2012 at 10:46 PM
OK Nate, so you're the expert on Conservatism now? Tell me, exactly what does it mean to be conservative?
The Anti-Alinsky April 01, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I would never consider Chiaverotti the MOST Conservative person I know, but I wouldn't toss her into the Liberal camp. For one thing, I don't think she would start a frivolous recall drive just because some city leaders didn't have the same political views.
Marguerite Ingold April 02, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Hey Nate D. Conservatism means lower taxes and less government and don't know about you but last time I looked we in Muskego were half that equation. It's hard being on anyone's side lately in Muskego
Nate D. April 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
C'mon...lets be honest here. First, the only reason Muskego's taxes did not go up was because of Scott Walker. Period. End of story. Our mayor and/or council had nothing to do with that. Any locally elected official trying to take credit for that fact is lying to you. Second, when she was on the council a decade or so ago she sponsored multiple budgets with double digit tax increases. Third, when she was on the county board she used the taxpayer like an ATM voting for things as ridiculous as $30 some million for a new HHS building and taj mahal bathrooms in county parks to the tune of $800,000 per toilet. Can you honestly say someone with that record is "the most conservative person you know"? Or maybe you didn't know those things, in which case, feel free to adjust your world view a bit. She has a record and she needs to own it. It is hilarious that some people come on here and tirelessly try to convince everyone she is some Paul Ryan conservative when that proposition is simply laughable......and they know it. But, Muskego votes conservative so if you want to be elected you have to at least appear that way and make that case...no matter of insanely weak that case is. I get that, but at the same time it is an insult to everyone's intelligence an an affront to honest debate and disagreement. When you start with a false proposition (her being a conservative) it is impossible to advance the discussion past that point because you are starting with a falsehood.

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