Citizens Group Launches Recall Effort Against Mayor, Two Aldermen

Muskego for Ethical Government filing petitions for recall on Thursday of Chiaverotti, Aldermen Werner and Schaumberg.

Citing the city's refusal to hold a referendum on the lake park issue and "irresponsible decision-making" when it comes to spending, recall papers will be filed with the city Thursday afternoon against Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, and aldermen Keith Werner and Neome Schaumberg.

Muskego for Ethical Government, which this year to try and force a referendum on the purchase of land to be used as lake park, will again be out along Janesville Road near the to collect signatures on Friday.

The group had nettedn its previous effort, which was rejected by the city. Problems existed with the language of the petition, the city said, and as a vote on the issue was already taken on the lake park, it was therefore not a proper use of the petition.

Subsequent opportunities at the Common Council to allow for a referendum were which organizers of the recall effort said led them to this action.

"They refused to hold public hearings on the lake park purchase, and ignored the 3,400 signatures on the petition asking for a referendum," said Lorie Oliver, the group's spokesperson.

Oliver explained that all three are basically being recalled for the same reasons: patterns of irresponsible decision-making regarding spending, failure to provide public hearings on land acquisition and the failure to support a referendum.

Schaumberg and Werner both cast "yes" votes in the council's 4-3 decision to purchase the 4.6 acres along Janesville Road on the lake at an offer of $3.55 million.

Oliver also said the mayor's recall was based on "her failure to resolve the , her suppression of council members from having timely access to information impairing them from performing their aldermanic duties and a failure to maintain public confidence."

Schaumberg, who represents the 6th District, declined comment on the recall effort. Chiaverotti and Werner, who represents the 4th Distict, couldn't be reached for comment Thursday morning.

The Warrior March 29, 2012 at 11:13 PM
That petition was not legally valid. Get over it already! You got the delay you asked for.
The Warrior March 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM
No he is not running for his seat. The districts were combined into one basically.
The Warrior March 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM
As for the mediation, the three amigos screwed that up. They planned it up with Art Dyer and now you're getting this...
SBR March 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I'm not talking about that petition, I'm talking about what Lori Oliver asked for in front of 5 people after a meeting, one of those being the head of the CDA. I stand by my statement.
SBR March 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
JBean, They killed the project! Their votes are all rescinded. This will have to get re voted to move forward and they may go to referendum if they do, but for now the project is not moving forward. WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT?
The Anti-Alinsky March 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Only asking again will accomplish nothing. It's obvious you have no answer. You are just trying to throw blame on someone beside Art Dyer. I will say it again, the only thing stopping Art Dyer from developing the Parkland site is Art Dyer!
SBR March 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM
JS, Your "Handle" is only off by one letter. Let's look at Herenda, Borgman and Dan making side deals with Dyer - DURING LITIGATION!!! What's more dangerous that that. I hate recalls. But my understanding is Herenda is getting his filed tomorrow!
The Anti-Alinsky March 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Don't even try to spin it your way. YOU picked the target by starting recalls, YOU have frozen it by placing all sorts of false blame on the mayor, YOU have personalized it by throwing out all sorts of lies including "the wrong people will show up and cause trouble" and YOU are polarizing it by trying to portray yourself as a Conservative. By the way, you forgot "ignore attempts to shift blame or spread blame". Which YOU are trying to do on almost EVERY post.
The Anti-Alinsky March 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Yes JS, the "Alderman isn't here to vote for that resolution" trick is the oldest one in the book. glad you caught it. Really? Do you really think that had the Three Stooges of the Common Council not attended and commented at another meeting that this would have passed? Assuming all six alderman had voted the same way, the three-three tied would have been broken by the mayor. The same mayor that had talked to the city attorney and come to the conclusion that the petition was not valid.
The Anti-Alinsky March 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
And is your faith in the city that poor that you don't believe a balanced committee will be formed? Why don't you call the mayor and ask to be on it? I know you won't even call. You just want to complain and do nothing.
Simple Bacon March 30, 2012 at 01:56 AM
How is this working against me? I didn't start any recalls. I'm very much in disagreement with the way the Mayor and "the four" have conducted themselves. And yes I've been critical but I'm not behind the recall - I'm actually opposed to recalls as a way of removing people from office. My belief is that Werner and Chiverotti are vunerable when their terms end. I don't know who is going to (assuming the recall effort is successful) run against them but it will put them at a big disadvantage to have to step into that dog fight considering the depths that the mayor's supporters seem willing to go to personally attack people. So, before Anti-Anti antes up I am 1) opposed to the lake park as it stands today 2)opposed to the closed, no debate allowed, style that the mayor and aldermen employ 3) Believe that a solution can still exist for Parkland 4) Generally, opposed to recalls Now, if there is overwhelming support for the recall then what can you say - the community can no longer stomach our elected officials but I would rather see strong candidates run and defeat them the old fashioned way. That is all the Bacon has to say....
Denise Konkol (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I'm going to take a wild guess that Manson isn't your real last name, and we've yellow carded others who pretend to be someone else. Either rename your ID, or make a valid point v. just spewing personal insults.
Jay March 30, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Maybe they were just tired of trying to deal with Dyer and moved on conceding that nothing would get fixed till the litigation and mediation was concluded. It seems too many people are just throwing mud up against a wall to see what sticks.
Scandihovian Lady March 30, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Muskego is primarily a VERY conservative Republican community, so the fact that all the same folks that are vehemently opposed to the Walker recall, citing what it will cost the taxpayers, are suddenly on the bandwagon calling for a recall of Mayor Chiaverotti, Keith Warner (whose term as alderman will almost be up by the time the recall is over) and Neome Schaumberg are hippocrits in the purest form! All this over a proposed 3.55 million purchase of property. All you people who complain about our taxes going up, how much will this recall cost the taxpayers and the interruption in Muskego government?
Scandihovian Lady March 30, 2012 at 01:38 PM
And another thing, I would like to remind those who are initiating this recall that PHIL ZIEGLER OF IN PRO, (you know that very successful business here in Muskego that employs many of our residents and contributes greatly to our tax base, and the one that Republican candidate Mitt Romney chose to visit tomorrow while campaigning in WI), came to one of the earlier Common Council meetings, SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE LAKE PARK and said something to the effect that a city that isn't moving forward in it's development, will stagnate and not attract future business. Mr. Ziegler also stated that buying real estate during a recession is a very wise move and that he recently purchased a facility in New Berlin for future use. Note: Check the Common Council minutes for his exact words. Will Mr. Ziegler eventually get fed up with all the dysfunctionality of a small core minority of residents and move In Pro to New Berlin or another city? And then there is the damage being done to Muskego's reputation by that small core minority who continually run to local TV stations for one-sided coverage that casts a very disparaging view of Muskego. Do we once again want Muskego to become the laughing stock of the Metropolitan Milwaukee area? If so, what busines will want to settle here and who will want to move here with their family?
Mike March 30, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I previously lived in Muskego for about 10 years and it seems like I never left. Same ole same ole. School referendums every year, Parkland Mall development that is stale, etc., etc. From the gist of what I have read it appears Dilworth has a house he can not sell because the basement fills with water so to develop a park the city offers to buy his property at an inflated rate to make a park. Give him fair market value only. Some are opposed because they do not want "outsiders" visiting their city and lake. Some are opposed because they paid too much for his property. Regarding the park issue, I remember the old Dandelion Park with Muskego Beach. It provided many memories for our family. A beautiful park makes your city more attractive. It provides opportunities for families in your community and surrounding communities to enjoy themselves in your city and leave with a positive attitude towards your city. The minor bickering makes Muskego look the same....always moving backwards. Dyer just needs to finally break down and sell the Parkland Mall property. That area is vital to the future of Muskego and needs to finally get done and developed right. You have a tremendous opportunity to get this done right so get er done and stop the small-time bickering or else your city will continue to move backwards. Politicians always need to be held accountable and the fact is if they are acting in someone elses or their own best interests then they need to go.
csbothsides March 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM
DK- Naemoi Schaumburg is an Alderperson who does not reply to emails and phone calls and has an alterier motive for voting for the park. It has something to do with rezoning of land that she owns (sorry- do not have all the facts) and is only looking out for herself.
SBR March 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
CSBOTHSIDES, Really? Did you just post some off the wall rumor and admit you have no facts? I've never had any problems getting a hold of alderman Schaumburg. She is probably the least controversial member of the council. This whole recall is a joke, just like the walker recall. People get a life and respect my tax dollars. What a waste of money!
thomas l. ralston March 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Wheres Suzi on this? Just wondering?
The Warrior March 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Talking to Scotty D about becoming our next mayor...
STAND-UP-MUSKEGO March 30, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Suzi Link is directly involved in this recall effort. We have first hand knowledge that she solicited people to pull the paperwork for the recall petitions, some of which stood up to her and refused. Shame on you Ms. Link. True conservatives do not support frivolous re-calls or work so hard to put this city into turmoil to support their own political agenda which includes backing up the money truck for Art Dyer and mortgaging the city of Muskego. This is a power struggle and has nothing to do with any issue raised on the re-call petitions. If Muskego for Ethical Government truly believes in the validity of what they are doing perhaps they and the recall signers will be willing to pay the bill these recalls will incur? Ms. Link is a true disgrace and a source of constant embarrassment to this city. The fact that she is truly irrelevant only fuels her need to be a disruptive force. Do not fall for the fragile old lady persona she so proudly portrays, just look at how many petitions she circulated on the lake park issue. She could physically take any two of us on and have enough energy to take on a third.
STAND-UP-MUSKEGO March 30, 2012 at 09:15 PM
If you are truly against the recalls it is time to STAND UP MUSKEGO!!! Please call the following people and let them know how you feel. Michael Brandt: S67 W13015 Larkspur Dr. - (414) 248-6389 Chairman, Committee to Recall Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti Elizabeth Tewes: S102 W18670 Kelsey Dr. - (262) 679-1609 Chairman, Committee to Recall Ald. Neome Schaumberg Deb Bolton: W186 S7569 Kingston Dr. - (262) 679-1113 Chairman, Committee to Recall Ald. Keith Werner Treasurer - Muskego for Ethical Government
Sue Manson March 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The Anti-Alinsky March 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Mike, the problem comes down a small but loud group of clowns that think they know what is best for Muskego. They brag about being Conservatives and Tea Partiers, but don't show any indication they are for responsible government. They hide behind a veil of "fiscal responsibility" but don't believe in investing in Muskego's future. Suzi Link and her drones would rather pay five times the value for land that can't even grow evergreens, than to pay fair market value for lake property. We have an election in two years for Mayor and next year for the others. Chiaverotti, Werner and Schaumberg have not done anything unethical. This group is just upset that their agenda is not being followed. Suzi has put up numerous minions as candidates of which only one has been elected. The majority of this city is a lot smarter than she thinks we are. The current city leadership has managed to keep our property taxes at a reasonable level. Despite Suzi's best efforts, this city is slowly making progress.
Denise Konkol (Editor) March 31, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Leave the name calling for kids on the playground, please. Especially if you're not gutsy enough to post your own name.
Denise Konkol (Editor) March 31, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Leave the name calling out of it, especially if you don't have the kahoneys to post your own identity.
STAND-UP-MUSKEGO March 31, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Well put Anti-Alinsky! This is exactly what the problem comes down to. Time to come out of the blogesphere and join the movement to stop the nonsense. STAND UP MUSKEGO is a newly formed PAC to do what is truly ethical and right for Muskego with no hidden agenda. Put your ideas and energy to great use and help us do what is good and right for all the citizens of Muskego. Go to www.STANDUPMUSKEGO.com for more info.
thomas l. ralston March 31, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Where"s Suzi? No comments, why?
The Anti-Alinsky April 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Suzi is too busy planning her campaign strategy for Werner's seat.
Muskego Politics Make Me Bitter April 02, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Simple Bacon, or should I say, Neil Borgman: stop acting like such a turd. We know you're playing an intimate, behind-the-scenes role in these recalls.


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