Common Council Considers Special Counsel for Recalls

Among agenda items for Tuesday night, a recommendation to retain special legal counsel to handle questions of recall elections, should they come

Faced with the possibility of recall elections of the mayor and two aldermen, the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday will consider whether to hire an outside attorney advise the city on the mater.

Aldermen Keith Werner (4th District) and Neome Schaumberg (6th District) and Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti have all been targeted for recall by Muskego for Ethical Government, a initially to force a referendum on the lake park purchase. The group has been collecting signatures since March 30 and have 60 days to turn them in.

An email from city attorneys Eric Larson and Donald Molter advised the city to hire a separate firm to "eliminate the appearance of impropriety" should the city's attorneys have to advise the city in regard to any potential recalls. Special counsel Mike Maistelman, of Maistelman and Associates, would then be hired, if the council approves it, to provide legal advice. The firm has handled recalls in Pewaukee.

Also featured on the agenda:

Parks Director Craig Anderson is expected to be given the authority to act on the city's behalf to pursue grant funding for with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The grant may fund half of the cost of the purchase of the launch, and a resolution is required by the DNR as part of the application process.

The city will consider leasing 30 acres to farmer Bog Stigler (for $100 per acre) at , which was recently purchased by the city for use as a park and natural area. The approximately 100-acre parcel was closed on at the end of March, and is seen as environmentally significant to the headwaters of Little Muskego Lake.

An approval to hire a firm that will help the city upgrade its website will be before the council. Earlier, which strongly recommended that the website be upgraded to make it more convenient for residents to navigate and keep information more transparent. The cost will be approximately $26,000 in the first year, with about $5,000 as annual maintenance and service, or $12,000 per year in the first three years.

Along with this upgrade, the purchase of and available to the public on the website is being recommended.

The Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. at


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