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Meeting Preview: Muskego Finance, Council Review New Positions

Elimination of Computer Specialist, addition of Systems Administrator, intern just a few of the shifts in staff proposed.

Perhaps anticipating a long break in between meetings - this is the only Finance Committee and Common Council meeting scheduled in December - the City of Muskego will have a lot to discuss Tuesday night.

Should these items be approved at the Finance Committee meeting, which takes place at 5:45pm, the Common Council will review and vote on proposals on the following items:

  • The purchase of 'Sire Electronic Document' management system, which is said to allow for easier searching and retention of records with a "fast and measurable return on investment." Initial budget request came in at $17,000, however according to a memo from IT and Finance and Adminstration, "the initial estimated cost provided for the project did not take into consideration additional fees for...licenses, indexing, support and related costs." An additional 'workflow package' is also adding to the original estimate. Revised costs therefore have come in at $45,250, or more than $28,000 over budget.
  • The elimination of the Computer Specialist position, and the addition of a Systems Administrator, which is a full time position with a salary range of approximately $55,000-$75,000 per year, and a PC Intern position, which is a 20-hour per week position paid at $10-$12 per hour.
  • The selection of Dave Simpson to fill the position of Director of Public Works/City Engineer
  • Fire/Ambulance agreements have been reached, and require approval by the Common Council.  Fees for services for residents for ambulance services look to be increasing by approximately $50; the fire agreement lists fees of $428.80 for each patient transported by Tess Corners to a medical facility, half if the patient refuses transport.
  • The noise ordinance has also been revised and will be up for approval Tuesday night, along with revisions to the open fires ordinance.

All meetings take place at and the public is invited to attend.

Simple Bacon December 13, 2011 at 05:34 PM
I think you missed something...the Common Council is going to take up, in closed session, the purchase of the Dilworth property for the "Lake Park". Hope people show the same interest in this issue as they did the school referendum. Hold the City to the same standard as the School District.... According to tonight's agenda: "Wis. Stats. §19.85(1)(e) Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session, more specifically purchase of the properties per approved Resolution #142-2011 (Lake Park). Closed Session contingent on City’s receipt of proper information for valid discussion."
Denise Konkol (Editor) December 13, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Yes and no...as it's a closed session, we won't be able to cover it, nor will anyone from the public be allowed to sit in. (Cameras are turned off, and anyone except the common council and invited guests are allowed to stay, and the doors are closed.) Officials are also not allowed to comment on these matters, either. So while it's of great interest to everyone, it won't be appearing as a follow up story.
Suzi Link December 13, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Just a few comments: 1. Regardless of what the Agenda says, IT IS ILLEGAL TO 'TAKE ACTION' IN CLOSED SESSION. 2. There is no STATUTORY LEGAL CONSTRAINT to prevent attendees of a closed session from making public comments. It is possible that the attendees are "told" not to comment, but the 'gag' is not legally enforcible 3. To date Mayor Chiavoratti has failed to schedule even a single legal "Public Hearing" on this topic. I suggest that voters start asking her and thier respective Aldermen what they are doing and why they are trying to do it IN SECRET.

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