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Muskego Meeting Recap: Council Split On Public Comment Policy

A round up of items discussed and decided at Tuesday's meetings includes beverage sales, noise ordinance and whether closed session items are considered part of public portion of meetings.

Here's a summary of the discussion and decisions at the Finance, Committee of the Whole and Common Council meetings on Tuesday night at .

  • Special Olympics Wisconsin was granted a temporary beverage license for the Polar Plunge, which will take place at on Feb. 12.
  • The Committee of the Whole discussed whether the public comment guidelines should be revised to indicate that closed session topics cannot be included. Those who, in a straw poll, voted against the idea (Aldermen Neil Borgman, Kert Harenda and Noah Fiedler) felt the comments were still valuable for aldermen to hear. Others (Aldermen Keith Werner, Tracy Snead and Neome Schaumberg) thought that, as people pose questions to the board, they would not have the opportunity through open council discussion to have their questions answered. They said the nature of a closed session doesn't reveal the detail of what is being discussed, and comments sometimes aren't relevant to their discussion. The vote was held for the next session, as Alderman Dan Soltysiak was not present.
  • The alignment of municipal code with state's code for alcoholic beverage sales will likely be confirmed at the next council meeting. Class A establishments like grocery stores and convenience stores can sell alcohol as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 12 p.m. The Muskego Police Department had weighed in on the issue, stating that they did not have a problem with the change.
  • While the revised fire ordinance was put on hold, the revised noise ordinance was read at the council meeting and will likely be approved next session.

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