Thursday, April 18, 2013
Whether retirement, resignation or redistricting, departing aldermen recognized for their service as they return to private life.
It was said often Tuesday night that no one who seeks to become an alderman in Muskego does so for the money, but rather to serve. With a salary of about $293 every two weeks, its easily a job that extends far beyond the time spent in meetings. Recognizing that, the City of Muskego recognized three aldermen as they have stepped down from their districts in the past year. Kert Harenda has been the District 2 alderman since 2009, and was unable to run again as new lines had been drawn during last year's destricting, and he no longer lived in District 2. Neome Schaumberg had announced her retirement from District 6 at the end of this term, after serving on the council since . Keith Werner had tendered his resignation amidst a recall effort …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Neome Schaumberg has been a part of the plan commission and Common Council for 16 years, but says she's retiring as 6th District Alderman; Eileen Madden says she'll run in 7th District.
After a brief break from elections, it's time to start thinking about 2013. Muskego will have their primary on Feb. 19 if enough candidates emerge for the four district seats on the Common Council, which means at least three candidates per district. District 2 will need a new alderman as Kert Harenda was redistricted out, but rules allowed him to finish his term. Rob Glazier currently is the District 4 alderman, having been appointed after Keith Werner's resignation this past spring. Glazier has not indicated yet if he will decide to throw his hat in the ring for the 2013 - 15 term. Neome Schaumberg, who has been the District 6 Alderman since 2009, told Muskego Patch that she was going to retire at the end of her term in April, leaving the…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Tuesday night meetings will cover issues on rezoning DJ's property on Janesville, the amendment to an ordinance for cell 911, and the hiring of a new alderman in District 4.
Three public hearings will be held during Tuesday night's Common Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, covering rezoning, the city's 911 fight with Waukesha County and the city's comprehensive plan. In addition, the vacancy on the council after the departure of Keith Werner as alderman for the 4th District will be filled as the four candidates interested will be vetted by the council. A recent request by resident Dan Hewitt, who owns the property that DJ's Pub and Grill sits on along Janesville Road, could have the land rezoned for business. Although there has been a business on that land for about 90 years, city planners said it was always considered a residential parcel. The rezoning will allow Hewitt to rebuild the …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ice cream shop gets a thumbs up while wayfinding signs and the marketing plan are held up for another review; the search for a 4th district alderman now begins.
It seems like the week was less contentious, even with the scent of recalls in the air, so here's what you may have missed locally as well as around the state. Monday May 21 Muskego-Norway announces Dennis Bussen is new Assistant Superintendent Tuesday, May 22 The finance committee oks spending to bring an Ice Cream Shop to Idle Isle Park Wednesday, May 23 MHS Graduation Rates Dip Slightly, But Stay Well Ahead of State Average The city reviews wayfinding signs but asks to see an actual size rendering before making a final decision. With recall elections now withdrawn for Keith Werner, the city begins its search for a new alderman for the 4th District. Thursday, May 24 Civil War Artifacts Display is shown at Muskego Regency
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Keith Werner's resignation prompts another call for candidates to apply for the council seat in the city's 4th district, with hopes of filling the position by June 26.
The resignation of Keith Werner as alderman for Muskego's 4th District - and the withdrawal of a recall election effort by a citizen's group against him - mean that the process to fill the position on the council can begin. The Muskego clerk's office released a timetable to appeal to interested candidates and begin the process of interviewing them by the Common Council at their June 26 meeting. A notice will be posted on the city's website Thursday, May 24. Applicants must reside in the 4th district at least 28 days before the appointment, be 18 or older and a U.S. Citizen with no felony record. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The Common Council will then have the opportunity to 'interview' each candidate in …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Muskego for Ethical Government decides not to pursue a recall of Alderman Keith Werner, citing a likely court battle that would incur big legal bills, and leaving the 4th District without a representative.
It appears that the recall efforts in Muskego have come to an end, as Muskego for Ethical Government has decided "it is no longer appropriate to submit signatures" and will suspend its efforts to recall Alderman Keith Werner. Despite having enough signatures and issuing a statement indicating they were moving forward even though Werner is resigning in June, the group cited "lengthy court battles and exorbitant legal fees" as part of the reason for the change of mind. "Based on communications between MEG and staff attorneys at the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, MEG recognizes that filing the signatures for recall would set the stage for a precedent setting judicial case," treasurer Deb Bolton stated in a release on …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Hoping to be able to choose their own alderman through an election, Muskego For Ethical Government says it has the signatures needed to recall Keith Werner, who is stepping down on June 2.
Muskego Patch received this release from Muskego for Ethical Government, which has mounted a recall effort against Alderman Keith Werner, Alderman Neome Schaumberg and Kathy Chiaverotti. Below is the complete text of the release: As Treasurer of Muskego for Ethical Government (MEG), I would like to announce that we have already assembled the necessary signatures to recall Ald. Keith Werner, and those signatures will be filed with the Clerk of the City of Muskego shortly. Further, in an effort to balance the needs of those frustrated over not being heard with the needs of those tired of recalls, MEG will suspend its efforts to recall Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti and Ald. Neome Schaumberg. It is the sincere hope of Muskego for Ethical …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Council votes to stay on course for road project while maintaining what they saw as a public benefit.
After several weeks of debate and indecision, there will be a path on Tess Corners Drive after all. A unanimous vote to amend the current plan will keep the path on the same route, but narrows it to six feet, in part to address concerns that an eight-foot path was too intrusive on some homeowners' front yards. The Muskego Common Council had four options before them, recommended by the Public Works Committee last week: The on-road option would have presented the most expensive option and delayed the project until 2013. Many of the opponents to the trail had cited the loss of older trees in front of their homes, as they rest in the city's right-of-way, and would have preferred the on-road option or elimination of the trail to save them. …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Alderman from 4th District is under a recall effort, which could delay appointment process, but will step down on June 2.
In a letter to Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, Alderman Keith Werner has tendered his resignation from the Common Council. "I intend to resign my position as Alderman effective June 2, 2012," he stated in the letter. "During the course of the month of May, I will be taking on additional responsibilities with my full time employer which may reduce my availability to represent the constituents of District 4." Werner, along with the mayor and Alderman Neome Schaumberg, have been the focus of recall efforts by a citizens group, which has not confirmed how they stand on the required signatures. Chiaverotti also stated that the recall procedures would hamper efforts to replace Werner by Council vote. While the recall is underway, no reappointment …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Aldermen and citizens' appointments are set for the next term
The following appointments were made to the various government committees at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting. The term expiration dates appear in parentheses. Aldermanic Appointments Library Board - Alderman Neil Borgman (4/16/2013) Parks & Recreation Board - Alderman Dan Soltysiak (4/16/2013) Conservation Commission - Alderman Kert Harenda (4/16/2013) Community Development Authority - Alderman Rob Wolfe, Alderman Keith Werner (Expire 4/16/2013) Citizen Appointments Board of Appeals - Henry Schneiker (May 1, 2015) Board of Review - Steven Roncke (May 1, 2017) Board of Review - Tom Reck (Fulfilling the unexpired term of Dawn Schiel; May 1, 2016) Conservation Commission - Julie Holubowicz (April 30, 2015) Conservation Commission - …