Friday, January 13, 2012
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 City Hall.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Teens appointed by council fewer and more difficult to find, and the city looks for ways to keep their purpose going with other local organizations.
Alderman Neome Schaumberg (D6) gingerly brought up the issues she's experienced in her tenure as council appointee to the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) during Tuesday nights Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall. "It's hard to get everyone together - they're working, they have sports, family obligations, homework - whatever. We haven't had a quorum since our August meeting," she explained. Other aldermen said they had seen the same issues when they were in that position, but Kert Harenda said he felt the council should share in the blame if TAB did not succeed. "Originally, two teens from each district were to be appointed by their aldermen, and I think that hasn't happened, and we doomed it to fail," he commented. The purpose of the …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
New straw poll taken at Committee of the Whole meeting indicates continued conflict over whether to cut two inspector positions to save the city money, or to keep the services in house to ensure a perceived higher quality of service.
Citing input from constituents to reconsider, a renewed discussion of whether to retain building inspection services within the city versus outsourcing revealed that aldermen are rethinking their positions. Neil Borgman said he was approached by several constituents who said they like having the service remain as it is, and indicated he was going to change his vote. City Planner Jeff Muenkel said at a previous meeting that the two building inspector positions account for 86% of that division’s $160,000 in total wages and salaries. That number does not include the costs of any benefits. Alderman Dan Soltysiak called himself "bullish on the city" and saw potential for growth as a reason to keep the service in-house. "We all want Muskego to …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Informal straw polling at a meeting of the Committee of the Whole reveals a tie; deciding vote could be up to Alderman Dan Soltysiak.
City planner Jeff Muenkel appeared before the Committee of the Whole this past Tuesday evening to discuss cutting two building inspector positions in the proposed 2012 operating budget for that particular division in his department. Muenkel said that the two building inspector positions account for 86% of that division’s $160,000 in total wages and salaries. That number does not include the costs of any benefits. If approved, the city would look to outsource the work of these two positions to a private firm. Muenkel said he thinks it’s "terrible" that something like this needs to be done, but understands the financial necessity. According to Alderman Noah Fiedler, Muenkel has attempted to avoid this move for the last few years, but the …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
A grant program to help residents along Janesville Road make improvements to their properties to coincide with Janesville Road reconstruction project is deferred as aldermen, committee have concerns
A proposed grant program that could give residents in the reconstruction area of Janesville Road up to $3,000 to improve their properties has been sent back for more work. City Planner Jeff Muenkel proposed the grant program at Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting. In his report to committee and Common Council members Muenkel gave background information on the idea, which was approved by the Community Development Authority (CDA). According to the report, the grant program would "...produce visible changes to residential buildings and sites facing the road right of way, conform to community standards and benefit the community to an extent equal or greater than the personal benefit to the owner." Priority would be given to projects …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Discussion on funding Pioneer Drive reconstruction reveals a divide among aldermen.
Continuing discussion on 2012 capital budgets was the focus of this past Thursday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday night at City Hall. Among the highlights: The Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department is asking for $60,200 for a variety of equipment upgrades and routine replacements, including: 20 belt-hung pagers, five mobile radios, five tough book computers, three desktop computers, and a new VHF repeater. The Department’s requests passed muster during Wednesday’s Public Safety Committee, and preliminary straw polling conducted during Thursday’s COW meeting showed that the city’s Aldermen appear to be onboard, as well. Absent from Thursday’s meeting was Alderman Noah Fiedler. The city’s Finance and Administration …