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…
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Council voted in a 3-3 tie, but Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti broke it, stating the decision between Madden and attorney Deborah Tomczak was a tough call. Resident Larry Jansen was shut out in voting.
With only half of his term completed, Alderman Noah Fiedler will officially be an average citizen as of Friday. And his replacement was determined at Tuesday's Common Council meeting, where Eileen Madden, who served as alderman for the 7th District for six years before Fiedler, will again step into the seat for the remainder of the term. Madden told the council during an open interview process of the three candidates that the break from the council was a "nice respite," but she was ready to come back and serve the district again. She cited her involvement on the Veolia landfill siting committee, as well as her current position on its standing committee, as valuable experience in working with people to make tough decisions. The landfill was…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Noah Fiedler's resignation leaves a seat open on the Muskego Common Council, and the vote will likely come Tuesday night to replace him with one of three applicants.
Muskego's 7th District will see a new alderman Tuesday night, as the Common Council will consider three candidates to fill the remaining term of resigning Alderman Noah Fiedler. Fiedler tendered his resignation about a month ago, citing increased work and personal obligations that would prevent him from fulfilling the duties of alderman. The Committee of the Whole then approved a call for applicants to step into the position, which term expires in April of 2013. The following candidates (and their experience) will be considered for the seat: Larry Jansen With a financial background, including accounting, analysis, purchasing and sales, Jansen's employment has included positions as a senior accountant with the City of West Allis Water …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Officials hope delay of purchase of Little Muskego Lake property and creation of new committee will address public's need for costs on proposed park development
Extra time to consider citizens' input on what should go into a park on the lake: Check. Exploration of costs based on that input: Check. The ability for the Common Council to reverse an earlier decision to buy the property should it decide buying the park land is not in the best interest of the city: Check. Addressing the concerns of many residents regarding the city's proposed purchase of a 4.6-acre parcel on Little Muskego Lake, aldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday night to approve a resolution that puts the next step into the hands of the Parks and Recreation Board. The resolution calls for the creation of a subcommittee of the parks board that will study the issue, gather cost estimates and public input, and come back to the Common Council with…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Noah Fiedler will step down at the end of March from his seat as 7th District alderman.
As city officials start seeking replacement for outgoing Alderman Noah Fiedler, the 7th District representative made it clear that he has truly enjoyed his time in office. Fiedler, who has been on the council for five years, decided to resign from office because of family and work obligations. His resignation is effective at the end of March. Asked if he had any regrets in his time on the council, Fiedler stated almost immediately: "No — there are no regrets that I have. I've loved serving the city, loved my job as alderman." "I can't single any one thing out" he said when asked to cite a particular success. "We've tackled a lot of difficult issues and made a lot of progress. I guess if there was a single accomplishment for the city, I …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Citing additional responsibilities at home and work, Fiedler is stepping down and is inviting applicants to participate in the process to replace him in the interim.
A brief item on the Committee of the Whole agenda for Tuesday night titled "process for filling vacancy on council" was intriguing, and after some inquiry, we received confirmation from Alderman Noah Fiedler, who represents Muskego's 7th District, that he is resigning from his seat on the Common Council at the end of March. Fiedler sent an email to Patch that was shared with his constituents, apparently sent over the weekend. Here is the content: Greetings, all. As many of you know, my wife and I were blessed with a new addition to our family only weeks ago, my son Gideon. Between now having two kids at two and under (my daughter Adori turned 2 yesterday), and additional responsibilities in my "day job," I can no longer devote the time …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Robert and his rules and parliamentary procedures are more than anyone bargained for, and a surprising change of heart on council seems to be afoot.
A Wednesday night Common Council meeting in an off week is odd enough, but add in a 10-minute discussion on whether to allow a speaker an additional two minutes to speak publicly and visions of a Monty Python skit couldn't help but come to my mind. Jim Lindhorst came to the microphone during the public comment portion of the meeting, and requested that his time be given to fellow resident Kurt Blomdahl to make his presentation. Current rules allow for two minutes per speaker, so Lindhorst (and eventually others) was hoping to allow Blomdahl additional time to present information, complete with a large poster board for illustrative purposes. However, the council had to vote first to dismiss its rule of allowing two minutes per speaker, and …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Recent petition is a loud and clear indication of dissent against Lake Park, says resident, council needs to listen, and has a chance to reconsider vote Tuesday night.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
All elected and public officials know the single biggest challenge they face is getting input from the people they represent. Right now, according to Mayor Chiaverotti, that input, in the form of over 3,400 signatures on “Direct Legislation Petitions, is going to be ignored by the City of Muskego (stated on 620 AM Talk Radio 1/31/2012). This is not the Mayor's decision to make. It is up to Tracy Snead, Neome Schaumberg, Keith Werner and Noah Fiedler. I must point out one thing. The Common Council, at the request of any of these 4 Aldermen, could have a "FREE DO OVER" of this decision to allow the Common Council the opportunity to a legal opinion and have a chance to review where the signatures on the Petition originate. These are NOT “…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
After public information meeting, concern seems to center around trees, and flooding concerns may need to involve New Berlin's plans.
The Public Works Committee met Monday night at City Hall and reviewed the input from residents along Tess Corners Drive after a public information session on road construction planned later in 2012. Dave Simpson, City Engineer, said in large part the comments he received centered around trees: namely, which ones may be lost as the road is constructed and an off-road recreational trail is placed along its nearly one mile stretch. The committee, which included input from aldermen Dan Soltysiak and Noah Fiedler, felt that the goal would remain as it has in other road projects, where the policy is to minimize loss without sacrificing road quality. An on-road trail would also serve that purpose, however Simpson said it would also increase costs…
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.