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In a letter released Monday, Mount Pleasant Village President Jerry Garski refuted the zoning and building violations listed in a private inspectors report.

The key underpinning of Garski’s letter are a number of permits he has that would negate the findings of the inspector from Safebuilt, LLC, a Waukesha based firm.

Read the inspector’s report.

Garski said the inspector never asked to see any permitting, and added that Mount Pleasant should have them on file as he has copies of the permits. The private inspector was contracted after three residents filed municipal complaints in November against the village president. Two of the filers are known, and outspoken, political rivals of Garski.

In his letter, Garski — who is up for re-election Tuesday — calls the complaints and report “flawed and incorrect.” He says the ordeal was motivated by “political malice.”

The report was released last week by the village clerk’s office in error, according to police chief and interim administrator Tim Zarzecki. It was supposed to be held until the April 1 deadline for Garski’s written response.

Garski said he told the inspector about the permit, adding, “The village has all the permits and all the paperwork I have no answer for why they can’t find it,” he said. “Because I found it in a half an hour,” he said referring to his own copies.

Garski is permitted to operate a residential business. As such, he is allowed to store equipment, machinery and chemicals relating to his truck repair and snowplow business.

“The Safebuilt inspector neglected to take into consideration the appropriate permits granted to me by the village in 2011,” he said in a press release.

Another 2012 permit allowed him to construct an accessory building for storage of trucks and other equipment related to his residential business, according to his letter.

Some violations reported by the inspector simply got the facts wrong, according to Garski’s letter.

This includes: one violation for improperly storing 250 gallons of fuel and the other for having multiple horses in an area smaller than two acres. Garski said the fuel is recovered fluids from used truck equipment. It is stored in state approved containers and he has a permit from the state to store any flammable fluids he recovers.

He also states that his horses are kept in an area encompassing three parcels that total 3.89 acres.

Allegations of building violations finding too many sheds on one parcel are also incorrect, according to Garski, as he has two sheds on one parcel and the third is on an adjacent parcel.

Garski said next he will likely file an appeal to the alleged-violations outlined by the inspector

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.