On Friday, January 22 the Mt. Pleasant Village Sewer/Water Commission held a special meeting to recommend a $5 million sewer and water contract without proper notice in violation of Wisconsin Open Meeting laws.
No notice was posted on the village calendar or meeting agendas on the Mt. Pleasant website. The Journal Times published the notice of the meeting on Friday morning which is not 24 hours notice as required by law.
The few residents who were able to attend this surprise meeting, reported the agenda was not posted in Village Hall until AFTER the meeting concluded.
This issue was raised at the Village Board meeting the following Monday. Mt. Pleasant Clerk Stephanie Kohlhagen told the audience that meeting notices on the village website are posted as a “courtesy” to residents and are not required by law. She had no explanation for why the meeting was not posted earlier in the newspaper.
This is how the Village of Mt. Pleasant is run these days.
Five million dollar contracts are discussed without proper notice. Requests by taxpayers for a more transparent government are met with excuses and poor service.
Your vote on February 16th can bring sanity to the village. Do not vote for Clausen and McCluskey who have allowed secrecy and cronyism to flourish. Residents deserve better!
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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.
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