cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Trick or Treat from 5:30PM to 7:30PM...
Please remember that the little witches, ghosts and goblins will be out and about throughout the village tonight and that they cannot always see well through their masks or costumes.
MATC Secession Public Hearings Set...
The Wisconsin Technical College Board has two meetings set for the near future at which citizens can testify for or against the petition filed earlier by the Germantown School District to be permitted to move from the MATC district into the Moraine Park district.
Those meetings are to be held on Tuesday, November 11th at two different times in two different Menomonee Falls locations. The first is from 2PM to 5PM and is to be convened at the Menomonee Falls Public Library; the second is from 6PM to 8PM and will be held at the Menomonee Falls Community Center.
The chances for a favorable ruling are likely slim already given the history that prevails. Public testimony on issues regarding access and class selection, for example, might help tip the balance. Remember that tax rates are not something the Board will take into account in reaching its conclusion.
Special Board Meeting Results Unknown...
The village trustees met behind closed doors last evening for the following stated purpose:
Adjourn into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1)(c) considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility; (f) considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons except where para. (b) applies, which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, or involved in such problems or investigations; or (g) conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved
A deductive process would reasonably suggest that this closed door meeting pertained to the issue of the alleged sexual harassment recently brought to light. I know of nothing else that would seem to fit the descriptions provided in the Wis. Stats. section above. There were allegations that could be damaging. There is an employee involved. The employee apparently had threatened legal action if she felt wronged by actions of the Board so far as her position was concerned.
Some three weeks have passed since the story broke, the citizens have no more information than at that time, and don't yet know what is going on. It seems that there must be something happening, since the Village Board passed its unanimous statement of support for President Kempinski. It looks as though the Village Attorney was likely in attendance, as one would expect.
Village Administrator Schornack stated, according to a small piece by Tom Kertscher on the GermantownNOW site, that he would be informing trustees about a personnel issue and that the trustees would not be taking any action.
I certainly hope that we'll all be privy to what has been going on and what may be expected in the future before too much more time has passed.