Mayor Scrima gives BID Board recommendations to Waukesha Common Council

Published on: 10/12/2012

After all but two of its members resigned last month, the Waukesha Business Improvement District Board has been out of commission.

The Board, which represents the self-taxing district in downtown, could not go on without new appointments made by Mayor Jeff Scrima.

After submitting a letter of recommendation to the Council on Friday, the Common Council will discuss and could approve them at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the City Hall Council Chambers.

Bill Huelsman, a property owner (Berg Management) and Natalie Walters (property owner’s representative on behalf of Waukesha State Bank) were the only two left from a 13-member BID Board after resignations flowed in after the BID’s executive director resigned citing a “hostile work environment.”

But because there needs to be seven members to have a quorum, the mayor has made five recommendations – three of whom (Roger Igielski, Ron Lostetter and Jim Taylor) are former BID Board members who just resigned last month.

Igielski is a downtown business owner and counselor at Waukesha County Technical College, Lostetter is a chief financial officer at Carroll University and Taylor is a property and business owner at Taylor’s People’s Park restaurant in downtown Waukesha.

The other two recommendations are Ed Henschel, who the mayor said would represent the BID as a city resident and as the city administrator, and Nick Martinez, an attorney and a downtown resident and property owner with Martinez Law & Mediation Center.