Interested in Town chairperson seat, Marek calls out Van Scyoc in letter

Jan. 2, 2013

Dear Editor:

I am John Marek and I am running in the April election to unseat current Town of Waukesha Chairperson, (Angie E.) Van Scyoc.

Here are just a few reasons why:

In 2 ½ years, under Chairwoman Van Scyoc's leadership the Town has spent nearly $1 million in legal fees and settlement expenses. The vast majority of these expenditures have not been authorized or appropriated by the town board, as required by state law and municipal ordinance.

At the Dec. 27, 2012 Town Board meeting, the chairwoman made many eye-opening statements.

Here are two:

"It is common place for local governments to group these items (un-appropriated expenditures) and do it once a year," and, the way the board is handing the un-appropriated expenditures "may not be statutorily ideal."

This is completely misleading, and in defiance to Wisconsin State Statute 65.90, which states that the board must approve any expenditures not already in the budget.

Prior town boards have adopted a town ordinance which follows these statutory requirements. Sec. 3-1-4 of the town code reads: (No money shall be drawn from the treasury of the Town, nor shall any obligation for the expenditure of money be incurred, except in pursuance of the annual appropriation in the adopted budget).

Not a single budget amendment has been made since Chairperson Van Scyoc took office. Chairwoman Van Scyoc prefers to operate the town finances in the same manner as we see in Washington, where money is spent without any budget being in place.

After bringing these items to light, one supervisor asked that I be removed from the meeting.

Ironically, that supervisor, Mike Laska, wasn't even in the Town Hall himself, and hasn't attended any Town meeting in months. You see, our Cyber Supervisor attends the Town business meetings from his winter haven in Texas, via Skype.

Likely, Laska will not set foot on Town of Waukesha soil (snow), or actually perform in the post he was elected to, until his return from his annual six-month winter sabbatical in April.

I am not aware of any other municipality that allows members to attend meetings by Skype and to vote on important town matters that affect all residents. 

If I am elected town chair, I will ask the board to adopt an ordinance that requires board members to attend meetings in person. 

Common sense dictates that if someone wants to represent the citizens, that person should find the time to attend meetings.

John Marek, Town of Waukesha


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