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As any follower of downtown politics knows, allegations of a hostile work environment, including bullying, flew after Meghan Sprager resigned from directing the Downtown BID. Several BID members have resigned in the last several days before last night Common Council meeting where Alderpersons Cummings and Payne had moved to disband the entire thirteen member board.
All but two of the rest of them resigned before last night's meeting in the 3-minute public comment period. It wasn't easy to watch. Jim Taylor was quite emotional and could hardly speak. Time ran out on thoughfully-slow-speaking Kerry Mackay before he could resign and quickly did it after his three minutes were up.
Jess Martinez said he'd never quit or been fired in all his years and wasn't about to let that happen now.
By the time the meeting started eleven members, including president and vice president had resigned and Alderman Payne withdrew the motion and Ald. Cummings seconded.
I don't know what all happened, am not a business owner and didn't know Meghan Sprager. I will mention I do know a few business owners and have always been impressed by their hard work for the downtown and friendliness toward myself and others. I along with thousands of others are truly impressed with the direction Downtown is heading. I've never seen Downtown more alive and worth visiting.
In the end, last night's resignations were sad to see, but probably better than disbanding the entire board.
Surprising, the Journal Sentinel had nothing to write about this in today's edition.