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Dunkin' Donuts on Town of Waukesha's radar

German's request on Van Scyoc's emails also on agenda for Thursday's board meeting

Feb. 12, 2013

Four months after the City of Waukesha opened a Dunkin' Donuts, the Town of Waukesha could also be getting the shop.

The Plan Commission and Town Board will discuss the new Dunkin' Donuts, S30 W24836 Sunset Drive by the St. Vincent de Paul building, at a joint meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.

The Plan Commission will make a recommendation on a conditional use permit to the Town Board before it could take action on it.

Before the Plan Commission and Town Board make their decisions, there will be a public hearing on Dunkin' Donuts. The proposed 5,040-square-foot retail building would have a drive-through lane. The City of Waukesha's Dunkin' Donuts is at 2450 N. Grandview Blvd.

"We're delighted about this, because I know the one at Grandview has been real popular," Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc said. "I think people will be excited. It's a great location and it's an area getting nice and full."

Email dispute on agenda

At the Town Board meeting, an update on the public records/open records request initiated by Supervisor Everett German last fall will also take place. German hired an outside attorney, Paul Bucher, to get after 6,000 of Van Scyoc's emails over a six-month period.

Van Scyoc isn't sure what the supervisor is after because she said none of her emails have constituted a walking quorum as she said she has never discussed "town business" in her emails with Town Board members.

"That's the frustrating part," Van Scyoc said. "It's a mystery to me. I have done nothing wrong. It's like it's a witch hunt. This is political harassment and it's ridiculous, because he has no basis for his claims.

"I have nothing to hide. Someone said to me that if (German) hired Bucher then there must be serious problems. But that's what he wants you to think. He's using it as a talking point, because they still haven't brought anything back."

German said there was information from the board that was hidden from him regarding major town issues.

"There's no mystery," German said. "She's aware and she knows that I'm concerned about a walking quorum and other information that was not brought back to board members. And the walking quorum, there were discussions between board members in regards to specific issues and all board members were copied and board members responded and one requested specific information."

"The claims he's making aren't true," Van Scyoc replied. "If there were a problem, wouldn't other board members have the same problem?"

Van Scyoc said German was included in closed session meetings; attorneys were present and nothing was hidden from him. She also said all the email correspondences since Town Attorney Hector de la Mora and Bucher first met Dec. 4 are on its website.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel has looked at some of the emails and said Van Scyoc's emails did not constitute a walking quorum. Van Scyoc said on Monday the emails totaled 16,000 pages and will cost almost $4,000 to have the documents redacted and printed.

Van Scyoc said in the past German indicated that he would cover the cost of these emails. But if he doesn't, the expense would go on the town's tab. German on Tuesday said he still would be willing to pay the cost but he hasn't seen the emails yet. He accused the town of "stalling."

"The town has fully complied with the agreement and time frame," Van Scyoc said. "That's a serious accusation to make against us when there's no supporting evidence.

"It's distasteful and it's a personal vendetta with no facts."

Van Scyoc said she doesn't know why she is being attacked. She said German should be questioned since he does not use the same email system as everyone at the town where the emails run through the town's server.

Van Scyoc said German uses his own email account so the town could not get at his emails if it wanted.

"All of us at the town use it except for him," Van Scyoc said. "And he's the one investigating me?"

German said he doesn't want the town's system on his personal computer.

"She wants me to use an Outlook system," German said. "But I've told her if you want me to use that then provide me with a computer because I don't want that on my personal computer."

At a previous meeting last year, it was brought up that German doesn't use direct deposit that all town employees use to get paid. So at that meeting, German decided he would instead turn over his monthly checks over to the Fire Department.

Supervisors get $8,500 per year. German said about $570 each month is going to the Fire Department.

"I respect what they do and support them," German said.

Van Scyoc said German's checks have gone to the Fire Department the past two months.

"He refused to do direct deposit and after he gives us trouble for 2 ½ years, he decides to turn it over," Van Scyoc said. "We're happy that it was finally addressed."

Also on the agenda is an update on the water service supply area. At the Town Board's last meeting, a resolution that will include a part of the Town on the City of Waukesha's future water service area in the city's request for Lake Michigan water, was unanimously approved by the Town Board.

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