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MOUNT PLEASANT — A Village Board meeting that was set so the board could approve seven contracts related to Foxconn Technology Group’s development had to be canceled Wednesday for lack of a quorum.

After making several phone calls with no answer, Mount Pleasant Village President Dave DeGroot canceled the 3 p.m. meeting at 3:20 p.m.

With DeGroot and trustees John Hewitt and Sonny Havn the only ones present, the meeting was postponed to a future as of yet unknown date.

Trustees Gary Feest, Jon Hansen and Ken Otwaska were not present at the meeting. Feest and Hansen were present at a Foxconn informational session at 4:30 p.m.; both said they had prior commitments and could not make the first meeting.

After calling off the meeting DeGroot said, “This is an excellent argument for having a board of seven people, which we still don’t have since April.”

“People can and will miss meetings, and if you have a seventh trustee, that just makes it that much easier to have a four-person quorum,” DeGroot said. “As time goes on, the time for meetings becomes more dear, and it becomes disappointing when you’ve got to do things two or three times to get things done once.”

The contracts the board would have voted on:

The Sigma Group, for environmental and site assessments

Underwriting services for appraisal review

Single Source, for appraisal services

G.J. Miesbauer and Associates/Terra Ventures, for acquisition and relocation services

Pitts Brothers and Associates for appraisal services

The Nicholson Group for appraisal engagement letter

The Acquisition Connection for site acquisition and site assessment.

The agenda also included a vote on a employee lease agreement with Racine County.

DeGroot said many of those groups are now doing work for the village, and approval of these contracts was “housekeeping stuff.”

“As we roll into this, we need to approve these contracts because these are people that are working for us,” DeGroot said. “This is stuff that we’re already doing; the paperwork is catching up”



Ricardo Torres covers federal, state and Racine County politics along with the Village of Mount Pleasant. He bleeds Wisconsin sports teams.

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