In a 4-1 vote, the City of Kenosha Parks Committee voted to “table” a proposal to plant a tree and install a memorial plaque for Anthony Huber, a violent career criminal felon who was killed by Kyle Rittenhouse. This keeps the proposal alive and can be revisited at any time. Alderman Lamacchia was the only member who wanted to deny the request outright. Kelly Mackay, a new Alderman told the room that he didn’t want to vote either way, sparking some confusion. (People run for elected office to make decisions) A room full of tax-payers spoke against the measure including emails read into the record. Not a single person was in favor of the proposal. The speakers made it clear – they wanted the proposal voted down, not delayed.
Chairman Eric Haugaard and three other members of the committee ostensibly met behind closed doors or spoke on the phone to decide the vote, a violation of Wisconsin’s open meeting’s law. When called out, Haugaard slammed the gavel with great force multiple times. He then tried to clear the room and hold a secret meeting, known as a “closed session.” He relented when called out by a tax-payer and a fellow committee member, Rocco Lamacchia. Haugaard later apologized for his behavior. At least two members chastised this author, who was present and live-streaming the meeting. The majority cited a pending lawsuit against the city as their reason why they postponed the vote.
Alderman Of the District
Keith Rosenberg (D), the Alderman who’s district would house the memorial was not at the meeting. Alderman Michalski however relayed Rosenberg’s strong support for the memorial, saying:
“Keith Rosenberg is the Alderman where Anderson park is and he expressed his outrage that people would even seek to deny it.” He later repeated himself saying “He’s expressed outrage.”
This proposal can be brought back up at anytime and of course, you deserve to know when and where. We will let you know.