With a move that blindsided Democratic mayor John Antaramian, the Kenosha city council voted to delay the vote on the intergovernmental agreement until next year.
A motion was made to defer the voting on the IGA and several aldermen spoke in favor of it. Mayor Antaramian soon realized that he did not have the votes to stop the delay. He got up during the meeting and whispered into Alderman David Bogdala’s ear who quickly asked for a recess.
The council then took a 5-minute break and the mayor and Bodgala attempted to convince Alderman Ruffalo to change his mind on the deferral. This three-person meeting was done in secret and the public could not hear what was being said.
About 30 seconds later, the mayor called the meeting back to order and scolded members of the council. He stated that there have been no secret meetings. He also said that he would not tolerate the Aldermen claiming that his administration violated any rules.
The mayor, not wanting a vote on the delay to be a matter of record, pulled a unusual move and ask for a “unanimous consent” to delay the meeting.
Kenosha County Eye reached out to County Executive Samantha Kerkman and County board chairman Gabe Nudo Monday evening to ask what their plan is for tomorrow’s County vote. Neither immediately responded.