The "Business as Usual" Trustees

(Recently Resigned, Current and Former)

Trustee, Paul Serwatka 

(Candidate for Lakewood Village President)

Phil Stephan, Richard Ritchie and Amy Fues Odom

(Candidates for three Open Lakewood Trustee positions)


Fulfilling one of his foremost campaign promises, when running to be trustee two years ago, Trustee Paul Serwatka has been shedding light on, and exposing, many of the otherwise "secret" and unpublicized actions of the Lakewood Village Board.

Recently Resigned Trustee, Ken Santowski

(Candidate for Lakewood village president)

8-Year Incumbent Trustee, Gene Furey and

Former Trustee, John Schrauf

(Both running for the open trustee positions at the request of President, Erin Smith)

 

Let's take a closer look at the track records of recently resigned trustee, Ken Santowski and current trustee, Gene Furey as they pertain to being honest and transparent with residents.

Opposing Views On

Honesty & Transparency

Which View Do YOU Share? 

Which Team's Views on Transparency Are More in Line With YOURS?

Be sure to Get out and VOTE for them on APRIL 4th!

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  • Trustee Paul Serwatka successfully fought to make full Board Packets (including all financials) available to Lakewood Residents

 

July 28, 2015 marked the inception of Board Packets being made publicly available to residents via the village website. Note that prior to July 18 2015, only Meeting Agendas and Minutes were included.   See for yourself: Agendas & Board Packets 

  • Trustee Ken Santowski (Recently Resigned)  and
  • Trustee Gene Furey
  • Both OPPOSED making Board Packets available to Lakewood residents.

Ken Santowski and Gene Furey both (along with President Smith and Manager, Catherine Peterson) opposed sharing Board Packets with residents. Both argued that the information contained was "not meant for the public's eye."  and that sharing board packets "Diminished the role of trustees." 

* * IMPORTANT * *
  • Trustee Paul Serwatka Exposed the SECRET Patronage Bonuses and Raises Awarded Year-after-Year - Along With Exorbitant  Compensation Packages Granted

 

Read the detailed (and quite disturbing) account of the closed meeting, SECRET BONUS and actual compensation packages granted in 2016 - CLICK HERE.  * * * * *

* * IMPORTANT * *
  • Trustee Ken Santowski (Recently Resigned)  and
  • Trustee Gene Furey
  • Both Awarded SECRET, Patronage Bonuses and raises to Manager, Catherine Peterson, Year-after-Year
(Allowing her to become among the highest paid municipal managers in the country)

Read the detailed (and quite disturbing) account of the closed meeting, SECRET BONUS and actual compensation packages granted in 2016 - CLICK HERE. * * * * *  

* * IMPORTANT * *
  • Trustee Paul Serwatka Exposed an Attempt to Cover-Up Paper-Trail of SECRET BONUS by Ken Santowski, Gene Furey and President Smith

Read the detailed (and also quite disturbing) account of the attempted COVER-UP of the SECRET  BONUS - CLICK HERE. * *

(Be sure to read the COMMENTS section below the article for actual acknowledgment from Manager Peterson.)

* * IMPORTANT * *
  • Trustee Ken Santowski (Recently Resigned)  and
  • Trustee Gene Furey
  • Both Conspired to COVER-UP Paper Trail of SECRET, Patronage Bonus to Manager, Catherine Peterson - Year-after-Year

Read the detailed (and also quite disturbing) account of the attempted COVER-UP of the SECRET  BONUS - CLICK HERE. * * 

(Be sure to read the COMMENTS section below the article for actual acknowledgment from Manager Peterson.)

The lakewood TAX-Fighter

&

Better Government Team

* * IMPORTANT * *
  • FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) Documents Show - Trustee Paul Serwatka the ONLY Trustee With NO Prior Knowledge of Planned Turnberry Condo Development

 

Upset by the discovery of a development plan to build more than 200 condos on Turnberry Golf Course, A group of residents hired an attorney and submitted an extensive FOIA request. 

These records showed that trustee Paul Serwatka was the only trustee who had NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of these Development plans.

Because of Paul's track record of absolute transparency with residents, plans for this development were withheld from trustee Paul Serwatka, as well  as residents. 

* * IMPORTANT * *
  • Trustee Paul Serwatka Fought to Allow Residents a Chance To Address and Ask Questions of Our VIllage Board

Read of Paul's intentions and invitation to allow concerned residents an opportunity to address our board - CLICK HERE #1. 

Read a brief account of what took place - CLICK HERE #2

* * IMPORTANT * *
  • Trustee Ken Santowski (Recently Resigned)  and
  • Trustee Gene Furey
  • FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Documents Show - Both Conspired to Conceal Information from Residents Regarding A 200+Unit Condo Development Planned for Turnberry Golf Course 

Extensive FOIA documents, including several email communications, show that both Ken Santowski and Gene Furey, had prior knowledge (several months) of the plan to build more than 200 condominiums on Turnberry Golf Course. These emails show of their intentional and concerted efforts to keep plans of this development hidden from residents as well as one particular trustee - Paul Serwatka

* * IMPORTANT * *
  • Trustee Ken Santowski (Recently Resigned)  and
  • Trustee Gene Furey
  • Both, TWICE, Knowingly and Purposefully SILENCED Residents - Refusing to Allow Them to Address and Ask Questions of their Village Board
More than 40 residents were, twice, intentionally refused an opportunity to address our board and ask questions regarding the condo development in Turnberry Golf Course. 

Read of trustee Paul Serwatka's intentions and invitation to allow concerned residents an opportunity to address our village board - CLICK HERE #1. 

Read a brief account of what took place - CLICK HERE #2

Trustee Paul Serwatkaand the entire 
Have a PROVEN TRACK RECORD of:
  • Hiding Information From Residents
  • SECRETLY Awarding Patronage Bonuses and Contracts
  • Conspiring to "Cover Their Tracks" When Caught
  • SIlencing Residents and Refusing to Answer Questions
Haven't YOU Had Enough of This Type of
"Business as Usual"??
~ Phil Stephan ~
~ Richard Ritchie ~
~ Amy Fues Odom ~
Believe that TRANSPARENCY IS PARAMOUNT!
This Team Pledges 100% Commitment to ABSOLUTE TRANSPARENCY with Residents!

These "Business as Usual" Trustees

(Recently Resigned, Current and Former)

lakewood TAX-Fighter

&

Better Government Team