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Village president a no-show at Lakewood board meeting

Serwatka previously criticized trustees who missed meeting

Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka is seen in 2015 at his Lakewood home.
Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka is seen in 2015 at his Lakewood home.

Village President Paul Serwatka was a no-show at Tuesday evening’s Village Board meeting.

“It was a surprise,” said Trustee Jason McMahon. “Crazily enough, it was after he chastised us in the last article [the Northwest Herald] wrote.”

Earlier this month, Serwatka called out trustees who were not in town for the regularly scheduled meeting.

The July 10 meeting was canceled for lack of quorum.

Serwatka has faced intense criticism from village trustees and residents for making plans to move without stepping down.

He’s cited high property taxes on his home in the Turnberry subdivision as his reason for moving to Alabama. He said his family already is there.

Trustee Phil Stephan said Serwatka still is president.

“Of course, he’s still the president,” Stephan said.

Still, Stephan said the meeting went smoothly, with the board voting to approve a $17,000 contract with Kap Roofing Service for RedTail Golf Club roof repairs.

Stephan said the funds came from the club’s reserves.

“Yesterday was an extremely positive meeting,” Stephan said, adding that Trustee J. Carl Davis also was absent from the meeting. “We were a cohesive board that got through a lot of issues.”

Serwatka could not be reached for comment. Village staff said Clerk Janice Hansen was out of the office Wednesday.

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