Thursday, August 2, 2012
Mark Janiuk started work in Caledonia July 23 after stint in Sturtevant.
Mark Janiuk, the village's new administrator, is getting acclimated with his new position after a week and a half on the job. Janiuk, who started working in Caledonia July 23, told Patch that "everything is going wonderfully," during a brief phone interview Wednesday. "The people are very friendly and very helpful and I'm figuring out how to use the computer and the phone and I found out where the restroom is so everything is good," he added. Earlier this summer, Janiuk was hired as Caledonia's Village Administrator after Tom Lebak decided to retire. Janiuk has been Sturtevant's village administrator since 2006. Before that he spent 25 years in the Racine County Corporation Counsel, and when Caledonia was a town he worked as Caledonia’…
Friday, June 15, 2012
The Sturtevant Village Administrator has been chosen to take on that job in Caledonia. Janiuk was selected from among 28 candidates.
Sturtevant Village Administrator Mark Janiuk will be heading to Caledonia, to fill the same position there. The Journal Times reported the selection on Friday, based on confirmation from Caledonia Village President Ron Coutts. The search began after current Caledonia Village Administrator Tom Lebak announced his resignation. Lebak said he would stay through part of the summer, to give the village time to select a replacement. The contract with the new administrator is on the agenda for the Caledonia Village Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 19. Knowing Janiuk was a finalist for the position, Sturtevant already has a transition plan in place, with Village Clerk Mary Cole prepared to act as village administrator if the board gives …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Tom Lebak told the Village Board he's retiring. Now the Village Board will need to hire his replacement.
Twenty-eight people want to be the village administrator for the Village of Caledonia. Tom Lebak, the current administrator, announced his retirement in January and told the Board he wanted his last day to be May 4. To find out more, click here.
Monday, March 5, 2012
For four months, the union representing 26 police officers has tried to negotiate with officials from the Village of Caledonia. Now they are at an impasse.
Patrol officers with the Caledonia Police Department and village officials will meet with a state mediator on Thursday to help them resolve issues with their 2012 contract. The two sides have been negotiating since November. If they are unable to agree and mediation fails, officials with the 26-member Caledonia Professional Policemen’s Association Local 403 of the Wisconsin Professional Association (WPF) will go to arbitration. The village is also still in closed-session negotiations with 35 union-represented employees of the Caledonia Fire Department. Officials with the Wisconsin Professional Police Association have not returned calls to Patch and local union members with the police union are not talking publicly about what the sticking …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The two villages entered into a contract in 2009 for sewer capacity and connectivity.
Despite Caledonia not yet connecting to the Highway 20 sewer main, Mount Pleasant wants that village to start paying on the $5 million outlined in the contract. As stated in the contract from the fall of 2008, Caledonia agreed to pay Mount Pleasant $5 million when and if Caledonia hooks up to the sewer connection. Because there hasn't been the corresponding connection, Caledonia hasn't made any payments to Mount Pleasant. But that hasn't stopped interest from accruing and compounding, bringing the amount now owed to Mount Pleasant to about $5.5 million and climbing. "We want to talk to Caledonia about starting to make payments to keep interest down," said Sewer Utility Manager Bob Pucely in Mount Pleasant. "If they don't connect for 10 …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Tom Lebak said he'd like to leave his position in May.
After six and a half years of serving as the Village Administrator, Tom Lebak is calling it quits. Lebak announced his retirement at the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. He'd like to leave his position by May 4. However, he told the Board that he would be willing to stay on to train his replacement, but he didn't want to work past July 31, 2012. For Lebak, the decision to leave wasn't an emotional decision, but rather one that was more about his health and enthusiasm for the job. "It's just time," Lebak said. "Over the holiday when I was off it felt like I was breathing again." In his resignation letter, Lebak wrote: My six and a half years here have been a challenge to say the least. However, I feel that I have reached the end of…
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Changes ahead for employees.
Want to read more about this topic? "Like" this article on Facebook. If we get 10 or more likes, we'll know to write a follow-up story. The Village Board discussed a number of options to plug a potential $900,000 hole in their 2012 budget at their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17. Between insurance changes and personnel manual changes, the Village Board hopes to avoid layoffs. At this point, the Village Budget currently has a deficit of $507,000, but that is assuming the fire and police department unions agree to kick in 5.8 percent of their wages to pay their pensions to the Wisconsin Retirement System. If the police and fire unions don't agree to the cuts, the Village faces a $900,000 deficit. Under the state budget, the Village can only raise …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Representatives from Clifton Gunderson LLP briefed the Finance Committee Tuesday on what it found to be material weaknesses and significant deficiencies.
UPDATE: The Finance Committee will discuss the financial audit letter at a meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave. Tom Lebak, the village administrator for Caledonia, elaborated further on the Management Audit Letter that was delivered to the Finance Committee on Aug. 9. Lebak stressed that the audit letter offered guidelines and suggested management tips, and that if improvements are made, the village’s financial picture would be better represented. “We just need to go through each of the recommendations and work with the Finance Committee,” Lebak said. Representatives from Clifton Gunderson LLP briefed the Finance Committee Tuesday on what it found to be material weaknesses and significant …