Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Greenfield Patch inaccurately reported that Shirley Saryan was the first after she was chosen by her peers to fill that role last month.
Turns out Shirley Saryan’s appointment as the City of Greenfield’s Common Council president was not as history-making as Greenfield Patch believed. Last week, Patch called Saryan, the city’s 5th District alderperson, the first woman in the city’s history to hold that position. That was not correct. Former alderperson Barbara Clark held that title for one year, beginning in 1996. Greenfield Patch regrets the error.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The 5th District alderperson is the first woman to hold that title in the city's 56-year-history.
Editor's note: Due to a reporter error, 5th District Alderperson Shirley Saryan was misidentified as the first female Common Council president in city history. Former Alderperson Barbara Clark was president for one year back in 1996-97. We regret the error. Original story: Shirley Saryan says her eight-year tenure as alderperson of the City of Greenfield’s 5th District was an accident of sorts. Back in 2005, when then-alderperson Michael Neitzke was elected mayor, his ascension created an opening on the city’s five-person Common Council panel. Saryan at the time served on the Library Board, and one night when it had a meeting with the Common Council, she just happened to sit in Neitzke’s former seat. “(Alderperson) Karl Kastner was sitting…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Three of five alderpersons voted for a 2.74 percent tax levy increase, more than the 1.98 percent bump proposed in Mayor Michael Neitzke's 2013 budget.
A majority of Greenfield alderpersons voted to raise the property tax levy above what Mayor Michael Neitzke proposed in his 2013 budget Tuesday. Neitzke’s budget called for a property tax levy of $21,834,243, but an amendment by Alderperson Tom Pietrowski tacked on an additional $161,204, raising the tax levy 2.74 percent compared to 2012. Neitzke’s proposal included a 1.98 percent levy increase over 2012, largely to pay off debt. Alderpersons Karl Kastner and Shirley Saryan backed Pietrowski’s amendment, which called for the additional $161,204 to go to the general fund to pay for public safety while shifting state transportation aids from the general fund to capital projects such as roads. Alderpersons Linda Lubotsky and Pam Akers voted …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Alderpersons Karl Kastner, Shirley Saryan and Pam Akers officially started their new terms as Common Council members Tuesday.
Before selecting a new president, the Greenfield Common Council welcomed back three of its own. Karl Kastner, Pam Akers and Shirley Saryan, three alderpersons who ran unopposed in the April 3 election, were sworn in at a ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday before the Common Council’s regularly scheduled meeting. State Senator Mary Lazich, Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski, several Greenfield department heads, Whitnall and Greenfield School Board members and dozens of others celebrated the event. Later, at the Common Council meeting, Alderman Thomas Pietrowski, who won re-election last spring, was voted the council’s president, taking the reins from Kastner. Pietrowski and Kastner nominated themselves for the position. “I think …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Pam Akers, Karl Kastner and Shirley Saryan do not have opponents on this spring's ballot, assuring the current council that has been together since 2009 remains intact.
Barring unforeseeable circumstances, Greenfield’s Common Council will remain intact until at least 2014. All three alderpersons up for re-election this spring – Karl Kastner in District 3, Pam Akers in District 4 and Shirley Saryan in District 5 – are unopposed on the April 3 ballot, keeping a continuity on the council that has been in place since 2009. Last spring, Linda Lubotsky ran unopposed in District 1 and Thomas Pietrowski defeated James Palmar in District 2. Alderpersons serve three-year terms with an annual salary of $6,300. Below are short bios of the unopposed alderpersons and their answers to a Greenfield Patch questionnaire. Name: Karl Kastner Address: 3820 S River Ridge Blvd. Years on Common Council: 12 Age: 46 Family: wife …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Candidates have until Jan. 3 to get into the race.
Updating a previous story, Greenfield Patch has learned all three of the city's incumbent alderpersons will run for re-election in the Spring 2012 election. Fourth District Alderwoman Pam Akers told Greenfield Patch in an email Sunday she does plan to run again. Last week, Shirley Saryan (fifth district) and Karl Kastner (third), the other two incumbents whose terms will expire, told Patch they intended to seek re-election. Candidates could begin circulating nomination papers, Dec. 1, and must obtain 20-40 signatures to run. The annual alderperson salary is $6,300. Terms are for three years. All candidates have until 5 p.m. Jan. 3, to file their election paperwork.