Waukesha County DA Says Meeting Notification ‘Appropriate’ For Blue Zones

(Mayville) The Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office tells the city of Mayville that it is appropriate for the public to be notified of meetings involving the Dodge County Blue Zones Project. A complaint was filed in February with the Dodge County District Attorney’s office by a Mayville resident; it was then turned over to the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office to avoid any conflicts of interest. The complaint alleged that Blue Zones acts as an “advisory board” making proposals and working to enact ordinances while the city has “failed to give proper notice of meetings conducted” on its behalf. That includes not properly posting meeting notifications, agendas or minutes from their discussions. Mayor Rob Boelk this week posted a letter to his Facebook page that he received from the Waukesha County DA’s Office that says the matter was investigated by a county detective. Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper says after reading the report she concluded that the public should receive notice of the meeting and agenda items pursuant to the state’s Open Meetings Law. The letter says that no further action or prosecution will take place at this time with the understanding that there is immediate compliance. Dodge County Blue Zones Program Manager Leslie Covell Hershberger told us last month that when the non-profit was made aware of the complaint in February, they immediately began posting all meeting information -for every city they work with- on their website, Facebook page and in local newspapers. Blue Zones is an international well-being initiative that is currently focused on bringing healthy opportunities to Mayville, Horicon, Juneau and Beaver Dam.