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Wells meeting cancelled – twice

By Staff | Aug 9, 2010

Shannon Savick

Not once, but twice the Wells City Council had to cancel two meetings last week to discuss pending litigation.

It’s unclear whether city officials will try and hold a special meeting today or deal with the matter during regular council meeting at 5 p.m.

On Monday, Wells Mayor Shannon Savick waited patiently for the rest of the council to arrive so a special meeting set for 12:01 p.m. at the Community Center could begin.

Only one item was on the agenda — pending litigation against the city.

“I assume we’ll get an update on a mediation hearing that was held,” she says. “I was told they met for 13 hours that day.”

Jeff Zalasky

The hearing Savick was referring to was held in New Ulm on July 23 between the city’s attorney, Jeff Zalasky, Councilman Mike Weber and his attorney Don Savelkoul, and attorney/mediator Daniel Gislason.When Monday’s special meeting was called off, another was set for Thursday.

City Administrator Jeremy Germann says he received a phone message to cancel that meeting for lack of a quorum.

In the past, Zalasky has said the “pending litigation” involves Weber.

Zalasky says he has received a “demand letter” from Weber’s attorney outlining claims against the city and damages his client is seeking.

Savelkoul did not respond to attempts by the Register to comment on whether a settlement has been reached.