Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society commissioners resign over concerns about in-person meetings

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THIENSVILLE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Concerns over being forced to attend meetings in-person instead of virtually, has members of the Mequon-Thiensville Historic Preservation stepping down. 

Three commissioners of the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society resigned from their positions recently because village officials say they need to meet in person or resign. 

According to Bob Blazich, who resigned, it all started back in mid-September when some commissioners at the time resigned because they didn't think it was best to meet in person. He said Village of Thiensville President Van Mobley, says it is safe to meet in-person and they need to as a commission. 

Commission members have requested meetings with the board about the issue but it never happened. 

A village board member proposed a resolution but it never gained traction with the board. 

Blazich says they have the equipment to do the meetings online and he doesn't see why it's a problem. 

“The other organizations I belong to, everything is online. The thing that upset me was that there was no wiggle room. The option was either attend or resign. The one member who resigned first was on our commission for I believe about five years. It’s as though the work that we’re doing as the historic preservation commission has little value,” Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society President Bob Blazich said.

Blazich says some village board members may bring up the issue at their meeting Monday night, March 1. CBS 58 reached out to Village of Thiensville President Van Mobley for comment, but so far have not heard back. 

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