March 14, 2012 | 08:38 AMBLOOMFIELD — Bill Markut, 44, an integrated technology consultant, said if he hands off a project to someone at his job, he at least sits down and talks to them about it.
But on Monday, he said that's not how he discovered his last day as Pell Lake Sanitary District president was Feb. 29.
He said he knew since last year if the town's incorporation attempt was successful, there would no longer be a district. In December, the 12-square-mile region northeast of Highway H became a state-certified village.
So, effective Feb. 29, the district, its commission and the jobs held by Markut and former district treasurer Paul Schneider dissolved.
"Whenever you let go of a project and you transition it to someone else, you always think, 'Don't screw it up,'" Markut said. "But I will say I won't miss the workload."
It's also somewhat of a bittersweet departure for Markut.
He said he thought he and Schneider would become members of the Public Works Committee, which recently assumed control of utility operations.
But he and Schneider were never asked to join.
"I haven't heard anything," Markut said. "Actually, I don't anticipate to hear anything. Communication was kind of lacking through this whole process."
He said they simply assumed they would be asked in order to facilitate a smooth transition.
Now, he said he wasn't happy with the way they found out they would have to leave their jobs, a job Markut held for nearly 15 years.
"Honestly, I was a little upset, but perplexed about how they intended to pick things up and move this forward," he said.
During a separate interview Monday, Bloomfield Village President Ken Monroe said that could have been his fault for not sitting down with Markut, but there was a meeting prior to Feb. 29 for district commissioners.
Also, there wasn't much time. Numerous aspects of village operations — including transfer of ownership and operation of the utility — needed to be completed, Monroe said. More about this will appear in a future edition of the Regional News.
"I'm sure if we all knew what had to be done and how much of it once we became a village, I'm sure this could have been handled differently," he said.
Markut said the issue wasn't whether the district and their positions would dissolve.
He said he learned in January that would occur at some point.
However, village officials set a meeting prior to Feb. 29, according to Markut and Monroe.
That was when officials discussed the end of the line for Markut and Schneider.
Markut said the meeting was scheduled during the day on a Monday, but he couldn't attend because of his job.
He said no one asked about his schedule prior to the meeting being scheduled. Markut works in Mequon.
He said the only person he talked to about the future of the district was Monroe, but Monroe said that was prior to the referendum election, in which the majority of voters supported incorporation.
Markut said Trustee Bill Holder sent him "some e-mails" about insurance policies, but everything else he heard about secondhand from either Schneider or Utility Director Jim Marquardt — including what transpired at the meeting before Feb. 29.
Monroe said he felt Markut and Schneider did "an excellent job" and reflected on Markut's experience with learning about the end of his career at the head of the sanitary district.
"I suppose, not knowing he wouldn't be at that meeting, it probably could have been handled a little better," he said.