From Lakewood Village Trustee Jason McMahon:
Lakewood Residents Intentionally Misled
Paul Serwatka intentionally misled Lakewood residents by stating that Jason McMahon and developer Lou Tenore have a “grossly improper” relationship. Paul Serwatka knows the truth and the phone records provided show proof. I was the person that informed Paul Serwatka of Mr. Tenore’s voicemail in an effort to be completely transparent.
Paul Serwatka stated: “Worthy of your attention – Last week I was made aware of the fact that Lou Tenore, one of the principles of The Sportsplex has been in contact with one of our village trustees, Jason McMahon. While the exact scope of this contact in not known, it is arguably, grossly improper that a developer would not first confer with the village president before contacting a trustee on a matter such as this – and the fact that trustee McMahon, specifically, was contacted, I find even more suspect.”
– Paul D. Serwatka, Village of Lakewood President
Paul Serwatka used his position as President to announce this in a public meeting.
He went further, using his title as President to disseminate this information in his newsletter, on Facebook and a blog post to inflict as much damage to my reputation as possible.
Only I, Shannon Andrews and Paul Serwatka knew of Mr. Tenore’s call.
However, somehow, I was accused of conspiring with Mr. Tenore on the McHenry County Blog by pseudonym S. Prichard in yet another attempt to assail my character.
PICTURE 1: June 1, 2017 at 3:06 PM – Developer Lou Tenore left a voicemail message on my home phone which is the number posted on the Village website. When I arrived home and listened to the message, I immediately felt uncomfortable and placed a call to Interim Village Manager, Shannon Andrews.
PICTURE 2: June 1, 2017 at 6:05 PM – I immediately called Interim Village Manager, Shannon Andrews, on her mobile phone. She did not answer.
PICTURE 2: June 1, 2017 at 6:24 PM – Ms. Andrews returned my call. We spoke for approximately 13 minutes. I asked why Mr. Tenore was calling me instead of speaking with her and Paul Serwatka. Ms. Andrews explained, Mr. Tenore had called the Village Hall stating there were developments he wished to discuss. Ms. Andrews explained she felt uncomfortable with the timing of the call from Mr. Tenore, given the upcoming TIF vote, and requested he contact the President and each of the Trustees as she did not want to have an appearance of bias one way or the other. I informed Ms. Andrews I was going to call Paul Serwatka to be sure he was aware Mr. Tenore had called me.
PICTURE 3: June 1, 2017 at 6:38 PM – I called Paul Serwatka. The call was answered; however, I believe it was an accident because he did not speak.
PICTURE 3: June 1, 2017 at 6:39 PM – I again tried Paul Serwatka on his mobile phone. This time his voicemail answered and I left a message.
PICTURE 3: June 1, 2017 at 7:59 PM – Paul Serwatka returned my call. We spoke for approximately 48 minutes. We discussed the TIF, Mr. Tenore’s call and that I would be out of town for the TIF meeting. Paul assured me he was aware Mr. Tenore was calling Trustees and that he himself had received a call from Mr. Tenore. I explained to Paul Serwtka I would not be returning Mr. Tenore’s call. He said he understood. I also requested the TIF meeting be postponed until I could be present. Paul declined.
I am a resident, the same as all of you. I was honest and upfront with Paul Serwatka regarding a phone call I had received. Instead of treating me with respect, Paul Serwatka used me as a pawn for his own political gain. Lakewood deserves better.