Town of Woodmohr Board tables motion on costly misunderstanding

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:53 PM CDT
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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - The Town of Woodmohr Town Board decided to table a motion taking action against a former board member who they said was improperly reimbursed for legal fees after being accused of illegally cutting down about 150 trees.

The board’s chair, Pete Hanson, said the town wants to find new attorneys to discuss its next options.

“I guess I would just as soon table this thing until next month’s meeting and then maybe we’ll have an attorney here who could feed the bullpen and explain this stuff better than I can,” he said.

The board, which voted to reimburse former board member John Seibel for legal fees and restitution at its April 20 meeting, then voted at its May 12 meeting to ask for the $11,496.91 back.

The town’s asking to be repaid after finding out Seibel was convicted of misdemeanor theft in Chippewa County. He was originally charged on Jan. 10, 2020 with multiple offenses. Two felony charges were eventually dismissed.

The board voted to repay Seibel thinking he wasn’t convicted of any charges. They asked to be reimbursed after learning of the misdemeanor theft conviction.

Hanson said Seibel has repaid about $5,000 but plans on keeping the rest to cover his legal fees. The town originally gave Seibel one week to repay fully repay the money.

At the May 12 meeting, Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell told board members the town could take legal action against Seibel if he didn’t repay all the money.

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