Wasilla Councilman Menard Target of Recall Effort

Wasilla city councilman Steve Menard is the target of a recall effort. The city clerk has approved an application for a recall election sponsored by an organization called the Conservative Patriots Group.

Menard, whose term ends in 2013, was in Sitka for the Alaska Municipal League meeting in August. Menard made headlines when he left behind a wrecked hotel room. The hotel charged the city $350 to fix the damage, which included a burned mattress and a chair that had been urinated on.

Menard says he’s now quit drinking and has repaid the city the entire cost of the trip and damages. He’s remained on the Council, although fellow council members have barred him from traveling on city business.

Sponsors of the petition cite the Sitka trip as the reason for their effort.