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KF: Note two important items- 1) The vote AGAINST the will of residents. 2) The continued spending by Franklin City Hall. Here's the latest from Franklin 1st District Alderman Steve Olson:
This past Tuesday evening, the Common Council made decisions on two road projects affecting our district.
Two votes were taken on this matter after a report was given by City Engineer Bennett outlining the four options. During his presentation he was clear in the fact that the neighbors did not want the road widened by a 2 to 1 margin. Installation of sidewalks was a split result with half for and half against a path.
I made a motion to proceed with either option 3 or 4 with the decision on whether to install a path to be made near the time of construction. That motion FAILED. Ald. Wilhelm and Ald. Schmidt supported me. Ald. Solomon, Taylor and Skowronski voted no. The Mayor refused to vote.
Then Ald. Taylor made a motion to proceed with applying for state funds to do option 2, that being widening the lanes (and roadway) and providing a path on the south side of the street. He was supported by Ald. Skowronski and Solomon. This time, Mayor Taylor broke the tie in favor of the motion.
Contrary to the people who live on or near the street, the Common Council has voted to widen the street, potentially taking a number of large, well established trees and impacting the property of many of you.
I argued that there would be no more development on the eastern ¾ of the road. The traffic that’s there now will essentially be the traffic of the future. I argued that it makes no sense to destroy trees and take property to widen a road that will see very little if any increase in traffic. I also argued that you, the neighbors have voiced an educated opinion, many having been to the meeting and reviewed the drawings. You, the neighbors didn’t see the need.
In the end, the three members of the council were, I think, looking only at the money and they were joined by the Mayor.
This decision can be changed by a week from Tuesday if you call the Mayor and discuss the matter with him and ask him to change his vote. 425-7500
Also last Tuesday night, the Common Council voted to spend $900,000 on sidewalks along the east side of 76th Street and to agree with the County’s plan to reconstruct the street as a 4 lane undivided roadway with limited curbs and gutters. I voted against all motions because I continue to feel that the County is treating
As always, don’t hesitate to call with your questions or needs.
Alderman, 1st District