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So, fellow Franklin residents, what will you be doing this Saturday at 1:00 in the afternoon?
It’s sure to be one of the nicest days of the summer which is, unfortunately, fading fast.
Is Franklin City Hall and anything, anything it does will even be remotely on your minds this Saturday afternoon?
Turns out there’s an important informational hearing being held at the library on an issue that ranks near the bottom on Franklin’s priority and achievement list: economic development. The idea is to offer information to the public and to hear public comments regarding future business park development in the area of South 27th Street and West County Line Road, and the area of South 76th Street and West Rawson Avenue/West Loomis Road.
Is this some type of joke? A meeting of this kind on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon? Who came up with that?
The idea was that of ex-mayor Tom Taylor. He needed someone on the Common Council to officially introduce it so he was able to secure potted plant, Alderman Doug Schmidt to do his bidding.
Alderman Susanne (deer in the headlights) Mayer has, on more than one occasion in her own words conceded she just doesn’t understand what’s at hand. That’s despite that the issues up for deliberation should be clear given the comprehensive packet that is available to her and the entire public.
At the July 21 Franklin Common Council meeting, Alderman Susanne Mayer had to, on the record, inquire as to what the August 1 meeting was about.
For the record, here’s the resolution about the August 1 meeting that was approved in June by the Franklin Common Council. Yes, it’s lengthy, but that’s how the obstructionists to Mayor Olson operate. Nothing can move forward simply. This is just for the record. Feel free to skip:
Alderman Schmidt moved that the economic development plan that was presented to the City of Franklin’s Common Council tonight be referred by City Attorney Jesse Wesolowski via the staff of the City to the appointed citizen members of the Community Development Authority, the Economic Development Commission, the Finance Committee, the Board of Public Works, the Plan Commission, to the Board of Water Commissioners, to the Franklin, Oak Creek/Franklin and the Franklin/Whitnall School Districts, to the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors, as well as to the respective Wisconsin State Legislators who represent the areas in the report/presentation for their review, consideration, comments and or recommendations prior to any action being taken by the Common Council of the City of Franklin concerning the new business park proposal in this presentation; and further that this is in the best interests of the people of Franklin that listening sessions and public hearings be scheduled on days when most people are able to attend to view the detailed provisions of the economic development plan; and further that a special public hearing be held at a date to be determined, at either the Franklin Public Library or at the City Hall in the Community Room or at the Law Enforcement Center so that the residents of Franklin and others may view the detailed presentation of the plan presented to us tonight for the 27th Street Corridor Plan, the Comprehensive Master Plan for the City, the Rock Sports Complex Proposal, or such other large projects that had great impact upon the residents and customers of Franklin and Franklin’s future; and further that the Director of Finance/Treasurer of the City of Franklin come forward to make a separate presentation primarily as the Treasurer of the City to the Aldermen that will provide his professional opinion on the approximate costs of these economic development plans that may involve the expenditure of millions of taxpayer dollars and or tax increment financing funds; and further that the Treasurer provide to the Common Council his expert opinion on the costs for borrowing for a large business park, the land acquisition costs associated with the new business park plan and the things that would need to occur should land be acquired via Eminent Domain; and that the Treasurer provide to the Common Council the amount of taxes that are and have been collected for the last ten years for all areas recommended for the large business park and how this new business park would help to alleviate the high taxes found in the Franklin School District; and that a detailed report be furnished to the aldermen and the public on how these tax revenues currently being collected are being used and how these funds would be used if a new business park was approved. The report should include when this new business park would be paid off and when revenue from this new business park would be provided to the various taxing districts as was the case when the City paid off the debt of the current business park. It was further moved that the development proposals within the Franklin School District be encouraged and assisted by the staff of the City and that all steps be taken to promote commercial development and mixed use development that helps to alleviate the high taxes found within the Franklin School District; and further that it is the expressed order of this Common Council that no action be taken by any person associated with the City regarding the entering of contracts or the negotiations of such contracts concerning a new business park until specifically directed by this Common Council as a result of a majority vote of this Council.
That’s a whopping 617 words. 617!
At the last Franklin Common Council meeting, Alderman Susanne Mayer actually inquired from Mayor Olson what the August 1 meeting was about.
I repeat, she actually inquired from Mayor Olson what the August 1 meeting was about.
So she’s not just a deer in the headlights. She’s…well, you fill in the blank.
Because at the meeting in June when the above 617-word resolution approving the August 1 meeting was adopted, Susanne Mayer voted YES.
On roll call, Alderwoman S. Mayer, Alderman Schmidt, Alderwoman Wilhelm and Alderman D. Mayer voted Aye; Alderwoman Evans and Alderman Dandrea voted No. Motion carried.
Sadly, there’s no Alderman for Dummies book in publication.
Even worse, in just a few months, Alderman Susanne Mayer will be making decisions on the entire city of Franklin budget.
God help us.
I mean, really. Who the hell is going to show?
And from fellow Franklin resident Bryan Maersch's Facebook page:
Did you want some cheese with that Whine Kristen?
Stupid is as Kristen does! Really she wanted an engraved invitation and she is the one who always bitches that all the meetings are at inconvenient working hours.
So sad that an anti-Franklin development person ever got reelected. Hope we can remedy that soon.
BTW - Alderwoman Janet Evans got the word out on her 4th distict Facebook page but not with the negative disrespectful message Princess Wilhelm did.
Found on the City's Website (as opposed to the more effective email notice elected officials should expect).
"Future Development Areas Public Informational Meeting
The Franklin Common Council will conduct a public informational meeting on Saturday, August 1, at 1 p.m. in the Fadrow Room of the Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Road, on future development areas in the City of Franklin."
Problems: Despite the fact it reads the "Council" will hold the meeting, I can't get an answer on whether I will be attending as a Council participant or a citizen in the audience. There's a big difference in changing vacation or weekend plans to attend a Council-held public hearing vs sitting in the audience and being spoon fed information.
I was also surprised to see that we held official "listening sessions" without being informed that these regular scheduled meetings were to serve as such.
I must admit to being disappointed with our new Mayor and how he has manipulated information and media access.