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The latest newsletter from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm

Dear Residents,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the Franklin Fire & Police spaghetti dinner! I also noticed many of you had an opportunity to take in the fall color by visiting our many parks and recreational areas.

Below are events and meeting notices to help you stay involved in our community. Please help spread the word by sharing this email with others that may not be on my email list and let them know they can be added by sending me a request.  To prevent bounced emails, be sure my address is in your address book.


If you have appreciated my updates, please feel free to show your appreciation by "liking" my Face book page here > Kristen Wilhelm for Franklin's 3rd District <. 

Also, remember you can keep up to date on police matters by "liking" the Police Department page, which you can access from my Face book wall. Plus, don't forget to pick up your free cookie book (details below.)





NOTE:  Visit for additional events, notices and complete agendas.

October 30 - This Sunday, Trick-or-Treat will be held from 4-7 p.m.

October 31 - Monday, Committee of the Whole, City Hall - 6:30 p.m.

Proposed development concept reviews are on the agenda for this meeting, including a District 3 location for a Gordon Foods restaurant service/marketplace on 27th Street near Gander Mountain. Action, if any, for Committee of the Whole items are taken up at the next Council meeting.  


November 1 - Tuesday, Common Council, City Hall - 6:30 p.m. (See the complete meeting packet online).


Milwaukee County Paramedic Program - Letter from the County Executive on program funding.


Concealed Carry - This pertains to required city ordinance changes for compliance with the new WI State law on concealed carry, which goes into effect November 1st. Basically, the recommendation included language to prohibit carrying weapons and firearms within city buildings including the library.  Enforcement, liability and employee policy were topics at the last council meeting. The ordinance, which does NOT include restrictions of public buildings, is under consideration for Tuesday and can be viewed online.


Ryan Creek Interceptor - Several items are on the agenda for this topic including the County Executive’s letter to veto the referendum on the sewer project and the WDNR contested hearing as it relates to wetland fill and litigation.


4-Year Judge Term - This is an ordinance to comply with changes to WI State law from a 3-year term to a 4-year term.



November 10 - Franklin Area Parents & Students United (FAPSU), Wheaton Franciscan from 6-8 p.m. 

November 10 - 2011 WE Energies Cookie Book, 4800 W. Rawson, 1-6 p.m. Pick up your free cookie book. 

November 11 - Friday, Veterans Day Program,Veterans Memorial near the Library - 11 a.m. followed by refreshments and held inside upon inclement weather.  

November 14 - Last leaf pick up 

November 15 - Tuesday, 2012 City Budget Public Hearing, City Hall - 6:30 p.m.

Separate garbage fee - There is a current recommendation within the proposed budget to remove the garbage fee from your tax bill and instead make it a separate fee. A few items for consideration are:


·       Fee removal from the tax bill will not allow residents to claim these costs on federal tax returns since it would no longer be part of the property tax bill.

·       As a separate fee, there may be less elected official accountability to keep the garbage contract low since the cost no longer effects the city budget.

·       The fee removal gives people a false sense of tax reduction by reducing the budget figures only to be hit with a separate bill for the “removed” amount.

The Finance Committee’s recommendation to the Council was to NOT separate the fee. Community safety such as Police and Fire protection, road maintenance/snow removal and garbage pickup were viewed as basic services people expect from paying property taxes. The Council will make the final decision after the November 15 Pubic Hearing. I realize three condo units pay an assessed garbage value without service. I believe the better solution would be to fix that situation rather than to punish everyone with a separate garbage bill, raising everyone’s costs of living.

Marquette Avenue - When is a motion by the Common Council not a commitment? When a majority vote is made to satisfy citizen concerns without funding to support the project. It is frustrating to watch citizens beg for assistance and then have the Council take a commitment halfway. I realize the budget is tight; however there are several large capital expenditures that were approved after the vote to connect Marquette to 49th  Street. Years back the Marquette connection was pushed by current and some previous elected officials as a huge safety issue that had to be resolved immediately. Now it is dormant as other more costly projects march forward. No funding is being recommended in the 2012 budget (November 15th) to solve this outstanding concern.

More on Door to Door - The Police Department has stated that a male subject is going door to door soliciting money for “United Restoration Church” without permission of the church and money collected is not going to the church. Call the Franklin Police at 414-425-2522 if you have questions relating to solicitors. 


~ Kristen Wilhelm for Franklin's 3rd District
Authorized by Kristen Wilhelm


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