Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
I hope you are enjoying this mild winter! There have been relatively few notable items since the passing of the budget. As we head into the election season, I hope for representation and decisions based on open, fair and balanced information. I look forward to working with any new or continued colleagues in the various elected positions and on all sides to build a better community and to grow our economy. I will also continue to speak up when items need clarification or I view information as misleading or unfavorable to residents. This has been my approach since day one and I will continue this approach as I work to serve you, the residents of Franklin.
Attached to this email in a pdf is information on voting and supervisory district changes, Tuesday's primary election, an update related to 51st Street, and a few highlights on upcoming meetings and events. Please take time to read up on election changes and other notices that are meant to assist you with being an informed resident and voter.
51st St. Reconstruction and Walkway: The 2012 Road Budget included funding for 51st Street reconstruction north of Rawson Avenue to the city limits (Berkshire). Pedestrian access is planned, as funding will allow, from St. Paul’s Church to Princeton Drive on the west side and from the current sidewalk endpoint to Xavier Drive on the east side. Right of way (ROW) will be required for portions of the walkway on the west side of 51st. No ROW is needed on the east. Detailed plans are in the works for construction, which construction is expected to be completed by September. No design has been finalized, but turn lanes and curb and gutter are expected to some degree within the design.
Voter Information and the Primaries: TUESDAY, February 21
Voter ID: Voter ID became law June 2011. As near as I can determine, and in brief, the new rules for voting at the polls include:
On Election Day, voters must show one of eight types of photo ID – a Wisconsin Drivers License, a State ID, military ID, or passport. These photo IDs are valid provided they did not expire prior to November 2010. The other four acceptable IDs are a Wisconsin Drivers License or State ID receipt from the DMV, a federally recognized Wisconsin Indian Tribal ID, a Wisconsin accredited university or college photo ID with proof of enrollment, or a certificate of naturalization, and provided these have not expired. Another change is that voters must now sign the poll book next to their name before getting handed a ballot. Also, after receiving your ballot, please verify it has two poll workers’ initials at the bottom. You can still register on the day of election, but you must now be a resident of the jurisdiction where you want to vote for at least 28 days. Visit https://vpa.wi.gov/ to look up your voter registration, check your voter record, polling location, and more. For additional information and on changes to absentee voting, go to http://gab.wi.gov/electionsvoting/photo???id or contact the City Clerk’s office at 414-425-7500.
Redistricting and Ballot Changes: Due to recent changes, the 3rd District now has 5 separate ballots. Election results will now also be reported by Ward. The 3rd District includes Wards 8-11 (see maps and sample ballot below). All of District 3 will continue to vote at the
Circuit Court: All Wards
9th District County Supervisor: Residents in the newly redistricted County Supervisory area will decide who will move forward for the Spring Election of the District 9, County Supervisory race. This is the position formally held and being vacated by Paul Cesarz. Running for Cesarz’s position are Franklin’s Common Council President, Steve Taylor, Oak Creek Alderman Ken Gehl, and Hales Corners Village Trustee Don Schwartz. I have received several questions asking me about endorsements, which I’ve made a practice not to do. While I don’t know either Gehl or Schwartz, I can say, knowing Alderman Taylor as a colleague on the Council, and while Steve and I have disagreed on issues, he certainly is dedicated and passionate about his work.
Garbage Fee – New to your tax bill, you may or may not have noticed, was the separate garbage fee. I voted against this fee because I viewed it as a trashy way to raise taxes without your knowledge. Placing this as a separate fee then adding the $104 back in to your tax total gives the appearance of a decrease in taxes and that nothing changed. In reality, what was previously included in your tax bill is now a separate fee. It also decreases accountability for future garbage and recycling contract rates because it is no longer part of the budget costs under the responsibility of the Council.
Common Council: February 22, 2012 – 6:30pm. Location: Council Chambers (WEDNESDAY DUE TO ELECTIONS)
Community Development Authority: February 23, 2012 – 6pm. Location: Council Chambers
Finance Committee: February 28, 2012 – 6pm. Location: Hearing Room
Upcoming Events: (Details at www.Franklinwi.gov)
Arbor Day Event: April 28, 2012 , 10 a.m. to 12 Noon.
City-Wide Cleanup Day: April 28, 2012 , 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fall Prevention Class: The Franklin Health Dept. invites residents 60 and older to participate in a 7-week course, Stepping On. This class helps seniors to reduce their risk for falls by increasing their strength and improving their sense of balance. To register call 414-425-9101.
Job Openings: Deputy Finance Director, Part-time Cashier/Clerk, and Summer Help positions.
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