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The latest news from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm

MAY 2012

MAY 15: COMMON COUNCIL MEETING (Tuesday, City Hall, 6:30 PM)

Note: The complete council meeting agenda and the city meeting calendar can be viewed at


The Council will review a draft ordinance intended to re-establish the Quarry Monitoring Committee. Citizens living near the quarries have been requesting monitoring and enforcement of the Planned Development District (PDD), mainly for blasting and air quality. The general location covered by the PDD is 51st/Rawson/Drexel. The PDD documents contain the quarry’s governing rules and legal obligations. This ordinance will set standards for member appointments and outline the duties of the committee.


The item on the agenda is mainly to consider either extending our current contract with John’s Disposal or to go out for bids. John’s Disposal again is offering closed bin recycling containers as one option for the Council’s consideration.


A special use approval is being requested for a dog grooming and day care business in the former tanning salon at 27th and Rawson. All uses will be conducted indoors and will make use of existing and vacant tenant space.


Application by Kendall G. Breunig for a UDO ordinance amendment to change certain business uses from requiring special use approvals to allowable uses under ordinance. (5/17/2012 Plan Commission)

Application by William J. Malek and Joanne M. Malek, for expansion of a legal nonconforming use to allow an addition to an existing two-family attached dwelling structure. (5/16/2012 Board of Zoning & Building Appeals)

 WIS HWY 241/27th Street Corridor - Current/Spring 2012, Project impact (EA) documents are available for public review at the Franklin Library and the notice of opportunity for public hearing was published. Road construction is scheduled in 2015 for the area between Drexel Avenue north to College Avenue.


MAY 17:  MEIJER OPEN HOUSE (Thursday, City Hall Community Room, 5-8 PM)

If there’s one issue elected officials hear often it’s the request for lower taxes. This development certainly has strong potential to draw more retail and businesses into the Franklin School District where tax relief is needed. I am familiar with Meijer stores. In comparison to similar size retail stores, I have found them a step above, carrying quality merchandise at a reasonable cost. There is no doubt the parcel, with its current buildings, is severely deteriorated and needs improvement.

Questions remain regarding whether residents will welcome or reject Meijer at this location. Meijer representatives will endeavor to address questions and issues during an open house/presentation.

Featured recently in the news has been the Meijer (MY-ER) company’s desire to open stores in the Milwaukee area. The Council was presented a concept review for a retail store at the location of Loomis Road and Hwy 100. The district alderman recently worked with Meijer representatives to set up an open house/informational meeting.

Hurdles for Meijer will be road access from the DOT, DNR approvals, change in the city’ s maximum square footage for retailers, satisfaction of the surrounding neighbors related to traffic, lighting, landscaping, and meeting the architectural guidelines of the city’ Civic Center District.


Experts are predicting that the mild winters will increase tick populations. Ticks can transmit several types of bacteria to people and pets. Third District veterinarian Dr. Chughtai recommends treating pets that spend time outdoors. Pet application, grooming services and supplies are available at his clinic (American Vet Clinic, 2735 W. Rawson). These services are an excellent way to reduce family member exposure from ticks carried into your home by pets. 

MAY 15 & JUNE 5: REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN’S “MOBILE OFFICE” (Law Enforcement lot, 11 AM - 12:30 PM) - Rep. Paul Ryan will have a member of his staff manning his mobile office setup in the Franklin Law Enforcement Center parking lot. Rep. Ryan will not be present.

MAY 17: FAPSU TOWN HALL MEETING “Parenting is Prevention”(Thursday, Forest Park Middle School, 6 PM)

Franklin Area Parents & Students United (FAPSU) will host an informative evening to help parents and teens deal with drug and alcohol issues, risks and prevention. Visit www.FAPSU.Org for more information.


8:30 AM Family Fun Walk, 9:30 AM Duck Derby. Contact: 414-529-9900 Ext. 731.


Of the 20,680 registered voters 8,620 (41.68%) voted in the re-call primary. Sample ballots and other Information on the election will be available at:


JUNE 13: FIGHT THE BITE (Wednesday, Franklin Library, 6:30-8 PM)

Dr. John Whitcomb, M.D., and Epidemiologist Zip Johnson will give a presentation focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tick-borne diseases. Wisconsin has been identified as a high risk Lyme disease state. To register call the Franklin Public Library at 414-425-8214.


Contact Mark Antczak, 414-281-2694.

June 3, Franklin High School Graduation

June 23, Roller Derby

July 13-15, Rizwan Youth Festival


Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., is planning a 191,000-square-foot store in Franklin.

Neighborhood Open House and Informational Presentation

Who: You and your family, your neighbors and Meijer representatives
Friebert, Finerty and St. John

What: Open House and Informational Presentation

Where: Franklin City Hall (9229 W. Loomis Road) – Community Room

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5pm – 8pm (brief presentation at 6:30)

At the request of Ald. Steve Olson, the Franklin Common Council and Mayor Tom Taylor, we are pleased to host a neighborhood open house and informational presentation to introduce our project and the latest updated plans.

Meijer Stores proposes to develop a retail store at the property northeast of the St. Martin’s/Loomis intersection and to the north of Puetz Road.

Meijer is a family-owned company based in Grand Rapids, MI which operates over 190 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Meijer is now evaluating opportunities to enter the Wisconsin market with the Franklin site to be among one of the first stores.

Meijer started in 1934 as a grocery store chain but now offers a complete one-stop shopping experience in over 40 other departments including grocery, health and beauty care, fashion, automotive, home decor, pharmacy, electronics, pets and more. Meijer’s focus is on delivering higher standards to customers at lower prices. The high standards carry through from the customer service in its stores to the quality of the merchandise itself. Meijer operates its stores 24/7 which is part of the founding family’s dedication to customer service. More information about Meijer can be found at

Meijer is currently under contract on the subject property. If the project proceeds, it will result in the demolition of the dilapidated structures, including the closed Illusions nightclub.

On Thursday evening, Meijer will display the updated Site Plan, the Exterior Elevations (architectural design) and other materials. To summarize a few key elements, our plans include:

• A sizeable stormwater detention pond (designed to enhance the water quality at discharge) that will be surrounded by landscaped site amenities,

• A signature landscaping feature at the northeast corner of Loomis & St. Martin’s.

• Proposed total landscaping of approximately 61% which exceeds the zoning code requirement of 40%.

• Installation of a traffic signal for the main vehicle entrance on Loomis Road on the north side of the site.

• Reconfiguration of the Puetz/St. Martin’s intersection per the DOT’s plans.

• Locating the truck loading docks on the north end of the building as far away as possible from residential properties.

• Bringing 200-250 new jobs to the community.

• Enhancing the City’s tax base though investment in an underutilized property resulting in additional tax revenues for the City and School District.

Please join us for the neighborhood open house at any point between 5 pm – 8 pm on Thursday, May 17th and/or our brief presentation beginning at 6:30. If you are unable to attend and would like to ask questions, please contact me at 414-271-0130 or

Thank you for your time and we look forward to bringing this exciting project to Franklin. 

-Brian Randall 

Friebert, Finerty and St. John

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