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The latest from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm


Dear Residents,

Happy Labor day! 

After a warm Labor Day weekend, we now begin a new school year, and the start of NFL. For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer but it also historically celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. I send you this E-news with hopes and best wishes that you are gainfully employed, healthy and happy living in our community of Franklin.

Please see the attached E-News file in Pdf format and as always, feel free to pass it along, contact me about questions, addresses additions, changes or removal requests. I will do my best to respond as promptly as possible.


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




NOTE: This is NOT a complete list of City meetings. Please visit for the meeting calendar.

Committee of the Whole & Common Council - Sept 4 at 6:30 PM Council Chambers

Items of interest for Tuesday: Fire Chief Martins’ retirement, Whooping cough update, Open burning/Invasive species, Meijer, Condo option to opt out of refuse pickup, Victory Creek/Pleasant View trail grant update
Plan Commission - Sept 6 and Sept 20 at 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Special Committee of the Whole - Sept 10 at 6:30 PM Council Chambers (consideration to reschedule)

Board of Public Works - Sept 11 at 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Quarry Monitoring Committee - Sept 13 at 6:30 PM Lower level conference room

Common Council - Sept 18 at 6:30 PM Council Chambers

Forward Franklin EDC - Sept 24 at 6:30 PM Hearing Room

Finance Committee - Sept 25 at 6:00 PM Hearing Room


MEIJER PROPOSAL - The Council postponed action on 8/21 for the Meijer store final approvals, basically, to allow the developer time to resolve the Department of Transportation (DOT) approval on the Puetz road access, to obtain required state and federal permits, and for the District Representative Steve Olson to be present. Alderman Olson was not able to be in attendance due to prior commitments but shared several points with Mayor Taylor via email for the record. By law, government officials are required to assure the public the opportunity for input and comment on certain decision-making proceedings. Typically, state and federal public notice/comment periods are 30???days. Until public notices close, projects are subject to change. For this project, the outstanding and overriding permits (outside of City authority) are related to major aspects of the project such as street configuration, ingress and egress, traffic flow, wetland and floodplain fill, and the position and configuration of the building. Prior City approval means members of the public and Council could be providing comment on a premature plan. Knowing agency decisions decreases the number of design changes and provides residents knowledge of the final project features. Due to political pressure, there are expectations to approve the project without final action by the DOT, the Army Corps of Engineers and DNR. Incomplete permits and plans are noted within City staff’s report. Any approval on Tuesday evening will require many “contingencies”. While staff’s comments address items that could return to the Council, language to assure public knowledge of the outstanding plans or changes that could be requested by other agencies, is not within the proposed ordinance. One of the aspects of participating in local decision making for me is making a conscious effort to read, ask questions, and analyze the details of the items being voted on so I can leave a meeting knowing I made an informed vote. While I can support some contingencies, there are valid concerns, (e.g. traffic management, adjacent landscape screening, hours of operation, floodplain filling etc.) which should continue to be addressed and presented in the public format. Whether you favor this project or not, Council action at this point is somewhat irrelevant but politically motivated. Without language on how changes will be procedurally presented, the current procedure may also be a disservice to the interested public’s ability to know and comment on a final design (known as open government).

SPORTS COMPLEX PROPOSAL - Council review contingent on higher-agency permits continues. The Rock, a multi-use sports and entertainment complex proposed at the current Crystal Ridge ski hill site, was approved by the Council and County with several contingencies. There are important difference between this project and Meijer. The parcel has several access points that do not impact residential access. This project involves a County-owned parcel and the development of this park requires the authority of the County Parks with County Board and County Executive. As a known landfill site with multiple development issues, the County included several requirements including requiring the developer obtain an independent assessment to determine the parcels stability before any construction activity can begin.

RECYCLING CONTRACT - Based on Council approval, Johns’ Disposal will be putting a covered recycle container program into place. The contract requires residents to fill out a form for the selection of the smaller 48-gallon carts. This form will be included within the October City newsletter. The covered 48-gallon recycle cart has wheels and more vertical space but about the same floor footprint as the current “blue bins”. No card is needed for those who want the larger 96-gallon recycle cart. Another noted change is the ability for condominiums to opt out of City refuse pickup. Some associations may find this an advantage. Information to opt out by the November deadline will be mailed to condo managers. Please be sure your association contact information is up to date at city hall.

WATER RATES - Oak Creek supplies water to many areas of Franklin and they have requested a rate increase to the Public Service Commission. The City’s attorney has been working diligently to represent the City to lower the water rate increase.

1st QUARRY MONITORING COMMITTEE MEETING - An ordinance adopted at a previous Council meeting served to reinstate the Quarry Monitoring Committee. The first meeting will be held September 13 at 6:30 PM in the lower level conference room at City hall. Thank you to those selected to serve and we are grateful for all those who filled out volunteer applications! Now that we have additional applications on file, I hope to see more new appointments for additional participation at the local level.

51ST ST. SIDEWALK, CLARE MEADOWS TO W. MINNESOTA - The walkway has been staked out marking the proposed centerline. Directly impacted residents received an invitation to the open house for plan review last week. Comments were taken and City staff will be working with residents by taking their comments into consideration related to minor adjustments, i.e., avoiding or suggesting tree and shrub removal and drainage concerns.


MILWAUKEE COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX - There are no expositions scheduled through October. The Sports Complex contact is Mark Antczak at 414-281-2694.

FRANKLIN LIBRARY - For a full list of events visit



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