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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.

Important Franklin Public Hearings this week


Franklin
alderman Kristen Wilhelm sent me her latest e-newsletter. Here are the excerpts pertaining to important meetings this week:

Dear Residents:

 

ATTENTION: Below are selected agenda items that I believe are important to the 3rd District and the overall City. Please note the PUBLIC HEARINGS & REFERENDUM items.  This is NOT a complete list. Visit www.franklinwi.gov for meeting agendas.

 

 

Monday, Aug 16th- Committee of the Whole- (Discussion only, actions takes place TUESDAY, 6:30 p.m.)

 

           Full Time Mayor Referendum Discussion

           Reporting System for water damage to private properties (Thank you to those who helped with gathering data on damages).

 

 

Tuesday, Aug 17th- Common Council (Action) *Details below

 

1.         *  3 PUBLIC HEARINGS related to ordinance changes & AFFECTING PUBLIC INPUT

2.         Dental Associates Clinic on 27th- Industrial Development Revenue Bonds

3.         Request for senior citizen computer center space at City Hall

4.         Landfill Expansion Agreement – (Expanding was inevitable - opening a new versus expanding)

5.         Ryan Creek Interceptor – (This will open up the SW portion of the City for development).

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS - An Ad-Hoc Development Process Review Committee was formed consisting of elected officials, developers, commissioners and staff members with the purpose of streamlining the development review time/process to encourage economic growth.

 

Based on many concerns with the development process, the review was needed and the hearing of developer concerns is valid, and many of the Ad-Hoc Committee suggestions are legitimate. However, it is my strong opinion the process has been carried a bit far, public input will be less and developers have been given direct influence on setting City policy. On Tuesday, the Council will VOTE on ordinance changes that will significantly remove public input on development. This input change spreads to the Plan Commission and Common Council.

 

Under the new idea, developers will be able to “choose” when and which selected plans they will provide to the City. Then, final plans will be allowed to be approved as a “condition of a final approval”. This means the Commission can approve the project with the bare-minimum of detail under the “condition” that the developer will provide the final details to staff after approval. It’s the cart before the horse, with nothing to stop the cart. If you have a concern, you won’t know about it until late in the process when you will hear “It’s too late; we have far too much money into this now to make changes”. The final details or “conditions” are then worked out between the developer and Planning Staff. This brings a concern for a scenario where one politician could influence the entire City’s future by pressuring staff. There is a reason state statutes allow for citizen plan commissioners to hear and review development plans.

 

Changes are needed I am just not convinced these are the correct ones to be made. I do hope you take this seriously and express your concerns at the meeting, by email or phone to the other voting members on the Council. Otherwise, expect this to pass on Tuesday.

 

 

 

Best,

Kristen

 

 

Kristen Wilhelm

3rd District Alderman

City of Franklin

9229 West Loomis Road

Franklin, WI 53132

City Hall 414.427.7603

kwilhelm@franklinwi.gov

www.franklinwi.gov

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