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I received an E-Newsletter today from Franklin Alderman Kristen Wilhelm. Here are some of the highlights:
The City of
Welcome Stephen Hintz to the Franklin Police Department. Hintz was sworn in at 9:00 this morning at the Franklin Municipal Courtroom.
Tornado warning sirens were installed on November 21. Electric installation by We Energies could take 30 days meaning the sirens will be operative by the end of the year. The siren in Alderman Wilhelm’s district is located at the south end of the Prairie View Elementary School playground.
The city of
There will be a flu clinic at
On College Avenue, Alderman Wilhelm writes:
“According to an email I received from Jack Takarian, Director of Milwaukee County Transportation and Public works, Milwaukee County required a resolution passed by the City of Franklin, City of Greenfield and or Village of Greendale in order for pedestrian access to receive proper funding, and further if Milwaukee County did not have a signed resolution by January, the full cost if desired later would be at the full cost of the local municipality.
I have been requesting the County provide public input on the project but it has yet to be scheduled. According to last years County Capital Improvement Budget, an appropriation of $2,103,000, including $3,000 in capitalized interest, was budgeted for the basic planning, design, and the right???of???way acquisition. Financing figures listed included $1,680,000 in Federal funds, $421,000 in general obligation bonds, and $2,000 in investment earnings. Given the amount federal tax dollars for this 1.5???mile section of residential road, I will be providing updates as available from the County.”
On the DOT project on
“WisDOT held a series of public meetings on the construction of
Groundbreaking was held recently for the Dental Associates Clinic at
Any Lab Test Now! will open near Lowe’s at 27th and Rawson.
Inspire Salon will open at
Steinhafels will open a mattress store in the former Three Cellars location near Moondance Café on
Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor has received a letter that the
Finally, Alderman Wilhelm provides this explanation for her vote in the favor of the city budget that increased the property tax levy by 2.6 percent:
“There is no perfect solution and while not perfect, this is a realistic budget that maintains quality services at a reasonable cost. With record unemployment and foreclosure rates, everyone across the system is feeling powerless in the face of a changing economy and the expanding impersonal complexity of the modern world. For some, there is a disconnect between expectations of services and the costs to provide them. It is easy to criticize. The fact is with decreased revenue and increased cost of services, either we cut services or work to strike a balance. When our tax bills arrive, please pay attention to the entire bill not just the (24%) City tax portion. In addition, in is important to note that when comparing different municipal tax rates, many communities have separate charges for water, sewer and garbage pick up.
I may have more to say about that later. For now, I do sincerely appreciate the alderman’s newsletters, a great way to communicate with constituents.