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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.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Have you heard what Stevie Wonder is doing?

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie

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Why Janet Evans is the Right Choice for Franklin School Board



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Franklin E-News, March 2015, from Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

Dear Residents, 
These past few months have kept me quite busy with city projects and issues. For the less active Facebook followers, I've posted information on some new restaurants that should be opening soon in the 3rd District. You can view these posts by clicking here.

We're reviewing several areas for possible business districts and have requested a traffic study that may identify changes to the Loomis Road on/off ramps. Possible road reconfigurations could help spur better traffic patterns to support business development at the intersection of 76th and Rawson.  And, we have finally moved forward with the search for an economic development director. I'm looking forward to positive results that can help bring the amenities residents have been asking for. While we aren't getting the $5.5M yearly payout (Business Journal) our sister city of Oak Creek receives from the power plant, we are staying within our budget. 
In the News 
Spring Elections - April 7th
Residents will be casting ballots for two seats on the Franklin School Board (a separate governmental body than the city). You can learn more about the candidates for School Board by visiting the FranklinNOW.

Stormwater Pond Seminar for homeowners - April 15th
A free pond inspection and maintenance seminar will be held at the Franklin Public Library Wednesday, April 15th from 6-8pm. For additional information, go here.

Kayla's Playground (
The Council made important decisions Tuesday evening regarding the Kayla's Krew all-accessible playground. In the wake of these decisions, there have been some misrepresentations about the results. I would like to clarify some of the critical factors involved in arriving at these decisions.
While costs were cited as being the sole reason for not being able to proceed with the Victory of the Lamb location, there were many other reasons for why the church site was eliminated as an option. The site has size challenges due to multiple wetlands. Also, it was not an optimal design to have a public park dependent on private road access. The access road leading to the playground became a project to be handled by the city, driving up costs. Another challenge is that presently, there is no sewer or water that far down Loomis Road causing the need to extend these utilities. Due to these and other issues, the project was not keeping track with the Victory of the Lamb Church delaying their ability to break ground. Therefore, the Council directed staff to review other possible locations that may already have existing facilities.
During the days leading up to the March 17th Council discussion of possible sites, many residents were given a false impression that Pleasant View Park had already been chosen. This was not the case. Unfortunately, Ms. Runte declared on her own that instead of Victory of the Lamb, she'd prefer locating the playground at Pleasant View Park, and didn't provide any alternate sites to that option.
In reviewing staff's suggested alternate sites, it was determined that Lions Legend Park was the only city park on the list serving as a regional destination and capable to support the Kayla’s Playground unique draw. Froemming Park, a county park, due to its size and accessibility, is also currently serving as a regional destination park. The other three parks are serving as neighborhood parks as part of a subdivision or nestled within residential areas, designed to serve a .5 to 1 mile radius. Repurposing a neighborhood park for this type of regional destination is not a simple matter and would increase costs, neighborhood traffic, and delay construction.  
When it became clear that the Victory of the Lamb site was not cost effective ($1.3M), timely or a viable option, the Council chose Froemming Park as the primary location for Kayla's Playground. Lions Legend Park was selected as the alternate site if county partnering became complicated. The Council’s allocation of $650,000 and $930,000 respectively (includes the Krew's $200,000 donation), and an additional $15,000 to qualify the park for matching city funds, demonstrates solid support behind building a wonderful playground. I wholly believe this should not be viewed as a city project or a county project but a community project to be built in memory of a very special little girl. 
Pleasant View Neighborhood Park

(Site layout today not exactly as depicted.)

Recall the "draft" layout of Pleasant View Neighborhood Park from my previous newsletter. This project took years to assemble lands, gain road access, and design and install the trail system.  Due to site grading, the installation of the larger all-inclusive park at this site would have resulted in removal of the newly installed tennis courts; an estimated loss of $50,000. 

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I support Janet Evans for re-election to the Franklin School Board

You may not be aware, especially if you live in Franklin where a rather sizable portion of the electorate is apathetic. But April will bring elections.

In Franklin, four candidates are running for two school board seats, including two incumbents.

I wholeheartedly announce my support for and ask you to join me in re-electing School Board President Janet Evans.

Janet Evans is a sensible, practical, responsible advocate for students and taxpayers. She has achieved what very few school board members have attained: Reaching that balance between matching the education provided with the taxpayers’ ability to afford.

Janet Evans has earned being returned to a school board she has led effectively. As the president of the school board, Evans recognizes that the heavy-handed superintendent works for the board, the district and the district taxpayers, and not the other way around.

Franklin voters get to choose two candidates for the school board in April. I’ll be blogging soon about my second choice for school board.

Franklin, please...

Please, for heaven’s sake, let’s get this done, and done right.

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