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I spoke a few weeks ago with Franklin alderman Kristin Wilhelm who wanted to explain her recent vote to abstain on the ban on sick leave mandates ordinance. During our chat, Wilhelm told me that there are plans to widen S. 51st Street that will require the demolition of Franklin landmark St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
At the risk of sounding less than insightful, that’s a pretty big deal. An issue of this magnitude deserves a great deal of public scrutiny and input and, quite frankly, time to make well-thought out, informed, appropriate decisions.
Wilhelm sent me the following update via e-mail late last night:
“I know many of you are concerned about future expansion plans for 51st St. so I hope you will pass this email along.
In an email from the City Engineer:
Email subject -51st St (CTH ZZ to CTH BB). ‘Please be advised that this item will be placed on the March 10 Board of Public Works agenda for a recommendation to the Common Council for their March 17 meeting.’
I have not seen the plans but I have heard future plans for 51st are to expand the road between Rawson, north to College. Also, that St.
Paul's Church would not be able to remain in its current location due to any action to expand 51st.”
Here’s where it gets a bit, how shall I put this, interesting for Wilhelm:
“It is not likely I will be timely to the meeting regarding 51st. One hour before the Bd of Public Works meeting, I will need to be at the License Committee meeting to hear the ‘Matter of the Complaint’ against the operator's of the alcohol beverage license - bartender's for the Buckhorn Inn.
March 10, 7:00 PM Board of Public Works, Inspection Conference Room
*LETTER FOR GREENDALE RELATIVE TO A JOINT APPLICATION FOR S. 51ST STREET – RAWSON AVENUE TO COLLEGE AVENUE FOR STIMULUS PROGRAM*
Supporting documentation and details of these agenda items are available at City Hall during normal business hours.
Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 PM License Committee, Common Council Chambers”
The Buckhorn discussion is also a big deal. So, two hefty agenda items in two separate meetings with two separate entities are scheduled within an hour of each other. What’s up with that? Who flunked Scheduling 101?
It’s not like Wilhelm has a trusty aide she can send to one of the meetings while she sits in the other. Can she read a transcript or listen to a tape or video of the meetings? Please.
Alderman, you’ve got a point, but you can do it. It does help that you’re in the same building. Get as much info as you can at that 6:00 meeting, ask lots of questions before you head to your 7:00 meeting. If you’re late, you’re late. I know I understand.