Kayla’s Krew supports Mayor Olson’s Veto

Considering this! The folks over at Kayla’s Krew now realize the truth about Franklin Politics. Despite the political face that Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm and Doug Schmidt portray as advocates, their push is to put the Kayla’s Krew playground in a Milwaukee County park rather than part of the Franklin Parks where it belongs.

As Mayor Olson has stated, this way we can make sure that this effort moves ahead rather than depending on Milwaukee County to put it off to possibly never. Look how long it takes for anything through the County Board even if our three County Supervisors are on board! We have a project start date of September and we want to help Kayla’s Krew meet that.

When you consider the history of political posturing of County Supervisor Steve Taylor’s or the  minimal efforts he has performed as one of our County Supervisors you can understand why, there is doubt.  Taylor has made a career attempting to pander to Oak Creek and Hales Corners, while ignoring his constituents in Franklin.

Please check out what the folks over at Kayla’s Krew have to say and come to the Special Common Council Meeting on Monday March 23rd at 5:30pm in the Courtroom of the Franklin Law Enforcement Center, 9455 West Loomis Road, to make your voice heard to Alderwoman Wilhelm and Alderman Schmidt. Tell them to stop playing politics!

Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

  • Alderwoman Wilhelm’s email :
  • [email protected]
  • Alderwoman Wilhelm’s Phone Number:
  • 414-427-7603
Doug Schmidt

Doug Schmidt

  • Alderman Schmidt’s email: [email protected]
  • Alderman Schmidt’s Phone:
  • 414-529-1965



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A Perspective On Franklin and New Development

In the months to come, Franklin will be seeing a new restaurant open, or possibly two. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article last Friday confirming the opening of the Eau Claire based Milwaukee Burger Co. fourth location right here in Franklin Wisconsin. Normally we see new up and coming restaurants, locating in Brookfield, Greenfield (Southridge) or in the exclusive Oak Creek town center!!

So why would anyone come to Franklin of all cities, instead of one of “those” places??  Could it be because in the past few months, under the Franklin city leadership of Mayor Steve Olson, business is gaining a new perspective of a positive outreach by our city to promote development.

I have heard rumblings of more and more business ventures seeking out the City of Franklin, looking to move here because of the initiatives that are being driven by city hall.

As the word gets out, I would expect more of our “empty” shopping developments such as the old Tumbleweeds empty since 2008, where the Milwaukee Burger Co. will move in April, will become a bad memory  of the past administration.

We are seeing several projects moving toward fruition in the past year. The building of a new hotel on 76th and Rawson. A mixed development near the Rock. Yes and even the moving in of the Dollar Store which now occupies a formerly large space which Sentry foods use to reside is a plus to Franklin taxpayers.

In addition, City Hall is seeing much interest in the 350 acre addition to the business park which is part of the total $380 million dollar project to develop the business park, retail development and housing . Some of that interest has brought company’s like Valenti Classics to Franklin. This dedication to development has help to promote existing Business Park ventures such as the expansion of offices and manufacturing for Microbial Discovery Group.

Or you can believe those that will say that Franklin is a directionless city with no chance of getting anyone to develop here. You know the one guy that lost three times in April!

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UPDATE: Why Can’t Franklin be more like OAK CREEK!

Recently I was amused by the “shock” that the Dollar Tree was being “allowed” by the City of Franklin to move into the old Sentry in the Orchard View Shopping Center on 76th and Rawson. I am sure you know it as, the “upscale” mall in the heart of “Franklin’s Downtown”!  It’s the one with an Ace Hardware, Snap Fitness, Cousins Subs, Domino Pizza, The Green Tea Garden, a Taylor shop, defunct Tanning place and the list go’s on.

The clamor continues to rise above the din of the explosions coming from the Franklin Quarry just a couple blocks away “WHY CAN’T FRANKLIN BE MORE LIKE OAK CREEK!”

Well alright already, your wish is developer Jim O’Malley’s command!

If OAK CREEK has one then so should Franklin. But .. If we only had a TJ MAX……..

Oak Creek Dollar Tree

If OAK CREEK has one. Then FRANKLIN needs one too!

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This is what REAL County Board Leadership Looks Like

Given that we have seen an unending pattern of violence in Milwaukee County I recently  received this in an email from one of the known conservative County Board Supervisors Deanna Alexander. Her video message is about the deaths of innocent children by violent thugs and the dangerous protests over Law Enforcement in Milwaukee County. Now I am a child of the 70’s, had long hair, did the peace – love thing. This is not the protests of those days gone bye. They are aggressive race baiting mob scenes and intimidation to people just trying to get home after a long day at work.

Unfortunately our very own County Supervisor Steve Taylor uses his time publishing pictures of him kissing up to the Governor, or political schmoozing at Grand Openings instead of addressing real issues going on in Milwaukee County in his communications to his select audience of constituents.

Even more recently getting involved with City of Franklin issues that he has nothing to do with. I like many of his constituents want Steve Taylor to keep his focus on doing County Business he was elected for not sticking his nose in the City of Franklin government, something his constituents and the City of Franklin voters told him to do when he lost so horrendously this past April for Alderman and Mayor!!!


A Special Video Message Concerning Protests and Law Enforcement – and a New Year’s Wish for you!

Deanna Alexander - Campaign to Rebrand Milwaukee County

A Necessary Message 

Many people don’t know what to say about the violence and protests that have erupted in Milwaukee and across the nation, or if it is even acceptable to say something.

You supported me to be a voice for you – to have the courage to say publicly what needs to be heard.

But we both know that simply sending out a press release at time like this would just get lost in the noise.

That’s why I am sending you this video, where I speak directly to the public – to anyone who will listen – to help bring some sense back to this national conversation.

Last night I attended the annual recognition of Milwaukee’s homicide victims.  This was the 4th consecutive year I’ve been to this year-end candlelight vigil.  Every year there’s a prayer for change and too many candles for people who left us too soon.

This year there were over 90 people killed in Milwaukee!  But as Sheriff Clarke said from the front of the room, change begins with each one of us.  So my New Year’s wish for each of us is not just the typical “health, wealth, and happiness,” but also love, courage, and peace. 

Please join me on New Year’s Day for a peaceful demonstration of support for our men and women in blue.  Feel free to make a sign, bring a blue light, or just come to stand with us… because all lives matter.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

4pm – 6pm at Mayfair Mall

West parking lot, along Hwy. 100

2500 N. Mayfair Rd. in Milwaukee

Please share this video and invite your friends and family to join us on New Years Day!

As always, thank you!

A Citizen for Servant Leadership



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Why Can’t Franklin Be More Like Oak Creek?

I don’t know about you but I am really getting tired of hearing, “Why Can’t Franklin be more like Oak Creek”. So after I read this, I have to say “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

The Latest from FranklinNOW on Oak Creek’s 2015 City Budget:

Oak Creek




Now lets look at that terrible old Franklin Common Council with that Mayor Olson and his band of dysfunctional Aldermen:





Now how about those Clowns on the Franklin Public School Board:





I don’t know about you but I think we all should move to Oak Creek before this happens:



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UPDATED: Alderwoman Wilhelm, Would You Like Cheese with That Whine? or Politics 101 – Political Karma is a Bitch!

The Tuesday September 9th, Common Council meeting should have been a sleeper considering that Mayor Steve Olson was out-of-town and left Alderwoman Wilhelm in charge of running the meeting. But given that it was Kristen Wilhelm in charge, things did not play out how the Alderwoman had planned. First off, the woman who Wilhelm had placed in nomination for the Quarry Monitoring Committee who not only showed up for the meeting but also spoke at during “citizens comment” did not get approved. Before what normally is an open and shut vote to approve Alderwoman Wilhelm’s nominee, Alderwoman Janet Evans requested discussion of the nominee. Here is what she said:

“I was given a.. In my mailbox, I was given a handout that came from two people, one that was from Ms. Erickson…I am assuming it was out from her because her name was on it. It was in favor.. It asked people to vote a certain way for the quarry monitoring. I think if you are going to be on the quarry monitoring committee, you should go on the committee unbiased, and I just wanted to let the council know that this was handed out.”

In response to Alderwoman Evans discussion points Alderwoman Wilhelm replied back:

“I think that Jill (Erickson) has offered a lot of feedback, it’s been very helpful, she has been working diligently on the quarry monitoring form, she seems extremely well qualified. And she is MY APPOINTMENT, and I speak on her behalf and I would like your support.”

With that, there was no further discussion, as Alderwoman Wilhelm calls for a vote. Alderwoman Evans immediately votes NO and an individual vote is called by Alderwoman Wilhelm.  The results is three in favor and one against, the nomination is rejected. For a commission or committee appointment to be approved there MUST BE at least for votes in favor, so Jill Erickson can not be nominated again for that position for one full year. Alderwoman Wilhelm then whines:

It’s not an easy situation to try to find a person to fill that position, especially someone who is qualified as she was but I guess we will continue.

This begs the questions:

  • Why did Alderwoman Wilhelm appoint a 5th district citizen as she is Alderwoman of the 3rd District? No one in her district was willing??
  • Why was her nominee doing work on a committee that she was not yet a part of?
  • Ms.Erickson’s credentials include Freelance instructor, editor, and writer along with Studio jewelry artist. She also lists that she was Associate Editor, of the Art Jewelry magazine. I wonder if the alderman could not quite figure out which of these qualifications stood out as a Quarry Monitoring Committee member, do you?Jill Erickson
  • Why did Alderwoman Wilhelm vote against two commission nominations in April, one that was an appointment by the Mayor and the other from Alderwoman Evans if it is so hard to get qualified people on these commissions? Both nominees in April were well qualified.

Alderwoman Wilhelm, is not a woman who will let a dead dog lay and had to include a last whining lament during a vote on the Quarry Committee recommendations:

“Jill …. The person that I HAD WANTED to put on the quarry committee.. Who has left, probably out of frustration for the efforts she has put in … Had already put together some suggestions because she had talked to the Mayor and myself after the planning commission meeting and she agreed to do that and she had put in some very good suggestions in there, like links to weather pages and that….. “

Had Steve Taylor still been on the council this is where he would have interjected one of his famous eye rolls when Alderwoman Wilhelm made these whiney comments when he was Council President! Needless to say, other issues about the quarry did not go how the Alderwoman from the 3rd district wanted them to go !! UPDATE 9/23/2014: Ms. Erickson sounds much like her mentor Kristen Wilhelm. What many people thought as she went storming out for a second time after chastising Alderwoman Evans for not voting for her. One could say that Alderwoman Evens at least has the intestinal fortitude to state her reason why she could not vote for Ms. Erickson. Unlike Alderwoman Wilhelm and several other on the Council who have chosen to vote down Citizen Volunteers without giving them an explanation why or even a firm vote against. Instead they vote abstain which is a chicken shit way around a definitive vote.

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This Forward Thinking is Why Steve Olson Has Been Elected Mayor

Before the mud slinging of his opponent, before the rhetoric from his opponent, came this email to Franklin’s Mayor Tom Taylor and the  Common Council from then former Alderman Steve Olson and soon to be Mayor Steve Olson.

Mayor Steve Olson has been and I believe will be a major driving force in intelligent, well though out development in Franklin.  He will choose the right path, the best path for development to flourish in Franklin. Something we have not seen in a long time, especially with the Franklin Forward (backwards) Committee spearheaded by Mayor Olson’s opponent.


From: Steve Olson
Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 8:36 PM
To: ‘Alderman'; ‘Tom Taylor’
Cc: Mark Luberda; Jesse Wesolowski; Joel Dietl
Subject: 70/30 goal.

Dear Mayor, Aldermen and staff:

Please accept the comments below with all due respect.

I’m listening to the 70/30 goal discussion and have a few points:

First, I chaired the committee that came up with the goal.  It was comprised of members of the Economic Development Commission, the Community Development Authority, Common Council, the Plan Commission, the Franklin School Board, a couple of developers and other interested parties.  The goal was not determined in a hap hazard manner but came after many, many discussions, arguments, meetings and frank conversations.  That goal resulted in the basis for the first city wide economic development plan ever done in the United States called the Ticknor report and was followed by the implementation plan for 5 areas called “Franklin First.”

  • This goal is ONLY related to total ASSESSED VALUE of the community NOT tax rate or taxing districts.  So any conversation regarding the different school district is not appropriate based on history.
  • The ratio defines the 70% as properties who have RESIDENTS.  That includes single family, multi-family, condominium and apartments.  Apartments are assessed as commercial and those were backed out and put into the residential numbers.
  • Those on the committee always recognized and stated their responsibility to the CITY and not to individual taxing entities.
  • The committee (Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee) was unique in that there was no “politics” involved.  There weren’t “turf wars.”  They recognized that business will go to the areas that will make them successful.  You can’t build an office or office park in the middle of a residential area.  You can’t attract retail to a corn field.  You can’t tell Northwestern Mutual to not develop on 27th Street but to the corner of Hwy. 100 and Loomis.  That kind of comment is great politics but is wholly unrealistic.  It just can’t and doesn’t work.
  • The committee recognized that we needed to provide proper zoning to make it easier to move a commercial/industrial business to Franklin (including retail) but that the zoning couldn’t be done in a vacuum.
  • The committee recognized that zoning must be based on the strong likelihood that a business that we wanted to attract to the area would be likely to WANT to be located in that physical area.  That’s a major reason why the Ticknor report focused so heavily on market research.  Again, you can’t put a business park in the middle of a residential area or a retail center in a corn field.  The Ticknor report places a heavy emphasis on TRANSPORTATION needs of the various types of companies that we indicated our desire to attract.  That’s why you don’t see a recommendation for a business or industrial park on the north and west side of the city.  That’s why “Area D” in the report was the designated “next business park.”  Instant access to I-94 was to be a huge selling factor.
  • Impact fees did not factor into the ratio due to the fact that they are not part of the assessment value but are specific to defraying cost of the development on the operating budgets of the city.
  • It’s ALWAYS about maximizing the taxable value of the commercial and industrial development in an effort to reduce the tax burden of the residential taxpayers.
  • The discussions always came back to the then current makeup of the city as in where people lived, where the businesses were located currently, where we were getting developer interest over laid on what the group wanted the city to look like in 2020 or 2025.
  • The committee relied on our own points of view and the survey done by Hughes, Ruch and Murphy regarding the desires of the community regarding development and quality of life issues.  This is the study that reinforced the desire for a TARGET STORE and the basis for the controversial votes made for the Shoppes at Wyndham Village in the early 2000’s.
  • The goal attainment will be in flux.  Some years commercial/industrial will outpace residential, most years will see residential outpace commercial/industrial and therefore, achieving the goal changes year to year until the city is built out.
  • Because the goal would be a moving target year over year, the committee recognized that protecting commercial/industrial lands with appropriate zoning was key to meeting the goal.  We can see the impact on this with the residential development near Wheaton Franciscan (Area D) and the Stonehenge development (Area A).  Taking zoned industrial/commercial land and making it residential has a doubling effect that adversely impacts attainment of the goal.
  • The focus of the economic development activities up until about 2000 was always to attract industrial/commercial tax base NOT to fill retail space.  If there are empty buildings that we WANT to fill, they’re still being levied taxes and focusing on that effort would dilute the effort.  The effort was then to continue to attract NEW tax base.  Filling an empty space was a by-product of the effort not the goal.
  • The goal was derived after significant and laborious review of a ton of documents that included the Comprehensive Master Plan, zoning maps (that’s where the 11 then 7 areas studied by Ticknor came from), assessment rolls, utility maps, SEWRPC maps and documents, DOT long range plans, school district planning documents, zoning maps from our neighboring communities, historic development (commercial/industrial and all forms of residential) trends in the city and many, many other documents and interviews that were in effect at the time (1997 through 2000).
  • It was often discussed and always recognized that this was going to be a long, long term project.
  • Many involved discussed whether the decision makers would resist “we’ll take anything that comes along to meet the goal or whether they would look to “quality” and “enhanced quality of work and residential life” in making approval decisions.
  • Then Economic Development Director Stan Kosmatka and I spent many, many days interviewing development officials from other communities about their methods, organization, duties.

There is no history left on the Common Council (it’s natural) or on any of the involved boards, commissions or authorities thus this e-mail.

It’s always been a CITY goal, not a taxing entity goal.  It’s always been about gross ASSESSED VALUE of the city, not school districts.


I’ll end this e-mail with another thought.  Once a parcel is developed it will remain that way for our lifetime and probably the lifetime of the next generation.  Decisions need to be made for the long term.

Thank you for the time.

Steve Olson

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Preliminary Election Night Results – Steve Taylor Loses BIG

One Picture is worth a thousand words, OK  maybe two pictures!

Triple Loss for Steve Taylor
Triple Loss for Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor finds out the results of the April 1st Election.Ilost

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Does This Surprise Anyone?

Fact: Steve Taylor from his Campaign Web Site says ” I worked to make the Rock Sports Complex a reality”

Fact:  Mayor Tom Taylor, a vocal advocate for the stadium, proposed the creation of a task force to help with the development process of the stadium. Aldermen Mayer, Mark Dandrea and Steve Taylor were enlisted for the Rock Professional Baseball Stadium Development Proposal Franklin Task Force, as well as other city officials. – FranklinNOW February 5, 2014

Fact:  Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor was asked to intervene in the disagreement between the operator and Greendale.

“How anybody could be against this type of development compared to a landfill and a dumping ground is really shocking to me,” said Supervisor Taylor.

The Rocks operator has put about ten million dollars into the complex, and others hope to continue enjoying it. - Todays TMJ4 – October 5, 2013

Fact:  As a reward for his unbiased help and any unbiased help he can give as Mayor, County Supervisor or Alderman in Franklin in the future, employees from The Rock have contributed $2,450 to his campaign Read about it in Kevin Fischer’s – This Just In….

Pay to Play Baseball?

Pay to Play Baseball?

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Vote Yes – Pay Milwaukee County Supervisors What they are worth….

……. a Part time salary.

On Tuesday, April 1st, Franklin voters and all Milwaukee County voters will see a referendum on the ballot that has been controversial for years. This time, a yes vote for the referendum is binding — meaning the decision voters make is final.

Franklin, Oak Creek and Hales Corners current County Supervisor , Steven F Taylor is a prime example of how our County Supervisors are currently overpaid. He holds both a position of Franklin’s 4th District Alderman and County Supervisor, pulling a salary for both positions. Currently he is running for both Mayor and Alderman planning on holding both his county job and one in Franklin if elected. Taylor campaigned that his predecessor, held a full time job and County Supervisor while he did little to respond to constituents needs.  Taylor has not done much better and in fact has been alienated by the County Board Chairwoman and many of his fellow Supervisors due to his political shenanigans which has caused a bad County Board attitude toward Franklin.



“Shall that portion of 2013 Act 14 which limits the compensation of members of the board of supervisors of Milwaukee County other than the chairperson of the board and chairperson of the finance committee to receipt of an annual salary of not more than the annual per capita income of this county, which in 2012 was $24,051 and which limits the compensation of the chairperson of the board not to be more than 150 percent of that amount and the chairperson of the finance committee to not more than 125 percent of that amount, subject to limitations and adjustments specified authorized or required by law become effective in this county on April 18, 2016?”

State Representative Joe Sanfelippo is a state lawmaker involved in cutting the County Board’s budget to pay themselves. Sanfelippo is a former Milwaukee County Supervisor and knows what the time the job actually takes.  Sanfelippo says “This position of a County Board Supervisor definitely is not enough for a full-time job. Granted, from district-to-district it may vary a little bit, but by doing the job myself I can tell you it’s not a full-time position,”

Further Sanfelippo  projects that the part-time board would meet at night which would  opening the job up to professional who work other jobs during the day.


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