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.