Please review the two video samples I have provided for your information that show our two “New Day” aldermen that were both elected three years ago in April 2008 and again in April 2011. Alderwoman Kristen Wilhlem won her election with 71 percent of the vote while Steve Taylor won by a smaller 62 percent. Both you can say won by a solid majority.
During the June, Common Council Meeting of the Whole the future of the Economic Development Commission (EDC) was discussed. The difference is in the attitudes of the two newer aldermen in truly pushing Franklin Forward by economic development.
I have said it before and I will say it again, Alderman Steve Taylor lacks the class and the dignity to be leader in this city. He is vindictive, quick to anger, and has turned on friends and fellow Aldermen including Alderman Wilhelm to get ahead. Not the characterstics of a leader at all.
First here is Alderwoman Wilhelm:
Wilhelm: I have been in this city for 23 years and have volunteered for eight and a half years plus four years as Alderman … What I see is people who want to take too much power rather that working together. There is not a real joint community effort on everything. When I look out at the group that is here tonight (CCD) that try to at least bring something forward … we could’t find a way to accommodate that (referring to the CCD proposal not on appearing on the agenda). Whether it was a good idea or bad idea they certainly are a group of dedicated people…. And I think we should look at all options and to me they just didn’t quite know the process on how to do that… And that is no reflection on you or anyone (talking to CCD members). It’s that these people are new and I think maybe we need some new people…
If we have already had all these people with all these strength on the CDA and the AD-HOC (Mayor’s AD-HOC Committee) maybe things could be getting done BUT….
I am still a little bit besides myself when at the last Ad Hoc, I invited one of the business owners to speak and when he when to speak he was cut off and left the room quite upset.. In a small Ad Hoc committee meeting like that I don’t see some of the formal procedures that need to be quite that strict in a situation like that.
To me that’s not being very friendly and I don’t know how we get beyond that because it seems to be the rut we are stuck in.
It’s the same thing with the planning commission, same thing with… People have input but…
I understand Roberts Rules of Order but.. Alderman coming to a meeting and you won’t allow them to speak. I mean, that’s when the elected officials are supposed to be providing input, they are supposed to be there representing their constituents.
If they come to a meeting and they don’t have time to listen to me, the body doesn’t have time to hear what I have to say … then we don’t even need to have Alderman…
There is a process here that is not working and It goes way deeper that the Economic Development Commission. It goes with Appointments, and Friendships, and Partnerships and POWER instead of Cooperation.
I don’t see this community getting very far unless cooperation happens.
I don’t have any answers on how to fix that. I am just giving you what I have observed after living in this community as long as I have….
And after trying to accomplish something as an Alderman for my district… And what it takes to get the smallest item accomplished in the district.
I can just imagine how business people feel about that.
And then there is Steve Taylor “Moving Franklin Forward”:
Taylor: It sounds like there is a fracture may be part of this council and may be part of this community. I have been told now a couple of times that people are watching and depending on the way it goes, will depend whether people will want to server.
You are absolutely correct, I know that if we keep it the way it is, there are a bunch of quality people that do not want to serve, maybe your one of them (referring to Alderman Olson).
Olson: I am one of them
Taylor: So there is a fraction and that is fine. There is a fraction in this state, this country. So why should Franklin be different than anywhere else. Ad if you think that everybody who serves on a board or commission will get along YOUR CRAZY. If you think everybody on this council will get along on every issue YOUR NUTS.
And there is this belief that we all should just get along, Well that is JUST KIND OF TOUGH because personalities that go so far. Alderman Olson and I DO NOT GET ALONG. This is very public. Now the only time we got along ….
Olson: I hope you are speaking for yourself..
Taylor: Yes…. And the only time we got along was when we went into a fire training course and he had an axe and I had an axe.
Olson: You had an axe behind me, that’s why I got along..
Taylor: So … Would I want to work on a project with him… NO I WOULDN’T. There’s got to be a level of trust and I think theirs that in the city, but some groups don’t trust other groups and that’s always going to be the case. You can take a look at elections over the years, one group has the control, they get voted out, someone else comes in , they get voted out.
What we have here is….. Well actually there is a fourth proposal in the audience and we’re going to ALLOW them to speak tonight so anyone who said they weren’t going to be allowed …. I don’t quite understand that! In regards to aldermen, I‘ve been here three years plus.. I can not recall going to a meeting … when an alderman was not allowed to speak … since I have been here …..
Taylor then turns and looks sarcastically to Alderwoman Wilhelm. “Well that I can recall … and I would be ticked off if I was not allowed to speak. BUT THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME! And the meeting of the Ad hoc committee… I guess I am trying to figure that one out. You got up for 15 minutes to defend the Environmental Commission, I recall Alderman Wilhelm.