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As always, feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends and neighbors and if you’re receiving a forwarded copy, please send me an e-mail with your address and I’ll add you to my list. PRIMARY ELECTION TUESDAY Although there are no City of Franklin municipal primaries, there is a primary for Franklin School Board and the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. There may be some confusion with the re-districting that took effect on January 1. For those of you who live on the west side of Forest Meadows Drive west to Legend Creek between Drexel Ave. and Forest Hill Avenue you are now in the 2nd Aldermanic District and you will change your voting location to the Franklin Police Department on Loomis at Forest Hill. You do NOT vote at City Hall. For those of you who live on the west side of 68th Street south of the creek (south of Drexel) and those between Drexel and Puetz, you are now in the 1st Aldermanic District and you will change your voting location to Franklin City Hall, 9229 W. Loomis Road. You will NOT vote at the Sports Complex. PINSTRIPED FRANKLIN ROADS For the past two years the Franklin Department of Public Works has pioneered a new snow/ice control process that has produced substantial savings to the taxpayers. After substantial research, Franklin’s DPW has been using a liquid solution on our collector streets that’s a mixture of beet juice (yes, the vegetable) and salt brine. This solution gets applied with a sprayer before a snow/ice storm. The water evaporates leaving the beet/salt mixture. Once the snow or ice hits the brine it reconstitutes itself and with traffic friction, disperses on the road preventing the snow and ice from bonding with the roadway. This allows for quicker snow plowing and less salting. Pedestrian Safety Reminder Please take a moment with your family to remind everyone who walks here in Franklin to use the available sidewalks. If there isn’t a sidewalk, please remember to wear light colored clothing; walk AGAINST traffic and walk on the shoulder. These simple precautions may prevent injury on our streets where sidewalks don’t exist. And here’s another reminder for drivers. Do NOT use your high beams in fog or rain. Not only does the practice not help you see better but your high beams blind on-coming drivers.
CROSSROADS IN DISCUSSION The area known as the crossroads has sat dormant since 2004. The reasons for that will continue to be debated until a development happens. This area was a topic of conversation at a recent Plan Commission meeting at which time that the conclusion came down to the plan that was implemented in 2005 was too stringent. The Plan Commission directed city staff to issue a memo to the Common Council stating this and that it was their intention to use the plan as a “guide” only. I have attached the staff memo to this e-mail for your reference. My issue with the recent discussions is simple. That plan was developed in conjunction with you, the citizens and taxpayers of the area. If it is the intention of the Plan Commission and the Common Council to move in a different direction, then you, the people who generated the plan in 2004/2005 should at least have the opportunity to offer your input to any changes to the document. I’ll be working to get you the opportunity to speak on changes to the “Crossroads Trade Area Development Plan.” Please call me or Mayor Taylor should you have questions in the mean time. As always, don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me with any concern. Steve
Steve Olson Alderman, 1st District 8091 S. Meadowcreek Ct. Franklin, Wisconsin 53132 414-425-9060 firstname.lastname@example.org www.franklinwi.gov