AlderVisor Steve Taylor is a firm believer that elections and election results are the only proof of whether constituents think you are doing a good job. That is why up until now, he really doesn’t care what the neighbors of The Rock and the future Ballpark Commons project say or do. He does not have to answer to them in an election, neither as County Supervisor of the 9th District nor as the 4th District Alderman. The residents are NOT his constituents.
So that leads us to the upcoming election for 9th District County Supervisor in April, where he is facing off with Patti Logsdonfor a second time.
Well neighboring residents of subdivisions that are affected by the Rock (Ballpark Commons), now is the time to make your voice heard by putting your money where your mouths previously have been. Patti will need lots of financial support to overcome Taylor’s incumbent war chest. Count on Mike Zimmerman’s influence to continue to inflate the money he needs to run a successful campaign.
Consider creating a Political Action Committee, you can find more information about that (here). If you keep it under $2,500 per year there is no need to register the PAC. However as you creep up toward that amount, registration is required. Either way, check the link for more information. This group could distribute flyers on their own to portray the information you have which may interest others who are the AlderVisors constituents in Hales Corners, Franklin and Oak Creek.
You may also consider donating to Patti Logsdon’s campaign directly.
“You have complaints from residents who live around there – You have a dozen or so called experts. They pick apart comptroller reports – They have nothing better to do! “
“If they don’t like this then they can throw us out! ”
“Oh by the way, I was re-elected, so there!”
“If people don’t like what I am doing, I would have one elected office NOT two!”
As I said, People – Put your money where your mouth is.
It’s all over but the building of the Ballpark Commons. As one City Official put it “It’s a done deal”.
Like it or not, Mike Zimmerman has gotten what he wants.
The agenda for tomorrow nights Common Council meeting reads as follows:
Common Council Meeting Agenda
January 9, 2018
Item G3. An Ordinance to Amend Section 15-3.0442 of the Unified Development Ordinance Planned Development District No. 37 (The Rock Sports Complex/Ballpark Commons) to Revise the District in the Following Manner: To Allow Additional Uses as Permitted Uses, Including but not Limited to Indoor/Outdoor Golf Driving Range, and Indoor/Outdoor Entertainment Uses, Music and Sporting Events; to Allow as a Special Use Small Engine Go Cart Racing; to Revise Certain District Standards Including but not Limited to Building Height and Building Setback Limits; to Include Additional More Detailed Site Information Pertaining to Public and Private Infrastructure Such as Streets, Parking Lots and Stormwater Management Facilities; to Include Additional More Detailed Site Information Pertaining to the Proposed Multi-Family Residential Apartments to be Located South of West Rawson Avenue, and to the Stadium, Indoor Sports Facility and the Retail/Office/Commercial Buildings to be Located North of West Rawson Avenue and to Allow Three Month Extension of the First Building Permit Time Limit in Condition Number 27 in Planned Development District No. 37, Ordinance No. 2016-2212 (7900 West Crystal Ridge Drive) (Ballpark Commons, LLC, Applicant, Zim-Mar Properties, LLC, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and FF & E, LLC Property Owners).
Item G4. A Resolution Imposing Conditions and Restrictions for the Approval of a Special Use for a Proposed Outdoor Baseball/Soccer Stadium Use Upon Property Located at 7900 West Crystal Ridge Drive (Ballpark Commons LLC, Applicant).
Item G5. Standards, Findings and Decision of the City of Franklin Common Council Upon the Application of the Rock Sports Complex, LLC, for a Special Exception to Certain Natural Resource Provisions of the City of Franklin Unified Development Ordinance.
With the close for filing April 2018 election papers for the Franklin Schools – Board of Education, two incumbents are running unopposed, Janet Evans (Current Board President) and Larry Gamble (appointed member running for the first time). The third incumbent Jeff Lewis, elected to the Board in 2015 has chosen not to run but in his place, his father Claude Lewis (is running to replace him.
Since there are three seats and there are three candidates. The outcome is moot. If anyone actually cared to follow the Board of Education elections, the conjecture would be that no one really wants to run anymore.