Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

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 Logsdon for 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.

You Can’t Fight City Hall Folks!

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.



Is this What Franklin Can Expect from the Ballpark Commons?

Milwaukee Wave owner Mike Zimmerman’s foray into minor league baseball — which ultimately could lead to a team in metro Milwaukee — has been bumpy and he is suing former partners for nearly $600,000 in outstanding loans incurred in a defunct team in Rockford, Ill.

Zimmerman’s company also is involved in earlier litigation filed by a Frontier League owner over Zimmerman’s engagement with a team in Kokomo, Ind. Zimmerman and his attorney Jacques Condon say they will succeed in attaining a dismissal of Zimmerman’s company as a defendant in the Kokomo suit.

Despite the multiple complications in launching his baseball team ownership, Zimmerman says he remains committed to landing a team for the Milwaukee area, preferably at his proposed stadium at The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin. He said he plans to launch a franchise in 2018.

“We are hopeful and optimistic about the prospects of getting a deal done with the city of Franklin and Milwaukee County,” Zimmerman said. “Our goal is to announce a team in the American Association this fall and then begin moving dirt late fall or early spring (2017) on a new stadium.”

The new stadium also would become the home field for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s baseball team that now plays at Lincoln Park in Milwaukee.

The Rockford lawsuit, which Zimmerman’s MKE Sports & Entertainment filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, alleges his company twice lent money to owners of the Frontier League’s Rockford Aviators. Zimmerman was to be the team’s CEO and his company was to manage the team, but league officials determined in June 2015 he couldn’t be involved with the Aviators because his ownership of a team in Kokomo violated league bylaws.

The lawsuit claims the Rockford Aviators owners owe MKE Sports $573,185 for an outstanding promissory note and a revolving-demand promissory note.

Zimmerman told the Milwaukee Business Journal in August 2014 he was considering buying the Rockford franchise and relocating it to Franklin. However, Zimmerman terminated his company’s managed services agreement with the Rockford Aviators in summer 2015 and the team ceased operations after the end of the 2015 season.

Christopher Hanners and Bryan Wickline, both of Chillicothe, Ohio, are defendants in the Rockford suit and are identified in the suit as Aviators owners. Neither could be reached for comment.

Hanners also is the Frontier League’s founder and Wickline is the commissioner of the Prospect League, which includes Zimmerman’s Kokomo Jackrabbits.

Both leagues are called independent and teams are not affiliated with Major League Baseball feeder systems.

The Kokomo litigation surfaced in July 2015 when the owner of the Frontier League’s Washington (Pa.) Wild Things sued MKE Sports and Entertainment, according to an article in the Washington Observer-Reporter.

The Wild Things were negotiating with the city of Kokomo to lease the city’s stadium but the city chose MKE Sports. Zimmerman’s company ultimately entered the Kokomo team in the Prospect League, which is a summer wood-bat league for college players.

Zimmerman’s attorney Condon said MKE Sports has filed multiple motions to be dismissed as a defendant in the Kokomo case. Condon said he anticipates a federal court judge will issue a final ruling in the coming weeks.

MKE Sports & Entertainment is the umbrella company for Zimmerman’s various team ownership and sports-business ventures. The company’s offices are in downtown Milwaukee adjacent to the home of indoor soccer’s Milwaukee Wave at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.