Ballpark Commons: Have you contacted your county supervisor yet?


Summary of Final Documents for the Ballpark Commons Project

Option to Purchase Agreement

Purpose: to outline the terms under which Milwaukee County would sell the property to the buyer.

Terms and Provisions

  • Purchase Price – appraised value ($840,000) less the annual cost to operate the methane collection system, never less than $1
  • Term – 6 months with one 6 month renewal
  • Closing deliveries –
    • Buyer must deliver executed copies of the Development Agreement and Contribution and Participation Agreement, a landfill license transfer agreement approved by WDNR, a modified landfill closure plan approved by WDNR, an Oak Leaf Trail Public Use and Access Easement, and an approved County Highway K de-commissioning document.
    • Milwaukee County must deliver executed copies of these same agreements, the cancellation of the existing lease agreement and re-instatement of the new lease agreement, a warranty deed, and other deliveries typical of a real estate closing.

Development Agreement

Purpose: to establish the process and describe the improvements that must be constructed or installed to maintain compliance with the terms of the sale.

Terms and Provisions

  • Buyer has to construct the project to the terms of the City of Franklin’s Planned District zoning (PDD37)
  • Noise and Light Mitigation
    • Buyer must install 78 new light shield visors and re-align all existing ballfield lights to avoid glare in the adjacent residential neighborhood
    • Buyer must re-align sound speakers to avoid noise nuisances in the adjacent residential areas
    • Buyer must install 3 decibel monitoring devices at the perimeter of the project, adjacent to the residential neighborhoods. Buyer must make data available to the City, Village, and County on actual noise readings from these monitoring devices.  Buyer must respond to noise exceedances of the limits outlined in Franklin and Greendale ordinances.  Buyer must provide to the County each year the annual report of the decibel data read out.
    • Must install light mitigation improvements before the start of the 2018 baseball season
    • Must begin planning and installation of the noise mitigation improvements before the start of the 2018 baseball season and complete work before November 2018.
    • County can inspect decibel meters, light shades, and other infrastructure with reasonable notice.
    • All concerts and other events will be posted as soon as practicable on Rock website and around the property
    • Variances require action by the municipality at a public meeting, which necessitates at least 24 hours’ notice to comply with public meetings law
    • County will reserves the right to assess an administrative penalty to the Rock that cannot exceed $10,000 for a verified complaint if Franklin / Glendale fail to act
  • Community Benefits Compliance Plan
    • TBE Participation – 25% on construction, 17% on professional services
    • Workforce training/apprenticeship – 10% of construction hours

Contribution and Participation Agreement (“Trust Agreement”)

Purpose: to create operating procedures for the long term financial and operational relationship between Milwaukee County and the buyer, including the terms for the annual maintenance of the system, the financial participation of the parties in the financial trust account, and the ongoing enforcement of the sound and light standards.

Terms and Provisions

  • DNR Regulations, Buyer must –
    • Receive DNR approval for all work performed including plan review, construction approvals, design, geotechnical work, and excavation/soil relocation plans.
    • Receive DNR approval of a modification to the Landfill Closure Plan.
    • Coordinate with DNR to establish the limits of waste at the landfill.
    • Receive DNR approval for the transfer of the landfill license.
  • Landfill Operating Procedures, Buyer must –
    • Conduct oversight and maintenance of the landfill
    • Serve as primary contact for landfill inspection, including with DNR and other government entities
    • Respond to and correct any alleged deficiencies in their performance of these obligations
    • Monitor, keep records, and report to DNR and others the data associated with landfill operation
    • Ensure that public access is safely maintained on site with relation to the landfill infrastructure
  • Landfill Operating Costs
    • Buyer is responsible for the ongoing, day to day costs associated with the inspection, operation, maintenance and restoration of the landfill consistent with the DNR approved closure plan. This specifically includes the cost of operating the methane collection system, leachate system, monitoring wells, landfill cap, groundwater monitoring, and any future unforeseen expenses.
    • Landfill operating costs are $167,000 in Year 1 and expected to increase 2.5% every year. The operating costs carried by the Buyer would be an offset against the purchase price, with the price never falling below $1.
    • Buyer must install new methane collection system infrastructure at an estimated cost of $3,700,000.
  • Landfill Replacement Fund
    • The landfill will have a dedicated funding source for its full replacement every 20 years, referred to in the document as the “Landfill Infrastructure Capital Fund” or LIC Fund.
    • An oversight committee will be established to provide annual review of the budget for current and future landfill operating costs and LIC funds and shall approve capital replacement costs. County will have participation in this oversight committee through the Office of the Comptroller.
    • To the LIC fund, the County will contribute the base value of the property taxes collected within the TIF District until the TIF closes, estimated at $20,000/year. Once the TIF closes, the County contribution will be capped at 30% of taxes collected within that District to the extent that funds are required.
    • To the LIC Fund, the Buyer will contribute the remainder which is estimated at $127,000 per year (years 2019-2038), then escalating to $136,000 per year (years 2039-2058), and $186,000 per year (years 2059-2078).
  • Liability is assigned to the buyer from the point of constructing The Rock improvements going forward, County is freed from any new liability caused by the project.

Lease Agreement – Greendale Ski Hill

Purpose: to lease the ski hill that is located with the Village of Greendale that is physical separated by functionally connected to the overall project.

Terms and Provisions

  • Term – matching the term of obligations to the adjacent landfill site, renewable in 20 year increments
  • A revocable license for the purposes of mountain biking, cross county and downhill skiing, inner tubing, outdoor haunted hikes, a zipline, and for no other purposes except recreational uses that may be approved by the County, pursuant to County Board approval.
  • Other than uninhabited structures ancillary to recreational uses no structures may be installed on Greendale Land without County Board approval.
  • Developer will have continuing access to the Greendale Land for purposes of monitoring, maintenance and replacement of landfill infrastructure


The latest pro-life news (09/25/17)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin

RSVP Date is This Thursday, September 28th!

Registration closes this Thursday, September 28th or at capacity. To guarantee a seat at the Love for Life Gala, please register by this Thursday. We will host Matt Birk, former NFL player, on Saturday, Oct. 14 for the Love for Life Gala at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. On this silver anniversary we’ll be joined by many special guests, including Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome Listecki, Auxiliary Bishop Jeffrey Haines, Honorary Host and Hostess Frank and Lydia LoCoco, Judie Brown founder of American Life League and more. To register now, click here. We hope to see you there!

Governor Walker Signs Comprehensive Planned Parenthood Audit

Having passed the Wisconsin Legislature, the state biennial budget bill was signed into law by Governor Walker on Thursday. 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 includes a provision requiring the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health Services (DHS) to conduct a comprehensive audit of all Medicaid family planning payments to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and other Wisconsin family planning providers from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2016. This audit will be one of the largest, if not the largest, state audit of any Planned Parenthood in the country.

Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks Governor Walker, Representative Jacque and Assembly and Senate Republicans for exercising their fiscal responsibility in holding Planned Parenthood and other Medicaid family planning providers accountable for their past fraudulent billing practices. The comprehensive audit will uncover the actual extent of recent Medicaid overpayments, allowing full recoupment for state taxpayers.

We thank the Walker Administration for conducting limited audits of Medicaid family planning providers over the last several years, the findings of which prompted the comprehensive audit in this budget bill. In 2016, the DHS released an audit finding that five Planned Parenthood facilities overbilled Wisconsin’s Medicaid program $52,193 collectively in 2014 alone. Three non-Planned Parenthood family planning facilities overbilled Medicaid by a total of $11,619. Alarmingly, the overpayments were nearly 50 percent of the audited Medicaid payments to the eight clinics. With this sampling, we can reasonably suspect widespread fraud across Wisconsin’s Medicaid family planning program.

Read more here.

Pro-Life News

PLANNED PARENTHOOD WORKER: “IT’S A BABY. THERE IS LEGS AND THERE’S ARMS AND THERE’S EYES”:  “And what got me today, the reason why I’m so upset is because on an ultrasound, sometimes you have to do ultrasounds while you’re doing it – if you’re far enough along, it looks like they’re fighting back.” Read the full story here.

From WI Right To Life


Students bring 300k baby socks on cross-country tour to demand Planned Parenthood defunding

This pro-life app is about to throw a BIG wrench into the abortion industry

The State of California wants to make sure that mothers know they can get free abortions provided by the state – and it wants to force pro-life pregnancy centers to relay that message


Blind man adopts blind triplets in mind-blowing story

My Most Popular Blogs (09/25/17)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) Critical vote coming for Ballpark Commons

2) Culinary no-no #532

3) Best Cartoons of the Week (09/23/17)

4) Getting those shots: How did Franklin do?

5) 2017 POO Awards – Week 6

6) Photos of the Week (09/17/17)

7) 2ND UPDATE: Franklin Mayor Steve Olson, now that wasn’t so tough, was it?

8) Trump at UN: President wants to create working relationships with countries around the world, but also protect US sovereignty

9) If you build it, they will come

10) Franklin wins…barely

And it didn’t make our Top Ten, but is worth a look:

Today’s highly interesting read (09/22/17): Divided Democratic Party Debates Its Future as 2020 Looms




Today’s highly interesting read (09/25/17): NFL players taking a knee, Commissioner Roger Goodell, shame on all of you

Last Friday…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded.

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” said Goodell in a statement. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Then on Sunday…

Some members of the Oakland Raiders ...

All around the league, even in Green Bay, protests by players during the anthem. Above, the Oakland Raiders refusing to stand.

Commissioner Goodell is ripped by columnist Lawrence Meyers.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is paid well over $40 million annually to protect the league’s reputation and business. He’s done a horrible job the last few years, palming off issues of domestic violence, and failing to take a firm stance regarding the anthem. A simple statement would have sufficed: “The NFL respects and encourages freedom of speech. The NFL also respects America, and strongly encourages all players and staff to stand proudly for our national anthem, and to engage in individual protests on their own time.”

That’s all he had to do. He failed.

And there’s this gem from Judge Jeanine Pirro at Fox:

Roger, “force for good”? Are you sure you want to get into this fight?

Roger, if my memory serves me correctly your stance on some of the NFL players and the women they batter is somewhat problematic.  Think Ray Rice… and Josh Brown..

The same liberals who want to protect the constitutional right of people like Colin Kaepernick to symbolically reject America by taking a knee were the ones quick to criticize Tim Tebow for bending a knee to pray and thank God on the field.

You can read her entire column here.


The mainstream media made sure that the President instantly sidelined criticism of the NFL
Some members of the Oakland Raiders kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

At Lambeau Field in Green Bay today during the anthem:

Photo: WTMJ Radio.

Columnist Howie Carr with a brilliant observation:

The NFL’s run of terrible press is over — when President Trump attacked the league Friday night in Alabama, 99.99 percent of the alt-left media reflexively fell into line in defense of a sport they were denouncing as barbaric as late as Friday afternoon.

You know that torrent of negative news the fellow travelers has been spewing out about pro football — the epidemics of CTE and spousal abuse, the league’s plummeting TV ratings, the half-empty stadiums in California, the $6 tickets going begging, etc., etc.?

Now that Trump has slammed the NFL, it is once again … America’s Pastime!

Culinary no-no #533


Have I ever told you that our 8-year old daughter, Kyla,  isn’t all that fussy when it comes to eating?

There are a couple of items she won’t go near. Mac and cheese, for example. Can’t figure that one out.

But it’s amazing how adventurous she can be for an 8-year old.

I’ve written about our visits to…

The California Grill high atop the Contemporary Resort at Disney World.

CA Grill 2015

CA Grill 2016 2

Kyla loves to help Daddy finish his crispy rock shrimp salad.

That would be your Asian pear, red onions, soy reduction, and wasabi cream, and yes, it has a kick to it.

The kids menu at the California Grill:

Chicken Breast

Citrus-glazed Grilled Chicken Breast with Steamed Green Beans, Crushed Sweet Potatoes, and Seasonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guildelines for Complete Meals without substitution

Wild Salmon

Seared Wild Salmon with Steamed Green Beans, Brown Basmati Rice, and Seasonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guildelines for Complete Meals without substitution

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Steamed Green Beans, Crushed Sweet Potatoes, Ketchup Sauce, and Seasonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines for Complete Meals without substitution

Hand-formed Provolone Cheese Pizza – served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

House-made Macaroni & Cheese – served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Care to guess what Kyla orders?

It ain’t fish or fowl.

Closer to home Kyla loves the menu at Meyer’s, well over a dozen choices. She can order chocolate chip pancakes or Meyer’s famous…

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Speaking of chicken, the strips for kids are nice at The Cheesecake Factory.

Photo of The Cheesecake Factory - Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States. Kids fried chicken strips

At Panera there are lots of possibilities for Kyla. Usually it comes down to…

Kids Turkey Sandwich

OK. We usually bury the no-no with an extended lead-up. This week it’s plain and simple.With not enough exceptions, restaurant children’s menus are normally scanty, boring, bland, and all too similar.

From a strictly business perspective, one could argue by should restaurants cater to the kids? Bob Goldin, a partner at the food industry consulting firm Pentallect, claims kids’ orders comprise only about 1% to 2% of sales. Thus the blasé attitude toward beefing up menus for the little ones.

That’s about to change, at least in some quarters.

“For too long, restaurants in America have served menus full of nutritionally empty chicken nuggets, pizza and fries, paired with sugary drinks and cheap toys,” said Panera CEO Ron Shaich said this past week.

Shaich’s comment is consistent with a statement he made in August 2016 when he issued a ‘Kids Meal Promise.’

“We shouldn’t be marketing to kids. Toys and games distract from honest food choices. They come with poor options like fries and sugary beverages. This is not food as it should be. The meals we serve our children should be good food. Real options and food that is free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors and colors from artificial sources.”

Panera promised the restaurant kids’ meals would be:

  • Clean. No artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners or colors from artificial sources.
  • Worthy of trust. No gimmicks. No distractions. No cartoon characters, crazy colors, toys, or toy-shaped food.
  • Full of delicious options. Let kids be kids. Let them be picky. Let them make their own choices from a menu full of tasty, wholesome options.
  • Nutritiously paired. Growing bodies need a meal complete with nutritious sides. Not fries, not onion rings. Options like organic yogurt, sprouted grain rolls, or apples.
  • Drink optional. Kids meals shouldn’t encourage kids to drink a sugary beverage. Ours never have, never will. Water first, then the option of adding organic milk or 100% juice.

On Wednesday Panera Bread announced a new approach to kids food—children can choose almost any item on the Panera menu as a smaller sized entree, resulting in more than 250 clean menu combinations. More than 250 clean kids meal combinations are available in Panera cafes as well as via all of Panera’s end-to-end digital pathways, including Rapid Pickup, Fast Lane Kiosks and Delivery.  Each option is fully customizable.

That’s not all. Panera issued more than just a massively-revised menu.

“I’m challenging the CEOs of some of the largest companies in the industry—McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s—to personally eat exclusively from their restaurants’ kids meals for an entire week—and if not, to take a thoughtful look at what they are offering our smallest guests,” said CEO Shaich.

The recipients of his challenge would be wise to consider.

“If you don’t offer something relevant to a family with kids, generally, you won’t get that family with kids inside that restaurant,” said Bob Derrington, senior research analyst at the Telsey Advisory Group.

Photos of the Week (09/24/17)

Week-ends (09/24/17)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…


Shelly Henley

Sophia Spencer


Chris Abele

These NFL players


“As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.

“All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.  

“But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

“The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies.  But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.  As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.”
President Trump speaking at the UN

“No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.  It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more.

“We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later.  We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport.  We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.

“If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.  

“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.  No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.  Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.  The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
President  Trump speaking at the UN

“Trump is not the president of the world… he can not even manage his own government.”
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza

“I could almost hear tongues clucking at the New York Times and the Washington Post, as much for the contemptuous nickname as for the threat of military force. But I liked it, just as I liked his robust calling-a-spade-a-spade moment with respect to the criminal regime of Iran, one of the world’s most ostentatious enablers of terrorism.”
Roger Kimball, Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books

“What do they want out of a so-called commander-in-chief? They want Hillary Clinton there — Ms. Pay-for-Play foreign policy, Ms. Crony Socialism herself — to be doing the same usual litany of genuflection, capitulation, and then rinse and then repeat with — toothless sanctions is the only thing they ever wave as their threat against these existential threats to America and the world!”
Michelle Malkin referring to those who criticized President Trump’s UN speech

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire. I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying [North Korea].”
Kim Jong Un responding to President Trump

“No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn. We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership which can only be taught by example. By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.”
First Lady Melania Trump gave a heartfelt speech about bullying Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly

“Listening to her talk about – remember our kids are watching and listening, remember that they need to follow our own examples – those of house have kids and can’t show them some of the retweets by the president of the United States because we don’t think it’s appropriate to condone hitting a golf ball at a former competitor and knocking them over, see that there’s more than a little bit of irony here. She should be commended, but come on.”
CNN’s Dana Bash reacting to the First Lady’s speech

“The internet is tearing us apart. The internet is a system where people can put up vitriol and they think they are hiding behind a screen and so they can treat other human beings in really ugly ways that we would never want to treat each other, but for some reason we think we can do that on the internet. Base your opinions and your thought in reason and fact and not in emotion…try to do your best to engage in a civil dialog. All of us can do a better job of this, all of us, from the top down.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan talking to students at New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School

NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.’ Out! He’s fired.”
President Trump

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed his league’s players

“We have become stupidly politically correct which is the death of comedy. It’s OK not to hurt the feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior. I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis. Everything else is fine.”
Veteran comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks


UW-Madison student film


“The United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.  The stock market is at an all-time high — a record.  Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before.  Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time.  And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.”
President  Trump speaking at the UN


How disgusting. Trump’s tough talk about North Korea.

Jimmy Kimmel’s nightly attack on the GOP plans to repeal Obamacare.


Good intention, but was this wise?