As I blogged recently, Franklin Mayor Steve Olson went to his Facebook page to announce vandalism had taken place at Kayla’s Playground.
Here’s that blog:
From Mayor Steve Olson’s Facebook page:
Of the many features at Kayla’s Playground there are two that are important but not often talked about. One is the rubberized poured in place play surface. It’s specifically designed to protect the kids from falls and to provide a good surface for crutches and wheelchairs. There’s also the areas under the ramps and slides and other play structures that are designed to be a safe place to play hide-and-seek, Well, last week someone decided that they’d hide while they destroyed part of the safety floor. Wouldn’t it be a shame to have to close up such a fun area because someone likes to destroy things. We’re getting quotes on getting the floor fixed but it’s not going to be cheap.
We respectfully ask Mayor Olson to comment with any update(s).
Otherwise, I’m sure you can check out his Facebook page.
—This Just In, June 9, 2018
Mayor Olson, a veritable social media machine, has yet to comment on my site.
But his Facebook entry, ICYMI, generated very interesting feedback.
The first noteworthy comment, and it was a strong one, came from….
Diane Reega Pautz Not surprised by this. Things have been getting out of hand for some time. Large crowds show up and take over shelter without permits. No visible sign of law enforcement ever visiting and walking around as promised when this was first built. Cameras that were installed are not being monitored as this act would have been caught. Not sure why this park is being ignored by law enforcement but I suspect politics has a role.
Diane Reega Pautz is the wife of former Franklin Parks Commissioner Dave Pautz.
NOTE: She and her husband, like me, are staunch supporters of Mayor Olson.
FULL DISCLOSURE: My wife has a Facebook page. I do not. She responded to the above.
Would love to hear the mayor’s reaction to your remarks Diane Reega Pautz. He’s normally all over social media.He knows we have the highest regard. But how about a response here.
NOTE: Keep this in mind as you read on. Dave and Diane Reega Pautz have an interesting perspective. They live directly behind and adjacent to Kayla’s Playground. Dave Pautz as as a Parks Commissioner worked hard to make Kayla’s Playground a reality.
At this point the mayor responded. Not his best.
Mayor Steve Olson – Franklin, WI I’ve been offline for the past few days celebrating my 34th wedding anniversary so I chose to pay attention to other things that are more important. But to put the camera/police issue to bed, this damage is beneath the structure and out of sight of the camera’s and everyone else unless someone is looking for this type of damage.
My wife was next to be up.
Jennifer Bokan Fischer Mayor Steve Olson – Franklin, WI Steve, Kevin and I respectfully disagree that you put this to bed. We get that cameras couldn’t capture what happened. But some rather serious comments have been made that law enforcement has not maintained a presence at the park. That deserves and requires a response other than the usual City Hall reaction that the criticism is wrong and the city is right. That’s getting old, dear friend.
The mayor didn’t waste much time.
Mayor Steve Olson – Franklin, WI Jennifer Bokan Fischer Sector squads routinely visit the playground at all hours and shifts.
Interesting. Read that again.
Sector squads routinely visit the playground at all hours and shifts.
That implies police regularly patrol the playground area. Does that happen?
I need to mention here that both the Pautz and Fischer families strongly support the Franklin police.
Having said that…back to Facebook.
Diane Reega Pautz Jennifer Bokan Fischer I beg to disagree with the Mayor. I never see law enforcement there, nor do my neighbors. The park is in my backyard and I have a clear sight line to the playground. Neighbors who take their children daily also back up this statement. Most people are respectful and enjoy the facilities. But on any given day, there are those who abuse equipment and run wild. If law enforcement is showing up, it must be at night and even then, I would see them parked in the lot. Sadly, I don’t.
Like me, Dave Pautz doesn’t have a Facebook page. He sat back on the sidelines, but not for long.