Don’t do it, Mayor Olson

I am a big fan of my mayor, Franklin’s Steve Olson. Supported and voted for him in all of his mayoral elections. I think I might have even blogged a few times about that.

He’s been a friend since I first moved into Franklin in 1992. That, BTW, would be two new houses built here and an obscene amount of property taxes paid.

At this point astute readers can correctly assume there’s a ‘but’ coming.

But it’s only natural that Olson and I wouldn’t always be simpatico. That’s called life. As I pointed out during Olson’s last term there were occasions when Hizzoner made public statements that weren’t even close to Joe Biden gaffes, but also to some extent raised eyebrows.

At tonight’s meeting of the Franklin Common Council (still going on as I post) after getting a COVID-19 update from Franklin’s public health director, the sudden order issuing Courtney Day, Olson mentioned Milwaukee’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Council (ICC) would be holding a meeting this Monday. What does that mean?

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Council (ICC) includes the mayor, village president or administrator from each of the 19 municipalities inside Milwaukee County (including Mayor Olson). The ICC meets to share best practices in delivery of public services, to discuss ways in which to save tax money and enhance services through cooperative efforts, and to discuss and advocate for change in state and federal law that are of common interest to ICC members.

It was mentioned at tonight’s Franklin meeting that the city of Milwaukee is considering an all-out mask mandate that would require all residents to wear a face mask in public after leaving home and when visiting any indoor space. The ordinance would apply to anyone older than 2 years old. Face masks would be required outdoors when a resident comes within 30 feet of another person outside of their household. It also would require face masks for all city of Milwaukee employees.

If you were a betting person do you think this will approved or not?

Mayor Olson said at tonight’s meeting he believes the ICC on Monday will consider a resolution for the member communities to approve an ordinance similar to the city of Milwaukee.

Here’s what happened next.

Olson said he’d be “inclined” to go along if the ICC resolution was innocuous, whatever the hell that means. But he would not support a resolution that was just like Milwaukee’s.

Good grief, Steve. Not exactly an “A” grade in Political PR 101 for you.

Let’s rewind the tape:

Olson said he’d be “inclined” to go along if the ICC resolution was innocuous, whatever the hell that means. But he would not support a resolution that was just like Milwaukee’s.

What should Olson have done?

Mayor Olson said at tonight’s meeting he believes the ICC on Monday will consider a resolution for the member communities to approve an ordinance similar to the city of Milwaukee.

But he would not support a resolution that was just like Milwaukee’s.

That would have been 100 times better.

I’m not trying to make life miserable for my friend. But he’s now on record saying he might, emphasize, might support, in his  words, an “innocuous” mask ordinance. Again, we’re talking Franklin, folks. A 10-year old in her backyard on July 4th playing with sparklers could cause a neighborhood panic. Whatever the ICC proposes should get ZERO consideration, not even the tiniest of thought Olson might be pondering.

Two final thoughts:

1) Please don’t complain to the mayor. He’ll do what’s right (Fingers crossed).

2) Please Mayor Olson. Stand up on Monday. Vote NO whatever the hell the resolution is (as non-bindig as it may be).

ALSO: At the meeting tonight health director Courtney Day, sporting a mask, told the council, including Alderwoman Shari Hanneman who had a mask up to her eyeballs, that masks aren’t all that efficient. She urged washing of hands and social distancing as much better safeguards.

 

 

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