BREAKING Franklin News: Mayor Olson to vote NO on Milwaukee County-wide resolution to support mask mandate

Franklin Mayor Steve Olson has informed me that when the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council of Milwaukee County meets on Monday (virtually) he intends to vote NO on an agenda item recommending a mask mandate throughout Milwaukee County.

(The Intergovernmental Cooperation Council (ICC) includes the mayor, village president or administrator from each of the 19 municipalities inside Milwaukee County. 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).

Monday’s meeting agenda includes this item:

Discussion on whether to make mask wearing mandatory in public places

Mayor Olson tells me he was inclined to vote YES on the resolution:

 “The Health Departments and Health Officers in Milwaukee County support the recommendation of wearing masks in public places and in areas where individuals cannot practice physical distancing.”

However, the agenda for Monday’s meeting has been changed. The resolution now reads in conformance with the proposal being considered by the city of Milwaukee:

“The Health Departments and Health Officers in Milwaukee County support the recommendation of wearing masks in public places and in areas where individuals cannot practice physical distancing. In addition, we would support the local elected officials pursuing a local ordinance that would require the wearing of masks.”

Given the change Mayor Olson informs he’s voting NO.

To be clear:

The ICC has NO authority.

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley has NO authority.

The County has NO authority.

Steve Olson has NO authority.

But Monday’s vote is far from meaningless as it sends a loud signal to the horrendous Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee County suburbs how to move forward.

I thank Mayor Olson for this update and for his stance on Monday. I would encourage folks to contact Olson and give their thanks as well.

UPDATE @ 8:40 PM 07/11/20:

Dear Kevin

I will be voting NO on the proposed resolution that is on the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council agenda for Monday’s meeting.  Please understand that the item may change.  My reasons include:

  • The ICC is advisory only and has no authority to mandate mask usage
  • The ICC has not studied the science of the matter nor taken recommendations
  • The mayors and village presidents individually have no authority to put into place such mandates (nor does the county executive or the county board)
  • It is unknown at this point how the item has been placed on the agenda or by whom or for what purpose.
  • There is no proposed enforcement or penalty or model ordinance
  • Any action would be political only, advisory only and carry no legal weight

Enacting a restriction on personal liberty must be done carefully and with substantial public discussion and input and debate.  None of that has taken place by local elected leaders.  Any mandate of this type must be initiated by health professionals and supported by local elected officials legally.

Steve Olson
Mayor
City of Franklin

Again, I repeat my thanks to Mayor Olson.

A final note:

When it comes to feedback, Mayor Olson says that he gets a lot of e-mails that only have peoples’ names and no addresses.  Without knowing that they’re Franklin residents he is unable to give them much credence.  He kindly suggests you put your address on your e-mails to any elected officials.

4 thoughts on “BREAKING Franklin News: Mayor Olson to vote NO on Milwaukee County-wide resolution to support mask mandate

  1. YES! I emailed Mayor Olson, and I did include our full names and our address. He needs to know that whoever is sending him a message is from Franklin. I will have to email him again to say a very great full “Thank You”!

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  2. As usual, Mayor Olson is exercising short sightedness. Mandating masks will dramatically increase the likelihood of KEEPING BUSINESSES OPEN and improving the economy. By not supporting the mandated use of masks, Mayor Olson is participating in a game of chicken in which the virus will win.

    Maybe Mayor Olson should meet with competent medical professionals before he renders such an irresponsible decision.

    “Masking works,” Raymond said. “We should all be doing it, whether it’s voluntary or mandatory. It’s just the right thing to do. If we care about our neighbors, if we care about our family and our loved ones and our communities, everybody should be wearing masks when they leave home.”

    https://biztimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/biztimes.com/mcws-dr-john-raymond-wisconsin-is-losing-ground-in-covid-19-fight/?amp

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