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:
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.
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.