At this week’s meeting of the Franklin Common Council, Mayor Steve Olson mentioned he was invited to a graduation party recently. Concerned about the number of large gathering parties in Franklin Olson asked how many people would be attending and was told about 20-30. The mayor said that was fine and then continued.
The party host said “’I’ve noticed you’ve been a little grouchy lately.’ I said you want to know the reason why? June 30 our health department was tracing active surveillance on 21 individuals. On July 21 they were actively tracing active surveillance on 121.
“That’s why I’m grouchy. That costs the taxpayers money. Just so somebody can have a party? Gimme a break. Anytime somebody comes to me and says ‘I want to have fireworks at my event.’ No. I’m not approving that.
“It’s costing the taxpayers a lot of money and people are getting sick. So, License Committee, if you’re coming to me and asking me if we should approve a beer garden or something like that. My answer is no. Plain and simple. It’s no. It makes no sense to approve those things. Sorry. It’s the way I feel.
“Until these numbers come down, we’re tracing 80 people right now. That’s outrageous. It’s time for us to get a hold of this thing.
“And I’m not talking about infringing on anybody’s rights. I’m talking about being mature adults.
“We don’t need more beer gardens in this city. We don’t need fireworks at Polonia. Lots of places to have a beer. Get a beer at home.