It’s no surprise that hyper enviro Franklin Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm is poised to reject the $74 million expansion of Strauss Brands and the numerous jobs that would be created.
During last week’s lengthy public hearing on the proposal at a Planning Commission meeting one of the speakers was Marcelino Rivera who started a petition online against Strauss and also organized a protest outside Franklin Mayor Steve Olson’s house that was diverted when police blocked off the street.
After his three-minute time limit was up Rivera refused to leave and had to be escorted away by a police officer. When Rivera went out into the crowded hallway he immediately began talking with Wilhelm who started giving him advice and counsel. Lots of people saw them conversing.
It’s clear what Wilhelm told Rivera to do. Later in the hearing Rivera went up to the microphone a second time, attempting to testify. But he was reminded by Mayor Olson the rules were that a speaker got only one opportunity. For a second time Rivera refused to leave. For a second time he had to be escorted out by one of Franklin’s finest. Bad advice, Kristen. And now we know you’ll definitely vote against major progress in our city. You really need to hang it up.