Before every Franklin Common Council meeting there is a “citizen comment period.” Anyone can speak on any topic for up to three minutes.
At Tuesday night’s meeting only one citizen participated. Marcelino Rivera III has been an outspoken activist against the planned Strauss Brands expansion that is now moving forward in Franklin after a council vote to reject was reconsidered and then approved. Rivera has continued to object with few facts and even less class.
Tuesday night Rivera fumed, and then couldn’t wait to rush to a computer and post his remarks on social media. Here are some of them:
Alderwoman Hanneman. Since you already had your mind made up, you should have recused yourself from the initial vote on Strauss. To use the word theatrics to describe the thoughts, and passion behind resident’s concerns is a special kind of inhumane, especially since some of those concerns stem from cultural and religious morals. You have a responsibility to Franklin citizens but chose to stab us in the back with your flip flop reconsideration. Truth is that the theatrics were on the part of Mr. Olson.
You had no problem allowing THREE, VERY LARGE meetings in this small building with more than 100 people in attendace. You required people to attend to have their concerns considered and you still ignored us. Shortly after those meetings the Health Director under your oversight stopped the Franklin Sabers football team from playing outdoors with a total of 22 healthy players.
Your lack of humane leadership in addition to leaving the chambers at the October 20th
Common Council meeting to get in the face and bully a female citizen in the hallway is consistent with your bullying of women in general. Upon returning to the chambers you pointed your finger at another woman and my fiancé in the audience for shaking their heads in disagreement with what you were saying. We also heard testimony from a city employee with a similar story. Many of these women may be intimidated by you but I am calling you out. It is harassment and unfitting conduct for a city leader.Those must have been the theatrics Alderwoman Hannemann mentioned, or was it the the smoke and mirrors with a 3.5% tax hike scare tactic?
Well, you’ve just been witness to Rivera bullying Alderwoman Shari Hanneman and Mayor Steve Olson!