Did someone just threaten Franklin Mayor Steve Olson and the Franklin Common Council?

Well, it sure sounds like it.

The threat came at Thursday’s meeting of the Franklin Planning Commission. At issue were a few items dealing with the addition of some 140 housing units in the SW portion of the city. Because we’re talking positive economic development and progress there were the usual suspects who have yet to update their calendars from the mid-1950’s.

Can’t build more houses. Are you crazy? Noise. Traffic. And the #1 beef: The hyper enviros were aghast at, you know, the impact on wetlands, green space, climate control, and Franklin’s eco-system in general. Oh, the horror.

One of those speaking in opposition was Marcelino (Mr. Man Bun) Rivera, best known for hating the thought of one of Franklin’s best corporate citizens expanding, Strauss Meats, that he and others have filed what many would consider frivolous lawsuits against the project.

Thursday’s meeting at one point was to, and excuse the boring detail.  But it’s the truth, consider rezoning of an area to allow housing growth. Get that? Housing growth. Meaning developers and enough prospective buyers consider Franklin attractive to move and build here.

During his testimony Rivera launched into an attack that went after everyone and everybody except the rezoning g matter at hand.

For what seemed a dozen times Mayor Olson politely interrupted the typically rude and boorish Rivera to speak specifically to the agenda item, rezoning, only to have Rivera ignore him. Remember this is same guy who nearly had to be escorted out of a Franklin Common Council meeting by Franklin police because of his antics.

At the very end of his theatrics, Rivera concluded, saying to the mayor and council,

“I’m gonna be sitting next to you guys, some of you, soon.”

That by definition is a threat.

Personally, if Rivera decides he’s going to run for office he would be one of the worst political candidates I’ve seen since I moved into Franklin 30 years ago. His opponents’(s) would have a treasure trove of opposition research to use against the incredibly flawed Rivera.

So bring it on Mr. Man Bun.

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