Franklin Complete Streets & Connectivity Committee

On April 7, 2009, the Common Council formed the Franklin Trails Committee to research  grants available to the City to provide funds for design, land acquisition, construction of walking and/or bicycle paths specific to S. 51st Street, and a connector between Pleasant View School and S. 51st Street.

On March 6, 2012, the Common Council authorized the establishment of the Franklin Complete Streets and Connectivity Committee to replace the Franklin Trails Committee.

Membership and Quorum

Section 1.  The Franklin Complete Streets and Connectivity Committee shall consist of ten (10) total members.  Three (3) shall be non-voting Advisors, and seven (7) shall be voting members, one (1) of which shall be either an Alderman or the Mayor, and each appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council. Members shall be residents of the city unless shown to have particular skills, and as approved by the Common Council. One Staff member, assigned by the City Administrator, will assume the duties of secretary to the Committee and perform the duties under Section 5.

Section 2.  A quorum shall be a majority of the appointed voting members and all actions shall require approval of a majority of the members, except a motion to adjourn. A record of all Committee votes shall be kept as a part of its minutes. Each of the seven (7) voting members of the Committee shall be entitled to one (1) vote. The Committee Chair is a voting member and votes according to Roberts Rules of Order. Voting by proxy is not permitted. On a tie vote, the motion is lost.

Section 3.  All members shall serve without compensation.

Section 4.  The Staff member assigned to the Committee by the City Administrator, and with the assistance of the Chair, shall prepare agendas for regular and special meetings and reports of Committee action. The Staff member shall be responsible for keeping the official minutes and records of the Committee and provide notice to all Committee members, arrange proper and legal notice of hearings, attend to correspondence of the Committee, as approved by same, and have such other duties as may, from time to time, be assigned by the Committee.

Section 5.  The Committee Chair is to be appointed at the first meeting of the Committee by the voting members present by majority voice vote, shall serve until the November termination in the 2-year of the appointment, and shall preside at all meetings and hearings of the Committee, having the duties normally conferred by parliamentary usage to such office.

Section 6.  The voting members shall select the Vice-Chair by majority voice vote during the first meeting of the Committee, and shall serve until the November termination in the 2-year of the appointment. The Vice-Chair shall preside at all Committee functions in the absence of the Committee Chair, and shall have the duties normally conferred by parliamentary usage to such office, including the signing of approved Committee reports and all other documents requiring the Committee signature pursuant to state and local law.  

When the Committee Chair and Vice-Chair are unable to preside or fulfill the duties of the Chair and a quorum of the Committee is present for a properly noticed and scheduled Committee meeting or hearing, the staff assigned to the Committee may call the Committee to order and shall temporarily preside solely over the selection of a Chair Pro Tempore by and from the Committee members present. Upon selection, the Chair Pro Tempore shall preside and assume the duties of the Chair until the Chair or the Vice-Chair is able to preside or until the Mayoral re-selection and re-appointments at the November 2-year period as confirmed by the Common Council.

Mission Statement and Goals                                                               

The overall mission of Franklin Complete Streets and Connectivity Advisory Committee (FCS) is to raise public awareness and provide assistance during the proposal, design, and construction process so that streets and site plans are designed to promote safe and convenient access for travel to all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, people of all ages and abilities, as well as motor vehicles and drivers. 

The Goals of the Committee are to: 

  • Construct a Development Review Participation Guide for Common Council approval. This Guide will determine when and how Complete Streets and Connectivity principles are applied and/or discussed in the planning/development process. 

  • Create a Complete Streets ordinance or resolution for approval by the Common Council.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of the Committee shall be, primarily, to create a Development Review Participation Guide for Common Council approval.

The Participation Guide will enumerate the manner with which the Committee will provide recommendations for city transportation and site plan elements during planning, construction or reconstruction throughout the city. The Committee also has the right but not the obligation to seek funding assistance to offset costs for connectivity elements, training, or educational materials in order to assist the city in meeting the needs of the community. Any funding commitments or acceptance must first be approved by the Common Council. 

Members:

 

Term/Expiration

Ald. Susanne Mayer (Non-Voting Parliamentarian)  
Greg Kowalski (Voting Citizen) 2 Years/11-1-14
Kevin Haley (Voting Citizen) 2 Years/11-1-14
David Fowler (Voting Citizen) 2 Years/11-1-15
Vacancy (Voting Citizen) 2 Years/
Vacancy (Voting Citizen) 2 Years/
Vacancy (Voting Citizen) 2 Years/
Vacancy (Voting Citizen) 2 Years/
Vacancy (Non-Voting/Advisory) 2 Years/
Vacancy (Non-Voting/Advisory) 2 Years/
Vacancy (Non-Voting/Advisory) 2 Years/

Meeting Date: Once a Month at Call of Chair

Meeting Time:  6:00 p.m.

Meeting Location:
Hearing Room
Franklin City Hall
9229 W. Loomis Road

Please direct agenda questions to:
Planning Department
414-425-4024

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