Keeping the full bench
I haven’t spent too much time on Waukesha School Board member Steve Edlund’s plan to cut down the size of the Waukesha Common Council because, quite frankly, I don’t see it going anywhere. I’m still waiting on recalls following the decision to put a baseball stadium at Frame Park.
(By the way, the Common Council voted to fix the lighting at the Frame Park baseball diamond. Guess they aren’t expecting Northwoods Baseball to be expanding after all.)
So it is with fifteen alderman. The city is diverse in the age and separation of various districts and the people who live here. There are those that believe the downtown is the soul of the city. There are those that believe Sunset is, or Moreland or Grandview/Silvernail area. Even Merrill Hills/Meadowview is claiming a community of it’s own.
An alderman should be walking the district and meeting the people. They should be searching out the opinions of the people as most people don’t take the time to express those to them. That doesn’t mean their opinions don’t matter. Less aldermen would make the council less out of touch and less accountable to the people. Less aldermen would likely lead to poorer representation as each would have to spend more time on more committees. I don’t see how it could remain a part-time position and still allow the person an independent life.