Inside track?

More questions raised about alder’s role in Olbrich biergarten

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Much Ado about Nothing

It seems Brogran is exploiting what was a fairly mundane RFP process for journalistic intrigue. Eskrich may have talked to her husband about the idea, but that's perfectly legal and doesn't mean she greased the process for him--in fact she recused herself from voting on the proposal, whichsounds ethical to me. It's a small city--communicating information and expanding networks is a good thing, not nefarious. If anything, it sounds like the RFP sample text that prohibited alcohol was misleading, but any competent businessperson could have simply asked about that to clarify what kinds of proposals were being accepted.

As a nature-loving, beer-enjoying parent I think a city-operated Biergarten is a great idea. It sounds very family friendly and there aren't many places where it's acceptable to have an afternoon beer outside with your kids in the company of others.

I'd like to point out that while open-carry may have been a big problem in city parks, a lawfully-operating beer-serving establishment (with food!) is a very different animal. People are served in an enclosed area, pay for their alcohol, and are monitored. And if the city gets a cut of the profits that it can reinvest into the park, so much the better! In a city full of bars it surprises me that there's so much opposition to this lovely idea.

Anna Simon 21 days ago

LET'S BEGIN AGAIN

In my mind, there are too many unanswered questions regarding this bier garten and who has the inside track in establishing it. Eskrich is my alder, and I question the ethics of her involvement. "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then ........"

Clarence P. Cameron 26 days ago

Ripe for re-do

In reading the recent Isthmus article it appears that Alder Eskrich is clearly using her elected position, her knowledge of Parks staff, and an internal knowledge of the workings of the various Committees to place her husband et al in contact with key decision makers. All to benefit herself monetarily.

Regardless that she now recuses herself from votes on the subject, the machine has been set in motion for the windfall of cash for her family from this venture by the novice BKM, LLC group.

I see no benefit taken in its entirety to the City of Madison with this proposal, as there will be additonal costs to Madison police and site cleanup that are outweighed by the pittance of income that Parks will get from this.

OK, fine... if this has your support then why not put out a clear request for proposal (RFP) for a stand-alone facility to well heeled and qualified companies such as: the Great Dane, Karben4, Ale Asylum, Wollersheim, and New Glarus Brewing and lets see what these large and well skilled outfits can bring to Madison's Olbrich Park...one that is located well away from the kids at the beach.

Michael Cerro 28 days ago

reopen the RFP

I don't live in the Olbrich neighborhood, nor do I oppose Biergartens; however the RFP should be reopened clarifying that other vendors could propose the same. What other business, without that inside information, would have considered submitting a proposal for selling alcohol? Going forward with an alder's husbands business in these circumstances is not good government.

Iris 28 days ago

Why beer?

Beer in city parks has historically been a BIG problem. As was mentioned, big enough that it was banned from Olbrich Park in 2015. I do not understand why this proposal is considered "placemaking" and was approved. There are several drinking establishments available, including Eastside Club right next door. Surely we can find another way to fund improvements to the current beach house and parking.

Mary Polancih 28 days ago

crime magnet

Will the MPD post someone at the location to handle drunk, disorderly, public intox and property crime?

Eryn O 28 days ago

Sloppy reporting hack job

Wow, what a sloppy reporter hack job. Sounds like Eskrich did everything right and you're still inferring something was wrong? Irresponsible (at best) journalism. Dude has a great idea, let's give it a try!

Eastside Yup 29 days ago

Re: Sloppy reporting hack job

That's a little harsh. I thought it was presented mostly straight-forward.
I'm glad the info is out there, that's the role of the press, and it largely leaves us to make our own conclusions about the propriety of what occurred, though perhaps giving Godfrey's opinions slightly too large a voice.

After reading it I don't think it should scuttle the project, but it certainly raised an eyebrow or two, and should be informative for how careful Alders have to be to avoid conflict of interest issues in the future (even more than Eskrich I'd say, though she did try hard to make her conflicts known pretty early and distance herself from it accordingly).

D. 28 days ago

Misleading and One-Sided

Why does this article and its headline suggest that something has been proven that hasn't? This article proposes nothing other than gossipy intrigue. We have ethics rules for a reason, so that the rules are clear for everyone and there is no room left for this sort of speculation. Alder Eskrich has recused herself from voting on the proposal, and she filed a statement with the city in July 2016 to state that she had a conflict of interest and that's why she wasn't participating in voting or discussion on the matter (currently unavailable online but you can make an open records request). She has worked hard to comply with the letter and spirit of the law.

This article smears her good character and ignores the fact that the neighborhood association, the parks department, and many many others are big supporters of the Olbrich biergarten. A small handful of rogue, NIMBY-minded citizens have been trying to quash the project with a series of underhanded moves, and this is clearly their latest attempt to disrupt the democratic process in their own self-interest.

Fred Turkington 29 days ago

Mostly with you

I agree with the majority of your points, but the article and headline don't claim anything. The headline ends in a question mark ffs and I don't see anything that "smears her good character" either.

Victor Toniolo 29 days ago

Additional facts

The Common Council voted to ban alcohol from Olbrich Park on 10/20/2015 (Ordinance 8.24 (1) (ee), M.G.O). Two of the four co-sponsors for this ban were Aldershot Sara Eskrich and David Ahrens.

Pauline Gilbertson 29 days ago

Additional facts typo

Aldershot should have been Alders or Alderpersons. The facts remain the same.

Pauline Gilbertson 28 days ago

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