A politician needs a good friend. As such many elected officials get a dog for true companionship. But for Madison Alder Larry Palm the way for friendship seems to be with a greasy fast-food buddy named Ronald McDonald.
All which is making a swath of the East Side wonder why their member on the common council is acting so carelessly with the levers of government.
The flap revolves around McDonald’s wanting to locate to a new address as they feel the placement of a pedestrian overpass blocks viewing of their business at 3051 East Washington. One never needs to see a McDonald’s, one only needs to follow the grease smells to find the front door.
The City of Madison has already paid McDonald’s over $300,00o for the apparent problem, but Alderman Larry Palm, who represents the area, wants to do just a bit more, as if taxpayers have already not done enough.
Palm wants to relocate McDonald’s to the parking lot of the Madison East Shopping Center on East Washington Avenue. Lets just say that residents of the area are appalled by the idea, and for a variety of very good reasons.
Tensions are running high over this proposal. Too many cars are expected into the limited area, too many junk food establishments already dot the area, and a general sense persists that this McDonald’s had more than enough compensation for being a pain in the keister .
So why does Alder Palm not want to address the concerns of the neighborhood, and act in accordance with the wishes of those he is supposed to represent?
One can only hope the energized and vocal residents and taxpayers continue to let Palm know that they want better service from their member of the city council. If Palm fails to perform they need to let him know he can be replaced come the next election.