Upcoming Events

Salute to Veterans
Monday May 30, 9:15 AM Concert & 10 AM Ceremony (FREE)
Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Rd, Madison
Bring a lawn chair.
Madison Veterans Council and VFW Band conducted by Jim Latimer
For information, call 608 835-9861

FREE Concerts in the Park
Thursdays July 7 through August 25, 7 PM
Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave, Madison
Bring a chair; bring a friend, enjoy toe-tapping music
Capitol City Band conducted by Jim Latimer
For information, call 608 835-9861

FREE patriotic concert
Monday July 4, 6:30 PM
Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave, Madison
Salute the Troops – then and now
Bring a lawn chair for listening comfort.
Capitol City Band conducted by Jim Latimer
Color Guard VFW Post 7591
For information, call 608 835-9861

2022-05-13 Neighborhood News & Updates

Planning Framework

A proposed Planning Framework was introduced at the Common Council on Tuesday May 10. It will simplify and standardize the City’s sub-area planning and make it more equitable. The Planning Division will focus on 13 higher-level “Area Plans” covering the entire City. These will be updated every 10 years, and be considered the guiding plan for future land use and infrastructure investment.

The City currently has nearly 70 adopted sub-area plans with a wide variety of content, all of which will be considered as a new Area Plan is created. Each Area Plan process will provide an opportunity to consider older sub-area plans for potential retirement, as outlined on page 126 of the Comprehensive Plan. The proposed Framework will be reviewed by multiple City committees.

Quick Overview and Deeper Dive Review Materials

  • 8-minute video recording of the presentation staff will share with BCCs reviewing this proposal in the coming weeks.
  • Links to detailed materials from the 1.5 year process to develop the Planning Framework which involved close coordination with Plan Commission and City agencies: March 24, 2022 Plan Commission meeting materials, video; December 14, 2020 and July 8, 2021 Plan Commission meeting materials, 2020 video, 2021 video

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Brian Grady, Principal Planner, bgrady@cityofmadison.com or Linda Horvath, Planner IV, at lhorvath@cityofmadison.com.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Zoning

The Planning Division, in collaboration with Zoning staff, is working to implement a 2018 Comprehensive Plan call for implementation of “TOD overlay zoning” along planned BRT and other high-frequency transit corridors to “create development intensity minimums, reduce parking requirements, and support transit use.”  For more information, and to sign up for May 16th public meetings on this effort, please visit the project web page

Support a Utility Box Installation

The Madison Arts Commission has created Support a Utility Box Installation to highlight, encourage and promote local artists by giving them exposure in the public realm. Artists are compensated $500 for a license of each image used in the program. This project’s funds will be used to pay artists and cover the costs of installing the art on utility boxes. Contributions of any size are welcome, but a $2,500 contribution will fully cover the cost of a box wrap in your neighborhood and a box in a neighborhood where there aren’t as many financial resources https://www.friendsofmadisonarts.org/.

Make Music Madison

Registration closes on May 25th at 11:59 PM. Learn more at http://www.makemusicmadison.org/.

SMNA Meeting Venue: We Need Your Help!

As many of you are likely aware, SMNA had to cancel our annual meeting at the last-minute due to some venue issues. HyVee previously had a wine tasting room, which the community could book for meetings; however, they decided to convert that room to storage and cease doing community meetings in there. We were unable to identify an alternate venue on short notice, so we had to cancel.

Changing our venue requires a lot of legwork, so we’re making sure that we consider all of our options, as we intend long-term availability of the space. That’s why we decided to ask our fellow helpful neighbors.

If you know any local business owners or decision-makers that don’t mind our neighborhood association tying up a room at 7 pm, every two months, please let us know.

We’ll make sure Jeff calls them to talk to discuss details. Feel free to drop us a line about it – business@smna.org


Please be mindful of the following criteria:

  1. The subject’s business is regularly open until ≥ 8:00 pm on Mondays. We don’t want to make custodians deal with letting people in/out of the building.
  2. This room needs to be able to hold quite a few people. 20 x 20 ft, based on area, is a soft minimum size guideline. Our SMNA meetings are held once every two months. There is extra attendance when we have our annual meeting. Government officials, firefighters, and others with expert knowledge of our community speak solely for our annual meeting’s attendees.
  3. We aim to keep its location within or near our neighborhood association’s boundaries. Those are available on our About page.

In short, this is a free opportunity for our selected local venue to draw extra attention to their business.

We’re respectful of others’ property. Unless specified differently, the meeting room is always put back in the same order as we found it.

Thanks for your help!

Stone Meadows Neighborhood Association (SMNA)

2022-04-29 Neighborhood News & Updates

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Zoning

The Planning Division, in collaboration with Zoning staff, is working to implement a 2018 Comprehensive Plan call for implementation of “TOD overlay zoning” along planned BRT and other high-frequency transit corridors to “create development intensity minimums, reduce parking requirements, and support transit use.”  For more information, and to sign up for May 11th and May 16th public meetings on this effort, please visit the project web page

Silver Lining Awards to Honor Creativity, Dedication, and Perseverance during the Pandemic

Register now to attend the Silver Lining Awards on May 12, 2022. Creativity was pushed to new lengths throughout 2020/21. Madison Arts Commission (MAC), in partnership with Garver Events and presented by Friends of Madison Arts Commission (FoMAC), will honor individuals and organizations who shifted their practices to persevere through the pandemic. With more than 100 nominations received for 80 unique nominees, there are many wonderful stories to tell.

Support a Utility Box Installation

To help grow this popular community art project citywide, Friends of Madison Arts Commission developed a program to Support a Utility Box Installation in your neighborhood. In developing this program, the Madison Arts Commission intended this program to highlight, encourage and promote local artists by giving them exposure in the public realm. Artists are compensated $500 for a license of each image used in the program. This project’s funds will be used to pay artists and cover the costs of installing the art on utility boxes. Contributions of any size are welcome, but a $2,500 contribution will fully cover the cost of a box wrap in your neighborhood and a box in a neighborhood where there aren’t as many financial resources https://www.friendsofmadisonarts.org/.

Make Music Madison – Musician Registration!

Make Music Madison is a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice. Initiated in Madison in 2013, our festival is part of the larger Make Music Day, an international summer solstice music celebration occurring in 1,000+ cities across the globe. The 2021 event featured 312 concerts at 112 venues with over 1,000 individual musicians. Registration to perform or host a performance opens this month. Learn more at http://www.makemusicmadison.org/.

City of Madison Musician List

Are you a local musician? Do you want to be part of the city’s musician list? Please contact Angela Puerta, City of Madison Planning Division, apuerta@cityofmadison.com

Streets Division Updates

  • Spring yard waste collection is now over.  Do not place yard waste at the curb for pick-up.  Curbside yard waste pickup will resume in the fall.
  • You can take yard waste and other items to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites.  Here is the website for the hours and locations of the sites: www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites.
  • Brush collection is ongoing.  To learn when you should set out brush at your home for pickup, go to www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection.
  • If you have questions about the Resource Recovery Special Charge, there is an FAQ page on the Streets Division website explaining it. The website is www.cityofmadison.com/Recycling.
  • We are hiring! If you, or someone you know, has a Class B commercial driver’s license and would like to drive our snowplows (and other heavy trucks) for a living, then apply today for the Street Machine Operator 1 position.

Covid cases are on the rise!

Please get your booster if you have not done it yet. The CDC looks at several metrics to determine these levels, including cases per 100,000 residents, new hospitalizations, and hospital bed capacity recorded over the past seven days. While several metrics are considered, Dane County’s case activity is what tipped our county into the medium level. Our case activity has been increasing since late March, with a current 7-day average of 159 cases per day. For more information visit publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus

2022-04-20 Neighborhood News & Updates

Earth Day Challenge

  • Celebrate Earth Day with neighbors and friends by volunteering to clean up your neighborhood park during the Earth Day Challenge! Assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, removing sticks, and more. Event is on Earth Day, Saturday April 23, 2022. All ages are welcome to participate. Advanced registration is required for anyone 10 years and older: https://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/earth-day-challenge-2022 Cleanups at most of the parks will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the registration page. Parks already full and with no volunteer openings are not listed.

Support a Utility Box Installation

  • To help grow this popular community art project citywide, Friends of Madison Arts Commission developed a program to Support a Utility Box Installation in your neighborhood. In developing this program, the Madison Arts Commission intended this program to highlight, encourage and promote local artists by giving them exposure in the public realm. Artists are compensated $500 for a license of each image used in the program. This project’s funds will be used to pay artists and cover the costs of installing the art on utility boxes. Contributions of any size are welcome, but a $2,500 contribution will fully cover the cost of a box wrap in your neighborhood and a box in a neighborhood where there aren’t as many financial resources https://www.friendsofmadisonarts.org/.

Streets Division Updates

  • New drop-off site hours and locations have begun!  Be sure you know which sites are open and where they are before loading your vehicle.  Get that information at www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites.
  • Yard waste collection for the spring is wrapping up soon.  Be sure you know when you should be setting out yard waste at www.cityofmadison.com/YardWaste.
  • Brush collection is ongoing.  Get the dates when you should be setting out brush at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection.
  • April is Earth Month! One easy way to celebrate is to be sure you’re recycling the right stuff. For example – just because it’s plastic doesn’t mean it goes into your recycling cart.  Get the rules at www.cityofmadison.com/Recycling.
  • You may have seen a news story or social media posting regarding a Resource Recovery Special Charge.  This charge was part of the 2022 operating budget. It is designed to remove paying for recycling from the general fund and instead pay for that service via a special charge.  The charge was created to free up budget space in the general fund to avoid cuts to all City services that rely on the general fund.  The special charge is working its way through the Common Council process right now to create the ordinance and policy. As part of that process, a comprehensive presentation about the special charge was given to the Finance Committee on April 11.  Here is a YouTube link to that presentation  that discusses the charge so you can watch it, too.

Make Music Madison – Musician Registration!

  • Make Music Madison is a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice. Initiated in Madison in 2013, our festival is part of the larger Make Music Day, an international summer solstice music celebration occurring in 1,000+ cities across the globe. The 2021 event featured 312 concerts at 112 venues with over 1,000 individual musicians. Registration to perform or host a performance opens this month. Learn more at http://www.makemusicmadison.org/.

City of Madison Musician List

  • Are you a local musician? Do you want to be part of the city’s musician list? Please contact Angela Puerta, City of Madison Planning Division, apuerta@cityofmadison.com

2022-04-01 Neighborhood News and Updates

(to the best of our knowledge, the City of Madison has not embedded any April Fools jokes in here)

Voters are encouraged to confirm their polling place before Election Day! Many polling places in the City of Madison have changed because of redistricting. The City of Madison Clerk’s Office sent postcards to voters in areas impacted by polling place changes in early March. April 5 Election – Voters can view a sample ballot for their address on the MyVote Wisconsin website: www.MyVote.WI.gov .

City CARES Team for Mental Health Emergencies Now Answering Calls City-Wide

On September 1, 2021, the City of Madison launched its Community Alternative Response for EmergencyServices (CARES) Team to respond to nonviolent 911 calls for mental health emergencies. The City announced that CARES Teams, made up of community paramedics and crisis workers, would spend a year learning and innovating before expanding the program in future budgets.

Make Music Madison – Musician Registration Opens & Matchmaking Begins TODAY! –  Make Music Madison is a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice. Initiated in Madison in 2013, our festival is part of the larger Make Music Day, an international summer solstice music celebration occurring in 1,000+ cities across the globe. The 2021 event featured 312 concerts at 112 venues with over 1,000 individual musicians. Registration to perform or host a performance opens this month. Learn more athttp://www.makemusicmadison.org/.

Streets Division Updates

Madison Police Department seeking community input on policing will host focus groups as part of strategic plan. Each one of MPD’s six patrol districts will host a meeting. The meeting will cover broad themes on topics such as community trust, the role of police, community policing, crime and safety, and police staffing.

Below is a list of dates and times for each district’s meeting. 

North District: April 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
East District: April 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Central District: April 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
West District: April 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Midtown District: April 12 6:30 – 8 p.m.
South District: April 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Earth Day Challenge – Celebrate Earth Day with neighbors and friends by volunteering to clean up your neighborhood park during the Earth Day Challenge! Assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, removing sticks, and more. Event is on Earth Day, Saturday April 23, 2022. All ages are welcome to participate. Advanced registration is required for anyone 10 years and older:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/earth-day-challenge-2022 Cleanups at most of the parks will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the registration page. Parks already full and with no volunteer openings are not listed.

Updates from Recycling Coordinator Bryan Johnson

Badger Rd Drop-off Site Shutting Down Tomorrow!

The drop-off site at 1501 W. Badger Rd will be shutting down on Friday, March 25, 2022.  The site will be closed until at least the spring of 2023 due to a construction project.

Badger Rd Office Will Remain Open

You will still be able to use the 1501 W Badger Rd office for sticker sales, and general customer service inquiries.

It’s only the drop-off site services at 1501 W. Badger that are leaving this location.

Sycamore Ave Location Not Affected

The drop-off site at 4602 Sycamore Ave. will not be affected by any of the shuffling of the west side drop-off site services.  The office at Sycamore will also remain unchanged.

South Point Rd Drop-off Opens Tuesday, March 29

The far west side Streets Division site at 402 South Point Rd will replace the 1501 W Badger Road drop-off site starting Tuesday, March 29.

South Point will be open the following hours during this week of March 28:

  • Monday, March 28: Closed
  • Tuesday, March 29: 7:30am to 2:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 30: Closed
  • Thursday, March 31: 7:30am to 2:30pm
  • Friday, April 1: 7:30am to 2:30pm
  • Saturday, April 2: Closed
  • Sunday, April 3: Closed

You will not be able to purchase fee stickers at South Point Rd.  If you need to take an item there that requires a fee, you will need to plan ahead.

The simplest way to do it is to use the large item work order system to make the payment, and then have a fee sticker mailed to your home.  The work order website is www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItemWorkOrder.

Expanded Summer Drop-off Site Hours Start April 4

Expanded spring hours begin on Monday, April 4.

This means our 402 South Point Rd and the east side location at 4602 Sycamore Ave drop-off sites will be open the following hours:

  • Monday: 7:30am to 2:45pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30am to 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 7:30am to 7:00pm
  • Friday: 7:30am to 2:45pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Special Temporary Central Drop-off Site Opens April 4

While Badger Rd is closed, there will be a special weekends and evenings drop-off site located at 121 E. Olin Ave.

This site will open on April 4, 2022 and its hours will be the following:

  • Monday: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tuesday: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Thursday: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Friday: CLOSED
  • Saturday: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Sunday: 3:00pm to 7:00pm

You will not be able to purchase fee stickers at Olin Avenue.  If you need to take an item there that requires a fee, you will need to plan ahead.

The simplest way to do it is to use the large item work order system to make the payment, and then have a fee sticker mailed to your home.  The work order website is www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItemWorkOrder.

Need a Cheat Sheet for all these Drop-off Changes?

Check this link.  If you get your Municipal Services bill (or water bill as most folks call it) in the mail, you probably saw this PDF included along with that mailing.  It’s a helpful and colorful guide to the Streets Division drop-off sites this year.

Still Have Time to Sign Up to be a Master Recycler

The 2022 Master Recycler course from Sustain Dane (and in partnership with the City of Madison) begins on April 7.  If you are interested or know someone who would, head over to Sustain Dane’s website to sign up today. The website is www.sustaindane.org/Better.  Just scroll to the bottom to sign up.

Yard Waste & Brush Collection Dates Are Now Live

Yeah, it’s snowing as I write this update, but it is very close to spring yard clean-up time.  You’ve probably seen the piles of yard waste and brush at the curb from your neighbors who got a little bit of an early jump on this.

To learn when you should be setting out your yard waste for pickup, go to www.cityofmadison.com/YardWaste and enter your address into the form.  Yard waste is leaves, weeds, grass clippings, and so on that you have raked or pulled from your lawns or gardens.  Remember, you only get two collections in the spring.

To learn when you should be setting out your brush for pickup, go to www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection, and enter your address into the form.  Brush is woody material you have cut from a tree, shrub, or bush.  You will get five brush collections this year.  The website will not display all five of your collection opportunities at this time, but the missing dates will be up soon.

Trash & Recycling Date Changes?

Did you know that some folks may have their trash and recycling dates changed this year with the Town of Madison attachment?  It’s true.

Starting on August 1, 2022 there will be some neighborhoods that have their trash & recycling day switched.

For the collection schedule that will be good from now until the end of July, go to www.cityofmadison.com/CollectionSchedule.   

As we get a little closer to the switch, you will be able to download the calendar that will show you the collection dates for August through December and all of 2023.

We will do our best to everyone when the new information is available, so stay tuned.

Don’t Forget About Large Item Work Orders

One last thing – large item pickup requires a work order for crews to collect it.  We are no longer burning fuel and spending time by roving the city looking for items to pick-up.

You can fill out the work order form to get on the pickup schedule at www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItemWorkOrder.

Anything else?

Oh, there’s always something happening at the Streets Division, but nothing else to share in this email except…

If you haven’t done so, I recommend signing up to receive email messages from your elected officials and to receive press releases from the City of Madison.  And I also recommend encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same.

With so much happening around the world, and so many voices and outlets competing for your attention, it is just plain hard to keep track of it all. Sometimes useful but not flashy local information gets drowned out, so important changes may get lost or feel like surprises.

By signing up to get this information directly from the City, it can cut through the noise our social media networks present to us every second of the day. And you can have a reliable source to receive what you need to know so you don’t miss things like yard waste collection, or miss the news about drop-off site changes, or any of the other changes that happen throughout Madison.

2022-03-21 Neighborhood News & Updates

Make Music Madison June 21st, 2022 –  Make Music Madison registration for its tenth annual outdoor, citywide musical celebration held on the summer solstice, June 21 will be open this Friday March 25 at 8am. The 2021 event featured 312 concerts at 112 venues with over 1,000 individual musicians. Registration to perform or host a performance opens this month. Learn more athttp://www.makemusicmadison.org/.

Streets Division Updates

  • Big changes for the drop-off sites are starting March 25, 2022. Badger Rd. is shutting down. South Point is opening early, and there will be a new central drop-off site. Details about all of this can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites

Financial assistance to homeowners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is now available through the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH) program – On Monday, March 7, Governor Tony Evers announced the launch of the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH) program – a $92 million statewide program. Eligible homeowners (with and without a mortgage) who have experienced financial hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic can now receive financial assistance with overdue housing-related bills like mortgage payments, local property taxes, utilities, housing counseling and legal services. Eligible households can receive a maximum award of $40,000. Application is live and open on a first-come, first-served basis at homeownerhelp.wi.gov. To get additional information and assistance, call 1-855-2-HOME-WI (4663-94). Application portal and call center are available in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali in addition to English.

Landlords and renters may also receive financial assistance as a result of the pandemic through Dane CORE 2.0 Emergency Rental Assistance.

April 5 Election – Voters can view a sample ballot for their address on the MyVote Wisconsin website: www.MyVote.WI.gov .

Earth Day Challenge – Celebrate Earth Day with neighbors and friends by volunteering to clean up your neighborhood park during the Earth Day Challenge! Assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, removing sticks, and more. Event is on Earth Day, Saturday April 23, 2022. All ages are welcome to participate. Advanced registration is required for anyone 10 years and older:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/earth-day-challenge-2022 Cleanups at most of the parks will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the registration page. Parks already full and with no volunteer openings are not listed.

2022-03-04 Neighborhood News & Updates

  • Town of Madison Attachment – The next public information meeting involving the Town of Madison Attachment is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., March 16, 2022, via Zoom. The meeting will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and it will be streamed at the Madison Municipal Building room 153 (English) and MMB room 151 (Spanish) for those who do not have access to a digital device at home. Registration prior is required: March 16, 2022 Public Information Meeting. 
  • Snow Shoveling Assistance – does your organization coordinate shoveling for neighbors who are unable to do it themselves, or unable to afford the cost of hiring someone? If so, could you please share what system you use?  Is it informal? Or, a more structured approach? If you do not have such a program or system, would you consider organizing one?  Please send your response to Karen Kapusta Pfohl: KKapusta-Pofahl@cityofmadison.com
  • Streets Division Updates
    • The drop-off site at 1501 W. Badger Rd is shutting down for at least one full year. The last day will be March 25.
    • The drop-off site at 402 South Point Rd. will replace the Badger Rd as the west side drop-off facility starting on Tuesday, March 29.
    • A new drop-off site will open at 121 E. Olin Avenue with special limited hours starting on Monday, April 4.
    • Overnight street sweeping begins the evening of March 6. Crews will be working to collect all of the sand, salt, and grit accumulated on the roads through the winter.
    • Sign-ups for the Master Recycler course for this April are now available at www.sustaindane.org/better.
    • Dane County is planning a sustainability campus and landfill expansion to be sited at the Yahara Golf Course. Learn more about it at a March 10 meeting in McFarland.

Public Information Meeting with Dane County for a Sustainability Campus

Good evening,

You are invited to join the Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables and the Village of McFarland (either in person or online) for an evening workshop to learn more about the proposed Sustainability Campus and landfill for Dane County. There will be stations to learn about various components of the project, a 30 minute presentation provided by Dane County staff, and a live Q&A session. Please share this invitation with anyone you think may be interested. Everyone is welcome, but registration is required.

Link to register for workshop:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_93x_eaQFQoOMP8fp6enlow

Please note, the in-person stations will start at 5:30 pm at the McFarland Village Administration offices, located at 5915 Milwaukee St, McFarland, WI 53558. Face coverings are encouraged for in person attendance. The joint virtual and in-person event will begin at 6 pm.

Prior to the meeting, anyone can submit questions by sending them to waste.renewables@countyofdane.com. Dane County staff will respond to questions during the presentation and in the Q&A session.

The meeting will also be recorded and posted on the County’s website for individuals who are unable to attend.

For more information on the project: https://landfill.countyofdane.com/…/Sustainability-Campus

FAQs:
https://landfill.countyofdane.com/…/Sustainability-Campus

Respectfully,

John Welch, P.E.
Director

Department of Waste & Renewables