2022-12-02 Neighborhood News & Updates

2023 Neighborhood Grant Program guidelines and application are now available on the City’s webpage! Start exploring ideas with your neighbors about beautification projects and leadership and capacity building initiatives. January 19, 12:00 p.m. via Zoom; 5:00 p.m. at Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 206 (details forthcoming on City webpage). Grant applications will be due February 20 by 4:30 p.m. What will you and your neighbors do?

Passenger Rail Station Study Kick-off Meeting

The City of Madison is hosting a kick-off meeting for the Passenger Rail Station Study on December 7, 2022. The meeting offers in-person and virtual alternatives for attending.

The purpose of the study is to identify a recommended location for a potential future Amtrak Station. With the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure law, historical levels of funding are available for new intercity passenger rail service. At the same time, Amtrak has identified Madison as a connection on a future Hiawatha Service extension. The study will leverage these opportunities and work towards bringing passenger rail service to Madison!

Madison Parks is moving to Olin Park! The offices currently located in the City-County Building, at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., are moving to 330 E. Lakeside St., 53715.  As we move, the office will be closed to in-person visits on Friday, December 2. Staff will be available by email and phone. Stop by and see us at our new location starting at 8am on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. See Olin Park Facility Renovation for more information.

Transit Oriented Development

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a pedestrian-oriented, compact, mixed-use development style focused along high quality public transit. It typically includes a mix of housing, office, retail, neighborhood amenities and other uses within walking distance of a transit station. The proposed legislation was introduced last November 22 and it will be reviewed by the Transportation Policy and Planning Board on December 5 and by the Plan Commission on December 12. It is scheduled to return to the Common Council for a final decision on January 3.

Wisconsin Help for Homeowners Assistance Extended Deadline (12/30/2022)!

Persons in Household:Total Income Less Than:
1$90,000
2$92,250
3$103,800
4$115,300
5$124,550
6$133,750
7$143,000
8$152,200

Are you a homeowner with overdue home bills? The pandemic continues to have lingering effects on Wisconsin families. The City of Madison would like to remind homeowners, if you are finding it hard to make ends meet, Wisconsin Help for Homeowners is still available and applications will be accepted through December 30, 2022. This statewide program can help with overdue bills like mortgage payment, property taxes, HOA/Condo fees, manufactured home loan monthly payment and/or lot rent, land contract monthly payments, and utilities. Maximum amount of assistance is up to $40,000.

You may qualify if you meet all of the following:

  1. If you are a Wisconsin homeowner living in a: single-family home, duplex, condo, or manufactured home.
  2. You have been financially impacted since January 21, 2020 (i.e. fewer paid hours at work, loss of wages, job loss, increased household costs).
  3. Your household income is at or below 100% of County median. For DANE County, see table.

For more information or to apply go to homeownerhelp.wi.gov or call 1-855-2-HOME-WI.

Streets Division Updates:

  • Big Drop-off Site Changes!  The Olin Avenue drop-off site is now closed until 2023.  The South Point Rd and Sycamore Ave drop-off sites start winter hours on Monday, December 5.  Be sure you check the hours before loading your car: www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites
  • Fall yard waste pickup is over. The final guaranteed yard waste pickup has occurred.  If you missed your pickup opportunities, you should take your yard waste to a drop-off site.  Yard waste collection will resume in the spring of 2023.
  • Where do you put your trash & recycling carts in the winter? Friendly reminder that you should avoid placing your trash & recycling carts in the street gutter for pickup.  Your carts in the street are an obstruction for plow trucks. The best place for your carts would be to use your driveway apron or the grassy spot between the sidewalk and the curb.
  • Where do you park in the winter? Alternate side parking rules are active every night from November 15 to March 15. Winter parking rules, and a lot more winter information, can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/Winter

Greater Madison Music City (GMMC) will host a happy hour and meetup at Café Coda on Thursday, December 8 from 4:30-6:30pm. A brief presentation will take place, releasing the results of two years of work the core GMMC planning team has completed in partnership with global music city experts Sound Diplomacy. This report gives an overview of economic impact and a regulatory assessment of our music scene. It concludes with recommendations to build inclusively, create jobs, and drive sustainable tourism across all communities and demographics in the Greater Madison Area.

2022-11-26 Updates from Alder Wehelie

Events

Announcements

2022-11-21 Updates from Alder Wehelie

Events

  • Madison Night Market WINTER MARKET: The Madison Night Market will include 40 vendors showcasing handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, and prepackaged foods. Retailers and restaurants in the area will feature warm drinks and delicious food. www.madisonnightmarket.com. 
  • November 25, 26 & 27 – Holiday Open House 

In-store promotions, specials, and offers as well as special events, shopping trolley and carolers 

  • Includes start of Holiday Market Bag giveaway  
  • Holiday Shopping Trolley RETURNS!  
  • November 25 – While Supplies Last – Downtown Madison Holiday Market Bag  

1,000 Gift Bags for Downtown Holiday Shopping trolley riders and visitors to the Downtown Madison Visitor Center. Traditionally more than 20 businesses add items to the bags.  

SPECIAL ACTIVITES & EVENTS 

  • Community planter displays  
  • Coordinated planting beds 
  • Special lighted areas 
  • An outdoor market on State Street 
  • Local caroling groups visit on Saturdays 
  • Holiday Open House special offers and events 
  • Shopping Trolley returns during Holiday Open House 
  • Lights on trees on King Street 
  • Musicians everywhere 
  • Lobby displays 
  • Restaurant specials 
  • Decorated windows 
  • HEMAD kick-off on Monday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.: We need your help in joining the HEMAD (Human trafficking Educators working with Men and boys to stand Against the Demand) program. HEMAD asks men to take a public stand against human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of adults and children – a crime that is found in every county and every community in Wisconsin. MADrep CEO Jason Fields invites you to join us for the HEMAD kick-off on Monday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Madison Room at the Madison Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street in downtown Madison. Following the launch, please share the link to the HEMAD page (https://www.convergenceresource.org/hemad) with everyone in your organization and through your social media channels, urging men to watch the short video and fill out the form (name, email address) stating they took the pledge. It’s something that can be done during a timeout of a football game or while scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn. #HEMAD #HumanTrafficking, #HEMAD2022.
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin team for Know Your Renter’s Rights hosted by Goodman South Madison Public Library: Professional Lawyers will address many of the most common questions and concerns renters have in today’s market. There will be two in-person trainings available. Please see dates below:
  • November 7 at 6pm, Madison Public Library – Lakeview, 2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison
  • November 21 at 6pm, Goodman South Library, 2222 S Park Street, Madison

To learn more, please visit legalaction.org/additional-resources/events.

Education provided by Consumer Credit Counseling Service and made possible by Home Buyers Round Table

Any questions contact Maria Davila-Martinez (mdavila-martinez@cityofmadison.com) or by phone at 608-266-6557.

Announcements

  • Madison College Survey: Madison College’s marketing team is looking to better understand how we can best reach prospective students, adults aged 25-40. We have a particular interest in hearing from Latino and Black males. They do need to complete a brief survey to determine eligibility. If eligible, they will then be scheduled for a virtual focus group with our partner marketing agency.   Please click on this link to access the survey. All those who participate in a focus group will receive $50 for their time.
  • The application for a BYFY (By Youth For Youth) grant is open!: Youth applicants, schools, and youth-serving organizations in Dane County can apply for up to $3,000 for youth-led initiatives and the application is due December 23, 2022.  Qualification details and application link
  • Yard Waste & Leaves Collection Ending Soon – Residents have at most one scheduled set-out date left for 2022. The weather put the Streets Division a behind schedule, but the little bit of snow we’ve had hasn’t stopped leaf pickup. They’re working hard to get caught up. Place your leaves out on the scheduled date for your home and Streets will be there as soon as they can.

2022-11-20 Neighborhood News & Updates

Neighborhood Grant Program! Time to start thinking about projects you can do in 2023 to build community, improve organizational capacity, create gathering places, or beautify your neighborhood. Program materials will be posted on our webpage and sent to this listserv in early December.

Greater Madison Music City (GMMC) will host a happy hour and meetup at Café Coda on Thursday, December 8 from 4:30-6:30pm. A brief presentation will take place, releasing the results of two years of work the core GMMC planning team has completed in partnership with global music city experts Sound Diplomacy. This report gives an overview of economic impact and a regulatory assessment of our music scene. It concludes with recommendations to build inclusively, create jobs, and drive sustainable tourism across all communities and demographics in the Greater Madison Area.

Make Music Madison has a new open position!

Make Music Madison is hiring for a limited term Musician-in-Residence position to help build our musician network and support our neighborhood main stage initiative at Penn Park this year. The deadline is December 1 to submit a resume and short cover letter. 

Streets Division

Updates:

  • Fall yard waste collection is in the home stretch. Don’t miss out!  Get the dates when you should put yard waste out for your home at www.cityofmadison.com/YardWaste
  • Drop-off sites hours and locations will be changing at the end of November.  Before loading your vehicle, be sure you are aware of the hours of where you are going to take yard waste, electronics, and other items.  The drop-off site website is www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites
  • Alternate side parking restrictions start on November 15.  Yes, winter is coming soon (regardless of how warm it is today).  Get all of your winter information needs, including parking info, at www.cityofmadison.com/Winter
  • And finally, if you haven’t downloaded your trash & recycling calendar for 2023 yet it is available at www.cityofmadison.com/CollectionSchedule

Manchester Park Culvert – Coming in 2025

SMNA in the past year approached our City Council Alder (Nasra Wehelie for District 7) to explore plans to complete a proposed walkway to complete the connection of Manchester Park to the northwest corner of the neighborhood across the greenspace drainage area. This was originally planned in the area but was never completed as the neighborhood aged. Funding approval was completed this week for the construction of a culvert crossing. Construction to happen in 2025!

2022-11-11 Neighborhood News & Updates

Events

  • The Hmong Institute’s Noj Tsiab (pre-New Year) and Thanksgiving Celebration: The Hmong Institute is hosting the Hmong Noj Tsiab (Pre-New Year) Celebration on Thursday November, 17th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 4402 Femrite Drive, Madison. Noj tsiab pronounced “naw chia” is the meal held the night before the Hmong New Year festival begins. Noj Tsiab and Noj Peb Caug (New Year Festival) are traditionally celebrated after the harvest season. The Noj Tsiab tradition constitutes ritual activities such as a hu plig (soul calling), lwm qaib (bless the new year while washing away all negative energy with the old year), giving thanks to the ancestor’s spirit for a good harvest and for keeping the family healthy. A meal or feast is then served to the guests.

RSVP: may.lor@thehmonginstitute.org.

  • Teejop & Beyond: Celebrating Native Nations of the Great Lakes, October – December 2022: Eight Native presenters will lead programs highlighting both traditional and contemporary practices, stories, and community relationships. Upcoming programs include:
  • Nov. 5, 19: Family History Writing Workshops with Sherman Funmaker (Bear Clan Elder, Ho-Chunk Nation)
  • Nov. 9: Indigenous Birth and Traditional Parenting presentation by Raeanne Madison(Crane Clan, Bois Forte Band Ojibwe Nation)
  • Nov. 12: Art Walk in Monona with Kristie GoForth (Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
  • Learn more: Website | Graphics + Photos | Press Release
  • Noise mitigation study meeting at DCRA – November 14th: The Dane County Regional Airport is currently in process of updating its noise mitigation plan as result of the 115th Air National Guard transitioning from F-16s to F-35s. This is FAA Part 150 process used to determine eligibility for and fund sound mitigation inside the airport’s mapped noise contours. The second open house of the noise study will be held Monday November 14th from 6-8pm at the Dane County Regional Airport (between terminal doors 1 and 2). Information about the study process and materials from the first open house are on the DCRA’s noise mitigation plan (Part 150) webpage.
  • Musician and activist Lyla June to speak on Indigenous rights, revitalizing ancient Indigenous land practices at free event on November 14th: Bringing her perspective as a woman of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages, June’s 90-minute talk will include both lecture and Q&A portions. The event, titled “An Evening with Lyla June: The Power of Indigenous Knowledge in an Age of Neocolonialism,” is free and open to the public, with no tickets necessary. Combining her personal experience with her studies in human ecology and Native American pedagogy, June advocates for Indigenous rights, the use of traditional land stewardship practices and mending from historical trauma. Patrons can learn more about the upcoming, free talk with June click HERE!
  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims: The City of Madison along with the Vision Zero Stakeholder Task Force will commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims the week of November 14-21. The week features a memorial for people killed over the last 5 years that will be out all week in front of the Madison Municipal Building. Here is our news release about the event and week. Everyone is invited to a short press conference to remember victims of traffic crashes and renew the call for support to eliminate serious and fatal crashes. 
    • Date: Tuesday, November 15th
    • Time: 10:30 AM
    • Location: Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd – Outside
  • Birding Backpacks + Madison Audubon Event, Always Available + November 15th: Madisonians who are bird curious can check out a Birding Backpack from Madison Public Library for up to one week. Backpacks include binoculars and field guides for one adult and one child, as well as a local birding guide that highlights locations close to each library. This project was made possible thanks to donations from the Feminist Bird Club – Madison and the Madison Public Library Foundation.

On November 15, we’ll be hosting an event in collaboration with Madison Audubon to highlight the connections between race and birds with Brigitte Fielder at Meadowridge Library. The UW-Madison professor will weave together the historical context of antislavery imagery, African American folklore, children’s stories about abolitionist views, and more, as she illuminates human-animal relationships that illustrate Black people’s resistance to oppression.

Learn more: Birding Backpacks Website | Graphics + Photos | Audubon Event Page

Announcements

  • Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Kick-Off: The Open Enrollment period for 2023 health insurance on Healthcare.gov kicks off on November 1st, 2022 and runs through January 15th, 2023. Consumers must sign up by December 15th for coverage to start on January 1st.

Madison Public Library is partnering with Covering Wisconsin to get the word out about this timeline to ensure that all Dane County residents know about affordable and low-cost health insurance options available to them. We are also hosting two open enrollment events at our libraries:

  • December 3, 10am-2pm – Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
  • December 10, 10am-2pm – Pinney Library, 516 Cottage Grove Rd.

Feel free to attend the press event to learn more (see attached release), or contact Courtney Harris, Covering Wisconsin Outreach & Partner Relations Manager; 608-262-1838; charris2@wisc.edu for more information to share with your constituents, neighbors, or service/program recipients.

More information is available on the Covering Wisconsin web site, including downloadable promotion materials. Free, local, unbiased help is available statewide. Consumers can visit WisCovered.com to learn more, or call the 2-1-1 Helpline (877-947-2211) to find an expert near them.            

  • Public Health Madison & Dane County Violence Prevention Speaker Series Event, November 16, 2022: In partnership with Rape Crisis Center (RCC), PHMDC’s Violence Prevention Unit is hosting a virtual session on sexual assault prevention and services. The virtual session is free but registration is required: RCC Speaker Series Registration link. The session will be recorded and made available on public health’s Violence Prevention Unit’s webpage. This is the sixth of a “Violence Prevention & Intervention Speaker Series”. The upcoming session with Dana Pellebon from Rape Crisis Center (RCC) will provide information about their outreach, education, and prevention programs, services and advocacy for those harmed by sexual violence, and information on sexual violence.

The series will be sharing the latest violence prevention and intervention strategies, methodologies, and theories. It will also highlight VP Coalition members and the work that is being done in Madison and Dane County. It is open to everyone in the community, so please share with your networks.

2022-11-04 Neighborhood News & Updates

Seeking local input on Michael Ford’s public art and design concepts for new Village on Park parking structure.

Based on initial public input, architect Michael Ford created and refined designs that will enhance the exterior face of the project as well as the interior stairwell. Now we are seeking public input about his final public art and design concepts by November 7 at noon. Let us know what you think by taking this short survey: https://airtable.com/shrpToQ4OdArUYruN 

Streets Division Updates:

  • Fall yard waste collection is in the home stretch. You only have one or two chances for curbside yard waste pickup yet this fall.  Don’t miss out!  Get the dates when you should put yard waste out for your home at www.cityofmadison.com/YardWaste
  • Drop-off sites hours and locations will be changing at the end of November.  Before loading your vehicle, be sure you are aware of the hours of where you are going to take yard waste, electronics, and other items.  The drop-off site website is www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites
  • Alternate side parking restrictions start on November 15.  Yes, winter is coming soon (regardless of how warm it is today).  Get all of your winter information needs, including parking info, at www.cityofmadison.com/Winter
  • And finally, if you haven’t downloaded your trash & recycling calendar for 2023 yet it is available at www.cityofmadison.com/CollectionSchedule

Metro Service Redesign Feedback – Virtual Public Hearing on November 9th

On Wednesday, November 9, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a virtual public hearing at 6 p.m. to approve several items related to Metro’s redesigned service in 2023. All interested attendees must register to speak to attend. The meeting will be interpreted in Spanish, Hmong, Chinese and American Sign Language. 

A number of these items have also been translated into alternate languages and are available here.

General Election is November 8, 2022

Voters can view a sample ballot for their address and find out where and how to vote on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

A number of offices are up for election:

  • Governor/Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Congressional Representative – District 2
  • State Senator – District 27
    • Voters who reside in District 27 will see this office on their ballot
  • Representative to State Assembly – Districts 46, 47, 48, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
    • Voters who reside in each district will see that district’s race on their ballot
  • Dane County Sheriff
  • Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court

All Dane County voters will see three referendum questions on their ballots. Voters who reside in the Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton/Cross Plains, or Verona Area School Districts will also see school district referendum questions on their ballot.

Events

  • COVID vaccination clinic: A free COVID vaccination clinic will be held at Community Development Authority West, Romnes Apartments (540 W. Olin Avenue), on Thursday, November 10, from 12:30pm-4:30pm. No appointment is needed. Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax will be offered. Available to everyone 6 months and older. All are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact:
  • Homebuyer education class: The City of Madison, in partnership with the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County and Consumer Credit Counseling Service, is offering free, HUD-approved homebuyer education classes. Learn more about what it takes to buy your first home, securing a mortgage, and down payment assistance programs. Hear from content experts like realtors, lenders, insurance agents, home inspectors, and housing counselors. The next class is Saturday, November 12, 8:30am-3:30pm, at Villager Mall on Park Street, 2300 S. Park Street, Atrium entrance. Register here. Questions? Contact Maria Davila-Martinez at mdavila-martinez@cityofmadison.com or 608-266-6557.
  • Fair housing training seminar: The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is offering a free, online fair housing training seminar for owners and managers of rental properties, or staff operating residential programs, in Madison on Wednesday, November 9, 6pm-7:30pm. The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices delineated by local, state and federal fair housing laws, as well as emerging issues such as sexual harassment and hate incidents in housing situations. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/MadisonFairHousing or call 608-257-0853. If you need materials in alternate formats or other accommodations to access our services, please call 608-257-0853.
  • Salute to Black veterans: A Salute to Black Veterans program is being held Wednesday, November 9, 12pm-2pm at the Radisson Hotel, 517 Grand Canyon Drive. Pre-registration is required. Vets can either email info@newbridgemadison.org or call 608-512-0000, ext. 3002 to register. The program includes a free luncheon honoring all branches of the military. Limited transportation is available upon request. Reservations will be accepted until noon on November 8.
  • Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge: You are invited to attend the public event series for the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge hosted by Madison Parks. The event series is an opportunity to learn more about the design challenge, the selected teams, their progress in plan development, and the final master plan proposals. The three events include a design challenge kick-off, midpoint check-in, and team presentations of their proposed vision for the Lake Monona Waterfront. The next event in the series is the midpoint check-in:
    • Design Challenge Check-In
      Monday, November 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm CT
      Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Lecture Hall, 1 John Nolen Drive
      Design teams will virtually present initial thoughts and concepts in developing a master plan vision for the Lake Monona Waterfront.

Announcements

  • Transportation Demand Management Ordinance: On November 1, a proposed Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Ordinance was introduced to the Common Council. TDM focuses on shifting travel to sustainable transportation options such as transit, rideshare, biking, and walking. The TDM website provides a summary of the program and objectives. A brief description of the TDM program can be seen at 1:33 into the video of the August 15 TPPB meeting.
  • Put pumpkins in your leaf pile: Streets Division crews will collect pumpkins along with your leave and yard waste. This includes other compostable decorations like corn stalks and hay. Remove any non-compostable items like wire, tea candles, or electric lights from these items and then please set them on top of your leaf pile or leaf bags. Read more here.
  • Community Facilities Loan program: A new City of Madison funding program aimed at helping non-profits strengthen and vitalize City neighborhoods is underway. The Community Facilities Loan (CFL) program, administered by the City’s Community Development Division, provides low-cost financing for non-residential developments undertaken by non-profit organizations to acquire or improve properties that will serve the public. Learn more about the new program here.

District 7 Community Meeting

District 7 Virtual Community Meeting
Wednesday, November 9, 2022-6:00pm

You can join the meeting using your computer, smartphone or tablet, or you can listen in via telephone. You will receive login information after registering at https://bit.ly/3fmm8Wf. THE MEETING WILL BE RECORDED.

Please join District 7 Alder Nasra Wehelie for a virtual community meeting where you will hear from her special guests Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes, West Police District Captain Kelly Beckett, and City Traffic Engineer Yang Tao.

AGENDA

  • Welcome, introductions, and meeting basics
  • MPD Chief Shon Barnes
    • Experience as Madison’s new police chief
    • Strategic plan for public safety in the city
  • West Police District Captain Kelly Beckett
    • Update on public safety in District 7
  • City Traffic Engineer Yang Tao
    • District 7 traffic engineering projects that are in the pipeline for 2023
    • Gather community input on whether or not to convert streetlights to LED
    • Vision Zero
  • Q & A

You’re invited to a playground workshop for Raemisch Homestead Park

The City of Madison Parks Division is improving the playground at Raemisch Homestead Park and they want your input.

This process includes a regional playground workshop specific to playground replacements anticipated for 2023 on the west side including Maple Prairie Park, Oak Park Heights Park and Raemisch Homestead Park.

The workshop will include a larger group discussion, providing opportunity for neighborhoods to learn and share ideas, then will break out into smaller individually staffed sessions to address design considerations specific to each park. Following the workshop, staff will use input gathered at this meeting to develop two playground concepts, which will be presented at a second playground meeting held this winter. The new playground equipment will be installed in 2023.

Please feel free to bring children to help provide input on the playground!

PLAYGROUND WORKSHOP
Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Online via Zoom

REGISTER HERE?

2022-10-21 Neighborhood News & Updates

Walk-tober

Are you ready for the challenge and get a prize? Walk to work, walk to the store, walk to pick up food, walk before school or just walk for fun. Walk-tober 2022 features walking routes each week to encourage you to get out and enjoy the season.  We also have a Walk-tober Challenge to encourage you to keep walking all month, with fun prizes for everyone who completes it.

Streets Division Updates:

  • Fall leaf collection is underway!  Learn when to put out your leaves for pickup at www.cityofmadison.com/YardWaste
  • Food scraps recycling at the farmer’s markets ends on October 25, 2022.  Learn more about this program and other ways to manage food waste at www.cityofmadison.com/FoodScraps
  • Plan on taking brush or maybe leaves to a drop-off site? The hours and locations are different this year.  Before loading your vehicle, be sure the site you plan on using is open.  Get the hours and locations at www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites
  • Can you believe it already snowed a little in Madison!  The Streets Division is ready for winter.  Are you?  Get all your winter information from parking rules to outdoor recreation opportunities at www.cityofmadison.com/Winter
  • On October 21, 2022 the Streets Division will unveil the names of the electric compactors used at the Sycamore location.  The compactor names and vote totals will be available on the 21st on the compactor webpage.

General Election is November 8, 2022

Voters can view a sample ballot for their address and find out where and how to vote on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

A number of offices are up for election:

  • Governor/Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Congressional Representative – District 2
  • State Senator – District 27
    • Voters who reside in District 27 will see this office on their ballot
  • Representative to State Assembly – Districts 46, 47, 48, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
    • Voters who reside in each district will see that district’s race on their ballot
  • Dane County Sheriff
  • Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court

All Dane County voters will see three referendum questions on their ballots. Voters who reside in the Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton/Cross Plains, or Verona Area School Districts will also see school district referendum questions on their ballot.

Absentee Ballots in the Mail

Voters are encouraged to ensure their absentee ballot certificate envelope is sealed and complete before returning it to the City Clerk’s Office. A complete absentee certificate envelope will include: Voter signature, Witness signature, and Witness address.

IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING STARTS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, IN MADISON

In-person absentee voting will begin Tuesday, Oct. 25, at several locations throughout the City of Madison.

What will you need to bring with you if you’re voting absentee in person?

  • An acceptable photo ID for voting in Wisconsin.
  • If you need to register for the first time or update your registration because of a move or name change, you will need to bring a proof of residence document with you, too.

Because we have dozens of ballot styles citywide, we use the ExpressVote accessible ballot-marking device for in-person absentee voting.

Voters who have requested an absentee ballot by mail can return their completed absentee ballot to an in-person absentee voting location during the location’s voting hours.

At the end of the voting shift for the day, your absentee ballot will be brought to the Clerk’s Office in a courier bag with a tamper-evident seal.  The unique serial number on the tamper-evident seal is documented on a chain-of-custody form, as is the number of absentee envelopes sealed in the courier bag.

Voting will take place at the locations listed below.

Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
8:30 am – 4:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4

Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave
10:00 am – 4:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4

Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr
8:30 am – 7:30 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
8:30 am – 5:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5
11:30 am – 5:30 pm Sundays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6

East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Court
11:00 am – 4:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4

Edgewood College – Wingra Commons, 1000 Edgewood College Dr
11:00 am – 3:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

UW-Madison Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
11:00 am – 5:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4

UW-Madison Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St
11:00 am – 5:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4

Madison College Truax Campus, 1701 Wright St
11:00 am – 3:30 pm weekdays, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

Madison College South Madison Campus, 2429 Perry St
11:00 am – 3:30 pm weekdays, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd
11:00 am – 5:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5

Central Library, 201 W Mifflin St
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5
2:00 – 4:00 pm Sundays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6

Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St
11:00 am – 7:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5
2:00 – 4:00 pm Sundays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6

Hawthorne Library, 2707 E Washington Ave
11:00 am – 7:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5

Lakeview Library, 2845 N Sherman Ave
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5
2:00 – 4:00 pm Sundays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6

Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd
11:00 am – 7:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5

Pinney Library, 516 Cottage Grove Rd
11:00 am – 7:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5

Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd
11:00 am – 7:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5

Hmong Institute, 4402 Femrite Dr
11:00 am – 3:30 pm Tuesdays, Oct. 25 & Nov. 1
11:00 am – 3:30 pm Thursdays, Oct. 27 & Nov. 3
10:00 am – 3:30 pm Fridays, Oct. 28 & Nov. 4

Global Market & Food Hall, 2161 Zeier Rd
11:00 am – 7:00 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Sundays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6

Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S Gammon Rd
6:00 – 8:00 pm Wednesdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2
10:00 am – noon Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5

Urban League Southwest Employment Center, 1233 McKenna Blvd
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Fridays, Oct. 28 & Nov. 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday, Oct. 31

Boys & Girls Club – Allied, 4619 Jenewein Rd
10:30 am – 5:30 pm weekdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4

Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St
1:00 – 5:00 pm Tuesdays, Oct. 25 & Nov. 1
1:00 – 5:00 pm Thursdays, Oct. 27 & Nov. 3

Tenney Park Shelter, 402 N Thornton Ave
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday, Nov. 4

Eagle Heights Community Center, 611 Eagle Heights Dr
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Fridays, Oct. 28 & Nov. 4

Bridge – Lake Point – Waunona Neighborhood Center, 1917 Lake Point Dr
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursdays, Oct. 27 & Nov. 3
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Fridays, Oct. 28 & Nov. 4

Rebalanced – Life Wellness Association Men’s Health & Education Center, 588 Grand Canyon Dr
9:30 am – 4:30 pm Tuesdays, Oct. 25 & Nov. 1
9:30 am – 4:30 pm Wednesdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2
9:30 am – 4:30 pm Fridays, Oct. 28 & Nov. 4
9:30 am – 4:30 pm Saturdays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5

Wisconsin Youth Company, 1201 McKenna Blvd
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Tuesdays, Oct. 25 & Nov. 1
4:00 – 6:00 pm Thursdays, Oct. 27 & Nov. 3

Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church/Lake Edge United Church of Christ, 4200 Buckeye Rd
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Sundays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6

Fountain of Life Church, 633 W Badger Rd
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Sundays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6

Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, 501 E Badger Rd
By appointment only, 10:00 am Wednesday, Oct. 26
Contact the Clerk’s Office in advance to make appointment.

Ho-Chunk Nation Community Center, 4724 Tradewinds Pkwy
By appointment only, 2:00 pm Wednesday, Oct. 26
Contact the Clerk’s Office in advance to make appointment.

*No voter registration on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 – 6, per state law.

Welcome Town of Madison residents to the City of Madison!

A week from Monday, the City of Madison will start providing services to approximately 5,000 additional residents, 2,407 housing units and 835 parcels. All City agencies are getting ready for final attachment, which will occur on October 31. For more information visit www.cityofmadison.com/townofmadison

Events

  • Halloween on State Street: The City of Madison will once again be working to make State Street and downtown Madison a safe and enjoyable space for celebrating Halloween. Events that will be occurring, include:
    • Wednesday, October 26
    • Saturday, October 29
      • Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee’s viewing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 10:00 PM in Shannon Hall.
      • Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Performing Suspiria at the Orpheum Theater starting at 8:00 PM.
      • Other opportunities for spooky fun all around Dane County can be found here.
    • Monday, October 31: No planned events

In the past few years, the City has moved away from a formal/sanctioned event for Halloween, also known as Freakfest, and again there will be no formal event this year. There is also no UW football game or homecoming planned for Halloween weekend this year. To facilitate physical safety, a glass ban has been instituted on State Street for Halloween weekend, and Streateries will be closed at 6:00 p.m.

  • Nurses 4 Black Wellbeing: Research participants are needed for an anonymous survey. The goal of the study is to learn more about the ways wellbeing, physical activity and life stress can affect blood pressure. Participants must racially identify as Black, cultural and ethnic diversity welcomed, age 18 or older, read/speak English, living in the greater Madison area. The research survey takes 20-30 minutes to complete. PPE will be provided. The research survey is one walking test (10-feet), one questionnaire on a laptop computer (with or without assistance), one blood pressure check, and one interview question about inner strength. Research participants receive one $25 Target gift card as a thank you for their time. This is a UW-Madison research survey. There is no connection with any community service. Questions? Concerns? Need additional information? Please contact Dr. Linda Oakley, black.wellbeing.study@nursing.wisc.edu,   608-263-5866.
    • Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 
    • Hours: Walk-in hours from 3pm to 6pm  
    • Where: Badger Building, 818 W. Badger Road (2 blocks off S. Park Street)
  • Virtual community sessions on the 2023 budget: The city’s budget for 2023 will be debated and adopted by the Common Council in November. In addition to public comment opportunities at Finance Committee and Council meetings over the next six weeks, there will be two virtual community sessions on the budget. City Finance staff will provide background information on the city’s capital and operating budget process, including highlights of the 2023 executive budget.  This is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about our city’s budget.  Electronic copies of budget information can be found at https://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/2023
  • The first virtual session was recorded on October 13. The second virtual session will cover the same presentation and will take place on Monday, October 24. The meeting will start at 5:30 PM and end at 7:00 PM
  • Intervention speaker series: Public Health Madison & Dane County continues to work with community partners to implement their Roadmap to Reducing Violence. To support the Roadmap, they co-hosted their violence prevention and intervention speaker series. Recent topics included:

         The next speaker series webinar will be:
         Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence “101”
         Thursday, October 27, 12pm – 1pm
         Register now

Announcements

  • City of Madison polling place listing: Several polling locations in the City of Madison have changed since the last election. The City Clerk’s Office encourages voters to confirm their polling place before Election Day (November 8). You can look up your polling place address using the MyVote Wisconsin website or go to www.cityofmadison.com/WhereDoIVote. See a list of polling places here.
  • Madison Fire now hiring firefighters/EMTs: For the first time since 2019, the Madison Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of fulltime firefighter/EMT. Becoming a firefighter/EMT is a unique opportunity to make a difference in a person’s life – and a direct impact in our community – every single day. No previous fire or EMS experience is necessary to apply. Learn more about this opportunity here.
  • Electric compactors names announced: The Streets Division would like to introduce you to their newly named compactors – Rosie the Rubbisher and Stone Cold Squeeze Often. To learn how the names were picked and see a breakdown of the voting, read the news release.
  • Lake water quality improved this summer: Great news! A lot fewer beaches were closed for swimming this summer. Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) took a total of 430 water samples this summer from 23 beaches, looking for E. Coli bacteria and blue-green algae, which can make people sick. The total number of beach closures for swimming and recreation was 124, down significantly from last summer’s total of 345. There are many factors that contribute to the water quality of our lakes. PHMDC’s microbiologist helped explain the role of weather, pollutants, and clean water corridors in an interview on WORT-FM. Take a listen!

2022-10-15 Updates from Alder Wehelie

Country Grove Park Public Information Meeting

The City of Madison Parks Division is hosting a virtual public information meeting about the Master Plan for Country Grove Park, 7353 East Pass. Parks would like discuss the proposed shelter location and share some other ideas regarding changes to Country Grove in the coming years.

The virtual meeting is scheduled for:

Wednesday, October 26. 2022
6pm-7:30pm
Please register in advance

Please visit the Country Grove Park Master Plan page for more information about the master planning process.

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of October 17, 2022

Meetings

Events

  • Dick Wagner honored in park dedication: In December 2021, Madison lost R. Richard Wagner, a public servant and community leader. On Friday, October 21, 1:30pm, the community is invited to join U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Alder Mike Verveer and friends as we honor the legacy of Dick Wagner in a park dedication ceremony. We will honor his legacy in a park dedication ceremony, renaming Kerr-McGee Triangle Park, 728 Jenifer Street, to R. Richard Wagner Park. More details here.
  • Halloween on State Street: The City of Madison will once again be working to make State Street and downtown Madison a safe and enjoyable space for celebrating Halloween. Events that will be occurring include:
    • Wednesday, October 26
    • Saturday, October 29
      • Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee’s viewing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 10:00 PM in Shannon Hall.
      • Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Performing Suspiria at the Orpheum Theater starting at 8:00 PM.
      • Other opportunities for spooky fun all around Dane County can be found here.
    • Monday, October 31: No planned events

In the past few years, the City has moved away from a formal/sanctioned event for Halloween, also known as Freakfest, and again there will be no formal event this year. There is also no UW football game or homecoming planned for Halloween weekend this year. To facilitate physical safety, a glass ban has been instituted on State Street for Halloween weekend, and Streateries will be closed at 6pm.

  • Homebuyer education class: The City of Madison, in partnership with the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County and Consumer Credit Counseling Service, want to share with you these HUD Approved Homebuyer Education classes occurring monthly through the rest of 2022! Find all the events by following here. The next class for October is open! Learn more about what it takes to buy your first home, securing a mortgage, and down payment assistance programs. Hear from content experts like realtors, lenders, insurance agents, home inspectors, and housing counselors.
  • Food scraps recycling: Food scraps recycling for 2022 ends on October 25 at two farmer’s market drop-off sites:
    • Market Site 1: South Madison Farmer’s Market (1602 S. Park Street, Labor Temple)
      • Hours: 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
      • Dates open: Only Tuesday markets
    • Market Site 2: Eastside Farmer’s Market (202 S. Ingersoll Street, McPike Park)
      • Hours: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
      • Dates open: Only Tuesday evenings

Also, consider composting your food scraps in your own backyard. News release

  • Violence prevention: Join Public Health Madison & Dane County Violence Prevention Unit as they host the first of two violence prevention speaker series events during the month of October:
    • Speaker Series Event #4 – Panel Discussion
      • “The importance of youth engagement and connection in violence prevention efforts”
      • Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12pm-1pm
      • Registration required

Announcements

  • Celebrating native nations: Madison Public Library – in partnership with Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison – is bringing back a popular program from last year that centers the experiences, traditions and lifeways of Native people in and around Madison. Native presenters from different nations will lead programs highlighting both traditional and contemporary practices, stories, and community relationships. Programs kick off in October following Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and include art workshops, cooking and crop demonstrations, storytelling, presentations on traditional skills and customs, and more! Find all the details here.
  • Spotlight on Cherokee Marsh: As we conclude the celebration of 50 years of conservation parks in Madison, we focus your attention on Madison’s largest conservation park. So large, the more than 1,300 acres of Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park are divided into three unique units – Mendota, North and South. Cherokee Marsh – North Unit was designated a conservation park in 1971 when the Parks Division first created the Conservation Park program. Read more about this natural wonder here.
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One out of every eight women in the United States are at risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. In 2022, The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 5,380 new cases of breast cancer in Wisconsin. Early diagnosis is key to helping create better outcomes. Access to screening can be limited among people with lower incomes and who lack health insurance. To bridge this gap, the Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) offers free breast exams, mammograms and other diagnostic tests for women ages 45-64 (or under 45, for those with a current breast concern), who have limited income and insurance. Learn more here.
  • Electric compactors to be named: Finally, the Streets Division will be revealing the names of the trash and recycling electric compactors used at the drop-off site located at 4602 Sycamore Avenue. Earlier this year, a ranked-choice style election was held to choose the names from a list of finalists. Over 2,200 votes were received during the election and two names received the highest number of total points were selected. On October 21, 2022, the names of the compactors will be revealed along with the breakdown of the voting totals. See the full list of very creative finalist names here.
  • Madison Forward Fund: The Madison Forward Fund, a year-long guaranteed income experimental program, has distributed the first of twelve monthly payments to low-income families. The guaranteed income is a monthly payment of $500 given directly to 155 households for 12 months. It is unconditional, with no strings attached and no work requirements. The program is founded on the belief that Madison families deserve a basic level of income to support fundamental needs, and that people experiencing financial scarcity are best positioned to make decisions regarding their household needs. Read more here.
  • 2023 Operating Budget: In this year’s Operating Budget, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s focus is on the programs and services that build a safer community, build healthier neighborhoods and create opportunities for youth. The City’s operating budget funds the numerous services, programs, and skilled staff that sustain high quality City services and help keep Madison strong. This operating budget released today is in addition to the 2023 Executive Capital Budget, released in September, which funds infrastructure, buildings and other capital investments. Read the news release here.
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic Violence Awareness Month is held throughout the month of October as a way to bring advocates across the nation together to end domestic violence.? Throughout the month of October, the City of Madison, along with communities across the country, will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence. If you or someone you know feels unsafe in a relationship, help is available 24 hours a day by calling (608) 251-4445 or texting (608) 420-4638.  In an emergency, please call 911. For more resources, please visit https://abuseintervention.org/
  • Healthy Communities Fund: The 2022 Healthy Communities Fund application period is now open. $14,000 is available to be awarded to local projects in Madison and Dane County that make an effort to address health inequity in our communities. Applications are due by November 11.
  • “Street Meets”: The City of Madison Engineering Division has a new digiseries out focusing on five impactful street and paths design projects the community has endured during the 2022 construction season. The digiseries “Street Meets” is a series of five videos focusing on the following projects: