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)!

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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.

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