2022-11-26 Updates from Alder Wehelie



2022-11-21 Updates from Alder Wehelie


  • 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.  


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!

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