2023-03-27 Updates from Alder Wehelie


  • Water Utility Board: The Water Utility Board will be held in person at 119 E Olin Avenue, Room A & B, Madison, WI 53713, on Tuesday March 28, 2023. Agenda items include commending and expressing appreciation to Kelly Miess (Kelly), Water Utility Engineer, on retirement from Madison Water Utility (MWU) after nearly 13 years of service.
  • Madison Public Library Board: The Madison Public Library Board will meet in virtual format on Thursday March 30, 2023. Agenda items include approval to adopt the following policy: All Madison Public Library locations will close when City offices close due to inclement weather.
  • Public Information Meeting – Kestrel Park, Monday, March 27, 2023: Madison Parks is creating a Park Development Plan for Kestrel Park. Kestrel Park is designated as a mini park acquired by Madison Parks in 2015. A mini park is described as a park with fewer than 5 acres and used to address limited, isolated, or unique recreational needs. This 2.16-acre parcel, located off Mid Town and Pleasant View roads, near Verona, is currently undeveloped. A Park Development Plan will include general locations of future park amenities based on input received from the community. In January 2023, Madison Parks staff held the first public meeting to present an overview of the Park Development Plan process, an inventory and analysis of surrounding parkland and Kestrel Park, and gather input and comments to update the draft plan. 


  • Movin’ Out Financial Literacy Series (#1 – Financial Goals & Money Mindset), Tuesday, March 28, 2023: The City of Madison, in partnership with Movin’ Out, invite South Madison residents to participate in Movin’ Out’s financial wellness series! This six-session financial literacy program covers a range of topics to provide a solid understanding of the fundamentals of personal finance. In between sessions, interested participants can work with Movin’ Out’s Counseling staff on their own financial goals toward homeownership.
  • Community CPR & AED Training, Wednesday March 29, 2023: Interested in learning hands-only CPR and how to use an AED? Join Madison Fire Department EMTs and Paramedics at Fire Station 14 (3201 Dairy Drive) on Wednesday, 3/29, 8:30-10:00 AM.
  • Advanced registration required! Register by emailing Captain AJ Greenlee at agreenlee@cityofmadison.com.
  • Northeast Area Plan Open House, Wednesday, March 29, 2023: City staff are continuing their outreach efforts for the Northeast Area Plan. During the kick-off meetings residents shared questions and comments about a variety of topics outside the purview of our Planning team. Staff are excited to share that an Open House has been scheduled to bring together residents and staff from various City agencies. The Open House will take place on Wednesday, March 29th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Madison College, Truax Main Building, 1701 Wright Street, Room D1630. 
  • Public Information Meeting – Sycamore Park, Thursday, March 30, 2023: Madison Parks is updating the master plan for Sycamore Park and we want to hear from you! The update process will review existing park uses and amenities as well as identify future improvements. Master plans are dynamic long-term planning documents that provide a framework for future development and improvements. They embody community goals for the planning area and establish the general location of desired amenities. Master plans are conceptual diagrams, and the identified improvements are often implemented in phases, with each phase requiring further design development and public engagement before construction.
  • Dog Park Cleanup Day 2023, Saturday, April 1, 2023: Do you love your dog park? Help us clean up your favorite city of Madison off-leash dog park. This event is suitable for ages 15 and older. Ages 5-14 may also participate when accompanied by an adult. 
  • Disc Golf Volunteer Day – Elver Park, Saturday, April 1, 2023: It’s spring cleaning time for the disc golf courses! Join Madison Parks in beautifying Elver and Hiestand disc golf course with trash removal, brush cutting, and other course improvements. We’ll be working two Saturdays – April 1 at Elver Park and April 8 at Hiestand Park and both events 9am to 11am. 
  • Bird & Nature Adventures – Tenney Park, Sunday, April 2, 2023: Nature-expert guided walks in Tenney Park along Lake Mendota and the Yahara River Parkway bike path through the Madison Isthmus are free, family-friendly and held the first Saturday of each month, from 2:30-4pm. The walk begins at the Tenney Beach parking lot, 1330 Sherman Avenue. No registration is required. No pets are allowed. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association  and Friends of the Yahara River Parkway .
  • Bird & Nature Adventures – Cherokee Marsh, North, Sunday, April 2, 2023: Cherokee Marsh is Madison’s largest conservation park with three units – North, South, and Mendota. Each month, year-round we explore the north unit’s beautiful trails through the woodlands, wetlands, and restored prairies along the Yahara ‘Catfish’ River. Co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Friends of Cherokee Marsh , Sierra Club and Madison Audubon Society . Follow North Sherman Ave. to the parking lot at the end of the gravel entrance road. Free, family-friendly guided nature walks at Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park – North are held on the 1st Sunday of each month, year-round 1:30-3pm. No registration is required. No pets are allowed.

Save the Date!

  • Madison Parks Earth Day Challenge, Saturday, April 22, 2023- Register to Volunteer Today!: Join Madison Parks for this year’s Earth Day Challenge and volunteer to help clean up your neighborhood park on Saturday, April 22! For more than 20 years, Madison Parks has honored Earth Day by recruiting volunteers for the Earth Day Challenge. This year, Madison Parks is seeking more than 900 volunteers at 60+ parks to assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, removing sticks, and more. All ages are welcome to participate. Advanced registration is required for anyone 10 years and older.


Streets Division Updates

2023-03-24 Madison Recycling & Streets Updates

Master Recycler Class Returns April 6

If you’ve been meaning to take the Master Recycler class from Sustain Dane & the City of Madison, now is your chance.

There will be two offerings of the class this year.

The first chance will be coming up in April.  Here’s a link to enroll in the April session.

If the timing of the April class doesn’t work, fear not, there is a July class this year as well.  Here’s the link to enroll in that session.

What is the Master Recycler class?  Its two 90-minute online classes per session that provide a deeper dive into recycling, and other sustainable materials management practices.  The ultimate goal is for you to leave trained and confident to share this recycling information with your social circles through some sort of planned outreach project.  Could be a newsletter, a presentation, a delightful viral video, lessons for the kiddos in your elementary school class – the options are practically endless.

You see, while recycling information is available, few seek it out. Instead they turn to social media threads, or work conversations, and so on, and it’s easy for misinformation, half-remembered facts, and rumors to infect those interactions that will never involve the actual official recycling guidance.  The hope is that Master Recyclers (like you, perhaps) could be the expert to pierce these information bubbles with a bit of the real information about recycling guidance.

By the way – we’re not wild about the name “Master Recycler” but we’re coming up short on solid ideas to use instead.  If you have a good one, let me know.

The 2023 Recyclopedias Are Here!

Sorry for the delay in getting these out, but the news about us being able to recycle televisions, computers, and laptops for free this year broke a little late and that caused a delay with the booklet.

The paper copies are available at your public library branches.

While you’re there, check out a book or three.  Especially for Saturday – nothing better to do on a snowy spring morning that curl up with a new book.

Copies can also be mailed to you directly.  You just have to contact the Streets Division office that services your home to have one sent out.

A digital copy can be downloaded here.

We have a digital copy of a Spanish version of the Recyclopedia on our website as well.  Paper copies of the Spanish one haven’t yet arrived from the printer, but they should be at our offices and at the libraries any day now.  Chinese and Hmong translations are still in the process of being completed.

Brush Collection Starts Soon!

Yes, brush collection gets underway in early April.

Brush is things like fallen branches, or other woody material that you have trimmed from your trees, shrubs, and bushes that measure over 18 inches in length.  This material is turned into wood mulch (which is available to the public – check our mulch website: www.cityofmadison.com/Mulch).

As we’ve done for a few years now, there is a fixed schedule for when you should set out brush to the curb.

To get those dates you just have to follow two easy steps:

  1. Go to www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection
  2. Put your address into the form

And then put the brush out for pickup on the dates shown for your home.  Crews will not be in areas early, and they do not circle back through after your pickup occurred.

The best bet is to put it out on the Sunday shown on the website, and then your brush will be collected by the end of the following work week.

Yard Waste Collection Beginning Later in April

Yard waste is different than brush.

Yard waste is the more plant-like stuff – think of it like leaves, weeds, grass clippings, and the other stuff you rake or pull from your lawn or garden. 

Yard waste pickup will get underway a little later in April than we have done in prior years.  The rationale is that it can still be kind of cold early April and folks aren’t too keen on tending to their lawns quite yet.

Everyone will get one yard waste collection opportunity in mid-April, and another one in early May.

We haven’t published a news release about this yet because the start of this service is still a few weeks away.  But if you want to learn your yard waste set out dates to put them on your calendar today, you can.

You just have to follow to very easy (and familiar) steps:

  1. Go to www.cityofmadison.com/YardWaste
  2. Put your address into the form

Next you will see the two spring set out dates for yard waste.  Put your yard waste out for pickup on the date shown.  Collection will occur sometime during the work week following the set out Sunday.

As always there are two collection opportunities in the spring, and then a pause through the summer months as crews are needed on other duties, and then yard waste pickup returns in the fall.

Drop-off Sites Are Different – Just Like Last Year

The Badger Rd drop-off site is permanently closed.  The resident services office at 1501 W Badger Rd will remain the same.  It’s just the drop-off site will no longer be there.

If you get your Municipal Services bill in the mail as opposed to digitally, this probably isn’t a surprise to you because we included this guide in with the bill.

The drop-off site guide explains the hours and locations for the sites this year. 

The same information is available from the drop-off site website: www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites.

Drop-off site hours expand on April 3, 2023. 

Check our website to be sure you know when and where to go if you are using the drop-off sites.

The Last Bit

Before we go – yes, food scraps recycling is returning in 2023 to the same farmers’ markets as last year.

2023-03-20 Updates from Alder Wehelie


  • Common Council: The Common Council will meet in a hybrid format on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Agenda items include commending and thanking Tom Solyst for his dedicated service to Vera Court Neighborhood Center and the residents of Madison; amending regulations related to keeping chickens within Section 28.151 of the Madison General Ordinances to increase the number of chickens allowed as an accessory use; authorizing the City of Madison to develop a comprehensive response to the crisis in home healthcare in Madison; supporting the reopening and dismissal of certain Municipal Court cannabis convictions; and adopting the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan as a supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan.
  • Housing Strategy Committee: The Housing Strategy Committee will meet in a virtual format on Thursday, March 23, 2023. Agenda items include repealing Sections 32.03 and 33.34 and amending Section 33.09(3) of the Madison General Ordinances to combine the City-County Homeless Issues Committee, Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee, and Housing Strategy Committee; and a discussion on housing plan recommendations involving: Displacement & Segregation.


Save the Date!

  • Northeast Area Plan – Open House Invitation: The City of Madison’s Planning Division is excited to announce an Open House for its Northeast Area Plan. The Open House is part of ongoing community outreach efforts to engage with residents about land use, housing, transit, streets, bike, paths, and other community facilities in the region. The event, happening Wednesday, March 29th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Madison College, Truax Main Building, 1701 Wright Street, Room D1630 is an opportunity to bring residents and staff from different agencies together to discuss next steps. The Open House follows the Northeast Area Plan’s kickoff meetings in which City staff met with area residents to address questions, concerns, and other feedback. Click here for the meeting building and parking map.


  • CALL FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS/NAVIGATORS – Apply before March 20th: Interested in helping neighborhood residents participate in the Northeast or West Area planning process?  The City of Madison is funding 4-5 Community Partner/Navigator positions that will conduct outreach to current residents, property owners, business owners, and other stakeholders, with a particular emphasis on low and moderate income communities. Depending on which area you are most familiar with, you select an area plan and apply online or by regular mail! For questions email us at Neighborhoods@cityofmadison.com

2023-03-14 Updates from Alder Wehelie


    • Common Council Executive Committee: The Common Council Executive Committee meeting will meet in virtual format on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 5:30 pm. Agenda items include dissolving the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Structure of City Government (TFOGS) Final Report Implementation Work Group and transferring responsibilities to the Common Council Executive Committee; and authorizing the City of Madison to develop a comprehensive response to the crisis in home healthcare in Madison.

      Save the Date!

      • WPCRC Expansion Project PIM#2 – Monday, March 27, 2023, 6:00 pm: Madison Parks is holding a public meeting for the expansion of the Warner Park Community Recreation Center. The design team and City staff will review the proposed addition’s configuration and exterior treatment and answer project questions. The meeting format is virtual, and attendees can register for the Zoom session on the project website. Please join us and register for the meeting here: WPCRC PIM#2 Registration 


        • Learn about Maple Syrup | Bird & Nature Adventures | Warner Park 03/19/2023: Learn about Maple Syrup with Alex Singer ~In this special Learning Series event participants will learn how to properly tap a maple tree with the correct equipment so they are able to tap their own tree. They will also get to taste some maple syrup that came from a pre-tapped maple tree. Attendees will go on a walk to see what maple trees look like and to determine the best time to tap them. This event also includes a walk through Warner Park. Advanced registration is requested and may be done online or by calling (608) 266-4711. All ages are welcome and participants do not need to bring anything. Meet at the colorful shelter at Warner Park.


        • Draft Hawthorne Truax Neighborhood Plan: The Community Development Block Grant Committee, Transportation Policy and Planning Board, Board of Park Commissioners, and Community Development Authority have approved the Draft Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan. The Plan Commission will review the plan on March 13, followed by the Common Council on March 21.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning process over the past year. A special thanks to the Community Partners Group, residents and other community members. We appreciate the time you spent with us, sharing what you love about this area, your ideas for community improvements, and your feedback on the draft plan.
        • Call for Community Partners/Navigators for the Northeast and West Area Plans has been extended to March 20: Interested in helping neighborhood residents participate in the Northeast or West Area planning process?  The City of Madison is funding 4-5 Community Partner/Navigator positions that will conduct outreach to current residents, property owners, business owners, and other stakeholders, with a particular emphasis on low and moderate-income communities. Depending on which area you are most familiar with, you select an area plan and apply online or by regular mail! For questions, email us at Neighborhoods@cityofmadison.com
        • Arts Grants Apps Due March 15: The Madison Arts Commission’s annual grant program provides funding to support the arts across our community. Applications and guidelines are on the City’s webpage.
        • Women in Construction 2023: Wilkie: It’s a cloudy, damp day, teetering on frost over on the City’s east side, at Goodman Pool parking lot medians.
        • Street Closure–Atwood Avenue: Starting March 9, Atwood Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic between Oakridge Avenue and Cottage Grove Road for street reconstruction between Fair Oaks Avenue and Cottage Grove Road.  One
        • Women in Construction 2023: Emily Jorgensen: For any basic person, names like “Agastache scrophulariaefolia” or “Asclepias incarnata” may not come naturally when it comes to knowing what they mean.
        • Public Health Announces Closure of COVID Testing Clinic: After three years of emergency operations, Public Health Madison & Dane County will close the doors to its community COVID testing clinic on April 14.
        • Women in Construction 2023: Shannon Davis: With a push of a giant roll of paper plans across a large table, Building Inspection Division Plan Reviewer Shannon Davis gets ready to explain what she does to everyone else who comes to her window in the basement of the…
        • City Enacts New Development Bonus for Affordable Housing Downtown: On Tuesday, the Common Council adopted legislation to encourage the development of more affordable housing downtown.
        • Madison Unanimously Adopts New Building Energy Savings Program: On Tuesday, the Common Council adopted the Building Energy Savings Program to reduce carbon pollution from large commercial buildings.
        • Women in Construction 2023: Gretchen Avilés Piñeiro: Walking down Monroe Street, any visitor would notice the vibrant businesses, murals and life.
        • Upcoming Construction to Close Southbound Atwood: (MADISON, Wis.)–As reconstruction begins on the Atwood Avenue project, the southbound lanes from Oakridge Avenue/Sugar Avenue to Cottage Grove Road will be closed beginning Thursday, March 9, after the morning commute. 
        • Agreement Finalized on Grocery Store in South Madison: South Madison residents could be shopping in a new, full service 24,000 square foot grocery store by the end of this year.
        • Street Closure–S Paterson Street: Starting 7:00 a.m.
        • City of Madison 2023 Utility Box Art Program Call For Entries: Thanks to positive public reaction to the Utility Box Art Program, the City of Madison is continuing the program this year, looking for more great works of art to display across the City in 2023.
        • Street Closure–N Few Street: Starting Monday, March 6, N Few Street will be closed between Curtis Ct and E Washington Avenue for work related to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) at the N Few St & E Washington Ave intersection.
        • Street Closure–N Dickinson Street: Starting Monday, March 6, N Dickinson Street will be closed at E Washington Avenue for work related to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The closure is estimated to last one month. 
        • Women in Construction Week 2023: Taylor Voeltz : Anyone familiar with the small town farm life, knows there’s a few fundamentals that make for an easier day: working hard, enjoying the outdoors and getting your hands dirty to get the job done.
        • Celebrate Women in Construction Week 2023 March 5-11, 2023!: The Engineering Division, in partnership with the Parks Division, Madison Water Utility and Traffic Engineering Division and Building Inspection Division, is proud to join the nationally-recognized Women in Construction Week.
        • Street Closure–Sheboygan Avenue: Starting Monday, March 13, Sheboygan Avenue will be fully closed to traffic just east of Eau Claire Avenue for the construction of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station (see attached map).  
        • City of Madison Prepares to Sue Kia and Hyundai for Failure to Prevent Car Thefts with Standard Anti-Theft Technology: This week, the Madison Common Council will vote to authorize a federal lawsuit against car manufacturers Kia and Hyundai for their failure to install industry standard anti-theft technology in millions of their vehicles.