West Area Plan Public Meeting March 12, 2024

A draft West Area Plan is available for review!  Please  review and comment on draft maps and actions here by March 20th, or provide feedback at the in-person public meeting on March 12, 6:00 p.m. at Vel Phillips Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Rd., Wisconsin Neighborhood Center. A full PDF of draft plan text and maps, including chapter introductions and appendices, is available  here.  After March 20th, Planning Division staff will review public feedback, meet with other city agencies, and prepare a fully formatted final draft of the plan, including photos and additional background info graphics, for board/committee/commission/Council review. An additional topic-specific meeting on “proactive rezoning” (e.g., City-led rezoning of property to match Plan land use recommendations) will be held on March 18th at 6:00 p.m. ( virtual – registration required).  Post card invitations were mailed to affected property owners and all are welcome to participate in this virtual meeting to learn more.

Make Music Madison (MMM) will Return Friday, June 21st, 2024

The 12th annual MMM will be Wednesday, June 21, 2024 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. at a diverse array of performance locations including city parks, community centers, libraries, restaurants, coffee shops, and various public and private spaces. Venue registration will open on April 1st. Visit  MMM website for more information.

Music “Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.”

Do you live on the Northside or Eastside of Madison and are you concerned about housing complaints in the area? 

The Equal Opportunities Commission of Madison is  hosting an event that aims to address the surge in housing complaints within the community and provide residents with a platform to voice their concerns.

  • What: Housing Meeting Hosted by the Equal Opportunities Commission
  • When: March 14th, 2024, 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Lakeview Madison Public Library, 2845 N. Sherman Ave. Madison, WI 53704.
  • Light beverages will be provided.

For more information contact Linda Ketcham at linda@justdane.org or Araceli Esparza at wisconsinmujer@gmail.com

RACE Forward Grants Deadline March 29, 2024

Race Forward and Americans for the Arts are seeking proposals from local organizations for funding to participate in the first annual Cultural Week of Action on Race and Democracy (CWA) this September 27 to October 5, 2024. Funding will be for about 12 to 15 sites; participation in the CWA will also be encouraged and open to organizations not requesting funding. This is an opportunity to deepen commitments to racial justice and inclusive democracy through cultural activities. The application deadline is March 29, 2024. 

Streets Division Updates

  • Get Your Mini-Recyclopedia!: In case you missed it, an updated and shorter version of the Recyclopedia is available at all Madison Public Library locations.  Head over to the one closest to your home at pick one up so you can learn about how to recycle right and also see the good news about the large item collection update that’s new for 2024.
  • 2024 Spring Yard Waste Collection: Every neighborhood will have two curbside collection opportunities this spring for the leaves, weeds, and other plant debris that has been rakes or pulled from your lawns or gardens.  There will be one pickup opportunity in April and another in May.  The dates for your home can be found at  www.cityofmadison.com/YardWaste.
  • 2024 Brush Collection: Collection of sticks, branches, and other brush will begin at the end of March.  Every home will have five curbside collection opportunities for brush.  The set out dates for brush pickup can be found at  www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection.
  • Drop-off Site Hours: Streets Division drop-off sites remain on winter hours through March.  Be sure you check the drop-off site website for locations and hours before loading your car.  We see a lot of people going to the sites on days when we’re closed or showing up to the wrong sites still.  Please look before going filling up your car.  Drop-off site information can be found at  www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites
  • Night Sweeping Ongoing: Throughout March, Streets Division crews will be running street sweepers during the overnight hours.  This is something we do every year as winter comes to a close.  One shift of operators works at night because traffic is light and our street sweepers work very slowly.  It’s just safer for everyone to keep the sweepers out of conflict with traffic when we can. We work the sweepers extra hours during this shoulder season between winter and spring because we can’t run sweepers during the winter months, so our roads have an excess of sand, salt, and general grit on them.  (Sweepers need water to work, so you can’t use them when it’s below freezing, which is one of the reasons you can’t use them in the winter.)  We want to gather up as much debris as we possibly can as fast as we can before the spring rains wash it into the storm drains and out to our local waterways – so some of our staff shifts to work nights so we can do more sweeping.  We definitely regret it if our night sweeping disrupts anyone’s sleep, but we feel the benefit our work provides our lakes is worth the temporary inconvenience we may be causing.

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