2022-08-12 Neighborhood News & Updates

MadLit – Spoken Word Showcase today August 12, 8pm on Top of State St.

The Mad Lit event series started last year to revitalize State Street businesses and culture, which took a hit during the height of the pandemic. Mad Lit is a part of Greater Madison Music City and supported by the Urban Community Arts Network and the Madison Arts Commission.

Dane Dances continues today August 12.  Please join Dane Dances as we reconnect after a long couple of years staying safe, wearing masks and social distancing to get through the Covid 19 pandemic.  We invite you to now get out, get up, get down and get together. For more info visit https://danedances.org/

Parks Alive Continues! Free Food, Games, and More …

Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. Free meals and snacks, Madison School and Community Recreation Fit 2 Go Van, Madison Public Library Bubbler Artist and youth activities, DreamBus, Madison Reading Project, bike rides, and much more!

Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks Alive and other activities:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar.

Parks Alive ~ Elver Park

Monday, August 15
4:30 – 7:30pm

Food Cart: Churros Blossoms (serving 4:30p-7:30p)

Parks Alive  – Meadowood Park

Wednesday, August 17
4:30 – 8:45pm

Movie: Brother Bear

Movie details: When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back.

Town of Madison Attachment in-person Discussion on August 18th at 6pm

Join an in-person public information meeting to learn about how City of Madison services will impact Town of Madison residents after October 31, 2022. Various City agencies will be available to answer questions such as Streets Division, Engineering Division, Water Utility, Building Inspection, Metro, Madison Police Department and Madison Fire Department. Food, child care and interpretation in Spanish will be provided.

Join Us! Review Initial Drafts from the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan

The Planning Division will present initial draft concepts and recommendations from the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan for review and feedback at a series of public meetings, events and activities.

  • August 23 and 24 -Virtual Concept Review. Register on the project’s website for one of the Virtual Meetings: www.cityofmadison.com/HawthorneTruax August 23, 6-7pm or August 24, 12-1pm. Both meetings will include review and feedback on initial draft neighborhood plan concepts and recommendations.
  • August 25 – Hawthorne-truax neighborhood plan review and Community Night Out. Join us 4-7pm in the Hawthorne Elementary Open Space, 3458 Lexington Ave., Madison, WI 53714 for food, family fun, and review of initial draft plan concepts and recommendations. RAIN DATE: September 1, 4-7pm
  • August 27 – Splish Splash Concept Review. Review initial draft plan concepts and recommendations while enjoying the Reindahl Park Splash Pad, 1818 Portage Rd., 11am-2pm
  • August 30 and September 6- Food Pantry Feedback. Staff will be at the East Madison Community Center food pantry to gather feedback on the initial draft plan concepts and recommendations. East Madison Community Center, 7 Straubel Ct, August 30 & September 6, 11am-1pm
  • September 6 & 7 Madison College Conversations. Staff will be at Madison College to gather feedback on initial draft concepts and recommendations with Madison College students and community members. Madison College Lobby, 1701 Wright St. September 6 & September 7, 11am-1pm.

Streets Division Updates

  • Curbside brush collection is winding down for 2022. Before you put brush out for pickup, check to see when the next collection will be for your home. The brush schedule can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection
  • Did your trash & recycling date change? If you live on the west side, it might have changed on August 1, 2022. Get your collection calendar at www.cityofmadison.com/CollecionSchedule
  • Do you have a question about the new Resource Recovery Special Charge? If you do, head over to www.cityofmadison.com/Recycling and check out the Resource Recovery Special Charge page for an extensive FAQ about this new charge.

Public Information Meeting: Pumping Station 17 Force Main Relief Phase 2

Pumping Station 17 Force Main Relief Phase 2
Public Information Meeting #2
You are invited to attend a public information meeting for the Pumping Station 17 Force Main Relief Phase 2 project.  This project will install a sewer to convey wastewater to the treatment plant. The public information meeting is Wednesday, August 24 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This will be the second of four public meetings. The meeting will include a presentation on the project background, design progress, anticipated environmental impacts, potential corridor improvements, and next steps. Give your input on potential corridor improvements such as completing the Badger Mill Creek paved path (from Arbor Vitae Place to junction of Military Ridge State Trail), native species restoration, and Pheasant Lane trail widening. The presentation by the District, City of Verona, Town of Verona, Dane County, and Ice Age Trail Alliance staff will be followed by a Q&A period. You can register for the meeting, view route map, and find out more about the project on their website.

2022-07-29 Neighborhood News & Updates

Read Alder Nasra Wehelie’s blog post for this week here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district7/blog/?Id=26731

MadLit Concert series continues TONIGHT! Come to top of State St. at 8:00 p.m. and enjoy local music by Kilo AKA Skitl’s, Juciee Monroe, Sira Sangare, Danielle Crim and DJ Ace. Presented By: Urban Community Arts Network, Greater Madison Music City Project.

Parks Alive Continues! Free Food, Games, and More …

Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. Free meals and snacks, Madison School and Community Recreation Fit 2 Go Van, Madison Public Library Bubbler Artist and youth activities, DreamBus, Madison Reading Project, bike rides, and much more!

Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks Alive and other activities: https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar.

Town of Madison Attachment in-person Discussion on August 18th at 6pm

Join an in-person public information meeting to learn about how City of Madison services will impact Town of Madison residents after October 31, 2022. Various City agencies will be available to answer questions such as Streets Division, Engineering Division, Water Utility, Building Inspection, Metro, Madison Police Department and Madison Fire Department. Food, child care and interpretation in Spanish will be provided.

Streets Division Round-Up

  • Attention West Siders! If you live west of South Park Street, you might have a new trash & recycling collection schedule starting on Monday, August 1.  Get your calendar today at www.cityofmadison.com/CollectionSchedule.
  • The downtown moving days are upon us! If you, or someone you know, is involved in the August moving days be sure you do it right by checking out the rules, restrictions, and donation opportunities at www.cityofmadison.com/MovingDays.
  • When you have large items for disposal make the work order before setting the items out for pickup.  And be sure to set the items out on the day you choose. Crews will not come by early.  Learn more about large item pickup at www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItem.
  • Brush collection is winding down for the year.  Most areas only have two more collections for 2022.  Learn the dates when you should sent out brush at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection
  • Still confused about the Resource Recovery Special Charge? Check out www.cityofmadison.com/Recycling for an FAQ about this new charge that will appear on your municipal services bill and why it exists.

Outdoor Music Guide (OMG) now Available!

Live music became extremely challenging to host in-person in light of COVID restrictions. Music venues and musicians across Madison looked for creative alternatives to offer shows. The City received multiple inquiries about what was possible for performers who used amplification to do outdoor music while complying with Public Health policies. To assist musicians and music business owners, the City created the Outdoor Music Guide (OMG). It summarizes all the options based on City ordinances with the understanding that every activity is unique and other rules may apply.

Dane Dances is excited to kick-off their 23rd season on Friday August 5, 2022. Please join Dane Dances as we reconnect after a long couple of years staying safe, wearing masks and social distancing to get through the Covid 19 pandemic. We invite you to now get out, get up, get down and get together. For more info visit https://danedances.org/

Neighborhood Meeting 1-Aug

From the desk of District 7 Alder Nasra Wehelie:

I’ve heard concerns from several residents about a new retail establishment that is being constructed at 3154 Maple Grove Drive. The new business, Romantix, sells adult-related merchandise.

In response to these concerns, I am having a virtual neighborhood meeting at 6:30pm on Monday, August 1, 2022. Josh Porter, representing Romantix, will be on hand to talk about the business, and City staff from Zoning will be present to provide information about the City process. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

You can join the virtual meeting using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, or you can listen in via telephone. You will receive login information after registering at www.cityofmadison.com/MeetingAugust1MapleGrove.

Please send your questions for the meeting to Debbie Fields at dfields@cityofmadison.com by noon on Friday, July 29.

2022-07-15 Neighborhood News & Updates

Parks Alive Continues! Free Food, Games, and More …

Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. Free meals and snacks, Madison School and Community Recreation Fit 2 Go Van and other activities, Madison Public Library Bubbler Artist and youth activities, DreamBus, Madison Reading Project, bike rides, and much more!

Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks Alive and other events and activities:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar.

Parks Alive ~ Elver Park

Monday, July 18, 2022
4:30pm to 7:30pm

Parks Alive ~ Lift Leopold

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
4:30pm to 7:30pm

Parks Alive ~ Meadowood Park

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
4:30pm to 7:30pm

Parks Alive | Movies with Madison Parks – Jungle Cruise

Monday, July 25, 2022
4:30pm to 8:15pm

Parks Alive | Movies with Madison Parks – Moana

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
1:00pm to 7:30pm

Parks Alive ~ Darbo/Worthington Park

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
4:30pm to 8:00pm

Parks Alive ~ Increase the Peace | Movies with Madison Parks – The Secret Garden

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
4:30pm to 8:45pm

Parks Alive ~ It Takes a Village

Thursday, July 28, 2022
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Town of Madison Attachment in-person Discussion on August 18th at 6pm

Join an in-person public information meeting to learn about how City of Madison services will impact Town of Madison residents after October 31, 2022. Various City agencies will be available to answer questions such as Streets Division, Engineering Division, Water Utility, Building Inspection, Metro, Madison Police Department and Madison Fire Department.

Streets Division

  • Trash & recycling calendars are changing for about 9,000 west side residents starting August 1.  Make sure you have the right calendar for your home at www.cityofmadison.com/CollectionSchedule.
  • Master Recycler class returns July 20, 2022!  You can sign up to the take the class today at www.sustaindane.org/Better.
  • The annual downtown student move out is just a few weeks away!  Learn more about these moving days at www.cityofmadison.com/MovingDays.
  • Even if you aren’t moving, this is a good time to remind folks that we have so many thrift store opportunities in Madison that are eager to accept your usable goods to give them a second life instead of just clogging the landfill.  A partial list of these resources can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/programs/reuseIt.cfm
  • Brush collection is slowly winding down for the year. Make sure you don’t miss your brush pickup opportunities by getting your schedule at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection

Madison City MUSIC

Second MadLit Concert Tonight at 8! 
Tonight, Mad Lit will return to the top of State Street featuring Latinx performers such as Grupo Candela, La Combi and DJ Chamo. For more information visit ourgmmc.org/madlit .

Dane Dances is excited to kick-off their 23rd season on Friday August 5, 2022.  Please join Dane Dances as we reconnect after a long couple of years staying safe, wearing masks and social distancing to get through the Covid 19 pandemic.  We invite you to now get out, get up, get down and get together. For more info visit https://danedances.org/

Fences

The City has a nice explanation of what you need to consider if you’re looking at putting in a fence: https://www.cityofmadison.com/development-services-center/1-2-family-residential/repairs-replacements/fence-or-hedge

If you are in the Sandstone Ridge subdivisions, there are additional approvals required, due to the neighborhood covenants. You can see those requirements here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/development-services-center/documents/Sandstone%20PD%20-%20Fences%20Handout.pdf

2022-07-01 Neighborhood News & Updates

Mad Lit Starts Today July 1st!

Tonight, Mad Lit will return to the top of State Street with shows every other Friday from 8-11 pm. A list of this year’s performers is available now at https://ourgmmc.org/madlit . The first night will feature KIC, Alise Mosely, RSHN 6 and DJ Terrence J.

Parks Alive Continues — Aldo Leopold Park July 5th and Owl Creek Park July 7th! Free Food, Games, and More

Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks Alive and other events and activities:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar.

Aldo Leopold Park, July 5 – 1pm to 5pm   Directions  Bike  Bus

Owl Creek Park, July 7 – 1pm to 4pm   Directions  Bike  Bus

Allied Park, July 11 – 4pm to 7pm   Directions  Bike  Bus

Worthington Park, July 12- 4pm to 7pm  Directions  Bike  Bus

Warner Park, July 13 – 4pm to 7pm  Directions  Bike  Bus

Penn Park, July 14 – 1pm to 4pm  Directions  Bike  Bus

Streets Division

We’re down to the last week to vote for the name of the compactors at our sites! The election is close, too! If you haven’t voted yet, you still have time.  The election ends on July 5, 2022.  Also, if you haven’t shared this with your social media audiences, you still have time for that, too. The names with the top votes so far …

Trash Compactor 

 Name Points
1.    Rosie the Rubbisher2,391
2.    Crush Farley1,997
3.    Trashy McTrashface1,976
4.    Squashbob Trashpants1,860
5.    Alexander Cramilton1,839

Recycling Compactor

 Name Points
1.    Sir Crushalot1,955
2.    Stone Cold Squeeze Often1,935
3.    George Squashington1,924
4.    Pulverine1,769
5.    Ron Squeezely1,709
  

Please vote now!

2022-06-17 Neighborhood News & Updates

Town of Madison Attachment

In preparation for the Town of Madison Attachment, the City held an in-person Public Information Meeting on June 9 at Penn Park. Approximately 50 people attended and over 25 City staff were available to answer questions. The meeting was not recorded but meeting notes are available on the Town of Madison Attachment website. Click HERE to read the notes and HERE to see the handouts that were distributed at the meeting.

Monthly HUD-Approved Homebuyer Education Classes

The City of Madison is happy to partner with Home Buyers Round Table and Consumer Credit Counseling Service to provide monthly HUD-Approved Homebuyer Education Classes for City of Madison and Dane County residents!

Home Buyers Round Table in collaboration with Consumer Credit Counseling Service will be hosting a FREE HUD-Approved Homebuyer Education Class on Saturday, June 25th   (8am-3pm)! Take the first step to owning a home by signing up and learning from the experts. Registration is required by June 23rd, register by clicking here or going to tinyurl.com/3a87ptn9.

Parks Alive to Bring Free Food, Games, and More to 8 City Parks!

Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks Alive and other events and activities:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar.

  • Aldo Leopold Park
    2906 Traceway Drive
    Madison, WI Directions Bike Bus
    • Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – 4:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Owl Creek Park
    23 Horned Owl Court
    Madison, WI 53718  Directions Bike Bus
    • Thursday, June 23, 2022 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Allied Park
    2370 Revival Ridge
    Madison, WI 53711 Directions Bike Bus
    • Monday, June 27, 2022 – 4:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Worthington Park
    3102 Worthington Avenue
    Madison, WI Directions Bike Bus
    • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Warner Park
    2930 North Sherman Avenue
    Madison, WI Directions  Bike  Bus
    • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 – 4:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Penn Park
    2101 Fisher Street
    Madison, WI Directions  Bike  Bus
    • Thursday, June 30, 2022 – 1:00pm to 7:15pm

Juneteenth Celebration

Meet us in Penn Park on Saturday June 18 from 10am – 6pm 

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From the beginning, Madison’s Juneteenth Celebration has been a family-centered, wholesome, drug-and alcohol-free event that children and families could enjoy. The Celebration’s mission is to unite Madison’s Black community in a positive way and improve its quality of life through the positive reinforcement of its heritage, culture, and accomplishments, as well as enhancing its ability to become an effective part of the greater Madison community. 

Make Music Madison June 21st!

  • This is friendly reminder to go out this upcoming Tuesday and enjoy live music everywhere in the City. Make Music Madison is an annual one-day, city-wide, free, community music celebration held on the Summer Solstice, June 21st. All genres, styles of music, skill levels, and ages of musicians use public and private spaces throughout our community to share their talent.  Check the schedule here

Streets Division

Clean-up operations from the June 13 storm will continue through the week and onto Saturday. Collection will resume next week following the Juneteenth holiday. Residents planning on using the Olin Avenue drop-off site on Saturday, June 18, 2022 should be prepared for large vehicle traffic, dust, noise, and potential delays. You may want to choose either the Sycamore Avenue or South Point Road drop-off sites.

2022-06-03 Neighborhood News & Updates

Parks Alive to Bring Free Food, Games, and More to 8 City Parks!

Make Music Madison June 21st!

  • Imagine a warm day, the first day of summer to be exact, filled with music. You hear sounds meandering from live musicians performing at your neighborhood park, or from your favorite restaurant patio, or on the sidewalk outside your local library. This summer party is called Make Music Madison, an annual one-day, city-wide, free, community music celebration held on the Summer Solstice, June 21st. All genres, styles of music, skill levels, and ages of musicians use public and private spaces throughout our community to share their talent.  Last year the event featured 312 concerts at 112 venues with over 1000 individual musicians. Check the schedule and checkout performances on June 21st in your neighborhood or another location in our wonderful City!

Streets Division Updates

  • There will be an electronics recycling event on Saturday, June 4 at Warner Park from 8:00am to 1:00pm. You will be able to recycle televisions, computers, monitors, and more for free!  This event is being put on by Universal Recycling Technology with funding help from Samsung.
  • Food scraps recycling begins on Tuesday, June 14 at two neighborhood farmer’s markets. The markets will be the South Madison Farmer’s Market and the Eastside Farmer’s Market. For details on locations, time, and restrictions, visit the Streets Division website.
  • The Streets Division is running a contest to name the compactors at the Sycamore Ave. drop-off site. The deadline to submit your ideas if June 7. Click here for photos and details on how to submit your name idea – and yes, we’ve received plenty of Trashy McTrashface suggestions, so we’re looking for some interesting, silly, or very strained puns. Let us know what you got.
  • The Resource Recovery Special Charge will begin showing up on Municipal Services Bill starting in August.  Everyone who receives City of Madison recycling collection will receive this bill.  To learn how much it will cost and the reason why it was created in the budget that was passed last year visit the FAQ page on the Streets Division website.

Neighborhood Resource Trailer

  • The Neighborhood Resource Trailer is available to Madison community organizations such as neighborhood groups for neighborhood events. Events should focus on creating community connections, educational opportunities, healthy lifestyles and socialization. This is the community’s trailer to enjoy! The trailer includes:
    • o   Grill
    • o   Microphone & speaker
    • o   Table & chairs
    • o   Serving platform
    • o   Storage
    • o   Generator
    • o   Dry erase board