MadiSUN Program

MadiSUN is a program sponsored by the City of Madison to make going solar easy and affordable.  This is the last year to take advantage of a full 30% Federal Tax Credit, which makes 2019 a great time to explore solar!

Since 2016, the MadiSUN Solar Program has helped homeowners across the area install solar-electric systems on their homes. Over 100 households have “gone solar” thanks to the program’s simplicity, reduced price, and customer service.

MadiSUN also offers incentives for business, nonprofits, and affordable housing providers.  Check out to learn more about how to go solar with us!

Architectural Control Committee Update

For those of you in the Sandstone Ridge subdivision, the City of Madison has now taken over review for “minor alterations” to property, including requests to put up fences or decks. Any requests for those items, particularly if you are looking for a deviation/variance from the neighborhood covenants, should be directed to the City of Madison Planning Division. Important note: they will only consider requests for minor alterations.

Points of contact:

DreamUp WI Challenge

DreamUp WI is seeking innovators and change makers to submit their bright ideas to the 2019 DreamUp Challenge to help 10,000 Dane County Households increase their net income by 10% by 2022.

The most compelling ideas could advance through three rounds of competition, each offering a $20,000 prize to further develop proposals. Top teams can earn a chance to pitch their idea for up to an additional $1 million in catalytic funding from Schmidt Futures’ Alliance for the American Dream Initiative.

The Request for Proposals is available at: Proposals are due Oct. 1, 2019 by noon.

There are several ways you can participate, even if you do not have an idea…yet.

  1. Attend weekly DreamUp MeetUps starting Thursday, May 30, alternating weekly between the Pyle Center (702 Langdon St.) and UW South Madison Partnership (2312 S. Park St.).
  2. Help spread the word. Forward this email, share our social media posts @dreamupwi on Facebook and Twitter, and talk about it.
  3. Invite us to speak with your group or others who you think have ideas.
  4. Help support teams who have ideas as an advisor or subject matter expert. Respond to this email with details.

Visit and see 2019 DreamUp WI for more information.

MSCR Learn 2 Ride 2019 – Call for Volunteers

MSCR’s Learn 2 Ride event teaches children and their adults easy, innovative techniques to get kids riding solo on two wheels!  Kids learn to balance, pedal stop and steer on a closed course.  We are expecting over 300 kids this year.

We need volunteers to make this happen.  Volunteers work as helmet fitters, bike course trainers and bike mechanics. This is great for anyone who likes bikes, kids and/or being outdoors. We train all volunteers, no prior skills need. We have two dates, Sunday, May 5 at Memorial High School and Sunday, May 19 at Warner Park. All volunteers receive a t-shirt, snacks and a fun morning outside helping kids learn a new skill.

Full volunteer information and sign up can be found here:

Please share widely with any bike enthusiasts you know.  Facebook event coming soon to facilitate sharing the volunteer info.

Interested in registering a child in Learn 2 Ride? Register online at

Questions – contact Mary at 608-204-3045 or


Spring 2019 Elections

The April 2 Spring Election is for Supreme Court, Mayor, Alderperson, and School Board.  To find out what is on your ballot, visit  Additional information about each candidate is available online, in the candidate’s own words, through the Madison City Channel Know Your Candidates show, and through the Candidates’ Answers questionnaires published by the League of Women Voters of Dane County.

City of Madison residents may vote absentee at any City of Madison Library, Streets East, the City Clerk’s Office, Madison College Truax Campus, and the Madison College South Madison Campus between now and the weekend before Election Day.  Hours and locations are listed here.

Voters who would like the Clerk’s Office to mail them an absentee ballot can submit an absentee request through the MyVote website.  Absentee ballots must be received by the City Clerk’s Office no later than Election Day in order to be counted.

To find your polling location for Election Day, visit   The polls will be open on Tuesday, April 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Please contact City of Madison Clerk’s Office with questions:

 City Clerk’s Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Room 103, City-County Building
Madison, WI 53703

Updates from City of Madison, MSCR

Municipal Restored – Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, December 8, 2018
215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
11:00 am – 4:00pm

Mark your calendars, and join your friends and neighbors at the historically renovated Madison Municipal Building.

From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, there will be behind-the-scenes-tours, music and dance, food carts, caterers, and art and participatory art projects.

Bring the family and take advantage of this living history/oral history project, poetry booth, circus jugglers and more!

“After years of study and planning, the City’s investment in renovating this historic building has paid off and we want to share it,” said Mayor Soglin. “This is an opportunity to walk the halls of history and take a look at the restoration of this beautiful facility.

This is a free family-friendly event, and a great opportunity to enjoy downtown Madison.
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Join Us as We Plan for the Future of Public Transit in Madison!

The City of Madison is holding a kickoff meeting for the Madison East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Study to explore bus rapid transit (BRT) in Madison, and we need your help to make it a success. BRT uses dedicated lanes where feasible, modern stations, and other enhancements to provide fast and cost-effective service to jobs, entertainment, and schools. Madison’s BRT will complement existing Metro routes and be our city’s next big step toward a more sustainable local transit system.

The Madison East-West BRT Planning Study will affect the future of public transit in Madison. It is important that we hear from YOU to ensure that the plan reflects broad community needs and priorities. We hope you can join us!

What: Madison East-West BRT Planning Study – Public Kickoff Open House
When: Wednesday, December 12, 6:00-8:00 PM (presentation at 6:30)
Where: Madison Central Library, Room 302
Why: Join us to learn more about bus rapid transit and the goals of the Madison East-West BRT Planning Study. Share your perspective as we discuss community goals, concerns and priorities related to the future east-west BRT and public transportation in Madison.

Interpreters: Spanish and sign language interpreters will be available at this meeting. Se proveerá de intérprete de español en esta reunion pública.

Everyone is welcome at this community event – including kids!

Event Page – RSVPs appreciated, but not required

Project Website and Online Survey
Visit to:

  • Learn more about the project
  • Access a map of the Madison East-West BRT study area
  • View BRT photos and information about projects in other cities
  • Sign up for project updates, including public meetings and events
  • Sign up to be notified when the online community survey is released on December 5th

Project Contacts:
David Trowbridge, City of Madison, (608) 267-1148,
Zia Brucaya, Urban Assets, (608) 819-6566 x3,


MSCR Pottery Sale
December 13 & 14, 8 am-6 pm
December 15, 9 am-3 pm
3802 Regent Street, Madison, WI

Perfect for holiday shopping, showcasing more than 1,000 pieces created by MSCR pottery instructors, lab participants and program volunteers. Proceeds support the MSCR pottery program. Cash or local checks only.

Forum: Impacts of Climate Change in Madison

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison is putting on a forum which “presents an opportunity for residents to discuss the challenges climate change has presented as well as what adaptations are needed to increase resiliency in these changes times.” 

The event is Wednesday November 14th 6:30-8:00 PM, in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  The event is open to the public.  Details can be found here.