Neighborhood News and Updates: May 14, 2021

Libraries to Open May 24th  Expanded services will include in-person library browsing, self-pickup holds and checkout, and access to basic desk services in person:

$50k Award to Greater Madison Music City Team – The Greater Madison Music City (GMMC) Team has received $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for efforts to create an equitable music economy in the region. There is still time for individuals from our music ecosystem to be part of the GMMC project that aims to create and implement a plan to increase music-related jobs, promote tourism, and improve community relations for people of color.

New Large Item Collection System Coming In June – In June 2021, there will be a new large item collection system. Rather than placing large items out to the curb every other week, residents will have to place a work order with the Streets Division. For more information visit:

Citywide News Updates –  Reminder to visit to view citywide news updates and to sign up to receive them by email.

Updates re: Legistar 63902 – Housing Ordinance Amendments

Here’s an update from the city, regarding the Zoning Ordinance amendments related to allowing greater residential densities and adjusting conditional use thresholds, Legistar #63902.

In advance of next Thursday’s Housing Strategy Committee meeting, where these proposed changes will be considered for their recommendation, they’ve posted the Staff Report/Memo to Legistar. The hope is that this can provide a good overview, as well as additional resources for those who may be interested in exploring these proposed changes in more detail.

Importantly, in order to allow more time to better understand the changes, the revised schedule for formal review of the amendments is as follows:

  • 2/25      Housing Strategy Committee
  • 3/22      Plan Commission
  • 3/30      Common Council

Meanwhile, staff will offer a Zoom-based Community Q & A Session on Monday, March 1, from 5:30-7:30. At the session, they’ll play a video presentation to provide an overview, and Zoning Administrator Matt Tucker and Planning Division Director Heather Stouder will be available for questions. Folks do need to register in advance to attend the session at this link:

Housing Ordinance Changes – Overview and Community Q & A

Snow Plowing Updates

Tonight’s snow will disrupt your commutes this evening and Friday. All roads will be snow-covered. Streets Division trucks will be out, but it is far too cold to apply salt.

Once the snow begins to fall, which is expected to begin sometime around dinner time tonight, Streets Division plow trucks will be dispatched to service the main thoroughfares that make up the salt route network of streets. Crews will be working throughout the night.

However, these trucks will not be applying salt. When temperatures get below 20 degrees, salt at the rate it is spread by the Streets Division is no longer effective. Instead of applying salt, crews will switch to applying sand where needed. Sand provides traction, but it does not melt snow and ice.

This means the main thoroughfares will be snow-covered as will residential streets. Roads will be slippery, especially after traffic compacts the snow down. Plows cannot peel up compacted snow from the road surface. Sand can help with traction over these areas, but conditions will be slick.

You must be cautious on the roads and make good choices. Allow for plenty of extra travel time to arrive at your destinations safely. Anticipate your stops and turns so you do not slide. Be slow. Be alert. Be patient.

As these arctic temperatures are expected to linger into next week, snowy and slippery roads will persist until temperatures rebound.

Streets Division staff will continue to monitor the roads and the weather. Additional updates will be provided as conditions change

2021 Message from the SMNA Executive Committee

Hello to all members (and future members) of Stone Meadows Neighborhood Association! We wish you a happy and healthy 2021.

SMNA is looking to relaunch our neighborhood service in a safe and effective way for 2021 and beyond.

As an association, we are going through a number of changes. We are looking for more officers to serve on our SMNA Executive Board since we have had multiple recent retirements that have left us shorter than our regular numbers. Your neighborhood would appreciate any time that you can help out, and we would benefit from any and all new input as to how SMNA can help our neighborhood.

Our meeting procedures are also looking to change, as we are looking to embrace the new tools and will look to have our regular bi-monthly meetings on a virtual basis. We are looking to make this available to all who wish to attend, so we will be looking for any interested participants to go to and get info on contacting us for the next meeting on March 8th at 7pm.

As far as our SMNA yearly activities, we are still on hold due to COVID-19 considerations; but we are hopefully looking to the future to get back to our gatherings and so we are still talking and planning. We would appreciate help and input from new people to plan and execute these events. The most pressing need is a planner for our 4th of July Parade and Picnic. Please consider your time to help us out if you can. Go to to contact us if you are looking to help us out.

Membership in SMNA is voluntary, however the $20 per household membership dues is our only source of income as an association. In the past, we have canvassed the neighborhood via personal connections and mailings to gain memberships. However with personal contact very limited and with cost of mailings vs the resulting membership numbers in the past years, we are going to rely on our on-line membership sign-up and Membership Dues Payment. The signup form and information is available on the website.

Thank you for your interest in Stone Meadows Neighborhood Association.

SMNA Bimonthly Meetings Going Virtual!

With the pandemic continuing to rage, the SMNA board is considering taking our bimonthly meetings virtual. We are exploring the idea of having our meetings via Zoom. The tentative date of the next meeting would be Monday March 8th. If you are interested in joining (either the March meeting, or the annual meeting in May), please email

On a related note, we are looking for topics for the annual meeting in May (Monday May 10th). If you have ideas for topics, or guest speakers that you’d like to see at the meeting, please email

District 7 Alder Candidate: Rahma Mohamed

District 7 Alder Donna Moreland resigned from the Madison Common Council effective September 30, 2020.

Attached to this post is an introduction to Rahma Mohamed, who is one of the candidates to replace Donna as Alder.

Applications will be reviewed by the Common Council Executive Committee (CCEC), on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. and will make a recommendation to the Common Council. 

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 the Common Council will appoint the Interim District 7 Alder who will serve until April 20, 2021.

7th Aldermanic District Vacancy

Resumes To Be Accepted to Fill 7th Aldermanic District Vacancy
Must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Link to Press Release

District 7 Alder Donna Moreland notified Council Leadership of her resignation from the Madison Common Council effective September 30, 2020.

The Common Council President oversees the application process to fill the vacancy. Applications will be reviewed by the Common Council Executive Committee (CCEC), on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. and will make a recommendation to the Common Council.  On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 the Common Council will appoint the Interim District 7 Alder who will serve until April 20, 2021.

Applications should be emailed to

Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Applications should include:

•Home telephone number
•Work telephone number
•E-mail address
•A biographical resume should include education, work, neighborhood, and civic experience
•A statement on why the applicant wishes to serve
•A statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish
• Whether the applicant plans to run for alderperson in the spring 2021 election
The following is the timeline:

Wednesday, October 21 at 4:30 pm:
Applications to fill the vacancy due 

Friday, October 30 at 4:30 pm:
Special CCEC Meeting for applicant interviews and recommendation of selected candidate to Council

Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 pm:
Common Council Meeting – Appointment of District 7 Alder


Council President Sheri Carter, (608) 698-6027,
Kwasi Obeng, Council Chief of Staff, (608) 245-5793,

October 21: Westside Community Conversation

Alder Zachary Henak and Westside Alders Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Paul Skidmore, and Christian Albouras invite you to a Westside Community Conversation to be held via Zoom on Wednesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. Please see the flyer below for the agenda and special guests. Feel free to share with your neighborhoods.

Register for the meeting at 

Upon registering, you will receive an email with information on how to join the meeting on October 21. Please note that registration is limited to 500 participants. The meeting will be recorded. 

You are also able to view the two previous Westside Community Conversations: