National Voter Education Week, October 5-9

Each day this week are steps to help voters bridge the gap of registering to voting. 

Monday – Be #VoteReady
Verify your voter registration at https://MyVote.wi.gov . If you have moved since you last registered, even if it is to a different unit in the same building, you will need to update your voter registration.  Registering early gives you more options should you need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 as Election Day approaches.

If you have a Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID and your address is updated with the DMV , you may register online at https://MyVote.wi.gov .  Otherwise, you may register at the following locations with proof of address:

  • City Clerk’s Office — weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Memorial Union — 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, or Friday
  • Union South — 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, or Friday
  • Library Dream Bus
  • Goodman South Madison Library, Lakeview Library, or Meadowridge Library — 12 – 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, or Friday
  • Hawthorne Library, Monroe Street Library, or Pinney Library — 12 – 3 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday

Tuesday – Be #MailReady
If you would like to receive your absentee ballot via mail, submit your request now via https://MyVote.wi.gov , an e-mail message to voting@cityofmadison.com, or a written request mailed to the City Clerk’s Office.  If the Clerk’s Office doesn’t already have a copy of your voter ID on file, you will need to attach a photo or scan of your ID.

If you have already requested an absentee ballot, track the status of your absentee by visiting https://MyVote.wi.gov  and selecting “Track My Ballot” at the top of the screen.

Wednesday – Be #VotePlanReady
Review your options and create your Safe Voting Plan.  The Clerk’s Office has created a checklist PDF  you can use to determine which options work best for you.

Thursday – Be #BallotReady
Find out which offices are on your ballot, and research the candidates.  To see your sample ballot, visit https://MyVote.wi.gov  and select “What’s On My Ballot” at the top of the screen.

Friday –  Level Up Your Voting Engagement #Weready2020
Search for the Madison Votes podcast series on Apple Podcasts  or Google podcasts  to learn more about how your ballot will be counted, voting accessibility, COVID-19 safety precautions at the polls, and election security.

Questions? Contact City of Madison City Clerk’s Office at 608-266-4601 or clerk@cityofmadison.com.

Computer & Electronic Round-Up, Starting October 1

Starting October 1st and running through the fall season, Cascade Asset Management will once again accept personal electronics for recycling and secure data destruction. As part of the E-Cycle Wisconsin program, Cascade will accept drop-offs of electronics from individuals at its facility at 6701 Manufacturers Drive on the northeast side of Madison. At just $10 for CRT TVs and monitors, $5.00 for flat screen TVs, and no charge for other electronics, this is one of the most affordable and easiest recycling options in town. See attached press release for more details.

Drop off hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  (starting October 1st)

 Collection Event Day: Saturday, October 10th, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 Location: Cascade Asset Management, 6701 Manufacturers Drive, Madison, WI 53704

 Cost: $10 for CRT monitors and TVs; $5 for flat screen TVs (LED/LCD/plasma); other electronics – free. Purchase vouchers online at www.cascade-assets.com or pay by credit card, Apple Pay, or cash on site.

Questions?  Contact • Email: recycle@cascade-assets.com • Call: 608-222-480.

Leaf Collection Schedule

New Leaf Collection Schedule Now Available– Collection Begins October 11, 2020

https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/new-leaf-and-yard-waste-collection-schedule-now-available

For the fall of 2020, all neighborhoods of Madison have  assigned days when they should set leaves and yard waste out for curbside collection.  The leaves and yard waste collection schedule is now available at www.cityofmadison.com/yardwaste. Enter your address into the form provided to learn the dates when you should set out leaves and yard waste for pickup. Residents without internet access can contact the Streets Division office that services their home to receive the set-out dates for their home. See attached press release or Streets website for more information.

Questions?  Contact Streets East, 608-246-4532, Streets West, 608-266-4681, or Bryan Johnson, 608-267-2626

Westside Community Conversation

Hosted by Alders, Harrington-McKinney, Albouras, Henak, Skidmore and Moreland 

Thursday, September 24, 2020 • 5:30 p.m. Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Special Guests:
Judge Everett Mitchell, Presiding Judge Juvenile Division Dane County Courts
Acting Chief Vic Wahl, Madison Police Department
Captain Tim Patton, West Police District
Ismael Ozanne, Dane County District Attorney

Agenda: Introductions and ground rules
Judge Mitchell
Acting Chief Wahl
Captain Patton and his team
District Attorney Ozanne
Presentations Q & A

Register here: https://cityofmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcuf-yvrjovGNE9YZz0Zf6xK6SqIQIZxAaa

Brush and Leaf/Yard Waste Collection

The links below provide information on brush collection and new leaf/yard waste collection along with collection maps so you are able to know when the crews will be in your neighborhood area. 

Brush Collection – Final Round Starts Monday, September 21, 2020: https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/final-round-of-brush-collection-begins-monday-september-21

Brand New Leaf/Yard Waste Collection Schedule Begins October 11, 2020: https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/announcing-the-brand-new-yard-waste-collection-schedule-for-2020

City: Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale Returning

ANNUAL MADISON COMPOST BIN AND RAIN BARREL SALE RETURNS ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 10TH

After a one-year hiatus, the annual Madison compost and rain barrel sale is back at a new location. This year’s sale will be held at the Garver Feed Mill on Saturday, October 10th.  The new location provides easy, contactless pick-up and experts will be on hand to answer questions.

When it comes to easy, cost-effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, rain barrels and compost bins provide an eco one-two for your home!  Harvesting rainwater for your plants saves money and reduces stormwater run-off into local waterways.

It is estimated that our urban communities contribute about 30% of the total phosphorus that enter in lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra from runoff. And rather than sending more stuff to the landfill, compost bins will help you create nutrient rich soil by turning yard waste and food scraps into organic fuel for the garden.

Compost bins and 50 and 100 gallon rain barrels with diverters are available at discounted prices. Pre-orders before Oct 2nd receive an additional $10 off. Supplies are limited and due to COVID restrictions, pre-ordering is strongly recommended. For more information visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

USEFUL LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Pre-ordering information https://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

Link to Facebook event announcement – https://www.facebook.com/events/612321003004442/

MadiSUN Solar Program

MadiSUN is a program sponsored by the City of Madison to make going solar easy and affordable.
Since 2016, the MadiSUN Group Buy Program has helped homeowners across the area install solar-electric systems on their rooftops. Nearly 150 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 madisunsolar.com to learn more about how to go solar!

-The MadiSUN Team

Webinar: Future of Recycling

Join Bryan Johnson, Recycling Coordinator, City of Madison for a zoom presentation on what can and cannot be recycled and the future of recycling.

When: May 15, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: What’s Going on With Recycling?
Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kxdNExfgQeeLU__0j9EEWg

For more information or questions, contact:
Bryan Johnson
City of Madison Streets Division
Recycling Coordinator/Public Information Officer
Office: 608-267-2626
BJohnson2@cityofmadison.com