Update from City of Madison

Spring Election  – Madison voters elected 8 new alders this Spring: District 5 Regina Vidaver; District 6 Brian Benford; District 8 Juliana Bennett; District 9 Nikki Conklin; District 10 Yannette Figueroa Cole; District 16 Jael Currie; District 17 Gary Halverson; and Distrct 18 Charles Myadze.  Official election results can be found on the Dane County webpage:  https://elections.countyofdane.com/. Visit the city’s webpage to find your alder:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/council/.  New alders will appear on the webpage after they are sworn in at the April 20 Common Council meeting.

Ride the Drive– the City of Madison Parks Division is excited to announce that this year’s Ride the Drive will be Sunday, June 6, 2021! For COVID safety, the Parks Division is attempting to disperse participation and better control crowds by offering four simultaneous neighborhood events with limited park activities.  As in previous years, the focal point remains a park with surrounding vehicle street closures allowing participants to stroll, roll, pedal or glide along the less than 3-mile route in a free event.  Maps for each of the routes are attached and include: Kennedy Park, 5202 Retana Drive; Marlborough Park, 2222 Whenona Drive; Warner Park, 2930 N. Sherman Avenue; Wingra Park, 824 Knickerbocker Street. Notification postcards are scheduled to be mailed in mid-May to home and business owners. Updates in the coming weeks can be found on RideTheDrive.com. Thank you your support of this Madison tradition that continues to promote a healthy, active lifestyle and outdoor recreation! Tracey Hartley, Recreation Services Coordinator, 608-267-4919, MADISON PARKS, ridethedrive@cityofmadison.com

Make Music Madison – will be live and back in person on Monday, June 21 for Make Music Day, the worldwide celebration kickin’ off summer! Musicians of all ages, genres, and skills are invited to register starting this Saturday. Play at a park, in front of a restaurant or out on the porch. You can schedule one short set or book as many shows as you like from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. 

MadiSUN Solar Program

Hello Stone Meadows Neighbors,

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 170 households have gone solar thanks to the program’s simplicity, reduced price, financing options 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

Voting, Eviction Moratorium, Go Green

Remember that Tuesday April 6 is the Spring election! Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You may also cast an in-person absentee ballot today or tomorrow; City of Madison absentee voting information, locations and times can be found here. Election ballot will also ask Madison voters four advisory referendum questions about the size of the Madison Common Council, the amount of alderperson pay, the length of alderperson terms, and whether alderpersons should be subject to term limits.

The City of Madison Clerk’s Office has had to move many polling places since the February Spring Primary and the November General Election. Voters are encouraged to check whether their polling place has changed if they plan to vote on Tuesday, April 6.

Eviction Moratorium has been extended to June 30, 2021. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the federal eviction moratorium, which was set to expire on March 31, 2021. The moratorium will remain in effect through June 30, 2021. The latest order specifies that individuals who have already submitted a signed declaration are notrequired to submit a new declaration. It also modifies and clarifies language around applicability of the moratorium. The portion of the order that describes who is protected by the moratorium is attached.  

 The White House coupled the announcement from CDC with a fact sheet on how the Biden-Harris Administration continues to support renters and landlords during the coronavirus pandemic. Namely, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2) provides an additional funding for jurisdictions to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), locally known as the Dane CORE. Property owners and renters are able to apply.

Get Green with the City this Spring. You too can be a part of spring-cleaning in outdoor Madison, getting outside while beautifying and protecting our local environment. Click here for more information.

SMNA Suspending Events

Due to current social distancing restrictions and other COVID-19 related cautions, Stone Meadows Neighborhood Association is suspending public meetings and events until September 2020.

Events effected are:

  • SMNA Annual Meeting (5/11/2020)
    • Election of SMNA officers will be held at the next scheduled meeting.
  • SMNA 4th of July Parade/Picnic (7/4/2020)
  • SMNA Bi-Monthly Meeting (7/13/2020) (No follow-up date.)   

The Next SMNA scheduled meeting will be in September (9/14/2020)

SMNA has also suspended our membership drive for the 2020-21 year. We will hope to engage for this drive later in the summer months if we are cleared to do so.

Please continue to monitor SMNA.org for more information.

Thank You and Be Safe!

East Towne & Odana Area Plans

The City of Madison Planning Division is continuing digital engagement for the Greater East Towne and Odana Area Plan with a series of virtual brown bags and evening engagements – see schedule below.  This follows up on Mall Madness PDF , a tournament style bracket used to better understand the public’s thoughts and preferences PDF  about how these areas could transform in the coming years.

The weekly series of virtual brown bags and evening engagements will discuss different aspects of plan development.  The first week’s engagements will focus on issues associated with malls and large commercial areas.  It will also provide an opportunity to discuss how Covid19 presents new challenges for these areas.  The second week will highlight mall redevelopment examples from around the country, and how those efforts activated stagnant, dead or declining commercial areas.  Subsequent weeks will take an in depth look at the Greater East Towne and Odana Area Plan boundaries and the unique issues and opportunities present.

These webinars will use Zoom and are accessible via computer, smart phone or phone (audio only).  Advance registration is required.  Sign up here to participate. 

Schedule of Virtual Brown Bags and Evening Engagements:

  • Week 1:  Issues facing malls and potential impacts from Covid19 –  Monday May 4th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 7th 5:15-6 pm
  • Week 2:  Case Studies – Mall & Office Redevelopment Examples – Monday May 11th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 14th, 5:15- 6 p
  • Week 3:  Odana Area Plan Focused Discussion – Monday May 18th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 21st 5:15-6 pm
  • Week 4:  Greater East Towne Area Plan Focused Discussion – Monday June 1st 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday June 4th 5:15-6 pm

City of Madison Planning Division Contacts:
Odana Area Plan: Ben Zellers – bzellers@cityofmadison.com; Rebecca Cnare – rcnare@cityofmadison.com; Dan McAuliffe – dmcauliffe@cityofmadison.com; Linda Horvath – lhorvath@cityofmadison.com

Public Health Madison & Dane County

This content is accurate as of March 6, 2020. For the most up to date information about coronavirus, see the Public Health Madison & Dane County website


Preparing for the Spread of Coronavirus 

While your chances of getting sick from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wisconsin are low right now, this is the time to prepare for widespread illness in the future. This is a new virus, and with that comes some anxiety, but sticking to basic public health prevention practices is very effective in helping us all stay healthy.

By preparing ourselves for the possibility of coronavirus spreading, we can:

  • Limit the spread of illness: Limiting contact with other people lowers how many people may catch the virus.
  • Help protect others: Help protect those in our community who are more vulnerable, like the elderly and people with chronic disease, who may be more likely to experience serious complications or death.
  • Reduce strain on the healthcare system: The more precautions people take to not get sick, the less strain on our healthcare system.

What you can do to stay healthy

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like doorknobs, remotes, refrigerator handles, and sink handles.
  • Avoid shaking hands or getting in someone’s personal space.
  • Stay home if you are sick, and avoid contact with others who are sick.
  • If you haven’t gotten your flu shot, do so now. Flu is circulating widely in our community. Getting a flu shot lessens your odds of being hospitalized for flu, which frees up hospitals for people who may get sick from coronavirus.

How you can prepare

  • Just like when you prepare for a big snowstorm, stock supplies now so you don’t have to leave home to get them if illness is widespread in our community. Buy items you’d need to stay home for a week or two, like non-perishable food, tissues, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. Don’t forget daily medications, fever reducing medicine, and supplies for your pets.
  • Learn about plans and policies for work and kids’ schools if an outbreak of illness occurs. Can you work from home? Who can take care of your kids if they need to stay home?
  • Think about ways you can minimize your amount of time in crowds. Can you reduce trips to the store? Can you order items online for delivery? Can you sit farther away from people on the bus?

What employers can do

  • Create plans now for limiting face-to-face interactions in the workplace; use conference calls and video conferencing.
  • Create a business continuity plan, which details how to provide essential services if a number of employees are sick or unavailable.
  • See publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus for a factsheet with many more tips.

What Public Health Madison & Dane County is doing

  • Monitoring travelers and people who may have had contact with someone with coronavirus. Read blog posts about our role in monitoring and responding to coronavirus: publichealthmdc.com/blog.
  • Coordinating with partners in public health, health care, local schools, higher education, and labs—sometimes daily—in order to map out processes, outline our unique roles, and share information.
  • Planning ahead and helping our community prepare if coronavirus spreads more widely in our community, including partnering with state and CDC officials on when to shut down schools and public events. 

When we all pull together as a community to prepare for widespread illness, we protect ourselves, our families, those who are more vulnerable, and those providing services and care to us. Stay tuned as this situation progresses by following us on social media (@publichealthmdc), checking our regularly updated website (publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus), and calling our information line (608) 243-0587.

Monroe Street Arts Center – Construction Commencement

Contact: Suzy Baldwin, Director of Programming

Phone: (608) 232-1510

Email: suzy@monroestreetarts.org

Construction Commencement 

Friday, March 6, 2020

3:00 – 5:00 PM 

1732 West Lawn Ave. 

Monroe Street Arts Center is proud to announce their construction commencement! Come to 1732 West Lawn Ave (on the corner of Monroe Street and West Lawn Avenue across from Trader Joe’s and Orange Tree Imports) on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to help MSAC kick off this momentous occasion! Attendees are encouraged to come and write their well wishes in chalk on the concrete base of the space before the building begins. Hear from Executive Director, Monica Wahlberg and Board President, Julia Kerr about MSAC’s commitment to building Madison’s creative future! 

Monroe Street Arts Center began a capital campaign in the fall of 2019 and continues to raise funds to move to a new space in the historic Dudgeon-Monroe district. Any artist will tell you the importance of space: to imagine, discover, and create. Since opening their doors in 1997, Monroe Street Arts Center has dedicated itself to providing those spaces throughout Madison. Over the last 22 years MSAC has brought art in all its forms to make our city a better place.  This new location will have the space and resources to expand programming, classes, and outreach with collaborative partners from all corners of the city. MSAC appreciates many key donors who have already given to make this growth opportunity happen, such as Diane Ballweg, Madison Community Foundation, and the Comer Family Foundation. Fundraising continues in order to move into the space and create a fund for our scholarship and outreach programs. MSAC will continue to be a pipeline for many other youth arts programs throughout Madison. For more information, visit monroestreetarts.org.

Safety/Security Reminder

We’ve had another recent rash of burglaries, including someone having their car stolen out of their garage on Christmas Eve.

So, just a few reminders to folks:

  • Keep your vehicles locked – particularly if they’re outside
  • Keep your garage doors closed – particularly if you are not in the garage or within eyesight of the door
  • Do not leave your vehicle running unattended
  • Do not leave your keys in your vehicle
  • Keep the area around your vehicle/garage well-lit
  • If you see your neighbor’s garage door open, let them know
  • If you see anyone or anything suspicious, call the MPD