Property Crime “Hotspot”

Madison West Police Department notified us today of a new property crime micro time hotspot that has developed around the area of Maple Grove Drive and McKee Rd in Aldermanic District #7. Please remain vigilant and do everything possible to keep homes and vehicles secured and belongings out of view in locked cars.

As you may know, West PD is focusing on property crime for this summer’s strategic plan and is focusing on eight historical property crime hotspots. When new and highly active clusters are identified, the PD plans to share this information with neighborhood associations. The police sectors around this intersection are accounting for 25-30% of the district’s property crime incidents over the last two weeks.

The PD is dispatching additional resources into these areas during the overnight hours and residents can expect additional check-ins when they find open garage doors.

See the attachment for more information on this micro time hotspot.

Updates from City of Madison – June 2021

  • A new set of data (2020 Edition) has been added to the City of Madison’s Neighborhood Indicators Project (NIP)—a tracking system with trend data going back to 2008.  NIP was designed by the City of Madison in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Applied Population Lab. Interested in learning more about NIP data and the NIP website?  The City of Madison Planning Division offers free workshops to local organizations.  Please contact Urvashi Martin at umartin@cityofmadison.com for more details.
  • The South Madison Planning team will have in-person conversations at It Takes a Village
    • Madison Public Library is hosting an in-person, outdoor resource fair at Penn Park on Tuesday, June 29 from 12-5 p.m. Local residents can get connected to community services in a fun, informal environment. The South Madison Planning team will be sharing information and asking for public feedback on the DRAFT Recommendations and Strategies for the area, and the DRAFT Focus Area Concepts.
  • Remember to Schedule Your Large Item Collection!
    • On June 1, the Streets Division began a new large item collection system where residents must schedule their large item pickup to guarantee collection. You can schedule your large item collection at www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItem.
  • Movies with Madison Parks and more!
    • Now that COVID Public Health restrictions have been lifted, the City of Madison, Parks Division has created a series of community events that are free and accessible to the public. To learn more, check out City Parks Calendar.

Neighborhood News and Updates – 2021-06-11

New Eye-Catching Neighborhood Projects …

  • June 12th, 9-12 noon OPEN HOUSE at Warwick Way Gardens, Whenona Dr. and Warwick Way:  https://cmnna.org/ Crawford-Marlborough-Nakoma Neighborhood received a Neighborhood Grant in 2020 to enhance a greenspace that includes the Pollinator/Butterfly Garden and Rain Garden at Warwick Way and Whenona Drive.  In the last year, neighbors have added a picnic table, bench, bird house and bat roost box, and most recently two beautiful interpretive signs, illustrating the benefits of the Pollinator and Rain Gardens.
  • Kayaking down Starkweather Creek just north of E. Washington Ave. you will happen upon the McCormick Avenue Bridge. Look up, and you will see Eken Park Neighborhood’s recent addition of freshly painted murals. The group received a Neighborhood Grant in 2019 for this project and worked with Dane Arts Mural Arts and local residents to make it happen last Saturday.

Madison Music

  • Madison neighborhoods are welcoming more outdoor amplified music this summer! This is allowing artists and musicians to more rapidly recover from the devastating economic down turn. This temporary permit was added to the Streatery Program and authorized by the Common Council on May 18th. All restaurants, bars and concerts halls are allowed to provide outdoor music all Thursdays from 3pm-8pm and Fridays/Saturdays from 3pm-9pm. This permit will only last until April 14 2022. We appreciate your patience and understanding as artists have more opportunities to work again and music fans can celebrate, support economic recovery efforts, and strengthen our music ecosystem.   
  • Make Music Madison returns in person on Monday, June 21! Patios, sidewalks, front porches, and parks all over the city will fill with song for anyone to enjoy! Schedule and Interactive Map – www.makemusicmadison.org/listings.

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.