2021-10-01 Neighborhood News & Updates

Streets Division Updates

  • Brush collection is over. Do not set brush out to the curb for pickup. Collection will return in 2022.  Take brush to a drop-off site.
  • Drop-off site hours are different this year. Be sure you know what the hours are before loading your vehicle. Learn the hours and more at www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites.
  • Collection of fall yard waste begins in October. Learn when to set out your yard waste for pickup by going to www.cityofmadison.com/yardwaste.
  • Remember: large item collection is different! You need to schedule your large item pickup before you place items on the curb at www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItemWorkOrder
  • Winter is coming. Get the information you need about winter parking, snow plowing operations, correct salt usage, and more at www.cityofmadison.com/Winter.

Town of Madison Attachment

  • There will be an in-person Public Information Meeting for the Town of Madison attachment on October 14. Please visit the webpage for more information at www.cityofmadison.com/townofmadison

South Madison Plan


Let’s Talk Streets Community Survey – Phase 2

  • Please take a short survey about our city streets. This survey builds on what we have heard from the community so far on our shared values for streets. We would like to know more as we develop those shared values in a way that can guide decisions about streets and transportation. Take the Survey:  www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/initiatives/lets-talk-streets

28th Annual Madison Compost Bin Truckload Sale!

  • RainReserve will hold the 28th annual Madison compost bin truckload sale on October 23, 2021 at the Garver Feed Mill (3241 Garver Green). Pre-orders are now available. The location provides easy pick-up and experts will be on hand to answer questions.

2021-09-24 Neighborhood News & Updates

Local redistricting is happening now! The City’s Redistricting Committee needs your feedback on two Alder District Concepts Maps by Sunday September 26th. 

Local redistricting is the process of redrawing the City’s wards and alder districts based on population changes since 2010. Redistricting determines how communities and neighborhoods are assembled into alder districts and other voting districts.

The two alder district concept maps: 1. Concept 5a, 2. Concept 6

Leave your feedback on the comment map: Redistricting Comment Map

Or drop into any Madison Public Library to see the 2 large print draft maps through this Sunday, September 26 and fill out a paper feedback form. 

Visual storymap about the redistricting process: Redistricting Storymap

Check out cityofmadison.com/Redistricting for more information and subscribe to updates.

Please forward this email to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, or others, and encourage them to get involved in the City of Madison redistricting efforts. Thank you for helping to spread the word!

Any questions, please email redistricting@cityofmadison.com

The City of Madison is celebrating National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. To learn more visit:


National Voter Registration Day at every Madison public library September 28, 2021 12PM-5PM
Celebrate Community Voter Registration & Service Hub September 28, 2021 12PM-4PM, 1233 McKenna Blvd
United Way Dane County & Madison City Clerk's Office
Drive-thru registration September 28, Noon to 4 PM
2059 Atwood Ave
National Voter Registration Day
Get #VoteReady
September 28
for more info visit:  vote.wisc.edu

2021-09-17 Neighborhood News & Updates

Redistricting 2021 – The redrawing of the City of Madison’s wards and alder districts is happening now! Join us for one of our Redistricting Informational Meetings on September 22 at 12-1pm or 6-7pm or provide feedback on draft maps at a library near you from September 20-26th.

South Madison Plan – The City of Madison will be introducing to the Common Council in the coming months the complete draft of the South Madison Plan. Before that happens, we would like to invite everyone from the South Madison to share their input and help the City complete the vision for the area. There will be two online engagement meetings and one in-person conversation with a free community meal. You only need to attend one meeting that works best for your schedule.

  • Complete Draft Discussion Community Meal at Penn Park Shelter on Thursday September 30 from 4pm – 6pm
  • Complete Draft Discussion Virtual Meeting #1: Wednesday, September 29th | 12-1PM | Register here: qrgo.page.link/ZnmMN
  • Complete Draft Discussion Virtual Meeting #2: Wednesday, September 29th | 6:00-7:30PM |Register here: qrgo.page.link/seUnS

Walk-tober – October is a great month for walking! Walk to work, walk to the store, walk to school, or just walk for fun. Walk-tober includes ideas for nature walks, library walks, walks to school and more. Visit the Traffic Engineering webpage to learn more: Walk-tober This webpage will be updated soon with 2021 information.

Streets Division Updates

Madison BCycle Launches Community Pass ProgramLibrary card holders can check out one of the available Madison BCycle passes from any Madison Public Library location. The passes can be checked out for up to a week at a time and provide access to over 300 electric-assist bikes at more than 50 BCycle stations. Riders also have the option to check out a helmet as needed. To learn more email Helen Bradley, Madison BCycle, at helen.bradley@madisonbcycle.com

2021-09-03 Neighorhood News & Updates

Crossing Guards Needed – The City of Madison is looking to fill a few more Crossing Guard positions, particularly in the west/near west area. The time commitment is typically around 10 hours per week, depending on the location. Candidates should have a desire to help children walk/bike to school safely. Apply online at City of Madison Jobs.

Walk-tober – October is a great month for walking! Walk to work, walk to the store, walk to school, or just walk for fun. Walk-tober includes ideas for nature walks, library walks, walks to school and more. Visit the Traffic Engineering webpage to learn more: Walk-tober This webpage will be updated soon with 2021 information.

Town of Madison Public Information Meeting September 15 – Come to a virtual public information meeting, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the Town of Madison Attachment. Visit the Planning Division webpage for details: https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/first-public-information-meeting-set-for-town-of-madison-attachment

Madison Parks Movies this Fall 

Saturday, September 11, 2:00pmWarner ParkSoul
Friday, September 17, 6:00pmGalaxy ParkTom & Jerry
Saturday, September 18, 6:00pmHigh Point ParkWho Framed Roger Rabbit
Tuesday, September 21, 6:00pmMcGinnis ParkToy Story 4
Friday, September 24, 7:00pmPeace (Elizabeth Link) ParkSpaceballs

Metro Redesign – Metro Transit has moved into Phase Two of their Network Redesign Project which focuses on examining the ‘network alternatives.’ To learn more, and to take a brief survey in English or Spanish, go here:  Metro Route Redesign PHASE 2 Input. Project leaders and City staff will also host a virtual Public Information Meeting on September 23, at 6:00 p.m. 

Capital Improvement Plan – On August 31, Mayor Rhodes-Conway released the 2022 Executive Capital Budget and 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) detailing her funding proposal for buildings, infrastructure, and other capital investments for Madison. View the City’s full budget process, along with detailed budget information, at www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget.

2021-08-21 Neighborhood Update

Face Covering Emergency Order Issued yesterday August 19

See the Face Covering Emergency Order PDF  and Public Health news release for details. This order is in effect until September 16, 2021.

First Public Information Meeting set for Town of Madison Attachment

The City of Madison would like to invite anyone impacted by the upcoming Town of Madison Attachment process to a virtual public information meeting, 6 p.m., Sept. 15, 2021. For more information visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/first-public-information-meeting-set-for-town-of-madison-attachment

Redistricting 2021

The redrawing of the City of Madison’s wards and alder districts is happening now! You can use the email template or social media template to encourage your constituents, colleagues, neighbors, or others to get involved.

LIFT Leopold – Free Community Summer Series

Come to the last LIFT Leopold event on August 24th, 5:30pm at Leopold Park.  There will be dinner sponsored by Quartz, YMCA Flag Football Skills and Drills, live music, a yoga class, MSCR Adaptive Dance & Nature Kits for Kids, and SSM Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

Last Movies in the Park of the year at Peace Park on Friday September 24, 7pm!

The City of Madison Parks Division developed Movies with Madison Parks in harmony with the City’s Neighborhood Resource Teams (NRTs). Sina Davis, from the Allied Drive Neighborhood, provided the spark and served as the main community driver behind the creation and development of the program. This popular program was named in her honor, just prior to her passing in July 2019. LEARN MORE ABOUT SINA DAVIS.

Neighborhood Updates 2021-08-08

Everyone 12 and Older is Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine – Stay Healthy, Get Vaccinated


FREE COVID-19 Vaccine, Family Activities and Food at Aldo Leopold Park

August 10th, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Free Ice Cream and nutritious dinner, COVID-19 Vaccine, and fun family activities at Aldo Leopold Park, 2906 Traceway Dr. hosted by Leopold-Arbor Hills Neighborhood Resource Team and many partners!

Upcoming Movies in the Park

Friday, August 6, 6:30pmLake Edge ParkTenet
Tuesday, August 10, 6:00pmAllied ParkJumanji: The Next Level
Thursday, August 12, 7:00pmWarner ParkAvengers: Endgame
Saturday, August 14, 5:00pm100 Block of State StreetRaya and the Last Dragon
Saturday, August 14, 7:15pm100 Block of State StreetSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Tuesday, August 17, 6:00pmWorthington ParkThe Lion King (2019)

For more information visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/movies/

Mad Lit

Mad Lit continues highlighting music, art, and small businesses run by people of color, using the outdoor spaces around the 100 block of State Street for fun, inclusive events designed to bring the community together. Join the Greater Madison Music City team on August 13 — The Adem Tesfaye Band w/ Zander Anim + Vilas Park Sniper

Metro Routes Redesign

There is still time to share your input about future Metro routes. For more information visit Transit Network Redesign

Let’s Talk About Streets

The City of Madison wants to know what you think about the streets you use to work, live and play in the City of Madison. Please visit the City of Madison’s Let’s Talk Streets website and take the Community Survey. 

Remember, Large Item Collection has Changed

Before you set your items out to the curb for the Streets Division to collect them, you need to submit a work order to schedule the pickup. The website to book your large item collection appointment is www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItemWorkOrder.

Student Move Out

The first two weeks of August always brings out a big mess to the curb as thousands of downtown leases all end around August 15.  Each year, around 1 million pounds of junk gets set out to the curb for Streets Division crews to collect, so it’s important to follow the rules so collection can be fast and safe.

To learn about the yearly move-out and how you can help go to www.cityofmadison.com/MovingDays.

City of Madison’s First Independent Police Monitor

The Police Civilian Oversight Board (COB) and the City of Madison are looking to hire an exceptional individual with a commitment to racial equity and an understanding of oppression and institutional racism to serve as the City’s first ever Independent Police Monitor.

The preferred candidate shall understand racial inequalities specifically in the criminal justice system and bring prior experience successfully working with multicultural communities. This person will demonstrate knowledge of social injustices and will quickly understand the community’s attitude towards the organization and historical and contemporary race relations.

You can apply for the position here (open until August 1st):


American Rescue Plan Act Allocation Information Sessions

The City has launched a new webpage for the American Rescue Plan Act (www.cityofmadison.com/arpa) to provide information about the planned allocation of federal funds to support an equitable recovery and continue to provide government services. The City will host two information sessions to share information about the annual budget process and address funding allocations outlined in the plan. The information sessions will take place on July 22nd (4:30-6:30pm) and July 27th (4:00-5:00pm). The sessions will be recorded and posted to the webpage.

To join the July 22nd meeting CLICK HERE.
To join the July 27th meeting CLICK HERE​.

About the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The City of Madison will receive $47.2 million of federal funding through the State and Local Recovery Funds component of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to recover from the negative public health and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has adopted a plan to use ARPA funds to address critical community issues, support an equitable recovery, and continue to provide government services.

The City’s plan for ARPA funding focuses on five priority areas –

  • Violence Prevention & Youth Engagement – $2,585,000.
  • Homelessness Support – $8,650,000.
  • Affordable Housing — $6,650,000.
  • Emerging Needs — $1,000,000.
  • Economic Development — $3,915,000.

The allocations were recommended by cross-agency Recovery Teams comprised of City staff with expertise in affordable housing, community services, economic development, public health, and other areas, and were prioritized based on impact, urgency, and feasibility balanced with the fiscal needs brought on by COVID-19. These priority areas and initial allocations were approved by the Common Council on July 6, 2021. There will be ongoing opportunities for community members, community based organizations, the Common Council, and other stakeholders to provide input on specific projects that utilize ARPA funds.

The City of Madison Finance Department invites residents to attend the ARPA information sessions and to follow along on the ARPA webpage that will be regularly updated with information about projects related to ARPA funding and opportunities to access those funds. Questions and comments can be directed to Finance Director David Schmiedicke (dschmiedicke@cityofmadison.com).

Neighborhood Updates 2021-07-09

Movies in the Park have begun! Bring your chair or blanket July 13th for Raya and the Last Dragon at Aldo Leopold Park, 2906 Traceway Dr. Dinner, DREAM Bus mobile library, and DREAM Bikes free bike repair too. Madison Parks hosts the movie and Leopold-Arbor Hills hosts dinner and other activities. Visit Madison Parks for more movies in other Madison neighborhoods: https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/movies/

It Takes a Village July 20 Take two! This Community Resource Fair focuses on bringing the community together in a fun environment to learn about services available on the south side of Madison. Stop by Penn Park between 12-5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 to meet new librarians from Goodman South Madison, enjoy a cookout, get free books from the Madison Reading Project and engage with other public servants. Madison Reading Project will be onsite from 2-5 p.m. (free books while supplies last). Visit: https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/new/it-takes-village-community-resource-fair-july-20

Madison Public Library Artist in Residence Program This summer The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is launching a new artist-in-residence program called the Bubbler Artist Cohort. Six diverse teaching artists will work together to create community connections and creative opportunities around a single theme. As part of a larger initiative by Madison Public Library called YOU(th) Belong, the Cohort plans to collaborate over the course of six months to explore the spectrum of “Belonging” with youth (8 – 18 years old). Visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/the-bubbler-at-madison-public-library-announces-new-artist-in-residence-program

Carts in Madison Parks! The City of Madison has been awarded a $50,000 Street for Pandemic Response and Recovery grant through the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) to launch a Carts in Parks Vending Pilot Program this summer into fall! This program will provide daily food cart vending in 20 parks around Madison, support community-driven micro vending markets, reduce the barriers to vending in city parks, provide greater food access, and enhance our community gathering spaces. Visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/city-unveils-carts-in-parks-vending-program

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.