2022-10-07 Neighborhood News & Updates

Moon over Monona Terrace TONIGHT, October 7th, 7-9:30 p.m.

FREE tickets at mononaterrace.com All ages are invited to the Monona Terrace rooftop this Friday, Oct. 7 from 7- 9:30 pm to view the Moon and other celestial objects such as Jupiter and Saturn through a multitude of different telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society. The evening will also feature fun learning activities for kids with educational games and prizes, and short kid friendly presentations about the moon and sky conditions. In the event of rain or cloud cover, the activities, presentations and games will be moved inside.

Streets Division Updates:

  • Brush collection is over.  Do not set out more brush for pickup at this time.  Take your brush to a drop-off site (www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites)
  • Yard waste & leaf collection starts is underway. Get the dates when you should set out your leaves and yard waste for pickup at www.cityofmadison.com/YardWaste
  • The food scraps recycling drop-off is coming to a close of October 25.  To learn more about where you can take food scraps, and the hours and locations of the farmer’s market drop-off sites, visit www.cityofmadison.com/FoodScraps

Calling all Neighborhood Leaders! Please share any profile and contact updates by November 14.  Madison’s neighborhoods are the building blocks that make our community strong. The City of Madison values all the work that neighborhood organizations do in the community, and we would like to continue helping you bring people together to form a collective, united voice. The City of Madison has formally recognized many neighborhood organizations based on a few different criteria, as described on the City website. If your organization has been formally recognized, it will be listed with a descriptive profile that neighbors, businesses, community based organizations, and educational institutions use to find out about your group. Please find your group on our City website, review the information, and if you would like any changes, you can update your information here. If you have any questions, please send an email to Neighborhoods@cityofmadison.com

Health & Resource Fair for Older Adults Tuesday October 11th 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Madison Senior Center, 330 W Mifflin St. FREE health screenings for depression & stress, memory, blood pressure, hearing and vision. Also, find info on Medicare, housing, scams, dementia and many more important topics, and attend two special presentations: Stay Warm & Save Energy by Madison Gas & Electric in both English and Spanish and Brain & Body Fitness by graduate students from UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. This is a great opportunity to learn, collect information and get free health screenings; plus win door prizes and enjoy light refreshments. Call 266-6581 or email seniorcenter@cityofmadison.com for more information.

General Election is November 8, 2022

Voters can view a sample ballot for their address and find out where and how to vote on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

A number of offices are up for election:

  • Governor/Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Congressional Representative – District 2
  • State Senator – District 27
    • Voters who reside in District 27 will see this office on their ballot
  • Representative to State Assembly – Districts 46, 47, 48, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
    • Voters who reside in each district will see that district’s race on their ballot
  • Dane County Sheriff
  • Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court

All Dane County voters will see three referendum questions on their ballots. Voters who reside in the Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton/Cross Plains, or Verona Area School Districts will also see school district referendum questions on their ballot.

Absentee Ballots in the Mail

Voters are encouraged to ensure their absentee ballot certificate envelope is sealed and complete before returning it to the City Clerk’s Office. A complete absentee certificate envelope will include: Voter signature, Witness signature, and Witness address.

Town of Madison Final Public Information Meeting

The City of Madison will hold a Final Public Information Meeting for the Town of Madison Attachment on October 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. This public meeting will be conducted virtually and prior registration is required. Join us to meet City of Madison staff and learn about the Town of Madison attachment.

Events

  • Madison Senior Center Health & Resource Fair: The Madison Senior Center’s annual Health & Resource Fair is on Tuesday, October 11, 9am-11:30am, at the Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street. Learn more about the event here, or call 608-266-6581 or email seniorcenter@cityofmadison.com for more information.
  • Community Talk Back Series: Join the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness (FFBWW) at noon on October 11 for their Community Powered Policy Session to share your thoughts on the most pressing issues affecting Black women, children, and families. Your feedback will directly shape the policy recommendations included in their “Policy Blueprint for Black Women’s Health: Black Women Deserve,” which will be published as a resource and roadmap for policymakers and decision-makers across the nation. All community members are invited to attend the various sessions. Register here for the upcoming session or future sessions.
  • 20th Annual Wisconsin Book Festival: The schedule for the 20th Anniversary Fall Celebration of the Wisconsin Book Festival has been released! Visit wisconsinbookfestival.org to see the full lineup for the 4-day celebration taking place October 13-16 and start saving the date for your favorites. Catch international best-selling author Andy Weir for Project Hail Mary, activist and advocate Brenda Myers Powell for Leaving Breezy Street, Reese’s Book Club author Thrity Umrigar for Honor and many more!
  • Fire truck parade: Please join the Madison Fire Department (MFD) on Sunday, October 9, at 1pm, for the annual Fire Truck Parade. For 2022, MFD has partnered with Downtown Madison to enhance the event with a fire safety scavenger hunt, fire-themed story walk, and deals and specials at downtown stores and restaurants.
  • Walk-tober is back: For the third consecutive year, the City of Madison is promoting staying active this fall with a special month-long event, Walk-tober. This series of planned activities and events hopes to motivate the public to get out and walk during the month of October. The Walk-tober website provides weekly scheduled activities, walk suggestions, contests and a few collaborations (reading lists, nature walks and the “Walk or Wheel” challenge) with stakeholders around the city. You may also want to read about the 26th annual National Walk & Roll to School Day on October 12.
  • Virtual community sessions on the 2023 budget: The city’s budget for 2023 will be debated and adopted by the Common Council in November. In addition to public comment opportunities at Finance Committee and Council meetings over the next six weeks, there will be two virtual community sessions on the budget. City Finance staff will provide background information on the city’s capital and operating budget process, including highlights of the 2023 executive budget.  This is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about our city’s budget.  Electronic copies of budget information can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/2023. Virtual community sessions on the 2023 budget will be held on Thursday, October 13, and Monday, October 24.  Both meetings will start at 5:30 PM and end at 7:00 PM

Announcements

  • Accessibility to the ballot: The City of Madison Clerk’s Office works to make sure that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted. Making sure all voters know their options for casting a ballot is one way they try to reach that goal. Learn more about the several tools that Clerk’s Office staff and election officials use to make sure voting is accessible in the City of Madison.
  • Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Award: The City of Madison invites you to submit nominations for its annual Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award. This award honors Jeffrey Clay Erlanger, who was an individual of integrity, passion, intelligence and civility. Jeff understood that thoughtful and caring people could have very different views on how to best address our community’s many complex issues and problems. Jeff, who died on June 10, 2007, spent a significant part of his life committed to public service, focusing on constructive advocacy and civil debate, fairness, openness and effective representation. He embraced the similarities that unite us. Find more information about the award and the nomination process here. Read the news release here.
  • Dane CORE 2.0 application portal: As of October 5, the Dane CORE 2.0 application portal has reopened. For anyone who submitted an application prior to September 15, your application is still being processed and there is no need to submit a new application. To view the status of your application, or to check for open tasks (meaning you may be missing documentation in your file), please log into Neighborly and review your submitted application. For new applications, including Additional Funding Requests, there are new program eligibility requirements. The new program requirements include:
    • Program benefits will be available only to those with household incomes at or below 50% of the County Median Income, which are the following limits: Household Size of 1 $40,400, Household Size of 2 $46,150, Household Size of 3 $51,900, Household Size of 4 $57,650, Household Size of 5 $62,300, see website for more.
    • The program will provide assistance only for past-due (unpaid) rents.
    • Only arrears accrued since July 1, 2021, will be eligible.
    • Limited assistance will remain available for forward/future rent payments, and only if paired with security deposit assistance.

To learn about program eligibility and to apply for Dane CORE 2.0, please visit www.danecore.org.

  • Vision Zero: The final Vision Zero speed reduction for 2022 will occur on a portion of Segoe Road beginning on October 10. This area was selected due to the busy use for multi-modal street traffic, its proximity to a school and park, as well as lots of residents, restaurants and a large shopping area. The section of Segoe Road that will see the speed reduced to 25mph is from University Avenue to Odana Road, approximately 2.2 miles.

    Nationally, a statistical analysis to the first quarter of 2022 shows that traffic fatalities are up 7% compared to 2021, which was already a high year for traffic fatalities. In contrast to the national trend, Madison crash data shows the total number of traffic crashes are down 5% for the first half of 2022, compared to the first half of 2021. Even more astounding is that fatalities and serious injury crashes are down 29% in the first half of 2022 compared to the first half of 2021. These promising statistics tell us that the citywide Vision Zero project improvements are making a difference!

2022-09-23 Neighborhood News & Updates

Mayor Rhodes-Conway Releases 2023 Executive Capital Budget Prioritizing Affordable Housing, Climate Resiliency and Strong Neighborhoods

Mayor Rhodes-Conway released her 2023 Executive Capital Budget and 6-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which detail her funding proposals for buildings, infrastructure and other capital investments in Madison. The Capital Budget is one major piece of the City’s budget. In a month, she will introduce her 2023 Executive Operating Budget, which focuses on services, staffing and programs. (See included links for the full capital budget, summary and project map.)

Wayne Strong Received Annual Reverend Wright Human Rights Award

The 2022 annual Reverend Wright Human Rights Award was given to Wayne Strong (posthumously). Unfortunately, Wayne passed away earlier this year. The award was presented to Wayne’s wife, Terri, at the Common Council meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Wayne was passionate about all forms of justice. He knew that young African American men needed positive role models and activities to succeed in spite of the racism and barriers that they experienced. Thirty years ago, as a neighborhood police officer, Wayne got involved in the Southside Raiders Youth Football and Cheerleading Program. He kept the program going long after he left the force. He was there for all youth, even those who were justice-involved, had trouble in school, or had fallen through the cracks in other ways.

General Election is November 8, 2022

The General Election is coming up on November 8th and voters can view a sample ballot for their address on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

A number of offices are up for election:

  • Governor/Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Congressional Representative – District 2
  • State Senator – District 27
    • Voters who reside in District 27 will see this office on their ballot
  • Representative to State Assembly – Districts 46, 47, 48, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
    • Voters who reside in each district will see that district’s race on their ballot
  • Dane County Sheriff
  • Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court

All Dane County voters will see three referendum questions on their ballots. Voters who reside in the Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton/Cross Plains, or Verona Area School Districts will also see school district referendum questions on their ballot.

Absentee Ballots in the Mail

Voters are encouraged to ensure their absentee ballot certificate envelope is sealed and complete before returning it to the City Clerk’s Office. A complete absentee certificate envelope will include: Voter signature, Witness signature, and Witness address.

Complete Green Streets Public Presentation

Join City of Madison staff and project consultants at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, for a virtual public presentation to share the draft Complete Green Streets framework, including priorities and decision-making elements that will shape how the City plans to design streets moving forward.  More information and a link to register for the Zoom meeting is online at www.cityofmadison.com/talkstreets

Town of Madison Final Public Information Meeting

The City of Madison will hold a Final Public Information Meeting for the Town of Madison Attachment on October 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. This public meeting will be conducted virtually and prior registration is required. Join us to meet City of Madison staff and learn about the Town of Madison attachment.

Madison Public Library is offering Birding Backpacks

Thanks to a generous donation from the Feminist Bird Club-Madison Chapter and the Madison Public Library Foundation, birding Backpacks can be checked out for 7 days at a time and Madisonians will find two backpacks at each Madison Public Library location. No holds are available for the bags, so they are first-come, first-serve.

Streets Division Updates

Residents get three curbside collection opportunities in the fall – Yard waste and leaves can be placed on the terrace, which is the grassy space between the sidewalk and the curb. If no terrace is available, it can be placed at the road edge or in the driveway apron. Click here for more information.

Updates from Alder Wehelie

  • Food scraps recycling: Food scraps recycling for 2022 has been extended to October 25 at two farmer’s market drop-off sites:
    • Market Site 1: South Madison Farmer’s Market (1602 S. Park Street, Labor Temple)
      • Hours: 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
      • Dates open: Only Tuesday markets
    • Market Site 2: Eastside Farmer’s Market (202 S. Ingersoll Street, McPike Park)
      • Hours: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
      • Dates open: Only Tuesday evenings
  • Fair Housing Training: The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is offering a free online fair housing training seminar for owners and managers of rental properties, or staff operating residential programs, in Madison on Thursday, September 29, 8:30am – 10am and on Wednesday, November 9, 6pm-7:30pm. The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices delineated by local, state and federal fair housing laws, as well as emerging issues such as sexual harassment and hate incidents in housing situations. To register for this free online seminar, visit https://tinyurl.com/MadisonFairHousing or call 608-257-0853.
  • MFD virtual recruitment open house events: For the first time ever, the Madison Fire Department (MFD) will host a series of virtual recruitment open houses aimed at introducing new audiences to the idea of becoming a career firefighter/EMT.
    • The first virtual open house takes place Monday, September 26, 6pm-8pm. Register here to participate.
    • On Tuesday, October 4, 6pm-8pm, the MFD will host a virtual recruitment open house for women. This event is designed to connect women interested in fire/EMS with other women currently serving at the MFD, and to share job-related information that is especially relevant to women. Register here to participate.
  • Business District Support Program: The Business District Support Program website is now live and is accepting applications on a first come, first served basis. This program will provide grant funds to eligible local organizations that can activate or reactivate business districts by promoting small businesses and other economic growth activities such as programs, assistance, and events such as markets or festivals. In addition, this grant can be for existing business associations or new groups interested in exploring or starting a new business district.
  • Indigenous People’s Day 2022 Tribute: Adams Outdoor Advertising is seeking art from native students for a week-long digital display in honor of indigenous nations in Wisconsin. These designs will appear at different times throughout the day and week on digital billboards in the Madison area (Sun Prairie, DeForest, Waunakee). Each design will feature an image of the artwork, the artist’s name, and the title of the artwork. Submissions are due by October 1. Questions? Contact Evan Schultz at 608-271-7900 or eschultz@adamsoutdoor.com.
    • What to submit
      • Photo or JPEG file of the artwork
      • Artist’s full name and tribal affiliation
      • Title of artwork, if applicableOpen to all artistic mediums (may be cropped to fit billboard
    • Where to submit
  • Dane CORE 2.0: Dane County and the City of Madison were notified this week that their requests for additional emergency rental assistance funds have been approved. That means more federal funds will soon be available to continue the Dane CORE 2.0 program. The Dane CORE 2.0 application portal, which temporarily closed on September 15, will re-open at 12:00 am CST on Wednesday, October 5, for persons interested in submitting new applications and additional funding requests (AFR’s). Applications received prior to the September 15 pause will continue to be processed without interruption, and eligible claims will be paid. It is not necessary to resubmit those applications when the portal re-opens. Anyone wishing to review the status of an application that has already been submitted to see if there are any open tasks and that all information is up to date should log into Neighborly. Please note that the program changes described in our previous message will go into effect for any applications submitted after the portal re-opens. These changes are designed to reserve funds for those households facing the greatest economic hardships. They include the following:
    • Program benefits will be available only to those with household incomes at or below 50% of the County Median Income. (Previously, the income threshold was 80% of County Median Income).
    • The program will provide assistance only for past-due (unpaid) rents.
    • Only arrears accrued since July 1, 2021 will be eligible.
    • Assistance will not be available for forward/future rent payments unless paired with security deposit assistance.
  • Credit card outages in City parking garages and lots: The Parking Division anticipates intermittent credit card processing outages due to network maintenance beginning at 7am on Saturday, September 24. This maintenance will temporarily disable the use of credit and debit cards at nearly all City-owned parking garages and lots. We expect credit and debit card services to resume later in the morning. More information here.

National Drug Take Back Day – October 29th

Please join us for our National Drug Take Back Day on October 29th!

This event encourages everyone to clean out unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications! Dane County – Safe Communities Madison Dane County, the African American Opioid Coalition, area law enforcement, and local community coalitions invite the public to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Safely turn in expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at our three designated collection sites in Madison on Saturday, October 29th. These are the site locations:

  • Mt. Zion Baptist church
    • 2019 Fisher St,
    • Madison, WI 53713
  • East Terrace Drive UW Clinic
    • 5249 E Terrace Dr,
    • Madison, WI 53718
  • Elver Park
    • 1250 McKenna Blvd,
    • Madison, WI 53719

Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal of medications, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications.

GUIDELINES:

All waste pharmaceuticals must be generated by a household – no businesses are allowed.

  • Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.  Sharps will also be accepted.
  • Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreen), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas), mercury thermometers.

Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable.

Liquids will be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

**Safe Communities will also be providing free medicine lock boxes at each site

If you have any questions, please let us know!! Learn more about the event, time, and locations at https://safercommunity.net/meddrop/

Hope to see you there!

2022-09-09 Neighborhood News & Updates

Mayor Rhodes-Conway Releases 2023 Executive Capital Budget Prioritizing Affordable Housing, Climate Resiliency and Strong Neighborhoods.

Yesterday, Mayor Rhodes-Conway released her 2023 Executive Capital Budget and 6-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which detail her funding proposals for buildings, infrastructure and other capital investments in Madison. The Capital Budget is one major piece of the City’s budget. In a month, she will introduce her 2023 Executive Operating Budget, which focuses on services, staffing and programs. (See included links for the full capital budget, summary and project map.)

MadLit and a new rainbow crossing at the top of State St!

Kinfolk with Romey, Bobdahippie today September 9, 8pm on Top of State St. This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy local music and appreciate the new rainbow crossing at the top of State St. that aims to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The Mad Lit event series started last year to revitalize State Street businesses and culture, which took a hit during the height of the pandemic. Mad Lit is a part of the Greater Madison Music City project and supported by the Urban Community Arts Network and the Madison Arts Commission.

Street Closures on Sunday September 11 Several streets in and around downtown will be closed for the Ironman Triathlon on Sunday, September 11. The race consists of swimming in Lake Monona, bicycling in Dane County, and running in the downtown/campus area. The race starts at 6:45 a.m. and lasts until approximately midnight. Police will maintain local access across the route only when possible during gaps in the runners/bicyclists. Thru-traffic driving across the route will not be permitted. Click here for more information.

Town of Madison Final Public Information Meeting

The City of Madison will hold a Final Public Information Meeting for the Town of Madison Attachment on October 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. This public meeting will be conducted virtually and prior registration is required. Join us to meet City of Madison staff and learn about the Town of Madison attachment.

Would you like to be part of the Police Civilian Oversight Board?

The application process for nominations and self-nominations for two (2) Common Council appointed seats and one (1) Mayoral appointed seat on the City of Madison Police Civilian Oversight Board has now been extended. The deadline for submitting nominations or self-nominations is now Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5:00pm.


Madison Public Library
is offering Birding Backpacks thanks to a generous donation from the Feminist Bird Club-Madison Chapter and the Madison Public Library Foundation . Birding Backpacks can be checked out for 7 days at a time and Madisonians will find two backpacks at each Madison Public Library location. No holds are available for the bags, so they are first-come, first-serve.


Streets Division Updates

Residents get three curbside collection opportunities in the fall – Yard waste and leaves can be placed on the terrace, which is the grassy space between the sidewalk and the curb. If no terrace is available, it can be placed at the road edge or in the driveway apron. Click here for more information.

Old Sauk Road speed reduction: The next 2022 roadway improvement scheduled through the Vision Zero initiative takes place on Monday, September 12, to a section of Old Sauk Road, from Westfield Road to the Beltline. Along with the previous speed changes occurring earlier this year on East Washington AvenueJohn Nolen Drive and Mineral Point Road, this speed reduction is another step forward towards the goal of zero deaths. For more information, see the news release.

September 22 Neighborhood Meeting

Please join us for a virtual neighborhood meeting where we will hear about Mad Grove LLC’s development proposal for 6801 and 6853 McKee Road. The proposed project would consist of two components:

  • A one-story commercial building of approximately 7,200 square feet for a funeral home operated by Ryan Funeral Homes, with approximately 78 surface parking stalls; and
  • A three-story mixed-use building with up to 140 residential units of varying types and up to 2,500 square feet of commercial space, with approximately 174 parking stalls, 144 of which would be under the building.

The proposed project would require rezoning and one or more conditional use approvals.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 6:30pm. You can join the virtual meeting using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, or you can listen in via telephone. You will receive login information after registering at www.cityofmadison.com/MeetingSeptember22McKee

Events

  • Arboretum Adventure! On Sunday, September 11, 9:30am-12pm, you are invited to work on a land restoration project at the Arboretum, and then go on a short hike to explore this natural gem. All ages are welcome, and all participants will be entered to win a prize. Snacks will be provided. Meet at the Arbor Drive parking lot off of Monroe Street. If you are interested, please contact laura@cmcmadison.org to register.
  • Job fair: Centro Hispano of Dane County will be having a Community Connection Day on Thursday, September 15, 4pm-7pm, 810 Badger Road, El Mercadito. Industries represented will include health care, finance, biotech/manufacturing, customer service and hospitality. The goal is that anyone seeking employment can connect with potential employers in a community-centered environment. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.
  • Trucks & Treasure: See, climb, and explore the big rigs! Sell or shop the gently used toys, games, books, and more at the kids-to-kids garage sale. Join Madison Parks at Trucks & Treasures on Saturday, September 17, 9am-12pm, at Reindahl Park.

2022-08-26 Neighborhood News & Updates

News Story about Romantix (new adult-oriented store on McKee & Maple Grove):

https://www.channel3000.com/sw-madison-residents-concerned-about-adult-toy-retail-store-in-neighborhood/

MadLit – Spoken Word Showcase today August 26, 8pm on Top of State St.

The Mad Lit event series started last year to revitalize State Street businesses and culture, which took a hit during the height of the pandemic. Mad Lit is a part of Greater Madison Music City and supported by the Urban Community Arts Network and the Madison Arts Commission.

Dane Dances continues today August 26.  Please join Dane Dances as we reconnect after a long couple of years of staying safe, wearing masks and socially distancing to get through the Covid 19 pandemic.  We invite you to get out, get up, get down and get together. For more info visit https://danedances.org/

Lots of Parks Events Coming up! Check it out… Festivals, outdoor movies and more in late summer. Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks activities:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar.

Town of Madison Zoning Hearing at Plan Commission … August 29 at 5:30 p.m. The City’s Plan Commission will conduct a public hearing, by virtual meeting, for the zoning of the Town of Madison properties on August 29, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. The Common Council will conduct a public hearing on the zoning of Town properties, by hybrid meeting, (in Room 201 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and virtually) on September 6, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. If you wish to register your support or opposition, or if you wish to speak at those meetings, please register in advance using instructions for participants noted on the agendas linked from the City of Madison Clerk’s website: https://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/committees/meeting-schedule.

Join Us! Review Initial Drafts from the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan The Planning Division will present initial draft concepts and recommendations from the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan for review and feedback at a series of pop-up activities. See below and on the City’s webpage: www.cityofmadison.com/HawthorneTruax

  • August 27 – Splish Splash Concept Review. Review initial draft plan concepts and recommendations while enjoying the Reindahl Park Splash Pad, 1818 Portage Rd., 11am-2pm
  • August 30 & September 6- Food Pantry Feedback. Staff will be at the East Madison Community Center food pantry to gather feedback on the initial draft plan concepts and recommendations. East Madison Community Center, 7 Straubel Ct, August 30 & September 6, 11am-1pm
  • September 6 & 7 Madison College Conversations. Staff will be at Madison College to gather feedback on initial draft concepts and recommendations with Madison College students and community members. Madison College Lobby, 1701 Wright St. September 6 & September 7, 11am-1pm.

Streets Division Updates

  • Curbside brush collection is winding down for 2022. Before you put brush out for pickup, check to see when the next collection will be for your home. The brush schedule can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection
  • Did your trash & recycling date change? If you live on the west side, it might have changed on August 1, 2022. Get your collection calendar at www.cityofmadison.com/CollecionSchedule
  • Do you have a question about the new Resource Recovery Special Charge? If you do, head over to www.cityofmadison.com/Recycling and check out the Resource Recovery Special Charge page for an extensive FAQ about this new charge.

U.W. Madison Welcome Week Events! Check out the U.W. Madison events calendar for welcome week activities: https://today.wisc.edu/

Virtual session on school safety

In partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Office of School Safety, Public Health Madison & Dane County’s Violence Prevention Unit is hosting a virtual session on school safety on Wednesday, August 31, 5pm – 6pm. The virtual session is free but registration is required. The session will be recorded and made available on PHMDC’s Violence Prevention Unit’s webpage. This is the third installment in the “Violence Prevention & Intervention Speaker Series”. The series will be sharing the latest violence prevention and intervention strategies, methodologies, and theories. It is open to everyone in the community

Monkeypox vaccination clinic

With expanded eligibility guidance from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Public Health Madison Dane County has opened a monkeypox vaccination clinic. The clinic is open with limited hours on weekdays, by appointment only. Learn more about the updated eligibility and how to make an appointment at publichealthmdc.com/monkeypox. Monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person, and the virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact  with someone who has monkeypox.

Public notice to all customers of Madison Water Utility

Madison Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates. The increase is necessary due to a 5.8 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 3.2 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2020. The total increase in water revenues requested is $8,498,655, which will result in an estimated overall rate increase of 18.12 percent over the water utility’s present revenues. If the request is granted, the water charge for an average residential customer with a ?-inch or ¾-inch meter who uses 4,000 gallons of water per month will increase from $29.92 to $34.92, or 16.71%. This increase only applies to the Water charges on your bill. Charges for Sewer, Storm Water, Landfill, Resource Recovery, and Urban Forestry are not a part of this rate application. A virtual public hearing on the application has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. To learn more about the rate increase application and to register for the virtual public hearing, please read the Water Utility’s news release.

Speed reduction on Mineral Point Road

The next 2022 roadway improvement scheduled through the Vision Zero initiative takes place on Monday, August 29, to a section of Mineral Point Road, from S. Whitney Way to the Beltline. This speed reduction from 40 mph to 35 mph should not affect travel times on this stretch of roadway. Along with the previous speed changes occurring earlier this year on E. Washington Avenue and John Nolen Drive, this newest reduction will continue to work towards the goal of making Madison safer. Lowering the speed limit just 5 mph on this thoroughfare will not only decrease the likelihood of a serious or fatal crash but also increase the safety for all roadway users. Additional streets scheduled for speed limit reductions in 2022 include:

  • Old Sauk Road, from the Beltline to Westfield Road (reduced to 30 mph from 35 mph)
  • Portage Road, from E. Washington Avenue to Hanson Road (reduced to 25 mph from 30 mph)
  • Segoe Road, from University Avenue to Odana Road (reduced to 25 mph from 30 mph)

For each of these changes, along with updated permanent signs, staff will place temporary digital signboards in the area to remind drivers of the speed limit changes. Find more information in the news release.

2022-08-12 Neighborhood News & Updates

MadLit – Spoken Word Showcase today August 12, 8pm on Top of State St.

The Mad Lit event series started last year to revitalize State Street businesses and culture, which took a hit during the height of the pandemic. Mad Lit is a part of Greater Madison Music City and supported by the Urban Community Arts Network and the Madison Arts Commission.

Dane Dances continues today August 12.  Please join Dane Dances as we reconnect after a long couple of years staying safe, wearing masks and social distancing to get through the Covid 19 pandemic.  We invite you to now get out, get up, get down and get together. For more info visit https://danedances.org/

Parks Alive Continues! Free Food, Games, and More …

Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. Free meals and snacks, Madison School and Community Recreation Fit 2 Go Van, Madison Public Library Bubbler Artist and youth activities, DreamBus, Madison Reading Project, bike rides, and much more!

Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks Alive and other activities:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar.

Parks Alive ~ Elver Park

Monday, August 15
4:30 – 7:30pm

Food Cart: Churros Blossoms (serving 4:30p-7:30p)

Parks Alive  – Meadowood Park

Wednesday, August 17
4:30 – 8:45pm

Movie: Brother Bear

Movie details: When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back.

Town of Madison Attachment in-person Discussion on August 18th at 6pm

Join an in-person public information meeting to learn about how City of Madison services will impact Town of Madison residents after October 31, 2022. Various City agencies will be available to answer questions such as Streets Division, Engineering Division, Water Utility, Building Inspection, Metro, Madison Police Department and Madison Fire Department. Food, child care and interpretation in Spanish will be provided.

Join Us! Review Initial Drafts from the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan

The Planning Division will present initial draft concepts and recommendations from the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan for review and feedback at a series of public meetings, events and activities.

  • August 23 and 24 -Virtual Concept Review. Register on the project’s website for one of the Virtual Meetings: www.cityofmadison.com/HawthorneTruax August 23, 6-7pm or August 24, 12-1pm. Both meetings will include review and feedback on initial draft neighborhood plan concepts and recommendations.
  • August 25 – Hawthorne-truax neighborhood plan review and Community Night Out. Join us 4-7pm in the Hawthorne Elementary Open Space, 3458 Lexington Ave., Madison, WI 53714 for food, family fun, and review of initial draft plan concepts and recommendations. RAIN DATE: September 1, 4-7pm
  • August 27 – Splish Splash Concept Review. Review initial draft plan concepts and recommendations while enjoying the Reindahl Park Splash Pad, 1818 Portage Rd., 11am-2pm
  • August 30 and September 6- Food Pantry Feedback. Staff will be at the East Madison Community Center food pantry to gather feedback on the initial draft plan concepts and recommendations. East Madison Community Center, 7 Straubel Ct, August 30 & September 6, 11am-1pm
  • September 6 & 7 Madison College Conversations. Staff will be at Madison College to gather feedback on initial draft concepts and recommendations with Madison College students and community members. Madison College Lobby, 1701 Wright St. September 6 & September 7, 11am-1pm.

Streets Division Updates

  • Curbside brush collection is winding down for 2022. Before you put brush out for pickup, check to see when the next collection will be for your home. The brush schedule can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection
  • Did your trash & recycling date change? If you live on the west side, it might have changed on August 1, 2022. Get your collection calendar at www.cityofmadison.com/CollecionSchedule
  • Do you have a question about the new Resource Recovery Special Charge? If you do, head over to www.cityofmadison.com/Recycling and check out the Resource Recovery Special Charge page for an extensive FAQ about this new charge.

Public Information Meeting: Pumping Station 17 Force Main Relief Phase 2

Pumping Station 17 Force Main Relief Phase 2
Public Information Meeting #2
You are invited to attend a public information meeting for the Pumping Station 17 Force Main Relief Phase 2 project.  This project will install a sewer to convey wastewater to the treatment plant. The public information meeting is Wednesday, August 24 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This will be the second of four public meetings. The meeting will include a presentation on the project background, design progress, anticipated environmental impacts, potential corridor improvements, and next steps. Give your input on potential corridor improvements such as completing the Badger Mill Creek paved path (from Arbor Vitae Place to junction of Military Ridge State Trail), native species restoration, and Pheasant Lane trail widening. The presentation by the District, City of Verona, Town of Verona, Dane County, and Ice Age Trail Alliance staff will be followed by a Q&A period. You can register for the meeting, view route map, and find out more about the project on their website.

2022-07-29 Neighborhood News & Updates

Read Alder Nasra Wehelie’s blog post for this week here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district7/blog/?Id=26731

MadLit Concert series continues TONIGHT! Come to top of State St. at 8:00 p.m. and enjoy local music by Kilo AKA Skitl’s, Juciee Monroe, Sira Sangare, Danielle Crim and DJ Ace. Presented By: Urban Community Arts Network, Greater Madison Music City Project.

Parks Alive Continues! Free Food, Games, and More …

Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. Free meals and snacks, Madison School and Community Recreation Fit 2 Go Van, Madison Public Library Bubbler Artist and youth activities, DreamBus, Madison Reading Project, bike rides, and much more!

Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks Alive and other activities: https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar.

Town of Madison Attachment in-person Discussion on August 18th at 6pm

Join an in-person public information meeting to learn about how City of Madison services will impact Town of Madison residents after October 31, 2022. Various City agencies will be available to answer questions such as Streets Division, Engineering Division, Water Utility, Building Inspection, Metro, Madison Police Department and Madison Fire Department. Food, child care and interpretation in Spanish will be provided.

Streets Division Round-Up

  • Attention West Siders! If you live west of South Park Street, you might have a new trash & recycling collection schedule starting on Monday, August 1.  Get your calendar today at www.cityofmadison.com/CollectionSchedule.
  • The downtown moving days are upon us! If you, or someone you know, is involved in the August moving days be sure you do it right by checking out the rules, restrictions, and donation opportunities at www.cityofmadison.com/MovingDays.
  • When you have large items for disposal make the work order before setting the items out for pickup.  And be sure to set the items out on the day you choose. Crews will not come by early.  Learn more about large item pickup at www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItem.
  • Brush collection is winding down for the year.  Most areas only have two more collections for 2022.  Learn the dates when you should sent out brush at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection
  • Still confused about the Resource Recovery Special Charge? Check out www.cityofmadison.com/Recycling for an FAQ about this new charge that will appear on your municipal services bill and why it exists.

Outdoor Music Guide (OMG) now Available!

Live music became extremely challenging to host in-person in light of COVID restrictions. Music venues and musicians across Madison looked for creative alternatives to offer shows. The City received multiple inquiries about what was possible for performers who used amplification to do outdoor music while complying with Public Health policies. To assist musicians and music business owners, the City created the Outdoor Music Guide (OMG). It summarizes all the options based on City ordinances with the understanding that every activity is unique and other rules may apply.

Dane Dances is excited to kick-off their 23rd season on Friday August 5, 2022. Please join Dane Dances as we reconnect after a long couple of years staying safe, wearing masks and social distancing to get through the Covid 19 pandemic. We invite you to now get out, get up, get down and get together. For more info visit https://danedances.org/

Neighborhood Meeting 1-Aug

From the desk of District 7 Alder Nasra Wehelie:

I’ve heard concerns from several residents about a new retail establishment that is being constructed at 3154 Maple Grove Drive. The new business, Romantix, sells adult-related merchandise.

In response to these concerns, I am having a virtual neighborhood meeting at 6:30pm on Monday, August 1, 2022. Josh Porter, representing Romantix, will be on hand to talk about the business, and City staff from Zoning will be present to provide information about the City process. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

You can join the virtual meeting using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, or you can listen in via telephone. You will receive login information after registering at www.cityofmadison.com/MeetingAugust1MapleGrove.

Please send your questions for the meeting to Debbie Fields at dfields@cityofmadison.com by noon on Friday, July 29.