2022 Feb 18 Neighborhood News & Updates

City Grants

  • Due March 15th by 11:59 p.m. – Madison Arts Commission annual grants of up to $3,000 to support art project are now open https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/madison-arts/1592/and a special grant program called “Artists at Work” in the amount of $15,000 – $29,000 to support job creation for the creative sector will soon be posted on the MAC webpage listed above.
  • Due February 28th by 5:00 p.m. – The City of Madison 2022 Budget includes $50,000 in grant funds to be distributed by the Madison Food Policy Council. The Madison Food Policy Council is encouraging community groups to apply for SEED Grants. For more information visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/programs/food/seed-grants

Job Announcements

  • The South Madison Reinvestment Strategy for Equity is hiring an Outreach Project Manager ($47,000/year) and three Data Collectors ($20/hr). Visit the UW jobs webpage:  https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/ and type in the job titles.
  • These positions will help connect South Madison residents to City of Madison development efforts and provide the City with feedback on how their development efforts are impacting the community. The goal is to ensure residents have a say in the City of Madison funded community development efforts in South Madison over the next 10 years. If you are interested or would like to get more information about these positions please contact Abra Vigna at avigna@wisc.edu or call at 608.345.5666 and leave a voicemail with your contact information.
  • The City of Madison Traffic Engineering Division is again looking to hire a number of qualified candidates to work part-time as a School Crossing Guard for the remainder of the school year. The position is an integral part of safe walking and biking to school. Crossing Guards help children safely cross the street and serve as a visual reminder to drivers to slow down and follow traffic laws.

Streets Division Updates

Big Changes Coming for Streets Division Drop-off Sites

  • March 25, 2022 – The site 1501 W. Badger Rd. closes down until at least the spring of 2023
  • March 29, 2022 – The site at 402 South Point Rd opens to replace the Badger Rd facility
  • April 4, 2022 – A new weekends and evenings only drop-off opens at 121 E. Olin Avenue.
  • The drop-off site at 4602 Sycamore Avenue will not be see any changes.

You can read more about these changes at the Streets Division’s website, www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites.

2022-02-04 Neighborhood News & Updates

Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Face Covering Emergency Order #7, effective at 12:01am on February 1, 2022, immediately after the current order expires. Please continue wearing a face covering In any enclosed space.

Neighborhood Grant Program FINAL Call! The deadline to apply for the 2022 Neighborhood Grant Program is February 7, 2022, 4:30pm. If you were not able to meet with City staff prior to January 31, but feel that your project idea meets the program requirements, we encourage you to apply.

Other City Grants

  • Madison Arts Commission offers grants of up to $3,000 to support art projects. MAC also has a new special grant program called “Artists at Work” in the amount of $15,000 – $29,000 to support job creation for the creative sector. Stay tuned! These opportunities will be posted to this webpage next week: https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/madison-arts/1592/

Job Announcements

  • The South Madison Reinvestment Strategy for Equity by the UW Madison Population Health Institute is hiring an Outreach Project Manager ($47,000/year) and three Data Collectors ($20/hr). These positions will help connect South Madison residents to City of Madison development efforts and provide the City with feedback on how their development efforts are impacting the community. The goal is to ensure residents have a say in the City of Madison funded community development efforts in South Madison over the next 10 years. If you are interested or would like to get more information about these positions please contact Abra Vigna at avigna@wisc.edu or call at 608.345.5666 and leave a voicemail with your contact information.
  • The City of Madison Traffic Engineering Division is again looking to hire a number of qualified candidates to work part-time as a School Crossing Guard for the remainder of the school year. The position is an integral part of safe walking and biking to school. Crossing Guards help children safely cross the street and serve as a visual reminder to drivers to slow down and follow traffic laws.

Streets Division Updates

Badger Road Drop-off Site Closing on March 25

  • The Streets Division drop-off site at 1501 W. Badger Rd will close for business on March 25, 2022. The drop-off site will remain closed until at least the spring of 2023.
  • In the spring of 2022, a construction project will demolish and rebuild the salt storage facilities at the Badger Rd site, which means the drop-off must close.
  • Alternative drop-off site locations will be available while the Badger Rd site is under construction.
  • The far west side drop-off site at 402 South Point Rd will open on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. South Point will accept trash, recycling, brush, yard waste, and other items that would typically be dropped off at Badger Rd.
  • A temporary drop-off site at 121 E. Olin Avenue will open in April 2022. The site will be open evenings and weekends only.
  • The east side drop-off site at 4602 Sycamore Avenue will not be affected by this change and will continue operating as normal.

Fee stickers and other customer services will remain available at 1501 W. Badger Rd.

More information about the Streets Division drop-off sites and the shuffling of sites can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites 

Madison Food Policy Council Announces 2022 SEED Grants Cycle

The City of Madison Food Policy Council announces the 2022 SEED Grants cycle to address food access issues in our community. SEED Grants are small grants designed to support new and recently emerging projects or programs that support access to healthy food in our community.

The City of Madison 2022 Budget includes $50,000 in grant funds to be distributed by the Madison Food Policy Council. The Madison Food Policy Council is encouraging any organization, group, or agency that is devoted to making food more accessible to City of Madison residents to apply. Any proposal that improves the local food system will be considered. The maximum of any one grant will be limited to $10,000.
 
Interested applicants should go to the City of Madison SEED Grants webpage for the grant application background letter and application form.

Applications are due on Monday, February 28, 2022 by 5:00pm, and should be submitted to the Madison Food Policy Council at mfpc@cityofmadison.com. Applications will be reviewed and funding recommendations made to the Madison Food Policy Council by the SEED Grants Work Group of the Madison Food Policy Council in March 2022.

Final decisions will be announced in mid/late March 2022. Additional questions can be emailed to mfpc@cityofmadison.com and staff will respond as quickly as possible.

Contacts

2022 Jan 29 Neighborhood News and Updates

City Grants 2022

  • Madison Arts Commission annual grants of up to $3,000 to support art projects and a new special grant program called “Artists at Work” in the amount of $15,000 – $29,000 to support job creation for the creative sector will soon be open. Stay tuned! Opportunities will come to this webpage in February: https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/madison-arts/1592/

The South Madison Reinvestment Strategy for Equity by the UW Madison Population Health Institute is hiring an Outreach Project Manager ($47,000/year) and three Data Collectors ($20/hr). These positions will help connect South Madison residents to City of Madison development efforts and provide the City with feedback on how their development efforts are impacting the community. The goal is to ensure residents have a say in the City of Madison funded community development efforts in South Madison over the next 10 years. If you are interested or would like to get more information about these positions please contact Abra Vigna at avigna@wisc.edu or call at 608.345.5666 and leave a voicemail with your contact information.

Historic Preservation Ordinance Revisions Proposed The City of Madison Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee (LORC) has proposed revisions to Madison’s Historic Preservation Ordinance for local historic districts.  These ordinance changes will apply to all properties in the Mansion Hill, Third Lake Ridge, Marquette Bungalows, University Heights, and First Settlement local historic districts.  The Common Council-appointed Committee is now seeking additional public input before finalizing the draft ordinance. The scheduled public meetings and their respective topics are listed below:

1.    All Districts / General Public Meeting: Thursday, February 3 – 6:30 p.m.

2.    Development Professionals + Contractors Meeting: Monday, February 7 – noon

3.    New Construction Meeting: Thursday, February 10 – 6:30 p.m.

These will be virtual meetings and the public is invited to attend any of them.  Participants will need to register in advance using instructions posted on the project website (below). To view the draft ordinance, learn more about the process and additional input opportunities complete a survey on the revisions, and more, please visit the project website: www.cityofmadison.com/historicpreservation

Streets & Urban Forestry Division Updates:

  1. Remember to get your 2022 trash and recycling calendar so you don’t miss your collections. Contact the Streets Division or download yours today at www.cityofmadison.com/CollectionSchedule
  2. Winter isn’t done with us yet, so be sure you stay informed and ready for the next storm. The City’s page for all your winter information from information about when plows are sent out to how to use salt correctly to everything in between can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/Winter.
  3. You still have time before spring hits to protect your trees against the gypsy moth pest.  Learn what you can do on the gypsy moth page at www.cityofmadison.com/Forestry.
  4. As you start planning for your spring clean-up or renovations, remember the large item collection system changed last year. You need to make a work order so crews know where to go. Fill out your large item work orders at www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItemWorkOrder.

2022 Jan 21 Neighborhood News & Updates

City Grants 2022

  • Remember that the deadline to contact staff for the 2022 Neighborhood Grant Program pre-app meeting has been extended to January 31, 2022. Do not miss this opportunity and meet with us to discuss ideas! Final deadline to apply for a grant is February 7, 2022, 4:30pm.
  • Madison Arts Commission annual grants of up to $3,000 to support art projects and a new special grant program called “Artists at Work” in the amount of $15,000 – $29,000 to support job creation for the creative sector will soon be open. Stay tuned! Opportunities will come to this webpage in February: https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/madison-arts/1592/

Historic Preservation Ordinance Revisions Proposed

The City of Madison Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee (LORC) has proposed revisions to Madison’s Historic Preservation Ordinance for local historic districts.  These ordinance changes will apply to all properties in the Mansion Hill, Third Lake Ridge, Marquette Bungalows, University Heights, and First Settlement local historic districts.  The Common Council-appointed Committee is now seeking additional public input before finalizing the draft ordinance. Three public meetings have been scheduled to provide an overview of the proposed changes and an opportunity to comment on the draft ordinance.  The scheduled public meetings and their respective topics are listed below:

  1. All Districts / General Public Meeting:  Thursday, February 3 – 6:30 pm
  2. Development Professionals + Contractors Meeting:  Monday, February 7 – noon
  3. New Construction Meeting:  Thursday, February 10 – 6:30 pm

These will be virtual meetings and the public is invited to attend any of them.  Participants will need to register in advance using instructions posted on the project website (below).

To view the draft ordinance, learn more about the process and additional input opportunities complete a survey on the revisions, and more, please visit the project website: www.cityofmadison.com/historicpreservation

Streets & Urban Forestry Division Updates:

  • Remember to get your 2022 trash and recycling calendar so you don’t miss your collections. Contact the Streets Division or download yours today at www.cityofmadison.com/CollectionSchedule
  • Winter isn’t done with us yet, so be sure you stay informed and ready for the next storm. The City’s page for all your winter information from information about when plows are sent out to how to use salt correctly to everything in between can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/Winter.
  • You still have time before spring hits to protect your trees against the gypsy moth pest.  Learn what you can do on the gypsy moth page at www.cityofmadison.com/Forestry.
  • As you start planning for your spring clean-up or renovations, remember the large item collection system changed last year. You need to make a work order so crews know where to go. Fill out your large item work orders at www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItemWorkOrder.

Free Native Plants for Schools and Community Projects

The Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept. has a limited supply of free native plants that are available for use in school or community projects within Dane County that benefit water quality and education. Plants for the fall cycle are grown by volunteers. Plants will be available for pick up in late summer. To find out more about the program please visit the program website.

December 8: Westside Community Conversation

You are invited to a virtual Westside Community Conversation on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 6pm. This is the fourth in a series of Westside Community Conversations. The topic is “CARES: Community Alternative Response Emergency Services.”

You can join the virtual event using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, or you can listen in via telephone. You will receive login information after registering at www.cityofmadison.com/MeetingDecember8Westside. The meeting will be recorded.

Please email your questions for the panelists to neighborhoodmeeting1@cityofmadison.com by Monday, December 6.

You can view a recording of the September 30 Westside Community Conversation, which featured Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes and Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett, here.

You can view a recording of the October 14 Westside Community conversation, which featured an overview and discussion of the 2022 Executive Budget, here.

You can view a recording of the November 18 Westside Community Conversation, which featured an overview and discussion of the juvenile justice system, here.

120821 WCC4 flyer

2021 Traffic Signal Priority List Preliminary Review and Selection

Please see the attached notice for next week’s Transportation Commission meeting where the annual public hearing for the Traffic Signal Priority List (TSPL) will take place. Also attached is the 2020 TSPL, and the Criteria for Traffic Signals document which briefly describes the conditions in which traffic signals are typically recommended.

At this first meeting we will discuss requests for traffic signals that were brought up throughout the last year, and intersections that we and the committee recommend for further study. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to request intersections to be studied for installation of a traffic signal.

If you are interested in attending, please see the information in the link below.

https://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/committees/transportation-commission/12-08-2021

Recycle Paper Cups & More From the Streets Dept

Starting right now, we can accept dry and empty paper cups in our green recycling cart at home!

Of course, it’s better to choose reusable containers than single-use paper cups when you can, but this is still good news. 

What kind of cups are you talking about?

These are the paper takeout cups that you would get from coffee shops or fast-food restaurants.

 

An empty and dry paper cup ready for recycling.

How do you recycle the paper cups?

Be sure they are empty and dry. If you hold the cup upside down over your head and you get dripped on – the cup isn’t empty or dry enough to go into the recycling.

The plastic lids and plastic straws should be placed into the trash.  The plastic lids are flat and due to their shape they are likely to get mixed in with the paper products and become a contaminant.

The cardboard sleeve on coffee cups should be slipped off the cup and recycled separately from the cup itself.

What happens to the paper cups?

They are bundled up and sent off to paper mills in Wisconsin or elsewhere in the Midwest to be made into paper products like tissue and paperboard boxes.

Can I recycle paper take out cups where I work or at my local coffeeshop?

If your workplace or the business uses Pellitteri Waste Systems, or is collected by the Streets Division, then yes.  (Pellitteri accepts, sorts, and sells the recyclables collected by the Streets Division.)

If they use Waste Management or Green for Life (GFL), I’m less certain. I believe Pellitteri is the first in Wisconsin to make the improvements to provide cup recycling, but the other recyclers may be able to offer it as well or have plans to add this service soon. You just have to check.

Other news from the Streets Division

The drop-off sites hours are changing to winter hours. If you are bringing in electronics or yard waste or excess cardboard, be sure to check the hours before loading your car. Winter hours are much shorter than standard hours, and the drop-off sites are closed on weekends now.  The drop-off site website is www.cityofmadison.com/DropoffSites.

Also, there is a last chance leaf collection that will get underway next week – but keep your eyes on the weather. We are really hoping to provide one last leaf pickup this year since the leaves fell so late for so many people. But if we get hit with a significant winter storm before leaf collection is complete, leaf pickup may need to stop so Streets crews could switch to snowplowing duties.

Yahara Sustainability Campus Public Information Meeting with Dane County

The County will be hosting a public information meeting about the sustainability campus and landfill expansion proposal, at 5:30pm on December 7.  The meeting will be held over Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

Here is the link to the meeting – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EvuUrJkmReyhAPaDWob25Q

Dane County staff will give an approximately 30 minute presentation about the Sustainability Campus and landfill expansion, followed by a Q&A session.
Prior to the meeting, anyone can submit questions by sending them to waste.renewables@countyofdane.com.

During the meeting, written questions can be submitted using the Q&A function on Zoom. Dane County staff will respond to all questions during the presentation and in the Q&A session.

The meeting will also be recorded and posted on the County’s website for individuals who are unable to attend.

For more information about the Sustainability Campus proposal and the meeting, Dane County provided the below links.

Here is a link to the meeting agenda, including registration and call-in details: https://dane.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=909052&GUID=C710012A-7569-4E70-8DDC-3B7774C240EE

Here’s a link to the Dane County website with information on the proposed Sustainability Campus and landfill: https://landfill.countyofdane.com/projects/WastandRenewableProjects/Sustainability-Campus

And here’s an FAQs about the Sustainability Campus: https://landfill.countyofdane.com/projects/WastandRenewableProjects/Sustainability-Campus

And lastly here’s the official press release on the upcoming public information meeting: https://www.countyofdane.com/PressDetail/10952

SMNA in 2022

The neighborhood association plans to restart normal operations in 2022, likely starting with the membership drive in the spring.

As a reminder, we are looking for new folks to join the board as officers, as well as identify people who can help organize our signature events (the garage sale and the 4th of July parade & picnic). If you are interested, please email president@smna.org.

2021-11-26 News and Updates

Streets Division – Drop-off Sites

The winter hours officially begin on Monday, November 29. This also means the final Saturday hours for 2021 at the Streets Division drop-off sites will be Saturday, November 27. Learn more about the drop-off site hours and their locations at www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites

Neighborhood Grant Program

All potential applicants must meet with city staff by January 17 and applications will be due February 7. Please send an email to neighborhoods@cityofmadison.com to request your pre-application meeting, and check the city’s webpage in mid-December for 2022 program materials.

Order adds exception for fully-vaccinated groups of people

Visit Public Health website for more information