Happy holidays and happy spring, all! Please see updates below.
Funk Factory Outdoor Seating Conditional Use Proposal
Monday, April 2nd at 5:30pm, City-County Building, 210 MLK Jr. Blvd, Rm 201, Plan Commission
The taproom at 1602 Gilson street is proposing to add two small outdoor patios. There has been significant conversation and negotiation between the BCNA P&ED committee (with near-neighbors) and the applicant. The staff report on this project is incredibly thorough and proposes conditions of approval that, I believe, strike the right balance between the applicant and near-neighbors. My comments are here. Additional comments can be shared with the Plan Commission directly by emailing Sydney Prusak (email@example.com).
Street Use Events – Listening Session
What: City of Madison Listening Session about Street Use Events with Neighborhoods & Residents
When: Thursday, April 5, 6-8 pm
Where: Goodman Parks Facilities Building, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway (off Olin Av), First floor meeting room. Google Maps: Goodman Parks Facilities Building
This facility is served by Metro Transit Route 13: http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Route13/index.cfm
The City of Madison is fortunate to have an abundance of festivals, runs, concerts, marches, and other outdoor activities planned on the isthmus each year. However, that also brings challenges for City staff, budgets, Metro bus riders, neighbors, and visitors. The City of Madison is engaged in an analysis of special events in the downtown area and your feedback is requested.
Who should attend? Anyone who attends or is impacted by City Street Use Events, Festivals, and Marches – especially those downtown on the Isthmus. City staff will give an overview of concerns about events reaching a "maximum capacity" and facilitate a discussion to learn your concerns and ideas for the future of events downtown. This includes festivals, races, parades, marches, and demonstrations that close down a City street in the downtown area. (This meeting is not focused on events that are just held in City Parks.) This is part of a Racial Equity and Social Justice Analyses of the permitting process for special events on City streets.
We look forward to a continued collaborative effort as we plan for the future of outdoor activities in downtown Madison. You are an important voice in this process and we want to hear from you. Our discussion will consider issues such as the number, location, size, and length (time and number of days) of events, particularly those on the isthmus, and the impact this has on residents, businesses and city services, staff, and resources. We look forward to your insights.
Please use this email, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions or comments. Hope to see you April 5!
Edgewood Events to Note
On the afternoon of Monday, April 9, 2018, Edgewood High School will be hosting a pre-Prom drivers' awareness event entitled "Project Prom" that will involve the property in the front of the high school. The activities include a mock car accident scene involving several of our students that demonstrates the unfortunate results that can be related to texting and driving. We are working with the Madison Fire Department, Dane County Sheriff's Office, and Medflight - all of which will be part of the mock accident scenario being enacted.
"Party with a Purpose" will be held in the Regina parking lot on Friday, May 4th. Amplified sound will be used from approximately 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The Edgedome will be used as back-up for inclement weather.
There will be controlled burns of the prairie/rain gardens on campus. The burns will occur when the conditions are adequate. Because the weather conditions vary daily, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact date and time for the burns. The College has the appropriate Natural Lawn Burn Permit issued by the City of Madison. The permit is valid until June 30, 2018.
Gardens at Marshall Hall, Dominican Hall, Siena Apartments, and the Edgedome may be burned. Areas will not be burned simultaneously; each garden will be burned individually, and when the fire is completely extinguished, the next garden will be started. There will be a minimum of two experienced staff members present. Each garden will be back-burned and water hoses will be at each garden to ensure the fire stays under control.
Monroe Street Construction – Extra Bike Parking and Car Parking Evenings/Overnight in Wingra Lot – So please keep visiting our shops and restaurants!
The City has/will install temporary bike racks in two locations. The benefit of these locations was that the amount of temporary concrete and terrace disturbance could be minimized. A bike rack has been set-up adjacent to the Monroe Art Center building at 2526 Monroe St. and another one will be installed with-in the plaza adjacent to the Monroe Commons & Trader Joes's (1802 Monroe St., Spooner St. side of the building) These will be the larger, multi-stall bike racks, as opposed to just the post and rings.
Parking in the evening and overnight in the Wingra Lot is FREE! Payment for parking is only required from 8am – 6pm. Please see more information on the website: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parking-utility/garages-lots/wingra-lot
Volunteer to help the Park/Regent Street Corridor Business Walk!
A BUSINESS WALK is an economic development tool that, in a short amount of time, allows 50+ business and civic leaders to get a pulse of the business environment in their community.
Following the walk a report is created and the results are used to advocate for needed changes or ways in which successful ideas may be replicated.
Economic professionals also used the information to help identify businesses that may require or are interested in further outreach activities or support.
Typically each Business Walk touches over 200 businesses in three hours.
Here is a short video about the program: https://youtu.be/RGjcYj_3k_o
Volunteers: Register below to become a Business Walk Walker.
Date: April 18th, 2018
Start Location: Madison Labor Temple Lounge - 1602 S Park St #106, Madison, WI 53715
Day of Timeline:
7:30 a.m. - Registration/Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Program Start (Training)
9:00 - 12:00 p.m. - Business Walk (Economic Development)
12:00 - 1:30 p.m - Lunch/Debrief Discussion
If you are available and interested in becoming a Park/Regent Street Corridor Business Walk Walker please register below. Space is limited.
Please note that volunteering is by invite only. REGISTER HERE!
This year, the City of Madison Parks Division and Engineering Division will be conducting prescribed burns on areas of existing native vegetation. Prescribed burns are an important management tool for Wisconsin's native plant communities.
Prescribed burns that will occur in our area include:
· Brittingham Park shoreline native vegetation area (between Brittingham Place and the fishing pier)
· Goodman Park raingardens (primarily along Wingra Creek Parkway)
· Olin Park raingarden
· Commonwealth pollinator garden
The prescribed burn Project Manager will mail postcards to residents in the coming days to remind them to anticipate a prescribed burn in their neighborhood. As in the past, the Dane County Emergency Management automated phone call system will be used to notify relevant neighbors on mornings when we will be burning.
These burns will be conducted by certified professionals with a permit from the Madison Fire Department. The burns will only take place under specific weather conditions in order to manage smoke and minimize impacts to neighbors. In addition, the burn professionals will install appropriate road signage on the day of the burn.
A list of project contacts and more information is on our website at:
April 2 Starts Curbside Yard Waste and Brush Pickup
On Monday, April 2, the Streets Division will begin curbside yard waste pickup for the spring. There are two curbside collection opportunities during the spring pickup window. After both collection opportunities occur, curbside yard waste collection will end until the autumn leaf collection season.
Residents who want to know when to place material to the curb to ensure collection during the spring pickup window are encouraged to visit the Streets Division's yard waste website, www.cityofmadison.com/yardwaste, and click on Pickup Schedule. The Pickup Schedule shows where crews are working and which areas of Madison should place yard waste to the curb.
Once on the Pickup Schedule webpage, residents can enter their address in the "Find an Address" field in the top left corner of the site. This will zoom the map to their neighborhood and show their current collection status.
The Pickup Schedule is updated daily when curbside collection is active. Residents wishing to know the most current information regarding the whereabouts of crews and the collection status of their neighborhood should check the Pickup Schedule website regularly.
Residents can also call the brush and yard waste collection hotline at 608-267-2088 for estimates on collection. The hotline recording is updated weekly.
What is Yard Waste?
Yard waste is plant material. Examples include pulled weeds, fallen leaves, and other plant debris. Yard waste also includes pumpkins, crabapples, black walnuts, pine cones, vines, and even twigs that are less than 18 inches long.
How Yard Waste Should Be Prepared for Collection
When setting out yard waste, residents can pile the material loose on the terrace or curbside. Residents can also place yard waste into open compostable paper bags, or in open plastic bags. If bags are used, they must be open at the top. Yard waste can also be placed under a tarp to prevent it from blowing.
Do not place yard waste in the street or gutter. Yard waste in the street creates a nutrient-rich runoff that leads to algae blooms and weed growth in the lakes. Yard waste piles in the street can also clog storm drains, which may lead to street ponding during rainstorms.
Yard waste piles should be placed away from obstructions such a trees, utilities poles, mailboxes, and fire hydrants.
And, do not mix brush with yard waste. Brush is a separate collection process than yard waste. Piles of brush and yard waste folded together will not be collected.
More information about preparing yard waste for pickup can be found on the Streets Division website, or by watching the "How to Prepare Yard Waste for Pick-Up" video on the City of Madison YouTube channel.
On Monday, April 2, the Streets Division will begin curbside brush collection. Curbside collection should last from April through the end September. Residents will have multiple opportunities for curbside brush pickup during collection season. The official final round of brush collection is weather dependent and will be announced when that date is known.
What is Brush?
Brush is woody material trimmed from trees, shrubs, and bushes that measure over 18 inches in length.
How is Brush Collected?
A two-person crew collects brush. Material is picked from the terrace by hand then fed into a wood chipper. With this in mind, there are collection guidelines to follow to ensure the safety and efficiency of the workers.
In order for brush to be collected at the curb, it must not be longer than 8 feet in length, and must not be thicker than 8 inches in diameter.
Brush should be piled on an open area of the terrace away from trees, utility poles, and other obstructions.
Be sure to pile brush with cut ends facing the same direction, and separate brush from any foreign objects like loose dirt, metal, wire, rocks, and items set out for large item pickup.
Do not put brush into bags, boxes, or any receptacle. Brush placed into a container will not be collected. Smaller brush piles may be bundled with string or twine. Bundles must be shorter than 4 feet in length and must not weigh more than 40 pounds. Oversized bundles, and brush bundled with wire, will not be collected.
Do not pile brush in the street, or obstruct the sidewalk.
Also, do not mix brush with yard waste. Brush is a separate collection than yard waste, so the piles must be kept separate. Piles with material mixed together will not be collected.
Finally, the Streets Division will not collect brush that has been cut by a contractor. Contractors who trim trees, shrubs, and bushes must haul the material their work created to an appropriate processing facility.
Special Note: Large Brush Piles
Piles that will take chipper crews longer than 10 minutes to process will be assigned to a one-man crane vehicle to collect. The crane vehicle, also called a "clam", will typically arrive within three business days of the chipper crew.
Residents and taxpayers can also use the City of Madison drop-off facilities. Brush can be delivered to 1501 W. Badger Rd. or 4602 Sycamore Ave.
Both drop-off sites will be open seven days a week starting March 31. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays the sites will be open 8:30am to 4:30pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the sites will be open 8:30am to 8:00pm. These hours will remain in place until December 2, 2018.
Residents and taxpayers are restricted to one load a day. The maximum load accepted is the equivalent of one pickup truck, or an 8 foot by 4 foot trailer. Residents and taxpayers attempting to bring in more than this during one trip will be denied access.
All users of the drop-off site are expected to show proof of residency or taxpayer status to use the site.
Contractors may not use these drop-off sites to dispose of material.
For more information regarding the drop-off facilities, and other Streets Division services, please visit www.cityofmadison.com/streets.
Brush Processing Center
Contractors who cut brush from parcels within the City of Madison can deliver brush to the processing center at 121 E. Olin Ave. to be chipped for a per ton fee. Madison residents who cut brush from a city parcel can also elect to deliver brush to the processing center.
Mulch is also available at this location. More information regarding fees for mulch can be found on the Brush Processing Center's page of the Streets Division's website.
For more information regarding the drop-off facilities, curbside collection, and other Streets Division services, please visit www.cityofmadison.com/streets.