Greetings Neighbors – hope you are enjoying the sun! Meetings and updates below. Please take a look. Thanks!
1720 Monroe Street (Associated Bank Site)
Urban Land Interests (ULI) will be back at the Plan Commission on Monday, Feb. 19 at 5:30pm to request approval of a Mixed Use development at 1720 Monroe Street.
Background: On Monday, January 22, they requested Final Approval on the proposed development of a five-story, mixed-use building with 16,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and 68 units on a 0.77-acre site from the Plan Commission. Plan Commission members were generally supportive of the design and project, except the 5-story element abutting single-family homes on Stockton Court. They did not approve the project, but asked ULI to bring back a project they felt they could approve.
The most substantive changes made to the proposal are: 1) Lower the overall height; 2) Reduce the mass at the upper stories of the building's northeast corner in order to better conform the building to setbacks that would have been required in the TSS District; and 3) Bike Parking Revisions.
Monroe Street Public Information Meeting
City Engineering will be hosting an informational meeting for neighbors and businesses along Monroe Street on Wednesday, February 21st at 6:30pm in Rm 108 Sonderegger Building (the building attached to the parking ramp) at Edgewood College.
The Mason Entertainment License
On Wednesday, February 21 at 5:30pm the Alcohol License Review Committee will be reviewing the Mason Lounge's request for an entertainment license to have bluegrass/jazz performances a few times per month. Their application can be found here.
To the Bay Creek Neighborhood Council and interested parties:
On February 12, more than 20 neighbors met to discuss the impact of the following on Hickory, Cedar, Pine, & Spruce street residences:
1) Proposed business developments along Gilson Street
2) Proposed extension of Cedar Street across Park Street to Fish Hatchery
Following this meeting, Pine Street neighbors met with the owners of the Funk Factory to discuss the residential character of the surrounding streets and preserving neighbors' enjoyment of their properties.
Please join neighbors on February 22 when they meet with Alder Eskrich to learn more about this part of Bay Creek and neighbors' perspectives!
We'll also be discussing the results of the recent BCNA survey regarding 1202 & 1402 South Park.
WHEN: Thursday, February 22, 7:30-9:00 PM
WHERE: St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date: South Park Street Community Safety Meeting
Please hold the evening of Thursday, March 1st for a meeting at the Bayview Community Center with me, the Police Captain, and neighborhood leaders to discuss recent late-night violence and shooting near Brittingham and the 500 Block of South Park Street.
Monroe Street Library – Proposed New Hours
Current hours: Proposed new hours:
Monday 1-9pm Monday 10am-8pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm Tuesday 10am-8pm
Wednesday 1-9pm Wednesday 10am-8pm
Thursday 12-6pm Thursday - closed
Friday 1-9pm Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 9:30am-5pm Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday – closed Sunday - closed
TOTAL: 45.5 hours NEW TOTAL: 46 hours
This change meets a longstanding community desire for more consistent hours and increased morning hours. The significant increase to our morning hours will be more accommodating to daycare providers, families, and our older adult patrons.
New start and closing times, and closed on Thursday?
We examined a variety of different configurations of hours to arrive at a balance of providing a consistent set of hours, meeting the needs of our patrons, better alignment with other MPL libraries and our business neighbors, and remaining within our existing operating budget.
- The 10am start time is in alignment with the other MPL neighborhood libraries and is community driven.
- The slightly earlier closing times better reflects the current usage of our library where library use dramatically deceases after 7pm. It also better aligns with our retail neighbors where Monroe Street businesses are generally open 10am to 6, 7, or 8 pm.
- In order to maintain days of 8-10 hours and remain within our current budget, our best option was to close an additional day. We examined our data and determined that a closure on Thursday, our slowest service day, would have the least impact to our patrons.
This new change in hours will result in more efficient staffing and allow for better accommodation of staff schedule needs. In addition, the change improves access to our facility and includes a slight increase of hours overall without increasing our current operating budget.
Status of proposal
The proposed change to the hours of operation was introduced to the Library Board at their January 2018 meeting. We have continued our vetting process with an equity analysis, which is currently being finalized, and additional conversations with community partners. The proposal will return to the Library Board at the March 1, 2018 meeting.
If approved, the changes will go into effect April 2, 2018.
For more information:
Sarah Lawton, Manager, Monroe Street Library · 608-224-7103 · email@example.com
Sitting on the hill, in the midst of Dudgeon Park, Wingra School, an independent K-8 progressive school, has spent two years working on a plan to design an outdoor playscape that reflects their commitment to outdoor play and environmental education. "Meet Me Outside" was born out of a desire to create a sustainable landscape that would spark the curiosity of students, neighbors, and friends. The playscape will include natural landscapes for climbing and exploring, a music area, boardwalk, rain and pollinator gardens, a food forest, a council ring, and a stage. In addition, the design includes a labyrinth for walking meditation and reflection. The space will be accessible, and school officials hope that it will become a focal point for school and neighborhood activities. Construction will coincide with Madison City Parks renovation of the back playground at Dudgeon Park. Both projects are slated to get underway in June and are expected to be completed by August.
For more information or to donate to the Meet Me Outside project, please contact Wingra School at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed Gypsy Moth Treatment Areas
What is gypsy moth? In the summer months, residents may notice trees with leaf-loss due to an invasive caterpillar. This defoliation is due to the gypsy moth caterpillar, which eats leaves on oak trees and other species. As you can imagine, this causes stress to these trees, makes them more susceptible to disease, insects or environmental stresses, such as drought and may ultimately be the demise of the tree.
How is it treated? Treatment by the Wisconsin DNR, to reduce this destructive insect, is done by a low flying plane which sprays a natural-based insecticide called Foray®. The City of Madison has submitted an application for the gypsy moth treatment.
Where is the proposed treatment? The proposed treatment area may affect you. Visit this website for details on the program and maps of potential affected areas.
How can I opt out of the treatment? If you wish to object to the treatment of your property, you must do so in writing to: Marla Eddy, City Forester, 1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy, Madison, WI 53715 by 3:00pm on February 21, 2018. You must explain the reason for your objection, provide your name, phone number, and mailing address along with the address of the property you want excluded from the spray (if different from your mailing address). Please be aware that if you object to your property being sprayed, your adjacent neighbor's property will also be affected by your decision and will be eliminated from the spray area. Please share this information with your tenants if this is a rental property as they are affected and have the right to object.
Deadline: February 19, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
The Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development, Planning Division, has a grant programdesigned to help neighborhoods build capacity and beautify public places. The grant program helps to improve the quality of life within neighborhoods, and the City as a whole. For more information, view the workshop slideshowand/or contact Linda Horvath, Planning Division, for a pre-application discussion at 608-267-1131 or email:email@example.com. View past funded projects to see what other neighborhood groups have accomplished.
Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2018 by 4:30pm
The City of Madison Food Policy Council announces the 2018 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 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. A total of $50,000 is available in this grant cycle. For more info contact: George Reistad, Food Policy Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-266-4611.
Final Call for Future Land Use Map Comments (as part of the Comprehensive Plan Update)
Deadline: March 2, 2018 (Noon)
A key component of the City of Madison's Comprehensive Plan Update is updating the Generalized Future Land Use (FLU) Map. As the City grows, this map provides guidance on future land use in our built up and yet to be developed areas. The Plan Commission reviewed community comments received on the April 2017 Draft FLU map and based on their direction an updated version has been created. This is your opportunity to provide comments on the updated version before it goes to the Plan Commission for final adoption.
We are asking you for comments (deadline March 2 @ noon) on the February 2018 version of the Future Land Use Map. All of the info is in easy to read map form: 1) Take a look at the Updated 2018 Draft Land Use Map (this map provides a city wide view and highlights areas that been recommended for land use changes since 2006) and 2) review the side by side comparison map where you can compare the February 2018 Draft of the map with the 2006 Comprehensive Plan FLU Map. We've also updated our FLU Map FAQs. For more info contact Ben Zellers, City of Madison Planning Division at email@example.com, 608.266.4866.
Deadline March 15, 2018 - Grant Writing Assistance Available
The City of Madison distributes funds to Madison artists and non-profit organizations through the Madison Arts Commission's annual grant programs. Project Grants provide up to $3,000 for performances, exhibitions, or events that enrich the cultural lives of Madison citizens. Arts Education Grants provide up to $3,000 for extracurricular arts-based educational programming, Legacy Grants provide up to $1,500 for organizations that provide consistent, quality events, and programs year after year; and Individual Artist Fellowships provide up to $1,500 to help support artists to create and share original work.
MAC also offers volunteer one-on-one assistance with the applications in free clinics held at the Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin & by appointment. Drop in to ask questions about MAC Grants and receive personal assistance: Thursday, March 8, 2018 5:30 - 7:30 PM (drop in, no registration required) -and-Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11 AM - 1 PM (drop in, no registration required). Fifteen-minute, one-on-one sessions are available by appointment email: MadisonArts@cityofmadison.com. Contact Karin Wolf, 608.261.9134, firstname.lastname@example.org more info.
Deadline: February 25, 2018
The City of Madison offers a limited number of paid summer internships through the Affirmative Action Student Professional in Residence Internships (AASPIRE) program. The program's goal is to attract members of Affirmative Action target groups who are engaged in college-level studies compatible with a Public Administration career track. AASPIRE Internships take place in the summer and last for a temporary 8- to 10-week duration. Each intern will be assigned to work on a limited-term, management-level project. For more info contact: Kirsten L. Vanderscheuren, City of Madison Dept. of Civil Rights, 608.267.8634
Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship (For high school students)
The City of Madison, in collaboration with Common Wealth Development, offers paid summer internships for high school students. In 2018, Common Wealth will work with the City to place 40-50 youth in summer internships. To be eligible for the program, youth must reside in the City of Madison limits and must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Youth are considered individually, and preference will be given to those entering 11th or 12th grade for the 2018-2019 academic year and who face barriers to employment. Interested youth and their parents/guardians must complete the application packet and submit it at any of our open interview meetings listed on the website or directly to Common Wealth. For more info contact: Common Wealth Development, 608.256.3527.
Senior Coalition Survey. The Madison Senior Coalitions, a group of non-profits that provide programs and services for Madison adults over 60 who live independently, is conducting a short 2-minute survey. Click the link below to start the survey. Thank you for your participation! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MD23FWX