City of
Madison

District 1

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

D1 Information Week of 4/1-4/4

April 1, 2017 6:22 AM

 Saturday, April 1
2:00 PM
Common Council Organizational Committee Subcommittee on Police & Community Relations
Madison Water Utility
119 E Olin Ave, Room A & B
Madison, WI 53713
Discussion and drafting report and recommendations of the CCOC. • Link to Draft Report
• Link to By Title Only Resolution – Accepting the Report & Recommendations of the CCOC on Police & Community Relations. 

Monday, April 3
5:00 PM
Metro Paratransit Medicaid Waiver Funding & Policy Review Ad Hoc Committee
City-County Building
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103A
Madison, WI 53703

46708
Family Care RFP for MCOs Update

5:30
Madison Central Library, First Floor Conference Room 201 West Mifflin Street
Madison Arts Commission - Music/Dance and Visual/Literature Grants Panel Review

6:30 PM
City-County Homeless Issues Committee
City-County Bldg
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 357
Madison, WI 53703

46663, 46664, 46665
Overnight Storage Concept Paper 
Update Day Resource Center Update
Update the n Messer Property

Wednesday, April 5, 8:30 am
Early Childhood Education Sub Committee
30 W. Mifflin St, 10 Floor, Rm 1002 Madison, WI 53703
Discussion of strategies and options for serving low income children in quality early care and education

Wednesday, April 5
5:30 PM
SPECIAL AGENDA ITEM
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Room 357 (City County Building) 
Owner: Janette Rosenbaum Applicant: Janette Rosenbaum Final Approval is Requested
6817 Winstone Drive - Appeal of Natural Lawn Application Denial. 1st Ald. Dist.

 

RESPONSE TO INQUIRIES FROM RESIDENTS
Greetings All –

A resident recently contacted Madison Parks to make us aware of beaver activity in and around the Warner lagoon.  Staff inspected the area and noticed that more than 12 trees around the lagoon had irreparable damage or had recently fallen due to damage. In assessing the trees and shoreline, staff determined that the damage was recent and caused by beavers.  Staff also determined that a number of trees that had not fallen would need to be removed as they were in a hazardous condition and location for dogs and people using the park.   In addition to the tree damage, beavers often build dams near the outlet structure to Lake Mendota from the lagoon.  This will create flooding across the park, especially during large rain events, and could alter the land use over the intermediate term by raising the water level of the lagoon.  In the past couple of years we have had the water level rise at this location to near the bikepath due to beaver activity.  A lack of water flow to the lake could also contribute to the hypoxia/anoxia conditions of the lagoon by limiting the flow to the lake which increases the likelihood of a large scale fish die off.   Trapping is conducted by a WDNR licensed trapper and only to the extent necessary to mitigate the hazards of tree death, shoreline damage, and flooding.

Below are some of the points/questions we have seen in communications on this topic.

·       The type of trees – junk, short-lived, boxelders, mulberries mostly
In reviewing some of the photos from the site (some are attached here), a number of the trees are undoubtably ash and mulberries.  Unforutnately, beavers are not very selective in the trees they damage.  I do not have a full inventory of what has been damaged as of today, but all trees in the area that are of the desired size for beavers are potentially at risk with an active beaver population.

·       Family structure – young rely on parents for food, babies will be starve without food source of parent killed, young stay with parents for couple of years
Beavers normally give birth to new kits in May-June in Wisconsin, so the youngest beavers present are likely juvenile yearlings.     http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/furbearers.html

·       Public input – why wasn't public notified and input solicited first
Trapping is a longstanding wildlife management practice that the City has used when necessary to address issues such as habitat damage.   Parks is willing to review practices and communication standards with policymakers and the community, but staff does not think it is practicable to have a public process prior to each instance of trapping being authorized given the timing of a quick response.  In the specific case of the Warner lagoon there has been discussion on the issue of beavers as it relates to their ability to dam the outlet to Lake Mendota.

·       Drowning traps are barbaric and assume used based purely on cost
The Wisconsin DNR does not recommend live trapping and relocating of beavers.  If a live trap was used, the beaver would still likely be euthanized.

·       Is trapping even legal?
Yes.  If a private resident wanted to trap on our lands we would require them to get a City permit, which requires approval by the agency managing the land.  In Parks, during the last 8 years we have not issued such a permit for private trapping for sport.  The only trapping that has occurred has been at our direction for the purposes of removing wildlife that was adversely impacting the land, water and ecological balance of the parkland.

Sincerely,

Eric M. Knepp
Madison Parks Superintendent
608.266.4711
www.cityofmadison.com/parks<http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks>
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PUBLIC MARKET 
"Madison is looking for interested vendors for a public market that is moving closer toward its 2019 opening date. The year-round, indoor public market slated for First Street, between East Washington Avenue and Johnson Street, plans to include homegrown food from small-scale farmers, specialty gifts, wholesale opportunities, culturally diverse food and community events. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

The city is asking entrepreneurs, farmers, artists, makers and food producers to fill out a vendor interest questionnaire to inform the design of the facility..."

Full Article:
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/madison-looking-for-interested-public-market-vendors/article_d8f48a9d-9e10-504f-aa84-abc689af138f.html
Link to Vendor Interest Questionnaire:
http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/economicdevelopment/interested-in-being-a-public-market-vendor-/2361/

 

Friday, March 31
RESPONSE TO INQUIRIES FROM RESIDENTS
Greetings All –

A resident recently contacted Madison Parks to make us aware of beaver activity in and around the Warner lagoon.  Staff inspected the area and noticed that more than 12 trees around the lagoon had irreparable damage or had recently fallen due to damage. In assessing the trees and shoreline, staff determined that the damage was recent and caused by beavers.  Staff also determined that a number of trees that had not fallen would need to be removed as they were in a hazardous condition and location for dogs and people using the park.   In addition to the tree damage, beavers often build dams near the outlet structure to Lake Mendota from the lagoon.  This will create flooding across the park, especially during large rain events, and could alter the land use over the intermediate term by raising the water level of the lagoon.  In the past couple of years we have had the water level rise at this location to near the bikepath due to beaver activity.  A lack of water flow to the lake could also contribute to the hypoxia/anoxia conditions of the lagoon by limiting the flow to the lake which increases the likelihood of a large scale fish die off.   Trapping is conducted by a WDNR licensed trapper and only to the extent necessary to mitigate the hazards of tree death, shoreline damage, and flooding.

Below are some of the points/questions we have seen in communications on this topic.

·       The type of trees – junk, short-lived, boxelders, mulberries mostly
In reviewing some of the photos from the site (some are attached here), a number of the trees are undoubtably ash and mulberries.  Unforutnately, beavers are not very selective in the trees they damage.  I do not have a full inventory of what has been damaged as of today, but all trees in the area that are of the desired size for beavers are potentially at risk with an active beaver population.

·       Family structure – young rely on parents for food, babies will be starve without food source of parent killed, young stay with parents for couple of years
Beavers normally give birth to new kits in May-June in Wisconsin, so the youngest beavers present are likely juvenile yearlings.    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/furbearers.html

·       Public input – why wasn't public notified and input solicited first
Trapping is a longstanding wildlife management practice that the City has used when necessary to address issues such as habitat damage.   Parks is willing to review practices and communication standards with policymakers and the community, but staff does not think it is practicable to have a public process prior to each instance of trapping being authorized given the timing of a quick response.  In the specific case of the Warner lagoon there has been discussion on the issue of beavers as it relates to their ability to dam the outlet to Lake Mendota.

·       Drowning traps are barbaric and assume used based purely on cost
The Wisconsin DNR does not recommend live trapping and relocating of beavers.  If a live trap was used, the beaver would still likely be euthanized.

·       Is trapping even legal?
Yes.  If a private resident wanted to trap on our lands we would require them to get a City permit, which requires approval by the agency managing the land.  In Parks, during the last 8 years we have not issued such a permit for private trapping for sport.  The only trapping that has occurred has been at our direction for the purposes of removing wildlife that was adversely impacting the land, water and ecological balance of the parkland.

Sincerely,

Eric M. Knepp
Madison Parks Superintendent
608.266.4711
www.cityofmadison.com/parks
Like us on Facebook.  Follow us on Twitter @PlayMadison.
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PUBLIC MARKET 
"Madison is looking for interested vendors for a public market that is moving closer toward its 2019 opening date. The year-round, indoor public market slated for First Street, between East Washington Avenue and Johnson Street, plans to include homegrown food from small-scale farmers, specialty gifts, wholesale opportunities, culturally diverse food and community events. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

The city is asking entrepreneurs, farmers, artists, makers and food producers to fill out a vendor interest questionnaire to inform the design of the facility..."

Full Article:
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/madison-looking-for-interested-public-market-vendors/article_d8f48a9d-9e10-504f-aa84-abc689af138f.html
Link to Vendor Interest Questionnaire:
http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/economicdevelopment/interested-in-being-a-public-market-vendor-/2361/





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