Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates
Informatiin and updates which may be of interest to District 1
DISTRICT 1 UPDATES -
Community meeting was held at Olson School to present proposed plans for the Jeffy Trails road expansion. 70 residents attended. The majority of the attendees voiced strong opposition against the Jeffy Trail project. It is also important to recognize that there were residents present who were in support of the Jeffy Trail expansion project. Recognizing the need for residents to have the opportunity to throughly review the proposed project with city staff, an amendment was put forth to move the Jeffy Trail project and allocated dollars out of the 2016 Capital Budget. The amendment included the formation of a Jeffy Trail workgroup to study the proposed expansion in detail with follow up recommendations. A subsequent meeting with planning and engineering department discussed and confirmed staff commitments to the Jeffy Trail community workgroup. A final meeting set for November 3 will establish the time line for the workgroup's review of the Jeffy Trail expansion. It is very important that the workgroup makeup will include residents from the community representing both sides, engineering and planning staff and Alder McKinney with the final recommendations of the workgroup presented in open meeting.
Updates on Midtown Road closures can be found on the City's website:
https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/midtown-road-closure. Updates of all street closures: Traffic Engineering:cityofmadison.com
With about one month remaining of the 2015 construction season, traffic on the eastbound Beltline between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway, has shifted to the new eastbound lanes. Stay informed about upcoming construction work, overnight traffic switch, lane and ramp closures and associated traffic impacts related to the Verona Road (US 188/151) Project. Follow the Verona Road Project: www.VeronaRoadProject.wi.gov; www.facebook/WIVeronaRoadProject,
Nighttime lane closures on the westbound and eastbound Beltline, Whitney Way to Seminole Highway 8 p.m.-5 a.m. (October 19-23). Nighttime ramp closures from the eastbound Beltline to Verona Road and Whitney Way to the eastbound Beltline 10 p.m.-5 a.m. (October 20-22). Eastbound Beltline traffic shift to new lanes, between Whitney Way to Seminole Highway in effect until spring 2016.
Information of Interest
Mayor Soglin on homeless, Exact Sciences, Homeless: /news/Soglin-talks-about-homeless-EExact-Sciences-budget/35854752. Mayor announces the hiring of Toriana Pettaway as Racial Equity Coordinator.
Council Meeting Items of Interest
Resolution to permit City of Madison to exercise imminent domain to acquire property to develop a 1 acre park in downtown area was placed on file.
#40368 - Introduction Resolution to accept 2015 U.S. Department of Justice Byme Criminal Justice Innovation Grant award for $155,522 as part of President's Neighborhood Revitalization (NRI) that supports local communities in developing place-based strategies to change neighborhoods of distress into neighborhoods of opportunity. The selected target area: Raymond Road Corridor (Teresa Terrace, Balsam-Russett, Meadowood, Greentree, Orchard Ridge, Prairie, Falk and Orchard Ridge Elementary Schools, Meadowood and Terrace Terrace neighborhood centers). (Non debatable).
Presentation on 2016 budget process by Finance Director.
Other Up-Coming Meetings
October 22, 6-7 p.m. Chief Koval will be holding a community meeting at Olson Elementary School, 801 Redan Drive.
October 24, 8:00 a.m.-12:00. Register, 2015 Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable.
Park Community Recreation Center. It's not too late register:firstname.lastname@example.org
October 26, 4:30 p.m. regular BOE meeting and Operating Budget decisions, Room 260, MMB.
Deliberations by BOE on amendments for the 2016 Budget.
Common Council 2016 Budget Deliberation Meetings
November 4, Important Amendments Due Common Council, 2016 Capital and Operating Budgets Due to Finance Director November 4 @ noon. Common Council Amendments Submitted - Distributed to Common Council Friday, November 6, noon.
November 10, 5:30 p.m. Common Council meeting (budget only), Room 201, CCB.
November 11, 5:30 p.m. Common Council meeting (budget - if needed), Room 260, MMB.
November 12, 5:30 p.m. Common Council meeting (budget - if needed), Room 260, MMB.
District 1 Leadership Group - Elected officers and representatives from Neighborhood Associations and Homeowner Associations. District 1 has only two official Neighborhood Associations as recognized by the City of Madison: High Point Estates and Hawks Landing. Please view this link to the complete list of Neighborhood Associations recognized by the City of Madison. http://www.cityofmadison.com/neighborhoods/profile/association_contact_list.html.
Jule Strolick, Neighborhood - Community coordinator from the City of Madison will answer questions about the process of Homeowners Associations becoming an official Neighborhood Association recognized by the City of Madison.
West District Community Room, 1710 McKenna Blvd. Jule's Topic: NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS/HOW AND WHY THEY WORK.
ACTIVITIES Of INTEREST:
Friday, October 30, 6-10 p.m.
Monster Mash-up. All Monsters Welcome. Madison Children's Museum.
Mayor Soglin - http://m.channel3000.com/news/Soglin-talks-about-homeless-Exact-Sciences-budget/35854752. Mayor announces hiring of Toriana Pettaway as Racial EquityCoordinator.
Freakfest Street Closures, State Street and cross streets, 4:45 p.m. Sat., October 31 through 3 a.m. Sunday, November 1. http.//host.madison.com/freakfest/
Please Don't Forget to Mark Your Calendars for these important deliberations.
The District 1 Leadership Team has been aggressively advocating for the MID-TOWN STATION to remain in the 2016 budget. As present Alder of District 1, I am joined by State Representative Lisa Subeck, immediate past Alder of District 1, who also lives in the district; to strongly support the Mid-Town Station in the 2016 Capital Budget. See the support letter sent to all Alders attached to this update page.
Monday, October 26 – BOE regular meeting & Operating Budget decisions / 4:30 pm / Room 260, MMB. Public comment (3 minutes).
Common Council 2016 Budget Deliberation Meetings
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - Common Council Meeting (Budget Only) / 5:30 pm / Room 201, CCB. This should be the major turnout of voices to register in support of the Mid-Town Police Station
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Common Council Meeting (Budget – If Needed) / 5:30 pm / Room 260, MMB
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Common Council Meeting (Budget – If Needed) / 5:30 pm / Room 260, MMB.
Letters of Support
I encourage you to send letters supporting the Mid-Town Station to Mayor Soglin and to All Alders as the example below.
Sent to All Alders
The Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association, which serves an area between Putnam and Hammersley and McKenna and Prairie, is currently serviced by the West Side Police District. Although we know the capital budget is tight, we support the creation of an additional police district as soon as possible to relieve some of the burden on the West District. Why? There are two basic reasons.
> The size and population of the West District has grown too large for one location to manage efficiently. The population of the West District is 83,000, a third of Madison, and it covers a third of the city?s area. The station, which was built in 2001 for 58 employees, now has 90.
> But the most compelling reason is that since the year 2000, the number and severity of criminal activity in Southwest Madison has dramatically increased. Between 2000 – 2012, calls for police service by type increased as follows: quality of life 115.81% violent crime 65.98% and, property crime 146.22%. At the same time, violent crime in the city as a whole increased 0.13% and property crime, 48.36%.
> We agree that there are many needs in the are more family-supporting jobs, better housing, more and better activities for the youth and these needs cost money as well. But, we also have to deal with the immediate need which is improved police services.
> Thus, we believe that the construction of an additional station is absolutely necessary at this time and should not be put off until 2021. We urge you to allocate full funding for the additional station to begin construction in 2016.
> Sincerely, Gloria Meyer, President Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association
> All Alders
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