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Alder Tim Gruber

Alder Tim Gruber

Alder Tim Gruber

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513 N. Owen Drive
Madison , WI 53705

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
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Madison, WI 53703
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News for You: District 11 December Newsletter

November 30, 2016 6:52 PM

In this issue: Neighborhood Meeting on Frey Street Hotel Proposal, Imagine Madison Comprehensive Plan Update, Madison Is Now A 'Class 1' Fire Protection Community, Streets Division Drop-Off Sites Start Winter Hours, Madison Parks 2017 Calendar, West Side Water Well Reaches Critical Contamination Threshold


Neighborhood Meeting on Frey Street Hotel Proposal


Monday, December 12, 7:00 PM, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S Segoe Rd


To review plans, ask questions, and give comments on a proposal by the Raymond Management Company for a hotel at the corner of Frey Street and Sawyer Terrace, just west of the Hilldale Shopping Center and across the street from Target.



Imagine Madison: Comprehensive Plan Update


How do you Imagine Madison?


The goal of Imagine Madison is to gather the opinions of each and every Madisonian, which will be used to update the City's Comprehensive Plan. We need your help to identify the most important goals for our community's future. Let your voice be heard. Please join us for the Imagine Madison kickoff Community Meetings!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Central Library (201 W Mifflin St)

3rd Floor Community Room




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Village on Park (2300 S Park St)

Atrium Community Room


Both meetings will have identical schedules:

5:30        Open House

6:15        Interactive Presentation

7:15        Open House & Discussion


Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Spanish and Hmong Interpreters will be available.


Please share this email and the attached flyer with your friends, family, and coworkers. We need you to help identify Madison's goals for the future as we work toward the community we all imagine!


Imagine Madison

City of Madison Comprehensive Plan Update

608.243.0455 | 608.243.0470



Madison Is Now A 'Class 1' Fire Protection Community


Property Owners May Be Entitled To Lower Insurance Rates


The nation's leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry has named Madison "Wisconsin's newest Class 1 fire protection community." It's a distinction shared by only three other cities in the state.


 The Insurance Service Organization (ISO), through its Public Protection Classification program, examined three areas: Emergency Communications, Fire Department, and Water Supply. Out of 105.50 possible credits in the ISO's scoring metric, Madison received 91.48 credits, placing the city among an elite group of 204 municipalities (out of 47,000) in the country that carry this honor (see: "Points of Pride" document.pdf). The new classification takes effect Thursday, December 1.


 The public's ongoing investment in a progressive fire department, a robust and reliable water utility, and a responsive, technologically-advanced emergency communications center is now paying off by way of lower property insurance rates. 


 Most insurers use the ISO's Public Protection Classification Program when underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties; therefore, property owners in the City of Madison, Village of Shorewood Hills, and Town of Blooming Grove may be entitled to decreased rates.


 Individuals can take advantage of this new classification by contacting their insurance agent and letting them know their community was just upgraded to an "ISO Class 1" ranking. Because each insurer uses ISO rankings differently, actual savings may vary.


Contact: Cynthia Schuster, 608-261-5539,




Streets Division Drop-Off Sites Start Winter Hours on Monday, December 5


The Streets Division drop-off sites are changing to winter hours starting Monday, December 5.


Starting December 5, the drop-off sites located at 4602 Sycamore Ave. and 1501 W. Badger Rd. will be open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3:00pm . These hours will remain in effect until March 24, 2017.


The yard waste only drop-off site at 402 South Point Rd. will close for the season at 4:30pm on Sunday, December 4.  The South Point Rd. site will reopen at 8:30am on March 25, 2017.


The drop-off sites change their hours the first weekend of December each year since they are staffed with seasonal employees whose term of employment ends at this time.  


While the Streets Division will continue collecting leaves from the curb as long as weather permits, residents electing not to compost their leaves at home may want to consider taking advantage of the final week of expanded hours and bring their yard waste to a drop-off site.


All three drop-off sites will be open at the below hours prior to the winter hours taking effect:



Thursday, December 1        8:30am – 8:00pm

Friday, December 2            8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday, December 3        8:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday, December 4          8:30am – 4:30pm


While the hours will be more restrictive starting on December 5, the self-help drop-off sites at 1501 W. Badger Rd. and 4602 Sycamore Ave. will be open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 3:00pm through the winter to accept city of Madison residents' yard waste, electronics, overflow cardboard, Styrofoam, rigid plastics, and other drop-off site materials.


For more information contact

Bryan Johnson 608-2672-2626



Madison Parks 2017 Calendar


The first Madison Parks calendar debuted in November and features 13 original photographs. Each month provides a brief narrative about park projects, events, programs or initiatives.


The contest, which began in May of this year, received over 300 photo submissions. Each photo was reviewed and graded on factors such as artistic excellence and overall impact, and of course, the photo must have been taken in or of a City of Madison park.


One of the judges, Judy Frankel, Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, "Madison parks offer so many photo opportunities. The quality and variety of photos (received) was quite impressive. There were such creative and unique ways in which the park spaces were presented. I was honored to be a part of this project and amazed by the amount of incredible spaces we have to enjoy. "


Madison Parks Superintendent, Eric Knepp, said "The 2017 Madison Parks Calendar captures our park system across every season.  The calendar offers a great opportunity for community members to directly engage in promoting the beauty and value of our shared treasure.  Madison Parks is proud to give a voice to these stories"


The high-quality, spiral-bound calendar sells for just $10 (tax included) with all proceeds going to the Madison Parks Foundation This link will leave the City of Madison website and open in a new window..  Calendars are available for purchase by calling (608)266-4711 or by stopping by Warner Park Community Recreation Center or the Parks Administrative Office.



West Side Water Well Reaches Critical Contamination Threshold


Madison Water Utility is launching a multi-year study aimed at finding a way to mitigate road salt contamination at municipal Well 14 on University Avenue at Flambeau Rd (in the Spring Harbor neighborhood). Well 14 is a major source of water for Madison's near west side, pumping more than 750 million gallons into the distribution system every year. Unfortunately, testing has shown dramatic increases of sodium and chloride (the components of salt) in water pumped from the 56 year-old well, particularly since 2000. Chloride levels alone have doubled at the well since that time.


Finding a solution to the issue will be costly and difficult. Madison Water Utility will likely begin by analyzing the well's bore hole in an effort to see which areas below ground are contributing the most sodium chloride to water pumped from the well. From there, the utility will look at every available option -- from rebuilding part of the well in order to draw water from deeper in the aquifer to on-site desalination treatment to abandoning the well entirely.


While the chemicals that make up salt are not considered a health threat to most people, they do have an impact on water quality. Sodium levels at Well 14 are around 45 mg/L, higher than the recommended limit for people on salt-restricted diets. Chloride, the component of salt that causes the "salty" taste, has been measured at the well at 125 mg/L, or 50 percent of the EPA's secondary maximum contaminant level (SMCL) for the chemical. According to our current water quality policy, we must launch a remediation study if a contaminant reaches that 50 percent threshold. If current trends continue, Madison Water Utility projects that chloride levels will exceed the SMCL in about 17 years, at which time the water may be difficult to drink because of the salty taste.


Source of the salt


Every winter, about 140 tons of road salt are dumped on the two-mile stretch of University Ave. between Segoe Rd. and Allen Boulevard. However, research from the Wisconsin Geological Survey indicates that salt spread in the immediate area around Well 14 is only part of the problem. Salt put on roads, parking lots, sidewalks and driveways on the west side of Madison stretching all the way to West Towne Mall generally washes toward the Spring Harbor neighborhood and Well 14. Even if salt use was discontinued across that entire area of Madison tomorrow, there is already a large enough reservoir of sodium chloride in the ground around University Ave. that levels at Well 14 would likely continue to rise.



Road salt found in other wells


In less than 60 years, Well 14 has gone from a new well with high-quality water to one with a critical road salt contamination issue. As we look across the city, Madison Water Utility is concerned about what the next six decades could bring for other major wells. Well 11 on Dempsey Rd., Well 6 on University Ave., and Well 16 on Mineral Point Rd. all show increasing levels of sodium and chloride, albeit at much lower levels than Well 14 (see attachment). It's possible that if nothing is done to decrease road salt use across our area, we will be looking at costly chloride mitigation efforts at some of those of wells and others in the coming decades.


"Rising levels of chloride in our groundwater and lakes should be a cause of concern to all of us," says Madison Water Utility general manager Tom Heikkinen. "As a region, we are on an unsustainable path with respect to wintertime salt use and we need to figure out how to solve this problem now for the sake of future generations."



Becoming a "Salt Wise" community


Madison Water Utility is a proud member of the Wisconsin Salt Wise Partnership (this link will leave the City of Madison website and open in a new window), a coalition of city and county agencies, educators and environmental groups working to get the word out about responsible salt use. Sodium chloride isn't just a groundwater issue. It's accumulating in all bodies of water in the Madison metropolitan area, including Lake Monona, Lake Mendota, Lake Wingra, Starkweather Creek, Dunn's Marsh, Cherokee Marsh, and Willow Creek. But even small changes can make a real difference in the amount of salt we use as a community and the impact we have on our environment. The attached Wisconsin Salt Wise press kit contains a list of experts who can provide more insight into the environmental damage caused by salt and what we as a community can do to help stop it.



Amy Barrilleaux, Public Information Officer, Madison Water Utility, (608) 266-9129,

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