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Meeting and city updates below. Please take a look. Thanks!
At the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards ceremony to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Edgewood College received two Best in Class Awards.
The College is recognized for having the highest student voting rate among four-year, private institutions category, as well as within the four-year, small, private institution category. Edgewood College also earned a Silver Seal for achieving a student voting rate between 60 and 69 percent.
Maribeth Witzel-Behl, Madison's City Clerk, also played a crucial role in the most recent election by providing an early voting location that students, faculty, staff and voters from the surrounding neighborhoods were able to use.
Student participation in elections has increased in the past few years nationwide. A recent report, "Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting" from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University's Institute for Democracy in Higher Education, shows that between the 2012 presidential election, and the 2016 presidential election, student voting went from 45.1 percent of eligible voters in 2012 to 48.3 percent in 2016 – a 7 percent improvement. Data for Edgewood College shows student voting at 65.7 percent in 2016.
The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus. By joining the Challenge, campuses commit to:
- Convening a campus-wide committee that includes members from academic affairs, student affairs, and the student body, as well as any other relevant stakeholders;
- Developing and implementing an action plan to improve democratic engagement;
- Participating in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) in order to measure student voting rates; and
- Sharing their campus' action plan and NSLVE results in order to be eligible for a recognition seal and/or awards.
Nearly 300 campuses, enrolling more than 4 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.
Madison Launches State's First Winter Salt Certification Program
Increasing road salt use is adding up to a growing environmental problem in our area. Just one teaspoon of salt pollutes five gallons of water, and once salt is in our waterways, it does not break down. Chloride, one of the two chemicals that make up salt, is toxic to small aquatic life. It has infiltrated our lakes, streams, marshes, and even a handful of municipal drinking water wells.
Road salt is a valuable tool to combat icy conditions, but it must be used responsibly. That's why the City of Madison is launching the state's first Winter Salt Certification Program, aimed at teaching winter maintenance professionals how to use the least amount of de-icing material necessary to keep our parking lots, roads, sidewalks and driveways safe. The program is open to all of Dane County.
About half of all the road salt used in Madison is spread on parking lots, driveways & sidewalks. Many parking lots and sidewalks receive 10 to 20 times the amount of salt needed to fully melt the ice. That means up to 90% of the salt put down is simply wasted and washes away.
The new Winter Salt Certification Program is a voluntary education and recognition program that will empower consumers to request well-trained snow removal companies. The program will begin as a pilot this fall with four 5-hour training and exam sessions. The sessions will cover recommended salt application rates, how to calculate the amount of salt needed based on weather conditions, and technological advancements like brining.
The Winter Salt Certification Program will initially offer only individual certifications for winter maintenance professionals. In 2018, it will also begin offering three tiers of company certification:
- Bronze 30% of field staff certified – No salt reporting
- Silver 60% of field staff certified + Reporting
- Gold 90% of field staff certified + Reporting
The City of Madison has been actively working to reduce salt for many years. Only 30% of our streets are salted (major roads and bus routes), and equipment is calibrated to apply salt at the DOT recommended rate. The City will focus on further reducing its own salt use by having all city staff who apply salt become certified by next winter and by only hiring certified contractors. For more information on the impact of road salt and upcoming training dates, visit the Winter Salt Certification Program page.
Truman-Olson Site RFP
At Council on Tuesday night, we will approve release of an RFP for sale of the city-owned property at 1402 S. Park Street. This is an exciting next step related to redevelopment along South Park Street, in line with the Wingra BUILD Plan. We set forth clear priorities in the RFP, including: ensuring a grocery store remains in the area; developing workforce housing; completing Cedar Street and creating connectivity through the site for all modes of transportation; and minimizing city investment and increasing the tax base. I look forward to seeing the responses we receive and will continue to provide updates as the eventual land use approval processes proceed.
You can read more in the Cap Times article here.
Olin Turville Park Boat Launch Improvements Meeting
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 pm
Goodman Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway
The City of Madison Parks Division will hold a public input meeting regarding 2018 improvements to the Boat Launch at Olin Turville Park. The City is proposing to replace the concrete ramps in the spring of 2018.
At this meeting, Madison Parks will discuss this project and seek input on the ramp replacement.
You are invited to attend this meeting to provide comments on the proposed project. If you have questions or comments but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Corey Stelljes at (608) 266-6518 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A project website can be found at:
Associated Bank Redevelopment Alder-Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, November 2 from 7pm – 8pm at HotelRED
Please join us to review updated plans for the proposed redevelopment by Urban Land Interests at 1720 Monroe Street.
"Work Party" at the Annie Stewart fountain in Vilas Park
November 4, 2017
Like last fall, we plan to gather on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM for a "work party" at the Annie Stewart fountain in Vilas Park to continue our efforts to remove the underbrush from the area behind the fountain.
Please mark the date on your calendar. We need your help to help remove the underbrush, carry & stack it at the curb, etc. Families are welcome.
Our goals are to remove the invasive buckthorn, etc. and to open sightlines from the fountain to Lake Wingra.
Please RSVP to Annie Stewart Memorial Fountain c/o Steven J. Schaefer, Schaeferlaw.email@example.com
Also, please complete an Individual Volunteer Release form for the Madison Parks Division at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/volunteer/and bring it to the work party.
Calling All Artists!
Crazylegs Plaza & Wingra Park Entrance: Open House & Mosaic Art Input Session
Thursday, November 8, 6:00-7:30PM, HotelRED
Join us for an open house and mosaic art input session regarding the final landscape designs and future public art for Crazylegs Plaza and the Wingra Park entrance! City staff and project designers will be on hand to answer questions and gather input on the planned public art components. Both projects will be completed as part of the Monroe Street reconstruction in 2018.
The open house will be held from 6:00-7:30PM in the HotelRED lobby. The mosaic art input session will be held in the first floor meeting room from 6:00-7:15PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crazylegs-plaza-wingra-park-entrance-open-house-mosaic-art-input-session-tickets-38782638917
Madison College South Campus Initiative Community Meetings
We hope you can join us at one of two community sharing meetings to find out more about the selected site (corner of Badger Road and Park Street), plans for the new campus, and to hear what your fellow community members had to say! The same information will be presented at both meetings and both will include time for questions and discussion.
What: Community Meeting #1
When: Monday November 6th 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: Urban League of Greater Madison Community Room – Evjue A
2222 South Park Street, Villager Shopping Center
What: Community Meeting #2
When: Thursday November 9th 5:00-6:30 PM
Where: Madison College West Campus – Room 126
8017 Excelsior Drive, Madison, WI 53717
Please join us to hear more about this important project in the South Madison community! To learn more about the new campus location and about the process so far, please visit: https://madisoncollege.edu/south-campus-initiative.
South District Community Survey
We need to hear from you! Below is a link to this year's survey for the South Police District. Please take a few moments to click on the below link and let us know your thoughts:
I read all of the written commentary you submit to us via this online survey and then share it with supervisors and officers in the South District. We intend to use your input and ideas when planning for 2018, so your responses are very valuable!
Thank you and please feel free to share this with your neighbors!
DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF HISTORY?
Please take this survey about important places in Madison and tell us what is important to you. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CityofMadisonHPPSurvey1
The survey results will be used at upcoming public meetings and the survey will be open until December 8, 2017.
Bay Creek Neighbors – there will be a Thanksgiving Day race at Alliant Energy Center and Quann Park this year. The organizers originally proposed a route through the neighborhoods, but based on MPD and Alder feedback, they have rerouted to minimize neighborhood impact. You can view their application here, which is updated from the current map they show on their website. Please take a look at their website for times and plan accordingly. Additional notice will be sent and posted, per city requirements as we approach the event.
Submit a Nomination – Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award
The City of Madison invites you to submit nominations for its annual JEFFREY CLAY ERLANGER CIVILITY IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE AWARD. The award honors Jeffrey Clay Erlanger, who was an individual of integrity, passion, intelligence, and civility. Jeff understood that thoughtful and caring people could have very different views on how to best address our community's many complex issues and problems. Jeff, who died on June 10, 2007, spent a significant part of his life committed to public service, focusing on constructive advocacy and civil debate, fairness, openness, and effective representation. He embraced the similarities that unite us.
Jeff served on the City of Madison's Economic Development Commission; he was chair of the Commission on People with Disabilities; chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Living Alliance; and ran for the Madison Common Council in 2002. He also held a number of other significant positions in the community. One of his greatest accomplishments was his successful push for the accessible taxicab service in Madison today.
The Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award recognizes City of Madison residents sharing Jeff Erlanger's dedication to, and passion for public policy development, civility, individual and human rights and who conduct their daily life consistent with these values and who have had a significant impact on the Madison community.
• Nominees must be an adult.
• Only one award will be presented annually.
• Nominees must be residents of the City of Madison whose work, program, project, policy decisions or actions have made a positive contribution to the community and its residents.
• Nominees must have demonstrated leadership in public advocacy, focusing on constructive civil debate, fairness and openness resulting in effective outcomes.
• Nominees must have demonstrated a dedication and commitment to treating people with civility, respect and dignity.
• Nominees may have been compensated for their work, as long as they exemplify the values represented by the award.
• Current members of the Common Council, the award committee, City staff and contractors with the City are not eligible to be nominated for the award.
Nominations should contain detailed information regarding the nominee sufficient to allow the award committee to determine that the candidate meets the award criteria. The award committee will not conduct additional research.
Nominations must be submitted on the nomination application and returned to:
Attn: Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Award Nomination Committee
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 403
Madison, WI 53703
Nomination forms may be submitted via fax at 608-267-8671 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Erlanger Award" in the subject line of email communications.
All nominations must be received no later than 4:30pm, on Friday, November 3, 2017.
Questions or requests for additional application forms should be directed to the Mayor's Office at 608-266-4611. Information is also available on the City's website: