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Effective today, March 20, 2014, Sue Ellingson has resigned from the Madison Common Council.

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Lucas Dailey Recommended to Fill Vacant District 13 Aldermanic Seat
Posted April 24, 2014 at 7:56 AM

On April 22, 2014 the Common Council Organizational Committee recommended that Lucas Dailey fill the vacant District 13 Aldermanic seat until the new alderperson is elected and seated on April 21, 2015. 

The recommendation to appoint Mr. Dailey will go to the Common Council for approval at their meeting on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (6:30 p.m., Room 201, City-County Building)

Posted March 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

City of Madison Common Council President, Ald. Chris Schmidt, announced today that he is accepting resumes from residents of the 13th Aldermanic District interested in filling the position vacated by former alderperson, Sue Ellingson (Ms. Ellingson resigned from the Council effective March 20, 2014).

All resumes should be mailed or delivered to:

Common Council President, Ald. Chris Schmidt
Room 417, City-County Building
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Madison WI 53703

Resumes must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Resumes should include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Home telephone number
  • Work telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • Biographical resume should include education, work, neighborhood, and civic experience
  • A statement on why the applicant wishes to serve
  • A statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish
  • A statement if the applicant plans to run for alderperson in the Spring 2015 election

The Common Council Organizational Committee (CCOC) will review all resumes and interview applicants at a special meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Room 260, Madison Municipal Building (215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard). The CCOC will make a recommendation to the Common Council to be acted upon at their April 29, 2014 meeting.

The Common Council will determine at their April 8, 2014 meeting whether the person appointed will serve until the November 4, 2014 General Election or until a 13th District Alderperson is elected on April 7, 2015 and takes the official oath of office.

For more information or questions please contact Ald. Chris Schmidt, Common Council President at or (608) 266-4071.

Last update
Posted March 20, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Today I submitted my resignation as Alder for District 13 to Mayor Soglin and Common Council President, Chris Schmidt.

In the last two months I have had pressing family matters arise that require extended periods away from Madison.  I simply don't have the time to adequately represent my district.

Many thanks to my neighbors who gave me this opportunity to help make decisions about the future of our city.  I've learned much about how the city works and explored new ideas for city management.  I've met hundreds of neighbors.  I've worked hours and hours with Madison's exceptionally capable and committed staff. 

This has been one of the best experiences of my life.  I regret that I'm no longer able to serve.

The Common Council will appoint a new alder to serve the remainder of my term.  Meantime, you can contact the Council President, Ald. Chris Schmidt, at the Council office at 266-4071.



Posted March 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM


• 3/19, 5:30p - Alcohol License Review Commission
201 City-County Blg, 210 MLKing Jr Blvd
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• 4/8, 6:45p - Common Council
201 City-County Blg, 210 MLKing Jr Blvd
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Crescendo, 1859 Monroe St, has applied for later closing hours:
- Sun-Thurs, from 8:00p now to 10:00p
- Fri-Sat, from 10:30p now to 12:00a

Owner Cait Shanahan said, "We are NOT going to change our posted hours on the door... The reason for the change is to give us more flexibility when we have events." Click here for the application.

Capt Joe Balles said, "I looked at our MPD calls for service with Cate's establishment... We have had NO COMPLAINTS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD.  In short, Cate has been running a good business and I do not see these extended closing times being a significant deal."

I agree with Capt Balles. I have had no complaints. Cait has done a good job of running her business. I will support this change.

Posted March 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Tues 3/11
Water Utility, 119 E Olin Ave
• 5:30-6:30p, Brittingham Boats
• 6:30-7:30p, Rhythm & Booms

Wed 3/12 - 6:30p
Olbrich, 3300 Atwood Ave
I believe the Park Commission will consider Brittingham Boats' request to add pontoon boats. The agenda is not posted yet. You can check it here:

Mon 3/17 - 6:30p
Goodman Library, 2222 S Park St
The goals of this project are to address bank stabilization, provide channel improvements, and enhance the natural features in Wingra Creek. It covers the reach between the stone railroad bridge (Baird Street) and Olin Avenue. Engineering staff will report on design progress towards goals agreed upon at the last meeting and discuss needed revisions and remaining issues, such as a possible weir structure.
Sally Swenson, (608)266-4862,

Thurs, April 10 - 6:30p
Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe St
Monroe St reconstruction is scheduled for 2015. This is a listening session to gather your ideas. (The originally scheduled meeting for March 20 is canceled.)

Emerald Ash Borer
Posted February 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found near Warner Park this past November.  The City of Madison has an estimated 21,700 City-owned street (terrace) ash trees and many more in parks. The City's plan for EAB was approved by the Common Council in 2012 and updated in 2013.

For City-owned street trees:

  • Ash trees on the terrace will be cut down if they are in poor condition, are located under power lines, or measure less than 10" in diameter. This work has begun.
  • Forestry will continue with branch sampling to look for new infestations.
  • In late May, Forestry will start chemical treatments for ash street trees that are healthy, are not located under power lines, and are more than 10". The city will use injection treatments, not soil drench treatments, to protect water quality. All terrace trees meeting the treatment criteria will be treated by 2016 at the City's expense. For this reason, adoption of terrace trees is not needed.
  • Forestry will replant street trees in most locations.


Adopt-a-Tree in Madison Parks
Residents can adopt an ash tree in any Madison park and have it treated for EAB by a City licensed tree contractor at their own expense. The request form for adoption will be made available soon on the Madison Parks website (  Ash trees must be in good condition and greater than 10" in diameter.  Once the adoption is approved, the City will issue the treatment permit directly to the licensed tree contractor you hire. Licensed tree contractors can be found on the Madison Public Works website:

Replanting the urban forest
You can help support replanting the City's urban forest. The Madison Parks Foundation has established the Emerald Ash Borer Tree Replacement fund to replace trees in the park system that will be lost to the Emerald Ash Borer. Find out more on the Madison Parks Foundation website:

Privately owned trees
Madison Parks website has a Homeowner's Toolkit to help you identify ash trees, symptoms of EAB and make a decision whether to treat or not treat your own ash trees in your private landscape:

The city strongly recommends that you treat your ash trees using the direct injection method rather than the soil drench method in order to protect our lakes and ground water.

These websites have more information on finding a service provider:
Madison Public Works website:

Posted February 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Available now.

Mon 3/24 - 6:00p
Rm 201 City-County Blg, 210 MLKing Jr Blvd
The Plan Commission will consider the Edgewood Master Plan at this meeting.