Alder Sue Ellingson
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210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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THE RULES FOR CLEARING SIDEWALKS
- Sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours--in this case, by 12:00 noon on Tuesday.
- If it is not possible to clear the snow and ice, the sidewalk must be well sanded. Locations for free sand: http://www.cityofmadison.com/residents/winter/SnowIce/sand.cfm
- If a complaint is made to Building Inspection about your sidewalk and the inspector finds the walk is not cleared or well sanded, you can be given a citation.
This sounds tough, I know. But we all depend on being able to walk safely--your kids, your neighbor's kids, the elderly couple next door.
RECYCLE COOKING OIL, HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT DROP-OFF SITES
Winter hours: M-F 7:30a-4:30p
1501 W Badger Rd, or 4602 Sycamore Ave.
Madison residents can recycle cooking oil from deep frying turkey and holiday lights and extension cords at the Streets Division's drop off sites.
• Cooking oil collection tanks are available at both sites.
• Electronic collection containers are also available for lights and extension cords.
Placemaking is planning for the outdoor areas between buildings. The goal is to create a place for people, not cars. A place where people want to walk, relax, and shop. I attended a placemaking seminar in October. See my City website under the Initiatives tab for a summary:
REMINDER: EDGEWOOD MEETING ON TUESDAY
Tues 12/10 - 6:00p
Washburn Heritage Room, Regina Hall, Edgewood College
The City's new zoning code requires a 10-year master plan for the Edgewood campus. Edgewood and the Neighborhood Liaison Committee have worked hard to find common ground. Please join us at this second neighborhood meeting to hear about the proposed master plan and to share your thoughts.
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING - COMMONWEALTH RECONSTRUCTION
Thurs 12/19 - 6:30-8:30p
Edgewood College, DeRicci Hall Room 313
This will be the initial meeting regarding Commonwealth reconstruction. Neighbors who live on the areas to be rebuilt will receive a mailed announcement of the meeting.
SANITARY SEWER WARRANTY INSURANCE
Former City Engineer Larry Nelson posted to his neighborhood about the new sanitary sewer warranty insurance. Here is an edited version of his post:
• The sewer pipe from the sewer main in the street to the building is the responsibility of the property owner. Always has been.
• Back in the 1970's, the City set up a program to put a cap on [sewer pipe repair costs for property owners in order to roughly equalize repair costs across the city]. In 2011, that cost was about $4400.
The City's program was used about 6 to 12 times per year. Given there are some 65,000 sewer customers, the risk of a major failure is very small. However the cost, if failure occurs, can be quite large.
Recently, Wisconsin Act 32 outlawed the City's program [Act 32 was likely promoted by ALEC]:
"Local Governments Prohibited from Performing Private Construction Work - The state budget creates Sec. 66.0901(11), Stats., prohibiting local governments from using their own workforce to perform a construction project (i.e., road, sewer, water, stormwater, wastewater, grading, parking lot, or other infrastructure-related projects) for which a private person is financially responsible."
In response, the City issued proposals for the Sanitary Sewer Service Warranty Program. Several proposals were received and two were interviewed by city staff, the Mayor's staff, and the Chair of the Board of Public Works. [The insurance program that was chosen was developed by the National League of Cities, not by ALEC.]
City Engineering has received some 600 calls about this program. Most callers want to know if this is a scam. It is not. Most, if not all the callers were unaware that they have the responsibility for their building sewer.
You don't have to sign up: this is just a service if you want it.
I intend to continue my preventative maintenance program with Lee RotoRooter, who cleans my building sewer every 3 years for $106 per cleaning. Based on the information that I have received, I am going to also sign up for the Sanitary Sewer Service Program at $70/year. For some, the $10,000 maximum is not sufficient and the City's program was far better. But it should be fine for my situation.
I think that the City of Madison should be commended for trying to provide a replacement service. My opinion of our meddlesome state legislature I shall keep to myself.
Larry D. Nelson, P.E.
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING REMINDER
Through 3/15/14 - 1:00a-7:00a
• Park on the ODD house numbered side of the street 1:00a-7:00a on ODD numbered days.
• Park on the EVEN house numbered side of the street 1:00a-7:00a on EVEN numbered days.
Alternate side parking rules are in effect seven days a week 1:00a-7:00a regardless of weather conditions. The City has this policy because snow plowing in alternate side parking areas costs one tenth as much as in snow emergency zones. (In District 13, only Proudfit St is in the snow emergency zone.)
SANITARY SEWER WARRANTY PROGRAM
Homeowners are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their private sanitary sewer service line, which extends from within the home to the point where it connects to the public sanitary sewer main (in the street). Sanitary sewer service repairs can be expensive and are typically not covered by homeowners' insurance. The City has partnered with a private company to offer optional insurance for sewer line repairs. The standard price will be $7.00 per month or $79 per year. During the initial campaign, the price will be $6.25 per month or $70 per year.
Information about this optional program will be mailed to Madison residents. Homeowners can enroll by contacting SLWA at 866-922-9006, online at www.slwofa.com or returning the business reply card they receive in the mail. Citizens can also visit the City's website, www.cityofmadison.com/engineering, or contact City of Madison Engineering at (608) 266-4430 to learn more.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE
Public Health-Madison & Dane Co. has many sessions scheduled to assist with Affordable Care Act enrollment. Madison dates:
October 21, 3 – 6 pm, Goodman South Madison Branch, 2222 S. Park St.
November 4, 9 am – noon, Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
November 5, 2 – 5 pm, Madison Pinney Branch, 204 Cottage Grove Rd.
November 13, 11 am – 2 pm, Madison Lakeview Branch, 2845 N. Sherman Rd.
November 15, 10 am – 1 pm, Goodman South Madison Branch, 2222 S. Park St.
November 19, 2 – 5 pm, Madison Hawthorne Branch, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
November 21, 10 am – 1 pm, Madison Meadowridge Branch, 5740 Raymond Rd.
December 2, 9 am – noon, Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
December 5, 3 – 6 pm, Goodman South Madison Branch, 2222 S. Park St.
December 11, 11 am – 2 pm, Madison Lakeview Branch, 2845 N. Sherman Rd.
Much more info at http://www.publichealthmdc.com/marketplace.cfm