Greetings Neighbors – meetings and updates below. Please take a look. Thanks!
Monroe Street Update – the show must go on!
As you have likely heard, the bids came in over budget for Monroe Street reconstruction. There is a resolution I'm supporting with the Mayor to amend the capital budget to maintain the project, as scheduled in 2018. Unfortunately, there will be a compromise to manage the costs and our budget – we will no longer be undergrounding the utility lines in the business districts (as proposed), but I will work to ensure we put conduit down so we can underground more feasibly in the future.
The budget amendment resolution unanimously passed the Finance Committee tonight! I hope you will join me in supporting this project, so we can "survive (through 2018 reconstruction) and thrive (after)!"
Ongoing information on the project can be found here.
1720 Monroe Street (Associated Bank Site)
Urban Land Interests is requesting approval of a Mixed Use development at 1720 Monroe Street. UDC approval is required for all requests to rezone to a Planned Development (PD) district. They are requesting Final Approval on the proposed development of a five-story, mixed-use building with 16,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and 68 units on a 0.77-acre site at 1720 Monroe Street. The site is currently zoned Planned Development (PD). While the applicant plans to maintain this zoning district classification, they currently anticipate filing a new PD application for the proposed development.
We have held many neighborhood meetings and input sessions, and the project is now moving through the formal city review process. See the schedule below -
- Urban Design Commission: January 10, 2018
- Plan Commission: January 22, 2018
- Common Council: Feb. 6, 2018
Edgewood High School Addition Neighborhood Meeting
January 22, 2018, 6:00PM, Edgewood High School Auditorium (enter @ circle drive, left entrance door)
Purpose: Presentation of proposed advancement of Master Plan construction pertaining to an auditorium addition, elevator addition, and expansion of the commons. You can find more information here.
You're Invited – New Film Release!
The Dane County Housing Initiative is pleased to present:
Minding the Gap: The Housing Crisis in Dane County
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30-7:30 pm
The Village on the Park – Room A
Please join the Dane County Housing Initiative on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30 to 7:30 pm to screen the housing short film produced by the Dane County Housing Initiative and Tweedee Productions. Running time 7.25 minutes.
Film Intro and Screenings: 6:45 pm, 7:15 pm, Q&A to follow
Refreshments will be served - All Welcome!
Dane County Housing Initiative (DCHI) representatives will be on hand to answer questions and discuss this new initiative. Interested residents and stakeholders are invited to share the film with their neighborhood associations, chambers, employers, local governments, plan commissions, or local church groups.
Location: The Village on the Park – Room A, 2300 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713
City of Madison Wants You to Share Your Thoughts and Experiences on Downtown Events and Madison Metro Bus Service
The City of Madison prides itself on hosting signature events that bring together and celebrate our community, as well as facilitate free expression. Street Use Event permits include a variety of activities such as cultural and food festivals, holiday parades, athletic events, political demonstrations, marches, neighborhood block parties and more.
The growing popularity of events, specifically in the Isthmus area has highlighted concerns about traffic and metro bus disruptions, challenges in the ability to respond to emerging political situations, noise and other impacts, as well as concerns from those wishing to hold events and navigating the permit process.
The concerns are in the following areas: City resources needed for scheduled and nonscheduled events, the relationship of permit fees to the City resources and the equity surrounding those fees, transportation impacts, and capacity and scheduling as requests for new events continue to grow.
The Mayor has asked staff from a variety of departments to evaluate the issues and recommend possible strategies which may lead to changes in the review process for events that balance the benefit of Madison hosting events and the concerns of multiple stakeholders. Staff have been meeting regularly and are working to evaluate these issues through a racial equity and social justice lens.
One topic identified by this team is impact on Metro bus routes as a result of scheduled and non-scheduled events. Staff have prepared a bus survey to gather feedback on this topic. Buses are often rerouted or can have delays during special events. Public transportation can also be a mode of choice for people attending events. The bus survey is intended to gather input from bus riders about if, and how, events may affect their bus trips, in particular people who depend on the bus for work and other appointments. The survey is posted on buses and other venues. The survey is also attached to this message, in English, Spanish and Hmong. You can find a link to the surveys here.
As Madison continues to be a destination of choice for events, and as political situations arise that may evoke large public demonstrations, we want to examine our policies and determine how to improve the Street Use Event process. Feel free to fill out the survey and share it with Madison Metro.
Proposed Reconstruction of Emerson & Lowell St
Public Information Meeting
Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30pm at Goodman South Madison Library 2222 S. Park Street.
The limits are Emerson Street from Park to Hickory, and Lowell Street from Lakeside to Olin. The resolution will be coming through the Board of Public Works (BPW) on 1/3/18 and Council on 1/16.
The tentative schedule is:
- Mail assessments: 1/26/18
- BPW 2/7
- Common Council 2/27
- Advertise for bid 3/1
- Start work ~5/7
Proposed Reconstruction of Pine St & Gilson St
The assessment districts for both projects are scheduled to be established at the BPW on 1/17.
Pine Street--reconstruction from Beld St to Gilson St. The assessments will include replace of all of the curb, replacement of drive aprons, replacement of some sidewalk and replacement of the sanitary sewer laterals. In addition, the project will include the replacement of the asphalt pavement, replacement of the sanitary sewer and water mains; and replacement or installation of additional storm sewer.
Gilson Street- reconstruction from W Olin Ave to W Lakeside St. The assessments will include replace of all of the curb, replacement of drive aprons, replacement of some sidewalk and replacement of the sanitary sewer laterals. In addition, the project will include the replacement of the asphalt pavement, replacement of the sanitary sewer and water mains; and replacement or installation of additional storm sewer.
Both projects are schedule for a public hearing at the Board of Public Works on 3/7 and the Common Council on 3/20. Construction would start approximately 5/29. A neighborhood meeting will be noticed in advance of the Board of Public Works.
Madison Police is in the middle of a social media campaign called #NightlyLockup to remind people of the importance of LOCKING THEIR DOORS, specifically their car doors. You may have also seen our Billboard (image attached) on the beltline. Some quick stats:
· The City of Madison has experienced over 1100 Thefts from Auto so far this year.
· There have been 27 guns stolen out of vehicles this year
· There were 41 guns stolen out of cars in 2016
· Since 2016 there are now 68 guns in criminal hands that DID NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN
· The majority of these cases occurred with unlocked cars
We are sending out reminders each night on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to remind people to lock their cars and garages, using the hashtag #NightlyLockup
Please do your part to "Lock-It-Up" (work and home) and follow Madison Police on social media and share our posts!
How to Have Your Christmas Tree Collected
The Streets Division provides two rounds of curbside collection for Christmas trees. Residents who wish to have their trees collected at the curb should follow the below guidelines in order to guarantee their trees are picked up.
Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands, and boughs will not be collected alongside Christmas trees. These items contain wires or metal that can damage wood chipping equipment. These should be placed into the refuse for disposal.
The Rules for Christmas Tree Collection
Failure to follow the below list of rules may result in the tree not being collected.
· Remove all tree stands regardless if they are metal or wood.
· Remove all tree decorations such as lights, ornaments, or other metal objects.
· Remove any tree bags, and any other foreign object.
The above listed items may damage the wood chipping equipment used to process collected trees, so they must be removed.
Where to Place Your Tree for Collection
Trees must be placed at the road edge, and must be accessible by collection crews.
Also, if the trees become buried with snow while awaiting collection at the curb, residents are asked to dig out the trees so they are accessible to the crews.
When to Place Your Tree for Collection
The Streets Division performs two rounds of Christmas tree collection.
· Round One Begins January 2, 2018
Residents who wish to have their tree picked up during the first round should have their tree to the curb by 7am on January 2. Trees set to the curb at this time will likely be collected prior to January 16, 2018, depending on weather conditions and crew availability.
· Round Two Begins January 16, 2018
Residents who wish to have their tree collected during the second round should have their tree to the curb by 7am on January 16. Trees set to the curb at this time will likely be collected prior to February 1, depending on weather conditions and crew availability.
Trees set to the curb after the second curbside collection opportunity occurs for a neighborhood will not be collected until the start of regular brush collection in March 2018.
Therefore, residents who wish to have their Christmas trees collected at the curb prior to the spring must have their tree to the curb before January 16.
Placing the tree to the curb after January 16 means both collection opportunities may be missed, and collection may not occur until the spring during regular brush collection.
What Happens if It Snows
The Streets Division is the primary agency responsible for servicing city streets during snow and ice events. If conditions require, crews will be diverted from tree collection to assist with maintaining the roads. This may result in pickup delays.
Residents are reminded to remove trees from the snow if they become buried. Collection crews will not be able to collect ones that are concealed or inaccessible due to snow.
Madison residents may also bring their Christmas trees to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites. The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and at 4602 Sycamore Ave. on the east side. The drop-off sites are open from 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday.
Additional information regarding tree collection, and other winter-related city operations, can be found on the City of Madison's Winter website, www.cityofmadison.com/winter.