December 12, 2016 Update
See below for updates on the status of development and project approvals, winter reminders, meetings, and more. Stay safe and warm on this beautiful snow day!
Snow Emergency Declared 12/11/2016
The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect for the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone and the rest of the city of Madison. The snow emergency will remain in effect until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13.
Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of December 11 into early morning of December 12) need to have their vehicles on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1am and 7am.
Vehicles parked on the tomorrow night (the evening of December 12 into early morning of December 13) should have their vehicles on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1am and 7am.
Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.
Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. That includes restrictions that ban parking on selected blocks in the downtown/isthmus area and on the near east and west sides. Parkers should pay close attention to all parking signs.
Parking is available in the cashiered sections of city-owned ramps in the downtown area. During a declared snow emergency, you can park for no charge at the City ramps from 9pm until 7am. If you enter before pm or leave after 7am, you are liable for any parking charges before 9pm and from 7am until the time you leave.
When parking in the ramps overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in city ramps longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and ramps are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off W. Washington Ave.
Madison residents can get complete snow emergency information at www.cityofmadison.com/winter or by calling 261-9111.
Be Salt Wise!
You kept the leaves out of the lake, now it is time to keep the salt out!
We all rely on salt to help keep us safe. However, you only need a little. You can help change the amount of salt used on our side walks, parking lots, and streets. The most efficient amount of salt is one coffee mug for 60 feet or 10 sidewalk squares! Any more than that and you unnecessarily harm plants and animals, pollute lakes and groundwater, and damage vehicles, roads and bridges.
This winter, help protect our lakes and groundwater:
- Shovel Early: Clear walkways before the snow turns to ice.
- Use Less: Use one coffee mug per 10 sidewalk squares.
- Switch: Salt Doesn't work under 15 degrees; instead use sand or a low temp ice melter.
- Hire contractors that are a trained Salt Wise applicator!
- Share: Remind stores & businesses to be Salt Wise.
- Be Salt Wise all year: The salt from your water softener ends up in local freshwater streams so switch to new, efficient softeners.
Want more? Learn more on how to be Wisconsin Salt Wise at www.wisaltwise.com.
Campus Master Plan Update
Monday, December 12 at 7pm
Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 W. Dayton
Current Campus Master Plan Newsletter here.
1603 Monroe Street
This project was approved in June, but recently the project team determined the project was not economically feasible based on the approved design. They will be submitting a revised plan for approval at the January 9 Plan Commission.
The team will be overviewing the new project and design to the Vilas Neighborhood Board on Wednesday, December 14 at their 7:00 pm meeting at Hotel Red. You are all invited to attend and ask questions or provide input at that meeting. Given for the most part this is a reduction in size of the project, we will not be holding another neighborhood meeting. If you have feedback on the new proposal, please feel free to contact me directly and ask any questions of Gregg Shimanski (email@example.com).
The updated project has the following components (as described by the developer, Gregg Shimanski):
- Four stories, down from five stories;
- Dropped off the top floor condominium component of the project:
- Sq. Ft. of building now down from 47,001 gross square feet to 39,965 gross square feet
- Eliminate the lowest level of parking;
- Parking goes from 14 public space to 16 public spaces; and residential tenant parking goes from 48 spaces to 27 spaces:
- Bike parking goes from 70 combined public and residents to 58 total;
- Included some moped parking and moved some public bike spaces into the terrace for easier access to retail/commercial uses;
- Residential unit count goes from 48 to 44 with no change in the apartment unit type or mix:
- Commercial/Retail space goes from 5,020 sq. ft. to about 5,353 sq. ft.
- My office will take up about 1,300 sq. ft. of this and we are working with a financial institution who we hope will take the signature corner space of about 2,200-2,500 sq. ft., with 1,300-1,500 yet to be discussed with any user;
- The "footprint" of the building stays the same;
- Vehicle access points goes from 3 to only 1;
- We have taken City Planning Department comments on elevations and made the Oakland/Monroe Corner more predominant and sharp. Commercial access to building is now flush off the sidewalk.
- Demolition start date of 4/1/17 with completion late winter/early spring, 2018
- Contractor will be Krupp Construction
1202 South Park Street
We had a productive neighborhood meeting on Thursday evening. I will post the information from that meeting on my website when I get copies.
We anticipate two meetings in January: 1. Focused on planning and zoning considerations for the site, and 2. Focused on services, hopefully hosted at Rethke Terrace (the recently opened permanent supportive housing project managed by Heartland on the east-side).
Stay tuned for more information.
Monroe Street Cross Section
The Monroe Street proposed cross section continues to move through the city approval process. If you want to learn more about the proposal and alternatives, there's a great overview handout here. The public engagement process so far is well outlined here. Additional information can be found on the website. The committee reviews are public meetings with the opportunity for public comment. Feel free to attend in person or email input to city engineering (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1004 & 1032 PARK STREET
The project team is proposing changes to their original approval. This will require a full re-approval process. I cannot support the current version of the plans, due mainly to the lack of commercial space. Park Street is in need of pedestrian and street-level activation for the long-term health of our community. Though leases may take time to rent out on Park Street, with increased infill in the area, the commercial space will eventually be rented and bring many assets. This is what is called for in the neighborhood and corridor plans. Developers must submit projects that align with our approved plans whenever possible.
If the plans change significantly, I will call a neighborhood meeting on this project. At this time, city staff and I have expressed that the changes proposed do not conform to plans. If that changes, we will need to brief the neighborhood and gather feedback.
In the meantime, the development team has a right to move through the land use process. At this time, they intend to follow this schedule:
- Urban Design Commission, TBD (before Plan Commission)
- Plan Commission, January 23, 2017
- Common Council, February 7, 2017
New Options Available to Pay Your City of Madison Property Tax Bill
It is that time of year again, along with holiday decorations, gatherings with friends and family and even snow, it is time to expect your City of Madison property tax bill. There are however a couple of new methods of payment this year that will make the process easier.
Consider Enrolled Payments. Using this method, you may pay online using your Checking/Savings account. You can view activity, edit your profile, or add/delete accounts. Select from a variety of email notifications to help manage your payments. There is not a fee for using eBilling. Residents who pay their bills in installments using the enrolled payments can easily set up their accounts to get the added benefit of electronic reminders as a due date approaches.
Another new payment option is payment by phone. This service offers both the option of English and Spanish via an automated service operating 24 hours per day. You will be able to enter your checking/savings account or credit/debit card privately by phone by calling 877-899-4281.
Individuals using this service are asked to have their parcel and bill numbers ready. There is a fee for using a credit/debit card. There is not a fee for using a checking or savings account.
In addition, as always, property owners are able to make a onetime payment by credit or debit card or accessing a checking or savings account. There is a fee for using a credit or debit card but none for using a checking or savings account. Residents are still able to submit their payments by mail to the City Treasurer's office. All mailing information is included in the tax bill. You may also pay in person at the City Treasurer's office in the City County Building.
All tax payments postmarked on or before December 31, 2016 will be processed as having been paid in 2016.
Protect Your Home From Rats: New Public Health Video
Got rats? They aren't just a problem in big cities. Get rid of sources of food and shelter in your yard for a #ratfreeMadison. Public Health Madison & Dane County explains how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSCGWu2vFX8&t
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.