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District 15

Alder David Ahrens

Alder David Ahrens

Alder David Ahrens

Contact Information

Home Address:

4117 Major Ave.
Madison , WI 53716

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Ahrens’ Updates

Revoking the Visions License

December 28, 2018 5:20 PM


Sign the Petition to Revoke Visions License:

For many years, Visions Nightclub on East Wash has been the source of many problems. Regularly, groups of young men engage in binge drinking and then stumble through the neighborhood looking for their cars and getting sick.

People who don't live in the immediate area were able to ignore the on-going problems arising from it.

However, in the last two years, the crimes regularly occurring in and around the establishment are so serious and frequent that they cannot be ignored. Since 2017, there have been over 100 police calls to Visions. Assaults, weapons violations and thefts are regular occurrences.

A few weeks ago, what was almost inevitable, finally happened. Four people were shot and one was stabbed.  (If the shooter was more accurate and emergency medical care was not excellent, there could have been four dead.) One of those wounded has now also been charged with selling heroin.

In addition to this criminal activity, consider the very purpose of the establishment: the humiliation of women who "entertain" and the men who pay to watch them.

The city grants liquor licenses and the city (through the Alcohol License Review Commission- "ALRC" which is chaired by Thomas Landgraf.) can revoke them. I need your help to revoke Visions license. I would like to present a petition of thousands of Madison residents- whether they live in the Visions neighborhood or not- to the ALRC on Monday, January 17th. This will be a long process that will be successful if we have popular support.

Please sign the petition at the site below. Encourage others to sign as well. It's a good way to start the New Year.


Christmas Tree Pick-up:

If you want your tree picked up soon, get it to the curb on or before January 2.  If you want to wait, get it to the curb on or before January 22. 

 If you put the tree to the curb after January 22, it may not be picked up until the spring brush collection.

 If it snows Christmas tree pickup will be delayed because the tree collectors transform into snow fighters.  Crews can't pick up trees that are buried or otherwise obstructed due to snow, so residents will need to pluck them from the curbside snow banks if necessary.


Trash and Recycle Pick-up:

On Monday, December 31, the Streets Division will perform regularly scheduled refuse and recycling collection. However, the Streets Division hopes to conclude the curbside collection of refuse and recycling by 11 a.m. on December 31.  Residents must have their carts to the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 31. Other curbside collections, like large item pickup, may be temporarily delayed.

There will be no refuse, recycling, or large item collection on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. 

Madison residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Tuesdays should instead place their carts to the curb for collection by 7 am on Wednesday, January 2. Refuse and recycling for the Wednesday district will also be collected on January 2. 


Message from Chief Koval:

Today we have launched our community surveys!  We ask and hope that you will take a few minutes to complete the survey.  In order for the City of Madison Police Department to improve our service(s) to the community, we need and value your feedback! One of our core values is a commitment to continuous improvement and your insights will aid us as we consider ways in which we can modify or enhance our service model(s).

Survey link:


If you have any questions or concerns about city policies and services, please feel free to contact me at or 334-1156.


Have a Happy New Year.


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