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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

Upcoming meetings and news on the biergarten

February 16, 2017 3:33 PM

Many community events that might be of interest to you are coming up in the next two weeks (before the March District Report) and also some news on the election primary and biergarten:

Walter St .Reconstruction: There will be a neighborhood meeting on the reconstruction of Walter St which will take place from May-Sept.

The construction was initially planned to take place a year ago, but the work on Cottage Grove Rd led to its postponement.

The meeting with the City Engineer will be held at Whitehorse MS/ Media Room on:

Thursday, March 2nd at 6 PM.

Keep The Walter St. Traffic Circle? One of the issues that will be addressed at the meeting will be the potential elimination of the little traffic circle on Walter St. The traffic circle will be removed for the construction and I'm wondering whether it should be reconstructed. I've heard from many residents over the years that they didn't think that it served a purpose in terms of slowing traffic down. Other residents who bike have complained that it is so narrow that there is no room for a car and a bike which results in the bike being run off the road.

Another question is whether we should have a traffic light installed at the corner. Traffic Circles are often constructed as a substitute for traffic lights so we will have to address that if the intersection has had vehicle crashes and the extent of cross traffic.

Let me know your thoughts on this.

Starkweather Creek Treatment Area: One of principle sources of algae- forming phosphorus in Lake Monona flows from Starkweather Creek which gains the unneeded nutrient from farms, lawns, etc.

The city has experimented with a system of having the creek partially diverted to a newly deepened pond on Voit Quarry and Farm where the phosphorus-laden stream will settle to the bottom of the pond. (The pond will be "scraped" every year.)

At this time, the quarry and surrounding area is inaccessible to the public We will want to discuss how this quarry pond will be improved for public use as well as the creek itself.

There will be a meeting on the on-going experiment and possible future plans, next

Monday, Feb. 20 at 6 PM at Olbrich Gardens, Atrium Room


 Street Vending: The City is looking for input to improve our street vending in Madison. You can advise us by completing a brief online survey by following the link below. It should take about 5 minutes.

There will be a community meeting  on street vending on February 23 from 6pm to 8pm at the Central Library Room 301. This will be an engaging and interactive discussion covering a variety of topics including:

? Art & craft vending

? The review process to assign sites for Food Carts

? Opportunities for sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail vending

? Future ideas to improve street vending in Madison.


Primary Election: Candidates in this primary election are vying for the position of State Superintendent of Schools and Madison School Board. These are important policy and operations positions at the state and local level on educational services. Until Saturday, you can vote at local libraries and at your polling place on Tuesday, Feb.19th.


Biergarten Update: The proposal for a biergarten in Olbrich Park was approved by the Parks Commission and the Alcohol License Review Commission. The Parks Commission approved the contract which allows the biergarten to operate on city property in the park, fees paid to the city for the site as well as the payments to rehab the decrepit beach house. The Alcohol License Review Commission approved the license with many additional conditions including requiring only single servings per customer, a reduced capacity limit, no amplified sound two days per week and a security perimeter. The biergarten will operate under the strictest conditions of any alcohol serving establishment in the city, if not the state. Overall approval will go to the Council on March 7th.

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