Alder David Ahrens
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Ahrens’ Updates
March Update: District15 News
I was going to write some welcoming words about Spring and then I heard tonight's weather forecast of a few inches of snow, etc. Please note, I have it on good authority that this is the last gasp of a pretty easy winter and that Spring is, in fact, inevitable.
Walter St meeting: On Thursday, March 2nd, there will be an informational meeting on the Walter St/ Sargent St project. This will involve the reconstruction of Walter Street from Hargrove Street to Milwaukee Street and Sargent Street from Walter Street to Dennett Drive in Summer, 2017. Also proposed is the replacement of the water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer. Portions of the sidewalk will also be replaced.
The meeting will include representatives from the City of Madison Engineering Division.
Residents will have an opportunity to view the plans, discuss if we should continue to have the Walter St traffic circle and ask questions about the upcoming construction.
The meeting will be held at the library of Whitehorse MS.
Chili Cook-off at EMCC: On Wednesday, March 1st I'll participate in the First Annual Chili Cook-off at the East Madison Community Center. The event has been organized by Police Officer Dave Dexheimer to help build strong ties in the community. This FREE dinner includes a demonstration by the MPD canine unit and a gun safety presentation.
Chili dinner 6:30-7:00
PD Canine Demo 7:00- 7:15
Gun Safety Presentation 7:15- 7:40
Best Chili trophy presentation 7:40-7:45
Door Prize presentation 7:45-7:50
Transportation 2050: The Madison Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for cooperative, comprehensive regional transportation planning and decision making for the Madison Metropolitan Area. A key part of its job is to develop a comprehensive transportation plan for the region forecasting its needs and options.
It is sponsoring an Open House to review the plan (also) on Wednesday, March 1st at the City-County Building, Room 351. The event starts at 6:30 PM and goes until 9 PM. At the meeting you will have the opportunity to hear about the recommendations in the draft Regional Transportation Plan; review maps and information on the existing and recommended future transportation system; talk with MPO staff about the draft plan and provide your comments and suggestions.
You can preview the plan at the MPO website. Warning: the document is 130MB!
Common Council meeting: The proposal for a biergarden in Olbrich Park will (finally) come before the Common Council on Tuesday, March 7. It was approved by the Parks Commission and the Alcohol License Review Commission and will be debated at the Common Council. It should be in the earlier part of the agenda. The meeting starts at 6:30.
Isthmus Biergarten Article: You may have read the article in Isthmus on the Biergarten. The article details the actions of an Alder in regard to the Biergarten. The Alder's husband is an investor in the project and had notified a friend of the possibility of a Biergarten project.
The article said, "It establishes a poor record in terms of who has access to inside information. We expect things to be above board and that everybody is treated as equals," says Ahrens. "I don't think [the proposal] should be rejected for that reason. It seems rather minor, but it shouldn't have happened."
I think this instance of possible influence on the project is peripheral to an understanding of the merits or demerits of the proposal. If there are issues related to "influence" or "insider" knowledge, that should be addressed through an investigation not make a judgment based on a newspaper article. The article can be found at:
Three for One Candidate Forum! Be prepared to cast an informed ballot in the spring election, April 4. The East Side Progressives is hosting a candidate forum for both the Madison Board of Education and the Dane County Circuit Court Judge elections. All candidates for these races will participate in the forum.
The candidates for Circuit Court Judge, Marilyn Townsend and Jill Karofsky, will answer questions from 6:00-6:45. The four candidates for the two seats (Seat 7 - Ed Hughes and Nicki Vander Meulen; Seat 6 – Ali Muldrow and Kate Toews) on the Madison Board of Education will do the same from 6:50–8:00. Lake Edge Lutheran Church, 4032 Monona Drive
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 19
Name that Color! Perhaps you know the very green water tower on Spaanem Ave. There have always been some complaints about the "green-ness" of the structure. Now it's time for a new coat of paint. Rather than deciding what color is best, the Water Utility would like its neighbors to decide. (Note that due to dark mold, the color will have to be dark). You can see the current tower and vote on a new color – or keep the green monster.... At: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Spaanem
What's actually in the "Water" Bill: You may have noticed that what used to be known as "the water bill" is now called the Madison Municipal Services Bill. That's because only about one-third of the bill is for water and the remainder for sanitary sewers, storm sewers and tree preservation. This 3-minute video explains what a customer's water dollar pays for. The average homeowner in Madison uses 3,871 gallons of water a month and pays $19.09 in water and fire protection charges.
Soccer for Kindergarten Kids: This very popular introductory program is sponsored and run by the Capital East Soccer Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves the East and La Follette attendance areas. Scholarships are available for MMSD students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Families register individually and then teams are formed by elementary school attendance area. Capital East also sponsors boys and girls recreational and competitive teams up through high school ages. The club is always looking for volunteers to coach and/or assistants.
For more information contact Eric Bertun, Capital East Soccer Club, 225-8662.
If you have any questions or comments on city operations or policies, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me, 334-1156.
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