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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

February 2018 District 15 Update

January 30, 2018 3:13 PM


                                             Febuary 2018 District 15 Report

See the New Pinney Library:  You are invited to join the architects and staff to see the plans for the new Pinney Library on Wednesday, January 31, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Pinney Library on 204 Cottage Grove Road.

Three public meetings in the fall of 2017 offered members of the public opportunities to share their ideas for the new neighborhood library during the design phase of the project. Draft design ideas have previously been shared at those meetings and other city presentations.

The future Pinney Library location will be located in the "Royster Corners" mixed-use development located at the intersection of Cottage Grove Road and Dempsey Road in a 20,000 square foot space. The new library is expected to open in late 2019.

The new Pinney Library will feature expanded meeting spaces; improved spaces for children and teens, including a Play Lab space for young children ages 0-5; an outdoor space for events and programs; updated technology; a quiet reading area; and a drive-through book drop. The library will be a model building for sustainability, with the hopes of attaining LEED Gold certification.

Those interested in learning more about the Pinney Library project can visit the following sites, or sign up for project updates at

Gypsy Moth Treatment: The city has submitted an application for gypsy moth treatment in 2018.  Local residents along with the DNR and Dane County Extension Agent forwarded gypsy moth complaints to the City Forester.  Arborists follow up the nuisance calls in September and October to scout and map the egg masses. This is how treatment areas are determined. 

The Lake Edge area surrounding the park is one of the half-dozen target sites. There are many nests in this area.The suppression program sprays in May thru June.  The product that is used is Foray┬« with active ingredient  BtK.

Each property owner and renter located in each proposed spray block will receive a notice of the intention to spray. If you want the precise date in which the spaying will take place, sign up for the Gypsy Moth Spray notification E-mail Sign-up page or call  1-800-642-MOTH  Information Line.

Property owners and renters have a right to object to their property being within the proposed spray block.  The objector is required to submit in writing their objection to the City Forester, Marla Eddy ( by February 21, 2018, by 3 pm.  The objector's land will be eliminated from the spray block.  This will lead to adjacent properties to also be eliminated from the spray block. The spray is then revised and a new letter will go out to the property owners affected by the objection.

There will be a public informational meeting on the 2018 Gypsy Moth Program on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Lyman F. Anderson Agriculture & Conservation Center at 5201 Fen Oak Drive in Madison.

Lake Edge Road Reconstruction:                                                                                                                  If you live in the Lake Edge area you may have heard about the proposed reconstruction of area streets this summer.                                                                                                                                              The reconstruction project will affect:                                                                                                              Davidson from Monona Dr to Drexel                                                                                                         Hegg Ave from Lake Edge Blvd to Davidson                                                                                            Major Ave from Lake Edge Blvd to Davidson                                                                                           Drexel from Davidson to Cottage Grove                                                                                                    Lake Edge Blvd from Monona Dr to Major Ave

The proposed project includes installing curb and gutter; new pavement; sidewalk (on the north side of Davidson from Monona Dr to the hill behind the VFW Club); new concrete drive aprons; replace the sanitary sewer mains and laterals; replace the water main; and replace and upsize the storm sewer and add additional storm sewer if necessary.

In the summer of 2019, the project will continue east for Drexel to Dempsey, including Park Ct.

There will be a public meeting about the 2018 project on February 15th, 5:30- 7 P.M. at Lake Edge Lutheran Church (Basement). A supervising engineer will be there to discuss the project and answer your questions. Please note that the project normally takes place between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Eastmorland Road Reconstruction:

If you live on Richard St. or Schenk St, you should have received a notice that these streets will be reconstructed this summer.  Just as for last year's Walters and Sargent St. project, this will consist of replacing the sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer and finally street resurfacing.  Replacement of curb and gutter, sidewalks and driveways will be completed as needed.                                                        There will be a public meeting on the project on Thursday, February 1, 6-7:30 PM in the Whitehorse MS library. The supervising engineer will present the project and be available to answer your questions.

Monona Golf Course:   The future of the Monona Golf Course continues to be evaluated by the Parks Dept. and Commission. Earlier this month, the Commission held a meeting to discuss a consultant's report on the viability of the current configuration of four golf courses, the on-going problems of the Yahara Course, continuing deficits within the Enterprise Fund, etc.

The consultant did not make a recommendation on the future of Monona Golf Course but did give a rather bleak view of the overall Enterprise given declining numbers of golfers, higher maintenance and repair costs, etc.

In March, the Department will give its recommendations to the Commission which will probably make a decision in April. This means that there will be no change in operations in 2018. Meanwhile, the Asst Supt. of Parks, Charlie Romines, who oversaw golf operations, resigned from his position to become the city's Streets Supt. No successor has been named.

Police Staffing: After six hours of discussion that ended after 2 AM, the Council approved a budget amendment to hire an additional seven police officers in addition to the current staffing. While this small addition to the force (about 2%) will probably not make the city demonstrably "safer" (as many opponents argued), it will provide some needed relief for existing staff.

The recent police study conducted a survey of police officers and found that one of their most common complaints/concerns was the inability to take vacations and the practice of requiring overtime on their assigned "weekends." This situation is unfair and bad for morale. Because I believe that it is important to address this inequity, I, along with all but two Council members, voted for the additional funding.

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




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