City of

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

Meetings on Milwaukee St, Atwood Ave, Garver Park and....Brush Pick-up!

March 27, 2018 3:30 PM


Dog Park at Garver?

City of Madison Parks Division will hold a public input meeting to discuss improvements on the east side of Olbrich Park and in particular at the area behind the Garver Mill.

At this meeting, City staff will review current site conditions and seek input on proposed improvements and alternative uses from area residents.

The meeting will be held at:

Thursday, March 29th @ 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Evjue Commons Room

If you have questions or comments but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Mike Sturm at (608) 267?4921 or at


Brush Collection Begins!

In another unmistakable sign that Spring is here, the Streets Division will begin curbside brush collection next Monday.  Curbside collection will continue through the end September. Residents will have multiple opportunities for curbside brush pickup during collection season. The official final round of brush collection is weather dependent and will be announced when that date is known.

Residents who use the curbside brush collection service are encouraged to use the Pickup Schedule map on the Streets Division's website,  Using the map will help guide residents on when to place material to the curb to ensure timely collection.

Once on the Pickup Schedule map webpage, residents can enter their address in the "Find an Address" field in the top left corner of the site. The Pickup Schedule is updated daily when brush collection is active. Residents can also call the brush and yard waste collection hotline at 608-267-2088 for estimates on collection. The hotline recording is updated weekly.

Remember: Brush is woody material from trees, shrubs, and bushes that measure over 18 inches but under 8 feet in length. This is not for leaves.


Atwood Ave Project:

As noted previously, the city is planning to engage in a major project of rebuilding and redesigning Atwood Ave. from Fair Oaks to Cottage Grove. This project would take place next summer and fall.

A number of the important issues to be discussed  include whether Atwood should be a two-lane going south and one-lane going north, the positioning of a bike path through Olbrich, the location of a pedestrian bridge, etc.

There was a public information on this project last fall. This will be the second meeting to review possible plans.

Monday, April 9th

6:30 PM- 8:00 PM

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Commons Room


Milwaukee St. Area Plan on April 12th:

 The City of Madison has initiated a planning process to create land use and transportation recommendations for the area generally bound by Milwaukee St., Fair Oaks Avenue, and Highways 51 and 30.  While this area contains approximately 300 acres, the focus will be on undeveloped areas and underutilized sites along nearly one mile of Milwaukee St. between Fair Oaks Ave and Highway 51.

The planning area also contains several major commercial sites, including Woodman 's, the US Post Office and the Swiss Colony warehouse. Milwaukee St. is also home to  Metro's East Transfer Point which is used by 15 bus routes.

North of Milwaukee St., the planning area transitions from urban to natural, with Starkweather Creek, wetlands and approximately 100 acres that will be preserved as open space.

This planning process will begin with a public open house, to be held on April 12th at 6:30 pm at Whitehorse Middle School, 218 Schenk St. The plan is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018.

For additional information contact Dan McAuliffe with the City of Madison Planning Division at or 608-261-9676.


You Were Warned:

Madison Police Department will begin increased traffic enforcement and visibility at the Pflaum and Stoughton Rd. intersection starting at the beginning of April. Year after year, this intersection has one of the highest crash rates in the city.

In the last three years, there have been 242 crashes at this site resulting in 77 injuries.

It's worth noting here that in the past five years there have been 28 fatalities in Dane County as a result of car crashes- far more than homicides in the same period.


Pinney Library Groundbreaking on April 4 at 10:30 AM:

If you've been by Cottage Grove Rd. in the past month, you might have noticed that "the ground" at the new library site has already been broken. In fact, when I walked by this morning, the hole in the construction site was about 20 feet deep. Thus, this will not be a groundbreaking as much as a community celebration. After the ceremony, we'll walk over to Chief's bar for some lunch or whatever.


Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Mark Pocan
Wednesday, April 4th; 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI 53704

No RSVP Required. Expect a big crowd.


Absentee Voting for the Spring Election

Absentee voting is underway for the April 3 Spring Election!  The Clerk's Office mailed out 2,362 absentee ballots this week.  If you are voting by mail, make sure you sign your absentee envelope, have a witness sign the envelope, and get your witness to write their address on the envelope.

In-person absentee voting began at all Madison Public Libraries and Streets East on Tuesday, March 20.  You may register to vote at all absentee sites through the Friday before the election.  We have enough ballots for a 75% voter turnout this April.  For more information:  Contact Madison City Clerk's Office,  608-266-4601.


Report a Problem:

The City of Madison website provides an easy, simple way to report an issue to city staff.  Go to  Find the category which best describes the issue you want to report and complete the online form.  The appropriate city agency/department will receive the form for follow-up action.  Please use this service to report Non-Emergency issues only. 


Jobs at Municipal Garage:

I don't usually forward the city job postings, but I thought that the garage is making an extra effort to recruit technicians.

City of Madison Fleet Service is hiring multiple Fleet Technicians.  Application is open until April 15. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, so please forward to your appropriate family and friends. 

    The City has the largest and most diverse fleet operation in the region.
    Fleet Techs receive highly technical, intensive, and ongoing training for both mechanical, and IT skills.
    The City is planning to build a state of the art new garage facility with cutting-edge design and technology.
    Most of us in the fleet sector stay in the industry securely for our entire adult lives including virtually the whole division's workforce.  In fact, we need to hire due to retirements after 30+ years of service to the division.   
    Starting salary over $50K; Opportunity for overtime to add income; multiple shifts and locations; strong benefits; and Labor Association representation option.


If you have any concerns or questions regarding city policies or services, you can reach me at or at 334-1156.

Hope you will enjoy the weather and Spring Break.


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