Alder Samba Baldeh,
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Need to know Winter Update
The City alternate side street parking is in effect in D17, and parking staff does ticket vehicles parked on the wrong side after midnight. On even days, vehicles must be parked on the side of the road with even street addresses. Please make sure all visitors and guests are informed. This is the case whether or not there is snow.
The city combined plow force (the Streets Division along with Contractors) of approximately 170 pieces of equipment will likely take the crews 10 to 12 hours, if not longer, to clear all residential streets curb to curb.
For details or questions visit www.cityofmadison.com/winter or call 608-261-9111. You can also let me know of any concerns about plowing.
Street Division - Winter Hours at the Drop-off Sites
Monday, December 5, the Streets Division drop-off sites changed to winter hours. The drop-off sites located at 4602 Sycamore Ave. will be open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3:00pm. These hours will remain in effect until March 24, 2017.
The drop-off sites change their hours the first weekend of December each year since they are staffed with seasonal employees whose term of employment ends at this time.
The Streets Division will continue collecting leaves from the curb as long as weather permits.
Property Tax Payment Time
New Options Available to Pay Your City of Madison Property Tax Bill
Below is a Press Release from the Mayor's office on this:
It is that time of year again, along with holiday decorations, gatherings with friends and family and even snow, it is time to expect your City of Madison property tax bill. There are however a couple of new methods of payment this year that will make the process easier.
Consider Enrolled Payments. Using this method, you may pay online using your Checking/Savings account. You can view activity, edit your profile, or add/delete accounts. Select from a variety of email notifications to help manage your payments. There is not a fee for using eBilling. Residents who pay their bills in installments using the enrolled payments can easily set up their accounts to get the added benefit of electronic reminders as a due date approaches.
Another new payment option is payment by phone. This service offers both the option of English and Spanish via an automated service operating 24 hours per day. You will be able to enter your checking/savings account or credit/debit card privately by phone by calling 877-899-4281. Individuals using this service are asked to have their parcel and bill numbers ready. There is a fee for using a credit/debit card. There is not a fee for using a checking or savings account.
In addition, as always, property owners are able to make a onetime payment by credit or debit card or accessing a checking or savings account. There is a fee for using a credit or debit card but none for using a checking or savings account. Residents are still able to submit their payments by mail to the City Treasurer's office. All mailing information is included in the tax bill. You may also pay in person at the City Treasurer's office in the City County Building. All tax payments postmarked on or before December 31, 2016 will be processed as having been paid in 2016.
District 17 Ash Tree Removal
Forestry crews started removing the remaining untreated ash street trees within district 17 on December 5th. See below a map highlighting the removal areas, along with the areas where they have completed removals.
There are approximately 200 ash street removals to complete yet in the District. Crews will be working in these areas throughout the winter; they are scheduled to finish these areas by next spring. For trees that were already marked for removal, the property owners received removal notification in 2014 when the trees were first inspected for chemical treatment. City Forestry will again provide notification as they remark or marking trees for the first time this year prior to removal.
The timeframe for replacement of these sites is estimated to be either the Fall of 2017, or Spring of 2018.
Replacement is completed in the business district east of the Interstate, the East Towne Mall area, and the neighborhoods around Portage Rd (north of Melody Ln). Ash trees removed this past winter in the Ridgewood neighborhood is scheduled for replacement in Spring of 2017.
Madison Is Now A 'Class 1' Fire Protection Community
The nation's leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry has named Madison "Wisconsin's newest Class 1 fire protection community." It's a distinction shared by only three other cities in the state.
The Insurance Service Organization (ISO), through its Public Protection Classification program, examined three areas: Emergency Communications, Fire Department, and Water Supply. Out of 105.50 possible credits in the ISO's scoring metric, Madison received 91.48 credits, placing the city among an elite group of 204 municipalities (out of 47,000) in the country that carry this honor.
The public's ongoing investment in a progressive fire department, a robust and reliable water utility, and a responsive, technologically-advanced emergency communications center is now paying off by way of lower property insurance rates.
Most insurers use the ISO's Public Protection Classification Program when underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties; therefore, property owners in the City of Madison, Village of Shorewood Hills, and Town of Blooming Grove may be entitled to decreased rates.
Individuals can take advantage of this new classification by contacting their insurance agent and letting them know their community was just upgraded to an "ISO Class 1" ranking. Because each insurer uses ISO rankings differently, actual savings may vary.
I know people continue to be concerned about break ins and attempted break ins to homes and vehicles. Please call 911 if you see something happening, or the non-emergency dispatch number, 266-4275, if you have information to relay that is not related to something happening right now.
Village at Autumn Lake
The village at Autumn Lakes has begun phasing in. Construction has begun for single family homes. DSI Real Estate is scheduled to meet with city department of planning to review the preliminary plans and design to potentially build approximately 250 residential rental apartments. See master and phase maps below.
For district updates, questions or concerns, sign up for the district blog or send me an email. You can also call. Below is detail information:
Alder Samba Baldeh
MCC - District 17
Phone #: 608-501-1424
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