Alder Samba Baldeh,
Council Vice President
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Baldeh’s Blog
March District17 Updates
I share people's concerns about the recent shootings within the East Washington Ave corridor. While those arrested in the February 19th incident are said to be affiliated with gangs, I want to know more about what police mean by this, especially as law enforcement is still investigating. Just last night there was another fatal shooting that started at the Mobil gas station in the 3000 block of East Washington Avenue and ended at the Comfort Inn by the East Towne mall, where the car driven away from the gas station allegedly crashed.
I have reached out to the mayor, police captains and the police chief to get a better understanding of what is happening and what could be done about this violence in our community. Please be assured that I will stay in touch with you, and share whatever I learn. I also want to encourage everyone to become involved in doing whatever is possible to make our community stronger and healthier. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me regarding any ideas you might have about how we do this.
Immigration Executive Orders & Memos – National yet local
We have an ongoing debate about differing visions of the future of this country. Part of this debate includes the threats by the administration against millions of residents and citizens because of their religion or country of origin. These threats include mass deportation of millions of residents, bans on Muslim immigration, or even visits based on religion or nation of origin, and likely long periods of imprisonment in deportation centers.
The people who are being vilified and live under these repeated threats are not a far-away "population." They are our neighbors, our co-workers and the children that our children play with and go to school with.
These memos and executive orders, despite being defeated in the courts, have triggered significant changes in U.S. immigration enforcement policies and procedures, including a broadened definition of those subject to deportation, mandatory detention, expedited court proceedings, and a rollback in protections for unaccompanied children apprehended at the border.
I have been working with my colleagues and community leaders to help educate our immigrant populations on their rights, and also with law enforcement to make sure we all follow the law as it exist. On these issues too, please do not hesitate to get in touch with ideas you may have about how we can all work together and strengthen our community.
Where your water dollars go
This 3-minute video explains what our water dollar pays for and a little insight for those with questions. The average homeowner in Madison uses 3,871 gallons of water a month and pays $19.09 in water and fire protection charges. (Madison Water Utility charges represent about 35% of the total Madison Municipal Services Bill, which also includes sewer, storm water, landfill and urban forestry.)
I-39/90/94 Study (Madison – Portage) Update
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have decided to officially end the I-39/90/94 (Madison – Portage) Tier 1 EIS National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) corridor study that began in 2014. Work on the Tier 1 EIS has ended as of February 24, 2017.
The Department will soon begin a new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to evaluate replacement for the existing Wisconsin River Bridges. Any future transportation improvements along I- 39/90/94 corridor will progress under a separate environmental review process, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations
Bunker Hill Reservoir Repainting
This spring, the city is going to be repainting the 3-million gallon reservoir at 4701 Bunker Hill Lane. The city repaint our water towers and above-ground reservoirs every 10-15 years. Because condensation on the outside of the Bunker Hill reservoir has a tendency to cause mildew stains, they've decided to paint it a darker color. The darker color will help mask any staining and lower maintenance costs.
The facility being in a residential area, they city would like to give neighbors a chance to provide input on which darker color is chosen. Here is a link where you can provide input. Madison water utility will also be posting door hangers in the immediate neighborhood to let people know about the survey.
2017 Neighborhood Grant Program
Art Project Grants or Arts Education Grants
Deadline: March 15, 2017
To apply visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/documents/MACGrant_guidelines_revised(1).pdf
Contact: Karin Wolf
Arts Program Administrator
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