District 3 Blog
Post Thanksgiving Updates on the budget, Grandview, and being good neighbors
We made it through another budget! In a months long process culminating in back to back late night meetings, were able to put together a budget which we believe reflects Madison's current and future best interests. As your alder I voted for nine or ten (after midnight I forgot what number I was on) cost cutting budget amendments totalling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. I also voted for a lot of funding measures, let's be honest. I was proud to vote for design funding for the southeast Madison fire station, funding for building and staffing Midtown Police Station, continued funding for developing the Madison Public Market and Public Market District, and expanding Restorative Justice in Madison, to name the main measures closest to my heart.
If you think I spent your tax dollars like a sailor during fleet week, or don't like my blogs, or just don't like me, please note that today marks the first day to pull nomination papers to run in the April 2017 spring election. You can find more information about running for office this next spring here at our city clerk's website.
Coffee Coffee Coffee
I have great news for those of us who are much more pleasant, capable, effective humans with a cup of joe in hand. Ante Meridiem coffee shop will be opening in Grandview Town Center in April. They'll feature EVP coffee (a local company started by a Madisonian and former Badger athlete), Boar's Head meats from the deli, and Paul's Pelmeni dumplings. Ante Meridiem will open in the space next to Bruce (aks Bruce Springstree), the shopping center's resident gigantic burr oak, so you'll be able to enjoy coffee, shade, fresh air, and am amazing view by next summer. I'm super excited and I haven't even had any coffee yet.
Streets Division Drop Off Site Winter Hours
For you homeowners, take a peak at the following from our streets division about winter hours for our area drop off sites:
Streets Division Drop-Off Sites Start Winter Hours on Monday, December 5
The Streets Division drop-off sites are changing to winter hours starting Monday, December 5.
Starting December 5, the drop-off sites located at 4602 Sycamore Ave. and 1501 W. Badger Rd. will be open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3:00pm . These hours will remain in effect until March 24, 2017.
The yard waste only drop-off site at 402 South Point Rd. will close for the season at 4:30pm on Sunday, December 4. The South Point Rd. site will reopen at 8:30am on March 25, 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.
While the Streets Division will continue collecting leaves from the curb as long as weather permits, residents electing not to compost their leaves at home may want to consider taking advantage of the final week of expanded hours and bring their yard waste to a drop-off site.
All three drop-off sites will be open at the below hours prior to the winter hours taking effect:
Monday, November 28 8:30am – 4:30pm
Tuesday, November 29 8:30am – 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 30 8:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday, December 1 8:30am – 8:00pm
Friday, December 2 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday, December 3 8:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday, December 4 8:30am – 4:30pm
While the hours will be more restrictive starting on December 5, the self-help drop-off sites at 1501 W. Badger Rd. and 4602 Sycamore Ave. will be open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 3:00pm through the winter to accept city of Madison residents' yard waste, electronics, overflow cardboard, Styrofoam, rigid plastics, and other drop-off site materials.
Resources for Reporting Harassment
A very unfortunate aftermath of our national elections a few weeks ago has been an uptick in harassment and race/religion-oriented hate. To quote a fellow public servant, Carousel Bayrd, from the Dane County Board: "Our community stands against harassment or violence based on race, national origin, religion, gender, and sexual orientation."
I echo my colleague in that Madison can and must be above harassment and hate. As your alder, know that I care about and want to serve you, regardless of where you're from, how you pray, or who you love. I am here for you.
County Supervisor Bayrd also compiled a list of resources for anyone who has experienced or is experiencing harassment or who has witnessed it or is witnessing it. Please see below:
We urge you to call 911 if you experience any harassment, violence, or threat of violence.
This following list includes local resources available to anyone who has experienced or witnessed hateful speech or actions, as well as for those who are not sure what they have experienced or seen. Please share this list widely. This is not an exclusive list, but all of these organizations have agreed to be a resource in our community.
Police (for anyone in an emergency, experiencing or witnessing a crime or suspicious activity)
City of Madison Department of Civil Rights
Website on hate crimes: http://www.cityofmadison.com/dcr/eohatecrimes.cfm
Dane County Office for Equity and Inclusion
Centro Hispano of Dane County
Dane County NAACP
Jewish Federation of Madison
Muslim Youth of Madison
State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral Office
City Comprehensive Plan Update
Next year the city will be updated its comprehensive plan (comp plan). This plan lays out every area in the city with an eye toward zoning and development and which guides future development and re-development. It's important. As we develop areas out here at the eastern edge of the district, and as we re-develop areas such as the Rolling Meadows shopping center, we will consult and consider what the comp plan tells us.
So, each of us should be involved.
What do you think Madison should look like? What do you want your neighborhood to feel like? Where do you stand on accessibility for bikes, trikes, wheelchairs and forms of transportation? What role do you see for public transit? What should and should not be a part of our vision for parks? Chances are you have ideas on some or all of these topics, and I invite you to be part of this process. Join us for Imagine Madison, the comp plan update public input project.
From our planning department:
The goal of Imagine Madison is to gather the opinions of each and every Madisonian, which will be used to update the City's Comprehensive Plan. We need your help to identify the most important goals for our community's future. Let your voice be heard. Please join us for the Imagine Madison kickoff Community Meetings!
Monday, December 5, 2016
Central Library (201 W Mifflin St)
3rd Floor Community Room
Wednesday, October 7, 2016
The Village on Park (2300 S Park St)
Atrium Community Room
Both meetings will have identical schedules:
5:30 Open House
6:15 Interactive Presentation
7:15 Open House & Discussion
Refreshments and childcare will be provided.
Spanish and Hmong Interpreters will be available.
So that's what I have for you this post-Thanksgiving week. As you enjoy your turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, and turkey casserole, please be a good neighbor to anyone feeling less safe or welcome in our great country where we have an entire holiday focused around eating a lot of food, which is pretty awesome.
Stay warm and be well,
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