District 3 Blog
Big news on the Buckeye and Cottage Grove Road projects
Of all the phrases in the English language, few are as thrilling, exhilarating, nay electrifying as: 'transportation funding.
Nonetheless, I have exciting news to share with you on this very topic-
As you may have read about or seen on the news, the city and the county were having a tough time reaching an agreement on how to fund, maintain, and assign future responsibility for stretches of Cottage Grove Road and Buckeye Road. The impasse was such that we were at risk of losing the previously allocated funding to other projects elsewhere in Madison.
We know how important it is to have safe and well-maintained roads in front of schools like Allis Elementary, and we've been waiting for the Cottage Grove project for years.
County Board supervisors Jeff Pertl, Jamie Kuhn, Tanya Buckingham, and Kelly Danner, and City Alders David Ahrens, Mark Clear, and myself put together a compromise which keeps these projects moving forward.
Future responsibility for the 2 stretches of road (called 'jurisdiction') will remain with the county. The city will fund maintenance for these two stretches, include snow removal and pavement patching.
Supervisors and alders introduced this resolution today. With strong support from the city and county legislative bodies, we have a strong case for funding remaining with these two projects.
I especially want to send a shoutout to Supervisor Pertl for his leadership and knowledge in this process, and everyone who rolled up their sleeves to work together and find a compromise that works.
If you would like further details about this process, the various funding sources, and what the deal is with jurisdictional transfer anyway, please shoot me an email. After working through to this compromise I have so many facts and figures spinning in my head and I'm happy to share. I wanted to keep it simple for our purposes here, but let me know if you want the full nerdy policy experience.
I have one other bit of info for you this evening, it comes from our streets division. Our streets department has the following to share on how to properly recycle fluorescent bulbs:
If you have old fluorescent bulbs or tubes in need of disposal, you need to recycle them the right way. And that means never placing them in the recycling carts.
Fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury, which is very hazardous. And, yes, even the small curly fluorescent bulbs, which are called compact fluorescent lamps (or CFLs) contain mercury.
Here's what you should do:
Take fluorescent bulbs, tubes, and CFLs to a retailer that sells these items in order for them to be safely recycled. Dane County and City of Madison ordinances require retailers that sell fluorescents to have a program to accept them for recycling. Some retailers may need to charge a small fee for their recycling program, so be sure to check with your chosen retailer about fees before taking bulbs to them.
Fluorescent bulbs, tubes, and CFLs can be also be recycled at Dane County Clean Sweep. This county facility handles all hazardous household materials, including other mercury containing devices like old thermometers. For more information about Dane County Clean Sweep, visit their website, www.danecountycleansweep.com.
Never place old fluorescent bulbs, tubes, or CFLs in the recycling cart at your home or business. Placing these bulbs and tubes into the recycling could expose those workers to hazardous mercury when the bulbs break.
If you break a fluorescent bulb, be sure to follow the EPA guidelines on how to quickly and safely clean the area.
For more information about the hazards of mercury exposure, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' website.
Additional information about fluorescent recycling can also be found on the Streets Division website, www.cityofmadison.com/streets.
Thanks very much for your time and consideration this evening
Alder, District 3
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