City of
Madison

District 4

Alder Michael E. Verveer

Alder Michael E. Verveer

Alder Michael E. Verveer

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Home Address:

614 W Doty St # 407
Madison , WI 53703

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Alder Verveer’s District 4 Updates

UW Homecoming Parade and Block Party Information

Multiple streets around Langdon Street and State Street will be closed on Friday afternoon and evening, October 19, for the UW Homecoming Parade and Block Party. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m., with the block party immediately following the parade in and around Alumni Park and Memorial Union. The annual homecoming fireworks display will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. The display will last approximately 15 minutes and will be fired from a pontoon boat on Lake Mendota adjacent to the Memorial Union.

The following streets will be closed:

  • Langdon Street (North Lake Street to Wisconsin Avenue) 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wisconsin Avenue (Langdon Street to West Gilman Street) 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A driving lane will be kept open to the Edgewater Hotel.
  • West Gilman Street (State Street to Wisconsin Avenue) 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • North Lake Street (University Avenue to Langdon Street) 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Access will be maintained to the State Street Campus Garage
  • Langdon Street (North Park Street to North Lake Street) 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A map of the street closures (with times) is available here.

Metro Transit detours affecting several routes will begin at 4:00 p.m. Specific details and maps are available here. The intercity bus stop will relocate from Langdon Street to University Avenue at East Campus Mall.

Happy Homecoming!

 

Election Officials Needed for November Election

The City of Madison needs your help facilitating the right to vote on Tuesday, November 6.

The City Clerk's Office needs to fill over 3,000 poll worker shifts for Election Day. Hundreds of vacancies remain unfilled.

Poll workers are paid an hourly living wage of $13.01. There are three shifts available: 6:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m., or 6:00 a.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m. Poll workers will also be paid to attend one hour of training.

Poll workers must be eligible to vote in Dane County: at least 18 years old, a United States citizen, a resident of the county for at least 10 days, and not disqualified from voting.

You may sign up online at www.cityofmadison.com/EO.

Working at the polls is a rewarding way to give back to the community. Please consider becoming a poll worker!

 

City of Madison Community Bonds Sale

The City of Madison is selling community bonds October 3 – October 9, 2018. By buying community bonds, residents can invest in the future of our city, and earn interest that is exempt from federal taxes at the same time.

The City will use the funds from the community bond program for the expansion of Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The new learning center at the Gardens will welcome learners of all ages, interests, abilities, and backgrounds. An energy-efficient greenhouse will grow even more flowers and plants for the gardens. Working alongside the capital campaign overseen by the Olbrich Botanical Society, this bond offering is another way to support a facility that will serve the community for years to come.

Community bonds will be sold in denominations of $500. This is significantly lower than typical bonds offered by the City, making this program more accessible to community investors.

Through Neighborly Securities, the City will sell up to $2.1 million in community bonds during the 7-day purchase period, October 3 – October 9.

Residents interested in buying community bonds can register an account at cityofmadison.com/community-bonds.

Community bonds are exempt from federal taxes only. Under state law, interest on community bonds is not exempt from state taxation. City of Madison community bonds will not be subject to redemption prior to maturity. The interest rate will be determined at the opening of the order period.

To learn more about setting up an account or buying community bonds, please visit cityofmadison.com/community-bonds.

 

West Gorham Street Lane Closure

Starting at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, InterCon Construction will close the right lane of West Gorham Street at State Street for concrete pavement repairs. 

West Gorham Street will be down to one lane of traffic for the weekenduntil 7:00 a.m. Monday, September 24. 

Drivers should expect delays on Gorham Street mid-day on Saturday and Sunday. 

Madison Public Libraries Closed Today

All Madison Public Library locations will be closed Thursday, September 13 for a Staff In-Service Day. Normal operating hours will resume on Friday, September 14.

Sunday hours (1:00-5:00 p.m.) resumed for Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street, on September 9. They will continue through May 26, 2019.

The annual in-service day of engagement and organizational development affords library staff an opportunity to connect, share experiences and engage in important discussions that ultimately help the library better serve the community. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

While the libraries are closed, you can still use book drops to return items, or LINKcat to place holds, check your record, or renew items you've checked out. This is the perfect time to check out the always-accessible online collections, OverDrive eBooks and downloadable audiobooks and Yahara Music Library. You may learn more about checking out eBooks and audiobooks with your library card here.

Ironman Triathlon Sunday

Several streets in and around downtown will be closed for the 2018 Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon on Sunday, September 9. The race consists of swimming in Lake Monona, bicycling in Dane County and running in the downtown/campus area. The race starts at 6:40 a.m. at Monona Terrace with the swim start. City of Madison road closures for the bicycling portion last from approximately 7:30 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Road closures for the run portion last from 11:00 a.m. until approximately midnight. All Metro Transit routes will experience significant detouring downtown. Please expect delays.
 
Ironman course maps are available here.
 
A map of downtown street closures and suggested alternate traffic routes is available here.
 
Metro Transit detours can be found here.

 

Capital City Trail Now Open

The Capital City Trail is now open where it passes Monona Terrace between South Broom Street and South Blair Street. The City has installed sandbags and pumps in order to open the path. The area may experience flooding again during intense rainstorms.

The Brittingham Park path is also open along North Shore Drive between South Bedford Street and John Nolen Drive. The critical construction work there has been completed.

Brittingham Park and Law Park may have flooding in low areas of the paths.

As lake levels change over the next several days, paths near Lake Monona may periodically be underwater. Please exercise caution and do not ride or walk through flood waters.

Please continue to visit cityofmadison.com/flooding for updates.

 

Brittingham Park Bike Path Closure

The Brittingham Park bike path is being closed immediately along North Shore Drive between South Bedford Street and John Nolen Drive near Brittingham Park because of critical construction work. The closure will continue until the work is completed. While this will cause an inconvenience for local bicyclists and pedestrians, this work needs to be done in a safe manner.

Eastbound bicyclists are encouraged to use the Southwest Commuter path and local streets. Westbound cyclists can use Broom Street and other local streets.

The Capital City Trail has standing water where it passes Monona Terrace. The path remains closed. If you choose to use it, use extreme caution as the path is down to one lane for all traffic in some locations. Go slow, and look for other path users.

Please continue to visit cityofmadison.com/flooding for updates.

John Nolen Drive Partial Road Closure

City of Madison crews will be working on the shoreline of Lake Monona Wednesday through Friday because of flooding erosion. One of the inbound lanes of John Nolen Drive will be closed during non-peak hours, 9:00-3:00 p.m. on those days.

Crews will be installing rocks, known as rip-rap, to stabilize the shoreline and will need to stage equipment in the lane closest to the lake. Crews will work to maintain a portion of the bike path for pedestrians and bikes, but bicyclists will be asked to walk their bikes.

Full flooding updates can continue to be found at cityofmadison.com/flooding.

 

Updated Flood Risk Map

The City recently updated the risk area map for potential flash flooding. The updated map shows new risk areas for flash flooding during an intense rainstorm. Approximately 1,200 homes, including some Bassett Neighborhood apartment buildings, have been added to the flash flood risk areas. Flyers will be distributed to these properties on Monday, August 27, by City staff and volunteers. The additional areas are not as vulnerable as those already identified, however it is best for these residents and property owners to be prepared should a severe rain event occur in the coming days.

The updated map also now includes streets in the core downtown that are vulnerable to flash flooding. The streets are all in low-lying areas near the Lake Monona shoreline. Those streets are: John Nolen Drive, North Shore Drive, Proudfit Street and South Bedford Street.

As a reminder, the Capital City Trail remains closed between South Broom Street and South Blair Street at Monona Terrace.

The updated map is available on the City's Flooding website, cityofmadison.com/flooding, on the Flood Map page.

As you may know, the City established sandbag operations over the weekend at the Brittingham Beach Parking Lot, 701 West Brittingham Place, primarily to serve the vulnerable Monona Bay Neighborhood. Sandbags will be available there for the foreseeable future. Please visit the City's Flooding website for assistance getting sandbags or to volunteer to fill and/or distribute sandbags. Those needing help will be matched by the City with those who are offering help.

The City's Flooding website is continuously updated with important information.

Stay safe!

 

Capital City Trail Closed at Monona Terrace

The Capital City Trail is now closed at Monona Terrace due to Lake Monona flooding concerns. Monona Terrace sandbagging operations began early this morning. The bike elevator is still accessible for now from the Monona Terrace dock access road.

Law Park and Brittingham Park has flooded along the trail in other areas as well.

Please exercise caution and do not ride or walk through flood waters.

View current bike path conditions on a map available here. Current bike path conditions is an open map curated by local bicyclists. Information may not be complete.

The City has created a website dedicated to information and updates about local flooding. The website is regularly updated with bike path and road closures, maps and other important information.

 

Pride Parade and Rally Street Closures

The OutReach Pride Parade and Rally will close several downtown streets on Sunday, August 19. 

The Capitol Square will be closed from 11:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.

All streets crossing State Street, with the exception of North Lake Street, will be closed from 12:45 p.m. until approximately 1:45 p.m. for the parade. The parade will start at the intersection of State and West Gilman Streets and continue up to and around the Capitol Square. During the parade, there will be no traffic allowed across State Street, including West Gorham and West Johnson Streets, except at North Lake Street. 

The 10 blocks of North Carroll and West Mifflin Streets and the 100 block of State Street will be closed until approximately 4:00 p.m. for a rally at the top of State Street after the parade. 

A map of the street closures and suggested alternate routes is available here. Metro Transit detours can be found here.

 

Madison Mini-Marathon Traffic Impacts

Several downtown streets will be closed Saturday morning, August 18, due to the Madison Mini-Marathon. The race starts on Langdon Street, continues to the Capitol Square, through the UW Arboretum and back to the UW campus. 

Traffic will not be allowed to cross the route when runners are present. All street closures will end by 12:30 p.m. 

A map of the route is available here. A list of street closures and specific closure times is available here.

Metro Transit detours are available here.

Downtown Apartment Move Out Refuse/Recycling Update

On Wednesday, August 15, the Streets Division will begin collecting curbside items in the downtown area beginning at 4:00 a.m. 

Crews will be emptying the refuse and recycling carts, and collecting items large items, such as furniture.

Residents moving out of and into apartments downtown are strongly encouraged to follow the collection guidelines outlined on the Streets Division's moving days website. Following collection guidelines keeps our workers safe and makes our collections faster.

Streets Division staff will continue monitoring the volume of material set to the curb in the downtown area. On Thursday, August 16, crews will start collections of refuse and recycling carts, and large items at their regularly scheduled start time of 7:00 a.m. On Friday, August 17, depending on the volume to the curb, crews will be assigned downtown again starting at 7:00 a.m. to continue collection of refuse and recycling carts, and large items.

For more information, visit the moving days website or call the Streets Division office at (608) 246-4532.

Welcome to our new neighbors!

Downtown Apartment Move Out Refuse/Recycling News

The Madison Streets Division is conducting special pick-ups in the downtown area in advance of the annual mass turnover of apartment leases downtown over the next several days ("Hippie Christmas"). Crews will be collecting refuse, recycling, and large items throughout each weekday until Friday, August 17. Collection service will be suspended this Friday at 3:00 p.m. for the weekend. Special refuse and recycling services will resume downtown on Monday, August 13. Crews will be emptying refuse and recycling carts downtown each weekday between now and Friday, August 17.

Please fill up your carts according to the guidelines below and roll them to the curb anytime through August 17. Crews will empty your carts so you can fill them up again. You may fill up your refuse and recycling carts and roll them out as often as you like until the morning of Friday, August 18. Using your carts for refuse and recycling is easier than lugging lots of bags or loose material to the curb. It will keep our neighborhood cleaner.

Guidelines

Hundreds of tons of trash and recyclables will make its way to the curb during this period. The Streets Division needs your help to make this year's move out as orderly as possible. Please follow these guidelines when placing trash and recycling at the curb during the move out:

  • Do not put trash in cardboard boxes. Boxes must be flattened and bundled for recycling.
  • Keep refuse and large items separate when placed at the curb.
  • Put nothing but recycling in green recycling carts. Do not put recycling in tan refuse carts.
  • Put all recycling at the curb in the green recycling carts or clear plastic bags. No loose piles of recycling.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or large items around recycling or refuse carts.
  • Put all refuse at the curb in tan refuse carts or trash bags. No loose piles of trash/garbage.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of furniture or appliances.
  • Keep larger metal items separate from other material so that it can be recycled.
  • Most appliances, including microwave ovens, require a fee for collection.
  • Do not place computers, monitors or televisions at the curb. They should be brought to a drop-off site for recycling.
  • Do not take recycling or refuse carts. The carts belong to the City and must remain behind when you move.

Questions?

Additional information is available on the City Moving Days website and informational video. Otherwise, please call the Streets Division at (608) 246-4532.

Welcome to our new neighbors!

 

Early Voting Information

In-person absentee voting is underway for City of Madison residents for the August 14 Partisan Primary Election. In addition to the City Clerk's Office in the City-County Building, absentee voting and voter registration are available at all Madison Public Library locations and at UW-Madison campus locations. Hours and locations are listed here. To view a sample ballot, look up your voter registration or your street address here.

If you are voting absentee through the mail, remember that Madison's mail is processed in Milwaukee, increasing the amount of time it takes to return your ballot to the City Clerk's Office. Rather than mailing your absentee ballot back to the Clerk's Office, you are welcome to drop it off with the Clerk's Office personnel at an absentee voting site. Otherwise, be sure to mail your ballot back to the Clerk's Office as soon as possible so it can be counted.

The August Primary falls on Move Out Day for many downtown Madison apartments.

It takes ten days to establish residency for voting purposes, but moving on Election Day does not make you ineligible to vote.

Generally, voters who move on Election Day or within ten days of the election will need to vote at their old polling place. At the poll book, they will announce their name and the address from which they just moved. These voters remain eligible to vote from their former address until they establish residency at their new address by residing there for ten days.

Students attending UW-Madison or Edgewood College choose between registering to vote at their campus address or at their parents' home address. This is an individual decision.

Students who choose Madison as their voting residence are not likely to be in their housing for the 2018-2019 school year ten days before the August Primary. Generally, if the student lived here last semester, their voting address for August would be where they lived for the 2018 spring semester.

If you are unsure if you should vote from your old or new address, Clerk's Office personnel can assist you at any in-person absentee voting site.

Freshmen are unlikely to move to campus early enough to establish residency for the August Primary. If they are 18 years old by August 14, they would be eligible to register and vote from their parents' address.

Voters with questions about establishing residency are encouraged to contact the City Clerk's Office at voting@cityofmadison.com or 608-266-4601.

West Washington Avenue Closure

Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 27, both directions of through traffic on West Washington Avenue will be fully closed at the railroad crossing between Proudfit Street/Regent Street and Bedford Street.

This closure is needed to replace the existing railroad crossing, install underground utilities and replace pavement at the railroad crossing.

The closure will last 10 days, until 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 6.

Access to all business and residential driveways located on West Washington Avenue will be maintained.

This closure is part of the West Washington Avenue resurfacing project. More information about the project is available here.

Downtown Water Main Break Update

A contractor working for Madison Gas and Electric hit a water main on West Washington Avenue near Broom Street this morning. Many Madison Water Utility customers have experienced discolored water, low water pressure or no water in the downtown area. Water Utility crews have recently been able to isolate the water main break and pressure should be restored for most of downtown.

Discolored water is still occurring for some downtown customers. Main breaks often cause pressure changes, stirring up mineral sediment in mains and causing discolored water. If you have discolored water after the break has been isolated, run a cold water tap in the lowest level of the building for a few minutes until the water clears. If it doesn't clear, avoid using water, wait an hour and try again. While drinking discolored water isn't recommended, the minerals are not considered harmful.

Service for customers in the 400 block of West Washington Avenue area will remain off until repairs are complete. Repairs could take 3 to 6 hours. In addition, Water Utility maintenance work (for a valve relocation) that was scheduled for tomorrow, July 18, is being completed today instead. This will avoid the necessity of the outage scheduled in this area for tomorrow.

 

West Washington Avenue & Regent Street Intersection Lane Closures

At 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6, the outbound thru lanes of West Washington Avenue at Regent Street will be closed for concrete paving. This will last until 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 9. 

All westbound West Washington Avenue traffic will be forced to make a right turn onto Regent Street. Left turns will be restricted from eastbound Regent Street to West Washington Avenue and from inbound West Washington Avenue to westbound Regent Street. A map of the closure is available here.

These lane closures are needed to replace the concrete within the intersection as part of the West Washington Avenue resurfacing project. More information about the project is available here. This is the final phase of paving within the intersection. 

 

West Mifflin Street & North Broom Street Intersection Closure

At 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6, KS Energy Services will close the east leg of West Mifflin Street at North Broom Street (see map here). This closure is expected to last approximately three weeks--until Friday, July 27.

The current closure of West Dayton Street at North Broom Street will reopen prior to the start of the West Mifflin Street closure. 

This is a continuation of the work for Madison Gas and Electric on North Broom Street to install an underground electrical duct package.

MGE expects KS Energy Services will complete the overall North Broom Street project in late-July. 

South Hamilton Street Proposal Neighborhood Meeting

BASSETT NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING:

REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FOR 222 S. HAMILTON STREET

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018 - 7:00 P.M.

CAPITOL LAKES RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

333 W. MAIN STREET

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting about a proposal by Henry Hamilton Partners and Populance to redevelop 222 S. Hamilton Street. The existing three-story office building would be demolished with a six-story, mixed-use building proposed to replace it. There would be approximately 1,000 square feet of office space, 19 owner-occupied housing units, 21 structured parking stalls and approximately 35 bicycle parking stalls. The primary pedestrian entrance to the building would be on S. Henry Street and vehicular access would be from an existing curb cut and drive aisle on S. Hamilton Street and a new curb cut on S. Henry Street.

Alderperson Mike Verveer

 

West Washington Avenue & Proudfit Street Intersection Lane Closures

Multiple lanes will be closed at the West Washington Avenue and Proudfit Street/Regent Street intersection starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 29, and continuing through the weekend until 7:00 a.m., Monday, July 2. A map of the closure is available here.

Eastbound (inbound) West Washington Avenue traffic will not be able to travel straight through the Proudfit Street and Regent Street intersection. All inbound West Washington Avenue traffic will be forced to turn right onto Proudfit Street.

Westbound Proudfit Street and westbound West Washington Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic. 

These lane closures are needed to replace the concrete within the intersection as part of the West Washington Avenue resurfacing project. More information about the project is available here.  

Concerts on the Square Traffic Impacts

The first performance of the 2018 Concerts on the Square series will take place on Wednesday, June 27. There are six concerts this year - each Wednesday through August 1. For each concert, the following streets will close at 3:00 p.m. and reopen at midnight:

  • Main Street between South Carroll Street and South Pinckney Street
  • Pinckney Street between East Main Street and East Mifflin Street
  • East Washington Avenue between Pinckney Street and Webster Street

In addition to the street closures for the concert, South Pinckney Street is currently closed between East Doty Street and East Wilson Street for the Judge Doyle Square project construction. West Wilson Street is reduced to one lane of traffic for street reconstruction through mid-July. A map of the street closures is available here.

Metro Transit buses will be detoured to the Capitol Loop (Outer Ring) on each Wednesday afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m. Additional transit detour information is available here.

Each concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at approximately 8:45 p.m.

If any concert is rained out on Wednesday, it will occur the following day with the same schedule. The rain determination will be made at 3:00 p.m. on the day of each concert.

Due to the combination of the added Concerts on the Square traffic and street closures, please plan for travel delays in the core downtown area on Wednesday afternoons.

North Lake Street Closure

JP Cullen will close North Lake Street between State Street and University Avenue from 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 25, until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in order to remove the tower crane at the UW Music Performance Center construction site.

The State Street Campus Parking Garage entrance on North Lake Street will remain open. Access to and from the garage will be available via Langdon Street.

A map of the closure is available here

Metro Transit will have several detours, which can be found here.

The sidewalk on the east side of North Lake Street will remain open.

Shake the Lake Event Information

As you likely know, Festival Foods Shake the Lake, produced by the Madison Mallards, will take place downtown again on Saturday, June 23. As in previous years, this major event will bring several thousand attendees downtown. John Nolen Drive will be closed between South Broom Street and South Blair Street for the festival that starts at 5:00 p.m., and for viewing the fireworks to be staged over Lake Monona starting at 10:00 p.m. Live music stages will be located at the east and west sides of the Monona Terrace tunnel on John Nolen Drive. Stage performances will occur from 5:00 p.m. until the 10:00 p.m. fireworks show. Performers include the Jayhawks, the Verve Pipe, Locash, Michael Ray, Devin Dawson and more. The fireworks show is expected to last up to 35 minutes, and a choreographed soundtrack will be available on Madison iHeart Media radio stations. A "Human Cannonball" launch into Lake Monona is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. A full Festival Foods Shake the Lake schedule and additional information is available at shakethelake.org. Admission is free. Tickets are available for purchase to a viewing area on the Monona Terrace Rooftop.

John Nolen Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between South Broom and South Blair Streets from 6:00 a.m. Saturday until 6:00 a.m. Sunday. South Broom Street will remain open to and from John Nolen Drive. Wilson Street and Williamson Street will also remain open. Additionally, starting at 9:45 p.m., John Nolen Drive will be closed between Olin Avenue and South Broom Street. This section of John Nolen Drive will only be closed during the fireworks show to keep drivers from parking on John Nolen Drive--until approximately 10:45 p.m. In the event of the fireworks being postponed due to rain or other conditions, the event would take place on Sunday, the 24th, and road closures would be similar to the above. The music and entertainment portions are rain or shine and would not be re-scheduled to Sunday. In addition, the Capital City Trail (bike path) between Broom Street and Blair Street will be closed from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for safety reasons. Bicycles will be allowed in the event zone, but need to be walked in the event zone. Bicycle parking will be available under both ends of Monona Terrace.

The Madison Police Department and numerous other public agencies have been planning for this event for many months. Downtown neighborhoods will benefit from an increased police presence to keep people and property safe. In addition, event organizers will have staff direct pedestrians and traffic in and around the event area. Event access will only be permitted from Broom Street, Blair Street and via the Monona Terrace parking helixes. A security fence is being erected the length of the railroad corridor and will be secured during the event. "No event access" barricades and signage will be posted along the Wilson Street corridor to direct people from entering the dead-end streets unless they have final destinations on those streets. The intersection of South Hamilton, South Henry and West Wilson Streets will be staffed by the Mallards to properly direct motorists and pedestrians at that busy location.

The Madison Streets Division will be providing additional services to the neighborhoods surrounding the event area on Monday, June 25. All residences and businesses in the Bassett and First Settlement Neighborhoods (the area between East and West Washington Avenues and John Nolen Drive) will receive refuse and recycling pick-up on Monday morning. This is in addition to the regular service to be provided on Thursday, June 28. Downtown residents are welcome to leave their refuse and recycling carts out on the street terrace Saturday to be used by pedestrians. Downtown streets will be swept as needed on Monday. The Madison Parks Division will provide additional cleaning of Brittingham Park and Crowley Station, and supply extra refuse/recycling containers in those areas. Event organizers are responsible for clean-up effort in the event area on Saturday night and Sunday.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the weekend!

Paddle & Portage Traffic Impacts

Runners participating in the 39th annual Isthmus Paddle & Portage race will cross the isthmus between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16. Participants will start at James Madison Park, run on North Hamilton Street to Pinckney Street to King Street, to East Wilson Street, across South Blair Street to Law Park. A route map is available here.

Police officers will direct traffic at streets that intersect the route. 

Drivers should expect travel delays downtown during this time.

West Washington Avenue & Regent Street Intersection Lane Closures

Multiple lanes will be closed at the West Washington Avenue and Regent Street/Proudfit Street intersection starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15, and continuing through the weekend until 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 18. The traffic control plan may be viewed here.

Westbound (outbound) West Washington Avenue traffic will not be able to travel straight through the Proudfit Street and Regent Street intersection. 

These lane closures are needed to replace the concrete within the intersection. 

No lane closures will occur the weekend of June 23 due to the "Shake the Lake" event.

Madison Night Market

The second of four scheduled Madison Night Market's is Thursday, June 14. A special 60's themed event ties this new and exciting downtown project with the fun of the past. Unique merchandise, special musical guests, a pop-up dance performance, a DJ spinning 60's favorites and an incredible tye-dye project make this event something for every generation.

Madison is famous for great shopping, amazing food and a talented art scene. These three community assets come together for the ultimate urban experience - the Madison Night Market. This Thursday from 5:00-11:00 p.m. Madison's Central Business Improvement District invites the community to come check out the 2nd year of this event.

The Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison's unique and inspiring creative culture. Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event includes live music, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. The Market is presented by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Madison.

With more than 100 business participating in the first May Market, this event has grown significantly from the first year. The main market, with 80 vendors is located in the heart of the city where State Street meets Gilman Street. The main market opens at 6:00 p.m. with 80+ vendors, performances from Overture Center's Rising Stars, headliner Sweet Delta Dawn and a dance party with Kanopy Dance.

West Gilman Street will be closed between University Avenue and North Henry Street starting at 2:00 p.m. The street will reopen at 1:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15.

The market begins early with a Pop-Up Shop at the bottom of State Street at Library Mall. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. and running until 9:00 p.m. this pop-up market features 25+ vendors, DJ M White spinning 60s favorites and conceptual artist Evan Gruzis presents "Put A Twist On It: A Tie-Dye Buffet and Strange Shanty". Attendees can bring items to dye or purchase pre-purchased items.

The Market is hosted by the downtown property and business owners. Many businesses within the Central District are staying open later and offering a wide variety of special events and sales. Visit the website at www.madisonnightmarket.com to find out more on these participating retailers and their special offers.

The Market, located along Gilman Street in the heart of downtown Madison will be held the second Thursday of the months of May, June and August, September. The market will vary from month to month with different vendors and entertainment.

 

West Dayton Street & North Broom Street Intersection Closure

At 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, KS Energy Services will close the west leg of West Dayton Street at North Broom Street (see map here). This closure is expected to last approximately three weeks--until Friday, July 6.

This is a continuation of the work for Madison Gas and Electric on North Broom Street to install an underground electrical duct package.

MGE expects KS Energy Services will complete the overall North Broom Street project in mid-July. 

West Washington Avenue & Proudfit Street Intersection Lane Closures

Multiple lanes will be closed at the West Washington Avenue and Proudfit Street intersection starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 8, and continuing through the weekend until 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 11. The lane closures are needed to replace the concrete within the intersection. The traffic control plan may be viewed here. The specific lane closures are:

  • Inbound (eastbound) West Washington Avenue traffic will not be permitted straight thru the intersection
  • Eastbound Regent Street traffic will not be permitted to turn left onto West Washington Avenue
  • Westbound Proudfit Street traffic will be reduced to one lane

This is the first of several construction phases that will be needed using the same timeframe (9:00 a.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m. Monday) over the next four to five weekends to complete all the concrete replacement within the intersection. Updates will be sent each week, describing the upcoming weekend's lane closures. 

Ride the Drive this Sunday

Stroll, roll, pedal or glide your way at Ride the Drive on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The 10th Annual Ride the Drive, presented by City of Madison Parks, is more than just a bike ride. It is a route of four miles of John Nolen and North Shore Drives closed to motor vehicles. The route provides activities, entertainment, food, restrooms and more at the three adjacent parks: Brittingham, Law and Olin.

Streets on the route will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. John Nolen Drive will be closed from Olin Avenue to the South Blair Street and East Wilson/Williamson Streets intersection. North Shore Drive will be closed from Proudfit Street to John Nolen Drive.

For those not familiar, Ride the Drive is an annual celebration of Madison's commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. Since 2009, this car-free event has opened streets to bicycles and other forms of transportation, and provided activities and entertainment along the way. For a complete listing of activities, entertainment and food options, visit Ride the Drive.

West Gorham Street and West Johnson Street Lane Closures

From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30, Fahrner Asphalt will close lanes of West Gorham Street/University Avenue and West Johnson Street at North Bassett Street to install colored crosswalks. 

During this time, the block of North Bassett Street between West Gorham Street/University Avenue and West Johnson Street will also be closed. 

Drivers should expect travel delays, especially on West Gorham Street, during this time and use an alternate route, if possible. 

Downtown Water Main Flushing This Week

Madison Water Utility crews are flushing water mains downtown this week during the late evening and early morning hours. When flushing crews are working close to your residence, you may experience periods of discolored water or very low water pressure. The flushing will occur Monday, May 28 - Thursday, May 31, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. It is advised that you avoid doing laundry or other activities for which discolored water could cause problems during flushing operations.  The crews will begin at Blair Street Monday evening and work their way west to Randall Avenue over the next few evenings. The largest impact on core downtown residential properties will be Tuesday overnight.

What is the Water Main (Hydrant) Flushing Program?
To improve water quality and minimize discoloration, City of Madison water mains are comprehensively flushed by a technique known as unidirectional flushing. The procedure is performed in warm-weather months and involves the systematic opening and closing of hydrants, one section of main at a time, to force the water through the pipes at high velocity, removing accumulated mineral sediment until the water is clear. The operation can take from a few minutes to over an hour, although most last about 30 minutes.

Unidirectional flushing differs from conventional flushing in that it involves the closing of adjacent valves and the use of a single hydrant per flush so as to isolate individual sections of main. Conventional flushing also removes accumulated sediment from pipes, but it involves the flushing of multiple hydrants at a time and does not include the valving off of individual sections of main, thereby diminishing the "scouring" efficiency. Conventional flushing is used in areas of the city where fewer minerals build up in the mains, including the downtown.

How Will Flushing Affect Water Service?
When flushing crews are working close to your residence or business, you may experience periods of very low pressure or even a complete stoppage of service. We attempt to notify customers in advance if flushing is expected to result in a complete water outage, but such outages are rare.

Flushing operations may also lead to discolored water, which can be drawn into homes and businesses if the water is being used during or immediately following the flushing. Such events should affect customers for a few hours at most. The discoloration is caused by iron (red color) or manganese (black color) particles being dislodged from the water main which can stain porcelain and laundry. If discoloration occurs, open the cold tap nearest the water meter--usually a basement sink--to full flow until the water runs clear. In some situations this may take 5 to 10 minutes. It is also advised that you make sure your water is clear before doing laundry or other projects for which discolored water could cause problems.

A precise schedule of flushing operations is difficult to determine more than a day in advance. If you wish to be notified before work will be done in your block, please call Shayne Santi at 261-9128 or email water@madisonwater.org.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this annual main cleaning process.

 

West Washington Avenue Proposal Neighborhood Meeting

BASSETT NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING: REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FOR 555 W. WASHINGTON AVENUE

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018 - 7:00 P.M.

CAPITOL LAKES RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

333 W. MAIN STREET

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting about a proposal to redevelop 555 West Washington Avenue, located on the corner of West Washington Avenue and South Bedford Street.  The existing two-story credit union/office structure would be deconstructed with a five-story multifamily apartment building proposed to replace it.  The new building would have a total of 44 units comprised of efficiency, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units and enclosed parking for approximately 44 to 46 stalls.

I look forward to seeing you on the 4th.

Alderperson Mike Verveer         

 

Run Madtown Race Event Street Closures

Several Madison streets will be closed this weekend for three Run Madtown races held by Madison Festivals. All race routes start and end on the Capitol Square.

The Twilight 5K and 10K races will start at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The route map for these two races is available here.

The Madtown Half Marathon race starts at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 27. The route map is available here.  

Volunteers and police will be at intersections along the routes. Traffic will be allowed to cross the routes only when there are sufficient gaps in the runners. Drivers should plan to use alternate routes to avoid the race courses.       

There are several Metro Transit detours. Information about those detours is located here.

East Doty Street Closure Tonight

Starting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, until approximately 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, Edgerton Contractors will close the 10 block of East Doty Street to erect a crane to lift heavy equipment out of the Judge Doyle Square construction site.

East Doty Street will be completely closed between the Block 89 parking garage driveway and South Pinckney Street. A map of detour routes is available here

East Doty Street will be converted to two-way traffic from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Block 89 parking garage to maintain access to and from the garage. The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Doty Street intersection will be converted to an all-way stop-controlled intersection to allow vehicles to safely exit the Block 89 parking garage.

East Doty Street Closure Canceled

UPDATE

The contractor has canceled this planned closure and crane set up. It will take place at a later time, yet to be determined. 

From 11:00 a.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, Edgerton Contractors will close the 10 block of East Doty Street to erect a crane to lift heavy equipment out of the Judge Doyle Square construction site.

East Doty Street will be completely closed between the Block 89 parking garage driveway and South Pinckney Street. A map of detour routes is available here

East Doty Street will be converted to two-way traffic from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Block 89 parking garage to maintain access to and from the garage. The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Doty Street intersection will be converted to an all-way stop-controlled intersection to allow vehicles to safely exit the Block 89 parking garage.

The Dane County Farmers' Market will take place as usual on the Capitol Square. All streets of the Capitol Square will remain open to public traffic as usual for the Dane County Farmers' Market.    

Metro Transit detours are located here.

East Doty Street Closure

From 11:00 a.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, Edgerton Contractors will close the 10 block of East Doty Street to erect a crane to lift heavy equipment out of the Judge Doyle Square construction site.

East Doty Street will be completely closed between the Block 89 parking garage driveway and South Pinckney Street. A map of detour routes is available here

East Doty Street will be converted to two-way traffic from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Block 89 parking garage to maintain access to and from the garage. The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Doty Street intersection will be converted to an all-way stop-controlled intersection to allow vehicles to safely exit the Block 89 parking garage.

The Dane County Farmers' Market will take place as usual on the Capitol Square. All streets of the Capitol Square will remain open to public traffic as usual for the Dane County Farmers' Market.    

Metro Transit detours are located here.

Brittingham Dog Park Public Input Meeting

Public Input Meeting

Brittingham Dog Park Improvements

The City of Madison Parks Division invites you to attend the second public meeting on the Brittingham Dog Park Improvements. At this meeting, City staff will discuss the project and seek input from the neighborhood. The meeting will be held at the below time and location:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Capitol Lakes Retirement Community - Health Center Auditorium

333 West Main Street

If you have questions or comments but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Sarah Lerner at (608) 261-4281 or at slerner@cityofmadison.com.

For additional information please visit the project website here.

Madison Night Market Tonight

Great Shopping, Local Makers, Amazing Artisans & MORE!
Its YEAR 2 of the Madison Night Market!!!

 
Madison is famous for great shopping, amazing food and a talented art scene. These three community assets come together for the ultimate urban experience - the Madison Night Market!
 
Thursday, May 10 from 6 pm – 11 pm, Madison's Central Business Improvement District invites the community to come check out the second year of this event!
 
The Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison's unique and inspiring creative culture. Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event includes live music, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. The Market is presented by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Madison.
 
With more than 100 business participating in the first May Market, this event has grown significantly from the first year. The main market, with 80 vendors is located in the heart of the city where State Street meets Gilman Street and NEW THIS YEAR two smaller pop-up markets add to the fun.

The Top of State Street will feature a small selection of vendors from the Monroe Street Merchant Association, an Artist Meet & Greet with "Flamingo Wings" Artist Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli and local buskers.
 
The Bottom of State Street features an overflow of 20+ Madison Night Market Vendors, beats by DJ M. White and FREE graduation cap decorating at University Book Store. The first 50 attendees to attend this pop-up will receive a complimentary Madison Night Market tote.
 
The Market is hosted by the downtown property and business owners. Many businesses within the Central District are staying open later and offering a wide variety of special events and sales. Visit the website at www.madisonnightmarket.com to find out more on these participating retailers and their special offers.
 
The Market, located along Gilman Street in the heart of downtown Madison will be held the second Thursday of the months of May, June and August, September. The market will vary from month to month with different vendors and entertainment. From 6 pm – 11 pm visitors and downtown residents are invited to come celebrate all things Madison.

West Washington Avenue Construction Update

Regent Street to Bedford Street:

MGE Project:

On Monday, May 7, INTREN Construction will close lanes to construct underground electrical MGE utilities on West Washington Avenue between Regent Street and Bedford Street. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The Southwest Commuter Path will remain open at all times. This project will continue until the start of the City of Madison street reconstruction project.

City of Madison Project:

The City of Madison project will reconstruct West Washington Avenue between Regent Street and Bedford Street. The City contract will start on Tuesday, May 29, with a completion date of mid-August. Included in the City project is pavement replacement within the Regent Street & West Washington Avenue intersection, which will require additional lane closures.

Railroad Crossing Replacement:

Wisconsin and Southern Railroad will replace the railroad track crossing, which will require a full closure of West Washington Avenue (both directions of traffic) for 10 days. This closure is scheduled to take place from 9:00 a.m. Friday, July 27 to 7:00 a.m. Monday, August 6. 

Bedford Street to Broom Street:

INTREN continues work on the MGE project that is on West Washington Avenue between Bedford Street and Broom Street. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, at all times. This project will be completed in mid-June. 

State Street Hotel Proposal Neighborhood Meeting

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

PROPOSED HOTEL DEVELOPMENT: 118-126 STATE STREET

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 - 7:00 P.M.

MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE - ROOM D240

211 N. CARROLL STREET

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting about a proposal to redevelop 118-126 State Street. Ascendant Holdings is proposing to construct a new hotel, with four stories facing State Street and nine stories facing Dayton and Carroll Streets, including approximately 130 guest rooms, a first-floor restaurant and a rooftop lounge and terrace. The project team will present the design progression since the last neighborhood meeting, which includes expanding the footprint of the project from 118-122 State Street to 118-126 State Street.

We look forward to seeing you on the 10th.

Alderpersons Mike Verveer and Ledell Zellers                         

Street Special Events Listening Session

City of Madison Conversation about Street Events on the Isthmus

Thursday, May 3, 2018

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Madison Area Technical College - Room D240

211 N. Carroll Street

 

WHY: The City is at maximum capacity for events downtown. We want to hear from you.

  • How do special events impact you?
  • Should the process for approving events be changed?  
  • More or less events?

WHO should attend?

  • People who live downtown, downtown businesses, bus riders, people who attend events, community organizers, people with fresh ideas. 

The City of Madison is fortunate to have an abundance of festivals, runs, concerts, marches, and other outdoor activities planned on the isthmus each year.  However, that also brings challenges for City staff, budgets, Metro bus riders, neighbors, area businesses, and visitors.  The City of Madison is engaged in an analysis of special events in the downtown area and your feedback is requested.

Who should attend?  Anyone who attends or is impacted by City Street Use Events, Festivals, and Marches – especially those downtown on the isthmus.  City staff will give an overview of concerns about events reaching a "maximum capacity" and facilitate a discussion to learn your concerns and ideas for the future of events downtown. This includes festivals, races, parades, marches, and demonstrations that close down a City street  in the downtown area.  (Note: This meeting is not focused on events that are held in City Parks.)  This is part of a Racial Equity and Social Justice Analyses of the permitting process for special events on City streets.

We look forward to a continued collaborative effort as we plan for the future of outdoor activities in downtown Madison.  You are an important voice in this process and we want to hear from you.  Our discussion will consider issues such as the number, location, size, and length (time and number of days) of events, particularly those on the isthmus, and the impact this has on residents, businesses and city services, staff, and resources. We look forward to your insights.

Please email madisonevents@cityofmadison.com if you have questions or comments.

Hope to see you May 3! 

 

Mifflin Street Block Party Information

As many of you are already aware, this Saturday, April 28th, will see large gatherings of people and active house parties on and around Mifflin St.  Activities associated in the Mifflin St. area are unsanctioned.

While Mifflin St. varies from year to year, it is routine to see large numbers (1000's) of people congregating in the 400 and 500 blocks of Mifflin St. and the surrounds, and mass quantities of alcohol are consumed.  In addition, disturbances, fights, and other similar issues are not uncommon.  Given the density of people and the presence of alcohol, Mifflin St. has a significant potential to impact public safety and peace.

In the weeks leading up to this coming weekend, MPD has made a number of contacts in the Mifflin St. area, educating the students, residents, and landlords about what is (and is not) appropriate conduct.  As always, MPD is committed to educate.

MPD is also committed to public safety and good order; as such, MPD will be robustly staffing the Mifflin Street Block Party.  In addition to MPD personnel, including our Special Events Team (SET), the Dane County Sheriff's Office will also be providing a contingent to assist with maintaining order and safety.

MPD discourages attendance of the party; if you decide to participate, please be aware of the following:

  • There is a glass ban in effect; no glass containers are allowed
  • Intoxicants are not allowed on public space including sidewalks, terraces, and the roadway
  • MPD will be paying special attention to alcohol related concerns including underage persons in possession of intoxicants
  • MPD's operating philosophy combines education and enforcement; people attending the event should expect to be held accountable for their behavior
  • There are no amplification permits and any equipment being set up will be removed
  • It is a violation of Madison ordinances to sell merchandise, alcohol, or food even on private property without a permit
  • There will be no closure of streets, and traffic and pedestrian laws are still in place
  • Ordinances and criminal statutes will be enforced

Thank you and be safe!

Madison Police Captain Jason Freedman

Crazylegs Classic Street Closures

Several downtown streets will be closed on Saturday morning, April 28 for the Crazylegs Classic run/walk

Traffic will not be able to cross State Street from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Major streets affected include Gorham Street, Johnson Street and Dayton Street. Through traffic should follow the traffic routes shown on this map

Several Metro Transit bus routes will be detoured. Detour details are available here

Please allow extra travel time if traveling downtown during this time. 

 

West Mifflin Street & North Broom Street Intersection Closure

On Monday, April 23, KS Energy Services will close the west leg of the West Mifflin Street and North Broom Street intersection (see the traffic control plan here). This closure is expected to last three weeks--until Monday, May 14.

This is a continuation of the work for Madison Gas and Electric on North Broom Street to install an underground electrical duct package.

Work is currently taking place in the 10 block of North Broom Street and proceeding toward West Dayton Street. 

Parking will be removed from the block under construction. One traffic lane and a bike lane will remain open on North Broom Street at all times. The sidewalk on the east side of North Broom Street will remain open.

MGE expects the overall project to be completed in mid-June.

MATC Site Redevelopment Neighborhood Meeting

Mansion Hill Neighborhood Meeting

Madison Area Technical College Site Redevelopment

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.

Madison Area Technical College - Room D240

211 N. Carroll Street

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting about the proposal to redevelop the Madison Area Technical College (MATC) site at 211 N. Carroll Street.  Drury Southwest, Inc. proposes to renovate the existing historic MATC building into 197 hotel rooms.  They would also construct an eight-story building with 12,500 square feet of retail/restaurant space on the first floor and 115 hotel rooms on the upper floors on the site of what is currently MATC's parking structure and plaza on Wisconsin Avenue.  The proposal includes parking for 256 motor vehicles.  Construction would commence mid-2019.

We look forward to seeing you on the 30th.

Alderpersons Mike Verveer and Ledell Zellers

 

East Doty Street Closure

Starting at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, JP Cullen will close the 10 block of East Doty Street to erect a tower crane at the Judge Doyle Square project.

East Doty Street will be completely closed between the Block 89 parking garage driveway and South Pinckney Street. A map is available here. The closure is expected to last until midday on Sunday, April 22. 

East Doty Street will be converted to two-way traffic from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Block 89 parking garage to maintain access to and from the garage. The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Doty Street intersection will be converted to an all-way stop-controlled intersection to allow vehicles to safely exit the Block 89 parking garage.

Wednesday, April 18 is also the first Wednesday Farmers' Market on the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The 200 block will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Dane County Farmers' Market will take place as usual on the Capitol Square on Saturday, April 21. All streets of the Capitol Square will remain open to public traffic as usual for the Dane County Farmers' Market.    

Drivers should prepare for traffic delays during morning and afternoon peak traffic times. 

Metro Transit detours are available here.                              

 

2018 City of Madison Property Assessments

The 2018 property assessments are now available on the City website at cityofmadison.com/assessor. Assessment notices were mailed today to all property owners whether or not their assessment has changed from the previous year's value. Property values increased 6.7% overall from the 2017 assessments. Assessment increases totaled 76.7% of all parcels, decreases totaled 1.1% of parcels and 22.2% of parcels did not change from their 2017 values.

Property owners may view the 2018 preliminary assessments at the Office of the City Assessor on business days between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday, April 16 through Wednesday, May 2. This "Open Book" period is set aside for property owners to discuss their assessments with Assessor's Office staff prior to completion of the assessment roll. Property owners who wish to compare assessments may also view assessment data posted on the Assessor's website. Available information includes owner's name, property address, legal description, sale information and property characteristics.

Owners who disagree with their assessment are encouraged to speak with the appraiser who established the value. If an error was made or if a property owner has evidence that the assessment does not reflect the actual fair market value of the property, the appraiser will take this information into consideration in setting the final assessed value. Appraisers welcome the opportunity to review any and all information provided. The best evidence of value is the recent sale price of the property or the sale prices of comparable properties.

After talking with the Assessor's Office, owners who still feel the assessed value of their property is incorrect may file a formal objection. The Assessor's Office must be notified, either orally or in writing, of intent to object at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board of Review. The Board's first scheduled meeting is Wednesday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. Owners must notify the Assessor's Office of their intent to object no later than 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 7. In addition, an objection form obtained from the Assessor's Office must be completed and filed with the Assessor's Office prior to or within the first two hours of the first meeting of the Board of Review.

The Board of Assessors will review all properly filed objections and make any necessary corrections or changes. The Board will inform owners of its decisions by mail. Owners who disagree with these decisions may proceed to a formal hearing before the Board of Review. Similar to a court, the Board of Review has the responsibility for resolving differences of opinion of valuation. Its function is to decide if the assessment is correct based upon oral testimony and evidence presented by the property owner and the Assessor's staff. After hearing the evidence, the Board will decide whether to lower, raise or sustain the assessment. Board of Review decisions may be appealed to Dane County Circuit Court.

If you have questions concerning your assessment, please contact the Assessor's Office at assessor@cityofmadison.com or (608) 266-4531.

Mifflin Street Block Party Meeting

MIFFLIN STREET BLOCK PARTY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018

7:00 P.M.

MADISON SENIOR CENTER

330 W. MIFFLIN STREET

As you may know, the Mifflin Street Block Party is fast approaching on Saturday, April 28. The annual event had no cases of serious injuries or property damage last year. As your City alderperson, I need your help again to make the day safe for everyone.

You are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting to discuss this year's event. At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss the upcoming event with City officials and your neighbors. Representatives of the Madison Police and Fire Departments, Building Inspection Division and I will explain our expectations for the day and will answer all questions. Please help me and your neighbors by joining together to ensure a safe event. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

 

City Special Events Listening Session

What:   City of Madison Listening Session about Street Use Events with Neighborhoods & Residents

When:   Thursday, April 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where:  Goodman Parks Facilities Building, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway (off Olin Avenue), First floor meeting room. 

Bus line: This facility is served by Metro Transit Route 13

The City of Madison is fortunate to have an abundance of festivals, runs, concerts, marches, and other outdoor activities planned on the isthmus each year. However, that also brings challenges for City staff, budgets, Metro bus riders, neighbors, and visitors. The City of Madison is engaged in an analysis of special events in the downtown area and your feedback is requested. City staff will give an overview of concerns about events reaching a "maximum capacity" and facilitate a discussion to learn your concerns and ideas for the future of events downtown. This includes any event that closes down a City street in the downtown area. This is part of a Racial Equity and Social Justice Analyses of the permitting process for special events on City streets.

Metro riders are an important voice in this process and we want to hear from you. Our discussion will consider issues such as the number, location, size, and length (time and number of days) of events, particularly those on the isthmus, and the impact this has on residents, businesses and City services, staff, and resources. We look forward to your insights.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend to learn and provide feedback, however written questions and comments can be sent to: madisonevents@cityofmadison.com.

Please also take the Metro Special Events Online Survey.

 

 

North Broom Street Lane Closures

In addition to the Madison Gas and Electric construction that began on West Washington Avenue today, KS Energy Services began work for MGE today on North Broom Street between West Washington Avenue and West Mifflin Street to install underground electrical duct facilities.

The work began in the 10 block of North Broom Street and will proceed toward, and including, the West Dayton Street intersection. Work will only take place in one block of North Broom Street at a time. 

Parking will be removed from the block under construction. One traffic lane and a bike lane will remain open at all times. The sidewalk on the east side of North Broom Street will remain open.

MGE expects the project to be completed by mid-June. 

West Washington Avenue Lane Closures

On Monday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m., MGE and its subcontractors will be restricting the 400 and 500 blocks of West Washington Avenue to a single traffic lane in each direction. Two way traffic will be maintained at all times within the work zone as construction phasing progresses between Bedford Street and Broom Street. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes as the lane restrictions are expected to cause travel delays. Construction will begin at the Bedford Street intersection and head east toward the Capitol.

MGE plans to start work on April 30 on the portion of West Washington Avenue between Bedford Street and the railroad crossing to finish the majority of MGE's work before the City street reconstruction project starts on approximately June 1. The lane closures are needed for MGE to install underground electrical duct work. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid-June. The sidewalks on the north and south sides of West Washington Avenue will remain open.

Madison Early Voting Information

In-person absentee voting is underway for City of Madison residents for the April 3 spring election. In addition to the City Clerk's Office in the City-County Building, absentee voting and voter registration are available at all Madison Public Library locations and at other locations. Hours and locations are listed here. To view a sample ballot, look up your voter registration or your street address here.

If you are voting absentee through the mail, remember that Madison's mail is processed in Milwaukee, increasing the amount of time it takes to return your ballot to the City Clerk's Office. Rather than mailing your absentee ballot back to the Clerk's Office, you are welcome to drop it off with the Clerk's Office personnel at an absentee voting site. Otherwise, be sure to mail your ballot back to the Clerk's Office as soon as possible so it can be counted.

MPD Beacon Update

The Beacon is a homeless day shelter and services provider that opened at 615 E. Washington Ave. on October 16, 2017.  Since opening, the Beacon has generated excitement and provided services to hundreds of people every week.  The opening of the Beacon has also generated a lot of calls for service and impacted the neighborhood and surrounds in which it resides.

At recent community meetings and forums, I have heard a number of questions and concerns regarding the Beacon; with a community meeting scheduled for April 4 (5:30 PM at the Beacon), I thought now might be an opportune time to reflect on the Beacon from the perspective of Central Police District (CPD).

To begin, there are three over-arching factors to consider about the Beacon:

First, the Beacon helps to serve a very vulnerable and in-need population, and Madison needs places like the Beacon.  As a law enforcement professional and a human being, I support the mission and intent of the Beacon.

Second, the Beacon's location was determined through a long and deliberate process that is concluded; regardless of how some may feel about the current location, it is not going anywherethe challenge is to adapt to this new reality and mitigate the negative impacts while providing critically needed services.

Third, the population the Beacon serves is vulnerable and encumberedhomelessness, AODA issues, mental health challenges and etc.and given the challenges this population faces, we should expect 1) calls for service (CFS) inside the Beacon; 2) more calls for service in the area around the Beacon; and 3) greater pedestrian traffic in the area.  These calls will predominantly be quality of life type callsdisorderly behavior, alcohol violations, trespassing, and noise.  There will also be calls (albeit fewer in number) that are more impactful to safetypedestrian safety, batteries, and other behaviors that area residents find disturbing and threatening. While I am very empathetic to the struggles and needs of this population, it is my joband the job of my officersto ensure that negative behaviors, particularly those that impact safety and quality of life, are addressed and people are held accountable for their actions.  Citations and physical arrests will be employed as appropriate, but accountability does not automatically equal arrest.

I will not provide you a substantive update about services the Beacon is currently providing or other matters not related to interactions and partnership between MPD and the Beacon.  Rather, I will highlight MPD's efforts at addressing the increased activity in and around the Beacon. 

Let's start with a little history.  Approximately one year ago, MPD began meeting with Beacon leadership to discuss a host of potential issues and concerns that might arise with the creation of an ambitious day-services provider.  Immediately I was impressed with the earnestness and passion of Beacon staff, and their dedication to their mission.  The Beacon gave MPD the opportunity to provide input across a spectrum of security/police related issues.   Throughout the spring and summer of 2017, we met with the Beacon and provided advice on their policies and procedures concerning safety and quality of life related matters.  While we may not have agreed on every point, I was (and remain) convinced that the Beacon was always willing to listen and discuss the salient issues.  It was my belief that the focus of the Beacon was (and remains) providing services to those in need, and it is that laudable perspective which drives their decision-making.

Since opening, there have been issues at the Beacon.  But no one should be surprised about the challenges of working with such a vulnerable population.  Significantly, there were 40 CFS to the Beacon in January (making it the second most responded to location in the City that month) and 45 CFS in February (making it the number one call generator for February).  The volume of calls was unsustainable for my team and represented safety and security concerns for Beacon staff and their clientele whose ability to receive necessary services was negatively impacted.

MPD continued to meet with Beacon staff, as well as other stakeholders, to discuss concerns and adopt changes to address issues.  While some progress was made, it became clear to all involved that more impactful changes needed consideration.

In late February, Lt. Brian Chaney-Austin and Neighborhood Resource Officer Ken Brown had an urgent meeting with the Beacon; from that meeting, a clear and transparent code of conduct policy was adopted by the Beacon, akin to what the Madison Public Library uses.  The policy was effected on February 27.  As of March 20, there have been 12 CFS, several of which represented follow-up by MPDa significant reduction (thus far) over the previous two months.  Some of these calls involved the Beacon requesting MPD to handle a small problem before it became larger.  Importantly for me, my officers who respond to the Beacon agree that things are much improved.  Further, as the 'culture of conduct' becomes the norm at the Beacon, I expect further overall reductions in calls.

I am now confident that given all of the new and improved systems and processes that the Beacon has implemented, that the volume and intensity of the problematic activity will curtail significantly.  I am also confident that by reducing negative behaviors, not only will staff, clientele, and officers be safer, but it will also be easier to provide services to those most in need.  However, should current processes not prove sufficient, MPD will continue to work collaboratively with the Beacon and others, as needed, to mitigate the problems.

However, given the inherent challenges of the clientele, we should be under no illusions that there will not continue to be calls in and around the Beacon.  In fact, MPD expects that while inside the Beacon will remain a calmer, more productive space, we will see more issues and calls for service in areas around the Beacon including but not limited to nearby parks, public spaces, and even into private spaces.

Because of these expectations, CPD identified the area around the Beacon as a district priority for 2018.  In order to mitigate concerning behaviors, CPD is using a number of different strategies.  We have requested a problem solving initiative for the area (essentially a pool of overtime funds to allow us to provide extra patrol and enforcement in identified hotspots).  We are examining alcohol sales and retailers in the area to see if we can identify practices that will reduce alcohol related issues.  We provide extra routine patrol, and we continue to have our NRO be our lead for all Beacon related matters.  We have worked with surrounding properties to post no-trespassing signs, consider lighting improvements, and examine other environmental changes that would foster safety and security.

As with many of the challenges we face, MPD cannot effectively address these problems alone.  In addition to our ongoing relationship with the Beacon, we need YOU to assist us.  Please call when you observe or experience an incident or issueand your willingness to pursue a complaint is also important.  We will provide additional resources, but knowing when and where to put those resources is determined often by calls for service and other dataif you don't call, it is much more difficult to identify where we need to be. 

The Beacon represents a great opportunity for Madison and, more importantly, for those struggling in life.  MPD fully supports the Beacon's mission.  We also understand that great opportunities often come with great challenges.  MPD is committed to working with the Beacon and others to address those challenges.  While we may not eliminate deep societal problems, we can work together to provide necessary services while holding people accountable for their behaviors.

Jason Freedman

Central District Police Captain

South Hamilton Street Closure

Starting on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 a.m., R.G. Huston Company will close the 200 block of South Hamilton Street between West Doty Street and West Wilson Street to reconstruct the street. A traffic detour will be signed to use South Broom Street, West Washington Avenue, and South Fairchild Street. A map of the closure and detour route is available here.

The closure is expected to last approximately nine weeks--until May 25.

Metro Transit bus route detours can be found here.

Additional information can be found on the project webpage here.
 

St. Patrick's Day Events Street Closures

The annual Madison Shamrock Shuffle run and St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 17.

Shamrock Shuffle runners start on State Street and head east toward West Gilman Street. State Street will be closed between North Lake Street and West Gilman Street from 6:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The 5k and 10k races start at 10:00 a.m., and the last runners will cross the finish line around 11:30 a.m. Streets on the course will be temporarily closed as runners go through.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the Capitol Square. The Capitol Square will be closed to traffic from 11:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m.

Metro Transit route detours may be found here.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Student Walkout Traffic Impacts

As you likely know, a national school walkout on gun violence will take place on Wednesday, March 14. 

In Madison, students and others are expected to meet at Madison East High School around 11:00 a.m. and begin walking to the Capitol at noon to attend a rally. Due to the large expected crowd size, multiple lanes of westbound East Washington Avenue will likely need to be closed. Severe westbound East Washington Avenue traffic impacts are expected from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Drivers should use alternate routes at that time.

In addition, UW students are planning to stage at Library Mall and walk on State Street, to the rally at the Capitol at noon. Traffic delays on West Gorham Street and West Johnson Street are expected due to this protest.   

The rally is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the State Street entrance to the Capitol. The size of the crowd at the Capitol may necessitate closing the streets of the Capitol Square. 

Metro Transit delays and detours can be expected. The event is expected to end and streets opened by 3:00 p.m.

West Wilson Street Lane Closure

Starting on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 a.m., R.G. Huston Company will close one westbound traffic lane of West Wilson Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Hamilton Street. This closure is required for the reconstruction of West Wilson Street, which will involve the replacement of pavement, city utilities, curb and gutter and sidewalk.

The closure is expected to last until mid-July.

More information can be found on the project webpage here.

 

Snow Plowing Update - No Snow Emergency Declaration

The City of Madison Streets Division will plow all City of Madison Streets today. There is no declared snow emergency.

Streets Division crews along with heavy equipment contractors began plowing all city streets at 7:00 a.m. today. All Madison streets should have their initial plowing 12 to 14 hours after the citywide operation commenced. The combined plow force of the Streets Division and heavy equipment contractors will be approximately 150 pieces of equipment. 

While there is no snow emergency, the Streets Division requests that all Madison residents remove vehicles and trailers from the street if possible. Residents who receive refuse and recycling today are encouraged to place their carts on their terrace or driveway apron rather than placing them in the street. Fewer obstacles in the road means plowing operations will be safer, faster, and more complete.  

Parking Information
There is no declared snow emergency in effect tonight. This means that alternate side parking restrictions will only be enforced outside of the downtown snow emergency zone.

Residents within the snow emergency zone are still encouraged to remove their vehicles from the street in order to help with plowing operations. Since plowing will be occurring during the daylight hours, it is important to abide by all daytime parking restrictions. Adhering to those rules will also assist with plowing operations as crews work to push snow from the street.

Residents outside of the snow emergency should also remove vehicles from the street if possible. Also, please note that alternate side parking restrictions will be enforced in the areas outside of the snow emergency zone from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Vehicles violating alternate side parking rules may be ticketed and towed.  

Additional Information on Plowing Operations
Since the Streets Division will be plowing during the day, it is probable travelers will encounter snowplows working to clear the roads. Be sure to give the operators plenty of space as they work to make the roads safe. Also, since this will be a daytime plowing operation, crews may also be slowed by the regular daytime traffic, and combing that with the dense wet snow could result in a slower than usual citywide plowing operation.

When you are on the roads during the plowing operations, it is common to encounter temporary windrows blocking side streets as crews loop through neighborhoods plowing the snow back to the curb.  

Since plowing operations are happening during the day, many residents will return to their home after work to find their street plowed and driveway apron blocked with snow. Snow in the driveway apron is a regular occurrence during plowing. Plow trucks follow the curb line, and their plow blades are angled toward the curb as well in order to push snow out of the street. Snow builds on the plow blade as they drive forward since the curb does not allow snow to fall off the blade. Gaps in the curb created by driveway aprons means snow falls off the blade and into the apron gap.

Yesterday's snow was a very heavy and wet snowfall. Residents are reminded to take care when clearing their sidewalks and driveways. Clearing driveway aprons after the street has been plowed may be particularly taxing as the heavy wet snow may be difficult to remove. Be sure not to overexert yourself, and take breaks as needed.

For those commuting through the city, everyone should make good choices when on the roads. Roadway users should be slow, patient, and safe. Crews worked through the night on the salt routes, which are the main thoroughfares of Madison. Therefore, these main streets are in good winter driving conditions, but those using these roadways should still be prepared to encounter some slippery patches. Residential streets are covered with wet heavy snow, meaning conditions will be quite slippery. Residential streets will remain snow covered until plow trucks can service these streets, which again, will take some time.

 

Southbound North Lake Street Closure

Starting today, JP Cullen will close the southbound traffic lanes of North Lake Street between State Street and University Avenue. The closure will last until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, barring weather delays. 

This closure is to allow a crane to be placed in the street as part of the construction of the UW Music Performance Building. 

During the closure, northbound traffic will be allowed as normal. A pedestrian walkway will be in place next to the crane on the west side of the street, and the sidewalk on the east side of the street will remain open. 

Access to the State Street Campus parking garage will remain open. However, vehicles existing the parking garage on North Lake Street will need to turn north to Langdon Street. 

Metro Transit will have several detours, which can be found here.

Intercity buses will relocate from their current location on the 800 block of Langdon Street to University Avenue between North Park Street and East Campus Mall.

 

MPD Community Forums

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is hosting a series of annual community forums throughout the city. These are opportunities for you to listen to Chief Koval and his colleagues discuss crime trends and MPD initiatives, ask questions and discuss issues of concern. You will also hear from local police district staff and some MPD specialty units. The Central Police District forum to discuss issues of particular concern to downtown and isthmus neighborhoods will be held on Monday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street, in a meeting room on the third floor.

A complete list of community forums is available here.

Arson Investigation Assistance

Madison Fire Department and Madison Police Department arson investigators are seeking the assistance of the community in identifying a person of interest in the recent fire of two vehicles parked at the intersection of West Main Street and South Bedford Street. The fire occurred at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 15. Two video clips of the person of interest are available here. Anyone with information should contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014. Callers may remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

Meeting: West Washington Avenue Street Project

The City of Madison is proposing to resurface and replace utilities on the 600 block of West Washington Avenue this year. Perhaps most importantly, replacement of the deteriorated West Washington Avenue railroad crossing will occur. Work on West Washington Avenue between Bedford Street and Proudfit and Regent Streets will include replacement of sanitary sewer and storm sewer, and replacement of the pavement with asphalt pavement being installed between the railroad crossing and Bedford Street, and replacement of sections of concrete pavement as needed between Proudfit and Regent Streets and the railroad crossing. Curb and sidewalk will be replaced as needed throughout the project.

The City Engineering Division will be hosting a public informational meeting on the proposed project on:

Monday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Delta Properties

612 West Main Street

This project is being coordinated with Wisconsin & Southern Railroad so that they can replace the railroad crossing at West Washington Avenue during the City's project. Madison Gas and Electric Company will also be doing work on West Washington Avenue, which will include the installation of a new electrical conduit package. This is a continuation of their work from last fall. This proposed project will include assessments to the adjacent properties, so information regarding the assessments and the schedule of public hearings will be presented at this meeting. Additionally, general information regarding expectations during construction will be provided.

If you have any questions or would like to provide additional comments regarding this project, please contact the Project Engineer, Jim Wolfe, at 608-266-4099 or at jwolfe@cityofmadison.com.

Memorial Union Fireworks Display Tonight

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at UW-Madison is again this year celebrating the arrival of Chinese Lunar New Year by producing a fireworks display tonight, Sunday, February 11, at Memorial Union. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. and last for approximately 15 minutes following the conclusion of their annual Spring Festival Gala at Memorial Union. The fireworks will be launched from the Lake Mendota ice cover. Many downtown residents in prior years have been surprised by the intensity of the volume of this annual display. In part, because the event traditionally receives little publicity outside of the campus community.

Happy Year of the Dog!

 

Snow Emergency Parking Rules Continue Tonight

PARK ON THE ODD SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7:00 a.m. Sunday, February 11. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street tonight if possible. If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Details on winter parking restrictions are available at cityofmadison.com/winter. Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine. Violators will also very likely be towed again tonight. If a vehicle is towed, an additional $65 towing fee is added to the parking citation.

Crews will be working throughout the night to plow back areas that had been blocked by parked cars during the initial plowing operation. Snow that cannot be plowed from the street due to parked vehicles may freeze solid and impede traffic and parking all winter long.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned parking garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.
 
When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in City garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
 
Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at cityofmadison.com/winter. You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling (608) 261-9111. 

Madison Snow Emergency Declared and Plowing Update

PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 11. Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Fewer obstacles in the road means the plowing operations will be safer, faster and more complete.

Parking on the Street Friday Night
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of February 9 into early morning of February 10) must park their vehicles on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators will also very likely be towed this weekend. If a vehicle is towed, an additional $65 towing fee is added to the parking citation.

Parking on the Street Saturday Night
Vehicles parked on the street tomorrow night (the evening of February 10 into early morning of February 11) must be parked on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Other Parking Information
Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs. Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in City garages and lots are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Snow Plowing Update

The Streets Division along with contractors began plowing all city streets at approximately 7:00 a.m. today. It will take 12 to 14 hours for all streets to be cleared. The combined plow force of the Streets Division and contractors will be approximately 150 pieces of equipment.

Residential streets will be slick due to the accumulated snow. Plan on continuing to need extra travel time to get to your destination. While plowing operations occurred throughout the day and into the evening, it is still very important to abide by alternate side parking rules during the 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. window. Crews will be working through the night after the initial plowing is over in order to clear areas blocked by cars during the initial plowing phase.

Snow Emergency Parking Rules Continue Tonight

PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Febuary 6. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street tonight if possible. If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Details on winter parking restrictions are available at cityofmadison.com/winter. Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine.

Crews will be working throughout the night to plow back areas that had been blocked by parked cars during the initial plowing operation. Snow that cannot be plowed from the street due to parked vehicles may freeze solid and impede traffic and parking all winter long.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned parking garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.
 
When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in City garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
 
Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at cityofmadison.com/winter. You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling (608) 261-9111. 

Madison Snow Emergency Declared and Plowing Update

PARK ON THE ODD SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6. Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Fewer obstacles in the road means the plowing operations will be safer, faster and more complete.

Parking on the Street Sunday Night
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of February 4 into early morning of February 5) must park their vehicles on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.

Parking on the Street Monday Night
Vehicles parked on the street tomorrow night (the evening of February 5 into early morning of February 6) must be parked on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Other Parking Information
Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs. Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in City garages and lots are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Snow Plowing Update

The Streets Division along with contractors began plowing all city streets at approximately 11:00 a.m. today. It will take 12 to 14 hours for all streets to be cleared. The combined plow force of the Streets Division and contractors will be approximately 150 pieces of equipment.

As temperatures drop, the salt applied to the salt routes will become less effective, and slippery areas may develop. Residential streets will also be slick due to the accumulated snow. Plan on needing extra travel time to get to your destination. While plowing operations will occur during the afternoon and into the evening, it is still very important to abide by alternate side parking rules during the 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. window. Crews will be working through the night after the initial plowing is over in order to clear areas blocked by cars during the initial plowing phase.

Brittingham Dog Park Improvements

The City of Madison is redesigning Brittingham Dog Park

This project is to redesign the dog park to not only make it more usable and inviting for dog park users, but to also develop a design reflective of the aesthetics of Madison's downtown. This project will look at different options for the dog park, including possible synthetic dog turf. 

Madison Parks will hold two public input meetings on this project. The first public meeting will be at the below date and location. At this meeting, City staff will discuss the project and seek input from the neighborhood.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Capitol Lakes Retirement Community - Grand Hall
333 West Main Street

Free parking is available in the ramp across the street and will be validated by Capitol Lakes Retirement Community.

If you have questions or concerns but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Sarah Lerner at slerner@cityofmadison.com or (608) 266-4711. 

Additional information is available here.

 

 

Snow Emergency Parking Rules Continue Tonight

PARK ON THE ODD SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street tonight if possible. If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Details on winter parking restrictions are available at cityofmadison.com/winter. Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine.

Crews will be working throughout the night to plow back areas that had been blocked by parked cars during the initial plowing operation. Snow that cannot be plowed from the street due to parked vehicles may freeze solid and impede traffic and parking all winter long.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned parking garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.
 
When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in City garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
 
Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at cityofmadison.com/winter. You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling (608) 261-9111. 

Madison Snow Emergency Declared and Plowing Update

PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17.

The Streets Division along with contractors will begin plowing all city streets starting around 8:00 p.m. this evening when most of the snow has stopped. Currently, Streets Division crews are maintaining the City salt routes and will remain on the salt routes until switching to plowing operations around 8:00 p.m. Our combined plow force will be approximately 150 pieces of equipment. Even though this has been a powdery, dry snow, there are over four inches of snow on the ground, so it will take crews 12 to 14 hours to clear all residential streets curb to curb.

Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Residents are also encouraged not to place their refuse and recycling carts in the street. Fewer obstacles in the road means the plowing operations will be safer, faster and more complete.

Parking on the Street Monday Night
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of January 15 into early morning of January 16) must park their vehicles on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.

Parking on the Street Tuesday Night
Vehicles parked on the street tomorrow night (the evening of January 16 into early morning of January 17) must be parked on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Other Parking Information
Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs. Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in City garages and lots are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Tuesday's Commute
For the Tuesday morning commute, residents should give themselves additional time to get to work or school. The pre-storm brining operations combined with salt routes being maintained during the storm means the major thoroughfares in Madison will likely be in fair winter driving conditions come Tuesday morning, but some slick spots may persist. Also, residential plowing could still be ongoing, so be sure to give the plows plenty of room to perform their work safely. Overnight plowing operations may push snow from the street and block some driveway aprons, so residents may need to get up earlier than usual to be sure they have time to clear a path for their vehicles.

 

Christmas Tree Collection

Two Rounds of Tree Collection

Starting Tuesday, January 2nd the Streets Division will begin Christmas tree collection. As in years past, there will be two rounds of tree collection.
 
The first round of Christmas tree collection will begin on Tuesday, January 2. Christmas trees placed to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on January 2 in accordance to the rules outlined below will be collected prior to January 16, barring any winter weather complications. Placing your tree to the curb after January 2 could result in your tree not being collected during the first round.
 
The second round of Christmas tree collection will begin on Tuesday, January 16. Christmas trees placed to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on January 16 will be collected prior to February 1, barring any winter weather complications. 
 
If you place your tree to the curb after 7:00 a.m. on January 16, you may miss your final collection round. Residents electing to have their trees collected at the curb rather than bringing the tree to a drop-off site are strongly encouraged to have their tree curbside prior to January 16.
 
After the second round of tree collection is complete, crews will transition to other priorities. Trees set to the curb after the second round of collection occurs in your neighborhood will sit on the terrace until crews begin regular brush collection in March.
 
Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands, and boughs will not be collected with Christmas trees. These items regularly contain wire that can jam equipment by becoming entangled inside the chipper. Please place these into your tan refuse cart or private dumpster.
 
Plowing and other snow and ice control issues take priority over tree collection, and this may cause delays.
 
Collection Rules
Trees are processed with expensive wood chippers. These machines can be easily damaged by metal, wire, and other foreign material. To protect this equipment and the safety of our workers we ask that all residents follow these rules. Failure to follow these rules may result in your tree being left at the curb.

  • Remove all tree stands regardless of whether they are metal or wood.
  • Remove all light strings, ornaments and other metal objects.
  • Remove any tree bags.
  • Place trees at the street edge only.
  • If trees become buried under snow residents are asked to dig out trees.

Drop-Off Sites
Residents may also bring Christmas trees to a City drop-off site. The sites are located at 1501 West Badger Road on the southwest side and 4602 Sycamore Avenue on the east side.
 
The drop-off sites are open 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. These hours will remain in effect until expanded hours begin on Saturday, March 31.
 
Happy New Year!

 

Madison Historic Preservation Survey

LAST CHANCE – TAKE THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION SURVEY

To help in creating Madison's first ever Historic Preservation Plan, the City is conducting a survey about the places that matter to ALL Madisonians. To date, over 675 surveys have been completed. Thank you!

Please take this survey about important places in Madison and tell us what is important to you.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CityofMadisonHPPSurvey1

The survey results will be used at upcoming public meetings and the survey will be open until December 31, 2017.

Visit our website www.cityofmadison.com/historicpreservationplan, email historicpreservation@cityofmadison.com, or call 608-266-6552 or 608-267-8649 (se habla espanol) for more information.

Thank you for your interest in the Historic Preservation Plan.

2017 Property Tax Bills

It is that time of year again, it is time to expect your City of Madison property tax bill. Property tax bill calculation and preparation was delayed this year by approximately one week. My apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Beginning today, the City of Madison Treasurer's Office is now accepting 2017 property tax payments. 2017 property tax bills were mailed today and are now available online here. There are a couple of methods of payment 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 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, 2017 will be processed as having been paid in 2017.

MPD Update: University Avenue Corridor

Earlier this year, I blogged about a host of concerns occurring in the area of 600 University Ave.  Since that time, there have been a number of incidents, stories, and efforts made to address the myriad of challenges that face this very important part of our city. I wanted to take a moment and refresh the situation and provide you with an update detailing many of our efforts at addressing the concerns.

For many years, the area of 600 University Ave (including Frances St, Gilman St, Hawthorne Ct, Lake St, and the 600 block of State St) has generated many issues for the public and policecalls for service (CFS), disturbances, batteries, damage to property, and a variety of safety and quality of life concerns, usually related to the (over)consumption of alcohol.

The Central Police District (and all of MPD!) is aware of a number of areas of concernsome of which are historic and recurring; and others of which have emerged more recently.  Issues include the behaviors and demeanor of the bar-time crowd, late night food carts, parking ramp concerns, the taxi stands, and parking on the streets.  The growing violence and safety issues were, of course, preeminent. CPD began working on these various concerns, devoting significant amounts of time to comprehensively tackle the situation.

Most urgently, this area experienced what became a pattern or routine of very violent incidents, one of the first being a savage knock-out battery in Hawthorne Ct in February.  Mid-year a fight in the area seemed to directly lead to a homicide on the east side of Madison.  Later in the Fall, large disturbances took place on 3 consecutive Saturday nights at bar-time, requiring the use of OC (and sometimes horses) to disperse the crowds. Even with the onset of colder weather, we continue to have concerns and, just this last weekend, another large disturbance required OC spray to disperse (and two individuals were arrested).

(Intoxicated) crowd densityparticularly after bar-timeis a driving factor impacting many of the issues.  However, the 600 University area is also becoming more reflective of the broader challenges of violence and behavior faced by the entire community.  These challenges may or may not be temporary.

The below is a summary of CPD's problem solving efforts in the area.  I cannot emphasize enough the collaborative work done between a number of different agencies including the Mayor's Office, City Attorney's Office, Building Inspection, Streets, Traffic Engineering, the Parking Utility, and our downtown Alders.

Actions Taken:

Late night food carts

  • Cart hours and locations were contributing to density concerns, especially after bars closed
  • CPD Command met numerous times with the Alders (Verveer and Wood), the City Attorney's Office, Vending, and the Vending Oversight Committee; we also organized a meeting with businesses being impacted by the carts who strongly supported changes in location and hours
  • Ultimately (after significant debate) the carts were moved effective 9/14
  • The VOC denied any changes in food cart hours
  • Officers report that, anecdotally at least, the move has been a positive step
  • Work remains to solidify and build on improvements for the next season (which begins next spring)
  • Following a significant event at one of the food carts over the summer, CPD worked with the City Attorney's Office and the Vending Oversight Committee to successfully revoke the late night vending license of that cart
  • CPD posits that late night vending on 600 University (and after bar time in general) is counter-productive to our mission of addressing the safety concerns downtown.

Taxi Stand

  • The location of the stand on the 600 block contributed to both density issues as well as pedestrian and traffic safety
  • CPD Command met with Alder Verveer, Traffic Engineering, and other stakeholders and eventually moved the stand to the Gilman St area which presents fewer safety concerns and gets people moved off of the 600 block
  • We will continue to assess the current location; the optimal location is most likely west of 600 University but was not currently viable due to construction

Parking

  • Parking along 600 University and Hawthorne contributes to density in the area
  • Parking negatively impacts traffic flow and creates pedestrian hazards
  • Working with T&E and Alder Verveer, no stopping, standing, or parking signs were erected throughout the area for the overnight hours

Parking Ramp

  • The Lake/Frances ramp generates three concerns:
  1. Pedestrian Safety: at the end of the evening, cars back up waiting to exit. Drivers get frustrated and there is a steady stream of vehicles exited the area simultaneously with a lot of pedestrian traffic
  2. Criminal behavior taking place in the rampsdrug activity, batteries and etc. This was facilitated by having a 20-minute grace period upon entering the ramp
  3. Parking staff often had to deal with people making poor choices after bar-time (including making change for people without credit cards)
  • To address these issues, CPD Command met with parking staff, Alder Verveer, Parking Utility and T&E to discuss pay on entry; on October 11th a resolution was passed allowing for pay on entry on some weekend nights and this feature has been utilized on a number of weekend nights
  • As resources/circumstances have allowed, DSI also started to patrol the ramps

Lighting

  • We recognize that there are lighting issues in both public and private areas of 600 University (and surrounds)
  • Inadequate lighting is not only a safety issue but can also impact the quality of video evidence from City cameras (and therefore our ability to solve crimes)
  • Our City partners worked to increase City lighting in some of our area over 25% and we continue to explore additional ways to add illumination
  • We've also required some of the bars to install additional lighting

Downtown Safety Initiative

  • Lt Austin of CPD has done an outstanding job seeing DSI staffed at a very high level in 2017
  • Average Staffing level for 2017 has been in the 12-15 officer range; staffing costs in 2017 are significantly greater than in 2016, largely reflecting the increased number of people working on weekend nights and the increased number of weekends that fielded DSI contingents
  • Horses have been utilized with great success; horses provide both an excellent vantage point as well as ability to move into a crowd and move a crowd; horses are routinely asked to join DSI (and often present)
  • In response to a series of very violent batteries in February of 2017 near Hawthorne Ct, DSI resources were also utilized during a traditionally non DSI timeframe
  • MPD Command has worked multiple DSI initiatives to observe and experience the issues first hand
  • Staffing DSI at this very robust level is very challenging given the number of other demands on our officers

Special Events Team

  • In an effort to address the large fights and disturbances that have broken out on several occasions, CPD requested the utilization of SET personnel to assist with bar-time incidents particularly on Saturday nights
  • On Saturday October 7th, approximately 12 SET personnel worked downtown supplementing the DSI contingent
  • SET provided approximately 15 additional personnel to work 12/2/17 for the Big 10 Championship game
  • CPD Command is also working with SET to incorporate SET presence on a semi-regular basis for the warmer months of 2018

Bar Meetings

  • Central CPT has led the effort regarding the downtown bars
  • Including walk-throughs, capacity checks, and enforcement
  • In the early summer, CPD Command reached out to a cadre of bar owners in the 600 block of University Ave in order to work collaboratively
  • There have been 3 fully attended group meetings where issues, information, concerns, and solutions were shared
  • Alder Verveer and the City Attorney's Office actively participate in these meetings
  • CPT established liaisons to work 1-on-1 with each establishment

Bar-Specific Issues/Meetings

  • When concerns or patterns are observed, we notify and work with the establishment in question to remedy, or at least mitigate, the concerns
  • CPT liaisons
  • Notification of issues/concerns
  • ALRC remains an option should compliance not be forthcoming

Cameras

  • Working with Alder Zellers, additional cameras were brought into the downtown area in 2017
  • We are currently working with City IT to make the camera system more user friendly and responsive to MPD's needs
  • CPD continues to identify areas where additional cameras may be needed

ALRC

  • CPD Commandalong with Alders and the CA Officewill continue to address concerns (as appropriate) with the ALRC

Violence Suppression Initiative

  • CPD identified the area of 600 University as an appropriate location to utilize additional resources provided by the VSI
  • In addition to DSI, we fielded additional platoons of LE on several dates
  • Including ATF, P&P, Gang Unit, and TEST resources

Partnerships

  • CPD Command is currently working with UW POLD researches, UW Madison PD, and Public Health to look at trends related to alcohol, violence, calls for service, and how these patterns do or do not correlate with particular areas or establishments

I am very proud of the work that MPD and our various partners have done in 2017 to mitigate the issues on 600 University Ave; I also recognize that we have hard work still to do.  We are continuing to work with the Mayor's Office, the ALRC, Alders, City Agencies, and other partners, and are establishing new relationships and partnerships to work towards additional progress and safety.

Captain Jason Freedman

 

Santa Run Capitol Square Street Closures

On Saturday, December 2, starting at 2:00 p.m. the Run Santa Run 5K will take place. Runners will start on the Capitol Square, head east on East Mifflin Street to North Baldwin Street and return on East Dayton Street. A map of the route is available here

Police will keep North Webster Street open during the run. 

The last runners will be finished around 3:15 p.m.  

The streets of the Capitol Square (Mifflin Street, Carroll Street, Main Street and Pinckney Street) will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Metro Transit buses will not serve the Capitol Square all day on Saturday. The Capitol Loop Detour will be utilized one block off the Square.

Downtown Recycling and Refuse Collection Wednesday

There will be no recycling, refuse or large item collection by the City Streets Division on Thursday, November 23 or Friday, November 24 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will instead be collected on Wednesday, November 22. Recycling and refuse collection in the core downtown will occur on Wednesday. Please place recycling and refuse carts to the curb for pickup by 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Streets Division drop-off sites will be closed on Thursday and Friday. They will reopen on Saturday, November 25.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Shine On Madison Downtown Holiday Celebration

Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) new, unified Downtown Holiday Celebration called "Shine On Madison" begins today, Saturday, November 18, with a special lighting ceremony at the top of State Street.

This six-week community event will include a holiday lighting ceremony, a celebration of the history of the Capitol, a special focus on downtown retailers, enjoyment of the arts and a strong sense of community.

With 7 community light displays, 13 specially decorated areas, fantastic restaurants and the region's best shopping options, Downtown Madison is the perfect place to celebrate the season with friends and family.

SEASONAL LIGHTS: In partnership with Madison Community Foundation, the BID has added 13 new lighted activity areas and 7 community partner light displays. These new lights along with over 100 snowflake pole lights and seasonal planters will create a fun festive reason to come visit. Many area property and business owners are participating too. The new displays will be turned on for the first time on November 18 and stay up through January 7. An interactive map is available here.

COMMUNITY DISPLAYS: Seven special community partners have designed creative and innovated planter displays. These displays will be up all season. Community partners include: Clean Lakes Alliance, OutReach, B-Cycle, Madison Reading Project, Grace Food Pantry, Theatre Lila, and Make-a-Wish.

LIGHTING CEREMONY: At 6:00 p.m. tonight (November 18) join Santa & Mrs. Claus, Bucky Badger, City officials and more for a special ceremony where the Capitol Square meets State Street. At 6:08 p.m. (a nod to our 608 area code) in partnership with WOLX 94.9 we will turn on all the lights. Many special surprises are in store for this very special event. Area arts groups and non-profits are also participating with special events like a "Petting Zoo" at the Madison Public Library from 2–5:00 p.m. The complete list is available at ShineOnMadison.com.

WINDOW DISPLAY COMPETITION: Businesses in the BID are competing for bragging rights! The Window Display Competition will run from Saturday, November 18 through Sunday, November 26. Guests can pick up and drop off a ballot at the Downtown Visitors Center (452 State Street) near Lisa Link Peace Park or at participating businesses.

WINTER NIGHT MARKET: A new Madison Night Market – Winter Carnival will include 40–50 vendors showcasing handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods, games and special visiting food carts. This winter event will be held on the 100 block of State Street today (November 18) from 2–8:00 p.m. Attendees will want to make sure to visit the MMOCA Art & Gift Fair open today until 8:00 p.m. Retailers and restaurants in the area will feature warm drinks and delicious food.

Happy Holidays!

Madison Marathon Sunday

The Madison Marathon half marathon and full marathon will take place this Sunday, November 12, starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Capitol Square. The runners will run through the UW Arboretum, UW Campus, Warner Park, and back to the Capitol Square, with the last runners finishing around 1:30 p.m. Metro Transit buses will detour throughout the downtown and UW Campus. Police officers will be located throughout the course assisting traffic. 
 
Inbound East Washington Avenue will be closed at Blair Street from approximately 8:00 a.m. until approximately noon. 
 
Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead if traveling around the race routes, as crossing the route will only be permitted when there are sufficient gaps in the runners. 
 
The route map (with times of closures) is available here.
 
Detailed Metro Transit detour information is available here.

 

Downtown Public Safety Listening Session

Thursday, November 9, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Madison Concourse Hotel

1 West Dayton Street

We will be hosting a listening session on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Madison Concourse Hotel at 6:00 p.m. We are specifically inviting downtown businesses, property owners, residents and workers to share their opinions on safety in the downtown business district and downtown neighborhoods. All are welcome and invited to share their thoughts, opinions and suggestions about public safety in the City of Madison. The purpose of the meeting is to listen to you, not for us to give you our recommendations. The Madison Police Chief and members of the MPD Central District command staff, Madison Fire Chief, Dane County Sheriff and elected officials will be present to listen to you. There will be no presentations (we may ask questions to clarify). Our goal is to gain understanding of what is important to our constituents, so we can make informed decisions to improve public safety and support our public safety officers (Police and Fire).

We will allow all attendees the opportunity to make a statement. You can also bring written testimony or email it to us as well. We will be recording your statements, and collecting your testimony. We plan to share this information with our colleagues on the Council.

Here are some of the key public safety topics that the Madison Common Council, the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee and the consultant who has been retained by the City to Study MPD are considering:

  1. The need for more police resources (i.e. more officers on the street).
  2. The desire to review use of force policies and procedures by officers.
  3. The need for body worn cameras to increase accountability and transparency.
  4. The need for additional surveillance equipment and technologies.
  5. The need for more Neighborhood Based Policing in key neighborhoods.
  6. The need to control alcohol fueled unacceptable behavior in the lower State Street/West Gilman Street/University Avenue area.

Thank you for your interest in public safety. We hope that you can attend.

Alder Ledell Zellers, 2nd District

Alder Mike Verveer, 4th District

Alder Zach Wood, 8th District

Alder Paul Skidmore, 9th District

State Street Hotel Proposal Neighborhood Meeting

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

PROPOSED HOTEL DEVELOPMENT: 118-122 STATE STREET

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017 - 7:00 P.M.

MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE - ROOM D240

211 N. CARROLL STREET

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting about a proposal to redevelop 118-122 State Street, replacing the existing six-story and two-story buildings on the site. Ascendant Holdings, in partnership with Central Properties and Provenance Hotels, is proposing to construct a new hotel, with four stories facing State Street and nine stories facing West Dayton and North Carroll Streets, including approximately 110-120 guest rooms, a first-floor restaurant, a fifth-floor terrace, and a rooftop lounge and terrace. The project team will present the design progression since the first neighborhood meeting in March.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th. 

Alderpersons Mike Verveer and Ledell Zellers

North Bassett Street Reopened

North Bassett Street permanently reopened between West Gorham Street/University Avenue and West Dayton Street this afternoon following the several month street reconstruction project.

Metro Transit buses will return to previous service beginning tomorrow, Saturday, October 28.

There will still be work completed the week of October 30 such as setting light poles, etc., but the street will remain open to through traffic.

 

Freakfest Traffic Detours Saturday

Most State Street cross streets will close to vehicular traffic at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 for the 12th annual Freakfest event. Streets will be closed until approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 29. West Dayton, West Johnson and North Lake Streets will close at 5:00 p.m. West Gorham Street will stay open until 6:00 p.m. West Gilman Street will be closed between North Henry Street and State Street, and West Mifflin Street will be closed at Wisconsin Avenue starting at 2:00 p.m. for construction of performance stages. A map of the closures is located here.  
 
East Gorham Street will be detoured onto Blair Street. West Johnson Street will be detoured onto Bassett Street. North Bassett Street, which has been closed for reconstruction, will be open for vehicular traffic between West Johnson Street and West Dayton Street on Saturday. 
 
State Street event gates will be enforced from 7:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. During this time, an event ticket will be needed to cross or enter State Street.
 
All parked bicycles will be removed from the entire length of State Street and some side streets on Saturday. 
 
Freakfest Traffic Map

Metro Transit Detours
 
Real-time parking availability in City garages
 
Real-time parking availability in UW-Madison parking garages
 
Freakfest website

Happy Halloween!

Downtown Madison Family Halloween

Wednesday, October 25
3 to 6 p.m.
Downtown Madison


Downtown Madison Family Halloween is an afternoon of family-friendly, spooky fun in Downtown Madison!

From 3 to 6 pm various downtown businesses will be trick-or-treat stops and activity locations. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free! Check out the fun on Facebook.

Trick-or-Treat at 80 Downtown Locations and spend time visiting YOUR City. This event is present by Madison's Central Business Improvement District, GSSBA and is sponsored by MGE, American Family DreamBank and The University Book Store. Our candy partner is It'Sugar located downtown at 542 State Street.

2017 Halloween Activities Include:

* Capitol Kids [ ] 8 S. Carroll St. - On The Capitol Square
It's creepy, it's crawly at Capitol Kids. Visit the store, play some games and make your own creepy crawly thingy. Before you come try to guess what our mascot bear Webster will be dressed as this year... He LOVES Halloween. (Free)

* Downtown Madison Visitors Center [ ] 452 State St.
Special appearance by Bucky Badger from 3-4 pm. (Free)
Halloween balloons 4-6 pm. (Free)

* DreamBank American Family Insurance [ ] 1 N. Pinckney St.
DreamBank is all decked out and ready for Downtown Madison Family Halloween! Gather the little ones, don your costumes, and get in the spirit of trick-or-treating by designing your very own candy bag at our crafting workshop. (Free)

* Grace Episcopal Church [ ] 1 N. Pinckney St. Grace Episcopal Church invites you to stop by to hear spine-chilling organ music while trick or treating. Mark Brampton Smith, the Grace Church organist, along with Greg Zelek, the brand new organist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Curator of the Overture Concert Organ Series will each be performing during the event. (Free)

* Madison Children's Museum [ ] 100 N. Hamilton St.
Pick up a treat and create your own Halloween buttons! (Outdoor and lobby activities are free; regular museum admission applies to indoor exhibits.)

* Madison Parks Hayrides Pickup [ ] 8 S. Carroll St. – Outside Capitol Kids
Enjoy tractor hayrides around the Capitol Square. Rides leave approximately every 20 minutes. ($3.00/person, Children 2 and under are free, no reservations required.)

* Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) [ ] 227 State St.
Create a frame-worthy work of art inspired by nature and the artwork on view at the museum! Children and families are invited to view Chele Isaac: the understory, an eerie yet beautiful exhibition that combines moving images and sound to help get creative ideas flowing. Visitors will also enjoy treats, storytelling, button-making, and more from 3:00-6:00 pm. (Admission to MMoCA is free.)

* Madison Police Department [ ] Outside at "The Forum"
Meet our Downtown Neighborhood officers team and get your own police badge from 3 – 5 pm. (Free)

* Madison Public Library's Central Library [ ] 201 W. Mifflin St. 
Visit the Children's Room for a spooky (or silly!) story and craft activity, along with a trick or treat station. Kids can get a free book at the Friends' Book Store. Stick around 6-8 pm for Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence: Lovey Town at The Bubbler. (Free)

* Overture Center for the Arts [ ] 201 State St. (608) 258-4141
Halloween Science Shows for kids of all ages will enjoy spooky science and super audience participation! Rotunda Stage at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 pm. (Free)
Get your photo taken in costume and grab some Halloween treats in the Rotunda Lobby. (Free)

* Revel Madison [ ] 107 N. Hamilton St.
Drop by Revel's underground pumpkin patch for candy treats (+ cocktails for the adults ;) and a little DIY fun! Make a mini pompom pumpkin or choose another Halloween-themed project off the Craft Bar menu. (Pom pom pumpkins free, drinks/other crafts for purchase.)

* Wisconsin Historical Museum [ ] 30 N. Carroll St.
Join the Wisconsin Historical Museum for Downtown Madison Family Halloween! Learn about some of Wisconsin's spooky creatures, explore a haunted cabin, and create fun and silly crafts! (Free)

* Wisconsin Science Museum [ ] Outside at "The Grove"
Touch gooey slime, see spooky smoke, and make other creepy experiments with folks from the Wisconsin Science Museum 3-5 pm. (FREE)

All activities are from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, free, and include trick-or-treating unless otherwise noted.

A huge thanks to our sponsors for this year!

Dream Bank American Family Insurance
Isthmus
Madison Gas and Electric
The University Book Store

For more information:
visitdowntownmadison.com/FamilyHalloween

UW Homecoming Parade and Block Party Information

Multiple streets around Langdon Street and State Street will be closed on Friday afternoon and evening, October 20, for the UW Homecoming Parade and Block Party. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m., with the block party immediately following the parade in and around Alumni Park and Memorial Union. The annual homecoming fireworks display will start at 8:30 p.m. The display will last approximately 15 minutes and will be fired from a pontoon boat on Lake Mendota adjacent to the Memorial Union.

The following streets will be closed:

  • Langdon Street (North Lake Street to Wisconsin Avenue) 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Wisconsin Avenue (Langdon Street to West Gilman Street) 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A driving lane will be kept open to the Edgewater Hotel. 
  • West Gilman Street (University Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue) 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • North Lake Street (University Avenue to Langdon Street) 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Access will be maintained to the State Street Campus Garage
  • Langdon Street (North Park Street to North Lake Street) 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A map of the street closures (with times) is available here.

Metro Transit detours affecting several routes will begin at 4:00 p.m. Specific details and maps are available here.

Happy Homecoming!

 

200 Block South Pinckney Street Closure

Starting today, Thursday, October 19, JP Cullen will close South Pinckney Street at East Wilson Street. East Wilson Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic. This work is to install underground utilities associated with the Judge Doyle Square project. During this time, the Government East Parking Garage entrance/exit on South Pinckney Street will remain open via East Doty Street. A map of the street closure is available here.

This setup will last until Monday, October 30. At that time, the entire 200 block of South Pinckney Street will close until the completion of the first phase of the Judge Doyle Square project in 2019. Drivers parking at the Government East Parking Garage will need to use the East Wilson Street entrance/exit. A walkway along the closed block will remain open at all times. A map of the long-term street closure is available here.

The full closure of the 200 block of South Pinckney Street is needed in order to build the replacement Government East Parking Garage, which will extend under the street. 

 

Proposed South Butler Street Restaurant and Lounge Neighborhood Meeting

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about Sandra Alamilla Lopez and Jose Mata's plan to open Blue Agave, a restaurant and lounge, at 117 S. Butler Street, formerly The Bayou.

Monday, October 16, 2017

6:30 p.m.

117 S. Butler Street

Blue Agave will open at 11:00 a.m. daily and close at 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday; 1:00 a.m. on Wednesdays; and 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.  The owners' applications for a Class B Liquor License and an Entertainment License (21+) will be considered at the October 18 Alcohol License Review Committee meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th.

Alderpersons Marsha Rummel and Mike Verveer

West Washington Avenue Lane Closures Update

Starting on Thursday, October 12, INTREN Construction will begin transitioning their West Washington Avenue work zone from Broom Street to Bassett Street. The center traffic lanes of West Washington Avenue will be closed in both directions at Bassett Street in order to install underground electric utilities for Madison Gas and Electric. 

The work on West Washington Avenue is part of a project that will install underground MGE electric utilities along the centerline of West Washington Avenue from Regent Street to Broom Street. Work this fall will include installing manholes at Bedford Street (already completed), Broom Street (already completed) and Bassett Street. A map is available here. Mainline utility work to connect the manholes will occur at a later time. 

The remaining construction schedule is as follows:

  • Bassett Street intersection--Thursday, October 12 to Friday, November 3

Left turning movements will be restricted from West Washington Avenue to Bassett Street.

Parking will be removed on West Washington Avenue within the work zone. 

Sidewalks will remain open on West Washington Avenue. One crosswalk will remain open at all times across West Washington Avenue within the work zone. 

 

Madison Police Department Community Survey

For many years, MPD has utilized surveys as an additional way to gather information and feedback from our Community. We want to know what are your concerns, what is going on in your neighborhood, and how well the MPD is addressing your concerns; surveys are an opportunity for us to better understand what is important to you.

We strive to distribute these surveys broadly and deeply within and across the various districts in order to best capture a full spectrum of feedback. 

At the bottom of this page is a link to our survey (there is also a link on our Central District page of the MPD website).

Also, links to this survey are being distributed to various community groups, our downtown alders, and others to capture the diversity of thought and concerns of the district. Paper copies will be made available at various downtown locations including the public library, and we will also conduct door to door surveys.

If you know anyone who would be willing to participate please direct them to a link.

The survey takes approximately 5 minutes or less to complete and is anonymous!

Thank you for your time and thoughts!        

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPDCENTRAL2017

Jason Freedman

Central District Captain

Madison Police Department

 

West Washington Avenue Lane Closures Update

Starting on Wednesday, September 27, INTREN Construction will begin transitioning their West Washington Avenue work zone from Bedford Street to Broom Street. The center traffic lanes of West Washington Avenue will be closed in both directions at Broom Street in order to install underground electric utilities for Madison Gas and Electric. 

The work on West Washington Avenue is part of a project that will install underground MGE electric utilities along the centerline of West Washington Avenue from Regent Street to Broom Street. Work this fall will include installing manholes at Bedford Street (already completed), Broom Street and Bassett Street. A map is available here. Mainline utility work to connect the manholes will occur at a later time. 

The remaining construction schedule is as follows:

  • Broom Street intersection -- Wednesday, September 27 to Monday, October 23
  • Bassett Street intersection -- Tuesday, October 24 to Wednesday, November 15

Left turning movements will be restricted from West Washington Avenue to Bassett Street and Broom Street when work takes place at those intersections. 

Parking will be removed on West Washington Avenue within the work zone. 

Sidewalks will remain open on West Washington Avenue. One crosswalk will remain open at all times across West Washington Avenue within the work zone. 

 

City Renewable Energy Plan Kickoff Meeting

What Does A 100% Renewable Energy Madison Look Like To You?

Is the future of Madison completely powered by wind and solar? On Wednesday, September 27, you are invited to meet with the consultants hired by the City to design a renewable future. Come to the Central Library located at 201 W. Mifflin Street, Room 302, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., ready to share your unique perspectives and ideas and ask questions.

Bob Lindmeier, Chief Meteorologist at WKOW-TV in Madison, will join the conversation to share his expertise as an atmospheric scientist who has closely followed the issue of climate change. With over 37 years of experience, Mr. Lindmeier speaks on how humans are causing climate change, the many impacts from climate change locally, nationally and globally and the need to put a price on carbon.

Come join the community conversation and find out how you can be part of a renewable energy solution! 

For more information about the event, translation or childcare, please contact Jeanne Hoffman, by email, jhoffman@cityofmadison.com, or call (608) 266-4091.   

 

West Washington Avenue Lane Closures

Starting on Monday, September 11, the center traffic lanes of West Washington Avenue will be closed in both directions at Bedford Street by INTREN Construction in order to install underground electric utilities for Madison Gas and Electric. 

The work on West Washington Avenue at Bedford Street is part of a larger project that will install underground MGE electric utilities along the centerline of West Washington Avenue from Regent Street to Broom Street. Work will include installing manholes at Bedford Street, Bassett Street and Broom Street. A map is available here. Mainline utility work to connect the manholes will occur at a later time. 

The tentative construction schedule is as follows:

  • Bedford Street intersection -- Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 29
  • Broom Street intersection -- Monday, October 2 to Monday, October 23
  • Bassett Street intersection -- Tuesday, October 24 to Wednesday, November 15

Work and lane closures will only take place at one intersection at a time. Left turning movements will be restricted from West Washington Avenue to Bassett Street and Broom Street when work takes place at those intersections. 

Parking will be removed on West Washington Avenue within the work zone. 

Sidewalks will remain open on West Washington Avenue. One crosswalk will remain open at all times across West Washington Avenue within the work zone. 

Ironman Triathlon Sunday

Several streets in and around downtown will be closed for the 2017 Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon on Sunday, September 10. The race consists of swimming in Lake Monona, bicycling in Dane County and running in the downtown/campus area. The race starts at 6:40 a.m. at Monona Terrace with the swim start. City of Madison road closures for the bicycling portion last from approximately 7:30 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Road closures for the run portion last from 11:00 a.m. until approximately midnight. All Metro Transit routes will experience significant detouring downtown. Please expect delays.
 
Ironman course maps are available here.
 
A map of downtown street closures and suggested alternate traffic routes is available here.
 
Metro Transit detours can be found here.


 

West Dayton and North Lake Street Closures

West Dayton Street and North Lake Street will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 29 thru Thursday, August 31 for UW student move-in.

West Dayton Street will be closed between North Frances Street and North Park Street. During those times, West Dayton Street will operate as a one-way, westbound street exclusively for student move-in. 
 
North Lake Street will be one-way northbound between West Dayton Street and West Johnson Street exclusively for student move-in.
 
Two Metro Transit routes, Routes 80 and 82, will be affected. The detour can be found here.
 

Pride Parade and Rally Street Closures

The OutReach Pride Parade and Rally will close several downtown streets on Sunday, August 20. 

  • The Capitol Square will be closed from 11:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.
  • All streets crossing State Street, with the exception of North Lake Street, will be closed from 12:45 p.m. until approximately 1:45 p.m. for the parade. The parade will start at the intersection of State and West Gilman Streets and continue up to and around the Capitol Square. During the parade, there will be no traffic allowed across State Street, including West Gorham and West Johnson Streets, except at North Lake Street. 
  • The 10 blocks of North Carroll and West Mifflin Streets and the 100 block of State Street will be closed until approximately 4:00 p.m. for a rally at the top of State Street after the parade. 

A map of the street closures and suggested alternate routes is available here. Metro Transit detours can be found here.

Madison Mini-Marathon Traffic Impacts

Several downtown streets will be closed Saturday morning, August 19, due to the Madison Mini-Marathon. The race starts on Langdon Street, continues to the Capitol Square, through the UW Arboretum and back to the UW campus. 

Traffic will not be allowed to cross the route when runners are present. All street closures will end by noon. 

A map of the route with first runner and last runner times can be found here. Metro Transit detours can be found here.

100 Block West Wilson Street Closure

On Saturday, August 12 at 7:00 a.m. the 100 block of West Wilson Street will be closed between South Carroll Street and South Hamilton Street. Two-way traffic will be maintained to all residences and businesses on this block. The full closure is needed for crane work at 131 West Wilson Street. The street is expected to be reopened at approximately 3:00 p.m.

The sidewalk on the north side of West Wilson Street will remain open.

Downtown Apartment Move Out Refuse/Recycling News

The Madison Streets Division is conducting special pick-ups in the downtown area in advance of the annual mass turnover of apartment leases downtown over the next several days ("Hippie Christmas"). Crews will be collecting refuse, recycling, and large items throughout each weekday until Friday, August 18. Collection service will be suspended this Friday at 3:00 p.m. for the weekend. Special refuse and recycling services will resume downtown on Monday, August 14 at 4:00 a.m. Crews will be emptying refuse and recycling carts downtown each weekday between now and Friday, August 18.

Please fill up your carts according to the guidelines below and roll them to the curb anytime next week. Crews will empty your carts so you can fill them up again. You may fill up your refuse and recycling carts and roll them out as often as you like until the morning of Friday, August 18. Using your carts for refuse and recycling is easier than lugging lots of bags or loose material to the curb. It will keep our neighborhood cleaner.

GUIDELINES

Hundreds of tons of trash and recyclables will make its way to the curb during this period. The Streets Division needs your help to make this year's move out as orderly as possible. Please follow these guidelines when placing trash and recycling at the curb during the move out:

  • Do not put trash in cardboard boxes. Boxes must be flattened and bundled for recycling.
  • Keep refuse and large items separate when placed at the curb.
  • Put nothing but recycling in green recycling carts. Do not put recycling in tan refuse carts.
  • Put all recycling at the curb in the green recycling carts or clear plastic bags. No loose piles of recycling.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or large items around recycling or refuse carts.
  • Put all refuse at the curb in tan refuse carts or trash bags. No loose piles of trash/garbage.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of furniture or appliances.
  • Keep larger metal items separate from other material so that it can be recycled.
  • Most appliances, including microwave ovens, require a fee for collection.
  • Do not place computers, monitors or televisions at the curb. They should be brought to a drop-off site for recycling.
  • Do not take recycling or refuse carts. The carts belong to the City and must remain behind when you move.

QUESTIONS?

Please call the Streets Division at (608) 246-4532.

Welcome to our new neighbors!

 

MATC Site Redevelopment Neighborhood Meeting

Mansion Hill Neighborhood Meeting

Madison Area Technical College Site Redevelopment

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Madison Area Technical College - Room D240

211 N. Carroll Street

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting about a proposal to redevelop the Madison Area Technical College site at 211 N. Carroll Street in two phases over several years. The first phase is Hovde Properties' proposal to construct a ten-story mixed-use building with approximately 200,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail along Wisconsin Avenue. The second phase is Drury Southwest's proposal to redevelop the historic existing structures into a hotel with approximately 200 rooms. The first phase would include construction of a four-level underground parking structure under the mixed-use building, which would be available for lease to the hotel. Construction on the first phase would commence in 2018 and on the second phase in 2019.

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th.

Alderpersons Mike Verveer and Ledell Zellers

 

John Nolen Drive Corridor Study Meeting

JOHN NOLEN DRIVE CORRIDOR STUDY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 - 7:00 P.M.

MONONA TERRACE - ONE JOHN NOLEN DRIVE

The City of Madison is conducting a corridor study of John Nolen Drive and Blair Street from North Shore Drive to East Washington Avenue, including portions of Wilson Street and Williamson Street. Primary goals of the study are to identify better pedestrian and bicycle access concepts to Law Park throughout the corridor, as well as determine a preferred alternative for reconstruction of Blair Street from the East Wilson Street and Williamson Street intersection to East Washington Avenue.  
 
Previous public meetings were held in November and April. The third (and final) public meeting will include a presentation at 7:00 p.m. City staff and engineering consultant representatives will be available to discuss the corridor study and address questions.
 
Information regarding the study can be found on the study website.
 
If you have comments or questions that may assist in the development of this study, we encourage you to attend the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like additional information or to provide feedback, please feel free to contact the study staff listed below:
 
Chris Petykowski, P.E.
Principal Engineer, City of Madison
City-County Building, Room 115
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 267-8678
cpetykowski@cityofmadison.com
 
Jeff Held, P.E., PTOE
Consultant Project Manager
Strand Associates, Inc.
910 West Wingra Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 251-4843
jeff.held@strand.com

North Bassett Street Reconstruction Update

Starting at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, the intersection of North Bassett Street and West Dayton Street will be closed to traffic in order for the City's general contractor, R.G. Huston Company, to install sanitary sewer as part of the North Bassett Street reconstruction project. This closure will last until approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4.

Additional information about the North Bassett Street reconstruction project can be found here.

North Bassett Street Reconstruction Update

Starting at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, the City's general contractor, R.G. Huston Company, will close North Bassett Street between West Johnson Street and West Dayton Street. 

Two thru lanes will remain open on West Johnson Street, while intersection work is taking place. At 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, all three lanes will be open.

Only two lanes will be open on West Johnson Street from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 20 until 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24. Afternoon peak hour travel delays are expected on West Johnson Street on these days.  

North Bassett Street remains closed between West Gorham Street/University Avenue and West Johnson Street. This closure will last until late October.  

The intersection of North Bassett Street and West Dayton Street may be closed during off-peak travel times (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). This will occur at a later date, yet to be scheduled.    

Lane closures will also be needed on West Gorham Street and University Avenue at North Bassett Street in order to install sanitary sewer and traffic signals at the intersection. This work has also not yet been scheduled.      

Metro Transit bus detours in the area began this week. Information about those detours is available here.

Additional information about the North Bassett Street reconstruction project can be found here.

 

Capitol Square Reconstruction Update

The Capitol Square reconstruction project is now complete. The project was completed two weeks ahead of schedule. Some minor work in terraces may be ongoing but access has been restored in all areas.

All parking has been restored, and Metro Transit buses returned to normal routes on the Square yesterday.

Thank you for your patience!

Ride the Drive this Sunday

Stroll, roll, pedal or glide your way at Ride the Drive on Sunday, July 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The 9th Annual Ride the Drive, presented by City of Madison Parks, is more than just a bike ride. It is a new route of four miles of John Nolen and North Shore Drives closed to motor vehicles. The new route provides activities, entertainment, food and more at the three adjacent parks: Brittingham, Law and Olin.

Streets on the route will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. John Nolen Drive will be closed from Olin Avenue to the South Blair Street and East Wilson/Williamson Streets intersection. North Shore Drive will be closed from Proudfit Street to John Nolen Drive.

The new route, which is more park-focused with fewer street closures, was created as a result of several factors: construction around the Capitol Square, event expenses and loss of funding and a desire to heighten the event's connection to parks.

For those not familiar, Ride the Drive is a celebration of Madison's commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. This car-free event has opened streets to bicycles and provided activities and entertainment along the way. For eight years, from inception through 2016, Trek Bicycle has generously sponsored this event. The City of Madison and Madison Parks graciously thanks Trek for their years of support in this Madison tradition.

For a complete listing of activities, entertainment and food options, visit Ride the Drive.

Madison Night Market

The third and final Madison Night Market of the year is this Thursday. This new event is designed to draw special attention to the unique creative businesses downtown and in the Madison area. The Market is open on Thursday, July 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and runs along West Gilman Street where Gilman Street meets State Street. More than 5,000 people attended the inaugural event in May.

Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison's unique and inspiring creative culture. Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event includes live music, giant board games, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. The Market is presented by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Madison. Partnerships with the Dane County Farmer's Market, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and more ensure this event is a citywide representation of our community's talent.

Many downtown businesses are also participating in the Night Market and/or holding a special event or sale in their own place of business. The Night Market website lists the participating businesses and vendors and their respective specials. The Market, located along West Gilman Street in the heart of downtown is held the second Thursday of the months of May, June and July in 2017. From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. downtown residents and visitors are invited to come celebrate all things Madison.

North Bassett Street Reconstruction

Work begins this week on the reconstruction of North Bassett Street between West Gorham Street/University Avenue and West Dayton Street. On Monday, July 3, InterCon Construction will begin installing underground Madison Gas and Electric utilities in the 300 block of North Bassett Street between West Gorham Street/University Avenue and West Johnson Street. One lane of traffic will be maintained on North Bassett Street until Monday, July 10.

On Monday, July 10, R.G. Huston Company will close the 300 block of North Bassett Street between West Gorham Street/University Avenue and West Johnson Street. This closure will last until the project completion, expected in late October.

Also, starting at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 10, InterCon Construction will close lanes on West Johnson Street at North Bassett Street to continue underground utility construction. One lane will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Two lanes will be open from 3:30 p.m. thru overnight. Traffic delays on West Johnson Street are expected from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Starting Monday, July 17, R.G. Huston Company will close the 200 block of North Bassett Street between West Johnson Street and West Dayton Street. This closure will last until late October.

The intersection of North Bassett Street and West Dayton Street may be closed during off-peak travel times between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Lane closures will also be needed later this month on West Gorham Street and University Avenue at North Bassett Street in order to install sanitary sewer and traffic signals at the intersection.

A map depicting these closures is available here.

Additional information about the North Bassett Street reconstruction project can be found here.

Capital City Trail Detour

The Capital City Trail adjacent to Monona Terrace will be temporarily closed for epoxy coating starting on Monday, June 26. The project is expected to last two weeks. A path detour will utilize John Nolen Drive. One lane of John Nolen Drive will be barricaded under Monona Terrace to allow for the safe use of the path during construction. A detailed plan of the detour can be found here.

Shake the Lake Event Information

As you likely know, Festival Foods Shake the Lake, produced by the Madison Mallards, will take place downtown again on Saturday, June 24th. As in previous years, this is a major event that will bring several thousand attendees downtown. John Nolen Drive will be closed between South Broom and South Blair Streets for the festival that starts at 4:00 p.m. and for viewing the fireworks to be staged over Lake Monona starting at 10:00 p.m. Live music stages will be located at the east and west sides of the Monona Terrace tunnel on John Nolen Drive. Stage performances will occur from 4:00 p.m. until the 10:00 p.m. fireworks show. Performers include Saint Motel, The Record Company, Parmalee, and more. The fireworks show is expected to last for 35 minutes and a choreographed soundtrack will be available on Madison iHeart Media radio stations. A "Human Cannonball" launch into Lake Monona is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. A full Festival Foods Shake the Lake schedule and additional information is available at shakethelake.org. Admission is free. Tickets are available for purchase to a viewing area on the Monona Terrace Rooftop.

John Nolen Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between South Broom and South Blair Streets from 6:00 a.m. Saturday until 6:00 a.m. Sunday. South Broom Street will remain open to and from John Nolen Drive. Wilson Street and Williamson Street will also remain open. Additionally, starting at 9:45 p.m., John Nolen Drive will be closed between Olin Avenue and South Broom Street. This section of John Nolen Drive will only be closed during the fireworks show to keep drivers from parking on John Nolen Drive--until approximately 10:45 p.m. A map of the street closures is available here. In the event of the fireworks being postponed due to rain or other conditions, the event would take place on Sunday, the 25th, and road closures would be similar to the above. The music and entertainment portions are rain or shine and would not be re-scheduled to Sunday. Bicycle parking will be available under Monona Terrace.

The Madison Police Department and numerous other public agencies have been planning for this event for many months. Downtown neighborhoods will benefit from an increased police presence to keep people and property safe. In addition, event organizers will have staff direct pedestrians and traffic in and around the event area. Event access will only be permitted from Broom and Blair Streets and via the Monona Terrace parking helixes.  A security fence is being erected the length of the railroad corridor and will be secured during the event. "No event access" barricades and signage will be posted along the Wilson Street corridor to direct people from entering the dead-end streets unless they have final destinations on those streets. The intersection of South Hamilton, South Henry and West Wilson Streets will be staffed by the Mallards to properly direct motorists and pedestrians at that busy location.

The Madison Streets Division will be providing additional services to the neighborhoods surrounding the event area on Monday, June 26th. All residences and businesses in the Bassett and First Settlement Neighborhoods (the area between East and West Washington Avenues and John Nolen Drive) will receive refuse and recycling pick-up on Monday morning. This is in addition to the regular service to be provided on Thursday, June 29th. Downtown residents are welcome to leave their refuse and recycling carts out on the street terrace Saturday to be used by pedestrians. Downtown streets will be swept as needed on Monday. The Madison Parks Division will provide additional cleaning of Brittingham Park and Crowley Station and supply extra refuse/recycling containers in those areas. Event organizers are responsible for clean-up effort in the event area on Saturday night and Sunday.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the weekend!

West Johnson Street Water Main Break

Madison Water Utility crews are repairing a 12-inch water main break in the 400 block of West Johnson Street near North Bassett Street. Vehicular traffic is reduced to one lane of West Johnson Street. Drivers should avoid the area. It's unclear how long the repair work will last.

The water main break has caused the temporary loss of water service to some apartment buildings in the immediate area. Main breaks often cause pressure changes, stirring up mineral sediment in mains and causing discolored water. If you have discolored water, run a cold water tap in the lowest level of the building for a few minutes until the water clears. If it doesn't clear, avoid using water, wait an hour and try again. While drinking discolored water isn't recommended, the minerals are not considered harmful.

 

Monona Terrace Walkway Sinkhole Repair Underway

On Saturday, June 17, a storm sewer located underneath the Olin Terrace walkway connecting Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Monona Terrace failed and created a large sinkhole. Emergency repairs are being coordinated and will occur this week. The hole has been fenced off and fencing has been installed to identify allowable walk routes. Please take extra caution when walking through this area.

Monona Terrace security staff is assisting with visitor movement to assure safe passage into and out of the facility as it hosts a national conference this week. Shake the Lake activities on Saturday will not be affected by the sinkhole as access to Monona Terrace will be maintained at all times.

The Wednesday Dane County Farmers' Market normally located on the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will need to be relocated this week to allow for repair equipment staging. The June 21 market will be held in the Madison Municipal Building parking lot behind 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Capitol Square Reconstruction Update

Starting tonight, Sunday, June 11, South Carroll Street between West Washington Avenue and South Hamilton Street will be closed to thru traffic. Also, West Main Street will be closed between South Hamilton Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. This closure is expected to last until 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 3. 

During this closure, an access lane to the Park Hotel will be maintained from West Washington Avenue with an exit onto South Hamilton Street.   

East Main Street and South Pinckney Street, which had been closed for the past three weeks, will be opened. 

King Street will remain closed at the East Main Street and South Pinckney Street intersection until the completion of the project.   

See the map here, which shows these closures.   

All Capitol Square streets will be closed to general traffic each Saturday during the Dane County Farmers' Market to ensure pedestrian safety. This will last until the reconstruction project is complete. 

Additional information about the Capitol Square reconstruction project can be found on the City of Madison website.

Metro Transit buses are detoured onto the Outer Loop for all sides of the Capitol Square. See a map of the detour here

The Capitol Square project is expected to last until the end of July. 

Additional information will be announced during the project as traffic patterns change.

Safety Saturday

Safety Saturday returns to the Capitol Square this Saturday, June 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join the City of Madison Fire Department and its community partners along Mifflin Street and Wisconsin Avenue for safety demonstrations, exhibits, interactive displays, and more.

Each year, this free, family-friendly event offers opportunities to learn how to live, work, and play safely in our community. Get tips on proper bike helmet and car seat use. Learn about electrical, gas, and carbon monoxide safety. Tour an ambulance, fire truck, the Madison Fire Department Hazardous Incident Team trailer, and much, much more.

Safety Saturday is a cooperative effort between the City of Madison Fire Department and more than 25 public and private organizations throughout Dane County aimed at educating people of all ages.

Madison Night Market

The second Madison Night Market is tomorrow. This new event is designed to draw special attention to the unique creative businesses downtown and in the Madison area. The Market is open on Thursday, June 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and runs along West Gilman Street where Gilman Street meets State Street. Last month more than 5,000 people attended the inaugural event.

Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison's unique and inspiring creative culture. Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event includes live music, giant board games, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. The Market is presented by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Madison. Partnerships with the Dane County Farmer's Market, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and more ensure this event is a citywide representation of our community's talent.

Many downtown businesses are also participating in the Night Market and/or holding a special event or sale in their own place of business. The Night Market website lists the participating businesses and vendors and their respective specials. The Market, located along West Gilman Street in the heart of downtown Madison is held the second Thursday of the months of May, June and July in 2017. From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. downtown residents and visitors are invited to come celebrate all things Madison.

North Lake Street Closure

JP Cullen will close the 400 block of North Lake Street from 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6 until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 in order to install a tower crane at the UW Music Performance Center construction site. 

The State Street Campus Parking Garage entrance on North Lake Street will remain open. Access to and from the garage will be available via Langdon Street.

The closure is depicted on a map available here

Metro Transit detours can be found here.

The sidewalk on the east side of North Lake Street will remain open.

Downtown Water Main Flushing This Week

Madison Water Utility crews are flushing water mains downtown this week during the late evening and early morning hours. When flushing crews are working close to your residence, you may experience periods of discolored water or very low water pressure. The flushing will occur Tuesday, May 30 - Thursday, June 1, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. It is advised that you avoid doing laundry or other activities for which discolored water could cause problems during flushing operations.  The crews will begin at Blair Street Tuesday evening and work their way west to Randall Avenue over the next few evenings.

What is the Water Main (Hydrant) Flushing Program?
To improve water quality and minimize discoloration, City of Madison water mains are comprehensively flushed by a technique known as unidirectional flushing. The procedure is performed in warm-weather months and involves the systematic opening and closing of hydrants, one section of main at a time, to force the water through the pipes at high velocity, removing accumulated mineral sediment until the water is clear. The operation can take from a few minutes to over an hour, although most last about 30 minutes.

Unidirectional flushing differs from conventional flushing in that it involves the closing of adjacent valves and the use of a single hydrant per flush so as to isolate individual sections of main. Conventional flushing also removes accumulated sediment from pipes, but it involves the flushing of multiple hydrants at a time and does not include the valving off of individual sections of main, thereby diminishing the "scouring" efficiency. Conventional flushing is used in areas of the city where fewer minerals build up in the mains, including the downtown.

How Will Flushing Affect Water Service?                                                          
When flushing crews are working close to your residence or business, you may experience periods of very low pressure or even a complete stoppage of service. We attempt to notify customers in advance if flushing is expected to result in a complete water outage, but such outages are rare.

Flushing operations may also lead to discolored water, which can be drawn into homes and businesses if the water is being used during or immediately following the flushing. Such events should affect customers for a few hours at most. The discoloration is caused by iron (red color) or manganese (black color) particles being dislodged from the water main which can stain porcelain and laundry. If discoloration occurs, open the cold tap nearest the water meter--usually a basement sink--to full flow until the water runs clear. In some situations this may take 5 to 10 minutes. It is also advised that you make sure your water is clear before doing laundry or other projects for which discolored water could cause problems.

A precise schedule of flushing operations is difficult to determine more than a day in advance. If you wish to be notified before work will be done in your neighborhood, please call Shayne Santi at 261-9128 or email water@madisonwater.org.

We ask for your patience and understanding during this critical main cleaning process.

 

Run Madtown Race Event Street Closures

Several Madison streets will be closed this weekend for three Run Madtown races held by Madison Festivals.

The Twilight 5K and 10K races will start at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. The 5K route starts and ends on the Capitol Square and uses Johnson Street, Dayton Street, Mifflin Street and West Washington Avenue. The 10K route starts on the Capitol Square, goes through the UW Campus area and back to the Capitol Square via Dayton Street. A route map for the 5K and 10K is located here.

The Madtown Half Marathon race starts on the Capitol Square at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 28. The route goes through the UW Campus, down Monroe Street, through the UW Arboretum and back on the Southwest Commuter Bike Path to Dayton Street and back to the Capitol Square. The course will be fully open to traffic by 11:00 a.m. A route map for the Half Marathon is located here.

Volunteers and city police will be at intersections along the routes. Traffic will be allowed to cross the routes only when there are sufficient gaps in the runners. Drivers should plan on using alternate routes to avoid the race courses.

There are several Metro Transit detours. Information about those detours is located here.

 

Capitol Square Reconstruction Update

Starting 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22, East Main Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and King Street will be closed. Also, South Pinckney Street between King Street and East Washington Avenue will be closed. These closures are needed to pour concrete pavement and will last until Sunday, June 11. 

West Washington Avenue is inbound-only at Carroll Street. This is expected to last several weeks. 

South Hamilton Street will remain closed at the South Carroll Street and East Main Street intersection. This closure is expected to last until the end of the project in July.  

King Street remains closed at the East Main Street & South Pinckney Street intersection. This closure is expected to last until the end of the project. 

See the map here, which shows these closures.   

All Capitol Square streets will be closed to general traffic each Saturday during the Dane County Farmers' Market to ensure pedestrian safety. This will last until the reconstruction project is complete. 

Additional information about the Capitol Square reconstruction project can be found on the City of Madison website.

Metro Transit buses are detoured onto the Outer Loop for all sides of the Capitol Square. See a map of the detour here

The Capitol Square project is expected to last until the end of July. 

Additional information will be announced during the project as traffic patterns change.

Gorham Street Closure Saturday

On Saturday, May 20, East and West Gorham Street will be completely closed from North Blair Street to State Street. Traffic will be detoured at North Blair Street starting at 7:00 a.m. The full closure is needed for completion of street resurfacing with asphalt paving. The street is expected to reopen around 3:00 p.m. Detours are shown on a map here.

Intersection cross traffic will be maintained when possible, but there will be extended periods when cross traffic will not be possible, especially during paving as traffic cannot drive on the new asphalt until it has properly cooled. Driveway access will be maintained except for short periods of time until the new asphalt has properly cooled.

Based on the current weather forecast, there is a good chance rain postpones paving. If so, no work will take place on Saturday. Instead, Gorham Street will be closed starting at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21and reopened around 4:00 p.m.

Metro Transit detours can be found here.

North Broom and West Gilman Street Closures

Starting at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, West Gilman Street will be closed between University Avenue and North Henry Street, and North Broom Street will be closed between West Gorham Street and State Street for the new Madison Night Market. The closures will last until 1:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12. 

These closures are shown on the map here

More information about the Madison Night Market can be found here.

 

North Lake Street Closure

Starting on Saturday, May 6, UW Housing will close North Lake Street between West Dayton Street and West Johnson Street to facilitate student move-out. This closure will last one week, until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

Sidewalks will remain open, and traffic on West Johnson Street and West Dayton Street will not be affected. 

Metro Transit will detour Route 82

Capitol Square Reconstruction Update

West Washington Avenue is now inbound-only at Carroll Street. This is expected to last several weeks.

South Hamilton Street will remain closed at the South Carroll Street and West Main Street intersection. This closure is expected to last until the end of the project in July.

King Street remains closed at the East Main Street & South Pinckney Street intersection. This closure is expected to last until the end of the project.

See the map here, which shows these closures.

Also, all Capitol Square streets will be closed to general traffic each Saturday during the Dane County Farmers' Market to ensure pedestrian safety. This will last until the reconstruction project is complete.

Additional information about the Capitol Square reconstruction project can be found on the City of Madison website.

Also, all Metro Transit buses are now detoured onto the Outer Loop for all sides of the Capitol Square. See a map of the detour here.

The Capitol Square project is expected to last until the end of July.

Additional information will be announced during the project as traffic patterns change.

 

May Day March Traffic Impacts

A May Day march will take place on Monday, May 1. Protesters will march from Brittingham Park, up West Washington Avenue, to the State Capitol starting around 11:30 a.m. Madison police will close streets for the safety of those marching. Streets affected include the entire inbound side of West Washington Avenue and its cross streets. 

An additional rally will start at UW Library Mall and march on State Street to the Capitol at the same time. Streets crossing State Street, including West Gorham and West Johnson Streets, will be affected as the protesters move through at approximately 11:30 a.m. A main rally will be held at Noon at the State Street entrance to the Capitol.

Traffic delays are expected between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

Comprehensive Plan Update Community Meeting

Imagine Madison, the process to update the City of Madison's Comprehensive Plan will hold a public community meeting to gather community input on strategies to achieve community goals and discuss how Madison should develop.

The downtown public community meeting will be held on:

Monday, May 1, at Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street

The event will start with an open house from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. An interactive presentation and small group activities will take place from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Community members will be asked to identify the strategies the City should pursue to accomplish the community goals identified in Phase 1 of Imagine Madison. Meeting participants will also be able to see recommendations for an updated Future Land Use Map and offer input on how the city should grow and develop. Refreshments and childcare will be provided, as will Spanish and Hmong interpretation services.

Visit imaginemadisonwi.com for more information and to participate in the Imagine Madison process.

For more information:
Contact Colin Punt at (608) 243-0455, Kirstie Laatsch at (608) 243-0470, or Brian Grady at (608) 261-9980 at the City of Madison Planning Division or email imaginemadison@cityofmadison.com.

About Imagine Madison:
Imagine Madison is a public-listening campaign designed to reach, listen to, and record the ideas of a broad and diverse cross section of the public, on topics including housing, transportation, racial equity, sustainability and others. The input collected by the City of Madison's Planning Division through Imagine Madison will be used to update Madison's Comprehensive Plan, the City's action plan for the future.

Mifflin Street Block Party Information

As many of you are already aware, this Saturday, April 29th, will see large gatherings of people and active house parties on and around Mifflin St.  Activities associated in the Mifflin St area are unsanctioned.

While Mifflin St varies from year to year, it is routine to see large numbers (1000's) of people congregating in the 400 and 500 blocks of Mifflin St and the surrounds, and mass quantities of alcohol are consumed.  In addition, disturbances, fights, and other similar issues are not uncommon.  Given the density of people and the presence of alcohol, Mifflin St has a significant potential to impact public safety and peace.

In the weeks leading up to this coming weekend, MPD has made a number of contacts in the Mifflin St area, educating the students, residents, and landlords about what is (and is not) appropriate conduct.  As always, MPD is committed to educate.

MPD is also committed to public safety and good order; as such, MPD will be robustly staffing the Mifflin St Block Party.  In addition to MPD personnel, including our Special Events Team (SET), DCSO will also be providing a contingent to assist with maintaining order and safety.

MPD discourages attendance of the party; if you decide to participate, please be aware of the following:

  • There is a glass ban in effect; no glass containers are allowed
  • Intoxicants are not allowed on public space including sidewalks, terraces, and the roadway
  • MPD will be paying special attention to alcohol related concerns including underage persons in possession of intoxicants
  • MPD's operating philosophy combines education and enforcement; people attending the event should expect to be held accountable for their behavior
  • There are no amplification permits and any equipment being set up will be removed
  • It is a violation of Madison ordinances to sell merchandise, alcohol, or food even on private property without a permit
  • There will be no closure of streets, and traffic and pedestrian laws are still in place
  • Ordinances and criminal statutes will be enforced

Thank you and be safe!

Madison Police Department Captain Jason Freedman

Crazylegs Classic Street Closures Saturday

Many downtown streets will be closed on Saturday morning, April 29th for the Annual Crazylegs Classic run/walk.

Traffic will not be permitted to cross Wisconsin Avenue or State Street from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Major streets affected include Gorham Street, Johnson Street and Dayton Street. Through traffic should follow the traffic routes shown on this map.

Several Metro Transit bus routes will be detoured. Complete Metro detour information may be found here.

Please allow extra travel time on Saturday morning. 

Capitol Square Reconstruction Update

South Hamilton Street will be closed at the South Carroll Street and West Main Street intersection for approximately the next eight weeks.  

Right turns from South Pinckney Street to East Washington Avenue are currently not allowed. This closure is expected to be opened on Monday morning, April 24. 

King Street remains closed at the East Main Street and South Pinckney Street intersection. This closure is expected to last approximately eight weeks. 

See the map here, which shows these closures.   

As always, road construction schedules may be delayed due to rain.

Additional information about the Capitol Square reconstruction project can be found on the City of Madison website.

Metro Transit buses are currently detoured onto the Outer Loop. See a map of the detour here.

The Capitol Square project is expected to last until the end of July. 

Additional information will be announced during the project as traffic patterns change. 

2017 City of Madison Property Assessments

The 2017 property assessments are now available on the City website at cityofmadison.com/assessor. Assessment notices were recently mailed to all property owners whether or not their assessment has changed from the previous year's value. Property values increased 10% overall from the 2016 assessments – 6.6% in residential property and 16.6% in commercial property. Of the 75,099 parcels in the city, 81% of the assessments are being changed (60,090 increases and 847 decreases). 14,162 parcels did not change from their 2016 values.

Property owners may view the 2017 preliminary assessments at the Office of the City Assessor on business days between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday, April 17 through Friday, May 5. This "Open Book" period is set aside for property owners to discuss their assessments with Assessor's Office staff prior to completion of the assessment roll. Property owners who wish to compare assessments may also view assessment data posted on the Assessor's website. Available information includes owner's name, property address, legal description, sale information and property characteristics.

Owners who disagree with their assessment are encouraged to speak with the appraiser who established the value. If an error was made or if a property owner has evidence that the assessment does not reflect the actual fair market value of the property, the appraiser will take this information into consideration in setting the final assessed value. Appraisers welcome the opportunity to review any and all information provided. The best evidence of value is the recent sale price of the property or the sale prices of comparable properties.

After talking with the Assessor's Office, owners who still feel the assessed value of their property is incorrect may file a formal objection. The Assessor's Office must be notified, either orally or in writing, of intent to object at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board of Review. The Board's first scheduled meeting is Wednesday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. Owners must notify the Assessor's Office of their intent to object no later than 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 8. In addition, an objection form obtained from the Assessor's Office must be completed and filed with the Assessor's Office prior to or within the first two hours of the first meeting of the Board of Review.

The Board of Assessors will review all properly filed objections and make any necessary corrections or changes. The Board will inform owners of its decisions by mail. Owners who disagree with these decisions may proceed to a formal hearing before the Board of Review. Similar to a court, the Board of Review has the responsibility for resolving differences of opinion of valuation. Its function is to decide if the assessment is correct based upon oral testimony and evidence presented by the property owner and the Assessor's staff. After hearing the evidence, the Board will decide whether to lower, raise or sustain the assessment. Board of Review decisions may be appealed to the Circuit Court of Dane County.

If you have questions concerning your assessment, please contact the Assessor's office at assessor@cityofmadison.com or (608) 266-4531.

John Nolen Drive Corridor Study Meeting

JOHN NOLEN DRIVE CORRIDOR STUDY MEETING

MONDAY, APRIL 17 - 7:00 P.M.

MONONA TERRACE - ONE JOHN NOLEN DRIVE

The City of Madison is conducting a corridor study of John Nolen Drive and Blair Street from North Shore Drive to East Washington Avenue including portions of Wilson Street and Williamson Street. Primary goals of the study is to identify better pedestrian and bicycle access concepts to Law Park throughout the corridor, as well as determine a preferred alternative for reconstruction of Blair Street from the East Wilson Street and Williamson Street intersection to East Washington Avenue.

The first public meeting was held last November. The second public meeting will include a presentation at 7:00 p.m. City staff and engineering consultant representatives will be available to discuss the corridor study and address questions.

Information regarding the study can be found on the study website.

If you have questions or concerns that may assist in the development of this study, we encourage you to attend the meeting. If you cannot attend this meeting or would like additional information, feel free to contact the study staff listed below:
 
Chris Petykowski, P.E.
Principal Engineer, City of Madison
City-County Building, Room 115
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 267-8678
E-mail: cpetykowski@cityofmadison.com
 
Jeff Held, P.E., PTOE
Consultant Project Manager
Strand Associates, Inc.
910 West Wingra Street
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 251-4843
E-mail: jeff.held@strand.com

Capitol Square Reconstruction Update

At 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, inbound and outbound West Washington Avenue will be closed at Carroll Street. This closure will last until 7:00 a.m. Monday, April 3 when the intersection will be fully open.

The closure of the King Street, East Main Street and South Pinckney Street intersection will remain in place for the duration of the project due to the amount of underground utility work to be completed within the intersection.

Additionally, on Thursday, March 30, Intercon will need to access an AT&T manhole in South Pinckney Street, directly in front of Lucille that will necessitate closing access to the 100 block of South Pinckney Street from King Street. During this time, the 100 block of South Pinckney Street will be converted to two-way traffic, accessed via East Doty Street, for approximately one week.

Starting 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, right turns from South Pinckney Street to East Washington Avenue will not be allowed. This closure will last approximately two weeks.

See the map, which shows these closures.

As always, road construction schedules may be delayed due to rain.

Additional information about the Capitol Square reconstruction project can be found on the City of Madison website.

Metro Transit buses are currently detoured onto Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, East Doty Street, and South Webster Street. See a map of the detour here.

The Capitol Square project is expected to last until the end of July. 

Capitol Square Reconstruction Update

The Findorff tower crane removal at the Anchor Bank site is currently on schedule to be completed on Sunday, March 26, which means West Doty Street should be opened by Sunday night.

On Monday, March 27, inbound West Washington Avenue traffic will be closed at Fairchild Street in order for Capitol Underground to install underground utilities in the West Washington Avenue and Carroll Street intersection. Right turns from North Carroll Street to West Washington Avenue will remain open. Right turns from West Washington Avenue to South Carroll Street will not be allowed. This is expected to last at least two weeks.

Also, beginning on Monday, March 27, inbound Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard traffic will be closed at Doty Street in order for AT&T to install underground utilities at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Main Street. Right turns from West Main Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will remain open. This closure is also expected to last at least two weeks.

Also beginning on Monday, March 27, Intercon Construction will restrict right turns from East Main Street to King Street. Inbound King Street will remain closed at East Main Street.

See this map, which shows these closures.

Additional information about the Capitol Square reconstruction project can be found on the City of Madison website.

Metro Transit buses are currently detoured onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, East Doty Street, and South Webster Street. See a map of the detour here.

The Capitol Square project is expected to last until the end of July. 

West Doty Street Closure Wednesday-Sunday

Starting Wednesday, March 22nd at 5:00 a.m., J.H. Findorff will close West Doty Street to all vehicular traffic from South Hamilton Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, in order to dismantle two tower cranes at the Anchor Properties Development project.

Because the assembly crane used to dismantle the tower cranes will span the full width of Doty Street, all travel lanes must be closed. Additionally, due to the size, location and complexity of the process, the work cannot be completed from South Hamilton Street or West Main Street.

Outer loop traffic will be detoured to South Carroll Street and to West Main Street on the Capitol Square (see map here).

Motorists are encouraged to use public transportation and alternate routes during this closure as severe travel delays are expected during the morning and afternoon peak travel times.

Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained at all times on the sidewalk on the south side of West Doty Street. Access to area businesses, parking areas and residences will be maintained at all times.

The closure is scheduled to continue through the afternoon on Sunday, March 26th, but this is weather-dependent. Tower crane dismantle work cannot take place with wind gusts greater than 15 mph. 

Park and Open Space Plan Community Meeting

What do you love about Madison's parks and open spaces? What would you like to change? What would improve them for future generations?

The City of Madison Parks Division is looking for input from the community to guide the 2018-2022 Park and Open Space Plan Update. Madison Parks is hosting the final visioning session to help define community values that will guide this plan update.

Community Visioning Session
Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Central Library - Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
201 West Mifflin Street
Light refreshments will be provided

Find out more information, complete a community survey and sign up for project updates here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/projects/2018-2022-park-open-space-plan.

 

Madison Early Voting Information

Absentee voting is underway for City of Madison residents. In addition to the City Clerk's Office, absentee voting is available at all Madison Public Library locations and at Streets East. Absentee voting locations will expand to include Union South, the UW-Madison Student Activity Center and Edgewood's Predolin Commons the final week before the April 4 Spring Election.

Voters may see a sample ballot by going online and clicking "What's On My Ballot."

The in-person absentee voting hours and locations for the City of Madison are:

City Clerk's Office
210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. #103
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 14 – April 2
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2

Streets East
4602 Sycamore Avenue
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 14-31

Central Library
201 W. Mifflin Street
March 14 – April 2
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays
1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays

Alicia Ashman Library
733 N. High Point Road
March 14 – April 1
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays

Goodman South Madison Library
2222 S. Park Street
March 14 – April 1
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays

Hawthorne Library
2707 E. Washington Avenue
March 14 – April 1
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays

Lakeview Library
2845 N. Sherman Avenue
March 14 – April 1
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Road
March 14 – April 1
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays

Monroe Street Library
1705 Monroe Street
March 14 – April 1
1 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays

Pinney Library
204 Cottage Grove Road
March 14 – April 2
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays
1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays

Sequoya Library
4340 Tokay Blvd.
March 14 – April 2
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays
1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays

UW-Madison - Union South
1308 W. Dayton Street
Info Lounge on 2nd floor
March 27 – 31
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

UW-Madison – Student Activity Center
333 E. Campus Mall
3rd floor Sun Room
March 27 – 31
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

Edgewood College - Predolin Commons
1000 Edgewood College Drive
March 28 – 30
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Voters must present an acceptable form of photo ID before receiving an absentee ballot.  The following types of ID are accepted under state law:

  • Wisconsin driver license expiring after November 8, 2016 (date of the last November election)
  • Wisconsin photo ID issued by the Department of Transportation expiring after November 8, 2016
  • U.S. passport (book or card) expiring after November 8, 2016
  • Military ID card expiring after November 8, 2016
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued within the last two years
  • Unexpired Wisconsin driver license or state ID card receipt
  • ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
  • ID issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains an issuance date, a student signature, and an expiration date within two years of issuance; card must be accompanied by proof of current enrollment
  • Unexpired Veterans Affairs ID card

Out-of-state driver licenses, out-of-state ID cards, faculty ID cards, and high school ID cards are not acceptable forms of voter ID under Wisconsin law.

The address on the voter's ID does not matter for purposes of proving one's identity. The name on the ID, however, must reasonably conform to the voter's name on the poll book.

 

West Wilson Street Reconstruction Neighborhood Meeting

The City will host a second public involvement meeting for the reconstruction of West Wilson Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Hamilton Street and the 300 block of South Henry Street. The meeting will take place at the City-County Building, Room 351, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Several options for the reconstruction of West Wilson Street will be presented and discussed at the meeting on March 20, so that the input from the neighborhood, businesses and other stakeholders can be taken into account when making a final decision as to which option will be presented to the Board of Public Works and Common Council. The different options that will be discussed will include options on improved bike facilities and impacts on the street terraces and trees as well as potential impacts on the on-street parking.

The project is currently in the preliminary design phase with design completion anticipated in May 2017 and construction anticipated for either fall of 2017 or spring of 2018. Information regarding the project can be found on the project website.

If you have any questions or concerns that may assist in the development of this project, we encourage you to attend the meeting. If you cannot attend this meeting or would like additional information, feel free to contact the project staff listed below:
 
Jim Wolfe, P.E.
City Project Engineer
City-County Building, Room 115
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-4099
jwolfe@cityofmadison.com

Snow Plowing Update - No Snow Emergency Declaration

The Streets Division will be plowing all residential streets starting this afternoon when the snow is due to taper off. There is no declared snow emergency.

The Streets Division would still prefer if residents did not park vehicles on the street, especially in the downtown/isthmus area, to help facilitate plowing. Keeping the vehicles out of the street makes plowing faster, safer, and more complete. However, since this is not a declared snow emergency event, alternate-side parking restrictions will only be in effect outside of the downtown/isthmus Snow Emergency Zone. Also, since this is not a snow emergency event, regular rates will remain in place at all city parking garages.

While traveling throughout the city today and for the evening rush hour, all roadway users are urged to remain cautious. Some slick patches could persist. The salt routes were maintained from the start of the storm Sunday evening. Crews will continue maintaining the salt routes until the storm allows operations to rotate these pieces of equipment into residential areas and begin plowing those streets. As always, please continue to make good choices while driving and riding through the city today. Generally speaking, be slow, be alert, and be safe on the roads today.

Since citywide plowing operations will commence this afternoon, it is likely that those commuting home this evening will encounter vehicles plowing the streets. If you encounter a plow vehicle on your commute be sure to give them plenty to space so they can continue their work safely.

Contractors will be used for this snow plowing event. The combined deployed snow plow force will be 150-plus pieces of equipment.

All city streets will likely be plowed in 10 to 12 hours after plowing operations commence. And at this time the Streets Division anticipates having all city streets plowed prior to the Tuesday morning commute.

After the plow is complete, the Streets Division will call in a new deployment of personnel to apply sand in residential areas to provide traction to help combat potential slippery spots. Residents should still plan on needing a few extra minutes for their Tuesday morning commutes to get to their destination safely.

Shamrock Shuffle and St. Patrick's Day Parade Street Closures

The annual Madison Shamrock Shuffle run and St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 12th.

Shamrock Shuffle runners start on State Street and head east toward West Gilman Street. State Street will be closed between North Lake Street and West Gilman Street from 6:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The 5k and 10k races start at 10:00 a.m., and the last runners will cross the finish line around 11:30 a.m. Streets on the route will be temporarily closed as runners go through.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the Capitol Square. The Capitol Square will be closed to traffic from 11:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m.

Metro Transit bus routes will be detoured
 
 

Proposed State Street Hotel Neighborhood Meeting

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

PROPOSED HOTEL DEVELOPMENT: 118-122 STATE STREET

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017 - 7:00 P.M.

MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE - ROOM D240

211 NORTH CARROLL STREET

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting about a proposal to redevelop 118-122 State Street, replacing the existing six-story and two-story buildings on the site. Ascendant Holdings, in partnership with Central Properties and Provenance Hotels, is proposing to construct a new boutique hotel, with four stories facing State Street and up to nine stories facing West Dayton and North Carroll Streets, including approximately 110 guest rooms, a first-floor restaurant, a fifth-floor terrace, and a ninth-floor lounge and roof terrace. 

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th.

Alderpersons Mike Verveer and Ledell Zellers

 

 

City Seeks Input on Street Vending

The City of Madison is hosting a community meeting and online survey to gather ideas and input to improve the City's Street Vending Program. Madison's nationally recognized street vending scene includes unique food carts, talented artists and craftspeople, outdoor merchant vending and vibrant sidewalk cafes. These activities are overseen by the City's Vending Oversight Committee and managed by the Street Vending Coordinator, based within the City's Office of Business Resources.

The City is looking for input to make street vending in Madison even better. The first way to provide input is to complete a brief online survey by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y5YHC32.

The next way to give input is to attend a community meeting that will take place on Thursday, February 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street, in Room 301. This will be an engaging and interactive discussion covering a variety of topics including:

  • Art & craft vending
  • The review process to assign sites for food carts
  • Opportunities for sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail vending
  • Future ideas to improve street vending in Madison

The input you provide through the survey and at the community meeting will help guide changes to the City's policies and processes that support and regulate street vending in Madison.

West Wilson Street Reconstruction Neighborhood Meeting

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

West Wilson Street Reconstruction Project

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

City-County Building, Room 354

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

The City of Madison is planning to reconstruct a portion of West Wilson Street and South Henry Street later this year. The project includes the 10 and 100 blocks of West Wilson Street and the 300 block of South Henry Street. The proposed project will include replacement of the curb, pavement, water and sewer mains, undergrounding of utility wires and installation of pedestrian scale lighting. As part of the project, the City is also proposing to install an off-street, 2-way bike facility on West Wilson Street. The proposed 2-way bike facility could ultimately be installed on several blocks of East Wilson Street in future years. The new bike facility will likely require the removal of street parking and/or street trees in some locations. This project will also include assessments to adjacent property owners. This meeting is being held to provide information and to obtain neighborhood input on the project and to answer any questions.

Please contact with any questions or comments:

Jim Wolfe

City Project Engineer

(608) 266-4099

jwolfe@cityofmadison.com

North Bassett Street Reconstruction Neighborhood Meeting

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

North Bassett Street Reconstruction Project

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel

525 West Johnson Street

Chancellor Room

The City of Madison is planning to reconstruct a portion of North Bassett Street later this year. The project limits are the West Gorham Street and University Avenue intersection to West Dayton Street. The proposed project will include replacement of the curb, pavement, water and sewer mains and installation of pedestrian scale lighting. As part of the project, the City is also proposing to install an off-street, 2-way bike facility on Bassett Street and a new traffic signal at West Gorham Street/University Avenue for improved pedestrian and bike crossings. The proposed 2-way bike facility could ultimately be installed the entire length of North and South Bassett Streets in future years. The new bike lanes will likely require the removal of street parking and/or street trees in some locations. This project will also include assessments to adjacent property owners. This meeting is being held to provide information and to obtain neighborhood input on the project and to answer any questions.

Please contact with any questions or comments:

Jim Wolfe

City Project Engineer

(608) 266-4099

jwolfe@cityofmadison.com

Madison Early Voting Begins Today

Absentee voting for City of Madison residents begins Wednesday, February 1. In addition to the City Clerk's Office, the City of Madison will offer absentee voting at all Madison Public Library locations and at Streets East. Absentee voting locations will expand to include the UW-Madison Student Activity Center and Edgewood's Predolin Commons the final week before the February 21 Spring Primary.
 
The in-person absentee voting schedule for the City of Madison is as follows:
 
City Clerk's Office
210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. #103
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 18
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 19
 
Streets East
4602 Sycamore Avenue
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
 
Central Library
201 W. Mifflin Street
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, February 1-16
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, February 3, 10, and 17
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, February 5, 12, and 19
 
Alicia Ashman Library
733 N. High Point Road
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
 
Goodman South Madison Library
2222 S. Park Street
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
 
Hawthorne Library
2707 E. Washington Avenue
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
 
Lakeview Library
2845 N. Sherman Avenue
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
 
Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Road
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
 
Monroe Street Library
1705 Monroe Street
1 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, February 1-17
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, February 6 and 13
Noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, February 2, 9, and 16
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
 
Pinney Library
204 Cottage Grove Road
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, February 5, 12, and 19
 
Sequoya Library
4340 Tokay Blvd.
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 1-17
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18
1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, February 5, 12, and 19
 
UW-Madison – Student Activity Center
333 E. Campus Mall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 13-17
 
Edgewood College - Wingra Commons
Predolin Hall, 1000 Edgewood College Drive
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, and Wednesday, February 15

Voters must present an acceptable form of photo ID before receiving an absentee ballot. The following types of ID are accepted under state law:

  • Wisconsin driver license expiring after November 8, 2016 (date of the last November election)
  • Wisconsin photo ID issued by the Department of Transportation expiring after November 8, 2016
  • U.S. passport (book or card) expiring after November 8, 2016
  • Military ID card expiring after November 8, 2016
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued within the last two years
  • Unexpired Wisconsin driver license or state ID card receipt
  • ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
  • ID issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains an issuance date, a student signature, and an expiration date within two years of issuance; card must be accompanied by proof of current enrollment
  • Unexpired Veterans Affairs ID card

Out-of-state driver licenses, out-of-state ID cards, faculty ID cards, and high school ID cards are not acceptable forms of voter ID under Wisconsin law.
 
The address on the voter's ID does not matter for purposes of proving one's identity. The name on the ID, however, must reasonably conform to the voter's name on the poll book.
 
The February 21 ballot will have a primary for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and, for voters in the Madison Metropolitan School District, a primary for two school board member seats.

Memorial Union Fireworks Display Tonight

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at UW-Madison is again this year celebrating the arrival of Chinese Lunar New Year by producing a fireworks display tonight, Saturday, January 28, at Memorial Union. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. following the conclusion of their annual Spring Festival Gala at Memorial Union. The fireworks will be launched from the Lake Mendota ice cover. Many downtown residents in prior years have been surprised by the intensity of the volume of this annual display. In part, because the event traditionally receives little publicity outside of the campus community.

Happy Year of the Rooster!

Snow Emergency Parking Rules Continue Tonight

PARK ON THE ODD SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7:00 a.m. Friday, January 27. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street tonight if possible. If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Details on winter parking restrictions are available at cityofmadison.com/winter. Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine.

Crews will be working throughout the night to plow back areas that had been blocked by parked cars during the initial plowing operation. Snow that cannot be plowed from the street due to parked vehicles may freeze solid and impede traffic and parking all winter long.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned parking garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in City garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at cityofmadison.com/winter. You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling (608) 261-9111. 

Madison Snow Emergency Declared and Plowing Update

PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27. Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Fewer obstacles in the road means the plowing operations will be safer, faster and more complete.

Parking on the Street Wednesday Night
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of January 25 into early morning of January 26) must park their vehicles on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.

Parking on the Street Thursday Night
Vehicles parked on the street tomorrow night (the evening of January 26 into early morning of January 27) must be parked on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Other Parking Information
Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs. Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in City garages and lots are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Snow Plowing Update

The Streets Division along with contractors will begin plowing all city streets when the snow is predicted to cease.  We expect plowing operations to start around 10:00 p.m. and it will take 10 to 12 hours for all streets to be cleared. Currently, Streets Division crews are maintaining the city salt routes and will remain on the salt routes until switching to plowing operations around 10:00 p.m. The combined plow force of the Streets Division and contractors will be approximately 170 pieces of equipment.

This snow is very heavy and wet. We will work to plow all the residential streets during the overnight hours, which unfortunately mean driveway aprons will be filled with this hard-to-shovel snow. Be sure to allow yourself extra time Thursday morning to clear a path through the snow so your Thursday morning commute will not be impacted. Also, be sure to take extra care when shoveling your driveway and sidewalks due to how heavy this snow will be.
 
While we hope to have the snow plowed from all City of Madison streets by the start of the Thursday commute, it is probable our crews will still be out plowing at that time. Be sure to give our operators plenty of space as they work to make the roads safe. If you are on the roads during the plow operations, it is common to encounter temporary windrows blocking side streets as crews loop through neighborhoods plowing the snow back to the curb.  
 
In general, everyone is encouraged to make good choices when on the roads. Plan on needing plenty of extra travel time to get to your destination. Drive slow. Brake early. Be cautious.

Women's March on Madison Traffic Impacts

The Women's March on Madison will be held downtown this Saturday, January 21. The march is scheduled to start at Library Mall, 728 State Street, at noon. Participants are then expected to march up State Street to the State Capitol. Traffic delays are expected for those driving downtown on Saturday between noon and 3:00 p.m., most especially on Gorham Street and Johnson Street.

Although the issued parade permit requires participants to stay on sidewalks and follow all traffic laws, a very large crowd is expected, and Madison Police will close State Street cross streets as necessary to divert traffic around the march if safety becomes an issue. The Capitol Square streets will also likely need to be closed to traffic due to the size of the crowd. 

UW SERF Replacement Neighborhood Meeting

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

PROPOSED REPLACEMENT OF THE UW-MADISON SOUTHEAST RECREATIONAL FACILITY (SERF) AT 715 W. DAYTON STREET

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017 - 7:00 P.M.

GORDON DINING AND EVENT CENTER - 770 W. DAYTON STREET

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting where we will discuss UW-Madison's proposal to demolish the existing 191,254 square foot Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF) at 715 W. Dayton Street and construct a new 240,560 square foot building.  The new facility would house open recreation spaces; eight basketball/multi-sport courts; an indoor walking and jogging track; multi-purpose fitness and exercise rooms; racquetball courts; an administrative area; program space for the Division of Recreational Sports and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; and a 50-meter competition swimming pool and separate diving well, which would also be used for community and recreational lap swimming, instructional programs and fitness classes.  Bike parking would increase from 147 to 200 spaces, and moped parking would remain the same at 38 spaces.

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th.

Alderpersons Mike Verveer and Zach Wood

Judge Doyle Square Neighborhood Meeting

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

PROPOSED JUDGE DOYLE SQUARE DEVELOPMENT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017 - 7:00 P.M.

CITY-COUNTY BUILDING, ROOM 201 - 210 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BOULEVARD

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss the Judge Doyle Square development proposal by Beitler Real Estate Services for the City-owned property on Block 88 (the area behind the Madison Municipal Building) and Block 105 (the site of the existing Government East Garage). The project will consist of two primary components:

Public Development: The construction by the City of Madison of an approximately 600-car underground public parking facility and a bicycle center on Block 88 to replace the Government East Garage.

Private Development: The construction by Beitler Real Estate Group of an apartment building comprised of approximately 148 units and a retail component of approximately 5,500 square feet plus ancillary parking on Block 88 above the public parking facility; an apartment building comprised of approximately 204 units plus ancillary parking on Block 105; and a mixed-use hotel of approximately 253 guest rooms with ground floor hotel food and beverage facilities plus ancillary parking in a building on Block 105.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11th.

Alderpersons Mike Verveer and Marsha Rummel

New Intercity Bus Boarding Location

BUS STOP LOCATIONS MOVED
Effective Tuesday, January 3

Starting Tuesday, January 3, the boarding area for several intercity buses will move to Langdon Street from University Avenue. The relocation of the existing location in front of the Chazen Museum of Art is due to hazardous conflicts with bicyclists and Metro Transit buses caused by intercity buses parking on University Avenue. The return of intercity buses to Langdon Street was determined by City staff.

Effective Tuesday board the following bus services on eastbound Langdon Street (adjacent to Memorial Library) at the North Lake Street intersection:

  • Badger Bus
  • Coach USA
  • Greyhound
  • Jefferson Lines
  • Kobussen
  • Lamers
  • Megabus
  • Meister
  • Van Galder

Metro Transit bus stop locations (and related loading and parking zones) on North Lake and Langdon Streets have also changed due to this new boarding area. A map of the new locations is available here.

Christmas Tree Collection

Two Rounds of Tree Collection

Starting Tuesday, January 3rd the Streets Division will begin Christmas tree collection. As in years past, there will be two rounds of tree collection.
 
The first round of Christmas tree collection will begin on Tuesday, January 3. Christmas trees placed to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on January 3 in accordance to the rules outlined below will likely be collected prior to January 17, barring any winter weather complications. Placing your tree to the curb after January 3 could result in your tree not being collected during the first round.
 
The second round of Christmas tree collection likely will begin on Tuesday, January 17. Christmas trees placed to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on January 17 will likely be collected prior to February 1, barring any winter weather complications. 
 
If you place your tree to the curb after 7:00 a.m. on January 17, you may miss your final collection round. Residents electing to have their trees collected at the curb rather than bringing the tree to a drop-off site are strongly encouraged to have their tree curbside prior to January 17.
 
After the second round of tree collection is complete, crews will transition to other priorities. Trees set to the curb after the second round of collection occurs in your neighborhood will sit on the terrace until crews begin regular brush collection in the spring. The official start date of regular brush collection will be announced when that date is known.
 
Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands, and boughs will not be collected with Christmas trees. These items regularly contain wire that can jam equipment by becoming entangled inside the chipper. Please place these into your tan refuse cart or private dumpster.
 
Plowing and other snow and ice control issues take priority over tree collection, and this may cause delays.
 
Collection Rules
Trees are processed with expensive wood chippers. These machines can be easily damaged by metal, wire, and other foreign material. To protect this equipment and the safety of our workers we ask that all residents follow these rules. Failure to follow these rules may result in your tree being left at the curb.

  • Remove all tree stands regardless of whether they are metal or wood.
  • Remove all light strings, ornaments and other metal objects.
  • Remove any tree bags.
  • Place trees at the street edge only.
  • If trees become buried under snow residents are asked to dig out trees.

Drop-Off Sites
Residents and City of Madison taxpayers may also bring Christmas trees to a City drop-off site. The sites are located at 1501 West Badger Road on the southwest side and 4602 Sycamore Avenue on the east side.
 
The drop-off sites are open 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. These hours will remain in effect until expanded hours begin on Saturday, March 25.
 
Happy New Year!

Snow Emergency Parking Rules Continue Tonight

PARK ON THE ODD SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7:00 a.m. Monday, December 19. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street tonight if possible. If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Details on winter parking restrictions are available at cityofmadison.com/winter. Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine.

Crews will be working throughout the night to plow back areas that had been blocked by parked cars during the initial plowing operation. Snow that cannot be plowed from the street due to parked vehicles may freeze solid and impede traffic and parking all winter long.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned parking garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in City garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at cityofmadison.com/winter. You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling (608) 261-9111. 

Madison Snow Emergency Declared and Plowing Update

PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19.

The Streets Division along with contractors will begin plowing all city streets once this final band of snow ceases.  We expect plowing operations to start around 9:00 p.m. and it will take 10 to 12 hours for all streets to be cleared. Currently, Streets Division crews are maintaining the city salt routes and will remain on the salt routes until switching to plowing operations around 9:00 p.m. The combined plow force of the Streets Division and contractors will be approximately 170 pieces of equipment.

Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Fewer obstacles in the road means the plowing operations will be safer, faster and more complete.

Parking on the Street Saturday Night
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of December 17 into early morning of December 18) must park their vehicles on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.

Parking on the Street Sunday Night
Vehicles parked on the street tomorrow night (the evening of December 18 into early morning of December 19) must be parked on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Other Parking Information
Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs. Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in City garages and lots are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Snow Plowing Update

Note those on the roads will experience slick spots, and the dry snow with blustery conditions will make for very challenging and dangerous driving conditions, particularly in outlying areas - so please exercise great caution if you elect to be on the roads tonight. Temperatures have remained above 15 degrees throughout the storm, meaning the Streets Division was able to apply salt to our salt routes and keep these major thoroughfares of Madison in decent winter driving condition. Those on the roads must remain cautious. Since there is active snowing, work performed by salt routes crews will be covered until another loop through the routes can be completed.

Plus, this dry, sugary snow will easily blow off buildings and across open areas, which will also cover the roads until a salt route operator can make another pass. Slippery spots will persist, particularly in residential areas not on our salt routes. Outlying areas of Madison may experience limited visibility as the snow blows and drifts across the roads - so please use caution and avoid traveling if possible.

While residential streets are being cleared during the plowing operation later tonight, temporary windrows may impede access to side streets and bike lanes and paths until they can be cleared later. As always with plowing operations, residents should be prepared for the possibility of snow in their driveway aprons after their roads have been cleared. When we plow back to the curb, snow naturally falls off the plow and into the cavity along the curb created by driveway aprons.

After the storm, temperatures are expected to freefall below 15 degrees and stay below 15 until later in the week. When temperatures are below 15 degrees, the Streets Division cannot apply salt and will only use sand with traction. This will likely impact roadway users both Sunday and Monday, so please make good choices and remain cautious on your commutes.

Snow Emergency Parking Rules Continue Tonight

PARK ON THE ODD SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 13. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street tonight if possible. If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Details on winter parking restrictions are available at cityofmadison.com/winter. Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine.

Crews will be working throughout the night to plow back areas that had been blocked by parked cars during the initial plowing operation. With severely colder temperatures coming, snow that cannot be plowed from the street due to parked vehicles may freeze solid and impede traffic and parking all winter long.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned parking garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in City garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at cityofmadison.com/winter. You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling (608) 261-9111. 

Madison Snow Emergency Declared and Plowing Update

PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13.

The Streets Division along with contractors will begin plowing all city streets starting around 9:00 p.m. this evening when the snow has stopped. Currently, Streets Division crews are maintaining the City salt routes and will remain on the salt routes until switching to plowing operations around 9:00 p.m. Our combined plow force will be approximately 170 pieces of equipment. Even though this is has been a powdery, dry snow, there is over seven inches of snow on the ground, so it will take crews 10 to 12 hours to clear all residential streets curb to curb.

Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Residents are also encouraged not to place their refuse and recycling carts in the street. Fewer obstacles in the road means the plowing operations will be safer, faster and more complete.

Parking on the Street Sunday Night
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of December 11 into early morning of December 12) must park their vehicles on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.

Parking on the Street Monday Night
Vehicles parked on the street tomorrow night (the evening of December 12 into early morning of December 13) must be parked on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Other Parking Information
Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs. Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in City garages and lots are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Monday's Commute
For the Monday morning commute, residents should give themselves additional time to get to work or school. The pre-storm brining operations combined with salt routes being maintained during the storm means the major thoroughfares in Madison will likely be in fair winter driving conditions come Monday morning, but some slick spots may persist. Also, residential plowing could still be ongoing, so be sure to give the plows plenty of room to perform their work safely. Overnight plowing operations may push snow from the street and block some driveway aprons, so residents may need to get up earlier than usual to be sure they have time to clear a path for their vehicles.

2016 Property Tax Bills

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.

The City of Madison Treasurer's Office is now accepting 2016 property tax payments. 2016 property tax bills have been mailed and are now available online here. There are 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.

 

Snow Emergency Parking Rules Continue Tonight

PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 6.  Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street tonight if possible.  If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the EVEN house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Details on winter parking restrictions are available at cityofmadison.com/winter.  Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine.

Crews will be working throughout the night to plow back areas that had been blocked by parked cars during the initial plowing operation.  With colder temperatures coming, snow that cannot be plowed from the street due to parked vehicles may freeze solid and impede traffic and parking all winter long.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned parking garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in City garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at the city's web site cityofmadison.com/winter.  You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling (608) 261-9111.

Madison Snow Emergency Declared

PARK ON THE ODD SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the entire City of Madison tonight, including the downtown snow emergency zone. The snow emergency will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6.
 
The Streets Division along with contractors will begin plowing all city streets starting around 9:00 p.m. this evening when the snow has stopped.  Currently, Streets Division crews are maintaining the city salt routes and will remain on the salt routes until switching to plowing operations at 9:00 p.m. Our combined plow force will be approximately 170 pieces of equipment.  This is a wet, heavy snow and we anticipate it will take 10 to 12 hours to clear all residential streets curb to curb.
 
Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible.  All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of December 4 into early morning of December 5) must park their vehicles on the ODD house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Vehicles parked on the street tomorrow night (the evening of December 5 into early morning of December 6) must park their vehicles on the EVEN house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison.  Violators could also be towed.  Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of city-owned garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in City  garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

For the Monday morning commute, residents should plan for longer than normal commutes as some slick spots may persist, and residential plowing could still be ongoing.  Everyone is encouraged to make good choices on their commute by driving slow and allowing for extra stopping distance.   Residents should also be prepared for the possibility of snow in their driveway aprons due to the evening's plowing operations. This is a heavy, wet snow, so residents need to take care when shoveling their walks and driveways.
 
Madison residents can get complete snow emergency information at cityofmadison.com/winter or by calling (608) 261-9111.

John Nolen Drive Corridor Study Meeting

John Nolen Drive Corridor Study Neighborhood Meeting

Wednesday, November 30 - 7:00 p.m.

Monona Terrace - One John Nolen Drive

The City of Madison is conducting a corridor study of John Nolen Drive and Blair Street from North Shore Drive to East Washington Avenue including portions of Wilson Street and Williamson Street. The study will focus on transportation issues and access to Law Park.

The first public involvement meeting will include a brief presentation and a needs and goals exercise for interested participants. City of Madison and engineering consultant representatives will be available to discuss the corridor study and address questions.

Several previous and ongoing studies exist along John Nolen Drive in the study area. The corridor study will seek to build upon these efforts and be mindful of possible long term visions for the Monona Terrace and Law Park areas. 
 
The project is in the data gathering stage at this point. Additional public meetings are planned including one describing the range of alternatives in Spring 2017, and one identifying the study recommendations in Summer 2017. Information regarding the study can be found on the study website:http://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/blair-st-john-nolen-dr-corridor-study.

I look forward to seeing you on the 30th.

Alderperson Mike Verveer
Madison Common Council
Fourth District
Cell: (608) 576-4355
Home: (608) 255-6498
Office: (608) 266-4071
mverveer@cityofmadison.com

 

 

Downtown Recycling and Refuse Collection Wednesday

There will be no recycling, refuse or large item collection by the City Streets Division on Thursday, November 24 or Friday, November 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will instead be collected on Wednesday, November 23.  Recycling and refuse collection in the core downtown will occur on Wednesday.

Streets Division drop-off sites will be closed on Thursday and Friday.  They will reopen on Saturday, November 26.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mike

Vice President Joe Biden Visit

Madison Police will close West Johnson Street at North Bassett Street due to Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, November 4th.  West Johnson Street will be closed between North Bassett Street and North Carroll Street from 7:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m.

See the map for street closures

Madison Metro buses will detour from Johnson Street and State Street from the start of service on Friday until approximately 3:00 p.m.

See the maps for bus route detours.

Brittingham Dog Park Entrance Construction

The City Parks Division is planning on installing a new concrete entrance and double gated fencing vestibule at the entrance to Brittingham Dog Park.  The City has selected a contractor and the start work date is scheduled for Monday, October 24th.  Work should be finished by Friday, November 11th and the entrance reopened.  During construction the dog park will be posted with signs that say it is "closed".  However, there will be construction fencing around the construction at the entrance to keep dogs out of the area for those who use the dog park despite the "closed" status. 

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

City Fairchild Building Renovation Neighborhood Meeting

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

POTENTIAL RENOVATION OF THE FAIRCHILD BUILDING

AT 120 SOUTH FAIRCHILD STREET

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016 - 7:00 P.M.

CAPITOL LAKES RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

333 WEST MAIN STREET

 

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting to review and discuss the study of preliminary options to renovate the City of Madison-owned Fairchild Building located at 120 South Fairchild Street. The City is exploring options for a homeless shelter at the Fairchild Building. The recent study includes existing building conditions and uses, programming opportunities and costs that are associated with each proposal.

 

I look forward to seeing you on the 17th.

 

Alderperson Mike Verveer

Madison Common Council

Fourth District

Cell: (608) 576-4355

Home: (608) 255-6498

Office: (608) 266-4071

mverveer@cityofmadison.com

 

Downtown Apartment Move Out Refuse/Recycling News

The Madison Streets Division will be suspending service downtown today (Friday) at 3:00 p.m. so as not to contribute to the traffic chaos of the annual mass turnover of apartment leases this weekend ("Hippie Christmas"). Special refuse and recycling services will resume downtown on Sunday, August 14th at 6:00 a.m. Crews will be emptying refuse and recycling carts everyday downtown between Sunday, August 14th and Thursday, August 18th.

Please fill up your carts according to the guidelines below and roll them to the curb anytime next week. Crews will empty your carts so you can fill them up again. You may fill up your refuse and recycling carts and roll them out as often as you like until the morning of Thursday, August 18th. Using your carts for refuse and recycling is easier than lugging lots of bags or loose material to the curb. It will keep our neighborhood cleaner.

On Sunday, August 14th there will be special pick-ups in the downtown area. Crews will be collecting refuse, recycling, and large items on Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Downtown drop-off sites for usable goods are operating today (Friday) through Sunday, August 14th at the U-Haul parking lot, 602 West Washington Avenue, and at UW Lot 45, 165 North Mills Street, until Wednesday, August 17th. Electronics, working or not, will also be accepted at Lot 45. This includes computers, monitors and televisions.

Guidelines

Hundreds of tons of trash and recyclables will make its way to the curb in a three day period. The Streets Division needs your help to make this year's move out as orderly as possible. Please follow these guidelines when placing trash and recycling at the curb during the move out:

  • Do not put trash in cardboard boxes. Boxes must be flattened and bundled for recycling.
  • Keep refuse and large items separate when placed at the curb.
  • Put nothing but recycling in your green recycling cart. Do not put recycling in your tan refuse cart.
  • Put all recycling at the curb in the green recycling cart or clear plastic bags. No loose piles of recycling.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or large items around your recycling or refuse carts.
  • Put all refuse at the curb in your tan refuse cart or trash bags. No loose piles of trash/garbage.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of furniture or appliances.
  • Keep larger metal items separate from other material so that it can be recycled.
  • Most appliances, including microwaves, require a fee for collection.
  • Do not place computers, monitors or televisions at the curb. They should be brought to a drop-off site for recycling.
  • Do not take recycling or refuse carts. The carts belong to the City and must remain behind when you move.

Questions?

Please call the Streets Division at (608) 246-4532 or visit: http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/refuse/movingDays.cfm

Welcome to our new neighbors!

Neighborhood Meeting: Essen Haus Block Proposed Development

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about the Kothe Group's redevelopment proposal for the properties at the intersection of E. Wilson and S. Blair Streets.  The project would include construction of a hotel to be connected to the Hotel Ruby Marie on E. Wilson Street; construction of an office or residential tower on S. Blair Street; demolition of the two houses on S. Blair Street; and demolition and rebuilding of the Essen Haus and Come Back Inn.  They will seek approval to go up to 10 stories.  The Downtown Plan allows for six stories at this location.

 

Monday, June 27, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Essen Haus main dining room

514 E. Wilson Street

 

We look forward to seeing you on the 27th.

 

Marsha Rummel                                         Mike Verveer

Alderperson, Sixth District                           Alderperson, Fourth District

district6@cityofmadison.com                       district4@cityofmadison.com

608-772-4555                                            608-576-4355

 

Shake the Lake Event Information

As you likely know, Festival Foods Shake the Lake, produced by the Madison Mallards, will take place downtown again on Saturday, June 25th.  Like last year, this is a major event that will bring several thousand attendees downtown.  John Nolen Drive will be closed between South Broom and South Blair Streets for the festival that starts at 4:00 p.m. and for viewing the fireworks to be staged over Lake Monona starting at 10:00 p.m.  Live music stages will be located at the east and west sides of the Monona Terrace tunnel on John Nolen Drive.  Stage performances will occur from 4:00 p.m. until the 10:00 p.m. fireworks show.  The fireworks show is expected to last for 35 minutes and a choreographed soundtrack will be available on Madison iHeart Media radio stations.  A "Human Cannonball" launch in Lake Monona is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.  A full Shake the Lake schedule and additional information is available at http://shakethelake.org.  Admission is free.

John Nolen Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between South Broom and South Blair Streets from 6:00 a.m. Saturday until 6:00 a.m. Sunday.  South Broom Street will remain open to and from John Nolen Drive.  Wilson Street and Williamson Street will also remain open.  Additionally, starting at 9:45 p.m., John Nolen Drive will be closed between Olin Avenue and South Broom Street.  This section of John Nolen Drive will only be closed during the fireworks show to keep drivers from parking on John Nolen Drive--until approximately 10:45 p.m.  Bicycle parking will be available under both ends of Monona Terrace. 

The Madison Police Department and numerous other public agencies have been planning for this event for many months.  Downtown neighborhoods will benefit from an increased police presence to keep people and property safe.  In addition, event organizers will have staff direct pedestrians and traffic in and around the event area.  Event access will only be permitted from Broom and Blair Streets and via the Monona Terrace parking helixes.  A security fence is being erected the length of the railroad corridor and will be secured during the event.  "No event access" barricades and signage will be posted along the Wilson Street corridor to direct people from entering the dead-end streets unless they have final destinations on those streets.  The intersection of South Hamilton, South Henry and West Wilson Streets will be staffed by the Mallards to properly direct motorists and pedestrians at that busy location.

The Madison Streets Division will be providing additional services to the neighborhoods surrounding the event area on Monday, June 27th .  All residences and businesses in the Bassett and First Settlement Neighborhoods (the area between East and West Washington Avenues and John Nolen Drive) will receive refuse and recycling pick-up on Monday morning.  This is in addition to the regular service to be provided on Thursday, June 30th .  Downtown residents are welcome to leave their refuse and recycling carts out on the street terrace Saturday to be used by pedestrians.  Downtown streets will be swept as needed on Monday.  The Madison Parks Division will provide additional cleaning of Brittingham Park and Crowley Station and supply extra refuse/recycling containers in those areas.  Event organizers are responsible for clean-up effort in the event area on Saturday night and Sunday.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thanks,

Mike Verveer

Madison Common Council

(608) 576-4355

Neighborhood Meeting: 219-223 West Gilman Street Proposed Development

MANSION HILL NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT 219 AND 223 W. GILMAN STREET

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016 - 7:30 P.M.

CHABAD HOUSE ROHR JEWISH STUDENT CENTER - 223 W. GILMAN STREET

 

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss the development proposal from Chabad House Rohr Jewish Student Center for 219 and 223 W. Gilman Street. Chabad House proposes to demolish the existing structure at 219 W. Gilman Street and add on to the existing structure at 223 W. Gilman Street.  The addition would include a larger sanctuary and kitchen, a library, guest rooms and a student apartment.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.

 

Alderperson Mike Verveer                         Alderperson Ledell Zellers

Madison Common Council                         Madison Common Council

Fourth District                                          Second District

Cell: (608) 576-4355                                Cell: (608) 417-9521

Office: (608) 266-4071                             Office: (608) 266-4071

district4@cityofmadison.com                     district2@cityofmadison.com

 

 

MEETING: 2/23/15 - DEVELOPMENT AT 435 W GILMAN ST / 510 UNIVERSITY AV

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT 435 W. GILMAN STREET/510 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015 - 7:00 P.M.
FLUNO CENTER - 601 UNIVERSITY AVENUE

 
Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will discuss a proposal by Core Campus to construct a 12-story mixed-use building, the Hub at Madison II, at 435 W. Gilman Street/510 University Avenue.  The site currently contains an apartment building and large parking lot.  The existing building at 435 W. Gilman Street, formerly home to Laundry 101 and currently the Hub leasing office, would be demolished.  Tentatively, the proposal would include 278 apartments, 9,388 square feet of retail space on University Avenue, 163 structure parking stalls, 415 bike parking stalls and 47 moped stalls.
 
I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.
 
Alderperson Mike Verveer
Madison Common Council
Fourth District
Cell: (608) 576-4355
Home: (608) 255-6498
Office: (608) 266-4071
mverveer@cityofmadison.com

 

MEETING: 2/16/15 Proposed Development 114-116 N. Bedford Street

MIFFLIN NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT 114-116 N. BEDFORD STREET
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2015 – 7:00 PM
MADISON SENIOR CENTER – 330 W. MIFFLIN STREET

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will discuss an updated development proposal by CA Ventures.  They propose to demolish the Negus Container Company building at 114-116 N. Bedford Street and construct a 256,968 square foot residential building consisting of an eight-story and a ten-story tower.  The project would include a total of 191 apartment units.  There would be two parking levels with 89 automobile, 36 moped, 220 interior bike and 26 outdoor bike parking spaces. Additionally, the development will include a coffee shop.

I look forward to seeing you on the 16th.

Alderperson Mike Verveer
Madison Common Council
Fourth District
Cell: (608) 576-4355
Home: (608) 255-6498
Office: (608) 266-4071
mverveer@cityofmadison.com

Lannon-Hill House and Store

Lannon-Hill House and StoreThe house currently located at 502 West Main Street is scheduled to be moved shortly after midnight in the very early hours of Tuesday, September 23.  The Civil War-era building, known as the Lannon-Hill House and Store, will be moved a few blocks to 151 Proudfit Street (near the intersection of Lorillard Court).  Attached is a press release prepared by Urban Land Interests (ULI), the local property development and management firm, further detailing the move and the future use of the house.  ULI deserves our thanks for preserving the historic building from demolition.  Also attached is a current photo of the house as preparations are under way for the move.

City Forestry pruned and removed street trees last week in preparation for the house move.  Replacement street trees are scheduled to be planted next month.  Portions of North Bassett, North Bedford, West Main and Proudfit Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic during the move.  Parking will also be prohibited Monday evening and Tuesday morning along the house route.  The blocks impacted by the temporary parking restrictions have been posted since late last week.

I look forward to joining those of you that are able to view this relatively rare event in our downtown.  The few prior downtown house moves in past years have been quite the spectacle.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,
Mike Verveer
Madison Common Council
mverveer@cityofmadison.com
(608) 576-4355

Attachment: Lannon-Hill Home & Store Building Finds New Home, PDF