City of
Madison

District 4

Alder Michael E. Verveer

Alder Michael E. Verveer

Alder Michael E. Verveer

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614 W Doty St # 407
Madison , WI 53703

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Alder Verveer’s District 4 Updates

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