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September 3, 2002
To: President and Members, Madison Common Council
From: Mayor Susan J.M. Bauman
Subject: 2003 Executive Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Program

I am pleased to present the 2003 Executive Capital Budget and five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the City of Madison. This document builds on the hard work that has been done by the Madison Common Council, the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee (LRFPC) and the Capital Improvement Review Committee (CIRC) in the past. The Capital Budget and the CIP continue to emphasize the need to maintain the existing infrastructure of our city while re-investing in our older neighborhoods and addressing the growth of the city.

The 2002 CIP adopted by the Council last year provided the framework for the projects included in the 2003 capital budget. G.O. borrowing included in the Executive Budget is in accordance with the recommendations of the CIP adopted last year, plus approximately $1,240,000 of re-authorized monies for projects authorized for 2002 but for which the monies have not yet been borrowed.

Highlights of the 2003 Executive Capital Budget include:
  • $25,000 to complete upgrades and improvements to the Meadowood branch library;
  • $3,314,500 to construct and equip Fire Station 11 on the Northeast side and to purchase land for Fire Station 12; $130,000 for a new rescue unit. This will be the first additional fire station built in more than 40 years, and the first additional rescue unit since 1988;
  • $163,500 of general obligation borrowing which, together with over $1,000,000 of federal funds, will provide upgrades to police department equipment, including mobile data information systems, the public safety radio system, and forensic equipment;
  • More than $3,000,000 for State Street/Capital Concourse repairs, upgrades and cleaning equipment. Of this amount, $850,000 is general obligation debt;
  • Funding for the Missing Link bike path, premised on receipt of Enhancement Funds;
  • $23,000 for network connections in the Council Chambers to enable all alders to access the city information network from their desks. This e-government initiative should provide quicker access to information and greater efficiency in Council proceedings;
  • $200,000 is provided for legislative workflow software. This system will allow city staff, alders, and members of the public to track and view pending or adopted legislation as well as view legislative history. Use of this software would also provide a common standard for all city committees, boards, and commissions to follow in preparing agendas and minutes;
  • $10,000 for a preliminary planning study for swimming pools in the City of Madison. A committee will be created to lead an effort to evaluate how many pools may be feasible, possible locations of such pools, capital and operating cost projections, construction timetable, and fundraising goals and strategies. Monies may be utilized for soil studies at possible locations;
  • $880,000 for the next phase of the West Broadway neighborhood improvement plan including the re-development of the CDA-owned Colonial Court property.

The five-year Capital Improvement Program provides ongoing support to upgrade the infrastructure in the older segments of the city, to continue our neighborhood-based efforts to build on the excellent quality of life enjoyed in Madison, and identifies and supports construction of facilities needed as a result of the continued growth of Madison.

Highlights include:
  • Purchase of land for new east side and far southwest branch libraries and improvements to the Sequoya Branch in 2004, construction of the new east side branch in 2008;
  • Construction of a twelfth fire station in 2006, location based on road configuration and development in the peripheral areas;
  • Purchase of land for a new East District police station in 2004, with construction in 2005. Reconfiguration of headquarters facilities for the Central District station in 2008;
  • Phasing of the State Street reconstruction project over the years;
  • Phased reconstruction of East Washington Avenue, commencing in 2004;
  • Renovation of Breese Stevens field in 2004, and construction of a new Franklin Field facility in 2005;
  • Construction of the Far West side Public Works facility in 2007-2008;
  • Construction of a Mid-State Street parking ramp in 2004 and a West Washington Corridor Parking Ramp in 2005;
  • Construction of a new Water Utility office facility in 2004-2005.

The Capital Budget and the CIP represent a significant financial commitment on the part of City of Madison residents to ensure that Madison continues to be one of the best cities in the nation in which to live, learn, work and play.

cc: Department and Division Heads
     Budget Analysts