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eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin November 2015
City News & Updates
I would like to welcome Toriana Pettaway, the City's new Racial Equity Coordinator. Toriana will develop, administer, and implement citywide policies and procedures involving racial equity and social justice. She will also work on planning, development, and coordination of the City's Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative.
Another Successful Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable
Over 170 people attended from various Madison neighborhoods. There were great discussions, interesting neighborhood project presentations and Q&A with Natalie Erdman and me. Thanks to all the participants who helped to make this year's roundtable a success.
Hope to see you next year!
If you use the beautiful Southwest bike path in Madison you may have seen this sign letting us know that Japanese knotweed is in the area. City Engineering staff are engaged in a multi-year process to eradicate this invasive plant.
The weed is incredibly hardy and can actually grow through, and destroy concrete infrastructure, and lead to erosion and flooding. Among other things, it threatens wetlands.
The effective treatment involves a multi-pronged approach including cutting and herbicide application. The plant not only grows very tall, cutting sunlight out to small plants, but also includes below ground rhizomes. I absolutely support City efforts to treat this invasive, and suspect we will be hearing more about their efforts.
The City of Madison invites you to submit nominations for its annual JEFFREY CLAY ERLANGER CIVILITY IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE AWARD. The Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award recognizes City of Madison residents sharing Jeff Erlanger's dedication to, and passion for public policy development, civility, individual and human rights and who conduct their daily life consistent with these values and who have had a significant impact on the Madison community.
All nominations must be received no later than 4:30pm, on Friday, November 13, 2015.
Madison's longtime recycling guru George Dreckmann was honored with the National Recycling Coalition's Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual meeting in October. Dreckmann, who has been with the City since 1989 was chosen for his "leadership, innovation, and environmental commitment."
As recycling coordinator, Dreckmann helped start Madison's curbside recycling program in 1991. He was also instrumental in starting programs for recycling electronic waste, unneeded prescription drugs, sharps, cooking oil, construction and demolition waste, mattress and box spring recycling and the organics collection program.
It's hard to believe with this week's beautiful weather, but winter is coming. I encourage you to stay informed about declared snow emergencies, snow plowing efforts, sidewalk snow removal deadlines and Madison Parks winter activities. Check out the many ways that you can stay informed at www.cityofmadison.com/winter
It was great to meet members of the Hurling Club of Madison and admire their new trophy as they have recently brought a national title to the City. Hurling happens to be the national sport of Ireland and it is an awesome sport to watch. A layperson like me can tell you that it involves a lot of running, a small sturdy ball, a bat-type wooden device, helmets and very little padding on the rest of the player's bodies. I truly admire their stamina and athleticism.
The Madison team outlasted 14 clubs vying for the title at their level. At the recent Chicago tournament, they defeated teams from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maine and then went on to claim victory in the championship game against a team from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Congrats to the Hurling Club of Madison!
"Mr. Jack O'Lantern has had his day and it's time to send Mr. O'Lantern and his minions to the great compost bin in the sky," said George Dreckmann, Madison strategic initiatives coordinator. "Madison residents can give their pumpkins a proper send off by putting them at the curb for our leaf and garden waste collection program."
City of Madison residents should place their pumpkins at the curb along with their leaves for collection. Leaves should be placed in piles at the street edge for collection. Residents who must bag their leaves should place their pumpkins on the ground next to their bagged leaves. Pumpkins are also accepted at the City's yard waste drop off sites.
"Every fall we estimate that over 100 tons of pumpkins are discarded in Madison, "Dreckmann said. "Putting your Jack-O-Lanterns out for leaf collection crews saves tax dollars and is great for the environment."
Art Experiences The Bubbler @ Madison Public Central Library
Bird Ross is a Madison-based studio artist working in textiles, mixed media and mundane objects.
Bird will use her Bubbler residency as a means of opening up to the spontaneous delight that develops through collaboration, and sharing with others her knowledge of fixing. She will invite others to get involved with fixing, mending, and repairing, both objects and concepts. Bird has invited numerous guests to join her in this work over the course of her residency in a series of workshops. In addition to these workshops, Bird will host a series of open mending hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in October and November where anyone may drop by to work on mending projects.
In addition to her public workshops, Bird will be working with several local organizations to share her work during this residency, including the Neighborhood Intervention Program, the Juvenile Detention Center, the Plato Group and Porch Light.
- Chief Koval's Community Forum 11/05/2015 Centro Hispano
- NIGHT LIGHT - 100Arts Pynk Phoenix Competition and Madison Story Tellers11/06/2015 Central Library
- Big I, Little U: Fitness for the Whole Family 11/07/2015 Goodman South Madison Library
- FREE Bird & Nature Guided Walk - November 8 11/08/2015 Turville Point Conservation Park
- Festival of Wreaths 11/10/2015 to 12/04/2015 Madison Senior Center
- Meet with a Neighborhood Officer (Chat with a Cop) 11/10/2015 Goodman South Madison Library
- Warner Family Fun Night - Madison Capitols 11/13/2015 Warner Park Community Recreation Center
- Donuts with Dad 11/14/2015 Alicia Ashman Library
- The Electric Group presents Holiday Fantasy in Lights11/14/2015 to 01/03/2016 Olin Park
- FREE Bird & Nature Guided Walk - November 15 11/15/2015 Warner Park
- Video Game Friday 11/20/2015 Meadowridge Library
- Music Together 11/21/2015 Pinney Library
- FREE Bird & Nature Guided Walk - November 22 11/22/2015 Lakeshore Preserve
- Dinner & a Movie 11/24/2015 Central Library
Go to the City Event Calendar for more fun City and Community events!
- The Hurling Club of Madison Wins a National Title!
- Japanese Knotweed Has Arrived
- The Greening of Monroe Street
- Gleam-Art in a New Light at Olbrich Gardens
- Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable 2015
- Wisconsin Book Festival
- Happy Manufacturing Day Madison!
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