eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin September 2013

Mayor Paul R. Soglin
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Michael Kienitz

From Mayor Soglin:

The city of Madison regularly implements new programs, improves an old one, or institutes a great idea that may have come from a citizen, a member of the city staff, or an elected official. City committees, neighborhood associations, and civic groups help us change the lives of Madisonians for the better.

At times it is something simple like the new community garden at Brittingham Park or Meet and Eat. Other times it is complicated and challenging like the work of our Neighborhood Resource Teams working to improve community life and establish stronger ties to the schools.

I want to focus on the many positive things that are happening in Madison. We have so many people and groups invested in Madison and I want to let you know about them. There is plenty of good news to report, wonderful stories about neighbors working together, of programs to help children in underserved neighborhoods, of new splash parks and bike paths, development and bus service to name a few.

This newsletter is just another way to get information out to you, the people most affected by the work we do. You are the reason I am committed to making this city an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

Paul R. Soglin

2013 MadMarket Double Dollars

Mayor Soglin announces partnership with hospitals and Community Action Coalition to provide a dollar-for-dollar match for SNAP/FoodShare users at four farmers' markets. The program began August 4th and will run through the end of October.

Metro Transit announced Service Updates: Effective: Sunday, August 25

At a press conference on Thursday, August 22, Metro General Manager Chuck Kamp, Transit and Parking Commission Chair Gary Poulson, and Madison Alders Lauren Cnare and Denise DeMarb unveiled service expansions to the Owl Creek/Marsh Rd. area as well as Grandview Commons and Sprecher East neighborhoods.

Meet Your New Central Library

A new Central Library for the 21st Century. Start planning your trip to the new Central library. We are anticipating over 1 million people in the first year. There is something for everyone!

Remembering the Past, Mapping the Future: A commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Events

The kickoff event of the City of Madison 50th anniversary of Civil Rights events commemoration will be Friday, August 30th, 2013 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. At 11:30am the city will kick off the celebration with Mayor Paul Soglin and Department of Civil Rights Director, Lucia Nuñez followed by a spoken word performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Multicultural Arts Initiative (OMAI). From noon to 1:00pm the city will host a History Panel with Madison Civil Rights leaders Mother Wright, Milele Chikasa Anana, Dr. Richard Harris, Dr. Eugene Farley and Sofia Snow.

Madison Parks Forestry accepting Heritage Tree Program nominations to Celebrate Madison Arbor Legacy

The Madison Parks Forestry section is accepting nominations for the Heritage Tree Program. In 2012, the inaugural year of the program, three different trees or tree groves were recognized as Heritage trees.

Madison Public Market

The City of Madison is considering developing a Madison Public Market. The Market would be an indoor, year-round opportunity to build on the successful local food economy that already exists within the Region. The City has already devoted energy toward the vision of a Market and Mayor Paul R. Soglin has charged the Madison Local Food Committe in taking this work to the next step.

Emerald Ash Borer News

Emerald Ash Borer Homeowners Toolkit | In light of the recent confirmation of EAB in some of Madison's and Dane County's surrounding communities, the City Forestry officials wanted homeowners to have as much information as possible. Check out the newly added Homeowners Toolkit to the EAB website.

September Event Calendar

Go to the City Calendar for more fun events!

Pedestrian Cross-walk Safety - Northport Neighborhood Police Officer Sarah Boespflug

On 07/31/2013, the children in the Summer Program at the Northport Community Center assisted in a traffic safety project. On July 4th, 2013, a young boy from the neighborhood was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Northport Dr. from Walgreens, back to the neighborhood. When the child attempted to cross, the first two lanes of traffic yielded to the child, but the driver of a vehicle in the third lane did not, causing a collision.

South Capitol Transit Oriented Development Planning Study

What improvements are needed to make this area safer and more appealing to pedestrians, bikers, and drivers? Learn about the study; then give feedback on initiatives, share your ideas & vote on others', and add photos of your favorite or least favorite downtown spaces.

What We're Reading / Following

Madison Arts Commission Announces $91,775 in Arts Grants Funding

2013 Madison Arts Commission Grantees | At their May 21, 2013, the Madison Common Council approved the recommendations of the Madison Arts Commission (MAC) to award $91,775 to 56 of Madison's artists and non-profit organizations who infuse Madison with its lively cultural arts scene.

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Archie Nicolette

City launches Economic Development website.

The website highlights past success stories, as well as current projects.

Coor Light Free Rides.

Freeze your keys on Saturday, August 31! Ride Metro to Taste of Madison and other downtown events FREE fares start at 3 PM and last through the end of the regular service day. Metro customer service staff will be available until 8 PM to help plan your travel. Call (608) 266-4466 or 1-800 FREE RIDES.