eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin December 2013

Mayor Paul R. Soglin

We were a little surprised when Madison’s Livability score placed us 79th in the United States, respectable but not to our standards. Two weeks later our ranking significantly changed - by close to 70 points. To learn what happened, read here.

City News & Updates

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Madison

City of Madison officials received confirmation of the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on the north side of Madison near Warner Park. As a result, Dane County will be quarantined. The quarantine prohibits some wood products from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested.

City-County Jobs Collaboration Underway

A city-county collaboration aimed at helping to connect more people with family supporting jobs and helping local businesses expand their bottom line through the federal Section 3 program is underway.

Plants of the Dinosaur Age

Step inside Olbrich's tropical Bolz Conservatory and travel back in time 250 million years to see the plants dinosaurs actually ate. While dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago, many plants from the era still thrive. See modern versions of those plants in person, along with fossils from the Dinosaur Age. Make sure to find the dinosaur nest and dinosaur footprints when you visit, too! The Plants of the Dinosaur Age exhibit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens will bring the world of these ancient animals to life. The exhibit is open daily, November 2 through March 2.

Madison to get first new water well in a decade

Drilling is wrapping up this week on what will be Madison's first new water well in a decade. Crews have spent the last two months slowly drilling a 915-foot hole to reach the aquifer that runs below the city. When it’s put into service in 2016, the new well at 4901 Tradewinds Parkway will provide water for much of Madison’s southeast side. It will also mean better fire protection and more reliable service.

Play Madison Parks this Winter

Winter in Madison Parks is a time for fun. There is nothing better than ice skating on a crisp winter day at Vilas Park - and hearing a lion roar in the distance! Winter is a time for racing down the hill on your son's new sled. It is a time for building snowmen and memories with your daughter.

Madison Water Utility renews Toilet Rebate Program for 2014

Customers can receive a rebate of up to $100 if they replace older, large-volume toilets with new, high-efficiency ones that use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush and have been endorsed by the EPA's WaterSense Program. The program is limited to one rebate per household or apartment unit. The Utility has set aside $250,000 in our 2014 budget to pay for the rebates.

Recycling Your Cooking Oil and Holiday Lights

Madison residents who wish to recycle their cooking oil and holiday lights must bring them to one of two Streets Division drop off sites. The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the west side and 4602 Sycamore Av. on the east side.

Dan Johnson to Receive 2013 Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Award

Dan Johnson served on the City of Madison Transportation Commission and the city Commission on People with Disabilities. He was employed for many years as the Physical Disabilities Coordinator at the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Among his many volunteer activities, he served on the board of the World Institute on Disability and as a member of the Children and Disability Task Force for the Social Security Administration.

Winter Notifications

Madison Arts Art Experiences

Meadowridge Art Project

The Madison Art Commission's Art in Public Places Program is pleased to announce a $10,000 award to the Madison Public Library Foundation (MPLF) to support the creation of a site specific sculpture by Victor Castro for the Meadowridge Library. Castro will work with members of the community to create a permanent sculpture that will be hung in the walkway in front of the new library entrance at 5740 Raymond Road.

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December Event Calendar

Go to the City Calendar for more fun events!

Mayor's Featured Video

I was recently able to join WISC TV's Neil Heinen as he continues a series on Racial Disparity. We talked about our city's need to create choices in education and employment among other topics.

Video courtesy of Channel 3000

This is a conversation we all need to continue.