eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin December 2013
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
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.
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.
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.
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 itâ€™s put into service in 2016, the new well at 4901 Tradewinds Parkway will provide water for much of Madisonâ€™s southeast side. It will also mean better fire protection and more reliable service.
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.
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.
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 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.
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Madison Arts Art Experiences
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.
Public Input Needed Have your say
- Public Meeting for Pilgrim Park Playground Improvements, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Congratulations Madison! Accolades for Madison
- Madison Ranked #5 in Best Places to Live November 2013
- BBC Living IN: Great university towns November 2013
- HolidayFest Arts and Craft Show, Saturday December 7, 2013
- Olbrich's Holiday Express, December 7 - 31, 2013
- Olbrich's Holiday Concert Series, Sundays in December
- Holiday Dinner for 55 and older, December 25, 2013
- Plants of the Dinosaur Age, Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory Exhibit, November 2, 2013 - March 2, 2014
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.
This is a conversation we all need to continue.