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eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin September 2015
City News & Updates
2016 Executive Capital Budget and 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan
My 2016 Executive Capital Budget and 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan [CIP] reflects the continuing need to replace our aging infrastructure while investing limited financial resources in affordable housing, economic growth, and services to the City's diverse population.
Agency requests and reauthorizations of prior year general obligation borrowing for 2016 totaled nearly $200 million. The property taxes necessary to service this level of debt and potential added operating costs is not sustainable.
My 2016 Executive Capital Budget reduces these requests by nearly $70 million, with a focus on a few key criteria:
- Projects that are in or near the construction phase
- Projects that are using federal matching funds
- Critical infrastructure rehabilitation needs
- Allocation of City resources to improve racial equity and social justice.
The general obligation borrowing is approximately $14 million less than in the 2015 capital budget. Many projects have to be delayed, including neighborhood centers, public safety facilities, reconstruction of Monroe Street, and a biodigester. These projects are important, but must be balanced against all City priorities.
As part of our racial equity and social justice priorities, the Neighborhood Resource Teams identified key equity investments. I have proposed funding in the 2016 Executive Capital Budget to include:
- $6 million [$24 million in CIP] for affordable housing
- $1.5 million for a new shelter at Penn Park
- $2.65 million to reconstruct McKenna Boulevard, and to create safer pedestrian access to Elver Park and it's amenities for the surrounding neighborhoods
- $350,000 [$1.85 million in CIP] for Healthy Food development in under-served neighborhoods
Art of the Rooftop
Monona Terrace is pleased to unveil its newest onsite exhibit for the enjoyment of visitors, "Art of the Rooftop" which features large sculptures by regional artists in the lovely William T. Evjue rooftop garden. The exhibit began as an outdoor pilot project in 2014 to help showcase the rooftop as another "must-see" Madison destination. It has expanded in 2015 to include 6 works by 5 artists and will be on display through November 2015.
Help a Student Succeed!
Back in April, I had the honor to read with several students at Chavez Elementary during the AmeriCorps Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service. It was an excellent opportunity to engage with some of Madison's schoolchildren and it could not have been done without the support of AmeriCorps dedicated members.
I encourage you to serve our schools and our community by applying to become an AmeriCorps Member in any of the following MMSD partnership programs:
- Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Project - Help an elementary student improve their reading skills
- Partners for After School Success (PASS) - Middle & High School literacy and academic support
- Achievement Connections - High School Algebra and academic support
One of the many things that makes Madison such a special place to live, work, learn and raise a family is the commitment we make to each other. Volunteering is a great way to contribute!
Are you looking to make a positive change and improve your business? Do you want to increase fresh and healthy food in your store? Are you passionate about healthy food access issues? If so, the City of Madison's Healthy Food Retail Access Program may be for you!
Many of you may have heard about the Madison Metro Bus Driver, Tim Homann, who rescued a toddler from a busy street in early August. Tim, a Metro bus driver of 18 years, was driving his usual route when he spotted a small toddler standing alone in the street near a parked car. Tim immediately pulled to the side and approached the toddler, asked her if he could pick her up and carried her out of the roadway, eventually locating her worried father. Had Tim not intervened, there could have been a very tragic ending to this story. It is people like Tim who are vigilant to their community in performing their everyday work which continue to make Madison such a great place to live, work, and play.
Tim, thank you for all that you do!
Art Experiences The Bubbler @ Madison Public Central Library
By the time we figure out our reality, it may be too late. Calculations, Abstractions and Silence is the result of a social experiment that TetraPAKMAN has been running in Madison for the last nine months, by asking the community to participate in gathering the materials for this show.
- Military Service Member Recruitment Open House
09/02 Fire Station 8
- Taste of Madison
09/05 to 09/06 Capitol Square
- Firefighter Fun Day
08/08 Fire Station 5
- Warner Family Fun Night - Local Heroes
09/11 Warner Park Community Recreation Center
- Trucks & Treasures
09/12 Warner Park
- Voter Education Ambassador Training
09/12 Lakeview Library
- Mini Farmers Market
09/15 Hawthorne Library
- Fiesta Hispana
09/19/2015 Centro Hispano
- Family Hoedown Dance
09/19 Warner Park Community Recreation Center
- Voter Education Ambassador Training
09/25 Madison Water Utility
- Madison Garden Marathon, 4 mile Run/Walk
09/27 Olbrich Park
- Henry Vilas Zoo Run
09/27 Vilas (Henry) Park
- JDRF One Walk
09/27 Warner Park
- Recruitment Open House at Fire Station No. 9
09/27 Fire Station 9
Go to the City Event Calendar for more fun City and Community events!
- Olbrich Gardens "Corpse Flower"
- Walk and Roll this Weekend!
- The Reverend James C. Wright Human Rights Award to Anthony Timmons
- Celebrate Madison Business 2015 Meet and Greet
- Updraft: Brittingham Gardens Placemaking Project
- Sherman Neighborhood Yard Art Project
- Madison Metro's Hero Driver
- Chris Farley Day
- Help a Student Succeed!
- Civil Rights Reboot
- Downtown Moving Season
Go to Mayor Soglin's Blog.