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eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin January 2016
Thank you, Alder Schmidt
As you have probably learned, 11th District Alder Chris Schmidt has announced that he is leaving the council at the end of January to focus on his professional responsibilities. Although I am saddened by his decision, I understand and respect it and am grateful for his service and dedication. We're going to lose one of the most thoughtful members of the council. He has never shied away from tough issues and has been a major contributor in just about every area of city government.
He served as City Council President for two terms, which required an enormous amount of leadership and collaboration. His leadership was also at the forefront as the leader of special committees that helped forge the city's new tax increment financing (TIF) policies and rewrite the Landmarks Ordinance, both approved by large margins on the council floor.
Residents of the 11th District have been well represented and I am sure they join me in wishing Alder Schmidt all the best.
City News & Updates
The City of Madison is competing for a $50 million Smart Transportation challenge from the USDOT, and as part of the challenge, we ask you to share your solutions for a smart transportation future.
Did you know that Madison Parks offers group ice skating lessons for beginners at two outdoor skating rinks: Elver and Tenney parks? These 'Learn to Skate' classes offer a fun way to stay active in the winter months as you improve your confidence and ability on the ice and learn basic skater safety. Classes begin the week of January 18. Sign up today!
Community Development Division is seeking proposals to operate the proposed, Park Edge/Park Ridge Neighborhood Employment Center which will offer adult and youth employment-focused programming, as well as space for community gatherings.
The Streets Division will collect Christmas trees for recycling. Each neighborhood will receive two collections. You may also bring your trees to our drop off sites. Please note: Collection could be delayed due to winter weather. Snow and ice operations have priority over tree collection.
As bitter cold settles in across the area, there are steps you can take to prevent your home's water pipes from freezing. Here are some simple steps you can take right now to help protect your pipes:
- Insulate pipes in unheated areas like crawl spaces, unheated garages, and attics.
- Pay special attention to pipes near basement windows and make sure they're well-insulated
- Leave some heat on in unused areas of your home.
- If you go out of town for a few days, keep your thermostat on at least 55 degrees and open any cabinets where sink plumbing is against an outside wall.
- If you're leaving town for an extended period, have your home and pipes professionally winterized.
And it's always a good idea to find the master shut off valve that turns the off water to your entire home - it's usually in the basement - and make sure everyone in the family knows where it is in case a pipe does freeze and burst.
- Where Do I Park? Check the widget: cityofmadison.com/WhereDoIPark
- Go to cityofmadison.com/winter & subscribe to Declared Snow Emergency email / text alerts
- Call the 24/7 Winter Parking Hotline: (608) 261-9111
- Facebook: facebook.com/cityofmadisonwinter
- Twitter: twitter.com/madisonwinter
Parks Public Input Needed
- Cardinal Glenn Park Public Input Meeting, Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6pm | Fire Station 12, 400 South Point Road
Art Experiences The Bubbler @ Madison Public Central Library
Check out madisonbubbler.org to view the 2016 schedule. Programs and events for adults, teens, families or kiddos. Whether offering the basics of animation, screen printing, music, clothing design, dance, or painting (to name a few), the Bubbler's hands-on pop-up workshops introduces participants to a variety of local experts who share their talents and physical resources.
Madison Public Library: your place to learn, share and create.
- Martin Luther King "Remembering the Dream", 1/12/2016, Central Library
- Cardinal Glenn Public Input Meeting, 1/14/2016, Fire Station 12
- Groove & Glide Ice Skating - Elver Park, 1/15/2016, Elver Park
- Antidepressants - Fad or Necessity - What do you need to know?, 1/15/2016, Madison Senior Center
- Candlelit/Moonlight Snowshoe, 1/16/2016, Aldo Leopold Nature Center
- Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale (at Westgate Mall), 1/16/2016, Westgate Mall
- Family Fitness with Venus Washington, 1/16/2016, Pinney Library
- Indie Film Production Workshop with Key Media, 1/16/2016, Central Library
- Wisconsin Women's Hockey Team Outdoor Skate, 1/17/2016, Vilas (Henry) Park
- FREE Bird & Nature Guided Walk - January 17, 1/17/2016, Warner Park
- Voter Registration Closes at Madison Public Libraries, 1/20/2016, City Clerkâ€™s Office
- Indie Film Production Workshop with Key Media, 1/23/2016, Central Library
- Saturday Family Movie Matinee: MINIONS, 1/23/2016, Pinney Library
- Madison Travel Circle presents Exploring Mexico City and Oaxaca, 1/27/2016, Hawthorne Library
- Groove & Glide Ice Skating - Vilas Park, 1/29/2016, Vilas Park
- Voter Education Ambassador Training, 1/30/2016, Goodman South Madison Library
Go to the City Event Calendar for more fun City and Community events!