Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of October 2, 2023



  • Plan Commission: The Plan Commission meeting will take place on Monday, October 2, 2023, in virtual format at 5:30 PM. Agenda items include development related requests in District 4, District 12, District 13, District 16, District 19, and more!
  • Common Council: The Common Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, in hybrid format at 6:30 PM. Agenda items include the 2024 Executive Capital Budget, creating a Housing Taskforce addressing Madison's affordable housing shortage and other related housing issues, authorizing new funding for the Madison Public Market, and more!
  • Homeless Services Consortium Board of Directors: The Homeless Services Consortium Board of Directors meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, in virtual format at 1:00 PM. Agenda items include a presentation from the Data Workgroup, a presentation on ending the criminalization of homelessness, and more!
  • Board of Public Works: The Board of Public Works meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, in virtual format at 4:30 PM. Agenda items include authorizing new funding for the Madison Public Market, the approval of bids opened by City Engineering in District 3, District 5, and District 13, and more!
  • Listening Session: West Area Park Development Plans - Wednesday, October 4, 2023: The community is invited to a listening session for the west Madison area park development plans. We are creating a Park Development Plan for each park. The planning process will result in a one-page plan that will guide the improvements to the park for the next 10 to 12 years. The parks involved with this planning process are all fully developed and range in size from 0.1 acres to 15.13 acres. This planning process will provide transparency regarding our future plans for each park and allow park users to weigh in on existing and potential recreation opportunities. As funding is allocated for any individual park improvements, additional public engagement will take place.

Events: This Week

  • Fall Financial Empowerment Series with ULGM - Tuesday, October 3, 2023: We are excited to bring back our Financial Empowerment Series this Fall! We are returning with great partners and topics to help ULGM members build strong financial habits. Sign up HERE!

    • Part 1 of 4: Budget Basics with ULGM - Tuesday, September 19, 2023
    • Part 2 of 4: Navigating Debt with Johnson Bank - Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    • Part 3 of 4: Improving and Building Credit with UW Credit Union - Tuesday, October 3, 2023
    • Part 4 of 4: Retirement and Home Buying with Thrivent - Tuesday, October 10, 2023
  • Dane County Farmers' Market - Wednesday, October 4, 2023The Wednesday Dane County Farmers' Market is located on the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, between the Madison Municipal Building and the City-County Building. While more intimate than the Saturday Market, you will still find many of your favorite Dane County Farmers' Market members, as well as a full array of fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, bakery items, cut flowers, plants, and many specialty items.
  • Learn to Fish with WI DNR - Wednesday, October 4, 2023: Learn to Fish with Madison Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources! There is no cost to attend (advanced registration is required); however, anglers ages 16 and older will need a Wisconsin fishing license, which can be purchased online at Go Wild. For first-time license buyers, the cost is just $5 for an annual permit. See license options. Wisconsin DNR's Fishmobile will be on site with all the fishing equipment needed to participate. This event is open to adults and children and is ideal for persons aged 7 years and older. Children must be supervised by a parent or adult guardian. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver for themselves and their children upon arrival.
  • Fall Home Maintenance with ULGM - Wednesday, October 4, 2023: Discover Winter Ready Homes: Join Us to Learn How to Prepare Your House for the Season Ahead. For more information or to get help registering, contact the Urban League of Greater Madison at 608.729.1200 or by email at
  • Meditation at Monona Terrace - Thursday, October 5, 2023: Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that benefits your emotional well-being and overall health. Anyone can practice; it's simple, inexpensive, and requires no special equipment. Join us virtually every Thursday, September 7 - December 14 at 12:00 PM for this free 45-minute program welcome to all levels. Advance registration for the Zoom webinar is required.
  • HUD-Approved Homebuyer Education: Your Path to Homeownership - Thursday, October 5, 2023: Your Path to Homeownership is provided by La Casa de Esperanza, a Non-Profit HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families to increase income, build savings, and gain assets. Our focus on financial wellness is supported by the Center's programs and services, which include home buyer education and counseling, free tax services, employment coaching, financial coaching, and access to financial workshops. Our people-centered approach supports our belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to work on their financial wellness.
  • WRIGHT DESIGN SERIES Sustainable Design: What are we Missing in our Efforts to Curb Global Warming? - Thursday, October 5, 2023: Global warming due to human activities has been well-established in the scientific and government communities for decades and has been identified as the greatest crisis of our time. Nevertheless, despite the attention and press given to this topic, very little has been done to slow the increase in global warming gases being released worldwide. What are we missing? Presenter Eric Truelove will provide ideas, based on his 40+ years in the energy and construction industries, as to why the current approach in the United States is failing and how an alternate approach can yield results quickly by engaging the market rather than pushing it.
  • Co-op Connection - Saturday, October 7, 2023: Free exhibitor fair celebrating local cooperatives, including giveaways and kids' activities.
  • Dane County Fire Truck Parade - Sunday, October 8, 2023: Join the Madison Fire Department and other Dane County fire departments on State Street and Capitol Square to help kick off Fire Prevention Week! The parade begins on lower State Street (near Lake Street) and proceeds to Capitol Square.


  • Our Madison: Aging VibrantlyIn celebration of the Madison Senior Center’s 40th Anniversary, we are pleased to present the exhibition, “Our Madison: Aging Vibrantly,” which includes the work of artists Yusuf Bin-Rella, Jerry Butler, Amos Kennedy, Hedi Rudd, Phil Salamone, and Babette Wainwright. All works in the exhibition are either created by prominent senior artists or are portraying Madison seniors living full, healthy lives. The exhibition opens Thursday, September 21, 2023, and will remain up until the end of December.
  • The 2022 data for the City of Madison’s Neighborhood Indicators Project  (NIP) is now available. The NIP provides geographically detailed data for over 50 variables within seven topic areas. This includes measures such as total population, number of dwelling units, subsidized rental units, high mobility students, etc. It is supported by various data sources that range from city, county, state, and federal data sources.
  • Mayor’s Capital Budget Proposal. Mayor Rhodes-Conway released her 2024 Executive Capital Budget and 6-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which detail her funding proposals for buildings, infrastructure, and other capital investments in Madison. The Capital Budget is half of the City’s budget. In October, the Mayor will introduce her 2024 Executive Operating Budget, which focuses on services, staffing, and programs. Learn more HERE.
  • A New Way to Get Your Collection Schedules from the Streets Division: The City of Madison Streets Division is happy to share we are testing a new map-based lookup for learning your collection schedules.
  • Digital Inclusion: To build more connected communities, everyone needs internet. The federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) has been a monumental tool offering a $30 monthly discount (among other benefits) to lower-income households. The program has enrolled over 20 million American households, with 16,000 in Madison alone. However, without action to continue funding for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, experts warn the ACP could be out of money by the spring of 2024. This means thousands of Madisonians may lose this vital benefit that keeps them connected. In light of National Digital Inclusion Week, we want to affirm that the City of Madison is dedicated to bridging gaps in access to and adoption of digital devices and internet connectivity. The Affordable Connectivity Program is central to this endeavor. We encourage you to reach out to your congressional representative, asking them to support continuing to fund the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. We also encourage you to share this program with others who might be eligible. Together with Madison Public Library and all our community partners, we can help preserve internet access so all residents can live, learn, work, and thrive.
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Alder John W. Duncan

Alder John W. Duncan

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