Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of October 23, 2023



  • Finance Committee: The Finance Committee meeting will take place on Monday, October 23, 2023, in hybrid format at 4:30 PM. Agenda items include 2024 Executive Operating Budget deliberations, amending ordinances to reflect meet and confer agreements with the City’s employee associations and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to amend the 2023 Capital Budget and execute Amendment No. 1 to the existing Purchase of Services contract between the City of Madison and Sasaki for consultant services for the Lake Monona Waterfront.
  • Public Records Presentation and Discussion: The meeting will take place on Monday, October 23, 2023, from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the Madison Public Library, Goodman South Madison, 2222 S Park Street, Madison, WI 53713. Julie Laundrie, Madison Police Department Public Records Custodian, will present information on law enforcement public records and the laws that govern their release. There will be time for discussion and questions. Former Town of Madison residents are encouraged to attend.
  • BRT Meeting - Mineral Point Rd. Sidewalk WideningThe meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Vel Phillips Memorial High School - Wisconsin Neighborhood Center, 201 S Gammon Road, Madison, WI 53717. Learn more about the sidewalk widening plan on Mineral Point Road due to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation. The meeting will discuss the current BRT project, as well as a separate 2024 BRT project that seeks to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Mineral Point Rd. Effects on terrace trees and sidewalks will be discussed.
  • Transportation Commission: The Transportation Commission meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, in virtual format at 5:00 PM. Agenda items include the quarterly traffic safety report, North/South Bus Rapid Transit and its public involvement plan, and the Bikeways 2024 project.
  • Police Civilian Oversight Board: The Police Civilian Oversight Board meeting will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2023, in Room 206 of the Madison Municipal Building at 5:00 PM. Agenda items include the Independent Monitor report, the Executive Subcommittee report, and outreach to community organizations.

Events: This Week

  • Yoga Core - Tuesday, October 24, 2023Want to build your strength and increase body awareness? Yoga Core is a great way to do it! This class incorporates a wide variety of seated, standing, balancing, and mat-based yoga poses focusing on strength, stability, and mobility. Core-based practices can help enhance balance and stability and prevent falls and injuries as we age. All levels are welcome!
  • Wright Design Series: A Look at the Black Aesthetic in Redeveloping Madison’s Southside - Tuesday, October 24: Heralded as a rising thought leader in design justice, Rafeeq Asad is an artist, designer, and mentor. He has broad experience designing inspiring cultural spaces for communities ranging from libraries and educational facilities to complex multi-use facilities to science and technology centered project typologies. Asad is deeply passionate about uplifting the community and inspiring youth about architecture and the built environment. In 2019, he partnered with other minority architects in Wisconsin to establish the state’s first National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Chapter and currently serves as President.
  • Dane County Farmers' Market - Wednesday, October 25, 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.
  • Downtown Madison Family Halloween - Wednesday, October 25, 2023: Come on down to downtown Madison for Hay Rides around the Capitol Square, crafts, art projects, stories, songs, and trick or treat at participating businesses from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, followed by a screening of Coco from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Top of State Street (between Ian’s Pizza & Veterans Museum).
Downtown Madison Family Halloween
  • Meditation at Monona Terrace - Thursday, October 26, 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. You will need to register for the Zoom webinar.

Events: Save the Date

  • It is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month! Use this opportunity to take advantage of the Madison Fire Department’s (MFD) FREE hands-only CPR/AED classes! MFD paramedics and EMTs will teach the basics of hands-only CPR, how to use an AED, and explain why it is important for bystanders to perform CPR until first responders arrive. Dane County is a leader in the nation for sudden cardiac arrest survival, and it's thanks in part to people stepping in to help someone in need of CPR! MFD has two classes coming up at Fire Station 1 (316 W. Dayton Street):
  • Upcoming Metro Transit Meetings: Learn more about Metro’s proposed second BRT line to run from the north side of Madison through the downtown area to Madison’s Southside neighborhoods and ending in Fitchburg. North/South BRT Planning
    • South Side Wednesday, November 1, 2023, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Urban League (2222 S. Park Street)
    • North Side Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Warner Park Community Center (1625 Northport Dr.)
    • Fitchburg Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Fitchburg Council Chambers (City Hall, 5520 Lacy Rd.)
    • Virtual meeting Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Register and receive the meeting link at
Bus Rapid Transit Map
Celebrating 60 years of Civil Rights


  • Update your Neighborhood Association profile on our City website! If your organization has been formally recognized, it will be listed with a descriptive profile that neighbors, businesses, community based organizations, and educational institutions use to find out about your group. Please look for your group on the City website, review the profile, and update only the information that needs to be changed here. If you have any questions, please send an email to
  • City of Madison Sustainability SurveyWhat is your vision for a green, climate-friendly, and resilient Madison? Where do you see opportunities for improvement? What are your top priorities? The City of Madison wants to hear your thoughts on the draft Sustainability Plan’s eight themes and supporting goals. This plan will help the City advance sustainability through its policies, programs, and projects. By taking this quick survey, you are helping ensure the draft themes and goals align with the community’s vision for a sustainable City of Madison. Ten lucky winners will receive a $20 gift card to The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream! Let’s work together to create a sustainable City for both existing and future Madisonians! Take the survey
City of Madison Sustainability

Streets Division Updates

  • Leaf Collection is Ongoing: Get the dates when you should set out your leaves for pickup at
  • Large Item Pickup: Large item collection rules changed a few years ago, and now you need a work order to get on the crew’s pickup schedule. Learn more about the process at
  • Brush Collection is Over: Do not set out brush for pickup. If you have brush that needs collection, you need to take it to a drop-off site instead.
  • Food Scraps Schedule Change: The South Madison farmer’s market food scrap drop-off changed its schedule. More details about this schedule change can be found on our food scraps website.
  • Recycle Right: Be sure you’re putting the right things in your recycling cart. Get the rules at One quick tip for Halloween – candy wrappers belong in the trash, not your recycling carts.
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Alder John W. Duncan

Alder John W. Duncan

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