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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Upcoming 2018 City Budget Dates & District 1 Updates Week of 9/18/17

September 11, 2017 2:35 PM

Upcoming 2018 City Budget Deliberations

September Dates

  • Monday, September 11 – Finance Committee Capital Budget Hearing  Link to video
  • Tuesday, September 12 – Finance Committee Capital Budget Hearing Link to video
  • Tuesday, September 19 – Common Council Meeting / PUBLIC HEARING on 2018 Capital Budget (Report of Finance Committee) / 6:45 pm / Room 201, CCB
  • Monday, September 25 – Finance Committee: Vote on Executive 2018 Capital Budget / 4:30 pm / Room 201, CCB

October Dates

  • Tuesday, October 3  -  Common Council Meeting  / Introduction of Executive 2018 OPERATING Budget | PUBLIC HEARING on 2018 CAPITAL Budget (Report of Finance Committee) / 6:30 pm / Room 201, CCB
  • Monday, October 9 – Finance Committee Operating Budget Hearing / 4:30 pm / Room 201, CCB
  • Tuesday, October 10 – Finance Committee Operating Budget Hearing  / 4:30 pm / Room 201, CCB
  • Tuesday, October 17 – Common Council Meeting / PUBLIC HEARING on 2018 Operating Budget (Report of Finance Committee) / 6:45 pm / Room 201, CCB
  • Monday, October 23 - Finance Committee: Vote on Executive 2018 Operating Budget / 4:30 pm / Room 201, CCB

Common Council 2018 Budget Deliberation Meetings

  • Monday, November 13, 2017 - Common Council Meeting (Budget Only) / 5:30 pm / Room 201, CCB
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Common Council Meeting (Budget Only) / 5:30 pm / Room 201, CCB


Final Round of Brush Collection Begins Monday, September 25
Starting on Monday, September 25, crews on both the west and east side of Madison will begin collecting brush from residents who live within the Monday refuse collection district.

After each street within the Monday refuse collection district has been serviced for the last guaranteed collection for 2017, crews will then move onto the area of the city within the Tuesday refuse collection district.  Upon completion of the Tuesday district, crews will then proceed to the Wednesday district and then onto the Thursday and Friday refuse districts.

Once all of the streets within the Friday refuse collection district have been serviced for the final round, guaranteed brush collection will end for 2017.  Brush set out after crews have completed the final round for a district may not be collected.  If weather conditions and equipment availability allow, the Streets Division may be able to staff crews to collect brush after the final official round is completed, however it is not guaranteed to occur.

For daily updates on the whereabouts of our collection crews, the collection area maps on the brush section of the Streets Division's website  The collection area maps are updated daily during collection periods.   Residents could also call the brush collection hotline at 608-267-2088 for curbside collection time estimates that are updated weekly, or call the Streets Division office that services their neighborhood.  Residents that live east of South Park Street, and that includes the isthmus, should call the east side Streets Division at 608-246-4532.  Residents that live west of South Park Street should call the west side Streets Division at 608-266-4681.

Madison residents and taxpayers can also bring their brush to either of the brush drop-off sites. Brush loads brought to the drop-off site may not exceed what will fit into the back of a standard pick-up or small trailer.  Loads that are too large will be denied use of the drop-off site and directed to use the brush processing center.  The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and 4141 Nakoosa Trail on the east side.  The sites will be open seven days a week from 8:30am to 4:30pm and until 8:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

Please note that the drop-off services will return to 4602 Sycamore Ave. at 8:30am on Tuesday, October 17. The Nakoosa Trail drop-off site on will permanently close at 4:30pm on Monday, October 16.

Also note that brush contractors may not use the drop-off sites. If a resident hires someone to remove brush from their parcel, they must make arrangements with the person they hired to haul the material away.  Contractors, as well as residents and other city taxpayers with large volumes of brush, can bring brush they cut from a City of Madison parcel to the brush processing center at 121 E. Olin Ave to be chipped for a per-ton fee. Additional information about the brush processing center can be found on the Streets Division website or by contacting the center at 608-266-4911.

For more information about brush collection, the drop-off sites, and the brush processing center, please visit our website,

Historic Preservation Plan Kick Off Meeting
Tuesday September 26, 2017
6:00-7:30 PM
Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street

Please join us to create Madison's first plan to identify, celebrate and preserve the places that represent our collective community at the Historic Preservation Plan kick off meeting. 

The City of Madison is excited to expand its preservation program, but they need your help!

Visit our website or email, or call 608 266 6552 for more information.


CITY PIPES OVERHAUL: Our "Hidden" Infrastructure
Out of sight -- and often out of mind -- is a vast network of pipes, wells, and pump stations stretching from one end of the city to the other. Even though much of it is hidden beneath our streets and sidewalks, Madison's water infrastructure plays a crucial role in our city's public health, safety and economic well-being, which is why building, replacing and renewing this infrastructure is our ongoing mission.

Madison Water Utility provides safe and reliable water to more than 66,500 households, hospitals and businesses using:

    •    828 miles of water main

    •    22 active wells

    •    30 reservoirs providing over 33 million gallons of storage

    •    8,231 fire hydrants

Age Taking a Toll: Imagine driving on a road that hasn't been resurfaced in 60 years. Believe it or not, much of the pipe used to provide water to people across the city of Madison is at least 60 years old. Some pipes date back to the 1880s when Madison Water Utility was created. More than 400 miles of water main pipes put in during the 1930s, 40s and 50s have deteriorated so badly they need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Because metal was scarce during World War II, thin-walled pipes manufactured during that era with a material called "spun cast iron" are particularly brittle and prone to breaks.

Madison Water Utility responds to and repairs more than 200 water main breaks per year. And we're far from alone. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), much of the drinking water infrastructure across the country has reached the end of its useful life. ASCE's "Report Card on America's Infrastructure" gives the country's overall water infrastructure a D grade. The report card notes that there are about 240,000 water main breaks every year in the United States.

Rebuilding & Renewing: Because water infrastructure is so vital to our quality of life here in Madison, the Water Utility is undertaking the enormous task of replacing nearly half of our water mains -- some 400 miles of pipe. We've gone from replacing just a mile or two of pipe a year a decade ago to replacing seven to eight miles of pipe this year alone. Eventually, we will ramp up to a goal of replacing or relining 10 to 12 miles every year.

At a cost of $950,000 per mile, replacing water mains is a significant and growing expense. In 2013, we spent $7.5 million rebuilding and renewing Madison's aging water pipes. By 2020, when we reach our goal of replacing or relining 10 to 12 miles, we estimate our yearly cost will be around $12.7 million.

In accordance with industry best practices, we are replacing the old pipe with modern cement-lined ductile iron pipe, wrapped with plastic sheeting to protect against corrosion. Today's pipe installations are expected to last 100+ years.

In some cases, it is possible to avoid digging up the old pipe and save money by creating a new pipe within the old one using the latest lining technology, shown in the photo above. We were the first water utility in Wisconsin to use this technology.

Rebuilding and revitalizing Madison's water infrastructure won't be easy or quick. We estimate it will take 40 years of focused, deliberate action to turn that 400 miles of deteriorating pipeline into a long-lasting resource that will serve Madison for generations to come. But if we fail to take care of our "hidden" infrastructure now, the impacts will be far from hidden -- disruptions in service, potential exposure from lack of fire protection, and significant and costly roadway damage. Without an adequate, safe water supply, there are no businesses or homes or hospitals -- there is no vibrant and thriving Madison.

Madison Water Utility is committed to making sure our water infrastructure is in the best possible condition, ready to be relied upon by every single person who lives, works or goes to school in Madison. We're happy to be hidden behind the scenes, to be that resource that's not often thought about but is always there, ready at the touch of the faucet, whenever you need us.


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  •         Toilet Rebate
  •         Conservation Tips
  •         The Water House Project
  •         Infrastructure Overhaul
  •         Protecting Our Groundwater
  •         Home Water Conservation Program
  •         Wellhead Protection Program
  •         Project H2O Metering System
  •         Road salt and Madison's drinking water

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