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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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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

Press Conference, City Snow Plowing Procedures

January 29, 2020 9:57 PM


Mayor Rhodes-Conway Joining Launch of Age-Friendly Madison Initiative

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 1:02pm

Press conference to launch AGE-FRIENDLY MADISON – Innovative, Inclusive & Thriving

When: Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 8:30 a.m.

Where: Madison Senior Center, 330 W Mifflin Street, Madison 

The City of Madison has officially been accepted as a member of the AARP Network of Age- Friendly Communities. The network is an affiliate of the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Cities and Communities program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. The program has participating communities in more than 20 nations.

Madison is the sixth municipality in Wisconsin to earn the designation. It joins Sheboygan, Greendale, Shorewood and Wausau. Across the country 353 communities are part of theNetwork as they actively work to make their towns, cities or villages great places to live for people of all ages.A steering committee will lead the local age-friendly initiative called Age-Friendly Madison – Innovative, Inclusive, & Thriving. The steering committee will create an action plan to insure that Madison residents have access to resources that enhance personal independence, allow

residents to age in place; and welcomes our residents' engagement.



With the recent winter advisory notices, I have received many emails from constituents. I thought I would share concerns as well as a response from Bryan Johnson director of our streets department. Others  had similar concerns. 

General Information

Name: Name & Address Withheld


City: Madison

State: WI

ZIP: 53719

Should we contact you?: Yes


We live (address withheld) Mid-town and M, are not getting plowed to the point that walkers take their life in their hands crossing the streets. There is so much snow and ice from no services that the ice melt/snow just refreezes to create a huge mess. I have a picture of the intersection of Dolomite and Mica that you wouldn't believe!


Good afternoon, (name withheld) 

Alder McKinney shared your email with the Streets Division as we are the agency that is responsible for the plowing service. From your email, I believe you are noticing the differences between salt routes and residential streets. The Mica/Shale neighborhood does not have a City of Madison salt route that runs through it. The salt routes for the most part follow Madison Metro bus routes (not school bus routes), and other major thoroughfares. Since there are no salt routes here, this means they are not plowed until there is three or more inches of snow on the roads and the storm is at or near its end. It also means no roads in this neighborhood are directly salted. Instead, sand is spread to assist with slippery areas. Since the roads are not salted, this will leave a hard pack layer of snow and ice on the roads. This happens because traffic will compact the snow to the ground, and also city plow trucks cannot peel up the last layer of snow from the road. The only way to completely remove all the snow down to bare pavement would be salt them, and we will not salt every street in Madison in an effort to protect our lakes and drinking waters from the pollution hazards caused by salt. Now all this does not mean that mistakes do not happen from time to time, so I am interested in seeing the picture you referenced in your email to Alder McKinney. With that said, when you took the photo does matter quite a bit, too. For example, with the most recent storm, we did not start a citywide plowing operation until 11pm on January 24. If you took the photo at 10pm, the roads would be quite full of snow. In fact, citywide plowing takes 12 to 16 hours to complete, so even if you took the photo at 7:00am on January 25, the plowing still may not have completely serviced this neighborhood.

The best tool we have to learn what the Streets Division is doing with snow is our snow plow updates. Whenever we send out plow trucks to respond to a snowstorm, we send out an email update to subscribers so they know what to expect. You can sign up to receive these updates at If there is a specific street that needs some sand following this most recent storm, or an area that might need more plowing attention (for example, sometimes plows do not get far enough back to the curb), let us know and we can dispatch a truck to help.

Bryan Johnson

City of Madison Streets Division

Recycling Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Office: 608-267-2626


Development Assistance Team

January 30, 2020; 9:00 a.m.

Madison Municipal Building

215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Madison, WI 53701

MMB Room 153

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.Informational presentation by Ryan Quam and Lisa Sotis regarding a planned addition to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1701 McKenna Blvd. ORLC, whose early childhood school programs are in high-demand, wishes to expand and improve their facilities with a phase 1 project that will add a gymnasium andadditional early childhood classrooms. They also wish to plan for expansion of their school from shared-grade classrooms (1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th) to a single grade level per room. That growth will be accommodated in a phase 2 (or future) expansion of the building and parking. (Two options for Phase 2 have been included). Slide 4 is the proposed full build out while Slides 2 & 3 are alternatives.

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