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Alder Tim Gruber

Alder Tim Gruber

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513 N. Owen Drive
Madison , WI 53705

Phone: 608-338-3840
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Madison, WI 53703
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News for You: District 11 August Newsletter

July 29, 2016 11:23 AM

In this issue: Ride the Drive, Dane Dances, Community Conversations, Institute for the Healing of Racism, Regent and Eau Claire All Way Stop, Yield to Pedestrians, Slow Down and Stop on Red, Midvale Playground, MPD Midtown District Station, Hilldale, Public Health News, Ron Dayne Youth Football Camp, Segoe Road Water Main Project, Thanks for Reading!


Ride the Drive


This Sunday!


Sunday, July 31, 2016



5 miles. 5 villages. Create your own memories at this year's Ride the Drive, presented by Trek and Madison Parks!


Visit all five villages: Capitol Square, Peace Park, Brittingham Park, Olin Park and Law Park. Food, refreshments and information are available at all 5 villages. Other Ride the Drive highlights include the bike-themed selfie booth at the newly added Business Improvement District Village at Peace Park, cheese samples from Fromagination at the Capitol Square, MSCR's games and activities at the Family Village at Brittingham Park, the mountain bike and cyclocross course at the Helmet Parade Village at Olin Park, and the climbing wall at the Trek Bike Village at Law Park. Five villages are located at parks along the route.

Visit Ride the Drive for activities, map, road closures and more!



Dane Dances


Dance Dances are held every Friday in August on the Monona Terrace rooftop, from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Free!



Community Conversations


Mayor Soglin has proposed that we hold community conversations on race relations, justice, policing and equality. The conversations are part of an effort by the White House, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities (NLC) called Race Equity and Leadership (REAL). More information on these conversations will be coming soon.


About REAL

Race, Equity And Leadership is NLC's effort to equip its membership with the capacity to respond to racial tensions in their communities and address the historical, systemic and structural barriers that further inequity and racism in our nation's cities. Systemic, institutional racism and bias have had negative impacts on public policy. A focus on racial equity provides NLC the opportunity to align its unique strengths and resources across the organization to proactively prepare city leaders to apply a racial equity lens to policies, initiatives, programs and budgets. A racial equity lens offers city leaders the opportunity to create meaningful conversations and take action by assessing the ways in which municipal government can both benefit and burden racially diverse communities.


REAL Mission

To strengthen the leadership capacity of local elected officials in addressing the impact of race and equity issues in their communities.


REAL Vision

A nation in which every local official is equipped to effectively lead and serve an inclusive, thriving and healthy community.


Why start with race?

While REAL is designed to eventually address concerns expressed by city leaders related to all equity issues, such as discrimination based on income, class, gender and sexual orientation, racism is arguably the most prevailing equity issue in American society today. Slavery is a shameful and embarrassing part of our nation's past while systemic, institutional racism continues to be a part of our nation's present. Racism is therefore a critical concern as well as a difficult subject to talk about and take action upon. As such, REAL focuses first and foremost on racism in its exploration of the equity issues that impact American cities.


Achieving Inclusive, Thriving and Healthy Communities is the ultimate goal of REAL.


The stained legacy of discrimination in America has left many communities unequal. These communities face tremendous challenges. In the most harmed communities, we have seen a historic neglect by government, which has been reinforced through public policies over time. This neglect has caused racial disparities in the determinants of health: education, housing, income, employment, environment, transportation, and safety. All of these determinants not only impact the quality of life, but they also shorten one's lifespan when adverse. Studies have found that vastly different health outcomes are experienced by Americans living just a few miles apart. In addition, stark differences exist in education and income outcomes. However, that does not have to be the case. REAL envisions "a nation in which every local official is equipped to effectively lead and serve an inclusive, thriving and healthy community."


REAL Racial disparities have been driven and maintained by public- and private-sector policies. REAL is designed to empower mayors and other local elected officials to adequately address these challenges. REAL acknowledges that every city is different; therefore, we developed an action model to guide our work to help local leaders address issues of race and equity. These actions are not meant to be taken in a particular order, rather all of the actions will be pursued simultaneously.



Safe places where equitable treatment helps people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically and physically.



Institute for the Healing of Racism


Facing Racism with Knowledge, Love, Compassion, Fearlessness, Forgiveness, Action, and Intervention


The mission of this series is to raise consciousness about the history and pathology of racism and help heal racism in individuals, communities, and institutions in Madison. In this series, we work cooperatively to educate ourselves about the disease of racism through facilitated and voluntary sharing.


Please come with an open mind and open heart.


Fall 2016 Series

September 14, 2016 - November 17, 2016

Wednesdays or Thursdays 6pm-8pm. Space is limited.


All sessions are held at the home of Richard Davis

902 West Shore Drive, Madison, WI 


Open to all regardless of race/ethnicity/religion/

political affiliations/sexual orientation/ gender expression

Minimum age of 16 years old


A ten week commitment is required for full understanding and impact.

Please wait for the Spring 2017 series if you believe

you may miss more than two sessions


Registration Fee $50.00 -- Scholarships are available

For more scholarship information, please email


Registration payment will be accepted once your enrollment is confirmed. Please wait for more information regarding registration payment.




For more information, contact the Institutes volunteers at 

Phone: 608-466-2853


Address: 902 West Shore Drive, Madison, WI  53715



Suggested readings for series preparation: 

1. Racial Healing /Nathan Rutstein 

2. Uprooting Racism/Paul Kivel

3. White Like Me/ Tim Wise

4. Never Say Nigger Again/M. Garlinda Burton


Regent and Eau Claire All Way Stop


The intersection of Regent St and Eau Claire Ave will be converted to all way stop. This means that drivers on Regent St will now have to stop at Eau Claire Ave. The primary reason for this change is for safety of pedestrians crossing Regent St to and from the pool and the park. The decision was made by the City Traffic Engineer. There was a great deal of discussion regarding this change in the Hill Farms Neighborhood, with many supporting the all way stop and many supporting pedestrian activated flashers.


Please be aware of this change and remember to come to a full stop at the intersection of Regent and Eau Claire.


Yield to Pedestrians


We are all pedestrians. Even if you drive, you are a pedestrian when you walk to or from your car. We appreciate it when drivers stop for us when we are crossing the street.


Pedestrians can be young or old, walking or in a wheel chair, walking a bike or being pushed in a stroller.


Drivers are required by state law to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, whether the crosswalk is marked or not.


When driving, please stop for pedestrians. I'm asking nicely, but next time you might get a ticket. Police recently issued tickets to drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians at Whitney Way and South Hill Drive, at the request of a Hill Farms resident. If you would like to request enforcement at a certain intersection, you can email me at or call the Madison Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team (TEST) at 261-9687.


My hope is that District 11 residents will be leaders in safe driving and yielding to pedestrians. Not only is it State Law to yield to pedestrians, but it is a matter of safety for pedestrians, a courtesy and a way to show kindness to others.



Slow Down and Stop on Red


I have received complaints about unsafe driving, including speeding and red light running. One suggestion was cameras that would record drivers running red lights so that they could be ticketed. A change in State Law would be necessary before we can do that. In the meantime, I would like to focus on what we have direct control over, our own behavior as drivers.


I am amazed at how routinely we drive above the speed limit and run red lights. We probably think, "it's OK, it is just a little over the speed limit," or "the light just turned red right before I went through it." But would we think that way in other situations, for example just stealing a little bit of money from an employer or cheating on just a few of the questions on an exam? I don't think so.


We might also think, "everyone does it" (drives faster than the speed limit). But just because many people speed, does that make it the right thing to do? Does speeding make our roads safer or less safe?


I think we all know the answers to these questions. But I would like us all to think about what we can do to drive safely.


If you are driving in the city, speeding will save you very little time. It would be better to just leave your house five minutes early, and enjoy an unhurried drive to your destination. You might save a few minutes by speeding if you are on the highway traveling a long distance (although I don't recommend speeding on the highway, either). In the city, you likely aren't likely traveling a long distance and you have to stop for red lights. Many times I have seen a driver pass me at a fast speed, only to catch up to them at the next red light.


I drive within the the speed limit, which means on Midvale Blvd, I drive 30 mph or less. If you are one of those drivers who likes to tailgate me, back off. Please. I drive a grey Honda Element with bumper stickers for politicians and "I Stop for Pedestrians."


Madison Police Department West District Captain Vic Wahl recently wrote, "Almost every motor vehicle collision is preventable, and we spend a lot of time responding to and investigating accidents.  Last year, patrol officers responded to almost 9,000 accidents in the City, and spent almost 11,000 hours investigating them (and this does not include any of the time spent on accidents by other MPD personnel). "


Driving within the speed limit and stopping for red lights make driving safer for everyone, for you, for your passengers, for other drivers, and for pedestrians. Please drive within the speed limit and stop for red lights.


I have a prize, a City of Madison pin, for the first person to email me at letting me know that you have driven within the speed limit and stopped for red lights for an entire week after reading this.


Please do not text and drive. And whatever you do, please, please, do not under any circumstance play Pokemon Go while driving!


Speeding Hotline, 266-4624


Safe Communities Madison-Dane County:



Midvale Playground


Your new Midvale Elementary School playground is coming! And we need YOU to help it get built. 

Volunteer August 8th and 9th!


Constructing this playground will be a 'community build,' meaning we need a lot of volunteers to make it happen. Volunteers don't need experience or tools. They just need to be at least 18 years old and ready to have fun while working to help the kids in our community. There will be qualified project managers overseeing and directing all aspects of the build.


Please sign up for shifts at:



Share this with your friends and neighbors! We have many volunteer shifts over two days that need to be filled. Thank you for your commitment to this community!



Want to volunteer but unable to do heavier work? Please email and let me know! You could:

·         Help with refreshments.

·         Donate snacks or treats for volunteers.



If you can give to the playground, we are still accepting donations! They will be matched dollar-for-dollar through July 31st. Thank you!



MPD Midtown District Station


The Conditional Use for the Madison Police Department Midtown District Station will be considered at a Public Hearing before the Plan Commission on Monday, August 8, 5:45 pm. The hearing had been scheduled for July 25, but due to proper notice not being published in the newspaper it has been delayed to August 8.


Plans and the staff report can be accessed on the City's Legislative Information Center by searching file number 43063 and clicking on the attachments:


Comments for the Plan Commission can be sent to Tim Parks,





Plans for the remodeling of the south end of the Hilldale Mall require a zoning change to the Hilldale Planned Development District. The plans will be considered by the Plan Commission on Monday, August 8, 5:45 pm, and the Common Council on Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 pm.


Plans can be accessed on the City's Legislative Information Center by searching file number 42708 and clicking on the attachments:


Comments for the Urban Design Commission and the Plan Commission can be sent to Tim Parks,


To email Alder Tim Gruber:



Public Health News


Public Health of Madison and Dane County has a new newsletter, News You Can Use.  Here is the link to the first issue:



Ron Dayne Youth Football Camp




Former NFL running back and University of Wisconsin football star Ron Dayne has an extensive

list of achievements and awards, including a Heisman Trophy, Big 10 Player of the Year in 1999,

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee, College Football Hall of Fame inductee, University of

Wisconsin Hall of Fame inductee, as well as the 11th overall draft pick in 2000. In addition,

Dayne holds the NCAA 1-A rushing record for total yards in a career, was named a three-time

All American, and a four-year starter at the University of Wisconsin. Dayne played for eight

seasons in the NFL between the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and Houston Texans before

retiring in 2007.

Now the seasoned football vet is focusing his efforts on youth football. Dayne will be hosting his

10th annual youth football camp for kids in Madison, Wisconsin, but with an interesting twist. In

order to promote the importance of education, the youth football camp will be providing a

discount for campers who were on their school's Honor Roll last quarter. The camp will teach

football fundamentals, drills, education, and motivation from Ron Dayne himself and other

former NFL players.

To further the idea of education even more, kids who cannot afford the camp fees will have a

chance at a limited number of "scholarships." Scholarship hopefuls will be asked to write an

essay describing their "WHY" in life: What is their purpose? What is the reason they get up in

the morning? What do they want their legacy to be? Because we believe that when you discover

your "WHY", you will find your "HOW." Winning essays will be chosen and awarded

"scholarship" money to cover their camp fees.

The Ron Dayne 10th Annual Youth Football Camp will be held on August 13th and 14th from

9am-12:30pm for kids age 7-13 at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wisconsin

For more information, please go to

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Ron Dayne attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison to play football from 1996-1999,

starting all four years and collecting a number of impressive awards and achievements to his

resume. He then went on to play in the NFL after being selected as the New York Giants' first

round pick in 2000. After eight seasons of professional football, Dayne retired in 2007. He now

lives in Wisconsin. 



Segoe Road Water Main Project


Project Details

Approximate Schedule: Early August 2016 to mid-September 2016.

Water Main Work: A new 12-inch water pipeline will be installed on the southbound side of N. Segoe Road, from Sheboygan Avenue to Regent Street. Several new fire hydrants will be spaced out along this pipeline and installed in the terrace along the west side of the road. Construction operations may include:

• Sawing of asphalt pavement

• Asphalt removal

• Excavation

• Utility pipe installation

• Backfill, soil compaction, and base course placement

• Paving operations of asphalt

• General site maintenance, cleanup and restoration

Water Shut-offs: Water service interruptions are not anticipated on this project; the new pipeline will not have services connected to it

during this project.

Traffic Impacts: The southbound lanes of N. Segoe Road will be closed to traffic, and the northbound lanes will be converted to twoway

traffic during construction. Parking on the traffic-side of N. Segoe Road will not be allowed during construction. Access to

driveways on the southbound side of N. Segoe Road will be coordinated as needed. Temporary signals will be installed at the Regent

Street intersection while traffic is shifted.

Bus Routes & Pickup Locations: Aside from the traffic shifting, bus routes will not be altered during work on this project. The bus

stop on the southbound side of N. Segoe Road nearest to the Sawyer Terrace intersection will be relocated to pick up passengers at a

temporary location at the median of N. Segoe Road and Sawyer Terrace.

Streets: The street pavement will be removed and replaced where necessary to allow for the pipeline installation. Small sections of curb

will be removed and replaced for new hydrant installations.


Project Contacts

Project Manager:

Pete Holmgren


Construction Inspection:

Jeff Belshaw


Traffic Engineering:

Tom Mohr


City Engineering:

John Fahrney


Metro Transit:

Tim Sobota


Construction Contractor:

John Czerepinski




Thanks for Reading!


Tim Gruber, District 11 Alder, City of Madison


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