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Alder Arvina Martin

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Council Vice President

Alder Arvina Martin,
Council Vice President

Contact Information

Home Address:

4901 Waukesha Street
Madison , WI 53705

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 Martin’s Blog

Dangerous Winter Weather

January 26, 2019 4:33 PM

With plunging temperatures and more snow expected, residents are being reminded to check in with elderly and disabled friends and neighbors. Because of the dangerous temperatures, area shelters are extending hours and providing transportation between overnight and day shelters. Occupancy quotas are being waived so that no one is denied service. Dane County Human Services is working to coordinate information which is available at this website .

The Beacon will open at 7:30am during cold weather to limit the amount of time guests are exposed to the cold in the morning. (The Beacon closes daily at 5pm.) Porchlight begins intake for the men's shelter at 5:30pm on weekdays. **Beginning on Saturday, January 26th, The men's shelter will begin intake at 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays until March 31st to limit exposure to the cold.  (On the weekends, the Central Library closes at 5pm and the State Capitol closes at 4pm.)

Madison Police officers as well as other City workers will be vigilant in making sure homeless residents and others are not out in the cold. Officers will continue to transport people to appropriate shelter.

Madison Metro will have warming buses at all four Madison bus transfer points this weekend. These buses will shelter people who need to make a bus transfer. The service can be continued if there are buses available next week.

Madison public libraries remain an option for people escaping the elements. They are open from 9-5 on Saturday and on Sunday the Central Library as well as Pinney, Sequoyah and Alicia Ashman will be open from 1-5 pm. During the week, the main libraries are open from 9-9. The Madison Senior Center is also an option for anyone looking for shelter during the day.

Currently, more snow is expected into Monday. Because of the low temperatures Madison Streets crews will not be using salt, as it will be ineffective. Sand will be used to assist with traction, but motorists ae being urged to give themselves extra time and take precautions. Updates on City streets and parking restrictions are available here.

Again, please keep an eye on friends, relatives, and neighbors.

Stay warm.

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