Alder Syed Abbas,
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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City 2017 Budget
The 2017 Capital and Operating Budget have been approved by the Council and signed by the Mayor. Only amendments brought forward by at least two Council members were discussed so a significant part of the budget is very consistent with previous budgets.
I'm pleased that the City Council has affirmed the Madison Public Market project. We have provided additional language that will help shape the project and provide more information to the Council as the process to determine design, operations, and other details is moved forward.
In addition, the Council has approved the renaming and refocusing of the current "Local Foods Committee" to the "Public Market Development Committee (PMDC)" and will now focus exclusively to transitioning the Public Market to a private non-profit organization who will ultimately operate the facility.
Another aspect is to expand the Public Market Development Committee membership. If you are interested in the future of the Madison Public Market, I encourage you to sign-up to be a member of the committee. Interested individuals can sign up via the Mayor's Office webpage.
Municipal: One day event celebrates Madison's history and arts
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library presents MUNICIPAL, a one-day pop-up celebration of the Madison Municipal Building on the eve of its renovation. The free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, December 10, 11am-6pm, at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
MUNICIPAL will celebrate the building's history and highlight the many artists working in the city of Madison and the surrounding areas. Over 100 local artists are participating in this one-of-a-kind event featuring visual art, performances, hands-on activities and live music. Visitors can expect to experience the historic space in a new and innovative way.
How do you Imagine Madison?
The goal of Imagine Madison is to gather the opinions of each and every Madisonian, which will be used to update the City's Comprehensive Plan. We need your help to identify the most important goals for our community's future. Let your voice be heard. Please join us for the Imagine Madison kickoff Community Meetings!
- Monday, December 5 5:30 - 7:30pm
- Central Library (201 W Mifflin St) 3rd Floor Community Room
- Wednesday, December 7 5:30 - 7:30pm
- The Village on Park (2300 S Park St) Atrium Community Room
Both meetings will have identical schedules:
5:30 Open House
6:15 Interactive Presentation
7:15 Open House & Discussion
Refreshments and childcare will be provided.
Spanish and Hmong Interpreters will be available.
Sherman/Schlimgen signalized intersection
Congratulations on the Sherman Neighborhood Association's efforts to promote a signalized intersection at Packers and Schlimgen Avenue.
Once a year the city's Pedestrian, Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Commission (PBMV) ranks signal prioritization throughout the city. City staff presents requested locations with data about traffic counts, accidents, etc.
Residents attended the meeting and advocated to prioritize this intersection because of the difficulty to cross six traffic lanes to get to the bus stop on the other side of the street, exiting the neighborhood on Schlimgen as well as other concerns.
The PBMV has moved the intersection up on the priority list and City Engineering staff will be doing a detailed study as a step before approving a new traffic signal at the intersection.
Pennsylvania Park Expansion
Over the past several years, the City of Madison has been working to buy the house on the corner of First Street and East Johnson Street for the purpose of expanding Pennsylvania Park and to provide safer First Street crossings for pedestrian and bicyclists. You might remember there was a short concrete wall that made the sidewalk very narrow and the house itself provided visual obstructions making it difficult to see traffic down First Street.
I am happy to report the house has been now been demolished. This being November not a lot of work will be done on the site but you can already see how the additional space will allow for better connections.
Next year, in conjunction with the Emerson East, Eken Park, Yahara (EEEPY) Neighborhood Plan, we will also be adding additional amenities to the Park that has previously been nothing more than empty space with a path through it. If you're interested in taking part of the discussion, I encourage you to attend the monthly Emerson East Neighborhood Association meetings on the first Wednesday of the month.
Finally, there is some discussion to renaming the park as the name doesn't reflect the neighborhood and the instinct to shorten the name to "Penn Park" actually is already an existing park on the southside of Madison.
TV Recycling Price Increase
Starting January 1, 2017 it will cost $15 to recycle a television at the drop off sites. TV recycling is still mandatory as they are banned from the landfill. Also, we still need residents to bring televisions to the drop off sites.
TVs should not be placed at the curb for collection (there are exceptions – see below). Televisions should not be placed at the curb because if the screen becomes broken, they can release toxic material such as lead into the gutter and into the water system.
We decided to raise the price of televisions from $10 to $15 because we are seeing a substantial number of TVs. Through October 2016, we've recycled just over 222 tons of televisions. That's about equivalent to all of the electronics we recycled in 2015.
Televisions are easily the most numerous, and heaviest, electronic device we receive to recycle. We expect this high volume of televisions to continue for at least another five years as people continue the transition from bulky cathode ray televisions (CRTs) to modern high-definition ones. When the Streets Division recycles electronics, we pay by the pound, so the high number of big heavy TVs increases our costs.
The good news is that we are only adjusting the price of televisions at this time. And we are not increasing the price of computer monitors – the price increase is just for televisions.
One more important note: after the first of the year, you will need to pay $15 to recycle a television. This means if you buy a $10 sticker to recycle a TV and don't use it until after January 1, you will need to buy a $5 sticker to meet the new price.
Don't Put TVs at the Curb, Except...
There are two exceptions to the rule that people are not supposed to place televisions at the curb. If you need to recycle a projection screen television, or a console television, those can be placed to the curb – with the sticker - on your large item collection day. Those types of TVs are so large and heavy, most people would not be able to bring them into the drop off site. All other televisions, however, should be taken to a drop off site.
Do Not Recycle Drinking Glasses
In previous city communications, the list of recyclables had a mistake. We should not place drinking glasses into the recycling cart. We have updated the two-page guide on our website with the corrected information.
Most drinking glasses are tempered, and that type of glass isn't recyclable in our system currently. Despite the earlier email, do not place drinking glasses into the recycling.
If the glasses you are discarding can be reused, please donate them to one of Madison's area thrift stores or sell them on www.madisonstuffexchange.com, or even post them to your social media networks to see if someone in your neighborhood needs them.
If they are broken, however, please just place them into the refuse container. No special packaging of the broken glass is required either.
Don't Forget It's Winter!
Winter is upon us, Madison, and that brings plenty of changes. We have alternate side parking. We have shortened drop-off sitehours. We have that fun double-holiday for Thanksgiving that can make recycling collection a little confusing. And there are two more important things I want to mention.
First, don't forget to sign up for snow plow updates so you can stay informed with what the Streets Division is doing in response to the winter weather.
And finally, salt. All the salt that we apply on the ground will eventually find its way to our drinking water, so please be Salt Wise this winter. Salt Wise provides useful tips on how to keep the sidewalks safe while not overusing salt.
Madison Is Now A 'Class 1' Fire Protection Community
Property Owners May Be Entitled To Lower Insurance Rates
The nation's leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry has named Madison "Wisconsin's newest Class 1 fire protection community." It's a distinction shared by only three other cities in the state.
The Insurance Service Organization (ISO), through its Public Protection Classification program, examined three areas: Emergency Communications, Fire Department, and Water Supply. Out of 105.50 possible credits in the ISO's scoring metric, Madison received 91.48 credits, placing the city among an elite group of 204 municipalities (out of 47,000) in the country that carry this honor. The new classification takes effect Thursday, December 1.
The public's ongoing investment in a progressive fire department, a robust and reliable water utility, and a responsive, technologically-advanced emergency communications center is now paying off by way of lower property insurance rates.
Most insurers use the ISO's Public Protection Classification Program when underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties; therefore, property owners in the City of Madison, Village of Shorewood Hills, and Town of Blooming Grove may be entitled to decreased rates.
Individuals can take advantage of this new classification by contacting their insurance agent and letting them know their community was just upgraded to an "ISO Class 1" ranking. Because each insurer uses ISO rankings differently, actual savings may vary.
Contacts: •Cynthia Schuster, 608-261-5539, firstname.lastname@example.org
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