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Alder Barbara Vedder

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Alder Barbara Vedder

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Home Address:

2314 E Dayton St

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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Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan, Redevelopment of the former KFC building, PFAS and F35 Events

January 27, 2020 3:19 PM


We have many things happening in our community this week and in February. Important meeting dates and times are below – I hope to see you at some of these events:

Redevelopment of the former KFC building on E. Washington

Alder Abbas and Alder Rummel are holding a public meeting where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback about a new proposal to redevelop the former KFC building at 2958 E. Washington Avenue into a Dunkin' Donuts.

Meeting Details:

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Bashford United Methodist Church 329 North Street

If you cannot attend and have thoughts to share, please contact me at


Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan Public Open House

Join the City of Madison staff and consultants at the former Oscar Mayer office building to discuss the revised development concept and draft plan document. 

Meeting Details:

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: 910 Oscar Avenue at Oscar Mayer Station

Spanish and Hmong translators will be available. Child care may be available (contact Dan McAuliffe at or 261-9676 for information).

Meeting Materials:  

The revised development concept, draft document and appendix are at the links below:

Revised Development Concept

Draft Document

Appendix 1 - Public Event Comments


F-35s, PFAS and Truax Forum

Please join Safe Skies to learn and discuss issues like:

  • Soil and water contamination and Truax expansion
  • Noise, mitigation and airport avigation easements
  • Safety issues
  • Economic and social impact on the community
  • Global impact
  • Timeline, action plans and what you can do

Meeting Details:

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Where: Madison East High School

 For more information please visit

Public Meeting PFAS in Starkweather Creek


Understanding the Updated Fish Consumption Advisory for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona


Last week the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) updated the fish consumption advisory for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona. DNR updated the advisory after testing for fish in these areas and learning they had elevated levels of PFOS.

In this updated advisory, people can eat up to one meal of bluegill fish per week. People can eat largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch from these two bodies of water up to one meal per month. For example, if you caught and ate a yellow perch, do not eat walleye, northern pike, or any other fish for a month.

These recommendations come from the Great Lakes Consortium for Fish Consumption Advisories, a group of public health experts from the Great Lakes region and Canada that review data on fish contamination and create recommendations for eating fish.

This particular advisory is only for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona, but many other Wisconsin bodies of water also have fish consumption advisories for other contaminants, like mercury and PCBs. With this advisory, we are most concerned with PFOS, a type of PFAS that builds up in a fish's body more than other types of PFAS.

The DNR is planning for more fish tissue and water sampling in the future. Public Health Madison & Dane County is in the process of creating, translating, and posting new signs with this information along Starkweather Creek and at water access points on Lake Monona. We know fishing is popular on Lake Monona, and we want to be sure that people are making informed choices when fishing for food or fun.

To learn more about this updated fish consumption advisory, we invite the community to join us for two public meetings at East Madison Community Center:

February 8 from 10:30–11:30 AM
February 12 from 6:30–7:30 PM

Both meetings will be the same and will focus on the new fish consumption advisory and coming in contact with the water/foam. We will have Spanish and Hmong interpreters available, and one of the meetings will be recorded for anyone who misses it.

For the most up-to-date information on PFAS in Dane County, visit


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