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Occupy Madison Proposal Update
Posted April 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

 

Greetings!

The City of Madison Staff Report is now available online. The Staff report reccomends approval of the proposal by the Plan Commission with several conditions, which may be modified prior to Plan Commission Action.

From the Staff Recommendation:

In the case of the proposed planned development, concerns have been raised in discussions with staff about the unique nature of the proposed "tiny houses" and the residential cooperative village/living space for 9 of those units. Those concerns range from the tiny houses themselves, which may not have indoor plumbing (those parked on the subject site will not have composting toilets) and will be constructed on wheeled trailers instead of foundations, to concerns about the tiny house fabrication process on the edge of a residential area, to concerns stemming from the potential occupancy of the tiny houses by the homeless.

Staff believes that many of these concerns can be addressed through rigorous conditions of approval. The conditions recommended in the "Recommendation" section of this report include the submittal of a management plan for approval by the Planning Division, Zoning Administrator, Chief of Police and Public Health?Madison/Dane County that includes detailed resident/ steward selection procedures, conflict resolution procedures for on?site residents/ stewards (including the potential loss of a home unit (eviction)), emergency contact information, and the guest policy.

Additionally, because the Planned Development district allows for permitted or conditional uses to be established upon the approval of a PD district by the Common Council, staff has identified which of the uses proposed shall be conditional, and is recommending that the continuing jurisdiction provisions for conditional uses referenced in the letter of intent be incorporated into the final zoning text. Staff believes that establishing continuing jurisdiction over the property will provide a necessary mechanism to address any issues that may arise with aspects of the proposed planned development beyond the regular authority of the Zoning Administrator to enforce zoning approvals. In particular, the fabrication of the tiny houses and the residential cooperative village components of the project will become conditional uses in this PD district if it is approved.

For the complete Legistar file #32965 (pre-submittal discussion) please click here.

For the complete Legistar file #33390 (ordinance changes) please click here.

Remember, I highly encourage you if you are interested in this project to come to the Monday, April 28 Plan Commission meeting - starts at 5:30pm at the City-County Building 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Room 201 (Council Chambers).

Occupy Madison-Union Corners Meetings
Posted April 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Occupy Madison Timeline

Occupy Madison is hosting a tour of a tiny house and a review of their proposal on Monday, April 21 at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church 2146 E Johnson Street:

  • 6:30 to 7:30 Tour a Tiny House
  • 7:30 to 9:00 pm Plans for our Tiny Village

City of Madison Hearnings and Decision Timeline:

  • Urban Design Commission: 23 April 2014
  • Plan Commission: 28 April 2014
  • Common Council: 06 May 2014

To me, the most important meeting is the April 28 Plan Commission meeting. The Plan Commission is generally in charge of the review and approval of projects throughout Madison. The will be reviewing the application and any updates, reviewing the staff report, listening to your concerns or issues (anyone is eligible to come before them and speak or register in support or opposition), and compare against adopted city plans and policies.

Most of the work of planning in the City is done at this Commission. The Common Council generally supports the decisions of the Commission and only involves itself in extra-ordinary situations. 

For more information about the proposal, timeline and documents visit the City website at:
http://www.cityofmadison.com/planning/projects/rezoning/2046ejs.html

 

Union Coners Revised Plan Public Meeting

Please join Alder Rummel (District 6, which the Union Corners site is located) and myself for a follow-up meeting about Union Corners.  We will see the latest changes to the proposed General Development Plan for Union Corners and Specific Implementation Plan for the UW Health Clinic.  Gorman & Company has applied for a zoning text amendment as the first step in the public review process but still need to provide details for the site plan.  They seek community input on the direction they are taking.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bashford United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall 329 North Street
(Please enter from the parking lot in back.)

Brush Collection Sta
Posted March 26, 2014 at 4:01 PM
District 12 Update - March 4, 2014
Posted March 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

 

Tenneyson Lane

Two projects are still moving forward on Tenneyson Lane: Independent Living and Tenneyson Ridge.

There will be public meeting on the actual building proposal for Independent Living on Thursday March 20 at 6:00pm at the Warner Park Community and Recreation Center. Independent Living will also be doing an Informational Presentation to the Madison Urban Design Commission the previous night, March 19.

We are still awaiting notice from WHEDA about the Tenneyson Ridge Section 42 tax credit, expected sometime in April. However, the Wisconsin Development Corporation has approved a $150,000 grant to the City for environmental site work. I will continue to keep residents informed via the District 12 email list.

Occupy Madison

Occupy Madison has submitted an application for a zoning change to 2046-2050 East Johnson Street to convert the existing auto repair shop into a tiny house workshop and residential community for nine units as well as retail space, gardens and greenhouse. Complete information about the proposal is available online

It is anticipated that the schedule would be:

  • Urban Design Committee:  April 23, 2014
  • Plan Commission: April 28, 2014
  • Common Council: May 6, 2014

I've hosted three public meetings and a special discussion for residents living closer than 250 feet. The application reflects many of the concerns that neighbors expressed.

Just like all proposal, the Plan Commission has the right to amend any application. In addition, the Occupy Madison has proposed that the Plan Commission (City) maintain continuing jurisdiction over all conditional uses for the purpose of resolving complaints. This would allow citizens and officials the ability to have the Plan Commission review violations and impose any additional reasonable conditions.

At this point, I am not planning to schedule another public meeting, but you are invited to come to the Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission to learn more or voice your opinion. You can also send an email to the Planning Unit Contact Staff member on the link above.

North Street, Hoard Street and Commercial Avenue

The reconstruction of North Street from East Washington Avenue to Commercial Avenue, Commercial Avenue from Packers Avenue to North Street and Hoard Street from Seventh Street to North Street is moving ahead. The Council approved the changes at the March 4 meeting.

This is a complete reconstruction of the streets, replacing the sanitary and water mains, anticipated to begin in May and end in October. Other changes proposed:

  • The existing median on Commercial Ave. at Packers Ave. will be shorted to allow left-turns into and out of Dementral Field.?
  • Pedestrian islands will be added on North St. at the Hoard St. and Dayton St. intersections to improve pedestrian crossings.
  • The intersection of East Dayton and North St. will be realigned to provide a standard intersection and the existing triangle island will be removed.
  • The intersections of North St. with Hoard St., Upham St. and Mifflin St. will also be realigned slightly to improve visibility and provide shorter crossing distances for pedestrians.

If you have concerns about the project, especially during the construction stage, you can contact the Project Manager Glen Yoerger at 261.9177.

Warner Park Community and Recreation Center (WPCRC) Facility Manager

I'm pleased to announce the selection of a new Warner Park Facility Manager – Jacob Tisue. Jacob has most recently worked as the Park and Recreation Director for the Village of Cottage Grove, developing their Firemen's Park, improving and expanding the trail system and developing family-friendly community events.

I anticipate that this is a new opportunity for the Center to look at the services and support it provides our communities and improve and expand access. Please stop by WPCRC and say hi to Jacob and all the staff.

Northside 5th of July Celebration

A very dedicated group of Northsiders are working on a new and exciting Independence Celebration. It will be on Saturday July 5 in and about Warner Park, and all families and neighbors are welcome to attend. One of the highlights will be an evening fireworks display after the Mallards game. The Northside Planning Council has also been active in planning the event and more information will be available soon.

Union Corners Meeting 3/1
Posted February 14, 2014 at 2:30 PM

 

Please join Alder  Marsha Rummel and me for a neighborhood meeting about Union Corners (at the intersection of Milwaukee Street and East Washington Avenue).

We will hear from the Gorman & Company team about their proposed General Development Plan for the overall site and Specific Implementation Plan for the UW Health Clinic.  A neighborhood steering committee has been meeting with the development team. 

 

The team seeks to gather community input before they submit plans to the City by March 12.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bashford United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall
329 North Street
(Please enter from the parking lot in back.)

We look forward to seeing you on March 1.

 

Also don't forget about the Occupy Madison Meeting this coming Monday:

Monday, February 17, 2014 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
East High School - Room 1031 (Barrett Room)
2222 E. Washington Avenue

 

Larry

Madison Public Market Survey
Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

 

The City of Madison is conducting a Public Market Survey. I know that many on the Northside have an interest in getting the Northside Towne Center (North Sherman and Northport) tagged as a potential location. 

We are conducting a survey to better understand food buying habits in Madison and to gauge community interest and preferences for the Madison Public Market.  The survey can be completed online at the link below. 

The city will also be conducting some in-person "intercept surveys" at branch libraries over the next couple weeks to reach folks who are less likely to access the survey online.  This survey is one of several outreach efforts we will be making during the next few months to engage the community about the project.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DPMK73N

Please forward this to anyone or groups that you think might be interested,

Thanks!

 

Larry

Occupy Madison Public Meeting #3
Posted February 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

 

You are invited to a third public meeting about the proposed Occupy Madison project at 2046/2050 East Johnson Street. This meeting will be similar to the first public meeting where there will be a review of the proposal and then an opportunity for residents to ask questions or make comments.

Monday, February 17, 2014 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
East High School - Room 1031 (Barrett Room)
2222 E. Washington Avenue

Residents who attending the Public Meeting #2 were able to review the UDC Initial Application (see link below) with a short Q&A about the proposal. The applicant has not been able to submit the official application until after the UDC Initial Application therefore the timeline has moved to meetings of the Plan Commission and Urban Design Committee (UDC) to the March/April timeframe.

Residents who live within 250 feet will also receive an invitation to a round-table discussion with Occupy Madison to discuss the proposal in more specifics. These residents have received a post-card inviting them to this meeting.

Larry

Neighborhood and Emerging Opportunities Funding
Posted February 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Madison has two annual grant programs that are designed to assist communities, neighborhoods and residents make Madison a better place. Both have extensive information online which is available by following the specific hyperlink.

If you are interested in either of these programs, please do not hesitate to follow-up with me at lpalm@cityofmadison.com.


2014 City Neighborhood Grant Program

The Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development, Planning Division, has a grant program designed to help neighborhood associations build capacity, beautify public places, and plan for the future. The grant program helps to improve the quality of life within neighborhoods, and the City as a whole.

For more information please see information online.

The City of Madison Emerging Opportunities Program Funding Now Available

The Emerging Opportunities Program (EOP) was established to support projects and activities that address emerging needs or unanticipated opportunities that arise outside of the Community Development Division's (CDD) more formal Purchase of Service processes. The EOP was created to allow the City to respond in a more timely manner and seize opportunities as they are presented and most viable. The EOP is also intended for new and nascent organizations to receive City financial support, provided they demonstrate broad engagement in the development of the project or activity the organization proposes.

The City of Madison is seeking proposals at this time that address issues of poverty and inequality in the City of Madison. Strong proposals will:

  1. Focus on emerging needs or unanticipated opportunities in the City that warrant resources and attention at this time; and
  2. Present opportunities to try new or innovative approaches to resolving issues or problems that adversely affect the City's quality of life; and
  3. Demonstrate resident and community interest and engagement in the development of the proposed project.
  4. Preference will be given to new or nascent organizations. Proposals should address needs that arise outside the timelines and/ or scopes of other established City funding processes. The program's intent is to address issues that impact such things as access to affordable housing; services for children, youth, and families; employment and training programs and other activities that help improve the quality of life in Madison's neighborhoods.

More information and applications available online.

Occupy Madison Builds Moves Forward
Posted January 31, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Greetings!

 

I have been informed that the Occupy Madison Builds intends to apply to the City of Madison to move forward on their development plans at Sanchez Motors. Please keep in mind that this is the same process as any other applicant and regardless of public opinion, they have the right to apply and for the City of Madison to consider their proposal.

I am inviting people to attend the Emerson-East Neigborhood Association meeting on Wednesday, Febrary 5, 2014 to learn more about what the actual application says and the next steps in the development process. 

This will not be a meeting that will involve public discussion or questions and answers about anything other than what the application requests and what the next steps will be.

  • Wednesday Febrary 5, 2014  6:30pm - 7:15pm.
  • Bashford United Methodist Church, 329 North Street

The regular EENA meeting will follow at 7:15pm.

 

I have also uploaded all the comments, positives and improvements from the January 15 public meeting to the District 12 website. You can read all the information here.

 

Finally, we are working on scheduling two additional meetings to discuss this propsal:

  • A second public meeting similar to meeting on January 15. Information about this meeting will be send to nearby residents and through the District 12 email list.
  • A smaller, adjacent property owners/residents meeting for them to discuss the project with the Occupy Madison Builds participants. Information about this meeting will be mailed directly to adjacent residents.

 

I will continue to provide information as it moves forward to the District 12 email list, which if you are not currently signed up for you can do so at http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district12

Thank you!

Larry

Alder, District 12

District 12 Development/Meetings Update
Posted January 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Greetings!

I guess the month of January is about development in District 12! Coming off a quiet 2013, we now have four projects either in or touching the District. I have no updates for the CDA homeless SRO proposal at Rethke which is in Alder Ahrens district, but will get information out if it becomes available.

I want to thank everyone who has sent me an email, attended one of our meetings or attended a city committee meeting. Your involvement has really improved projects and informed public opinion. I know sometimes it might seem difficult considering the complexities of the city process, but observations big and small do mean something to me as your representative.

Larry

1902 Tennyson Lane
Last night the Common Council approved three items related to the proposal at 1902 Tennyson Lane:

  • Rezone a part of the property to a higher residential density from SR-C1 (Suburban Residential-Consistent 1) District to SR-V2 (Suburban Residential-Varied 2),
  • Amending the Northport-Warner Park-Sherman Neighborhood Plan to recommend medium-density residential uses on the west-central portion of the approximately 19.46-acre Keller property located generally north of Tennyson Lane and east of a future extension Eliot Lane.
  • Approving up to $795,000 in loan funding from the housing development reserve funds and Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Today's Wisconsin State Journal has a rather sensational article about this project describing it as "low income". I am firmly convinced that this is nothing of the sort and would actually result in some of the most expensive rental housing option in the north part of District 12!

Mathematically, each unit's construction cost would be roughly $160,000 – a substantial investment that will include many modern amenities such as in-unit washer and dryer and heated underground parking. Doing a quick Zillow housing search, only one or two of the houses in this area are at that rate or above.

Monthly rents would be in the $900-$1,000 range. These units would not be eligible for Section 8 vouchers; applying the generally accepted three times housing costs a family must earn a minimum of $32,400-$36,000 a year or $15.58-$17.31 an hour to afford to live in this development.

Madison needs affordable housing for our working residents – our teachers, police officers and sanitation workers. Many know that the cost of living in Madison outstrips a regular worker's income, and it is in the City's best interest to provide housing that would allow people to live within the city instead of trekking out to suburbs and neighboring communities.

The developer would be making an investment of about $11,600,000 here in the Northside, not including the future development of twenty three individual family housing lots. These lots are expected to be sold in the range of $40,000. Coupled with the Independent Living proposal next door and the already under construction Granite Ridge on Londonderry Drive and Packers Avenue an investment is being made right here in our community.
For the record, I invited residents to attend at least two meetings to discuss this proposal, as well as provided information about the various city committees that would be reviewing the project. This project has evolved and changed since first proposed, and as have been made aware of is significantly different than proposals made a few years ago.

Residents who attended the first meeting were significantly concerned about density, safety and low income residents. The addition of a public road has alleviated city staff concerns about access to the building which will allow our police officers and public safety workers to directly access the building. The placement of the buildings has also changed to promote visibility, as well as making some units directly connected to the street.
Separating fact from fiction, I hope you will agree that this is affordable housing, but in no way "low-income". These properties will be a few hundred dollars above existing rental properties in the area, making them in fact a "step above."


Union Corners Proposal
A proposal from the Gorman Company is going before the City's Urban Design Committee (UDC) at their Wednesday meeting 4:30pm at the City-County Building Room LL-110 (lower level).  Here's the complete agenda.

Alder Rummel, the District 6 Alder, shared with me the paper plans for the project which show a two story UW Health Clinic at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street. The proposed plans are now available online for everyone to view. Click on the "2504WinnebagoPlans012214.pdf" hyperlink to access the recent plan.

Unfortunately the plan has many deviations from the previous plans. The main building is only two stories as opposed to three or four stories. There is more parking behind this building. There would be three story residential townhouses along Winnebago Street moving to four story multi-family at the back of the property.
If you are interested in sharing your concerns, questions, observations, etc please email Al Martin at amartin@cityofmadison.com in addition to Alder Rummel and myself. Your comments will be added to the Legistar file and provided to committee members at the meeting.


Occupy Madison Proposal
Occupy Madison has not presented at this moment an application to the City of Madison for a development at the Sanchez Motors site. We are still collating information received from the meeting held January 15. There were a lot of comments, questions and observations from the 150 or so people who came. When all of the information is collated, it will be shared with the applicant and I will post it to the District 12 website for the public to review.
We will be looking to establish a follow-up meeting, and if an application is submitted, more meetings will be planned at that time.

 

Upcoming Meetings

Emerson-East Eken Park Yahara Neighborhood Plan Meeting

January 23, 6:30 p.m.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Basement cafeteria – park in back lot off of Union Street and enter through the courtyard doors. Then go downstairs to the cafeteria.

Open to everyone, this first meeting would be more of a get to know everyone and to plan the next several meetings. So, don't be shy, if you're interested in the future of the Eken Park and Emerson East neigborhoods come to the meeting right at the beginning.

North Street Reconstruction Meeting

The City of Madison will host a public informational meeting regarding the proposed reconstruction of North St., Hoard St.and Commercial Ave., in 2014. The meeting will be held on:

Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Bashford United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
329 North Street, Madison WI

 

The project will include replacement of the curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, driveway aprons, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main. Sidewalk will be replaced as needed for utility construction and to repair any damaged sections. The project will involve special assessments to owners of property adjacent to the project. Construction is planned to take place during the summer of 2014.

Representatives from City Engineering will be available to discuss the project. Should you have any questions regarding the proposed project, please contact Glen Yoerger, City Engineering at 261-9177 or by email, gyoerger@cityofmadison.com.

Yahara River Corridor Planning Public Meeting

Thursday January 30, 6:30 PM
Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street
 

The City of Madison's Planning Division is hosting a meeting to continue the discussion regarding the Yahara River Corridor. The purpose of this meeting will be to review the community input from the September meeting and further explore implementation of previous planning efforts.

Find out more at the Yahara River Planning website.

North Street Reconstruction Meeting
Posted January 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

The City of Madison will host a public informational meeting regarding the proposed reconstruction of North St., Hoard St.and Commercial Ave., in 2014. The meeting will be held on:

Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Bashford United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
329 North Street, Madison WI


The meeting is being held in order to inform property owners and residents and receive public input regarding the upcoming reconstruction project. A short presentation will be given by City Engineering Staff at 6:30 p.m. to explain the proposed project and traffic limitations and access during construction. The public is invited to attend and offer comments. The proposed project limits are:

  • North Street from East Washington Avenue to Commercial Avenue
  • Hoard Street from North Street to Seventh Street
  • Commercial Avenue from North Street to Packers Avenue


The project will include replacement of the curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, driveway aprons, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main. Sidewalk will be replaced as needed for utility construction and to repair any damaged sections. The project will involve special assessments to owners of property adjacent to the project. Construction is planned to take place during the summer of 2014.


Representatives from City Engineering will be available to discuss the project. Should you have any questions regarding the proposed project, please contact Glen Yoerger, City Engineering at 261-9177 or by email, gyoerger@cityofmadison.com.


Please feel free to attend the meeting and share your thoughts and comments.

The Challenges of Affordable Housing Projects
Posted January 14, 2014 at 9:30 PM


We're not halfway through the first month of the year, and I'm already working with three very different but similar "affordable" housing projects proposed in or near District 12.


Now, unless your net worth is in, say, the top 10% of all Americans, housing costs consume a great percentage of your monthly expenses. Your house, if you're lucky enough to own one, is your greatest asset, something you've undoubtedly worked hard to buy. Over the past few years, you've probably seen the value of your property drop – either below what you've bought it for or less than its peak. You're concerned about the value of your major investment, and you have every right to be.


But if you're in the lowest 10% of all Americans, you're struggling just to put a roof over your head. Even if you have housing, you dream to "move up." But so many don't have access to quality affordable housing. With a Madison rental vacancy rate of under 2%, competition for the little housing that is available is very fierce.


These are scenarios that are playing out all across America, in tiny towns, big cities and everything in between. Madison and Dane County may be late to the reality of the new housing paradigm (hopefully we'll be earlier on the next one, whenever that happens), but the year 2014 really will bring this all into focus.


I became a member of the Dane County Homeless Issues Committee midyear 2012.  We started out slow and heard from community members what the needs were. We didn't get too engaged in the 2013 City and County budget conversations because of this late start. So we continued our work in 2013 and pushed forward with planning, especially the one project that was in the 2013 County budget: the Day Center.  As the City and County were preparing their 2014 budgets, opportunities to act did arise. City and County funded additional housing and for other services.

 

That's good. We need more affordable housing. Homeless people certainly need housing they can maintain over the long run. As a city, Madison needs to develop other affordable housing for people who have jobs – maybe even well-paying ones – for whom the "bite" of the cost of housing has grown too big. Maybe the cost of living in Madison has grown larger than a person's salary, or maybe they've started a family and need a larger place. We call this "workforce housing."


So what does this all have to do with three housing projects in different parts of District 12? Well, all are trying to identify and fill a niche on the affordable housing spectrum.

  • Workforce Housing: 1902 Tennyson Lane (Sather/Lutheran Social Services)
  • Permanent Housing for Chronic Homeless: 709/707 Rethke Avenue (Madison CDA SRO)
  • Creative Long-Term Housing Options: 2046-2050 East Johnson Street (Occupy Madison Builds)


I'm not going to go into detail about each project. They will each have their own neighborhood meeting where residents will have an opportunity to learn more and discuss pros and cons, City staff will review and recommend to the Madison Plan Commission and other committees and the Council will approve or deny.  But each is striking in how neighbors have responded and in the challenges that lay ahead of us as a community as we develop necessary affordable housing in a dense urban setting.


Madison has few options to expand into vacant corn fields, developments that traditionally hasn't cause issues with nearby residents. At the same time, downtown Alders have worked with their neighborhoods on protocols and education because infill development is just more complicated. Now, with the potential growth of our economy, other areas of the city are being considered for larger in-fill projects and more neighborhoods will need to learn about the city's planning, zoning and approval process.


To provide the same amenities – proximity to schools, work, libraries and bus lines – affordable housing developers are looking at the very neighborhoods that have attracted renters and homeowners for so long. With nine years of experience, I know that change is difficult. There are no guarantees with any development, and it's never as great or as bad as people think. So I have to walk a fine line: how likely is any one particular outcome? How will it affect community safety, property taxes, traffic and the environment? What new elements will it bring in? Does it fill a need? Does that need trump other factors?


What happens when a community need – affordable housing – bumps up against neighborhood desires? It's all about dialogue and communications. I encourage supporters and opponents to first engage in how a project could be the best that it could be. I've never seen a project get approved that wasn't changed from the original proposal. So if a project were to be approved, what would make it better? Consider its size and massing, location on the property, driveways and exits, landscaping and set-backs, color and materials. How does it function? Could a door be moved to minimize interactions or a balcony changed to offer a better view?


After a "perfect" project is proposed, then go into how that will affect you, the nearby resident. You'll have a stronger argument when you say that constructive concerns haven't been heard and you still oppose a project than starting with "no." Remember, the Madison Plan Commission – the ones who decide most of these items – has a meeting every other week. They have years of experience listening to residents and pulling out their concerns and responding to them. But they're no fools, they'll know the difference between a well-constructed argument and a rant.


I only represent one district – District 12. People tell me projects should happen somewhere else, or that other places don't get these types of projects. I can't tell a developer where else to look, and they have the right to propose developments on private property. I take every proposal seriously, and try to get the residents, developer and community to the best outcome we can. Some projects will happen, some will not. Some residents will be satisfied and others will be disappointed. It's inevitable when we're building in such a close urban environment.


If a project does get built, it will become part of that urban environment. The people who live there will become your neighbors. I'm sure you already like some of your neighbors and don't like others. That will be true here as well. It will be an opportunity to share and learn.


And that's the benefit to our larger community. As we develop more densely, opportunities like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) are more viable and help everyone. As we develop up, not out, we don't have to build costly new roads and extend sewer pipes. Residents in these urban areas know this, that's why you moved here in the first place.


The City of Madison is an extraordinary city, but we do have our challenges. Affordable housing for every resident shouldn't be one of them. I'm not suggesting that every one of these projects – or any specific project - needs to be approved, but if you look at a map of the City of Madison and overlays like population, crime, property values and access to bus service, you will find that we're more alike than different and that every area of Madison has their opportunities and issues. We need to work together to make a vision like affordable housing – regardless of your income level – a reality.

 

I look forward to tomorrow's meeting about the Occupy Madison proposal and Thursday's meeting about the 1902 Tenneyson Lane proposal (a follow-up meeting). If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at lpalm@cityofmadison.com. 

 

Larry

Occupy Madison Development Meeting Wednesday
Posted January 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Occupy Madison Development Meeting
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:30-8:00pm
James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation – 2146 E Johnson St

All area residents are invited to a meeting this Wednesday to learn more about the proposed Occupy Madison Development for 2046-2050 East Johnson Street.

City staff and myself have received many emails concerning this proposal. I thank you for your comments and questions. This project has many aspects and there will be many different

If you have a question about city staff, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate person:

  • Zoning: Matt Tucker  mtucker@cityofmadison.com
  • Police: Jay Lengfeld, North District Police Captain jlengeld@cityofmadison.com
  • Parking and Traffic: Scott Langer, slanger@cityofmadison.com

Meeting Details

Please plan to come to the meeting before the 6:30 start time, we only have about 90 minutes to cover everyone. When you enter you will receive two items:

  1. A comment card that will be picked-up at the end. It will include a large area for general comments, a 1-10 overall support scale, a "what is good" about proposal question and a "what the challenges are" question.
  2. A single "talk opportunity" card that will give everyone an opportunity to speak once. When everyone who has spoken has spoken, and we still have time, then we will open it up to anyone.

We'll start with a 15-20 minute presentation from Occupy Madison. Following, we will have our Zoning Administrator Matt Tucker explain the process and existing zoning and our North District Police Captain Lengeld discuss public safety.

Then I will open it up to public questions and comments. I ask that everyone be direct with his or her questions or concise with their comments to keep things moving. I ask that you direct the questions and comments to me, not to individual members of the development group, audience or staff.

I know that many people will have different opinions of the project, I ask you to be respectful of other people's opinions.

After the meeting, if the developer makes an application to the City, I will continue to share information with residents through the District 12 email list and website. You can access both at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district/?district=12

Thank you for your engagement in your community and look forward to seeing you at Wednesday's meeting.

Larry Palm
Alder, District 12

Upcoming January Meetings
Posted January 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

 

Happy New Year! I hope this holiday season and new years has brought you something to enjoy.

 

I would like to bring to District 12 residents several development projects. A lot of things are happening!

 

Tennyson Lane Project

Thomas Keller is proposing a residential project next to the recently approved Independent Living facility at 1902 Tennyson Lane next to the school. The application is available online on the city's website. It includes two multi story facilities of 72 units and 24 single family home lots. Area residents have been sent a post card inviting the to a meeting this Monday, January 6 at 6:00pm Warner Park Community and Recreation Center to review the project.

 

East Washington Avenue SRO

You might have seen today's article concerning the development of 50-60 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units on Rethke in the Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood. While this is in District 15, it is of concern of the residents across East Washington Avenue. Alder Aherns and I invite you to a public meeting being held on Wednesday, January 8 at 6:30pm at Hawthorne School.

 

Occupy Madison Tiny House Construction 

The Emerson-East Neighborhood was recently notified that Occupy Madison has put in an offer for 2046/2050 East Johnson Street, a car repair facility at the triangle of East Johnson, North Third Street and Packers Avenue.

Their intent seems to be two-fold:

  1. Construction of tiny houses on site.
  2. Development of a tiny house community on site.

Both of these would require changes to the zoning and conditional use of the site. It may also require ordinance changes as approved by the Madison Common Council.

This project will be discussed at the monthly Emerson East neighborhood meeting on Wednesday January 8 at 6:30pm at Bashford Church on North Street. I will also be inviting area residents to a special public meeting the following Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30pm at James Reeb Church on East Johnson Street.

 

If you have any questions about these projects, please do not hesitate to contact me at lpalm@cityofmadison.com.

 

Larry

Alder, District 12 

 

 

 

Safety Open House
Posted December 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Alder Palm and the North District Police invite you to a Public Safety Open House:

  • Thursday, December 19
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm
  • Bashford Church, 329 North St

Recently in the Eken Park neighborhood there have been a couple of unrelated safety concerns that as Alder I wanted to follow-up on.

This is also an excellent opportunity for all District 12 residents to brush up on safety skills and learn more about community policing in our neighborhoods.

Also, many may know that we have a new North District Captain, Jay Lengfeld, replacing Captain McLay. This is an opportunity for you to meet Captain Lengfeld.  

There will be no formal presentation, we encourage you to stop by at anytime to ask questions, provide feedback and say hello.

Learn more about the North Police District at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/north/

Information about Crime Prevention: http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/safety/crimeprevention/

Emerson-East Eken Park Yahara Area Plan Members
Posted November 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

 

The Mayor has introduced for introduction at the Council's 12/3/13 meeting and adoption at our 1/7/14 meeting the following people for new Emerson-East - Eken Park - Yahara Neigborhood Plan Steering Committee.

Many thanks to the many people who volunteered to participate on the committee. Considerable effort was made to balance geography, demographics and community interests. The final selection of members was up to the Mayor for appointment.

Regardless of committee members, I will certainly champion and open process where everyone who has an interest in planning for our area is able to participate throughout the process.

Alder Zellers and I look forward to working with you.

Larry Palm

Alder, District 12 

Official Legistar File

EMERSON EAST-EKEN PARK-YAHARA NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE

ARTHUR M. HACKETT (12th A.D.) - appoint to the position of Eken Park Neighborhood Resident.  Mr. Hackett serves as the chair of the Eken Park Neighborhood Association and has been a homeowner in the neighborhood for the past 32 years.

KEELY M. MERCHANT (12th A.D.) - appoint to the position of Eken Park Neighborhood Resident. Ms. Merchant is an active member of the Eken Park Neighborhood Association.

AMY L. KLUSMEIER (6th A.D.) - appoint to the position of Eken Park Neighborhood Resident.  Ms. Klusmeier has a Masters of Science from UW-Madison in Urban and Regional Planning.

ADRIENNE L. SELLA (12th A.D.) - appoint to the position of Emerson East Neighborhood Resident.  Ms. Sella is the Area 2 representative for the Emerson East Neighborhood Association. 

DAVID A. ALBINO (12th A.D.) - appoint to the position of Emerson East Neighborhood Resident.  Mr. Albino is a UW-Madison Urban and Regional Planning Masters student and Chairman of Wisconsin Student Planning Association.

Currently serving on:      Sustainable Madison Committee


DOUGLAS BUEGE (2nd A.D.) - appoint to the position of Yahara Area Resident.  Mr. Buege is a long-term resident of Sherman Terrace Condominiums and a community volunteer.

AARON E. ONSRUD (2nd A.D.) - appoint to the position of Yahara Area Resident.  Mr. Onsrud has experience as an elected official in another Wisconsin municipality and as such has served on numerous committees including Community Development and Housing Authority.

DANIEL S. GRUBB (12th A.D.) - appoint to the position of Business Representative.  Mr. Grubb is a long-time employee of a large business in the planning area.

 

Committee Creation Resolution

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Madison
Posted November 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

(Madison, WI)  City of Madison officials received confirmation of the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on the north side of Madison near Warner Park. As a result, Dane County will be quarantined. The quarantine prohibits some wood products from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested.

Madison Parks Forestry officials received a call from a private tree company reporting suspected EAB infestation in a tree they were removing on private property near Warner Park. The Madison Parks forestry staff investigated the site and surrounding areas. Forestry staff sent in the evidence to the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. Confirmation of EAB was received Friday, November 22, 2013.

"It is unfortunate, but expected to receive confirmation of Emerald Ash Borer in the city of Madison," said Mayor Paul Soglin. "City staff has been working on EAB response plans for several years and we are prepared to implement our plans."

The City of Madison has been working on its tactical response to EAB since 2008. An Emerald Ash Borer Taskforce, including representatives of Madison Parks, Forestry, Mayor's office, City Streets Division, and City Fleet Division, was created to coordinate assessment of the EAB threat, plan various response strategies, review the latest research and act to mitigate impacts on the city's tree canopy, ensure public safety, protect the environment and contain costs.  The EAB Plan was approved by the Common Council in September 2012 and updated in September 2013.

Link to City of Madison Emerald Ash Borer Plan.

The City of Madison has an estimated 21,700 publically owned street (terrace) ash trees, and unknown number of ash trees in parks and thousands more on private property. In the Warner Park area where EAB is confirmed, there are over 2600 publically-owned ash trees.

The following is a summary of the City's plans for public trees is based off the approved EAB Plan:

  • Madison Parks Forestry will continue to do branch sampling in the Warner Park area to find the 'epi-center' of the infestation.
  • Over the winter, Forestry staff will remove publically owned ash trees (street and park trees) that are in poor condition and/or are located under power lines.
  • In the spring the city will implement a chemical treatment program for trees that are in healthy condition and over 10 inches diameter. The city will use the injection treatments versus soil drench treatments to ensure the protection of ground and surface water quality.
  • Madison Parks Forestry will provide an "Adopt-a-Tree" program for private citizens to help save, at their own expense, a publically owned ash tree in a Madison park. The details on this program will be provided later in the winter as the treatment programs cannot start until spring.
  • Madison Parks Forestry will continue with branch sampling in all areas of the city to look for any other infestation locations.
  • Going forward, Madison Parks Forestry will replant publically-owned trees in most locations. If people would like to help support this undertaking, a specific fund has been created with the Madison Parks Foundation

What can Homeowners do about their own privately owned trees:

Visit these websites for detailed information:

  • City EAB Toolkit
  • Wisconsin State EAB website 
  • Keep a close watch on ash trees for signs of possible EAB infestation: thinning canopy, D-shaped holes in the bark, new branches sprouting low on the truck, cracked bark and woodpeckers pulling at the bark to get to insect larvae beneath it.
  • Call a Certified Arborist for expert advice.
  • If you are considering preventative treatment, the city of Madison encourages you to use the injection method rather than the soil drench method in order to protect our lakes and ground water.
  • As Madison officials continue to work on the Emerald Ash Borer infestation, we will keep citizens informed of any changes or discoveries. Please visit the Madison Parks Forestry EAB website
  • District 12 Ash Tree Street Tree inventory.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Alert!
Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:42 PM

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I am sadden by the appearance of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Madison. The first infestation was found just outside District 12 on the Northside. 

There will be a press conference tomorrow at 11am to share more information, but we will begin enacting more of our EAB plan, which has been developed by the Parks Department, our city forester and many of our staff members over the past several years. 

This is a day we have been expecting, but hoping to be able to put off for later. In September 2013 the City updated our EAB Management Plan.

I will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available. Until then, here are some additional resources:

Madison.com article

City of Madison EAB Website

 

Sincerely,

Larry Palm

Alder, District 12

Think Safety This Holiday Season
Posted November 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

 

The East Police District is reminding people to secure and lock their property, especially vehicles. 

A few tips are provided:

http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/east/blotter.cfm?Id=1386

 

 

I hope you have a safe and happy end-of-year!

 

Larry

Listening Session - Oct 28
Posted October 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

 

Join State Representative Chris Taylor, County Representative Heidi Mayree Wegleitner and myself for a listening session on Monday October 28, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. It will be at the James Reeb Church 2146 E Johnson St.

The boundaries that we share are generally Emerson-East, Eken Park and the Sherman Neighborhood south of Whalen Road. 

We invite you to attend to bring to our attention issues at the State, County and City level. 

This is in the middle of the city's budget discussion and I certainly welcome your feedback. You can also always send me an email at lpalm@cityofmadison.com.

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Larry

 

Northside Town Center RFP
Posted September 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

 

A few weeks ago, I indicated that the City was going ahead with a Request For Proposals for potential design concepts for a revitalized Northside Town Center. For Northsiders, the Town Center is one of the major landmarks in this area and reimaging the Center could bring new vitality and interest to retail/commercial spaces in the area.

The entire RFP is available online at: Northside Town Center Redevelopment Analysis RFP

There are two product deliverables that are required as part of this RFP:

Work Product One is focused on analyzing the Northside Town Center site and creating concept plans illustrating
alternatives for layout, uses, and density of the site. Specifically, the consultant team will create three different
redevelopment design scenarios:

  • Scenario A: Updated Retail Format – This design would maintain the Center as a traditional retail location, but would redesign the site to improve visibility, access, circulation, and marketability tp tenants. This may include keeping part of the existing structure as well as possible demolition or partial demolition of other sections. However, the overall use of the center as a standard retail destination would be maintained.
  • Scenario B: Higher Density Retail and Potential Residential – This design would involve a more extensive redevelopment project on the site. The retail focus of the center would be maintained but the design may integrate a limited number of residential units as well potentially office uses. The site would continue to use surface parking and would continue to be primarily auto-oriented but would have improved bike/pedestrian access as well. The main objective would be to enliven the Center to improve its marketability as a retail location.
  • Scenario C: Mixed-Use Town Center – This design will be a full scale re-envisioning of the Center. The design would approach the site as a "blank slate" (total demolition). The design would likely re-orient new buildings to the street and would incorporate a mix of retail, residential, and potentially office space. The design would be a more urban, true "town center" development that is dense and active. The project may include underground parking serving some of the uses and the design would emphasize pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access points.

Work Product Two will occur simultaneously with Work Product One to ensure that the two components of the
project are coordinated. The purpose of Work Product Two is to analyze the costs, market viability, and
potential financial performance of the three development scenarios created in Work Product One. The City and
property owner anticipate a consultant team will include an experienced developer, broker, and/or market
analyst who is well-versed in assessing the market potential of development opportunities. This analysis will
consist of the following tasks:

  • Market Analysis – Building from the 2008 Northside Market Study (R.A. Smith National, Inc.), this task will involve using a variety of updated data on demographic trends, competition, comparable projects, and other factors, to assess the potential demand for improved retail space at the site as well as other uses including office and residential space. The analysis will identify likely tenants, absorption rates, and realistic rents for new retail space, apartments, and office space. This analysis will help determine which of the three scenarios (if any) has the greatest potential for market success.
  • Project Cost Assessment – This task will evaluate the costs of each of the three scenarios. The analysis will compare potential projects on total construction cost basis as well as costs per square foot. Obviously, Scenario C would involve substantially higher costs than Scenario A or B. This analysis will help understand the magnitude of these differences
  • Financial performance and gap analysis – Using the information developed in the market analysis and project costs, the financial performance and gap analysis will develop a preliminary pro forma for each of the three scenarios to start evaluating their viability. The analysis will assess the baseline ratio of net operating incomes to project costs to evaluate how each project performs before considering debt costs or subsidies. The analysis also will look at return on investment when borrowing costs are included and identify potential strategies for creative financing. This analysis will provide an understanding of which of the three scenarios has the highest market viability when all factors are considered. Further, for each scenario, this analysis will help identify if there is a gap between the estimated project cost and the justifiable capital investment in the project given its potential revenue.
  • Economic Impact Estimates – Working with City staff, this analysis will provide preliminary estimates of the economic impacts (particularly job creation and tax base growth) that would accrue from each of the three development scenarios. This will help the city gauge the contribution of each potential project to the overall economic vitality of the north side and the city as a whole.

Consultants will use the adopted Northside Neigborhoods Plan and the Northside Market Study to assist in the visioning. It is not anticipated that there will be public participation in this phase of planning. At the completion, all planning documents will be made available for the public and any actual plans for redevelopment would be presented to residents and business owners.

Proposals are being accepted until October 14, 2013 at 4:00pm CDT. If you know anyone who is interested in participating, please forward them the link.

Time to EEEPY!
Posted September 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

It's Time To EEEPY!

 

The Emerson-East Eken Park Yahara Neigborhood Plan. Come to the Open House tonight!

Wednesday September 18, 6-8pm

Bashford United Methodist Church, 329 North Street

Learn about the planning process and the existing conditions in the planning area, meet Alder Ledell Zellers and Alder Larry Palm, apply to serve on the Steering Committee, sign up for future discussion groups and other activities, and share your ideas for the area's future.

(Note: Map contains an area around Oscar Mayer, but this is not part of the EEEPY process but was included in the Northside Neigborhood Plan done previously)

Learn more and stay updated at our plan webpage: http://www.cityofmadison.com/planning/eeep.html

 

I hope to see you there!

 

Larry

District 12 Alder Larry Palm 2014 Budget Requests
Posted August 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

 

Today, I had a meeting with Mayor Paul Soglin to discuss the 2014 budget and priorities. Below is the list that I submitted to him. As a new Alder to District 12 , I am still getting to know the needs of the various neigborhoods and areas. Keep in mind many programs are already in the city budget and it's too early to know what the Mayor is proposing to move.

As a member of the city's Board of Estimates (BOE), I will have the opportunity to review the Mayor's proposed budgets and offer amendments at both BOE and on the Council.

Over the next few months the City will increasingly be looking at our 2014 budget. During this time you are more than welcomed to provide me with suggestions, comments, or ideas. A lot of work has already occured with the recent budget disucssions and Idea Scale website. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to use much of this discussion to craft is Executive Budgets.

 

Capital Budget (Long-term budget, funded primarily through borrowing)

  1. North Street reconstruction from East Washington Avenue to Commercial Ave, including Commercial from North Street to Packers Avenue and Hoard Street from Seventh Street to North Street (included in the 2014 TIP).
  2. Continue improvements to E Washington Avenue (money allocated in 2013 budget, but additional works needs to be done). Improvements such as replacing pedestrian crossings, repairing broken concrete and median maintenance.
  3. Demetral Park bike path. There is currently a bike path through East playing fields but it ends at North Sixth Street. Construction of a path through the parking lot would link North Sixth Street to existing paths (currently used by bikes) enabling a complete connection and allowing signing to assist bikers for direction.
  4. Support for Pinney Branch Library relocation to Royster Corners. As a member of the Library Board, continued reinvestment in our libraries is essential to keeping the system going. In addition, I do not support a significant move of Hawthorne Library. Keeping Pinney in the revised Library Construction queue will also allow the Library to continue to replace existing branches in an appropriate timeline.

Operating Budget (Yearly budget, funded primarily through tax dollars)

  1. Make permanent DAIS LEAP funding (included in MPD Supplemental).
  2. Establish summer work partnership with Madison Mallards for area youth. Currently the Mallards hire many area youths. Would like to promote this activity and assist Mallards in creating new opportunities especially in the Brentwood and Woodlands neighborhoods.
  3. Expand Out of School Time (OST) support in the Brentwood neighborhood. Currently there is a part time position that should be made full time. (See NRT input in Operating Budget).
  4. Targeted emerging needs funds. Currently the plan is for city-wide competition. Adding a NRT allocation would use existing infrastructure to allow smaller grants with great impacts to occur.
  5. Expansion of Services at Hawthorne Library. Two D12 neighborhoods – Emerson East and Eken Park are served by Hawthorne Library and are used frequently by residents. Data presented by the Library indicate that many on the East Isthmus actually use Pinney Branch library meaning that many of the lower income residents are using the facility. It is important that all residents have equal access to resources and materials and the library remains a safe and inviting place.
  6. Continued support for Northside economic development. Initial investment was made in 2013, however only through sustained support will any progress be made. Economic Development and Office of Business Resources staff has begun conceptualizing a stronger engagement with outreach, marketing and planning development.
  7. Currently there is a Yahara River planning process, but after that is complete I would like a City Fleet Services site-specific planning process to determine what specifically can be done with the site at First and East Johnson including any costs for environmental remediation.
  8. Homeless Services. Serving on Dane County's Homeless Issues committee I know the need. I would have originally pushed for more city funding of the Day Center, but given the recent changes by Dane County alternative assistance must be found.

Not included in this request was for a Northside Fourth of July event. Alder Weier and I are still engaging with residents and area businesses about what type of event we are having and it is too early to determine how much is necessary. Therefore, I expect that this will be introduced as a budget amendment to the 2014 Operating Budget.

June Notes
Posted June 18, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Make Music Madison

Washington Manor Park – 801 North Oak Street 6-9pm
Join the Eken Park Neighborhood for a picnic and the Stay Tuned and Jill and the Jax at the end of the Aberg Avenue bike/pedestrian bridge.

Demetral Park Shelter – 601 North Sixth Street  4-8pm
Join the Emerson East Neighborhood for a picnic and Austin Lynch and Sweet Delta Dawn at the Demetral Park Shelter.

Rowan Manor – 2450 E Mifflin St 6-8pm
Listen to the sounds of Postmortem Resurrection and sikfuk.

Lakeview Brank Library – 2845 N Sherman Ave 4-7:30pm
Hear Blair Clark and Kristin Scheeler at the Library!

Dane County Airport – 4000 Internation Ln 11am-9pm
Even if you're not taking off, you can hear a full day of music from Bluegrass, Irish and a chorus.

See all at www.makemusicmadison.org.


Emerson East/Eken Park/Yahara Neighborhood Plan

We're still planning the advancement of the revised Emerson East/Eken Park/Yahara Neighborhood Plan.  Thanks to former Alder Rhodes-Conway for initiating this process.

There have been some changes to the concept for the plan – adding the "Yahara/Fordem" are around Sherman Avenue and Fordem Avenue. This area has never had a city plan and is in multiple municipalities. The future re-use of the Sony facility on Sherman Avenue is one area of concern.

We're also including the "Great Lakes" area by Sherman Avenue at Commercial Avenue. This small residential area also hasn't been part of any previous neighborhood plan.

A revised resolution will shortly be introduced at the Council to change the composition of the committee to reflect these new areas and composition by population.

Sherman Avenue

Much continues to be discussed about the changing of North Sherman Avenue from two lanes in both directions to one lane with a center turn lane. The Madison Common Council approved these changes in March and the Village of Maple Bluff followed up in May. Changes will begin beginning in August.

Northside businesses have proposed hiring a consultant to study the proposal. City Traffic and I look forward to the outcome of this study, but have made no further commitments.

Alder Weier successfully added an amendment for Traffic Engineering to create a report in eighteen months to document any changes of traffic patterns, impact to neighborhood street, traffic counts and the like. Obviously at this time we will review this report and determine if any changes are necessary at the time.

Rhythm & Booms

This year's Rhythm & Booms will occur on Wednesday July 3 at Warner Park (event will not take place on July 4 this year). The thirty-minute firework show synchronized to music will begin at dusk. As always, large crowds are expected so please plan accordingly.  More information is available at: http://www.rhythmandbooms.com/

Alder Weier and myself will host a post-Rhythm & Booms public meeting at the Warner Park Community Center on Thursday July 18 at 6pm. This will be an opportunity for everyone to offer suggestions, comments or concerns to the City, Alders and producers about future Rhythm & Booms. I hope to see you there!

East Washington minor reconstruction

You might see some East Washington Avenue construction near the Capitol but what you might not notice is the minor curb and gutter repairs, plant replacements and (soon) crosswalk resurfacing. Thanks to a 2013 Capital budget amendment, now that East Washington Avenue is finally finished it's time to get it all back into shape. Maintenance on the street should keep it in good condition for the future.

Meet & Eat Food Carts – Northside

Come join your friends to a Meet & Eat Food Carts event on the beautiful Northside! Every Tuesday in August, join us at the Saint Paul Lutheran Church at 2126 N Sherman Avenue from 5-7:30pm. Tables will be available, but bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a culinary food cart journey.

http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/madisonmeetandeat.cfm

There is also a seperate "Let's Eat Madison" Food Cart vendor program that is stopping on Trailsway on Monday nights beginning at 5pm. More information is available at: https://www.facebook.com/LetsEatOutMadison

Greetings from Alder Palm!
Posted April 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Dear District 12 Residents-

It is with great honor that I greet you as Alder in District 12! Today we held our first meeting of the new council.

I know there are many issues that are of concerns to residents and I would like to hear from you. In the coming months I intend to attend many neighborhood associations meetings, host Listening Sessions and conducting a district-wide Survey.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or issues. Please use my city email address at: lpalm@cityofmadison.com.

In addition, you can sign-up for the District 12 email list at http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district12

I look forward to working with you!

Larry