District 13 Updates for the Week of October 23


Hi Everyone,

Here are this week’s updates:

2024 Budget

The city’s budget for 2024 will be debated and adopted by the Common Council in November. In addition to public comment opportunities at Council meetings, there will be two community sessions on the budget. City Finance staff will provide background information on the city’s capital and operating budget process, including highlights of the 2024 executive budget prepared by the Mayor and her staff.

This is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about our city’s budget. Electronic copies of budget information can be found by clicking here. https://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/2024-budget

Virtual community sessions on the 2024 budget will be held on Monday, October 30 and Wednesday, November 1. Both meetings will start at 5:30pm and end at 6:30pm. These meetings will cover the same content and be recorded. Please register for the meeting using the links below. Registrants will be invited to participate in a question and answer session at the end of the meeting:

Monday October 30 Registration

Wednesday November 1 Registration

Starbucks on South Park

The push to put a drive-thru only Starbucks at 1609 S. Park St, the site of the now-closed Arby’s, was paused due to the strong opposition expressed at the Aug 28 Plan Commission meeting. The developer has now come back with a plan for a conventional coffee shop, one with indoor and outdoor seating, parking, and a drive-thru facility, and is requesting approval for a Conditional Use at the upcoming October 30th meeting of Plan Commission.

This will be a virtual meeting. Important information regarding how to listen to or watch and participate in this meeting:

1. WRITTEN COMMENTS: You can send comments on agenda items to pccomments@cityofmadison.com. Comments received after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting may not be added to the public record until after the meeting.
2. REGISTER BUT DO NOT SPEAK: You can register your support, opposition, or neither support or opposition to an agenda item without speaking at https://www.cityofmadison.com/MeetingRegistration.
3. REGISTER TO SPEAK or TO ANSWER QUESTIONS: If you wish to speak to an agenda item at the virtual meeting in support, opposition, or neither support or opposition, you MUST register. You can register at https://www.cityofmadison.com/MeetingRegistration. When you register to speak OR answer questions, you will be prompted to provide contact information so that you can be sent an email with the information you will need to join the virtual meeting.
4. WATCH THE MEETING: You can listen to or watch the Plan Commission meeting in several ways: • Livestream on the Madison City Channel website: https://media.cityofmadison.com/mediasite/showcase • Livestream on the City of Madison YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofMadison • Television: Watch live on Charter Digital 994 and AT&T U-Verse 99 • Listen to audio via phone: (877) 853-5257 (Toll Free) | Webinar ID: 833 8825 6593

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Use the opportunity to take advantage of the Madison Fire Department’s FREE hands-only CPR/AED classes! In this class, Madison Fire Department paramedics and EMTs teach the basics of hands-only CPR, how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and explain why it is important for bystanders to perform CPR until first responders arrive. Dane County is a leader in the nation for sudden cardiac arrest survival, and its thanks in part to people stepping in to help someone in need of CPR! MFD has two classes coming up at Fire Station 1 (316 W. Dayton Street):

City of Madison Sustainability Survey:

What is your vision for a green, climate-friendly, and resilient Madison? Where do you see opportunities for improvement? What are your top priorities? The City of Madison wants to hear your thoughts on the draft Sustainability Plan’s eight themes and supporting goals. This plan will help the City advance sustainability through its policies, programs, and projects. By taking this quick survey, you are helping ensure the draft themes and goals are in line with the community’s vision for a sustainable City of Madison. Ten lucky winners will receive a $20 gift card to The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream! Let’s work together to create a sustainable City for both existing and future Madisonians! Take survey here: www.cityofmadison.com/sustainability


  • Finance Committee: The Finance Committee meeting will take place on Monday, October 23, in hybrid format at 4:30 PM. Agenda items include 2024 Executive Operating Budget deliberations, amending ordinances to reflect meet and confer agreements with the City’s employee associations, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to amend the 2023 Capital Budget and execute Amendment No. 1 to the existing Purchase of Services contract between the City of Madison and Sasaki for consultant services for the Lake Monona Waterfront.
  • Transportation Commission: The Transportation Commission meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 25, in virtual format at 5:00 PM. Agenda items include the quarterly traffic safety report, North/South Bus Rapid Transit and its public involvement plan, and the Bikeways 2024 project.
  • In-Person BRT Meeting - Mineral Point Rd. Sidewalk Widening, Tuesday, October 24: Learn more about the sidewalk widening plan on Mineral Point Rd. due to implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The meeting will discuss the current BRT project, as well as a separate 2024 BRT project that seeks to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Mineral Point Rd. Effects on terrace trees and sidewalks will be discussed. Location: Wisconsin Neighborhood Center at Vel Phillips Memorial High School.
  • Upcoming Metro Transit Meetings: Learn more about Metro’s proposed second BRT line to run from the north side of Madison through the downtown area, to Madison’s Southside neighborhoods and ending in Fitchburg.

North/South BRT Planning

  • South Side Wednesday, November 1 5:30pm – 7:30pm Urban League (2222 S. Park Street)
  • North Side Thursday, November 2 5:30pm – 7:30pm Warner Park Community Center (1625 Northport Dr.)
  • Fitchburg Thursday, November 9 5:30pm – 7:30pm Fitchburg Council Chambers (City Hall, 5520 Lacy Rd.)
  • Virtual meeting Wednesday, November 8 6:30pm – 7:30pm Register and receive meeting link at madisonbrt.com


Streets Division Updates

  • Leaf Collection is Ongoing: Get the dates when you should set out your leaves for pickup at www.cityofmadison.com/yardwaste
  • Large Item Pickup: Large item collection rules changed a few years ago and now you need a work order to get on the crew’s pickup schedule. Learn more about the process at www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItem
  • Brush Collection is Over: Do not set out brush for pickup. If you have brush that needs collection, you need to take it to a drop-off site instead.
  • Food Scraps Schedule Change: The South Madison farmer’s market food scrap drop-off changed its schedule. More details about this schedule change can be found on our food scraps website.
  • Recycle Right: Be sure you’re putting the right things in your recycling cart. Get the rules at www.cityofmadison.com/recycling. One quick tip for Halloween – candy wrappers belong in the trash, not your recycling carts.


  • Wright Design Series: A Look at the Black Aesthetic in Redeveloping Madison’s Southside, Tuesday, October 24: Heralded as a rising thought leader in design justice, Rafeeq Asad is an artist, designer, and mentor. He has broad experience designing inspiring cultural spaces for communities ranging from libraries and educational facilities to complex multi-use facilities to science and technology centered project typologies. Asad is deeply passionate about uplifting the community and inspiring adolescence about architecture and the built environment. In 2019, he worked in partnership with other minority architects in Wisconsin to establish the state’s first National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Chapter and currently serves as President..
  • Near West Watershed Study, Wednesday, October 25: The City of Madison completing a watershed study in the Near West watershed (as shown below). The City of Madison contracted with an engineering consulting firm to complete the study. The watershed study will identify causes of existing flooding and then look at potential solutions to try to reduce flooding. The study will use computer models to assist with the evaluations. A public information meeting has been scheduled for the Near West Watershed for 6:30 p.m., Oct. 25, 2023, via Zoom. Registration prior is required. Oct. 25, 2023 Public Information Meeting Registration
  • Bird & Nature Adventures | Edna Taylor, Saturday, October 28: Join a naturalist for an easy family-friendly walk from Aldo Leopold Nature Center into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park and enjoy a bit of nature education along the way. Walks through the Edna Taylor Conservation Park are held on the 4th Saturday, 10-11:30am of each month and begin at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive. Meet outside at the Children's Shack. Co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society , and Aldo Leopold Nature Center . No registration is required. No pets are allowed.

That's all for now.
Take care and stay safe,

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Alder Tag Evers

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