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Alder Tag Evers

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Alder Tag Evers

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Madison , WI 53711

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Alder Evers’ Blog

District 13 Updates: Polling Places, Badger Football, City Budget

October 12, 2020 1:42 PM

Hi Everyone.

I trust you were able to be outdoors this weekend, soaking up the nice weather, going for walks or finishing those last-minute projects.  I saw a lot of folks raking leaves, including neighbors raking leaves out of the street.  This makes a huge difference. Let's keep it up!

Reminder: The new yard waste collection schedule, which includes all those leaves your raked, started this past weekend.

(By the way, I don't put my leaves out to be picked up.  For years now, I've maintained a mulch pile in my back yard. I compost kitchen scraps mixed in with grass clippings and leaf debris. And every spring I have fresh humus to sow back into my garden.  For information on how to get started on composting, click here.)  

Here are today's updates.

Changes to District 13 Polling Places

I've been notified by the City Clerk's office that Ward 65 will now be voting at the Edgewood College Library instead of Wingra School.  The Ward 67 polling place will no longer be at the UW Welcome Center but has instead been moved to Faith Community Bible Church next door.   

The Clerk's office will be sending postcards to all voters in these two wards.

Ward 66 will remain at St. James School, Ward 68 at Trinity United Methodist Church, and Ward 69 at the Goodman Parks Maintenance Facility.

MPD Letter to Bars and Potential House-Parties

MPD, in consultation with Public Health and the City Attorney's Office, drafted a letter to send out to bars and potential house-parties in an effort to curb activities around Badger Football and Halloween considered deleterious to public health.  To read the letter, click here.  

2021 City Budgeting Process Continues

The Mayor released her Executive Operating Budget on Oct. 6. Common Council's consideration of the 2021 Executive Operating Budget will start at the Finance Committee meetings of Oct. 12 and 13 with Finance Committee amendments to the Operating Budget offered on Oct. 26. The Operating Budget will be finalized the week of Nov 10 at the same meetings as the Capital Budget. Both the Capital and Operating Budgets for each city department throughout the budgeting process can be accessed here.

Note: Each City agency will make a 2021 Operating Budget presentation to Finance Committee at tonight's Oct. 12 meeting and at the subsequent meeting tomorrow Oct. 13. For info as to how to watch this meeting, click here. The schedule of presentations is here and other meeting materials are available here.

Free Virtual Arboretum Lecture Series

Friends of the Arboretum traditionally has lunches followed by a lecture but that's not going to happen this year. Instead they are doing the lectures via Zoom and they have graciously have invited residents to join.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020, 12–1 P.M.

TRADITIONAL USES FOR NATIVE PLANTS: IS INCREASED HEALTH GROWING ALL AROUND YOU? – JANE HAWLEY STEVENS

Most people know plantain, Plantago major, can help soothe bee stings, but most don't know the cornucopia of remedies growing in the wilds of Wisconsin. Plants are used around the world relieve most ailments, but here we have lost that tradition of reaching for an herb first. See how easy it is to increase wellness using what nature has provided and learn remedies used successfully throughout cultures and time. Jane is the founder of Four Elements Herbals. She was named 2020 Organic Farmer of the Year.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
FOUR SEASONS ON A WISCONSIN CRANBERRY FARM – RON KUEHN

Nearly 40 percent of all cranberries grown in the world are harvested from Wisconsin cranberry marshes. More than 50 years of UW research has been critical to the development of cranberry hybrids and sustainable growing techniques. Vilas Cranberry Company annually produces four to five million pounds of this tart red fruit on its 183-acre northern Wisconsin farm. Farm activities during all four seasons of the year are critical to harvest success. The arrival of the honeybee pollinators in early summer, the fall harvest flood, and the ice beds formed by the winter flood are just a few of the unique seasonal components essential to the successful cultivation of this unique Wisconsin perennial. Ron is co-owner of Vilas Cranberry Company.

To register to receive the Zoom link that grants access to the webinars, click here

Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award

From the City of Madison press release:

The City of Madison invites you to submit nominations for its annual JEFFREY CLAY ERLANGER CIVILITY IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE AWARD. This award honors Jeffrey Clay Erlanger, who was an individual of integrity, passion, intelligence, and civility. Jeff understood that thoughtful and caring people could have very different views on how to best address our community's many complex issues and problems. Jeff, who died on June 10, 2007, spent a significant part of his life committed to public service, focusing on constructive advocacy and civil debate, fairness, openness, and effective representation. He embraced the similarities that unite us.

Our world and our City today are gripped with not only a COVID-19 pandemic but also the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and other violence against Black residents in our country. Our ability to gather in a safe manner is limited as we try to protect each other and our families from COVID-19. It is even more important this year that we reach out and take a stand, as Jeff did, for civil conversations and lead by example, to show others how to disagree without raised voices, name-calling and open hostility.

Our nation continues to be divided; neighbors, coworkers and even family members do not speak to one another during this politically charged time. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Jeff's legacy - the legacy of an individual who worked with others in an honorable and respectful manner regardless of political affiliation, religious belief, age, race, sexual orientation or any of the many other differences that contribute to our growing lack of civility. Over the past several months, we have seen amazing examples of residents of Madison working to bring people together. This award is a way to honor and thank those individuals.

All nominations must be received no later than November 1, 2020. For more information, click here.

Lastly

Speaking of Jeff Erlanger, when the award is presented at Council, this clip from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood featuring Jeff gets played. There's not a dry eye in the house.  

Such a great reminder about the power of kindness, especially during these anxious times.

That's all for now.  

Take care, stay safe, and be kind.

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