Alder Tag Evers
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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District 13 Updates: Vilas Park Drive, 1224 South Park, Fingers Crossed
Here we are.
Memories of this day four years ago, the mixture of hope and dread. Daring to believe we can begin to undo the calamity of the past four years, not wanting to be blindsided once again by dashed hopes.
Fingers crossed. So many fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, the work continues.
Here are this week's updates:
Vilas Park Drive goes to Parks Commission Wed Nov 4 at 6:30 PM
Last week, Traffic Engineering staff decided to end the Shared Streets program, which would include the reopening of Vilas Park Drive to commuter traffic. In response, Transportation Commission voted unanimously to refer the matter to the Board of Parks Commissioners. The item did not make it onto the Board's agenda for their meeting tomorrow, Wed Nov 4, 6:30 PM, but you are encouraged to share your thoughts on whether you think reopening the Drive is a good idea during the Public Comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Register at this link for Item #3, Public Comment.
I believe there are options worth considering that will allow full use of the Park shelter for winter recreational activities while not moving backward and opening the Drive to cut-through traffic.
The City plans to use the winter to evaluate the citywide Shared Streets program to decide what to do with the program in 2021. Please consider filling out a survey to offer your thoughts.
Survey in English - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sharedstreetsmadison
Survey in Spanish - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SharedStreetEspanol
1224 South Park Goes to UDC Wed Nov 4 at 4:30 pm
This is a solid project in my opinion, adding appropriate massing and density at this location. This is not a true affordable housing project, but the development team has agreed to explore workforce housing subsidies that will result in lower rents for a portion of the units.
Lucky's 1313 Also Goes to UDC
At this same meeting, Lucky's, located at 1313 Regent St, appears before the panel to discuss design elements of their project. This is due to a referral last month by Plan Commission. Regent Street needs a facelift and a big boost of economic vitality. While I generally support this project, it's important that we take every opportunity to beautify the Regent corridor. There have been some design fiascos along this stretch in the past, which we don't want to repeat. I'm confident with some tweaks this project will move forward.
South Park/Cedar Intersection Goes to Board of Public Works Wed Nov 4 at 4:30 pm
Transportation Commission last week voted to recommend approval of a new configuration of the S. Park/Cedar/Beld intersection adjacent to the Truman Olson site. The item now goes to the Board of Public Works, in a meeting that also starts at 4:30. (The life of an Alder, trying to figure out how to be in multiple places at the same time – I'm reminded of the title of that old Firesign Theatre comedy album.)
You may register to speak by clicking here.
Office Hours This Friday Nov 6 at 8 am
Last week five residents showed up to discuss a variety of hot-button issues. We start Common Council budget deliberations next Tues, Nov 10, so if you have questions or concerns about the budget, please stop by this Fri Nov 6, from 8 AM to 10 AM. Here is the Zoom invite:
City Budget Deliberations Start Tues Nov 10
Speaking of the budget, Alder Furman posted an excellent summary of where we are at, which you can access by clicking here.
Truman Olson Budget Amendment Approved by County Finance Committee
Last evening, the County's Personnel & Finance Committee unanimously approved a budget amendment of $1.35 million for the Truman Olson project at 1402. S. Park. Special thanks to former D13 Alder Allen Arntsen for his public testimony in favor of the amendment. And an extra big shout out to District 4 Supervisor Richard Kilmer for sponsoring the amendment and District Supervisor Chuck Erickson for his assistance. The item now goes to the full County Board next Monday as they'll voting to approve the 2021 County Budget. (Should you wish to offer your support, note the link for registering to speak is not yet active. Check back later in the week.)
We continue to make progress on the this most important project, with ground-breaking scheduled for the spring.
Vilas Park Master Plan – Third and Final Community Input Meeting
A message from Parks:
Parks is contacting you today to invite you to the third Community Input Meeting for the Vilas Park Master Plan on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6:00PM – please register for the meeting at https://tinyurl.com/VilasPark3
At this meeting, the Draft Final Master Plan and proposed sections for Vilas Park Drive that were developed from the earlier Concepts will be presented and discussed – Parks will be asking for input on the Draft Master Plan at the meeting and during a public comment period to follow by way of continuing the conversation that began over a year ago on questions such as, "What do you love most about Vilas Park?", "What would you change?" and, "How can the park best serve our whole community as Madison continues to grow and change?"
The Vilas Park Master Plan will be a framework plan that will help to inform improvements at the park over the next 15-20 years and that are intended to be in place for the next 50 years or more! It will be a starting point for the development of future capital improvement projects that could add to, replace or improve amenities at the park including sport courts, playgrounds, fields, lagoons, beaches, parking, roadways and pedestrian paths just to name a few! The plan document, along with a master plan report, will go through several stages of design driven by community input that will be reviewed by other city and county agency staff, working groups comprised of neighborhood, community and environmental affiliates, and eventually go to the Board of Park Commissioners for approval prior to being implemented.
We hope to see you there! If you would like to provide input on the meeting but are unable to attend in person, please send your comments to VilasMasterPlan@cityofmadison.com.
Please share this email widely – Parks would appreciate those with wider listservs and/or blogs/websites willing to post this information to those locations - we hope to have a robust turn-out at this important session!
No Smashing Pumpkins – Compost Instead
Taking my reference to the famous 90's era alt-rock band from Chicago in stride, if you're wondering what to do about leftover pumpkins, read this message from Streets.
It's mid-afternoon on Election Day.
I started this blog post this morning, working on it in between meetings and phone calls. So far, all hell has not broken loose. What happens next is anyone's guess. Ever since watching The Social Dilemma and Capital in the Twenty-First Century back to back on Netflix last summer, I've been worried that regardless of who wins today's election we are headed to civil war.
I know that many of you share that concern and are fearful for the future. In the months since the pandemic and compounding concerns centered around racial justice, I've heard from many of you and witnessed your commitment to move us forward, to fight for justice and a better world for all.
The last four years have coarsened our collective sensibilities. I'm hopeful we can find our way forward to a place of empathy, a place of kindness and compassion. We are called to do this regardless of who sits in the Oval Office, but for this voter, it would be a great source of relief if all the expressions to the contrary, all the malignant narcissism, the lies, the vanity and pride that we've endureed from the current occupant of the White House were roundly repudiated.
I'm sure many of you stand with me on this.
With fingers crossed, so many fingers crossed, we await the results.
Be safe. Be well. Be kind.
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