Alder Tag Evers
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Evers’ Blog
District 13 Updates: Office Hours, 2021 Budget, Salt Routes
A reminder that I'm holding office hours again tomorrow morning, Friday November 20, from 8 AM to 10 AM. Here is the invite to the Zoom room:
Tag Evers is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Office Hours
Time: Nov 20, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 823 7965 3760
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(If Friday mornings don't work for you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 608.424.2580 and we can schedule a time to discuss your concerns.)
City Passes 2021 Budget with Lowest Levy Increase in Five Years
Last week the Madison Common Council approved the 2021 Capital and Operating Budgets. The Council adopted a $166.4 million Capital Budget and a $349.5 million Operating Budget that was about $28,000 below the allowable levy increase.
"This was a very difficult budget for the City of Madison. We started with a $16 million deficit due to the pandemic, but ultimately we were able to move forward in a way that still supports critical investments in housing, homelessness, youth jobs and more. We also made progress on reimagining public safety with important new investments in a Violence Prevention Unit and an alternative crisis response team for behavioral health emergencies," said Mayor Rhodes-Conway.
Salt Route Changes for District 13
Here's a note from the Streets Division about changes in salt and snow plow routes in District 13. If you have concerns about these changes, I'd be happy to discuss:
The salt routes that loop through your district have been shortened.
This means fewer streets in your district will be salted and plowed each time it snows.
These adjustments are not budget related. We made this change after careful evaluation of the existing routes to find areas that no longer meet the standards of being a salt route. We also made temporary adjustments in response to pandemic-induced changes at the Madison School District and Madison Metro. Salt route reductions due to MMSD virtual school and Metro routing changes will be restored when students return to in-person class, and when bus service returns to these roads.
The roads that are no longer designated as salt routes will be plowed like other residential streets. This means instead of getting plowed and salted during every snow event, they will be plowed when three or more inches of snow have accumulated on the roadways. This is the standard we follow for all residential streets of Madison.
The changes to the salt routes are citywide. Virtually every aldermanic district is affected.
The temporary and permanent contractions of the salt routes will yield significant salt application savings this winter. All of our changes combined result in a roughly 7% reduction of the mileage covered by salt routes. Using our salt application rate, we expect to keep nearly 15 tons of salt per snowstorm off our roads and out of our water. By winter's end, these changes will let us keep hundreds of tons of salt off the roads and out of our environment.
What Streets in District 13 Will No Longer be Salted
The below listed streets will be permanently removed from the salt route network. They will no longer receive salt, and they will not be plowed until three or more inches of snow has accumulated on these streets.
- Pine Street from Gilson Street to Beld Street
Temporary Removal Due to No In-Person Classes at Madison Metro School District
The below listed streets will be temporarily removed from the salt route network. They will return to the salt route level of service when in-person classes resume. Until then, these streets will be treated like other residential roadways and only plowed when three or more inches of snow have accumulated on the roads.
- Western Avenue from Gregory Street to Monroe Street
- Gilmore Street from Gregory Street to Monroe Street
Want to Know More?
Madison City Channel Now Available on Roku
Madison City Channel is now available on Roku streaming devices. Madison City Channel is the City of Madison's municipal television channel, a service provided by City of Madison Information Technology (IT). Madison City Channel covers essential City board, commission, and committee meetings, as well as events like panel discussions and community listening sessions. Madison City Channel also presents public affairs programming, featuring City officials, community leaders, and candidates in local elections.
The Roku channel will appear in full high-definition (HD) for live coverage and on-demand content. Madison City Channel will also be available on Apple TV in the very near future. "Over-the-Top (OTT) media services like Roku and Apple TV offer some real advantages over traditional cable television delivery," said City of Madison Digital Media Supervisor, Boyce Johnson. "Where traditional cable companies carry our channel at standard definition or even lower quality, OTT services offer it at full HD. They also offer on-demand content, so viewers can watch what they want when they want to watch it." Madison City Channel will continue to be available on Charter Digital 994 and AT&T U?Verse 99.
For more details, please click here.
Vilas Park Master Plan Survey
The Draft Final Master Plan was presented at the third and likely final Community Input Meeting on November 16, 2020 and described proposed sections for Vilas Park Drive as well as a draft design that was developed from the Concepts presented during Phase II of the project. Parks is now asking for public comment on the Draft Master Plan during this period to allow for final comments to be made in the fine-tuning of the design proposal.
Comments can be made via the online survey, which is located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VilasDraftFinalPlan and/or submitted to VilasMasterPlan@cityofmadison.com
There are a number of issues I have with the Master Plan planning process, concerns that date back to its beginning a year ago last summer. I have been meeting with the neighborhood reps to the Resident Resource Group and with nearby neighbors to bring these concerns to Parks staff and MSA, the consultants contracted to draft the Plan. There are parts of the Plan that I believe will make for a vastly improved Vilas Park, but other parts involve changes that are questionable and warrant considerably more study.
I encourage you to offer input and keep engaged, specifically letting me know of your concerns.
Public Safety Summit
We plan on starting on time, so please plan on arriving five minutes early.
Take care and stay safe.
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