Alder Sara Eskrich
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210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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A few quick updates:
- Small Cap TIF Open House Date Updated: Now Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm at HotelRED.
- Mattress and Box Spring Recycling is back. Details linked here.
- Flower Pot Recycling and On Line Plant Exchange. Details linked here.
- FYI – Planning & Community & Economic Development Newsletter.
- Last May FOOT Free Concert at Olin-Turville Park May 26th at 6pm.
- Please take the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment survey.
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the new BBQ restaurant on Monroe Street. Please see below for updates on process:
- Alcohol License: As noted in my previous email, the applicants will be going before the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) to request a beer and wine license on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm in room 201 of the City-County Building. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for comment. You can also send written comments to the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The purview of the ALRC is: Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.02 - Guiding Values: Fair, Consistent, Proactive, Balanced, Cooperative, Efficient, Preventative, Inclusive, Deliberative. Mission: Serve city's residents, businesses & visitors by thoroughly & conscientiously reviewing license applications, establishing & maintaining standards, addressing violations, developing alcohol-related policies & making recommendations to the Common Council. Goals: Promote responsible alcohol-selling -serving practices; enhance public safety & quality of life; consistently apply pertinent laws & conditions; educate citizenry/business community about the ALRC mission & processes; modernize existing business & governmental systems and reduce expenditures on alcohol-related issues; improve overall service delivery.
- The applicant could open and operate after health department approval of their restaurant operations, as they are zoned TSS. However, they will not be able to cook outside without a conditional use permit or serve alcohol without a license.
- Conditional Use Permit for Outdoor Cooking Smoker: Much of the concerns being raised have to do with the applicant's plan to smoke meat in the alley behind the restaurant space in a ~20ft traditional Texas BBQ wood-fired smoker. The video showing this in operation is linked here. City staff has advised that this will require further permitting and approval through a conditional use zoning process.
- The applicant will need to provide 30 day notice to myself and the neighborhood association president of their intent to pursue a conditional use. They intend to do this soon.
- I will help the applicant to organize a demonstration of the smoker, hopefully in the alley behind Monroe Street as a publicly noticed meeting. Neighbors will be able to come see this in action and ask questions/share any concerns.
- The Plan Commission will have to review the conditional use permit request. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for individual public comments. Neighbors within 200 feet of the restaurant will be noticed with postcards. I'll send reminder emails as well when this date is set.
- City staff will review the applicant's plans and advise the Plan Commission on their options: approval, approval with conditions of use, or rejection of the conditional use. They will consider many factors when making their recommendation and have many departments review factors including quality of life from impacts like potential smoke and smell, safety concerns, and more.
- If the applicant notices the alder and neighborhood soon, this Plan Commission review could take place as soon as mid-August.
More information will be coming on this process and timeline as formal requests are filed. Please know that I will keep you informed and I take your comments and feedback very seriously. You have many opportunities to formally share feedback, particularly at the time of committee and commission reviews.
Greenbush Housing Renovation Program
UPDATED DATE: Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm
Come hear about and ask questions regarding an exciting new program to help people buy and renovate homes in the Greenbush Neighborhood. The city of Madison's Greenbush Housing Renovation Program offers $80,000 to $100,000 to potential home owners who will buy and restore a rental property and live in the home. Representatives from the city, the Greenbush-Vilas Partnership, contractors and those who have already used the program will be available to answer your questions.
Double S BBQ has applied for a beer and wine license for 1835 Monroe Street (the J. Kinney space). There was a public hearing at HotelRED on Wednesday evening, May 12. Many neighbors came to ask questions and express their opinions. The applicants will be going before the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm in room 201 of the City-County Building. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for comment. You can also send written comments to the committee.
The restaurant will likely require further city review through a conditional use zoning process. This is triggered by their intention to smoke meat in an outdoor smoker behind the restaurant. There will be further public meeting and comment opportunities with regard to this request. I will be in touch as I learn more. Here is some information provided by the applicant:
- Video of smoker operating (https://youtu.be/yfVKH-5k9MA)
- We are also working to provide neighbors with a demonstration of the smoker in operation in the alley.
You had requested that we follow up with further information that may have not come out in the meeting and address some comments that were made in meeting. I have listed below several issues that were raised:
- One person brought up that Austin was having ordinances put in place due to BBQ smoke? Here is a link to google maps that shows every BBQ establishment in the Austin area which are indicated in red dots. As you can see there are well over 25 BBQ establishments in the downtown area and way more if you include the outskirts. So we do not believe this is a reasonable comparison as we would be the only one in our vicinity. https://email@example.com,-97.7523714,10z
- Concern over meat waste: We use Sanimax as our grease disposal. We also put all meat waste in a 55 gallon drum sealed with a lid to eliminate odors and pests. I would like to add that Sanimax recycles all of our waste for bio diesel and animal feed.
Greetings Neighbors –
I am honored to serve as your alder here in District 13. I know that we all appreciated the positive local election with many residents engaging deeply in the electoral process. Thank you.
Please stay in touch with me through my alder email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and at the district webpage (www.cityofmadison.com/council/district13). As you all know, since you're on the list, you can sign up for my email updates, which I plan to send regularly, at that website. Please forward this on to your friends and neighbors so that they can sign-up. Also, remember that you can use "Report a Problem" to get assistance from city departmental staff on specific issues.
There are many upcoming events and meetings regarding District 13. Please find highlights below:
- Monday 5/11, 6:30pm, Baha'i Center: Bay Creek Neighborhood Association Meeting, Wingra Point II development project will be on the agenda
- Tuesday 5/12, 7:00pm, HotelRED: Public Meeting on Double S BBQ, proposed alcohol license applicant at 1835 Monroe Street
- Spring 2015 Dogs in Parks Pilot Program Survey: please share your thoughts via this brief survey
Other updates and events:
- Brittingham Playground Replacement Meeting highlights from 4/20 meeting
- 6/7 Ride the Drive Downtown
- 6/27 Lake Monona/John Nolen Drive Area: Shake the Lake
- 7/25 Brittingham Park: Disability Pride Festival
by Alder Lucas Dailey
It's that time of year when each of the Madison Police Department districts seeks feedback from residents. Below is a link to this year's online survey. Please take a moments to click on the below link and let us know how you feel about the quality of life in your neighborhood.
Today the city announced its ability to allow residents to pay their property taxes in four installments. You can learn more about the program at http://www.cityofmadison.com/treasurer/propertytax/fourInstallment/
I've submitted an amendment to the capital budget reinstating the reconstruction of Monroe for 2016. We all know the many reasons for the reconstruction: create safer crossings, fix the gaping holes in the roadway (the pavement rating is 3.69 out of 10; under 5 triggers resurfacing), fix the failing sections of water and sewer main, improve the lighting, and improve the overall pedestrian experience.
The move to change the date to 2017, as I'm told, is primarily to prevent the compounding of city-wide traffic problems that will be caused by the reconstruction of monroe at the same time as the reconstruction of the beltline and Verona road which is slated to be complete in 2016. Apparently this is based on a lesson city engineers learned from the the reconstruction of Johnson/Gorham. I certainly don't doubt that there will be some compounded traffic but I'm not yet persuaded that it will be sufficient to justify pushing back this important project.
I asked the city engineer to provide data to back the claim, ideally with some traffic modelling. If the data make a strong case for very significant additional city-wide traffic disruption I will most likely withdraw the motion and let the 2017 date stand. But until then I believe the best direction for the area and city is to move forward with an amendment to restore the 2016 date.
This mirrors the feedback I've received from residents but if you think I'm off-base let me know!
As many of you have heard the Mayor has proposed pushing the reconstruction of Monroe street back to 2017. I'm gathering information and exploring options to determine the best course of action to take to insure the improvements we need on Monroe are built. In the meantime, the Engineering dept is suspending it's work on the redesign, so the meeting scheduled for 9/15 at Edgewood is cancelled.
If you haven't signed up yet for the Mayor's Neighborhood Conference this Saturday I'd highly recommend it if you're involved in neighborhood or city-wide issues. This year's keynote speaker is Don Edwards, Director of Justice and Sustainability Associates. I've really enjoyed attending the conference previous years and I hope I'll see you at this year's.
Upcoming Events I hope to see you at:
South District (ours) Community Forum with Police Chief Koval
As described by Chief Koval: "These sessions are an opportunity to provide me with
direct feedback and there will also be a representative from the hosting District should you want to
convey thoughts specific to the area."
Tuesday, September 23
Predolin Hall at Edgewood College (Anderson
Monroe Street Reconstruction Listening Session #3
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the evening of 9/15. I'll write another update when it's confirmed but block out that night now if you wanted to attend. Up-to-date Information can be found on the project page at www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/monroe/
Meet & Eat event at Brittingham Park
If you haven't been to Meet & Eat to sample food carts from around the city the are still going to be at Brittingham Park this Tuesday and next Tuesday from 5-7pm.
Also, last week I wrote a short essay featured on the cover of The Cap Times laying out a vision for Madison, mostly looking at big-picture issues to keep us economically competitive. I've received a tremendous number of positive messages about it and I'm interested in your thoughts as well.
Emergency personnel from university, city, county, state, and federal agencies will hold a training exercise at and around Camp Randall on Thursday, July 17th. More than 400 people are expected to participate in this real-life simulation of an emergency at Camp Randall Stadium.
Here are the details for nearby residents:
On the July 17th, from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the 1400 block of Monroe Street (Randall to Regent) will be closed to traffic. The UW Credit Union will also be closed until 4 p.m. -- at that time, it will open only for pedestrian traffic. At around 7:00 a.m. an explosive sound effect will be heard in Camp Randall Stadium. Emergency vehicles will respond in real-time with lights and sirens – neighbors can expect the lights and sirens to cease by 10 a.m. Nearby residents should also expect to see smoke, and acting victims with fake blood and injuries. The realistic nature of the exercise is designed to better prepare the University for an actual crisis.
So stay calm and carry on.
And if you live about 1,000 feet from the stadium like me you probably won't need to set an alarm Thursday morning. For anyone further out I'd suggest not going out of your way to watch the goings-on; I have a feeling there may be a lot of additional traffic and a greater than average share of rubber-necking drivers.
We're closing in on Rhythm & Booms on Saturday, June 28th! Our neighborhoods will be deluged with people from the throughout the city and area but the city and organizers have made significant preparations. I've heard concerns from neighbors and I believe they're being addressed. Here are the details for our neighborhoods:
The fireworks will be from 9:30 to 10:00. There will also be a music stage with acts from 2pm to 11pm (with a break for the fireworks). The fireworks themselves will be shot from a barge in lake Monona anchored nearish the John Nolan/North Shore Dr intersection.
Here is a map of what streets will have restricted parking (red and yellow lines show no-parking areas). Also note that the outbound lanes of John Nolan will be closed. If you live on a street that is close I was told that local traffic would still be able to get though, you'll just probably need to talk to the officer at the intersection. The John Nolan bike path will be mostly open, however pedestrian density will probably make biking on it impractical.
The Madison Parks Department will post numerous bins throughout Brittingham park and the viewing area, as well as several large dumpsters. Resident on shore streets are encouraged to leave their trash bins on the curb with the lids open for people to use as well. The city will be sending garbage trucks along the shore the following day. The event organizers will be doing some clean up after the but there will also be at least one organized group cleanup event the next morning starting at 9am at Brittingham park. I'll be there picking up trash, I hope you join the group too.
There will be significant police presence through the night with around 20 officers in our area and others moving around as needed.
In addition to bathrooms at all public parks being open for the night there will also be portable toilets stationed throughout the area.
Apart from the trash pickup after the event and in the morning, you can also volunteer with the event organizers here: rhythmandbooms.com/volunteer_general.html
District 13 residents are invited to participate in the listening session and presentation for the upcoming Monroe street reconstruction project. This will be the second opportunity to voice your opinions and discuss the project with your neighbors, city staff and Alder. The first session was packed and a great success; please join me and your neighbors to keep the momentum going with this session.
Wednesday, July 9th 6:30 pm
Washburn Heritage Room on Edgewood Campus
Hope to see you there,
I received the initial parking plan for Rhythm & Booms from Traffic Engineering. You can grab the PDF here. If the viewer doesn't work for you click the File menu at the top left, then Download.
The yellow lines indicate sides of the street with existing no-parking. The red lines indicate sides of the street that are currently planned to be made no-parking for Rhythm & Booms.
If you find any problems with this please let me know at email@example.com and we'll find a solution.
Join your neighbors and Alder to listen and provide feedback on a proposal by developer Chris Etmanczyk for 101 S. Mills st. Chris and his architect, Brad Koning, will present their updated plans for the site and gather input from the neighborhood.
Monday June 2nd, 6:30pm
Neighborhood House Community Center
29 S. Mills Street
District 13 Alder Lucas Dailey will hold three Listening Sessions across the district to hear more about resident's ideas and concerns regarding neighborhood and city issues. Please join us at one of these three sessions to meet with your neighbors and Alder and be part of the discussion.
We have a vibrant and constantly evolving district and city, let's talk about where we want to go in the future.
Friday, May 30, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wingra School – Library
718 Gilmore Street
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
29 S. Mills Street
Sunday, June 8, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lakeside Street Coffee House
402 W. Lakeside Street
On April 22, 2014 the Common Council Organizational Committee recommended that Lucas Dailey fill the vacant District 13 Aldermanic seat until the new alderperson is elected and seated on April 21, 2015.
The recommendation to appoint Mr. Dailey will go to the Common Council for approval at their meeting on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (6:30 p.m., Room 201, City-County Building)
by Alder Sue Ellingson
Today I submitted my resignation as Alder for District 13 to Mayor Soglin and Common Council President, Chris Schmidt.
In the last two months I have had pressing family matters arise that require extended periods away from Madison. I simply don't have the time to adequately represent my district.
Many thanks to my neighbors who gave me this opportunity to help make decisions about the future of our city. I've learned much about how the city works and explored new ideas for city management. I've met hundreds of neighbors. I've worked hours and hours with Madison's exceptionally capable and committed staff.
This has been one of the best experiences of my life. I regret that I'm no longer able to serve.
The Common Council will appoint a new alder to serve the remainder of my term. Meantime, you can contact the Council President, Ald. Chris Schmidt, at the Council office at 266-4071.
by Alder Sue Ellingson
• 3/19, 5:30p - Alcohol License Review Commission
201 City-County Blg, 210 MLKing Jr Blvd
Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
• 4/8, 6:45p - Common Council
201 City-County Blg, 210 MLKing Jr Blvd
Email comments to email@example.com
Crescendo, 1859 Monroe St, has applied for later closing hours:
- Sun-Thurs, from 8:00p now to 10:00p
- Fri-Sat, from 10:30p now to 12:00a
Owner Cait Shanahan said, "We are NOT going to change our posted hours on the door... The reason for the change is to give us more flexibility when we have events." Click here for the application.
Capt Joe Balles said, "I looked at our MPD calls for service with Cate's establishment... We have had NO COMPLAINTS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD. In short, Cate has been running a good business and I do not see these extended closing times being a significant deal."
I agree with Capt Balles. I have had no complaints. Cait has done a good job of running her business. I will support this change.
by Alder Sue Ellingson
REMINDER - NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Water Utility, 119 E Olin Ave
• 5:30-6:30p, Brittingham Boats
• 6:30-7:30p, Rhythm & Booms
BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
Wed 3/12 - 6:30p
Olbrich, 3300 Atwood Ave
I believe the Park Commission will consider Brittingham Boats' request to add pontoon boats. The agenda is not posted yet. You can check it here: https://madison.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
WINGRA CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Mon 3/17 - 6:30p
Goodman Library, 2222 S Park St
The goals of this project are to address bank stabilization, provide channel improvements, and enhance the natural features in Wingra Creek. It covers the reach between the stone railroad bridge (Baird Street) and Olin Avenue. Engineering staff will report on design progress towards goals agreed upon at the last meeting and discuss needed revisions and remaining issues, such as a possible weir structure.
Sally Swenson, (608)266-4862, firstname.lastname@example.org
MONROE ST LISTENING SESSION - RESCHEDULED
Thurs, April 10 - 6:30p
Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe St
Monroe St reconstruction is scheduled for 2015. This is a listening session to gather your ideas. (The originally scheduled meeting for March 20 is canceled.)
by Alder Sue Ellingson
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found near Warner Park this past November. The City of Madison has an estimated 21,700 City-owned street (terrace) ash trees and many more in parks. The City's plan for EAB was approved by the Common Council in 2012 and updated in 2013.
For City-owned street trees:
- Ash trees on the terrace will be cut down if they are in poor condition, are located under power lines, or measure less than 10" in diameter. This work has begun.
- Forestry will continue with branch sampling to look for new infestations.
- In late May, Forestry will start chemical treatments for ash street trees that are healthy, are not located under power lines, and are more than 10". The city will use injection treatments, not soil drench treatments, to protect water quality. All terrace trees meeting the treatment criteria will be treated by 2016 at the City's expense. For this reason, adoption of terrace trees is not needed.
- Forestry will replant street trees in most locations.
Adopt-a-Tree in Madison Parks
Residents can adopt an ash tree in any Madison park and have it treated for EAB by a City licensed tree contractor at their own expense. The request form for adoption will be made available soon on the Madison Parks website (http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/). Ash trees must be in good condition and greater than 10" in diameter. Once the adoption is approved, the City will issue the treatment permit directly to the licensed tree contractor you hire. Licensed tree contractors can be found on the Madison Public Works website: http://www.cityofmadison.com/business/pw/prequalifiedContractors.cfm
Replanting the urban forest
You can help support replanting the City's urban forest. The Madison Parks Foundation has established the Emerald Ash Borer Tree Replacement fund to replace trees in the park system that will be lost to the Emerald Ash Borer. Find out more on the Madison Parks Foundation website: http://madisonparksfoundation.org/support-the-parks/how-to-give/
Privately owned trees
Madison Parks website has a Homeowner's Toolkit to help you identify ash trees, symptoms of EAB and make a decision whether to treat or not treat your own ash trees in your private landscape: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/services/forestry/pests/EAB/toolkit.cfm
The city strongly recommends that you treat your ash trees using the direct injection method rather than the soil drench method in order to protect our lakes and ground water.
These websites have more information on finding a service provider:
Madison Public Works website: http://www.cityofmadison.com/business/pw/prequalifiedContractors.cfm
by Alder Sue Ellingson
TAX ASSISTANCE AT THE LIBRARY
EDGEWOOD MASTER PLAN - PLAN COMMISSION
Mon 3/24 - 6:00p
Rm 201 City-County Blg, 210 MLKing Jr Blvd
The Plan Commission will consider the Edgewood Master Plan at this meeting.