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Alder Grant Foster

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Alder Grant Foster

Contact Information

Home Address:

3930 Anchor Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Foster’s Updates

Buckeye Rd, Special Election, Golf, Markets, and more - D15 Update 5/5/19

May 5, 2019 10:03 AM

Buckeye Road continues to move forward with a contractor selected and a public hearing at Board of Public Works on Wednesday to finalize plans and assessments. There will be a final public meeting before construction begins on June 10 with more details about the construction and impact on neighbors. Final yard waste collection round begins this week and you can still register as a musician or host for Make Music Madison by May 7th.

Tuesday is the special primary election for Dane County Supervisor D17 and on Wednesday there's the LENA monthly meeting as well as a presentation of public art finalists for the new Pinney library. Thursday the Golf Subcommittee will meet and there will be a screening and panel discussion on the documentary 13th. This weekend there are more plant sales, markets, nature walks, concerts, and the Horicon Bird Festival.

In the news:

In the week ahead:

Monday, May 6, 2019


4:30 pm – Finance Committee: Three proposals were received for the Block 88 RFP and will be reviewed at the end of the meeting.

6:30 pm – City-County Homeless Issues Committee: 1. June Committee Listening Session 2. Beacon Update 3. Shelter Providers Committee Update 4. Coordinated Entry System Update

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Map of Dane County Board District 17

7:00 am – Special Primary Election - County Board Supervisor District 17Polls will be open from 7a-8p. If you're undecided, you can watch the candidate forum here.

8:30 am - 2019 Water@UW-Madison Spring Symposium: Hear the latest from Wisconsin water experts on emerging challenges relating to our most precious natural resource!

6:30 pm - EMCC Free Family Paint NightFamily open art studio is an opportunity for children to make art with an adult family member, caregiver, or mentor! Use the space, supplies, and prompts to create art during this unstructured studio time.

7:00 pm - Crossroads of Ideas: Covert CoordinationCrossroads is a public lecture series that brings campus and the community together to learn about challenging and engaging social science topics such as politics, policy issues, ethics, public perceptions, law and science and society.?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

5:00 pm – Madison Public Market Sneak Peek Feedback and TourJoin the City of Madison and the Madison Public Market Foundation on Wednesday, May 8 to share feedback on updated designs for the Madison Public Market and to tour the building that will be the Market's future home.

5:30 pm - Board of Public Works: Public Hearings on Buckeye RoadDavidson, Dempsey, Maher, Park Court, Drexel, & Lake Edge Assessment Districts begin at 5:30p. If you are a property owner with concerns about the plans or assessment for either of these projects, this is the best place to raise those concerns.

7:00 pm - Lake Edge NA Monthly Meeting: Come hear about plans to open a new bar in the space previously occupied by Elie's and plans to demolish the existing house at 301 East Dean in order to build a new home in the same location. Other topics include garage sale planning & funding a bicycle rack at the new Pinney library.

Free Family Night

7:00 pm - Public Art Finalist: Exterior Piece PresentationAll are welcome to attend the presentations for a public art piece that will be installed at the Madison Public Library New Pinney Library. The three finalists will have 20 minutes to further present on their vision, providing visuals, concepts, and inspiration within their proposals. Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for the community to make comments on the proposed pieces.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

4:00 pm – Golf Subcommittee: At this meeting the subcommittee is expected to review the 2018 Financials for the Enterprise as a whole and to receive a staff memo indicating that staff will be working with the Mayor, Alders, and BPC to determine the next steps and process in the short term to address the significant financial and park land use issues. Staff will be recommending that this process commence quickly given the financial issues impacting the City's general fund due to the deficit position of the Golf Enterprise Fund.

6:00 pm – "13th" Documentary Film Screening and DiscussionThe Madison Arts Commission and Department of Civil Rights invite you to attend the screening of 13th. A community discussion will follow the screening. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Karen Reece, President of Urban Community Arts Network, and former Chair of the Task Force for Equity in Music and Entertainment.

Night Market

6:00 pm - May Madison Night MarketBack for the 3rd year - the Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison's unique and inspiring creative culture! Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event includes live music, artists, retail store specials, visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences.

Friday, May 10, 2019

plant sale obs

9:00 am – Olbrich Plant Sale with the ProsGet great plants and expert advice from professionals at Plant Sale with the Pros, featuring everything from annuals and perennials to ornamental grasses and shrubs. Find unique plants that do best in this climate, including the newest, hardiest, most disease-resistant cultivars on the market. Local plant pros, master gardeners, and our horticulturists will be there to answer your questions. All proceeds go to support the Gardens! (Sale continues on Saturday, May 11.)

12:00 pm - Friday Noon Musicale with the Semplice Duo: Join the Semplice Duo, Cristina Ballatori, flute, and Kevin T. Chance, piano, for an eclectic program of favorites by Paquito D'Rivera, Princess Amalie of Prussia, Anne Boyd, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Francis Poulenc!

Bike Week

5:00 pm - Bike Week Volunteer Open HouseDrop by to learn about how YOU can help make Madison Bike Week a reality. We will have volunteer opportunities to share that occur both before and during bike week.

5:30 pm - Badger Rock CommUNITY DinnerOur May CommUNITY Dinner will feature a partnership with The Joy Trip Project and Ice Age Trail Alliance. We welcome Meet the Mirnavator! to Badger Rock. Mirna will share her story of being a self-styled, African-American plus sized adventure athlete!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

9:00 am - Arboretum Native Plant SaleShop for more than 200 species of native grasses; woodland, prairie, and savanna plants; and trees and shrubs for a range of soil and light conditions.

11:00 am - Arbor Day Celebration: Join us to hear about the progress Friends of Silverwood Park has made, our new partnership with the Savanna Institute, and our first major agroforestry project. At 1:00 p.m. we begin planting the demonstration garden - more than 100 trees - where we'll need volunteers. We'll also have guided hikes in the Silverwood forest to discuss work to remove invasives, restore the oak savanna and encourage biodiversity at the park.

block party

12:00 pm - Many Voices One Community Block PartyJoin us for a celebration and amplification of Many Voices, One Community Radio WWMV-LP 95.5 FM. This family-friendly indoor/outdoor event will include local live music, dance, kids' activities, food and more.

2:30 pm - Bird & Nature Outing - Owen ParkExplore Owen Conservation Parks on gentle trails through historic oak openings on a hillside with an Ice Age kettle and along restored prairies with beautiful vistas on this high point overlooking the west side of Madison. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

horicon bird festival

6:30 am - 2019 Horicon Marsh Bird FestivalHoricon Marsh Bird Club invites birders of all skill levels – as well as anyone who enjoys the great outdoors – to the 22nd annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival (May 9th-13th, 2019). This 4.5 day festival provides family-friendly activities and educational experiences designed to showcase Horicon Marsh's role as an important habitat for birds and wildlife.

monona farmers market

9:00 am – Monona Farmers MarketMarket goers can sip on fresh-brewed café drinks and tap their toes to music while shopping for locally-grown seasonal produce, plants, herbs and flowers, baked goods, cheese, meats, honey, preserved foods, soap, candles, and more.?

2:00 pm - Mother's Day Concert with New Horizons Band: Concert will be held outdoors on the Great Lawn (weather permitting) so feel free to bring your own chairs/blankets. We'll also have any plants left over from our Plant Sale with the Pros available for purchase in the Atrium!

You can find all of the above events and more on the District 15 calendara full list of city meetings here, and if you'd like to subscribe to my District 15 Blog you can do that on the sidebar above. If you have any questions or thoughts or upcoming events you'd like featured, you can reach me at

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