Alder Grant Foster
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Foster’s Updates
F35, Visions, Autumn Ridge Path - D15 Update 11/3/19
F-35 Draft EIS Comment Period Ends
The public comment period that began on August 9 ended this past Friday following a 30-day extension. All of the comments received during the comment period will now be reviewed and will inform the Final EIS that is expected to be published in February. The Record of Decision is expected in March of 2021 following a 30-day waiting period
Thank you to everyone that wrote emails, gave testimony, showed up to meetings, put up yard signs, and otherwise spoke up against this destructive proposal. Movements like this start at the grassroots and broad community involvement is needed to continue to build our collective voice.
I'm proud of the role I played in standing up against this harmful proposal. Alder Kemble and I spent many long hours crafting an official city response that rejected a proposal that would lead to serious negative impacts on many of our east and northside communities and on the greater Madison region. Following council action, many others added their concerns and objections against this misguided proposal including the MMSD School Board, many Dane County Supervisors, our Community Development Authority Board, our Water Utility Board, our Sustainable Madison Committee, and many neighborhood associations.
On Friday, Mayor Rhodes-Conway also submitted her Comments Regarding F-35 Draft Environmental Impact Statement, concluding: "If there are options that represent less harm to communities and the environment, as it appears in the draft EIS, those options should be preferred. If preferred locations, such as Madison, are known to have significant negative impacts as shown in the final EIS, the USAF must be prepared to prevent and/or fully mitigate those impacts. Absent that, it will not be possible for me to support the selection of Madison for this bed-down."
Visions Complaint Ends in Settlement
On September 24th, a Special Subcommittee of the Alcohol License Review Committee met to conduct an evidentiary hearing on revocation action for Visions Nightclub. At that hearing, the subcommittee struck counts 2 through 48 of subsection D of the City's complaint and ordered the City to file an amended complaint. The amended complaint left the City with twelve (12) counts of violations rather than the sixty (60) counts of violations contained in the original complaint. The majority of the most egregious violations were contained in counts 2 through 48 of subsection D of the original complaint.
On October 29th, as a result of the subcommittee's ruling, Attorney Zilavy and Attorney Olson entered into a settlement agreement that was recommended for approval to the ALRC. The ALRC will take this up at their 11/20 meeting and their recommendation will go to the 12/3 Common Council meeting. Details of the settlement agreement can be found here.
Snow & Ice
Last week's record-setting weather was a good reminder of the need to be prepared to manage snow and ice on our city sidewalks. Madison General Ordinance 10.28 requires property owners to remove any snow and ice accumulation from the sidewalk that abuts their property by noon of the day after the snow/ice event. Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions can be found here.
I've found it easiest and most effective to remove snow as soon as it accumulates - the longer it sits, the harder it is to remove. In cases where ice does form that you are not able to remove, you are required to treat the ice with sand. The city offers free sand to residents at a number of locations across the city.
In general, timely snow removal and use of sand eliminates the need to use salt. Overuse of salt leads to contamination of our surface and ground water and is a major issue for Madison. You can find more info on the use of salt here.
In the news:
- Leaf & Yard Waste Collection Continues Following Snow
- Relocation of Intercity Bus Loading--From Memorial Union to 200 Block of Lake Street
- Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter: Prepare Your Winter Kit with SaltWise
- City of Madison, Dane County Move Forward on Cottage Grove Road Project
- Dane County Farmers' Market plans to move late winter market to Garver Feed Mill
- 'Enough is enough': Budget amendment targets Madison traffic safety
- Catching Up: Redevelopment near for vacant grocery store on Cottage Grove Road
- Visions Nightclub agrees to 90-day liquor license suspension effective Jan. 1
This week's highlights:
Monday, November 4, 2019
5:00 pm - Transportation Policy & Planning Board: This week's meeting includes a review of the Downtown BRT Routing Report, including options to route around the capitol square, outer loop, or on Broom/Wilson/Henry/Doty.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6:30 pm - Common Council: 59. Amending Section 15.02(15) of the Madison General Ordinances by changing the polling location for Ward 15 from La Follette High School to Lussier Family East YMCA, 711 Cottage Grove Road. More and closer polling locations leads to higher voter turnout. Thank you to the YMCA for opening your doors to Ward 15 voters next year.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
6:30 pm - Madison Area Transportation Planning Board Meeting: The MATPB will hold a public hearing and consider amendments to the Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program which would add a project recommendation to the RTP and modify an existing project in the TIP to implement Dynamic Part-Time Shoulder Use on the Beltline (USH 12/14/18/151) between Whitney Way and Interstate 39/90 by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as explained in this memo.
6:30 pm - Glendale Neighborhood Association Fall 2019 Meeting: It's time for the GNA Fall 2019 Meeting. Our keynote speaker will be the new principal of LaFollette High School, Devon LaRosa. This will be an opportunity for Principal LaRosa to introduce himself to the neighborhood and speak about his school. Also scheduled to speak are our MPD Neighborhood Resource Officer, Officer Howard Payne, and Alders Grant Foster (District 15) and Michael Tierney (District 16).
7:00 pm - Voter Registration Training: SASY Neighborhood Association will host a free training session for anyone interested in learning how to register voters. City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl will lead the training. Everyone is welcome. Trainees will then be invited to work at voter registration tables hosted by SASY at Goodman Community Center and in collaboration with Mentoring Positives at the Salvation Army center on Darbo Dr.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00 pm - Autumn Ridge Public Information Meeting #1: The Autumn Ridge Path is a proposed multi-use path that will connect users between Milwaukee Street and Commercial Avenue north of Highway 30.
The first Public Information Meeting for this project has been scheduled for 6:00 PM on November 7th. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the project, provide feedback, and ask questions regarding the project.
7:00 pm - Annual Creek Friends Meeting: Learn about our past year's activities including our fifth year partnership with the Goodman Community Center's Watershed Wanders Camp, monthly Bird and Nature tours on the creek, and reports on the creek's health. We'll also talk about the THREE exciting new creek access points on the creek.
Friday, November 8, 2019
10:00 am - Book Sale -- Friends of Hawthorne Library: Find great bargains for your home library and support your public library! This sale features books, DVDs and other materials of all types. Sponsored by The Friends of Hawthorne Library. Proceeds help fund library programs. Sale hours: Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Monday 10am-3pm.Saturday 3-5pm and all day Monday
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:00 am - 15th Annual Eastmorland Leaf Raking Party: Please plan to join us as we go around our neighborhood to rake yards for those of our neighbors who would like to rake, but are physically unable to because of health reasons. Everyone is invited to participate. We especially need volunteers to help rake.
4:00 pm - 5th Annual Día de los Muertos Fundraiser at East High School: East High School's Raza United (formerly known as Latinx Student Union) will be hosting this fun, musical and nostalgic event for the 5th year at East High's state of the art Theater.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
1:00 pm - November Sunday Walks: Walks are free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Groups larger than 5 people, please contact us at email@example.com.
4:30 pm - Hayrides at Holiday Fantasy in Lights: Tour the holiday lights at Olin Park with a public haywagon ride through the park! No reservations needed
Click on 'details' in the events below for links to additional details and meeting agendas. You can find a full list of city meetings here.
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