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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

Capital Budget, CGR Redevelopment, Spaanem/Maher Traffic Calming - D15 Update 9/14/20

September 14, 2020 11:01 AM

eastmorland rides with black lives sign
A big thanks to all those that helped organize and participate in the Eastmorland Bike Parade to the Kids' March for Black Lives. Check out the Eastmorland Area Antiracism group to plug in to future events.


Last Week

  • Executive Capital Budget - The mayor presented her 2021 Executive Capital Budget at Finance Committee last week. The Finance Committee will consider amendments and then recommend a draft budget that will go to the Common Council for debate, further amendments, and a vote in November. The 2021 Executive Operating Budget is expected to be released on October 6 and will follow a similar review by the Finance Committee prior to also going to the Common Council in November. You can find a link to both of these timelines as well as a link to available 2021 Budget documents here. This infographic from the Finance Department helps explain the difference between our capital and operating budgets. The two budgets are connected via debt service that is paid out of the operating budget for borrowing that funds capital projects. ?

capital vs operating infographic

This Week

  • Cottage Grove Road Development Proposal - The Plan Commission will consider the proposal to demolish three buildings on Cottage Grove Road to make room for two apartment buildings. You can find the details about this proposal and how to provide comment here.
  • Common Council Meeting - You can find a link to the meeting details including links to the agenda and the registration form here. Some items of interest to D15 residents include:
    • 11. Presentation Related to Reorganizing the Structure of the Common Council - One of the most significant recommendations of the Task Force on the Structure of City Government was a recommendation to change the nature of the position of alder from that of a part-time to a full-time role. As part of this recommendation and in an effort to keep cost increases down, a smaller council was also recommended (from 20 to 10 alders). There will be an informational presentation at Tuesday's meeting to introduce this recommendation and the council will debate the merits of the proposal at a special meeting in October.
    • 56. Authorizing the City to participate in the preparation of an amendment to the Town of Blooming Grove and City of Madison Cooperative Plan to allow for an alternate means of development of the "Cooperative Development Property" - this amendment will allow for the Voit Farm to come into City of Madison jurisdiction ahead of schedule if it is requested by the property owner.
    • 73. & 74. Updates to zoning and official map for areas within the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan - These updates will codify the recommendations adopted as part of the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan in terms of zoning and the location for part of a future street network. These items are being introduced on Tuesday and will be referred to the Plan Commission before returning to the Common Council at a future meeting. 
  • MPD Policy Discussions - On Wednesday, the Public Safety Review Committee will be discussing several ordinances related to MPD procedures, including tear gas, acquisitions from the Defense Logistics Program, and the 8 Can't Wait platform.
  • Spaanem/Maher traffic calming - Join me and city staff on Thursday at 7p to talk about options for controlling speeding and cut-through traffic on Spaanem and Maher. You will need to register in advance of the meeting here.
  • Madison Bike Week - This year's Madison Bike Week will look a lot different than previous years due to COVID. Things kick off next weekend and continue the week of September 14th. You can find more details here.
  • Other city meetings: There are a number of other city meetings of possible interest this week and you can find a full schedule here:

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