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
E. Dean Decision, Traffic Safety, New Police Chief - D15 Update 12/7/20
Common Council Action
The Common Council voted to approve a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology by the city. The existing use by MPD to help locate victims is the only use that is allowed under the new ban. The council also approved the budget amendment that allows for the purchase of 4502 Milwaukee Street. A neighborhood meeting to hear about the proposal for the temporary use as a family shelter is scheduled for December 15th (a link to register for that meeting is in the Save the Date section below).
A number of items were referred to our January meeting including: Milwaukee Street Special Area Rezoning & Mapping, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Ordinance, and the possibility of a referendum that would change the size of the Common Council from 20 to 10 alders. I will share out more information on those items in a future post.
Eastmorland Sidewalk Gap Analysis
Engineering staff started evaluating gaps in the sidewalk network in the Eastmorland neighborhood last week. Following their site review, they will put forward a recommendation for which gaps to close by installing sidewalks. This recommendation will go to the Transportation Commission at a future meeting. I will share that information out here once I have it and any residents impacted will also receive a postcard with the meeting details once they're set.
PFC Announces Finalists for Madison Chief of Police
The Police & Fire Commission announced the four finalists for Madison Chief of Police. They will conduct interviews with the finalists on Tuesday in closed session. You can read more here.
Other City Updates:
- Winter Drop-off Site Hours Begin Monday, December 7, 2020
- Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Award in Public Discourse Winner is Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
- Public Health Madison & Dane County Free Drive Through Flu Clinic Ending on December 19
- Fall Leaf Collection is Over for 2020
- Progress for Pollinators, 2020
Vision Zero & Sustainability at Transportation Policy & Planning Board
Among other items, the TPPB will review the Vision Zero Action Plan outline and Revised High Injury Network (HIN). This is part of an important public safety initiative to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on our road network in Madison.
The board will also get an update on our climate efforts related to transportation. One recently released scorecard gave Madison only 8.5 out of 30 points for sustainable transportation policies. You can find the full agenda and links to register here.
Dean Avenue at Transportation Commission
Staff will share the Dean Avenue reconstruction alternatives along with feedback received at the Transportation Commission on Wednesday. Anyone with opinions on this project are encouraged to write in or attend the meeting and provide public comment. You can find all the details here.
The commission will also receive a report on traffic crashes in Madison and will review the Traffic Signal Priority List.
Other City Meetings
There are a number of city meetings not highlighted in this update. You can find a full schedule of city meetings here.
Save the Date
- Dempsey/Davies/Maher Neighborhood Meeting #1 - December 14 - Project page is here.
- 4801 Buckeye Road Permit to demolish single-family residence to construct new single-family residence - December 14
- Salvation Army Family Shelter Meeting - December 15 at 6 pm - You can register for the meeting here.
- Freymiller's Alcohol Public Hearing - December 16
- E. Dean/Allis Neighborhood Meeting #2 - December 17 - Project page is here.
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