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
Visions & Golf Task Force updates & final Buckeye Road reconstruction meeting - D15 Update 6/9/19
Two items that I've discussed before will be on this week's Common Council meeting agenda. You can read the earlier post here.
Visions License Renewal
As I mentioned in my earlier post, the City Attorney's office was not ready to file for nonrenewal at the annual ALRC renewal meeting in May and instead plans to file a revocation complaint this summer. As such, the ALRC voted to recommend renewal of the license at this time (while adding several new conditions including screening for weapons at the door and clearly identifying security personal with uniforms).
This week I spoke with Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Zilavy and she confirmed her intent to file the revocation complaint in July. Once this complaint is filed a hearing will be scheduled at ALRC (typically several weeks after the complaint is filed).
If you have any comments or concerns related to Visions' operation and impact to the community, please reach out to her to have your input and testimony included in her case. You can reach her at 608-266-4511 or at JZilavy@cityofmadison.com.
Municipal Golf Task Force
Also on Tuesday's agenda is a resolution for: Establishing a Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks to make recommendations to the Mayor, Common Council, and the Board of Park Commissioners regarding the future of the City's Municipal Golf Courses.
A draft of this resolution will be referred to the Board of Park Commissioners' Wednesday meeting and could be ready for action at the June 18th Common Council meeting. I support creation of the task force to help answer the complicated and important questions regarding the future of our municipal golf program. I will following the work of the Task Force closely and will continue to keep you updated about progress and opportunities for input via blog updates. Thank you to everyone that has sent me comments and please continue to share your thoughts with me on this issue.
In the news:
- Kristen Audet, Ann DeGarmo beat out opponents in race for Dane County Board
- Statement from Mayor Rhodes Conway and Common Council President Shiva Bidar, and Vice President Barbara McKinney
- City supports major rural solar projects, 40K panels to be installed
- Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway: City must address $9.5 million budget gap for 2020
- City to explore grand connections between Downtown and Lake Monona
- City of Madison Awarded EPA Grant to Investigate Contaminated Properties
- Beach Water Quality Now Being Monitored for Summer
- The Madison Arts Commission and The Bubbler at Madison Public Library Launch a Community-Based Artist Residency in Thurber Park
- MMSD 2019 Summer Food Program
- Measles Can Be Serious, Are You And Your Family Protected?
- 56 Strategies for Thriving in Later Life
- Free Native Plants for Schools and Community Projects
- Madison Canopy Project
- Lake Edge & Glendale Garage Sale Registration - 2019
This week's highlights:
Monday, June 10, 2019
3:00 pm - Open House/Informational Meeting: Chad Vogel and Sean Pharr will be hosting a public open house at 4102 Monona Dr (Lake Edge Shopping Center) where they propose to open a new bar with a focus on games and whiskey.
6:00 pm - Buckeye Road Pre-Construction Public Information Meeting: The City will host a pre-construction public information meeting to review final street design, construction timeline, street access and how the project will impact residents on Buckeye Road.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
10:00 am - Community Coffee: We are partnering with the Local Voices Network (LVN) for our special June 11 Community Coffee session at Pinney. LVN's mission is to "foster conversations in communities and in the media that improves our understanding of one another."
6:30 pm - Common Council: 11. Separated Liquor License Renewal Visions Nightclub; 50. Separated Alcohol License Renewal The Crucible; 59. Update on Lake Levels and Flooding; 171. Approving the Selection of a Judge Doyle- Block 88 Development Team with Whom to Commence Negotiations and Directing Further Actions; 213. Establishing a Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks to make recommendations to the Mayor, Common Council, and the Board of Park Commissioners regarding the future of the City's Municipal Golf Courses.
7:00 pm - Eastmorland Community Association Meeting: Discuss issuing a letter of support for the Monona Golf Course; Discuss providing a contribution to Pinney Library for purchase of bike racks; Discuss establishing a liaison between the newsletter volunteers and the directors
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
4:00 pm - Solar Information Session: Join us at Madison Central Library for a Kid-Friendly solar event! Bring your kids and learn more about how solar power can work for your home. We have lessons and activities for your child to take part in, and information for adults too!
7:00 pm - Lake Edge Neighborhood Association Meeting: Presentation regarding a request to expand the liquor license for Seafood Foods. They would like to include the area in front of the store in the Lake Edge shopping Center. Presentation/Discussion by Madison Water Department regarding house to be built by the water tower – this house will be a water conservation example home.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
12:00 pm - Goodman Pool Opening Day: the first 500 kids receive FREE ADMISSION to the Goodman Pool on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 12:00pm!
5:30 pm - MPD Policy & Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee: 1. Review and discussion of recommendations submitted by Rep. Chris Taylor; 2. Discussion with Carrie Rothbud regarding the MPD Ad Hoc Committee's final report to the Common Council.
Friday, June 14, 2019
5:30 pm - School's Out! Movie Night: Ralph Breaks the Internet at Breese Stevens Field
Saturday, June 15, 2019
5:00 am - Free Dog Park Day: All Dane County Parks and dog parks in the City of Madison, Middleton and Sun Prairie are free on June 15, 2019. Dogs must be vaccinated and have their municipal licenses.
10:45 am - Juneteenth Parade & Festival: The Juneteenth Parade will take place at 10:45am starting at Fountain of Life Church and ending at Penn Park. After the parade meet us at Penn Park! The festival starts at at noon!
Sunday, June 16, 2019
1:30 pm - Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park: Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the scenic Warner Pond lagoon and across Castle Creek to discover the wetlands, woods and prairie in the Wild Side of Warner Park and the birds and other creatures that call it home!
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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