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
PFAS, MMSD, Hawthorne Mural - D15 Update 10/14/19
In case you missed it, I shared some preliminary information on the 2020 budget here. I will continue to provide updates as deliberations move forward.
Concerns with the extent of PFAS contamination continue to escalate following WI DNR testing of surface water at Starkweather Creek finding very high concentrations of PFAS compounds. Staff from Public Health are working on signage to post along the creek to help warn those that fish there.
This PFAS contamination is attributed to the US Air Force's use of fire fighting foam. The plans for additional construction and stormwater impacts associated with the proposal to bring F-35 jets to Truax field compounds concerns. To date, they have not agreed to any remediation of the PFAS pollution and have no plans for additional testing to identify the extent of the PFAS plume. It is unacceptable for them to plan an expansion of their base without addressing the harm that has already been caused to our community
- DNR: High levels of PFAS found in Starkweather Creek, Wisconsin River
- DNR's First Round of Sampling Shows PFAS Contamination at Surface Water Monitoring Locations in Wisconsin
- Statement from the Office of Mayor Rhodes-Conway Regarding PFAS Testing Results from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Starkweather Creek
- More fire foam chemicals found in water near Duluth air base
Madison Metropolitan School District
MMSD is looking for community feedback as they begin their recruitment for a new superintendent. You can find more information including dates for upcoming community engagement sessions here.
In addition to the superintendent search, district staff and board members are preparing for a significant capital and operating expense referendum in the fall of 2020. This article from earlier this year describes the proposal and more details were shared with the Common Council Executive Committee in August. As proposed, the referendum would result in a $200 property tax increase to the average home.
Part of this planned referendum includes a potential new elementary school in the Badger Rock area that could serve as a 'South Allis' school. A meeting will be held on Tuesday to get opinions on the options. Depending on the decision, Allis Elementary could stay in its current location with Nuestro Mundo moving into the new space by Badger Rock or Allis could relocate to the new location and Nuestro Mundo could move back into the current Allis school building. More details on Tuesday's meeting can be found below.
In the news:
- Final Round of Brush Collection Begins Monday, October 14
- Madison is booming but needs adequate housing, street car service -- State Journal editorial from 100 years ago
- David C. Couper: A note to Madison from a former police chief
- The NIMBY test
- Supporting the community in the current political storms
- Allen Ruff: F-35s are a massive pork-barrel boondoggle
- Know Your Madisonian: Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin is 'all about advocacy'
- Race in the Heartland: Wisconsin's Extreme Racial Disparity
- Pinney Library Update
- Judges Strike Several Blows to Trump Immigration Policies
- The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America
- Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action
- Wisconsin Book Festival Launches Four-Day Celebration Schedule, October 17-20
- Safe and Effective, Now is the Time for Flu Vaccination
- Sump Pump Discharge Frequently Asked Questions
This week's highlights:
Monday, October 14, 2019
5:00 pm - Landmarks Commission: As part of the Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society's mission to 'restore, furnish, preserve, and promote the Nathaniel and Harriet Dean House', they have been working with Madison Parks staff on a remodel of the building's screen porch. This proposal will be reviewed by Landmarks Commission on item 2: 4718 Monona Dr - Exterior Alteration to a Designated Madison Landmark (Nathaniel Dean House) - Rehabilitation of rear porch
5:30 pm - Plan Commission: A proposal for outdoor seating at the future Muskellounge and Sporting Club in the Lake Edge Shopping Center will be on Plan Commission's agenda. The plan was previously approved at the Alcohol License Review Committee, but requires Plan Commission approval before moving forward: 11. 4102 Monona Drive; Consideration of a conditional use in the Neighborhood Mixed-Use (NMX) District for a restaurant-tavern, and consideration of a conditional use in the NMX District for an outdoor eating area, all to allow a restaurant in a multi-tenant commercial center to be converted into a restaurant-tavern with outdoor eating area.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
9:15 am - The Hawthorne Tunnel Mural Dedication: Join us to celebrate and walk through the new Hawthorne Tunnel mural! People often talk about the importance of the journey, and up until recently, the Hawthorne Tunnel wasn't much to brag about. It was long, dark, and a little bit scary. Join us on our walk to celebrate safer, brighter, and more beautiful pedestrian pathways in our community!
5:45 pm - New Elementary in Rimrock Neighborhood?: We need your help exploring options: Moving Nuestro Mundo into a new building in the Rimrock area; Moving Frank Allis Elementary students into a new building in the Rimrock area, and moving Nuestro Mundo students into the Frank Allis building; Other options
6:30 pm - Common Council: One item of interest to those living in Ward 15 in the Lake Edge neighborhood is item 42: changing the polling location for Ward 15 from La Follette High School to Lussier Family East YMCA. I am very supportive of this additional polling location for residents and appreciate the YMCA offering to host. Voter turnout is higher where access to voting is closer and more accessible. This will reduce some of the pressure at La Follette HS that has historically served four wards and should be more convenient for those living in Ward 15. More information will be shared about the change in advance of the next election.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:00 pm - College Goal WI (free FAFSA support): Financial Aid Experts from UW-Madison, Edgewood College, and Wisconsin DPI will be on hand to assist families. Students should attend with a parent or guardian if possible and bring specific materials necessary to complete the FAFSA.
7:00 pm - Dane County Budget Hearing: The Dane County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting to take public testimony on the proposed 2020 Dane County budget. The public is invited to testify for or against items in the County Executive's proposed budget. Testimony is also welcome on any amendments to that proposal.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:30 pm - Community Meeting on the F-35: Join Chris Taylor, Marsha Rummel, and Brandi Grayson at the Goodman Community Center Brassworks Building to voice your concerns about the proposal to base new F-35 fighter jets at the Truax Air National Guard base at the Dane County Regional Airport.
7:00 pm - VFW City Band Concert: Free concert led by Conductor Jim Latimer. Enjoy an hour of favorite, toe-tapping & familiar tunes.
Friday, October 18, 2019
5:30 pm - Movie Night!: Come and watch How to Train Your Dragon at Hawthorne Elementary School. The movie is free to watch. There will be concessions for sale.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9:30 am - Family Class: All About Owls!: Owls are incredible birds! Learn about owl adaptations and what owls eat. Class includes hands-on activities about owl adaptations, an owl pellet dissection, an outdoor guided walk, and a take-home activity. Ages 5-11 with an adult.
10:00 am - Native Plant Workshop: We will be identifying native plants, collecting seed, and learning about germination. You will then have the opportunity to take home your very own "mini-greenhouse" with collected seed. Come ready to get your hands dirty!
Sunday, October 20, 2019
2:00 pm - Good Noise Neighbors' Festival: It's time to dance together in Blooming Grove! Neighbors of Blooming Grove (the town inside of Madison) are putting on a music festival on October 20th at Thurber Park off of Fair Oaks and Milwaukee Street.
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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