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Alder Jael Currie

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Council Vice President

Alder Jael Currie,
Council Vice President

Contact Information

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 Currie’s Updates

Summer Fun & Safety, District/City Relevant News Plus Meeting & Event Highlights for the Week of June 14, 2021

June 15, 2021 6:26 AM


I hope you and your loved ones have been able to enjoy the outdoors and weather, as of late, while also staying cool. The start of summer also prompts me to think of the older relatives and friends in my life and heat safety. During hot weather frequent visits to older adults can be extremely beneficial as it allows you to assess air conditioning/cooling access while also encouraging proper nourishment and hydration. As a reminder, all Madison Public Libraries are now open and can serve as cooling centers on hot days, along with senior centers and indoor shopping malls.

For those of us with children/families, or simply the love of swimming, Goodman Pool reopened last week with limited capacity! It will be open daily (weather permitting) with some continued adjustments. Before visiting, be sure to review the Rules & Expectations. Click here for more information about the pool hours, pricing and an adjustment overview. 

In other water news, the city's water utility department is asking residents to limit outdoor water use due to sustained dry weather and a number of wells being out of service. The following conservation tips are encouraged:

  • Established lawns need only one inch of water per week. Applying the water all at once, rather than frequent light waterings, promotes deeper roots and a healthier, more resilient lawn.

  • Avoid watering during the mid-day heat. This will reduce losses due to evaporation.

  • Raise your lawnmower height to promote deeper rooting. Taller grass also shades the soil surface thereby reducing evaporation.

  • Use a sprinkling can or hand-held hose to specifically target smaller areas where a sprinkler is wasteful.

  • Consider a timed sprinkler, which automatically shuts off after a desired rate of application.

  • Use a rain barrel. Capturing water from downspouts conserves the municipal supply while providing the best water for lawn and garden.

Additional water conservation tips for around the home and outdoors can be found on the Madison Water Utility website.

Furthermore, a dye test in Starkweather Creek was scheduled to take place yesterday, Monday June 14th. The test is being conducted as part of the investigation and remedial actions being taken for PFAS in Starkweather Creek. The pur[ose of the test is to determine proper sampling locations along the creek in preparation for interim remedial actions that will be taken at the airport. A red dye will be placed in Starkweather Creek inside the airport property and then observations will be made along the creek path to determine when the dye has been assimilated. It is expected that the dye will be fully assimilated within a few hundred yards south of the airport. However, a residual red color may remain in the water (with diminishing visibility) along the entire path of the creek until it enters Lake Monona. The consultant conducting the dye test (Mead & Hunt) will be obtaining a Low Impact Discharge permit from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) prior to the test. For your information, the red dye is safe to the fish, benthic organisms, people and other things that may be in the creek. Please feel free to reach out to me with additional questions that I can pass along to the council's contact at the DNR. 

Finally, next Tuesday I will be attending a half-day forum hosted by the (UC Berkeley based) Othering & Belonging Institute. This forum will feature fair housing advocates and leading race and housing scholars from across the US for the unveiling of "The Roots of Structural Racism," a groundbreaking new project detailing how widespread and harmful racial residential segregation remains today. I am attending due to my passion to provide rapid yet intentional solutions regarding our local and national housing crisis. While my full time work provides insight into why harmful racial segregation matters and who it impacts, I hope to learn more about what can be done to reverse this dangerous trend and promote integration. If you are interested in joining me or learning more, please visit the event page here.

-Alder Currie

District/City Relevant News

Kayaking down Starkweather Creek just north of E. Washington Ave. you will happen upon the McCormick Avenue Bridge. Look up, and you will see Eken Park Neighborhood's recent addition of freshly painted murals. The group received a Neighborhood Grant in 2019 for this project and worked with Dane Arts Mural Arts and local residents to make it happen last Saturday.

The Crawford-Marlborough-Nakoma Neighborhood received a Neighborhood Grant in 2020 to enhance a greenspace that includes the Pollinator/Butterfly Garden and Rain Garden at Warwick Way and Whenona Drive (west side). In the last year, neighbors have added a picnic table, bench, bird house and bat roost box, and most recently two beautiful interpretive signs, illustrating the benefits of the Pollinator and Rain Gardens. They hosted an open house this past Saturday June 12th; if you weren't able to attend feel free to check it out! 

Madison neighborhoods are welcoming more outdoor amplified music this summer! This is allowing artists and musicians to more rapidly recover from the devastating economic downturn. All restaurants, bars and concerts halls are allowed to provide outdoor music all Thursdays from 3pm-8pm and Fridays/Saturdays from 3pm-9pm. This permit will only last until April 14, 2022. We appreciate your patience and understanding as artists have more opportunities to work again and music fans can celebrate, support economic recovery efforts, and strengthen our music ecosystem.   

Make Music Madison returns in person on Monday, June 21! Patios, sidewalks, front porches, and parks all over the city will fill with song for anyone to enjoy! For schedules and an interactive map, visit

Senator Agard will be hosting a listening session at the Olbrich Biergartens this Thursday June 17th from 4:30-6pm. If you are unable to attend, please consider filling out the senator's legislative priorities survey or stay tuned for other listening sessions through the legislative session. 

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of June 14, 2021

Proposed Men's Shelter Site Selection Criteria

The Common Council Executive Committee will be discussing a resolution proposing site selection criteria for a new men's shelter at its meeting on Tuesday.

·       Meeting Details

·       Meeting Agenda

·       Register for Public Comment

Final Report of the Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee

The Common Council Executive Committee will be considering the Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee Final Report at its meeting on Tuesday.

·       Meeting Details

·       Meeting Agenda

·       Register for Public Comment

For additional information about additional meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting Schedule online here

Events, activities, seminars, etc.

  • The YWCA is offering a Basic Computer Skills course beginning June 14.  The course will focus on healing traumas experienced from incarceration through Restorative Circles. It is structured to get its participants introduced to basic technical skills and applications that will support the students in furthering their education in the IT field, and support them as they search for employment. Participants will be paid $15/hr for their time in class. The application can be found here.

  •  Dane Dances! is coming back to the Monona Terrace rooftop Fridays in August for its 22nd Anniversary season!  After a long year of staying safe, wearing masks, and social distancing to get through the Covid-19 pandemic, the community is invited now to get out, get up, get down and get together!  Read more here.

  •  Madison Public Library is launching in-person, informal outdoor events for kids and families beginning this Saturday, June 12 as part of their We Read program. Learn more here.

  • The City of Madison Traffic Engineering Division is hosting a free community engagement event, Let's Talk Streets, on June 15 and June 16.  The goal is to learn directly from the community about how street design and operation impact roadway users and to incorporate that information into future planning and projects.  Read the news release here, and learn more and register for one of the events here.

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County has an urgent need for volunteer drivers to deliver meals to Fitchburg-area seniors.  If you're interested in helping, please contact Mary Schmelzer at 608-441-7896 or

  •  Madison Fire Department acquires first-ever electric municipal fire engine.  Read more here.

  • Local health organizations are seeking community feedback on the health of Dane County.  A community health survey is available in English, Spanish and Hmong until June 30.  Read more here.

  •  Upcoming, public-facing COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinics, as organized by Public Health Madison & Dane County:

o   Friday, June 11, 3pm-7pm: Mount Horeb Summer Frolic

o   Friday, June 11, 5pm-7pm: Goodman Community Center (2nd dose clinic, 1st doses welcome)

o   Saturday, June 12, 11am-3pm: Emancipation Inoculation at Funk's Pub Fitchburg

o   Saturday, June 12, 10am-2pm: Mount Horeb Summer Frolic

o   Saturday, June 12, 10am-1pm: Lussier Community Education Center (2nd dose clinic, 1st doses welcome)

o   Wednesday, June 16, 12pm-4pm: Lakeview Library (2nd dose clinic, 1st doses welcome)

o   Thursday, June 17, 2pm-6pm: Hawthorne Library (2nd dose clinic, 1st doses welcome)

Details and a map of all upcoming clinics are on the Public Health website.  Public Health Madison & Dane County's COVID-19 Data Snapshot is released every Thursday. You can read their weekly blog post for a summary of the week's data.

Save the Date

  • gALPHA Young Leaders (June 28 - July 23) is a free, virtual, four-week pre-accelerator for high school students (or outgoing seniors) in Dane County. The goal is to sharpen skills like leadership, public speaking, and business acumen through building their own company. For more information or to apply, please visit the website.

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