Alder Samba Baldeh
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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As we observe Memorial Day, each of us should pause and remember those who gave their lives in defense of freedom and let their families know that they are not alone. Even as we mourn those who have been lost, we must continue to stand-up for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted in our great nation.
Thank you to the men and women who have served our nation. You all have a restful Memorial Day.
Common Council Leadership:
on April 17th 2018 I was elected to serve as president of the Common Council along with Alder Sheri Carter as vice president. For the past year I served under the leadership of Alder Marsha Rummel as vice president. It is my honor to serve as the president of the Madison Common Council.
As president my aim is to reflect the desires and aspirations of city residents and to embrace public involvement and input from each and every resident. I will continue to strive to keep the lines of communication open and welcome the exchange of ideas to address important issues. It is also essential that we keep our current agenda and the future goals for Madison transparent.
JDS (Block 88 and Block 105 Private):
Speaking of current agenda; the almost two hundred million dollar (Judge Doyle Square) project is back with about eleven million budget shortfall. We are basically at a point of no return with this project. On May 1st the council approved an amendment authorizing the 2018 Capital Budget to Design and Construct the Above Grade Parking, Retail and Slab on the Block 88 Public Garage and directed City's Judge Doyle Project Negotiating Team to continue to work with the developer on amendments to the executed Development Agreement and Developer Services Contract between the City and Developer to include a significantly reduced time for the start of the private development.
Under this resolution, $4.4 million would be appropriated from Parking Utility reserves to increase the total project budget to $50.4 million. The $4.4 million would be added to the estimated unused expenditure authority in the project of $6.6 million, to provide a total of approximately $11 million. The estimated hard and soft costs of completing first floor retail space, two above-grade parking decks and associated access ramps, as well as a load transfer slab on top of the structure (together called "the podium") that can serve as the foundation for future development, is $11 million.
Imagine Madison – Madison Comprehensive Plan:
The Madison Comprehensive Plan "Imagine Madison" was introduced to council for referral in early May. The draft plan is available for public review and comment at www.imaginemadison.civicomment.org The Comprehensive Plan is the City's high-level plan for the future. It includes recommendations regarding land use, transportation, housing, economic development, parks and open space, cultural resources, and a variety of services. The primary function of the Plan is to guide growth and development in the city over the next 20 years. For details: https://www.imaginemadisonwi.com
Department of Transportation Director Appointed:
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin on Tuesday announced the appointment of Thomas Lynch as the Director of the City of Madison's Department of Transportation. According to his appointment documents, Mr. Lynch has worked for Strand Associates since 1992 and has extensive transportation planning experience with local, state and federal units of government.
As Director of the Transportation Department, Mr. Lynch will lead the Divisions of Traffic Engineering, Parking and Transit.
Portage Road Widening and East-park Multi-Use Path:
The city has just gotten construction permit approval from WDNR and Army Corps of Engineers for the widening of portage road and East park Multi-Use Path. The project will be bid this fall and construction is planned to for next spring.
The project includes construction of a bike path and bridge on the Development's property.
2018 Chip Sealing:
The Fahrner Asphalt Sealers were awarded the chip sealing contract for 2018. They are expected to begin work soon in district 17 & two others.
The city of Madison Public Safety Review Committee and Safe Communities Madison-Dane County will host a Town Hall on Addiction, Hope and Recovery
Thursday, May 31
Madison Central Library, Room 301/302
201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703
for details visit: https://safercommunity.net/parent-addiction-network-home/
2018 Healthy Retail Access Program:
This year's program makes funds available for healthy retail projects that aim to improve access to affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate retail within underserved areas. For details visit HRAP
Couple of weeks ago the mayor helped to launch MadiSUN-2018. A city initiative to expand solar energy for homes and businesses. For details visit http://dev-madisun-solar.pantheonsite.io/about-us/
Beat the Heat with a Smart Thermostat: Visit MGE and Focus on Energy
Looking for employment withthe city visit their career page.
For a reminder of the committees I serve on visit the Legislative Information Center
If you have something you want to share with a committee, commission or the City Council you can always use the public comment time to do this. You can find meeting scheduleds here. You can also send me an email (preferred) or give me a call on 608-501-1424
Thank you all and have a good memorial day weekend.
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