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District 18

Alder Rebecca Kemble

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Alder Rebecca Kemble

Contact Information

Home Address:

4217 School Rd
Madison , WI 53704

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 Kemble’s Blog

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Welcome to the District 18 Blog site! I plan to use this space for informing residents about upcoming community events, meetings and opportunities to get involved with city government and neighborhood activities. I will also write about interesting meetings and events I've attended. I … [read more]

Wisconsin Bike Week June 7 - 13

Wisconsin Bike Week is Coming! Enjoy Free BCycle Rides & Events June 7-13! Here's a look at what's happening all week: Sunday June 7th | 10am - 3pm Wisconsin Bike Week kicks off with Ride the Drive. This is a "car-free, care free event" with live music, plenty of food, and many … [read more]

Help Define Madison's Economic Development Priorities

Next Monday, June 15 the Madison Economic Development Division is hosting an economic development strategy community meeting to discuss draft ideas from the City’s “Connect Madison Economic Development Strategy.” It is from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Warner Park Community Center, 1625 Northport Drive. … [read more]

Tree and brush removal on Sauthoff/Knudson

DATE: July 27, 2015 TO: Property Owners Adjacent to City Property FROM: Dan Badertscher, City Engineering RE: Tree Removals The City of Madison owns the property between 1 and 2 Knutson Dr. It is our intent to clear brush … [read more]

Metro Route 29 detour to begin next Friday, July 31

Route 29 Detour Begins Friday, July 31 Due to construction work, Routes 29 buses will detour via Comanche to Shoshonee to Burning Wood Way starting Friday, July 31. Detour is expected to continue through mid-October. Catch the bus at temporary stops on Comanche Way & Menomonie Lane … [read more]

Johnson St. between Fordem & First closed next weekend

The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) will be replacing both of the East Johnson Street Railroad Crossings near Fordem Avenue beginning on July 31. This will require complete closure of East Johnson Street between Fordem Avenue and North First Street. Starting at 1 AM Friday July 31st thru … [read more]

Judge Doyle Square Project: Referral to September 15 Council Meeting

Judge Doyle Square Project – Referral to September 15 Council Meeting Council President DeMarb to Make Motion to Refer At tonight's Common Council meeting, Council President Denise DeMarb will be making a motion to directly refer two agenda items related to the Judge Doyle Square Project … [read more]

Judge Doyle Square

9/15/2015 UPDATE: THE SPECIAL MEETING TO VOTE ON JDS HAS BEEN CHANGED TO SEPTEMBER 29 Making a decision about an investment of over $62 million in public funds should be well informed and thoroughly researched. To that end I have dedicated a good deal of time during my first four months in … [read more]

Judge Doyle Square Vote Tomorrow

Four weeks after the vote on the JDS, LLC/Exact Sciences proposal to develop Judge Doyle Square was originally scheduled, the Madison Common Council will finally decide on whether or not to move forward with the JDS, LLC/Exact Sciences project. Tomorrow night the Council will meet in a special … [read more]

Lakeview Hill Water Tower Construction

Update from the Water Utility: Work will be starting next week on the erection of the tank steel. The first load of steel is expected to arrive on October 14th and erection of the tank floor and the first rings will commence. By the end of the month it is expected that the lower tank will be … [read more]

Traffic and Park Safety Meeting 10/28

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will discuss traffic safety on Troy Drive and Northport Drive, and Warner Park safety issues in the corner of the park by Troy Drive and Forster Drive. Staff from Traffic Engineering, Parks and Police will be on hand to listen to your … [read more]

Margarets Fund Applications Now Open

Margaret's Fund: A Northside Scholarship is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 school year award. Any Northside resident who is an adult returning to post-secondary school after an interruption in education is invited to apply. All applicants must be a Northside resident and be accepted … [read more]

Madison Police Department Survey and Meetings

The Madison Police Department is seeking your input in a community survey to better understand problems in your neighborhood. Here is a link to the survey for the North Precinct: If you would like to communicate with MPD in a more … [read more]

Warner Beach Breakwater and Boat Launch project

Please come to a public meeting about the proposed reconstruction of the Warner Breakwater and Boat Launch. City Engineering will host the meeting at Warner Park Community Recreation Center on Monday, October 17 from 7 - 8:30pm. The overall project will include: · Replace the … [read more]

National Voter Registration Day

Date: Sep 27, 2016 Place: Warner Park Community Recreation Center Time: 1:00 PM Join me and other City of Madison officials and community partners as we celebrate National Voter Registration day at Warner Park Community Recreation Center 1625 Northport Dr., Madison, WI 53704. The event will … [read more]

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 27, is National Voter Registration Day. A city press event regarding voter registration will be held at Warner Park Community Recreation Center Tuesday at 1 p.m. Voters may verify their registration online at City of Madison residents may update their voter … [read more]

How I Spent My Vacation

Dear Friends and Constituents: I'm writing to let you know how I spent my mini-vacation last weekend and the early part of this past week - the first vacation my husband Adam and I have taken in 14 months. You will understand why I'm telling this personal tale on my official Alder blog as the … [read more]

Madison Is Now A Class 1 Fire Protection Community Property Owners May Be Entitled To Lower Insurance Rates

Good news for homeowners from the City of Madison Fire Department! The nation's leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry has named Madison "Wisconsin's newest Class 1 fire protection community." It's a distinction shared by only three other cities in … [read more]

Madison Declares Snow Emergency

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the entire City of Madison tonight, including the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone. The Streets Division along with contractors will begin plowing all city streets … [read more]

New Options Available to Pay Your City of Madison Property Tax Bill

This just in from the City Treasurer: It is that time of year again, along with holiday decorations, gatherings with friends and family and even snow, it is time to expect your City of Madison property tax bill. There are however a couple of new methods of payment this year that will make the … [read more]

Extended Snow Emergency

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7 a.m. Tuesday, December 13. This means alternate side parking restrictions are in effect throughout the entire city again tonight, including the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone. If you park your vehicle on the street … [read more]

Another Snow Emergency

The City of Madison has a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7 a.m. on Monday, December 19. The Streets … [read more]

Madison Residents Asked to Open Storm Sewer Inlets

The City of Madison is set to experience warming temperatures and rain in the coming days, but many of our storm sewer inlets are still blocked with snow and ice. The City of Madison Engineering Division has been hard at work clearing these inlets, but there are so many in the city, their staff … [read more]

United We Stand event tomorrow afternoon

Please join the Mayor, Common Council and community members for a gathering in support of our neighbors subject to deportation or discrimination. You are invited to join the city-wide gathering to support our community’s immigrant residents in the face of potential changes by the new Federal … [read more]

Update on Standing Rock

I'd like to update you on the status of the charges levied against me in Morton County, North Dakota. You may remember that I was arrested while serving as a legal observer at a ceremony on Indigenous Peoples' Day, October 10, 2016. I traveled to Bismarck at the end of last month to attend a … [read more]

Imagine Madison Planning Meetings

The next round of public input for Madison's Comprehensive Plan begins next week, and the first meeting will be held at Warner Park Community Recreation Center on Tuesday. Please attend if you are able! ***************************************** The Imagine Madison Phase 2 community meetings … [read more]

Ridgecrest Shooting

For those of you who aren't aware, there was a fatal shooting in the 500 block of Northport Dr. at the Ridgecrest apartments yesterday afternoon. In the wake of this homicide, Northside residents, Madison Police, social workers and other community leaders have been working together to solve the … [read more]

Creating Safe Communities Meeting

The Northside Planning Council will host a public community meeting to discuss creating a safer community this Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm at Mendota Elementary School. The gathering will provide an opportunity for residents to voice concerns, share feelings and contribute ideas … [read more]

New Guide to Planting in Yards and Street Terraces Now Available

After several years of painstaking work involving several ordinance changes, the Madison Food Policy Council has finalized an illustrated guide to planting in yards and city-owned street terraces. The guide is meant to assist homeowners, renters and others with navigating the city’s Terrace … [read more]

Curb, Gutter and Sidewalks Meeting September 7 at Warner Park

Last Saturday the Lakeview Hill Neighborhood Association hosted a community meeting to disuss upcoming street reconstruction in the neighborhood. I was unable to attend the meeting due to my work schedule, but I understand that it was well attended with a lot of good discussion. Thanks to the … [read more]

Residents Asked to Apply to Serve on Task Force on Structure of City Government - Seven Resident Appointments Available

The Common Council adopted Resolution, Legislative File No. 47707 on September 5, 2017 creating a special task force on city governance to examine the structure and powers of the Common Council and its committees and the structure and powers of the Mayor's office. "This is a great opportunity … [read more]

Prescribed Burn Today On N. Sherman

Madison Parks will conduct a prescribed burn at Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park (North Unit) on Friday, October 20, 2017. We expect to conduct the burn sometime between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. We will be working on a small (<5 acres) area east of the parking lot located at 6098 N. Sherman … [read more]

Imagine Madison's Final Online Survey

The City of Madison wants your opinion on the priorities for Madison and how our community can be improved for everyone. In our third and final survey, you can prioritize strategies to tell us what Madison should work on first, share your ideas for action steps, and provide your insights about … [read more]

Supporting MPD's Core Value of Continuous Improvement

In a recent email to all Alders expressing her support for funding the addition of 8 additional police officers, a resident wrote this: "A good Alder looks at the big picture and not just his or her issue." I heartily agree with her. The statement is especially true when considering budgetary … [read more]

Streets Division Provides Two Collection Opportunities in the Spring

On Monday, April 2, the Streets Division will begin curbside yard waste pickup for the spring. There are two curbside collection By clicking this link, you will be leaving the City of Madison website. opportunities during the spring pickup window. After both collection opportunities occur, … [read more]

Property Tax Assessment Meeting This Wednesday, May 2

Many Northside residents were shocked to receive their property tax assessments in the mail recently. Two of the three assessment districts where values rose the most - 12% or more - are located right here in District 18. (See this article with the assessment district map embedded.) The rest of … [read more]

City of Madison Prepares for Rising Lake Levels and Isthmus Road Closures

With the unprecedented amount of rain that fell this week in Dane County, lake levels are rising and will continue to do so. There is additional rain in the forecast for Friday. City staff are working on alternative traffic plans as the Isthmus travel options are limited. Water is currently … [read more]

ICE Action in Madison Today

Atento Comunicado: Estimadas Familias de la Comunidad Latina, Por este medio hacemos de su conocimiento que ICE (inmigración) se encuentra en el área de Madison realizando arrestos a personas que tienen identificadas en una lista y que posiblemente enfrentan orden de deportación, o tienen … [read more]

Message Regarding Recent ICE Activity in Madison

Dear Community, In a time of crisis we must stay on a common front. Below are some helpful pieces of information. INQUIRIES FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY If you are aware of anyone who has been affected by ICE it is imperative that you immediately connect with … [read more]

Joint Statement of Mayor Soglin and Madison Common Council Regarding Recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Action in the Area

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents completed a four-day Wisconsin“enforcement surge”. Twenty residents of Madison were taken without notice. We speak collectively in calling these recent actions what they clearly are: racist and xenophobic. We are heartbroken as we consider the … [read more]

City Prepares for Major Snowstorm

The following precautions and operations will be in effect in the City for possibly the next week. With a major snow beginning this evening and expected to last into morning drive tomorrow, motorists are being asked to use extreme caution. Updates on services and conditions in the City will be … [read more]

Update on MGE Fire/Power Outage

The City of Madison is working to keep our community safe during this power outage, and there are a number of points we're keeping an eye on. We will continue keeping you updated as soon as information is available. Check for updates at this website: … [read more]

Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center Expansion Public Meeting

Please join me on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:30pm for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about a proposal to expand the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) at Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI), 301 Troy Drive. The meeting will be held at the Conference Center on MMHI grounds. … [read more]

Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center Expansion Public Meeting

This past Monday, August 19, 2019, approximately 50 people attended a public meeting on the campus of the Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) to learn about the State of Wisconsin's plans for expanding the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) to accomodate 50 more children. I convened the … [read more]

F-35 Listening Session Tonight

Alders Abbas, Foster and Rummel have organized a meeting at 5:30 tonight to be held in the Sherman Middle School cafeteria to hear residents' concerns and share information about the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to the proposed siting of F-35 airplanes at the Truax Air National … [read more]

F-35 Council Resolution

As of this evening Common Council members have received hundreds of emails supporting or opposing the resolution entitled "Responding to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Air National Guard F-35A Operational Beddown". After reading every single email it's clear to me that not … [read more]

Vote on the F-35 Resolution

Last night the Madison Common Council deadlocked 10-10 on the vote to approve an Alternate F-35 resolution that removed this clause from the original: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that based on the significant, negative impacts highlighted in the Draft EIS that will disproportionately impact … [read more]

F-35 EIS Comment Period Extended and Request for Revised EIS

Earlier this week I joined Congressman Mark Pocan and State Rep. Chris Taylor in requesting an extension of the period for commenting on the Draft EIS relating to the siting of F-35s at Truax. Rep. Taylor and I requested 60 days. Yesterday the Air Force announced an extension for comments until … [read more]

Virtual Common Council Meeting Tonight

Tonight the City of Madison is holding the Common Council meeting remotely via the internet to help protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here is a link to tonight's agenda. The Council did a test run of the technology yesterday that went smoothly. Please be patient … [read more]

Safer At Home Order Extended Through May 26

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services just issued a new order extending Safer at Home through May 26. Most of the order remains the same, and it is structured in the same way. The changes are designed to ensure safety and compliance, while also allowing certain activities to start up … [read more]

Dogs Allowed On-Leash in Most Madison Parks

In early 2020, Madison Common Council approved the revised dog ordinances (MGO 8.19 and 23.32 , File 59294) which took effect on Friday, March 13. Due to COVID-19 priorities, we were unable to properly promote this important change to the Madison park system. We appreciate your patience during … [read more]

Wheeler Rd. Development Meeting

The Annex Group will host a virtual neigborhood meeting on Zoom to discuss their proposed affordable housing development at north of Whitetail Ridge at the corner of Wheeler Rd. and CV. The presentation will include a review of the planning context and preliminary concepts which include a mix of … [read more]

Police Budget Public Hearing this Thursday at 6pm

This coming Thursday September 24th at 6:00pm Madison's Public Safety Review Committee's subcommittee on the police budget will be holding a public hearing on their recently released report. The budget subcommittee is seeking public input on the compiled report to provide a roadmap to the … [read more]

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