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Alder Rebecca Kemble

Alder Rebecca Kemble

Home Address:
4217 SCHOOL ROAD
MADISON , WI 53704

Phone: 347-8097
district18@cityofmadison.com

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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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I am proud that as a member of the Madison Water Utility Board, I have helped steer the water utility toward a water conservation rate that charges more as people use more water. Currently, residential customers pay $2.81 per 1,000 gallons regardless of how much water is used. Under the new plan -- which still must be approved by the state Public Service Committion -- the cost per gallon would be $2.91 per 1,000 gallons for the first 3,000 gallons per month, $3.33 per 1,000 gallons for the next 3,000 gallons and so on.

I am also working with environmentalists and the City Engineering Department to try to improve the lagoon at Warner Park. The lagoon currently serves as a storm water detention pond that protects Lake Mendota from pollution. However, the lagoon has suffered as a result, as sediment and nutrients have accumulated over many years. This now affects fish habitat, aquatatic vegetation and overall recreational activities. The Engineering Department has now applied for a $25,000 grant from the state Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan to mitigate storm water effects and improve habitat in the lagoon and on its shores.

Items included in the 2015 city budget include lighting at the Warner Park basketball courts and a rock canoe/kayak launch at Cherokee Park. Efforts are ongoing to develop a safer pedestrian crossing of Northport Drive at School Road.

I hope that a splash pad for kids to enjoy at Warner Park -- which was included in the 2017 capital budget -- will become reality sooner than that.

Additionally, I am working with a local committee, a city resource team, city engineers and state authorities to try to improve the railroad bridge over Troy Drive and the narrow street and troublesome culvert walkway beneath the bridge.

* I welcome contacts at district18@cityofmadison.com and (608) 320-5820.