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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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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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District 19 Blog

Office Hours Rescheduled, Salt and Safety Reminder

February 11, 2019 10:15 AM

Due to the impending snow storm forecasted for tomorrow, I'm rescheduling my office hours this week to Thursday.

Date Location
Thursday, February 14th (7:15am - 10am)  Moka - 5227 University Avenue, Madison 53705

Some news from the Streets Division:

All Residential Streets to be Salted 

The Streets Division will apply salt to all residential streets in Madison on Monday, February 11, 2019.   This is likely the first time that all Madison streets have been directly salted since the salt route policy was instituted in the 1970s.

This extraordinary action is necessary due to the persistent layer of ice on many streets and the likelihood of a major winter storm arriving Monday evening.  Many roads in Madison remain very slippery and challenging for all roadway users. Plus, on ice packed streets, plowing equipment would be unable to gain sufficient traction push the anticipated heavy snow from the road.

The unprecedented decision to salt each street in Madison was made after it became apparent that sand/salt mixture previously spread on residential streets was not effective in breaking through the ice layer on the roads.  The sand used by the Streets Division is mixed with a small amount of salt, primarily because the sand is stored outdoors and the salt is necessary to keep the sand pile from freezing solid.  It was the hope that the salt within the sand would melt the ice, but that did not occur. 

Neighborhood salting crews will apply less salt than on a typical salt route.  Crews will be applying 200 pounds of salt per lane mile as opposed to the usual 300 pounds per lane mile.  Crews will also only apply salt to the centers of each neighborhood street.

The neighborhood salt application began Monday morning and will be complete prior to the start of the winter storm Monday night.  This should provide sufficient time for the salt application to work before the probable citywide plowing operation begins on Tuesday.

Salting each street in Madison is a singular decision in response to unique weather conditions. The Streets Division will not continue to salt each street in Madison in response more normal winter conditions.

With road conditions as they are, and the major winter storm coming, and considering the safety of all roadway users and plow vehicles, the decision to salt each street was made. 

Additional information about winter policies, please visit the City of Madison winter website,  Additional information regarding operations in response to the snowstorm due to hit Madison Monday, February 11, 2019 will be shared later today.

Safety Reminder

Crime of opportunity continues to be an issue in the city. Please be smart and don't be a victim. Remember to lock your doors, keep your garage shut and most importantly don't leave your keys in your car. Here's a surprising update Chief Koval shared last week:

In January there were 58 reports of stolen autos (7 were reported stolen in the commission of residential burglaries) in our community.  This represents a 21% increase from January of 2018 (48). 

Of the 58 reported stolen autos, 43 of them have been recovered.  Our West district reported the most stolen autos (22), followed by East (13), North (8), Midtown (7), South (6) and Central (2). 

We are still seeing the majority of stolen autos taking place due to KEYS being left inside the vehicle!  In fact, 50 of the 58 vehicles had keys in them and 29 of the vehicles were also running.  We know that drivers want to warm up their vehicles or run inside quickly to grab something but please refrain from doing this.  Don't let opportunistic criminals prevail. These crimes can happen anywhere, at any time of day.

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, feel free to reach out:

-Keith F

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