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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council 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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District 19 Blog

July Office Hours, Upcoming Election, Odana Area Plan, and Metro Transit Update

July 9, 2020 12:21 PM

I will be hosting office hours in July virtually on Monday, July 13th in the afternoon and Thursday, July 23rd in the morning. I will be using Zoom (with video).

Note: I have set it up so I can only meet one person at a time. If I'm meeting with someone else, there will be a small waiting period in a meeting lobby. If you don't want to use Zoom, I will be answering calls (608-912-0000) during this time as long as I'm not speaking with someone else.

Virtual Office Hours: Monday, 7/13/2020 @ 04:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Zoom Meeting:

If you don't wish to use your PC for your audio or use Zoom at all, you can call me: 608-912-0000

Virtual Office Hours: Thursday, 7/23/2020 @ 07:30 AM - 9:30 AM 

Zoom Meeting:

If you don't wish to use your PC for your audio or use Zoom at all, you can call me: 608-912-0000

If you have a question, concern, or topic of interest that you would like to discuss, but the times above don't work for you, you can e-mail me.

August 11th Election

If you'd like to vote absentee by mail for the upcoming for the Aug 11 Partisan Primary there is still time to request your ballot. I recommend doing so ASAP! You can also request absentee ballots for the rest of 2020. Visit to request yours today!

I wanted to share some information about a recent court ruling that made the following changes:

  • In-person absentee voting will only be allowed for 13 days, compared to the six weeks it was offered in the last Presidential Election.
  • The Court also ruled that voters must be residents of their voting district for 28 days before voting rather than 10 days, which has been the current rule, making it more difficult for individuals to vote if they have moved within a month of an election.
  • The Court also ruled that absentee ballots must be mailed, not sent by email or fax, to most voters.

More: U.S. Seventh Circuit Reduces Options for Safe and Equitable Voting Access

Public Engagement Enters New Phase for Odana Area & East Towne Area Plans

Share your improvement ideas on interactive maps

The Odana Area and East Towne Area planning efforts got underway just before COVID-19 struck, necessitating changes to public engagement efforts during a time where gatherings of people were prohibited due to public health reasons. However, the initial round of engagement, with "Madison Mall Madness PDF " and a series of eight virtual events that attracted over 450 people, raised awareness of the planning efforts and began collecting initial thoughts and feedback on the future of these two business areas on the edges of Madison.

Public engagement now continues into the summer with two new efforts getting underway:

  1. Outreach and engagement with businesses and landowners in the planning areas, conducted by planning and economic development firm Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH), which has its Madison office within the Odana Area Plan boundary;
  2. Outreach and engagement with residents and employees by seeking feedback via an interactive mapping exercise on improvements that need to be made in the areas of transportation, land use/development, and "green and resilient" aspects of the areas (parks/ stormwater/ sustainability). The mapping exercise is supplemented by a series of poll questions for those who were not able to attend any of the eight virtual meetings that were initially held.

Business owners/managers and property owners interested in participating in a series of roundtables conducted by SEH should sign up via the web . Residents and employees interested in sharing their thoughts on the planning areas and signing up to receive meeting invitations should visit the project web pages for the Odana Area Plan and the East Towne Area Plan.


Metro Transit: Face Coverings Required to Ride

Per Public Health Madison & Dane County's Emergency Order #8, starting Monday, July 13, all Metro riders are required to wear a face covering while riding.

Read Emergency Health Order 

For your convenience, FREE reusable face masks will be available on buses starting Monday. Look for free masks near the rear of the bus in a clear bag or box.

If you'd like to receive a free facemask by mail, call (608) 266-4466 or email

Metro also recommend riders use face coverings at transfer points and bus stops. All Metro and City of Madison employees are required to wear face coverings when they can't practice social distancing and stay more than 6 feet from others.

As described in the public health order, "individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering are exempt. The Order should not be used as justification to harass or harm another person who is either wearing or not wearing a face covering. People should assume others have valid reasons for wearing or not wearing a face covering."


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