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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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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

Tomorrow Office Hours Reminder, New Schedule for Large Item Collection, Flood Mitigation Survey and Grow Your Green Thumb

May 13, 2021 1:46 PM

A reminder that I will be hosting office hours tomorrow (Friday, May 14th) AM via Zoom:

Please use the registration links below to get the Zoom link. 

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: Friday, 5/14/2021 @ 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM : REGISTER

I am also hosting office hours on Tuesday, 5/25:

  • VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, 5/25/2021 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM : REGISTER

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.

Announcing New Schedule for Large Item Collection Beginning June 1, 2021

A work order system will make collection more efficient

Beginning on June 1, 2021, the Streets Division's large item pickup will change.

Starting on June 1, when residents need large item pickup, they will need to schedule the collection via a work order system that can be accessed on the Streets Division's website.

What will I need to do with the work order system?
In the work order, you will submit information about what items you are setting out for pickup or taking to a drop-off site. For curbside collection, you will also schedule the date when the items will be picked up.

You will also use the work order system to pay recycling fees that are necessary for certain items, like appliances or televisions.

When can I access the work order system?
On May 28, 2021 the online order system will be available for the public to schedule large item pickup for the month of June and beyond.

Also on that date, you can begin using this system to purchase recycling fee stickers for items that will be taken to the drop-off site.

Where can I access the new system to submit work orders on May 28th?
The link to the work order system will be available in multiple locations on the Streets Division's website.

Once the work order system is live on May 28, and if you have trouble completing the forms, please contact the Streets Division office that services your home and staff will be able to help.

If you live east of South Park Street, you should call 608-246-4532. If you live west of South Park Street, you should call 608-266-4681. The office is available to help from 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

Why is this change being made?
The move to the work order system will help collection become more efficient.

Under the current system, large item collection crews rove through streets looking for material to collect. This means crews spend a lot of fuel and time searching for items.

By changing to a work order system, our crews can instead go directly to the homes that have out material, saving fuel and time.

This also allows us to get better data about what we collect. In time, as more recycling opportunities become available locally, work orders allow us to be more intentional with our collection system. For example, when mattress recycling becomes available once again, we can dispatch a truck to specifically pickup mattresses at the stops that have them so we can to deliver them to a recycler. This will make for a better process so the recyclable large items won't have to be separated out from the materials we can't yet reclaim.

And also, the work order system should practically eliminate missed large item collections as crews will know exactly which houses need collection.

Where can I go for more information?
There will be subsequent news releases in the lead-up to the deploying of the work order system that will provide more details.

The Streets Division also has a new webpage dedicated to answering questions about the new system and how it will work.

You can also contact the Streets Division offices.

Survey Open: City Engineering Works to Prioritize Flood Projects

City Engineering invites the public to take a survey to help engineers prioritize flood projects.

Purpose behind the survey
The public asks the Engineering Division often when will certain flood projects happen in the City. The answer: it depends on a number of factors including:

  • Flooding improvement projects are very expensive.
  • For perspective, some projects could use all parts of Engineering's budget on any given year because some cost millions of dollars.
  • Flooding improvement project selection needs to be equitable. Projects should not be prioritized just because one area is more engaged in public process or has wealthier residents.
  • There are so many projects and areas in need in the City.
  • Flooding improvement projects take a long time and are technically very complicated because they impact more areas than the specific flood project site.

City Engineering wants this survey to open a conversation with the public on how projects get prioritized. Engineering also hopes to be more transparent with how projects get chosen and approved. To be able to share even more, the community is encouraged to complete the survey.

Take the survey
The survey asks for feedback surrounding the following topics:

  • Project prioritization
  • Project location
  • Engagement so far

The survey will remain open until Nov. 1, 2021.

Other resources
Flooding website | Sign up for Flooding Text Alerts
Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: Before you redo your basement | Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: What's going on in the watershed? | Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: Rain, Rain go in my garden | Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: Historic Flooding

Grow Your Green Thumb This Season

Learn about resources to get involved with Rain Gardens and Adopt-A-Median

The City of Madison Engineering Division invites everyone to help support the stormwater infrastructure system by digging into a couple of programs that beautify the community and get residents involved: Rodger Bannerman Rain Garden Program and Adopt-a-Median program.

Rodger Bannerman Rain Garden Program
City residents are encouraged to plant rain gardens wherever possible and appropriate. The Rodger Bannerman Rain Garden Program focuses on supporting private property owners who would like to build a rain garden in the terrace of their property associate with a street construction project, but the program also is a collection of rain garden resources.

What is a rain garden? Design plans, plant lists and more
Terrace Rain Garden Program
1,000 Rain Garden Initiative
Rain garden specification for commercial sites
Green Infrastructure Study
USGS Rain Garden Study
Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: Rain, Rain Go in My Garden 
Guide: Build your Rain Garden for $100 or less PDF 

A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a shallow depression, which, sometimes, is built on a natural slope.
Rain gardens are often designed to capture and infiltrate water into the ground. A rain garden is a great option for stormwater management as it temporarily holds and soaks in rainwater runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns.

Adopt-a-Median Program

The Adopt-A-Median program is a program for Madison community members to take care and maintain existing traffic calming circles and medians across the City. There are 650 medians in the City. Of the 650, 225 of them are residential street medians. There are 65 adopted, and the remaining 160 are either available for adoption, maintained by a neighborhood association or anonymous volunteer.

Median Eligibility
Not all medians are eligible for adoption in this program. Before working on any median, please review the criteria of eligibility. Medians must:
Be located in a residential 25 mile per hour or less speeds limit area
Have an existing planting bed within city limits
Be available for adoption, not adopted yet

Eligible Adopters
The Adopt-a-Median adopters are from all backgrounds. Anyone can apply to the program. City staff will help adopters through the process. Some examples of past adopters include: neighborhood associations, groups or businesses and volunteers.

Apply to be a part of the Adopt-a-Median program today!
Adopt-a-Median Application


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

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