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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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June Office Hours and Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of May 31

May 31, 2021 6:15 PM

I will be hosting office hours in twice in June. One of my sessions will be virtually using Zoom (with video) and the other will be in back in person!

Since we're returning to a new normal and I'm fully vaccinated, I'll be hosting my first in-person office hours since last March 2020! I'll be returning to the Westside Community Market on Saturday, June 12 from 7:30 - 9:30am. 

For the virtual office hours, please use the registration links below to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can register in advance or the day of.

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. 


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.

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of May 31, 2021

Odana Area Plan

Draft land use, transportation, parks and open space, and maximum height maps for the Odana Area Plan were shared in late January.  Project staff have made some edits since that time, and are looking forward to sharing updated concepts at virtual Lunch & Learn on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Registration is required and can be done at the links below.

The same information will be presented at this meeting as the meeting on May 27th.

Draft maps and recommendations have been posted to the project web page. More: visit the project webpage.  

Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Taskforce

The Madison Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Taskforce is kicking off its meetings on Tuesday.

Accessibility and Equity Analysis of Allowing Video at Virtual Meetings

The Common Council Executive Committee will be receiving a presentation on the results of an equity analysis regarding allowing video at virtual meetings at its meeting on Tuesday.

For additional information about additional meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting Schedule online here.


Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • Reminder: Face masks are still required on Metro buses.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an Order that requires all passengers to wear face masks on all forms of public transit, including on Metro Transit buses, and at transfer points and shelters.  It is federal law that masks must be worn when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel.  The law remains in effect until September 13, 2021.

  • Do you TICK the boxes?  Anyone who has spent time in Wisconsin, likely knows a thing or two about the prevalence of ticks in the spring and summer. However, according to a recent survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin Department of Entomology, only 25% of 130 respondents could identify the ticks that transmit Lyme disease.  Read more here.

  • The window for beach season in Wisconsin is short. Public Health Madison & Dane County is already hard at work making sure you make the most of it. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, a team from Public Health monitors conditions and test water at local beaches, splash pads and pools to determine if they are safe for recreation and swimming.  Read more here.

  • As part of Mayor Satya Rhode-Conway's Metro Forward>> initiative, a major investment in Madison mass transit, the City of Madison is teaming up with the Madison Metropolitan School District to distribute a summer Metro Transit pass to ALL middle and high school students for the first time. Previously only a small number of students were eligible for free summer passes.  Read more here.
  • The new work order system for large item disposal and recycling is now available.  Residents should use the work order system to schedule large item collections.  You can also use the work order system to purchase recycling fee stickers for items coming to the drop-off site. You only have to purchase a recycling fee sticker if the item you are dropping off requires one. Check the Streets Division website or the Recyclopedia to learn which items have this requirement.  Learn more here.
  • The City of Madison, in partnership with the City of Fitchburg, welcome the Town of Madison with the launch of a public awareness campaign. The City of Madison and City of Fitchburg will officially absorb the Town of Madison on Oct. 31, 2022; however, the welcoming process begins with communication on how to stay informed while the attachment process happens.  Read more here.
  • Submit your application for the Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant by 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 7. Designed to support businesses hit hardest by the pandemic, this $420 million program is expected to support as many as 84,000 businesses with a flat award of $5,000.  Learn more and apply.
  • Beginning June 1, the City of Madison will resume enforcing all on-street parking restrictions, ending the temporary suspension of Residential Parking Permit restrictions and time limit restrictions in non-metered areas.  View the full announcement.
  • Madison Public Library reopened for walk-in service this week at all nine libraries.  They couldn't be more excited!  In their first four days, they welcomed over 12,500 visitors.  Current library hours are:

All libraries except Monroe Street Library

10am-6pm - Weekdays

12pm-5pm - Saturdays

Monroe Street Library

10am-6pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays

The libraries will be phasing in study room use, wifi use, and seating June 2-12, and will announce the return of more services like meeting rooms and programs throughout the summer.  The Dream Bus is visiting 12 locations each week, and the We Read? summer reading program for youth begins June 12.  Watch a video about the reopening in English or in Spanish.


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

-Keith F

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