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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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Madison, WI 53703
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LMD, Resource Recovery Special Charge and Other Highlights for the Week of April 18, 2022

April 17, 2022 5:57 PM

Tuesday's council meeting has a lot on the agenda. The good news for residents is that as of February, the council adopted a new format where public comment is taken together at the start of the meeting. Public comment will take place after 8 scheduled honoring resolutions and an annual reorganization meeting where the council will be voting on new leadership.

Some of the items of importance include:

Lake Mendota Drive

Last week, the Transportation Commission (TC), after listening to a lot of feedback, voted to recommend approval of the Lake Mendota Drive reconstruction project's roadway geometry resolution. After considering a request by the Board of Public Works, TC voted down an amendment that modified the plan to have sidewalks on just one side of the street, and not on both in a portion of the project as the design proposes.


I recently posted a long update about the project. I sent my colleagues a longer updated version of that post. You can read it as part of an attachment to the resolution

Future Expected Schedule After Common Council Meeting

  • 4/29/2022: Mail Estimated Assessments, Public Hearing Notice for 2022 Project (estimated date)
  • 5/11/2022: BPW Public Hearing on 2022 Project (estimated date)
  • 5/24/2022: Common Council Hearing on 2022 Project (estimated date)
  • 6/9/2022: Bid 2022 Project (estimated date)
  • 8/1/2022: Begin Construction on 2022 Project (estimated date)
  • Winter 2022: Start public meetings for 2023 reconstruction project

Resource Recovery Special Charge

Last Monday, the Finance Committee (which I am a member) received a presentation on an ordinance change that will allow the City to implement a "Resource Recovery Special Charge". This new fee was included as a funding source for the 2022 budget approved last November. The fee is expected to be implemented in July and provide $1.5M in funding for 2022 and $3M in 2023. The Committee recommended approval. The ordinance will be up for approval at Tuesday's council meeting. 

If you're interested in learning more about this issue and our associated budget struggles, we talked about it in great detail on Monday. Here's the video and presentation.

Another useful resource is a recent detailed blog post by Alder Figueroa Cole with information on how the City funds services.

If the council approves the ordinance change, the Streets Division will propose a policy for the Council's approval at a future meeting.

The policy is expected to be structured such that individual properties will be charged between $4.10-$4.30/month ($49.20-$51.60/year). The fee will appear on residents' municipal service bill (typically known as the water bill). To be clear, recycling is the law and individuals won't be able to opt out of recycling. Buildings and neighborhoods that contract a third-party for recycling services will not be charged. 

If the Common Council does not approve this charge, we will have to make up the $1.5M difference in this year's operating budget (and $3M next year) through another mechanism.

I'm disappointed we have to implement this new fee, but the City is left with limited options to increase revenue. The costs of continuing City services as-is continues to increase at a rate faster than our ability to raise revenue. Recycling costs are no different with a strong change recently in how the recycling market works. The presentation in front of finance does a good job of going into detail.

The state legislature has tied the hands of municipalities by significantly reducing state aid and instituting "levy limits".

If this charge is not approved and we need to make up the budget difference elsewhere, I would appreciate hearing from you regarding what City services you are willing to see reduced or eliminated. Since a large majority of the budget goes towards salaries, it's likely this would lead to some city staff losing their jobs. 

Body Worn Camera Pilot

The council will be considering a resolution referred from our January to implement a body worn camera pilot. The resolution was updated in the last few days, but still doesn't do a good job of defining parameters of a pilot and how the pilot will be funded. Due my concerns and our structural budget deficit (details above), I do not expect to support a body worn camera pilot on Tuesday.


  • Madison College's 2022 Annual Spring Pow Wow will be held on Saturday, April 23, at Redsten Gym, 1701 Wright Street. Doors open at 11am, and Grand Entries will be at 1pm and 7pm. Find more information here.

  • Join Dane County staff, City staff and elected officials on Thursday, April 21, from 6:30pm-8:00pm for an opportunity to share your comments and questions about Dane County's proposal for a Sustainability Campus on a portion of the Yahara Hills Golf Course, located just to the south of the existing landfill at 6701 US Hwy 12/18. The virtual public outreach meeting will be held at the Village of McFarland Municipal Center located at 5915 Milwaukee St, McFarland. Register for the meeting here. Prior to the meeting, you can submit questions by sending them to More information about the Sustainability Campus proposal can be found here.

  • Madison Print & Resist Zine Fest is a day-long festival of political print media, zines, experimental publications, and prints related to the world of art, do-it-yourself culture, and political action. This year's fest takes place at the Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. on Saturday, April 16 from 11 am to 4 pm. Learn more here.

  • Monona Terrace is excited to announce its free summer Concerts on the Rooftop series is back with an exciting line up of local and regional artists for its 25th Anniversary! The public is invited to enjoy great music, a family-friendly setting, and gorgeous views of Lake Monona and downtown Madison. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with America's Pub Quiz hosted trivia from 6pm-7pm. Concerts are from 7pm-9pm. Find concert dates and artist line-ups here. Free tickets are available at

  • On April 14, Dane County Health Council and The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness announced a major step forward in local efforts to improve health outcomes for Black women, birthing persons and babies. Learn more about the care coordination system centered on Black women and birthing persons to reduce Black infant mortality here.


  • Madison Parks and Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) are partnering to offer preschool, youth and adult aquatics programs this summer at the Goodman Pool, 325 W. Olin Avenue. Learn more here.

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