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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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Highlights for the Week of October 24, 2022

October 24, 2022 9:25 AM

The Common Council will meet in hybrid format at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 25.

Last Virtual Community Session on the 2023 Budget

The city's budget for 2023 will be debated and adopted by the Common Council in November. In addition to public comment opportunities at Finance Committee and Council meetings over the next six weeks, there will be two virtual community sessions on the budget. City Finance staff will provide background information on the city's capital and operating budget process, including highlights of the 2023 executive budget.  This is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about our city's budget.  Electronic copies of budget information can be found at https://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/2023.

The first virtual session was recorded on October 13. The second virtual session will cover the same presentation and will take place on Monday, October 24. The meeting will start at 5:30 PM and end at 7:00 PM. 

Many other committees meet the week of October 24. To see the full list of City meetings scheduled for the week, please consult the City meeting schedule.

Other News

  • John Tate II Withdraws from Independent Police Monitor Position
  • Madison Fire Now Hiring Firefighter/EMTs

  • The latest issue of Public Health Madison and Dane County's Newsletter is here.

  • Upcoming Smart Salting Classes - The goal of the Smart Salting program is to help support best management practices for winter maintenance as salt from the roads eventually ends up in our freshwater which harms not only the environment but our drinking water as well.

  • News and Events from Parks
  • Halloween on State Street: The City of Madison will once again be working to make State Street and downtown Madison a safe and enjoyable space for celebrating Halloween. Events that will be occurring, include:

    • Wednesday, October 26
    • Saturday, October 29
      • Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee's viewing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 10:00 PM in Shannon Hall.
    • Claudio Simonetti's Goblin Performing Suspiria at the Orpheum Theater starting at 8:00 PM.
    • Other opportunities for spooky fun all around Dane County can be found here.
      • Monday, October 31: No planned events

In the past few years, the City has moved away from a formal/sanctioned event for Halloween, also known as Freakfest, and again there will be no formal event this year. There is also no UW football game or homecoming planned for Halloween weekend this year. To facilitate physical safety, a glass ban has been instituted on State Street for Halloween weekend, and Streateries will be closed at 6:00 p.m.

  • Nurses 4 Black Wellbeing: Research participants are needed for an anonymous survey. The goal of the study is to learn more about the ways wellbeing, physical activity and life stress can affect blood pressure. Participants must racially identify as Black, cultural and ethnic diversity welcomed, age 18 or older, read/speak English, living in the greater Madison area. The research survey takes 20-30 minutes to complete. PPE will be provided. The research survey is one walking test (10-feet), one questionnaire on a laptop computer (with or without assistance), one blood pressure check, and one interview question about inner strength. Research participants receive one $25 Target gift card as a thank you for their time. This is a UW-Madison research survey. There is no connection with any community service. Questions? Concerns? Need additional information? Please contact Dr. Linda Oakley, black.wellbeing.study@nursing.wisc.edu,   608-263-5866.
    • Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 
    • Hours: Walk-in hours from 3pm to 6pm  
    • Where: Badger Building, 818 W. Badger Road (2 blocks off S. Park Street)?
  • Intervention speaker series: Public Health Madison & Dane County continues to work with community partners to implement their Roadmap to Reducing Violence. To support the Roadmap, they co-hosted their violence prevention and intervention speaker series. Recent topics included:

The next speaker series webinar will be:

  • Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence "101" - Thursday, October 27, 12pm - 1pm: Register now
  • Electric compactors names announced: The Streets Division would like to introduce you to their newly named compactors – Rosie the Rubbisher and Stone Cold Squeeze Often. To learn how the names were picked and see a breakdown of the voting, read the news release.

  • Lake water quality improved this summer: Great news! A lot fewer beaches were closed for swimming this summer. Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) took a total of 430 water samples this summer from 23 beaches, looking for E. Coli bacteria and blue-green algae, which can make people sick. The total number of beach closures for swimming and recreation was 124, down significantly from last summer's total of 345. There are many factors that contribute to the water quality of our lakes. PHMDC's microbiologist helped explain the role of weather, pollutants, and clean water corridors in an interview on WORT-FM. Take a listen!

Save the Date

Metro Transit Public Hearing Scheduled

On Wednesday, November 9, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a VIRTUAL public hearing at 6 PM to approve several items related to Metro's redesigned service in 2023 including:

Written comments can also be sent to: Metro Transit, Attn: Public Hearing Comments, 1245 E. Washington Ave., Suite 201, Madison WI 53703. All feedback submitted prior to the hearing will be considered by commission members in the same manner as verbal testimony. Complete Public Hearing information here.

If you have questions, comments, suggestions, etc., feel free to reach out: district19@cityofmadison.com

-Keith F




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