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Alder Keith Furman

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Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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Tag: stormwater

Owen Park drainage channel rehab -- public meetings

City Engineering is holding a public meeting to discuss a proposed project to stabilize the stormwater drainage channel in Owen Park. The project would consist of reshaping and armoring the primary drainage channel (near the Inner Drive park entrance) as well as a secondary channel that … [read more]

Neighborhood Meeting - Greenway Rehabilitation Project

NEIGHBORHOOD INFORMATIONAL MEETING Mendota-Spring Harbor Greenway Repair - Mineral Point Section Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30 p.m. Jefferson Middle School (Lecture Hall) 101 S. Gammon Road PLEASE NOTE LOCATION -- POSTCARDS WERE CONFUSING City Engineering will be hosting a public meeting to … [read more]

Flooding Updating (8-23-2018 - Yahara River, Lake Flooding, Documentation)

I will continue to send out major relevant updates on the flooding, but I recommend watching for the most up to date information. News Release from the Mayor's Office: Yahara River and Lake Flooding Additional information on flooding … [read more]

Flood Safety Update & Trash Collection Update (8-24-2018)

The City's site at continues to be the best place for the most up to date information. The City IT Team is updating the site regularly with new features. Here's some important updates from today. The Mayor held a press conference at 1pm. Here's the … [read more]

Flooding Update (8-26-2018 at 1pm) & Metro Transit Information (Storm Related and Some Planned Changes Now in Effect)

We've luckily had a nice weekend so far, but rain is predicted to start again this afternoon. Here's the latest update from the City: Current Status: August 26 at 1:00 PM As of this morning, Lake Mendota has dropped about an inch. The Yahara River at East Main Street fell one and a half … [read more]

Large Item Pickup, Electronics Recycling, Sandbagging Tips and Volunteers (8-26-2018)

Some additional information was shared at a press conference held at 1pm: Large item pick-up and electronics recycling If setting items out on the curb for refuse pickup, separate your electronics from other items. The City would like to recycle electronics, if possible. All sticker fees … [read more]

Flooding Update (8-27-2018)

Yesterday's rain didn't hit Madison as bad as expected and today so far has been nice. Things are looking better, but there is still a threat of rising water levels. The City of Madison held a press conference at 1pm this afternoon. Here's an update: Current Status, August 27 at 1:00 … [read more]

Flooding Alert (8-28-2018 - 6pm)

Based on the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, the City just issued the following alert: City of Madison Flooding Update: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Issued: 6:00 p.m. ALERT: Flash Flooding Risks –City-wide. Conditions are favorable for urban flash flooding with 2-3" of … [read more]

Mold, City Seeking Info from Flood-Impacted Businesses and Flooding Update (8-29-2018)

I'm crossing my fingers that this is the last flooding update for a while. We're not out of the woods completely yet, but things are getting better for our area. Here's an update from the Mayor's Press Conference today: City of Madison Flooding Update - Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – 2:00 … [read more]

Flooding Update (9-2-2018 at 1pm)

I haven't sent out a flooding update in a few days, but the weather emergency we've been experiencing since August 20th isn't over. City officials are requesting that residents continue to stay tuned to the City's Flooding website and keep sandbags in place. I'll continue to send out major … [read more]

September Office Hours, Water Utility Update, and Flooding Update

September is a busy month with the introduction of the Mayor's Capital Budget and the Jewish Holidays, but I will be holding open office hours twice during the month: Date Location Wednesday, September 12th (7:30am – 9:30am) Moka - 5227 … [read more]

Flooding Update (9-19-2018)

News release from the City of Madison issued on 9/19/2018 at 4:00 p.m.: The National Weather Service reports that the area surrounding the City of Madison could receive up to 3.5 inches of rain in the next 24 to 36 hours. It could also be much less, but residents are being advised of potential … [read more]

County Board Eyes Lake Level Policy - Thurs, Sept 20 meeting to address flooding impact and causes

I wanted to share news of a Dane County meeting this evening at 6pm about lake levels and some recent stories in the news regarding the subject that I found interesting: Richard Lathrop (Honorary Fellow at the UW-Madison Center for Limnology) : Help lakes drain to prevent future … [read more]

Mayor Soglin Statement on Recent Rain and Flooding (9-24-2018)

I wanted to share a memo sent to the Madison Common Council yesterday from the Mayor. It's a bit colorful, but does a good job explaining the current situation. -Keith F September 24, 2018 From: Paul R. Soglin To: Madison Common Council Re: Aftermath of August 20, 2018 … [read more]

October Office Hours, County Flooding Plans, Council Flooding Briefing and Yard Waste Collection

This is a big update that covers a few different topics including my October office hours, recently announced plans by the County to address flooding, an upcoming briefing to the Madison Common Council by the City staff about the recent flooding and information about fall leaves/yard waste … [read more]

Community Bonds Information & Council Briefing on August 20th Storm

This update includes information about last night's presentation to the Common Council from the Engineering Division and details on Community Bonds now available. Common Council Briefing on August 20, 2018 Storm & High Lake Level Crisis Last night's presentation focused on the August … [read more]

Flash Flood Warning (10-5-2018) and Canceling Tomorrow's Office Hours

Due to the predicted forecast and a recently acquired cold, I will unfortunately be canceling tomorrow's office hours. I was hoping we were done with flash flood warnings, but here's the latest alert from the City of Madison: City of Madison Flooding Update-Friday October 5 Issued: 11:00 … [read more]

Sandbag Collection

Here's a notice from the Streets Division about sandbags collection for those wishing to dispose of their sandbags. To be clear, if you have sandbags, you are not required to get rid of them at this time. People in flood prone areas are welcome to store them future use. Lake levels are still high … [read more]

FEMA Disaster Designation and Information on FEMA Recovery Office

On October 18th, Dane County was officially designated a FEMA Disaster Area as a result of the flooding we experienced on August 20th. This designation has made the area eligible for federal assistance for both individual and public agencies. Here's a release from the Mayor's Office about next … [read more]

Monday Office Hours, Thanksgiving Trash Collection, Alternate Side Parking, Budget & New Midtown Police Blog

I wanted to send out a few updates as we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday week. This update includes information about my open office hours this week, refuse and recycling collection schedule for the Thanksgiving Holiday, alternate side parking reminder, the budget and the launch of a new … [read more]

Watershed and Flood Studies Meetings

Watershed and Flood Studies - Public Informational Meeting The Engineering Division is providing the following update on the upcoming watershed and flood studies: The City now has consultants hired to complete 3 watershed studies and the City is working concurrently on a 4th study. … [read more]

Reminder: Office Hours and Watershed and Flood Studies Meetings

A quick reminder about Office Hours tomorrow and Public Information Meetings for the City of Madison's Watershed and Flood Studies this week: Open Office Hours Reminder: Tomorrow evening (4/23/2019), I will have open office hours from 4:30-7pm at Alicia Ashman Library - Study Room - 733 N … [read more]

Strickers / Mendota Watershed Public Information Meeting Presentation

If you didn't have an opportunity to attend last night's Strickers/Mendota Watershed public information meeting the presentation is available online. You can learn more about the Watershed Public Information Meetings from a previous post. There are additional upcoming meetings. These … [read more]

Spring Harbor Watershed Presentation and Reminder of Neighborhood Meetings This Week

I'm sharing the presentation from last Thursday's Spring Harbor Watershed Public Information Meeting and providing a reminder about neighborhood meetings this week for Oakwood Village University Woods Campus Redevelopment and more Watershed Public Information Meetings. Spring Harbor Watershed … [read more]

Nautilus Point Park Update

I've received a few e-mails about the working going on at Nautilus Point Park (north of Mineral Point Road, between Nautilus and Island Drive). Sally Swenson, the City of Madison Project Engineer, has provided me with some information on the project to share, including the public presentation … [read more]

Office Hours Reminder, Save the Date (5237 University Ave - 10/23), 8/20 Anniversary and Podcasts

A few topics in today's update including a reminder about tomorrow's office hours, a save the date notification for a public meeting about 5237 University Ave (formerly Perkins), 8/20 Flooding Anniversary and info on some City of Madison Podcasts. Open Office Hours Reminder: Tomorrow … [read more]

December Office Hours and Preview of Stormwater Ordinance Changes

Information on December Office Hours and a preview of stormwater ordinance changes. Office Hours In December, I will be holding open office hours twice. Date Location Tuesday, December 10th (7:15am - 9:15am) Moka - 5227 University Avenue, Madison … [read more]

February Office Hours, Early Voting, Madison Digital Inclusion Summit, Stormwater Ordinance Changes, Report Snow Removal Issues and Bus Rapid Transit Public Meeting

A long update including info on February Office Hours, early voting, an upcoming Digital Inclusion Summit, important stormwater ordinance changes, a link to report snow removal issues and a save the date for a meeting on Bus Rapid Transit. Office Hours In February, I will be holding open … [read more]

Public Input Meeting 2 - Spring Harbor Watershed Study

Monday, February 24, from 6:30 ? 8:30 pm Meeting Location: Muir Elementary Gymnasium, 6602 Inner Drive City of Madison will present the completed, new, drainage model of existing flooding conditions. Spring Harbor Watershed residents are invited to review the model results. Additionally, … [read more]

Office Hours Tomorrow Reminder and Stormwater Ordinance Changes Schedule Correction

A quick reminder about office hours tomorrow (Thursday) and a correction about the previously published schedule for stormwater ordinance changes meetings. Office Hours A reminder that I will be holding office hours tomorrow (Thursday) evening at Alicia Ashman Library from 4:30 to … [read more]

Watershed PIMs - Engineers to Share Data Collected

Engineering has announced some upcoming meetings to discuss data from the watershed studies. I previously announced the Spring Harbor meeting. Here's more details: Closer to Possible Flooding Solutions: Engineers to Share Data Collected (Interactive map avaialble at Watershed Studies … [read more]

Lots of March Meetings (Office Hours, New Meetings and Reminders)

There are a lot of community meetings in March that I'd like to share. I've blogged about some of them previously, but others have just been noticed via postcard to nearby residents. Office Hours In March, I will be holding open office hours … [read more]

Important COVID-19 Update - Order of Public Health - Mass Gatherings

Public Health Madison & Dane County has just issued the following order effective as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, and continuing until further notice: ORDER OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER OF MADISON AND DANE COUNTY IMPOSING A COUNTYWIDE MORATORIUM ON MASS GATHERINGS OF 250 OR MORE … [read more]

Final Stormwater Ordinance Changes Meeting to be Offered Virtually

Some information from the Engineering Division about previously discussed stormwater ordinance changes. I'm glad to see the department moving forward with this proposal. The Engineering Division will be hosting a final public information meeting about changes to the City’s stormwater … [read more]

June Virtual Office Hours, Assessments, and Stormwater Ordinance News

I will be hosting office hours in June virtually on Wednesday, June 10th in the afternoon and Thursday, June 18th 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 … [read more]

Office Hours Reminder, Upcoming Watershed Focus Groups and Voter Registration

A reminder that I will be hosting virtual office hours on Thursday morning from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. Learn more about my July office hours here. If you have a question, concern, or topic of interest that you would like to discuss, but my scheduled open office hours don't work for you, you … [read more]

October Office Hours, Be a Watershed Steward, 6145 Mineral Point Road, Voting, and Public Safety

I will be hosting office hours in October virtually on Wednesday, October 14th (rescheduled from Thursday, October 15th) in the afternoon and Thursday, October 22th in the morning. I will be using Zoom (with video). I'm introducing a slightly different process this month. Please use the … [read more]

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

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 … [read more]

Upcoming Meetings: Odana Area Plan & Watershed, New Large Item System Available on May 28 and On-Street Parking Restrictions Resume

Odana Area Plan: Upcoming Public Meetings 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 two … [read more]

Office Hours on Saturday and New Backwater Valve Program Provides Financial Incentive, Homeowner Protection

Update on office hours: I'll be returning to the Westside Community Market this Saturday (June 12) from 7:30 - 9:30am. Since we're returning to a new normal and I'm fully vaccinated, I'm excited to be hosting my first in-person office hours since last March 2020! I'll also be hosting virtual … [read more]

What's going on at the corner of Mineral Point and Whitney Way?

I wanted to alert neighbors about some work that will be starting in the near future on the corner of Mineral Point Rd and South Whitney Way. Commencing after June 21st, University Research Park (URP) will begin doing some selective clearing and preparation of land for construction, construction … [read more]

Highlights for Week of June 21 including ARPA Funds, CARES, Rental Assistance, and Office Hours

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of June 21, 2021 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Local Fiscal Recovery Funds The Finance Committee will be discussing a resolution proposing allocation of ARPA funds at its meeting on Monday at 4:30pm. Meeting Details Meeting … [read more]

ARPA Update, University Research Park Development, Metro Redesign and Highlights for the Week of July 19, 2021

Preview of Metro Transit Redesign of Coverage and Ridership The Transportation Commission and the Transportation Policy and Planning Board will be discussing a preview of proposed Metro Transit Redesign maps at their joint meeting on Monday. Meeting details Meeting agenda Register … [read more]

September Office Hours, Capital Budget and Other Highlights for the Week of August 30

September Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Wednesday, September 22nd (virtually) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of … [read more]

Fall Yard Collection Begins and Other Highlights for the Week of October 11, 2021

2022 Executive Operating Budget The Finance Committee will be discussing the 2022 Executive Operating Budget at its meetings on Monday and Tuesday. Monday Meeting Details Meeting Agenda Register for Public Comment Tuesday Meeting Details Meeting Agenda Register for … [read more]

Feb Office Hours, Spring Election, Watershed Studies and Highlights for the Week of January 31, 2022

February Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Tuesday, February 15, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can … [read more]

Wexford Pond Dredging and Highlights for the Week of August 22, 2022

Wexford Pond Dredging A public information meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m., Aug. 23, 2022, via Zoom for the Wexford Pond Dredging project. Registration is required. For information about additional City meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting … [read more]

Speed Reduction on Mineral Point and Other Highlights for the Week of August 29, 2022

Vision Zero Continues Speed Reductions on a Section of Mineral Point Rd Starting today (8/29), the next 2022 roadway improvement scheduled through the Vision Zero initiative takes place to a section of Mineral Point Rd, from S Whitney Way to the Beltline. This key roadway is home to commercial … [read more]

Two Neighborhood Meetings and Other Highlights for the Week of September 5, 2022

City offices are closed on Today (Monday, September 5) Administrative offices are closed on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. Emergency services will be open; please call 911. You may use Report a Problem for non-emergencies. Emergency water issue: Call Madison Water Utility, … [read more]

Office Hours, Budget, More Vision Zero Changes and Other Highlights for the Week of September 12, 2022

September Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Wednesday (9/14) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can … [read more]

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