City of
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District 19

Alder Keith Furman

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Alder Keith Furman

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Home Address:

5328 Lake Mendota Dr
Madison , WI 53705

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

Tag: COVID-19

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]

Public Health Issues Order Closing Schools and Imposing Countywide Directive to Stop Holding Gatherings of 50 or More People

Schools are closed as of 03/16/2020 Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing a county-wide directive PDF to close schools as of March 16, 2020 at 12:01am to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This order is also a county-wide directive to stop gatherings of 50 or more … [read more]

COVID-19 Update: Gov orders 10 person limit, voting, new website, community spread, and most meetings canceled

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Limit Gatherings to Less Than 10 to Slow Spread of COVID-19 Measures also being taken to manage testing capacity in Wisconsin MADISON -- Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order … [read more]

COVID-19 Update: Metro Changes, State Safer At Home Order, Voting and Property Taxes

I wanted to share some of the latest news from the City about COVID-19. The Public Health Madison and Dane County's website and the City’s COVID-19 website remain the best place to get up-to-date info. Metro Transit to Implement Free Fares & Rear Door Entry/Exit Only Starts Tuesday, … [read more]

COVID-19: Gov. Evers Safer at Home Order Details

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is available here. The order is effective at … [read more]

How To Register and Vote Absentee & Poll Workers Needed and 2020 Census

REGISTER TO VOTE AND REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT You can still register to vote until March 30th at My Vote Wisconsin. Once you are registered, you can request an absentee ballot by mail online at My Vote Wisconsin or by sending an email to voting@cityofmadison.com. Please include your name, … [read more]

Yard Waste and Curbside Brush Collection Starts 4/6, Social Distancing on City Paths and Virtual Council Meeting Info

Sharing details on spring yard waste and curbside brush collection, social distancing while using City bicycle and pedestrian pathways and information on the first virtual council meeting taking place tomorrow. Spring Yard Waste Collection Starts April 6 Residents should anticipate … [read more]

Voting Update, Polling Location Changes

Despite lawsuits and against the wishes of our Mayor and Governor, it so far appears the election is on schedule for this Tuesday (April 7). Today is the LAST DAY you can request an absentee ballot! All ballots MUST be returned and received by the Clerk's office by April 7th. My wife and I … [read more]

4/3/2020 - Election Update (4/2/2020 Court Order) - Absentee Extension - TODAY at 5pm

Unfortunately a federal judge late yesterday declined to postpone the election but did make some changes. Court Order The deadline to request an absentee has been given a 24-hour extension to today, Friday, April 3 at 5pm. The deadline to get absentee ballots into the clerk's office is … [read more]

Twelve Things for Voters to Know on Election Day

I've signed on to a letter from Mayors and over 100 elected officials around the state calling for the Health Secretary to delay tomorrow's election. I'm angry and sad to see the State Legislator not use common sense to react to the COVID-19 emergency and so far refuse to change tomorrow's … [read more]

Governor Evers delays election until June 9th

The Governor just released an executive order to delay the election until June 9th. I'm sure this will be challenged in court, so standby. The important part of his order: Suspend in-person voting for April 7, 2020, until June 9, 2020, unless the Legislature passes and the Governor approves … [read more]

Supreme Court overturns Gov. Evers order. Election is on.

Really disappointed to report this: The in-person election will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, April 6th). You can read the [short] Supreme Court Order Please be sure to review my earlier post: Twelve Things for Voters to Know on Election Day -Keith F [read more]

Reminder: In-Person Voting Today and Absentee Ballot Updates

I wanted to send out a quick reminder again that voting is taking place in person today. I can't stress enough checking out Twelve Things for Voters to Know on Election Day which has a lot of really good tips and information. According to a ruling by the United States Supreme Court, all … [read more]

Tomorrow Office Hours Reminder and City Launches New COVID-19 Online Resources

A reminder that I will be hosting my first virtual office hours tomorrow (Thursday) starting at 4:30 pm. You can chat with me via video using Zoom. Note: I have slightly modified the end time from 6:30 pm to 6 pm due to a special City Council Executive Committee meeting that was scheduled earlier … [read more]

Safer at Home Extended to 5/26

Information from the Governor's office: Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin's Safer at Home Order MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. … [read more]

Gov. Evers Announces Badger Bounce Back Plan

I know many of you as anxious as me to get life back to normal as quickly as possible, but the Governor's Safer at Home plan has helped minimize COVID-19 infections and it can't be lifted without some important processes in place. I've appreciated California Governor Newsom's plan and I'm happy … [read more]

Madison Public Library Update and Upcoming Westgate Virtual Meeting

Some news on the Madison Public Library and an invite to an upcoming meeting on the redevelopment of Westgate. Madison Public Library Resumes Telephone Service, Launches Internet Access Information Line Curbside service will begin at Madison Public Library on May 11 While library … [read more]

Gov Evers Modifies Safer at Home Order and New Testing Option

The Governor has announced a new order, which modifies the previous emergency safer at home order. It's a minor change, but a step towards more businesses re-opening. Not re-opening yet are businesses like nail and hair salons, and restaurants and bars. The State has also added a community … [read more]

Safer at Home Order Guidelines still in place in Dane County

From Public Health Madison & Dane County: Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to invalidate the Safer at Home order issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, effective immediately. We are disappointed in the ruling, as the Safer at Home order has substantially slowed … [read more]

Public Health Announces Forward Dane Plan & Releases New Order

Public Health Madison and Dane County has mapped out its Forward Dane Plan for reopening Dane County. The first step is a preparation phase, or Safe Reopen phase, followed by three additional reopening phases, each with gradually less restrictive criteria. It also includes action steps by … [read more]

Dane County Reopening Phase 1 Starts on Tuesday

Earlier this week, Public Health Madison & Dane County released Forward Dane, a phased reopening plan for Dane County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, based on active monitoring of the data-based metrics outlined in the plan, an order has been issued that moves Dane County into Phase 1 of … [read more]

With Phase 1 Metrics Met, Dane County Moves to Phase 2 on June 15, 2020

From Public Health Madison & Dane County: Virus is still present and infectious in our communities; residents urged to take precautions As a result of meeting criteria outlined in Forward Dane, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing an order to move Dane County to Phase 2. … [read more]

Steep Increase in Dane County COVID-19 Cases Over Past Few Days

News release from Public Health Madison & Dane County: Residents, businesses urged to take precautions to prevent the spread of illness In the past five days, 279 people in Dane County have tested positive for COVID-19, which brings our 7-day case average to 47 cases per day. The … [read more]

Dane County Issues Amendment to Phase 2 Order

Public Health Madison & Dane County has just released a new order. Please their full news release: Dane County Issues Amendment to Phase 2 Order These are the only items that have changed with this order: (See the order for all requirements) Private gatherings are limited to 10 or … [read more]

COVID-19: Dane County Issues New Order Limiting Gatherings, Bar and Restaurant Activity

Change comes following sustained, high number of cases Effective at 8:00am on July 2, 2020, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing order #7 PDF , which limits gatherings and prohibits indoor dining and service at bars. “For the past week, Dane County has seen a sustained, high … [read more]

COVID-19: Public Health Madison & Dane County Releases New Orders Requiring Face Coverings

Effective on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:00 am, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Emergency Order #8, which requires that everyone age 5 and older wear a face covering or mask when in in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or … [read more]

Ward 89 Polling Location Change: Oakwood Village to Schwoegler Park Towne Lanes

Due to COVID-19, Ward 89's polling location has moved from Oakwood Village University Woods to Schwoegler Park Towne Lanes @ 444 Grand Canyon Drive. Residents should receive a postcard soon with this change, but I'm sharing it early here. This change will be in effect for at least the August 11th … [read more]

Office Hours This Afternoon, Voting, Library Update, Metro Transit, City Update and 2020 Census

A reminder that I will be hosting virtual office hours this afternoon from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Learn more about my August 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 can … [read more]

Office Hours Tomorrow, Halloween, Budget and Voting Update

A reminder that I will be hosting virtual office hours tomorrow (Wednesday) morning from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. Learn more about my September office hours here. Halloween I've been asked recently what Public Health's guidance is for Halloween. Here's some information: Public Health … [read more]

BRT Meeting, Financial Resources Hotline, and Secure Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes

Madison East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning Continues Project Kick-Off Meeting, October 22, 2020 What: Madison East-West BRT Planning Study – Project Development Kickoff Virtual Meeting When: Thursday, October 22, 6 – 8 p.m. Where: Zoom link located at www.MadisonBRT.com Why: … [read more]

Election Day Tips, COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard, Pumpkin Composting, Digital Literacy and Proposed Development at University Research Park

Ten Things for Voters to Know on Election Day The City of Madison Clerk's Office would like voters to know ten things for this Tuesday's election: Some polling places have changed since the last Presidential Election. To verify your polling location, visit myvote.wi.gov. I posted about … [read more]

COVID-19: New Public Health Order Prohibits Indoor Gatherings, Limits Outdoor Gatherings to 10 People

In response to a substantial, sustained growth in new COVID-19 infections throughout Dane County, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Emergency Order #10 PDF which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. Outdoor gatherings are permitted with 10 people or less, with physical … [read more]

New Order Issued as COVID-19 Cases Decline in Dane County

Public Health continues to recommend that people limit gatherings Public Health Madison & Dane County has issued Emergency Order #11 PDF . The order goes into effect December 16, at 12:01am and will be in effect for 28 days. The order mirrors much of the previous Order #9 and allows … [read more]

New Order Issued as COVID-19 Cases Remain High in Dane County

Public Health continues to recommend that people limit gatherings Public Health Madison & Dane County has issued Emergency Order #12. The order goes into effect January 13, at 12:01am and will be in effect for 28 days. The order mirrors much of Order #11 and allows indoor gatherings … [read more]

April Office Hours, Plastic Bag Recycling and COVID-19 Vaccines at Alliant Energy Center

I will be hosting office hours in twice in April virtually. I will be using Zoom (with video). 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 … [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]

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

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 … [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]

July Office Hours, Body Cameras, News and Recap from Last Few Weeks, and Highlights for the Week of July 12th

The Alicia Ashman Library is back open, and I will be hosting office hours there on July 14th from 4:30pm to 6pm. I will also be connected via Zoom so you visit in-person or virtually. To connect virtually, please use the registration links below to get the Zoom link. When you register, … [read more]

COVID-19 clinic at Lussier Community Center on Thursday, July 15 & August 5

FREE COVID-19 VACCINES Lussier Community Center (55 S Gammon Rd, Madison, WI 53717) Dose 1: Thursday, July 15: 2-4 pm DOSE 2: Thursday, August 5: 2-4 pm No appointments Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson available while supplies last No ID or insurance … [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]

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of July 26

Element Lab Virtual Neighboor Meeting On Tuesday at 6:30 PM: University Research Park proposes to construct Element Lab, a new lab facility at the southwest corner of Mineral Point Road and S. Whitney Way. The pro-posed five-story, 145,000 square foot facility would require Conditional Use … [read more]

August Office Hours, Development at 5533 University Avenue, Metro Fare Study, Vision Zero and Other Highlights for the Week of August 2, 2021

August Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Tuesday, August 10th (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 Office Hours. … [read more]

Office Hours Tomorrow and Other Highlights for the Week of August 9, 2021

August Office Hours on Tuesday afternoon I will be hosting office hours on Tuesday, (8/10) (virtually) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm: REGISTER 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. … [read more]

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of August 16, 2021

Rent Abatement and Tenant Protections The Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee will be discussing rent abatement and tenant protections at its meeting on Thursday. Meeting Details Meeting Agenda Register for Public Comment For additional information about additional meetings … [read more]

New Public Health Order Issued for Dane County Requiring Face Coverings Indoors

Effective on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 12:01am, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Face Covering Emergency Order, which requires that everyone age 2 and older wear a face covering or mask when in in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the … [read more]

Multiple D19 Projects at Plan Commission and Other Highlights for the Week of August 23

Multiple District 19 Projects at Monday's Plan Commission Meeting Adopting the Odana Area Plan as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan Project Website City of Madison - File #: 66098 (legistar.com) Element Collective at University Research Park (421 Charmany … [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]

2022 Capital Budget, Redistricting and Other Highlights for the Week of September 6

L’shana tova to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah this week. Due to Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah, there are less City meetings this week than usual. 2022 Executive Capital Budget On August 31, Mayor Rhodes-Conway released the 2022 Executive Capital Budget and 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan … [read more]

Public Health Issues Updated Face Covering Emergency Order

Effective Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:01am, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Face Covering Emergency Order #2. The Order is nearly identical to the current face covering order which requires that everyone age 2 and older wear a face covering or mask when in in any enclosed … [read more]

Brush, Leaf and Yard Waste Pickup Info and Other Highlights for the Week of September 13, 2021

Reindahl Park Encampment The Public Safety Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of Reindahl Park and homeless issues at its meeting on Wednesday. Meeting Details Meeting Agenda Register for Public Comment Rent Abatement and Tenant Protections The Landlord and … [read more]

Redistricting, Odana Area Plan and Other Highlights for the Week of September 20, 2021

Redistricting This week is a big week for local redistricting. As a reminder, redistricting, the process of redrawing the City's wards and alder districts based on population changes that have occurred over the last decade, is happening now. Redistricting determines which communities and … [read more]

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