Updates & Week of Dec. 13 Meetings of Interest for District 2


District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

City meetings remain online only with details listed in City Meetings of Interest below; all have virtual public participation options.


Stay in touch with your neighbors through either Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc.Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association, or Campus Area Neighborhood Assoc.


There are three sections to this week's update:

  1. COVID-19 Resources & Information
  2. Other District 2 Updates
  3. City Meetings of Interest to District 2



COVID Update


From Public Health Madison & Dane County:?

Dane CORE - for rental and utility assistance.

Visit the City's Coronavirus Website for Madison's COVID responses and resources.

Dane County Food Pantry Network from Community Action Coalition.

State of Wisconsin COVID-19 resources and information from state agencies, including the State Dept. Public Health

Info on UW-Madison's response to the pandemic.

Madison Children's Museum hosts free family COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Monday, Dec. 13, 1-7pm - Vaccinations available for kids 5+ up and adults: All vaccinations are free. Admission to the museum is free for anyone getting vaccinated or accompanying a family member getting vaccinated. Advance registration and more information here, walk-ups also possible.





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Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Proposal at UDC on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Proposal for a portion of the 1100 block of E. Washington Avenue will be considered by Urban Design Commission. At that meeting, WYSO will be seeking both initial and final approval, although the Commission could grant or deny initial approval, refer that matter to a future meeting, or, if initial approval is granted, extend that to final approval. UDC is an approving body on the proposal's conformity with Urban Design District 8 requirements and guidelines as may be appropriate in order to implement the Core Development Principles of the East Washington Avenue Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan. The Plan Commission is expected to consider the applicant's demolition application for the Avenue Club at its Jan. 10 meeting, but no further consideration by Plan Commission is necessary.

If approved, this redevelopment will include construction of a new building with rehearsal and studio spaces, offices, practice rooms, and spaces for community gathering. The presentation slides for UDC and the proposed operating plan can be found here.

The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association Council earlier voted to send letters of support for the proposal to UDC and Plan Commission. Nearby neighbors of the site and the greater neighborhood have been supportive of the proposal, although concerns have been registered about the need to keep car traffic off of Curtis Court as much as possible; saving existing trees; keeping the exterior lighting at reasonable levels, and the need to keep construction traffic off of Curtis Court. If you'd like to watch the meeting or give input, see the options at "Details" for the UDC meeting below in "City Meetings of Interest". 

Tree Trimming Map

Tree Trimming Coming East of Yahara River

City Forestry crews will soon be pruning street trees in the area highlighted in orange above, generally east and north of the Yahara River. Their objective is to prune every small street tree within the area (trees that we are able to prune without the use of an aerial tower). Some information regarding "small tree pruning" can be found here.

Tenney Park Rink

From the Parks Division: Winter Recreation Updates

  • Winter recreation is getting closer BUT all rinks and lagoons remain closed. Get the status of your favorite winter recreation locations: cityofmadison.com/parks/winterfun

  • A friendly reminder, Glenway Golf Park is CLOSED to all foot traffic. Including no walking the grounds, and once snow arrives, no cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or sledding. Please use one or more of the many other parks for your winter recreation fun. Learn More

  • In case you missed this earlier announcement, the Elver Park machine-made snow loop is not happening this winter season. Learn more about our joint decision to focus on the natural trails at Elver Park.



Below are some pertinent agenda items from city committees that are meeting this week. If you click on meeting "Details" below, you will find participation and viewing options, and a link to the full meeting agenda. If you click on a item from within an agenda, you will see all documents that relate to that item.


I appreciate hearing from you on any agenda items on which you have a particular interest or concern.



Police and Fire Commission: Details

5:30pm, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021




Agenda Item 8

Update on Field Training for Accelerated Academy and Regular Academy


Agenda Item 9

Update on 2022 Pre-Service Academy Hiring Process Timeline




Agenda Item 12

Professional Input from Chief Davis, Madison Fire Department Employee Groups, and Retired Fire Chief Randy Bruegman




Agenda Item 13

Consideration and potential action on Fire Department Hiring List


Agenda Item 14

Update on 2022 Apparatus Engineer Promotional Process



Urban Design Commission: Details

4:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021




Agenda Item 2

1128 and 1138 E. Washington Avenue - New Rehearsal Facility for WYSO (Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra) Located in Urban Design District (UDD) No. 8. 2nd Ald. Dist.

Owner: Bridget Fraser, WYSO Center for Music

Applicant: Tim Crum, Strang, Inc.

Initial/Final Approval is Requested

Note: See more on this item in "Other District 2 Updates" above. Meeting participation and viewing options are on the meeting agenda available at "Details" just above.



Board of Public Works: Details

4:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021




Agenda Item 4

At this time, a consent agenda will be moved with the recommended action listed for each item EXCEPT:

1) items which have registrants wishing to speak.

2) items which require an extraordinary (roll call) vote and are not included on the consent agenda by unanimous consent.

3) items which Board Members have separated out for discussion/debate purposes.

Those numbers with an asterisk are consent agenda items




Agenda Item 7

Supporting an application to WisDOT for Federal funding under the 2022-2026 Transporation Alternatives Program (TAP) (Citywide)

Sponsors: Patrick W. Heck, Brian Benford and Sheri Carter



Fiscal Note

The proposed resolution expresses support for the Engineering Division and Transportation Department grant application to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) 2022-2026 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The application seeks federal funding for six bicycle and pedestrian projects. A separate resolution accepting the grant award will be submitted at a later date should the City be awarded the grant funding from WisDOT.

Partial Resolution Body

This application includes the following proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects, and based on input from the Transportation Policy and Planning Board, these projects will be prioritized on the grant applications.  The proposed priority is noted below, but this may change based on additional committee input, and staff will make the appropriate changes with the grant application documents. 

5. Cross Isthmus Improvements - includes improved bicycle connections across the isthmus, primarily along Franklin St., Hancock St. and Blount St., and would also include installation of bike lanes along E. Washington Ave. from Blair St. to the Capitol Square.




Agenda Item 18*

Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for 2022 Sport Court Resurfacings. (1, 2, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19 AD)

Color coating, crack repair, striping and power washing of acrylic surface sport courts at Allied, Elver, James Madison, Olbrich, Tenney, Westmorland and Wexford Parks. The total estimated cost of the project is $103,000.



Agenda Item 19

Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for Tenney Park East Johnson St. Pedestrian Bridge Wing Walls. (2 AD)

Parks Division will replace the existing wing walls on the East Johnson St pedestrian bridge. The existing stone wing walls are in poor condition and in need of replacement. New wing walls will be constructed of cut limestone block. The total estimated cost is $55,000.





Police Civilian Oversight Board: Details

5:00pm, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021






When the Police Civilian Oversight Board considers the following matter, it may go into closed session pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(c), Wis. Stats., which reads as follows: Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. If the Police Civilian Oversight Board does go into closed session, notice is hereby given pursuant to sec. 19.85(2), Wis. Stats., that it may reconvene in open session without waiting 12 hours as specified in the statute.


Agenda Item 7

Closed Session: Independent Police Monitor Hiring Decision


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