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Alder Erik Paulson

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Alder Erik Paulson

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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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Alder Paulson’s Updates

District 3 Updates July 5, 2019

July 5, 2019 4:16 PM

In this update:

  • Kwik Trip

  • Meadowlands Multi-Family Residences

  • Rolling Meadows Street Lights 

  • Meadowlark Drive Speed Calming Process

  • Welcome Captain Nelson and Congrats to Captain Snyder

  • Dogs in Parks: Your Input Needed

  • Possible Water Utility Rate Increase

  • Partnership with Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative

  • City Meetings


Kwik Trip - Letter of Intent Submitted 

Regarding the Kwik Trip store proposed for the northeast corner of Sprecher and Cottage Grove Roads, the Kwik Trip team submitted a letter that they intend to submit their land use application and seek public approval for its development on July 17, 2019.

This would mean the proposal would come before the Plan Commission at its August 26 meeting. There is opportunity for public comment at Plan Commission - or to submit letters in advance.

You can learn more about the Kwik Trip proposal here.

If you haven't done so, please do email me your thoughts on the Kwik Trip. So far, I've heard primarily positive feedback on the plan, but very important concerns have also been expressed, particularly related to traffic on Sprecher Road including at Kilpatrick Lane and how the new roads that will be constructed will impact traffic and safety.

Illustration of proposed Kwik Trip
Illustration of the proposed Kwik Trip Store


Meadowlands multi-family residences proposal advances

Development location at the northeast end of Milwaukee Street.
Development location at the northeast end of Milwaukee Street. 

The Meadowlands proposal for seven townhomes and 216 apartments at the northeast end of Milwaukee Street is expected to come before the Plan Commission on July 29 and the Common Council on August 6. 

This proposal was shared at a neighborhood meeting in January 2019, and will include the extension and creation of Wind Stone Drive north of Milwaukee Street and the creation of Advantage Drive north of Milwaukee Street and east of Wind Stone Drive.

These will include affordable housing for families with low and moderate income, between 50-70 percent of the median income. 

More information on this proposal can be found in their submitted documents.

Please share with me any concerns and questions you have on this project.

Meadowlands design from Milwaukee and Wind Stone
Illustration of proposed design of the Meadowlands residences.


Rolling Meadows lights

City Traffic Engineering have identified some areas in Rolling Meadows that could benefit from more street lighting, including spots on Charleen Lane, Portland Parkway and S. Walbridge Avenue. The next step in this process is having neighbors circulate petitions to be signed by residents who live in the vicinity of the potential new lights. The petitions have been drafted and the next step will be identifying residents to help circulate them. 

City traffic engineering staff will share their review of the street lighting and more details on the process, at the July 11 Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association meeting.


Meadowlark Drive Traffic Calming

The option of installing speed humps on Meadowlark Drive is being re-explored. Speed humps were also proposed in 2015 but failed to get the 60 percent of resident support required.

Here is the timeline:

  1. After school is back in session (to account for Kennedy Elementary traffic), City Traffic Engineering will collect speed and volume data.

  2. Traffic Engineering will use that data to rank the street using their point system. If it receives at least 30 points, it is eligible for speed humps.

  3. The plan will then go to the Transportation Commission and the Board of Public Works this winter.

  4. Surveys will be sent out to residents in winter/early spring 2020.

  5. If residents approve, speed humps will be installed during the summer of 2020.


Welcome Captain Nelson and Congrats to Captain Snyder

East Police District Captain Tom Snyder has retired after 30 years of service. I am grateful for his service and leadership and congratulate him on his retirement. 

Captain Cory Nelson is the new East District Captain, and has 30 years of experience with the Madison Police Department. He was most recently the captain of the South Police District. He has deep roots on the east side, having grown up here and attended La Follette High School. 

City News


Dogs in Parks: Madison Parks Seeks Community Input

The City of Madison Parks Division and the Parks Long Range Planning Committee are hosting a series of community engagement meetings and a public survey. At the community meetings, staff will provide background information on the current policy (Madison General Ordinance 8.19 ) and provide a forum for both dog owners and non-dog owners to voice their opinions. 

The first in this series of meetings is Tuesday, July 16. 


Madison Water Utility files for possible rate increase 

Madison Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission to increase water rates. MWU is forecasting an eight percent overall increase, but it will fall to the PSC to determine the actual increase, if any. The commission takes an average of 200 days to process a water rate application. If approved, the increase could mean an additional $2.20 per month in water charges for a typical residential customer and would likely go into effect sometime next year.

City of Madison Announces Partnership with Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative

New purchases will cut annual gas usage by up to 1 million gallons; Collaborative also announces plans for new national solicitation for school buses

The City of Madison is proud to be a part of 127 cities and 15 counties, from across 38 states, joining the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative  ("the Collaborative").

The City is partnering with the Collaborative to electrify its city fleet. The Collaborative is committed to purchasing more than 2100 electric vehicles (EVs) by the end of 2020.   Since partnering with the Collaborative, City of Madison has committed to purchase at least 30 EV fleet vehicles and three EV buses by the end of 2020 -- helping to improve citywide air quality and public health.  This will be the largest electric fleet in Wisconsin.


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