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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 30, 2019

July 30, 2019 10:45 AM

In this update:

  1. Reminder: What's happening on Milwaukee Street?

  2. Opportunities to share your ideas: City of Madison Task Force on Government Restructure

  3. Kwik Trip Proposal Delayed

  4. Save the Date for Ace Apartments Public Meeting

  5. Reminder: Harmony Apartments Follow-Up Meeting

  6. Reminder: Community Meeting on The Meadowlands Multi-Family Residences

  7. Your input needed: Law Park

  8. Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Ice Cream Social

  9. Friends of McGinnis Park forms

  10. Reminder: Dogs in Parks Survey and Final Community Meeting

  11. City Meetings

  12. Events


I. Reminder: What's happening on Milwaukee Street?


Resurfacing of Milwaukee Street began on Monday and will continue through mid-August, and includes the stretch from N Walbridge to I-90. 

The work under the sidewalks of Milwaukee Street in this area is MG&E replacing the gas main.

Information on the resurfacing process, scope of work, roads in our district being resurfaced, and contact person at Engineering can be found here. 


II. Your input is needed: City of Madison Task Force on Government Restructure 

This is your chance to suggest an improvement on how you'd like your government to work.

The Task Force wants your help to find out if this current city government structure works for all Madison residents --- or if changes could help make city government work better. 

  1. Take a moment to fill out the Resident Survey.
  2. Attend an Open House on August 28, 2019 from 5-- 8 p.m. at The Atrium on South Park Street. 
  3. Finally, join the Task Force at an upcoming meeting!
    • August 13, 2019 6:00 p.m., Room 206, Madison Municipal Building
    • September 4, 2019 7:00 p.m., Room 206, Madison Municipal Building
    • September 19, 2019 6:00 p.m., Room 153, Madison Municipal Building
    • September 25, 2019 6:00 p.m., Room 206, Madison Municipal Building
    • October 2, 2019 7:00 p.m., Room 206, Madison Municipal Building
    • October 16, 2019 6:30 p.m., Room 103A, City-County Building

What does Madison's government structure currently look like? 

Madison's Mayor is elected every four years in city-wide elections and is responsible for, among other things, running the day-to-day operations of the City and proposing a city-wide budget to Madison's Common Council.

Madison Common Council consists of 20 different "alderpersons" elected from 20 districts across the City.  The Common Council's responsibilities include making city laws and policy by passing resolutions and ordinances and serving on the City's Boards, Commissions, and Committees.  To find out your aldermanic district, see the aldermanic district map printed on the reverse side of this Information Sheet.

Finally, Madison has over 90 Boards, Commissions, and Committees consisting of nearly 700 alder and resident members.  These Committees make decisions and recommendations that affect city policy and administration.


Why did the City create a task force on government structure? 

Do you know when the City is making key decisions that will impact your neighborhood? Or who is making those decisions? Do you have the time, resources, or know-how to voice your opinion to City Government?

The Task Force on Government Structure is asking these questions and others to find out if changes to city government structure could help make the City work more effectively for all of its residents, and, particularly, for residents of color and low income.



III. Kwik Trip Proposal Delayed

Kwik Trip has provided an updated timeline for submitting their Land Use Application for their new proposed location at the corner of Sprecher and Cottage Grove Roads. They plan to submit their Land Use Application on or before August 14, 2019, which would mean the proposal would be reviewed at the September 16 Plan Commission meeting.

 Kwik Trip Rendering


IV. Save the Date: Ace Apartments Public Meeting

Movin' Out's The Ace Apartments development has received the needed tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Administration (WHEDA). They have been awarded the tax credits because Heartland Housing returned the credits they were awarded for their project on South Park Street.

Meeting dates/locations
Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 pm
Location and details TBD

The Ace Apartments is the mixed-use development that has been proposed for the Sentry site on Cottage Grove Road, and includes 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and affordable housing for people with disabilities.


V. Harmony Apartments Follow-Up Meeting

There will be a meeting with Harmony apartments ownership, management and city officials on Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 pm. The Harmony Apartments will be sharing a number of updates including the installation of cameras, no trespassing signs, nightly security patrols and youth programming. 

Meeting date/location

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

Door Creek Church, Room 108, 6602 Dominion Drive

*Agenda to follow* 


VI. Reminder: Community Meeting on The Meadowlands Multi-Family Residences

This is a development proposal for 6810-6814 Milwaukee Street, 1 Wind Stone Drive, and 45 Wind Stone Drive. KCG Development, LLC proposes to construct The Meadowlands, which would consist of four multi-family buildings with a total of 216 apartments, and seven townhomes. The multi-family buildings would be three to four stories tall, and the townhomes would be two stories tall. This will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom units, though primarily one and two bedroom. 

Meeting date/location

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6:30 pm
Door Creek Church, Room 108, 6602 Dominion Drive

The development team and City staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. 

This proposal includes units that are workforce housing. This is a subset of affordable housing that targets slightly higher incomes than other forms of affordable housing. In this case, these are individuals making 50-70 percent of the average median income. 

For a single person in the City of Madison, this is an income between $32,100 and $44,940 as of September 2018. An example of rent within this range is $963/month for a 1-bedroom apartment, and $1,101/month for a 2-bedroom.

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

The designs are toward the end of the document.

This proposal is now planned to go before the Plan Commission on August 26 and the Common Council on September 3. 



VII. Your input needed: Law Park

This is your chance to suggest improvements to Law Park.

Imagine fishing, biking, water sports and outdoor play along with arts, entertainment, and food while people and families gather and have fun in and around this downtown waterfront park!  Come share and learn more about what Law Park can be. Share your ideas, community goals, and priorities for this lakeshore greenspace. Everyone is welcome!

The plan 

The City of Madison Parks Division is developing a preliminary report for Law Park that will serve as a reference and guide for future master plan development. The current project includes a robust community engagement effort and a technical analysis of the existing park.  The community engagement will focus on gathering input from a diverse range of Madison residents to identify desired park improvements, outline goals for the future master plan process, and generate ideas to connect the waterfront park to the greater downtown area. The technical inquiry will include site investigations and analysis of the current site conditions to identify potential improvement opportunities.

About Law Park

Law Park is a 4.7-acre park situated along the shore of Lake Monona. Current amenities in the park include a public boat launch, bench seating, public art, floating piers and a parking lot. Numerous plans to improve Law Park and connect it to downtown Madison and the surrounding area have been proposed over the city's history. None have been implemented to date.

Meeting dates/Locations


Go to the project website to:

  • Subscribe to the mail list

  • Take the online survey

  • View a map of park and neighborhood context

Contact: City of Madison Parks Division –

Law Park Graphic


VIII. Rolling Meadows Ice Cream Social

Don't miss it! Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association's 3rd Annual Ice Cream Social!

Saturday, August 17, 1:30--4 pm
Kingston-Onyx Park
334 Garnet Lane


Ice Cream Social information and imagery



IX. Friends of McGinnis Park Forms in Rolling Meadows

Friends of McGinnis Park is a new group that will focus on maintaining McGinnis Park on Crystal Lane.

A native prairie installation is currently underway, with more additions to the park coming soon.

The group is currently looking for volunteers to help with planting a large donation of native prairie plants. 

If you are interested in helping out, please contact the group via their Facebook page, or by emailing

Leadership opportunities within this newly-formed group are also available. Please inquire for more details. 

Let's make McGinnis Park an even more beautiful, lively and inclusive community space for everyone to enjoy and utilize.

Friends of McGinnis Park Sign

X. Reminder: Dogs in Parks Survey and Final Community Meeting

Should we change the ordinance on dogs in city parks?

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.

Take the survey

Final meeting date/location
Tuesday, July 30, Sennett Middle School, 6:30-7:30pm 
502 Pflaum Rd, 53716
Dowden Auditorium

The ordinance, originally created in 1973, and updated several times since essentially prohibits dogs in most parks and public spaces. Currently, the City of Madison offers eight off-leash dog parks and 26 parks where dogs, on-leash and on path are allowed. The majority of the more than 270 parks do not allow dogs.

Information gathered at the community engagement meeting and through the public survey will be the first step in a process of potentially updating or changing the current ordinance. The Parks Long Range Planning Committee (LRP) began considering this project earlier in 2018. With guidance from the public, the LRP will send recommendations for review to the Board of Park Commissioners and Madison Common Council.


XI. City Meetings

City Weekly Meeting Schedule 

County Weekly Meeting Schedule

District Reports



XII. Events


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