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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 September 2, 2019

September 2, 2019 9:29 PM

In this update:

1. Ace Apartments Meeting |

2. Meadowlands Multi-Family Residences Updates |

3. Kwik Trip |

4. Mayor Rhodes-Conway to Release Capital Budget Tuesday |

5. Join the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Board |

6. Portland Park Neighborhood Input Meeting |

7. Volunteer with Friends of McGinnis Park |

8. Madison Public Market Public Info Update and Feedback Session |

9. County Executive, Madison Mayor Partner to Improve Our Lakes |

10. Law Park Engagement Opportunities |

11. F35 Aircraft |

12.  City Meetings |

13. Calendar |

1. Ace Apartments Meeting 

Thank you to those who attended the Ace Apartments meeting on Tuesday, August 20. The presentation slides from the meeting provide details on the project overview, timeline and updates to their design. 

As mentioned, they were planning to submit their Land Use Application soon, and if they proceed on schedule, that will tentatively put this project before the Urban Design Commission on October 16 and the Plan Commission on October 28. I'll keep everyone posted on this.

2. Meadowlands Multi-Family Residences Updates

The developer submitted updates to the building designs in response to feedback they received at the August 14 Urban Design Commission meeting. The project will now go before UDC again on Wednesday, September 4 to seek a preliminary approval. 

The proposal is now tentatively scheduled for the October 28 Plan Commission meeting.

3. Kwik Trip's Land Use Application submitted

Kwik Trip has submitted their Land Use Application for their new proposed location at the corner of Sprecher and Cottage Grove Roads. The project is scheduled for the September 16 Plan Commission meeting. 

4. Mayor Rhodes-Conway to Release Capital Budget Tuesday

The Mayor's 2020 Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Plan will be released on Tuesday, September 3. The Mayor is scheduled to hold a press conference outlining the budget at 1 pm. The Mayor's 2020 Operating Budget will be released on October 1. The 2020 budget outlook includes a deficit of approximately $10 million, so in the coming months tough choices will need to be made by the Mayor and Common Council as we work together to address Madison's services, needs, priorities, and goals.

5. Join the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Board

The Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association is looking for individuals in the neighborhood to join the Board of Directors. In this role, you will help plan events, keep the neighborhood informed, and make sure that everyone has a voice.

If interested:

  1. Send an email to and 

  2. Come to their next meeting: September 12, 7pm, at New Beginnings/Victory Hmong Alliance Church, 602 Acewood Blvd, Madison, WI 53714

6. Portland Park Neighborhood Input Meeting

Public Input Meeting One
Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-7:30 pm
Kennedy Elementary School -- Library
221 Meadowlark Drive
Madison, WI 53714

Parks staff will be holding a Public Input Meeting to discuss the Portland Park Master Plan. At this session, attendees will examine opportunities and constraints of the site, give input regarding their preferences and priorities for amenities to include in the park, and participate in a planning exercise related to park amenity planning.

Project Page

7. Volunteer with Friends of McGinnis Park 

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

They have regular volunteer work times at McGinnis Park, open to everyone interested in helping out:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Saturday from 9 am - 12 pm

They need help with planting, weeding and keeping the park clean.

Future plans for McGinnis Park include installation of a community garden, bat houses, and a donation of some art sculptures.

You can learn more by visiting the group's Facebook page, or by emailing

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

8. Madison Public Market Public Info Update and Feedback Session

Get the latest information on the Madison Public Market, including a design reveal. At this meeting, you'll view detailed designs for the Madison Public Market. City Staff and the project architects will share information about the mix and layout of merchants at the market, the event spaces, informal gathering areas, the market kitchen, outdoor plazas, and potential community arts/exhibit spaces. There will also be an update on pedestrian, bike and car access, building entries and landscaping plans. Finally, staff will share how sustainability features will be included in the design, such as water conservation techniques, solar panels, and natural ventilation.

Madison Public Market Info and Public Feedback Session
Thursday, September 5, 6 pm
Madison Municipal Building
215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 215

9. County Executive, Madison Mayor partner to Improve Local Lakes

Dane County and the City of Madison have agreed to a five-year program to make swimming in area lakes safer, County Executive Joe Parisi and Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced Aug. 29, 2019. The two made the announcement at Warner Beach, the site of where the first of several new "Clean Beach Treatment Systems" will be installed.

10. Law Park Engagement Opportunities

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 community is invited to join the conversation at a workshop, open house and online survey.

Next workshop: 

Madison Central Library
201 W. Mifflin St.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6 – 7:30pm

Open House:
Badger Rock Neighborhood Center
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6 – 7:30pm
For more information visit Park Projects: Law Park

11.  F35 Aircraft

A reminder that you can find the Executive Summary of the F35 Environmental Impact Statement here and the full report can be accessed here.

You are more than welcome to contact me and other elected officials with your thoughts on the proposed stationing of F35s at Truax Field, but I also encourage you to submit comments via the Air National Guard's official public comment channels as this is a decision being made by the federal government, not the City of Madison. Those comments can be made through September 27 and can be made online or by mail. The link for public comments can be accessed here.

The Air National Guard has scheduled a public open house on September 12, from 5-8pm at the Alliant Energy Center, and comments can also be made in person there. A final decision will be made early next year. 

City staff from various departments are working on a review of the EIS, including impacts of noise, stormwater and other issues. The end result will likely be a response to the EIS from the Mayor's office, but the staff analysis will be shared when complete.


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