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Alder Erik Paulson

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Alder Erik Paulson

Contact Information

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 25, 2019

September 25, 2019 8:41 PM

  1. Tomorrow: Meet Your Mayor |

  2. Tomorrow: Bus Rapid Transit Meeting |

  3. Join the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Board |

  4. Help Plan Portland Park |

  5. Kwik Trip Plans Move Forward |

  6. Fall Leaves/Yard Waste Collection begins Monday |

  7. Street Closure - South Stoughton Service Road (West)  |

  8. Volunteer with Friends of McGinnis Park  |

  9. F-35 Aircraft Public Comment Period Ending Friday and the City Council's Resolution |

  10. Quick Madison Water Utility Poll |

  11. City of Madison Seeks Nominations for Next Poet Laureate |

  12. City Meetings |

  13. Calendar


1. Tomorrow: Meet Your Mayor

Cool Beans Coffee Cafe
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 4:30 pm 
1748 Eagan Road 
Grab a cup of coffee or tea with Mayor Satya and Alders Samba Baldeh and Lindsay Lemmer.



2. Tomorrow: Bus Rapid Transit Meeting 

Attend a brief presentation and open house to learn more about the draft recommended routes and station locations.

Meeting Details
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning Study Public Meeting #4
Presentation and Open House
Thursday, September 26, 6 - 8 pm
Madison College - Truax
1701 Wright St.

In addition to the exhibits previously presented at the August 29 Public Meeting at the Senior Center, new exhibits will be shared illustrating a variety of BRT station types and transit amenities. Please attend and share your input.

About BRT

BRT uses modern stations, larger specialized buses, dedicated lanes where feasible, and other enhancements to provide fast and affordable service to jobs, entertainment, and schools. BRT will complement existing Metro Transit routes and be our city's next big step toward a more sustainable local transit system.

More information at


3. Join the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Board

RMNA Collage

Help improve your neighborhood, get to know your neighbors, plan fun events, and give back to your community.

There are open positions on the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association board, including Vice President and two at-large board positions. 

Want to learn more or express your interest in joining? Send an email to


4. Help Plan Portland Park 

City staff have begun a master planning process to guide future programming and development for Portland Park, beginning with a public input meeting that was held on September 11.

Parks staff are seeking comments and ideas from the surrounding neighborhood regarding the future of the park, and will be holding at least one more public input meeting and have launched a community survey. Once the master plan has been developed, incorporating input from the neighborhood, the plan will go to the Board of Park Commissioners for approval.

Community Survey

As part of the master planning process, Parks is issuing a community survey to residents. Paper copies are being mailed to residents within approximately a 1/4 mile radius of the park and an online version is available. Please note that the survey will close on 10/9/19 at 12 pm.

Take a look at the results, as well as agenda and content from the September 11 meeting:
Public Input Meeting One
Portland Park Meeting 1 Agenda PDF
Portland Park Meeting 1 Presentation PDF
Portland Park Planning Exercise Results PDF

View the Project Page


5. Kwik Trip Plans Move Forward

kwik trip rendering

Kwik Trip's new location at the corner of Sprecher and Cottage Grove Roads was approved at the Monday, Sept. 16 Plan Commission Meeting. Update: find the project files here.

Construction of the Kwik Trip is anticipated to begin in March 2020, with construction of Kilpatrick Lane east of Sprecher, and New Sprecher Road from Wyalusing to Cottage Grove Road beginning before that. 

Traffic concerns were discussed at the meeting and the project currently includes:

  • On Sprecher Road: Adding a left turn lane southbound, turning left onto the new extension of Kilpatrick Lane 

  • On Cottage Grove Road: Adding a left turn lane northbound into New Sprecher Road

  • Additionally, traffic engineering is reviewing this intersection to evaluate traffic calming options. 

Kwik Trip Rendering 2

Kwik Trip location



Kwik Trip Map 3

6. Fall Leaves/Yard Waste Collection Begins Monday

The City of Madison Streets Division will begin curbside leaf and yard waste collection for the fall on Monday, September 30.

Yard waste includes:

- Leaves, weeds, garden trimmings, and other leafy plant debris.
- Twigs less than 18" long.
- Pumpkins, crab apples, pine cones, etc.

How to prepare:

Do not place leaves and yard waste in the street. Pile leaves and yard waste on the terrace or at the road edge.

Keep piles four feet from obstructions, such as utility poles and fire hydrants.

Do not mix brush and yard waste together. These are separate collection operations and they are processed differently. Yard waste piles mixed with brush will not be collected.

Yard waste and leaves can be piled loose on the terrace or road edge. Residents can place a tarp over the leaf piles to prevent them from blowing into the street.

Residents can also use in compostable paper lawn bags, or plastic bags, to prevent leaves and yard waste from blowing into the street. Compostable paper bags are easier for crews to collect, so if you elect to bag leaves please choose the large paper bags that are available at most major retailers. While plastic bags will work, but crews may need to slit the bags open to dump out the leaves. And they need to leave the plastic bags behind at the curb since there is not room in their trucks for empty bags.  All bags should be left open at the top so crews can identify their contents.

Find out when pick up will happen:

Option 1: View the Map

Go to the Streets Division's yard waste website,, and click the " Pickup Schedule" button.

The button links to an interactive map of Madison that shows crews are working, and which neighborhoods should place yard waste out for pickup.

Once on the map page, enter your address into the top left corner. This will zoom the map into your immediate area.

If your neighborhood is shaded green for "Pickup Pending," you should get yard waste out for collection because crews will be around soon to pick up what is out.

The online map is updated at the end of each workday.  Residents who use the map should check it regularly to learn when to place material out for collection.

Option 2: Call the Hotline

A recorded hotline is available to hear collection time estimates to determine when to place yard waste to the curb. The recording also details leaf and yard waste collection rules. The number is 608-267-2088. The hotline is updated weekly.

How many collections are there?

The Streets Division has a goal to provide each residence at least three collection opportunities in the fall, depending on what weather conditions allow.

When collection begins on Monday, September 30, crews will continue to cycle through the city again and again until winter weather requires crews to move to snow and ice control operations.

In order for residents not to miss their collection opportunities, it is important that they monitor the Collection Schedule map or call the collection hotline to be sure material is curbside in time for pickup.

Keep leaves out of the street

Leaves and yard waste contain phosphorus. When it rains, water flows through leaf piles in streets creating a phosphorus rich "leaf tea" that travels through storm drains to our lakes. The excess phosphorus leads to toxic algae blooms, low oxygen levels, and green murky water in our lakes - none of which are good for animals living in the water or those who use our lakes for recreation.

Plus, leaf and yard waste piles can wash into the storm drains and clog them, which can lead to street ponding.

Drop-off Sites

In addition to using the curbside collection service, Madison residents can bring their leaves and yard waste to any of the three yard waste drop-off sites.

The sites are open seven days a week from 8:30am to 4:30pm and until 8:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those hours will remain in effect until Sunday, December 8.

The yard waste sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd on the southwest side, 4602 Sycamore Ave on the east side, and 402 South Point Rd. on the far west side.  The drop-off sites are for Madison residents only, and proof of residency is required in order to use the site.

For more...

Residents can consult this brief guide about other ways to protect our lakes by keeping the streets leaf-free.

The Ripple Effects website has detailed information about leaf management and other important storm water issues.  On the Ripple Effects website, you can sign up to receive text or email alerts on when the street gutter should be raked in advance of a rainstorm to prevent a releasing nutrients into the storm water system.

Residents can also go to the Streets Division yard waste website, Collection rules, the pickup schedule map, and a short video about the yard waste collection process can all be found there.

Residents can contact the Streets Division office that services their neighborhood to answer questions they may have about yard waste collection and the drop-off sites.  Residents east of S. Park Street, and that includes the isthmus, can call the east side Streets Division at 608-246-4532 and residents west of S. Park Street can call the west side Streets Division at 608-266-4681.

Additional information regarding leaf and yard waste collection, the drop-off sites, and other solid waste services can be found on the Streets Division website,

7. Street Closure - South Stoughton Service Road (West) 

The South Stoughton Road Service Road (West) at the intersection of Buckeye Road will be fully closed to all traffic between 7:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m., each day, from Tuesday, September 24 through Thursday, September 26 for storm sewer and concrete work.  Each day at 4:00 p.m., the intersection will be open to allow southbound traffic on the service road from Buckeye Road only. Northbound traffic on the service road will remain closed at the Buckeye Road intersection at all times until approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4.

This closure is in addition to the current closure of Buckeye Road for reconstruction.  More information about that project can be found here:

8. Volunteer with Friends of McGinnis Park 

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

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. 

9. F-35 Aircraft Public Comment Period Ending Friday and the City Council's Resolution

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me about F-35s. 

The public comment period for the F-35s ends this Friday, September 27. Please submit your comments via the Air National Guard's official public comment channels at your earliest opportunity.

There has been a lot of information shared about the plan, so I want to be clear about the process. 

  • The city does NOT decide whether the F-35s will come to Madison; this is a federal decision. There was a resolution passed at last week's City Council meeting on F-35s and this resolution counts as a public comment.

  • Air Force representatives who spoke to the Council said that the continuation of the Truax base isn't necessarily dependent on receiving F-35s, and that they may also get newer F-16s or drones.

  • The City Council resolution asked for this location to be reconsidered unless the impacts described in the draft Environmental Impact Statement are found to be overestimated.

  • The final Environmental Impact Statement is expected in January 2020.

  • The original resolution, alternate, and history of this resolution can be found here.

Based on the draft Environmental Impact Statement, the city's analysis of this report, what I heard from our district, and the voices of those in the areas that would be most impacted, I supported the original resolution introduced by Alders Foster, Kemble, Abbas, Heck and Evers and was one of the 16 alders who ultimately voted to pass the amended alternate resolution. 

I heard many different perspectives from our district, and I want you to know that I have deep respect for those serving our country and risking their lives for our freedoms. The history of the 115th Fighter Wing is an inspiration and we all benefit from the extensive economic benefits the they bring to our city, and the fire and emergency services they provide from which we all benefit due to lower taxes. 

I am proud to be your alder and this was not an easy choice. I respect the numerous, passionate perspectives on this topic that exist in our district.

The final Environmental Impact Statement is expected in January 2020 and I will share updates on this as I receive them.

10. Quick Madison Water Utility Poll

Madison Water Utility wants to engage their customers to better understand which incentives would be most effective in increasing water use efficiency still further. MWU is working with the WaterNow Alliance, in partnership with the online polling platform POLCO , to maximize public engagement. Madison Water Utility is a 2019 recipient of a WaterNow Project Accelerator grant.

Complete the poll

11. City of Madison Seeks Nominations for Next Poet Laureate

Poets Laureates generously share their love of poetry with our city, create occasional poems for specific civic events, and they participate in and help sustain poetry programs for the City of Madison.

Madison boasts of having been one of the first cities in our nation to have a poet laureate. John Tuschen was appointed by Paul Soglin in 1977. Five poets have served following him including Andrea Musher, Fabu, Sarah Busse, Wendy Vardaman, and Oscar Mireles.

After completing four years of service as Madison Poet Laureate, Oscar Mireles will soon pass the torch. Before the end of the year, the Madison Arts Commission will review nominations and make a recommendation to the Mayor's Office. On January 20, 2020 a new Poet Laureate, appointed by Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, will begin their term.

Any poet that wishes to self-nominate or any organization or member of the community that wishes to nominate a poet for the position of Madison's next Poet Laureate may submit an application for consideration.

Poets Laureate are selected based on their involvement and commitment to the community, literary excellence and continued pursuit of the craft.

Apply by Friday, September 27


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