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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 December 14, 2019

December 14, 2019 8:55 PM

  1. Share your thoughts about the police work in your neighborhood

  2. Ice skating in your neighborhood

  3. What should go in the Galaxy Park playground? 

  4. Pinney Library opening set for March 12, 2020

  5. Watch the Common Council and many other meetings online

  6. How city government could look different

  7. Pet license renewal time is here

  8. Property tax bills are on the way

  9. Top 5 online cybersecurity holiday tips

  10. City meetings schedule

1. Share your thoughts about the police work in your neighborhood

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The survey is confidential; your individual responses will not be revealed to the department, or any other agency or organization.

Survey closes on December 15, please complete at your earliest convenience.

Complete the survey. 

2. Ice skating in your neighborhood

a pair of ice skates

Can you help maintain the Heritage Heights Ice Rink this winter? This rink is perfect whether you're just learning to skate or a recreational skater hoping to get more comfortable on the ice.

This is one of eight rinks maintained through the City's Adopt Ice Partnership. In order to have an ice rink at Heritage Heights Park this winter, we need volunteers to maintain the rink through snow removal and in many instances flooding the rink with water.

If you may be interested, please email Lisa Laschinger ( and include me (  


3. What should go in the Galaxy Park playground?

Map location of Galaxy Park

The City of Madison Parks Division is installing a playground at Galaxy Park  (Jackson Quarry Lane and Milky Way) this coming year, and they want your input.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Fire Station #13, Community Room
6350 Town Center Dr.
Madison, WI 53718

Staff will present two playground concepts based on feedback received at the November workshop held on this topic.

All questions and comments regarding this workshop should be directed to Sarah Close, Landscape Architect at or (608) 263-6850.

The first opportunity for input from the neighborhood was a playground workshop held with two other neighborhoods in November. At this meeting City staff presented the Madison Parks playground input process, provided background on Madison's playgrounds, and sought input from the neighborhood on each individual park playground.

Materials from that meeting:

Additional information on park projects.

4. Pinney Library Opening Set for March 12, 2020

exterior rendering of new Pinney Library

Pinney Library will close in its interim location at 211 Cottage Grove Rd. on Feb. 16, 2020, and reopen at the new library at 516 Cottage Grove Rd. on March 12

The library will remain closed during the move to the new library, and will reopen with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and resumption of regular service hours.  A Grand Opening weekend will follow on March 14 (9am-5pm) and March 15 (1-5pm). 

During the closure, items normally held for customers at the Pinney Library will move to the Hawthorne Library at 2707 East Washington Ave. 

The new Pinney Library at Royster Corners features expanded seating and meeting spaces; improved spaces for children and teens, including a PlayLab space for young children ages 0-5; an outdoor space for events and programs; updated technology; a Studio for hands-on maker projects; a quiet reading area; permanent public art installations and temporary display space; and a drive-through book drop. The library will be a model building for sustainability, seeking LEED Silver certification achieved through energy efficiency measures, including geothermal energy, and use of energy efficient lighting an mechanical systems.

5. Watch the Common Council and many other meetings online

Video graphic for Council meetings

Did you know that you can watch Common Council meetings, Plan Commission meetings, and many other public meetings on your computer? Madison City Channel streams many public meetings so you can watch remotely.

Learn more and watch.


6. How city government could look different

tfogs report cover

In September 2017, the Common Council created the 11-member Task Force on the Structure of City Government ("TFOGS" or "Task Force") to consider issues related to the powers and duties of the City's Common Council, Mayor's Office, and Boards, Commissions, and Committees. The Council directed the TFOGS to examine these issues through a specific lens: whether the City's current government structure ensures that municipal decision-makers are representative of and accountable to all of the City's residents, not just to those who have the time, resources, and knowledge to actively participate in the City's current government structure. Of concern to the Council at the time it created the TFOGS was whether the City's current government structure adequately represents people of color and those living with lower incomes. The Task Force believes that the City's current government structure gets in the way of full participation and representation and, therefore, that the City's structure is fundamentally unfair to a large portion of the City's population, including, most notably, the City's residents of color and low income. 

Recommendations include moving to a full-time rather than part-time council, establishing term limits, and a restructuring of our board, committee, commission system.

You can find the complete final report here


7. Pet license renewal time is here 

Lindsay's dog and cat

Public Health Madison & Dane County is reminding residents to purchase their annual pet licenses. The 2020 pet license year runs from January 1 to December 31. In Madison and in Dane County, it is the law that all dogs five months and older be licensed. In Madison and many cities and villages in Dane County, cats must also be licensed. More information in English here and in Spanish here.

To get a dog or cat license in Madison, visit the Public Health website. Dog owners who license their pet are able to purchase a dog park permit to enjoy the 17 off-leash dog parks in Madison and Dane County.

8. Property Tax Bills are on the way

city treasurer logo

The City of Madison Treasurer's Office is now accepting 2019 property tax payments. 2019 property tax bills have been mailed and are now available online here.

As mentioned on the Treasurer's Office tax payment website, there are several methods of payment. 

All tax payments postmarked on or before December 31, 2019 will be processed as having been paid in 2019.


9. Top 5 online cybersecurity holiday tips

ornaments and tree

  1.  Avoid using public Wi-Fi for online shopping. Public Wi-Fi networks can be very dangerous, especially during the holiday season. Public Wi-Fi networks are easy to spoof, potentially granting hackers access to your private information (usernames, passwords, texts, emails, credit card numbers, etc.). Verify the public Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity before connecting.

  2. Look for the lock symbol on websites. The lock symbol and URLs beginning with "https" indicate that the website uses encryption to protect your data. The lock may appear in the URL bar, or elsewhere in your browser.

  3. Do product research. If the deal is too good to be true, then it may be a scam. Research the product from multiple retailers to get a sense of the product's average cost. Check out Reseller Ratings for company reviews and customer experiences.

  4. Ask about single-use credit card numbers. Many banks are now offering a single-use credit card number for online shopping. If the credit card number becomes exposed, is cannot be used again. Check with your bank or credit card company to see if this is an option for you.

  5. Keep your computer secure. Keep your computer as clean and secure as possible for online shopping by updating your anti-virus software and applying the suggested software patches. Never save usernames, passwords or credit card information in your browser and periodically clear your offline content, cookies and history.

10. City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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