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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 30, 2019

December 30, 2019 9:04 PM

Hello everyone,

Please find some quick updates and reminders below. I hope you have a Happy New Year! I wish you the best in 2020. 


  1. Snow is here, drive safe

  2. Have your Christmas Tree collected

  3. Free Metro rides on New Year's Eve starting at 7pm

  4. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day refuse and recycling schedule

  5. What should go in the Galaxy Park playground?

  6. Friday: City View Liquor Alcohol License informational meeting

  7. Pinney Library opening set for March 12, 2020

  8. City meetings

1. Snow is here, drive safe

The Streets Division has deployed 32 trucks to spread salt and plow the main thoroughfares of Madison. The streets to be salted and plowed are Metro Bus routes, roads around schools and hospitals, and other critical roadways. The salt routes make up just shy of 50% of all traffic lanes of Madison. Four additional trucks will be deployed to apply sand to residential hills, curves, and intersections to provide roadway users additional traction. 

The total deployment of 36 trucks will be working into the morning.

Residential streets are likely to be slippery tonight and throughout New Year's Eve. Roadway users must be alert and cautious throughout their holiday celebrations. Some of the initial snowfall may melt, and then freeze to the road as temperatures drop, creating icy areas. The Streets Division will be applying sand as needed, but slick places may persist.

The Streets Division plows every street in the City of Madison when there are three or more inches of snow accumulated on the roads and the storm is at or near its end. Forecasts do not show this storm producing that much snow for our roads – though the Streets Division will be watching conditions carefully. Future updates will be provided as conditions and operations change.


2. Have your Christmas Tree collected

The invasive species found on trees sold in Wisconsin will not affect curbside collection procedures

The Streets Division provides two rounds of curbside collection for Christmas trees.  The first round will begin on January 2, 2020 with the second and final round beginning on January 21.

Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands, and boughs will not be collected alongside Christmas trees. These items contain wires or metal that can damage wood chipping equipment.  These should be placed into the refuse for disposal.

Residents who wish to have their trees collected at the curb should follow the below guidelines in order to guarantee their trees are picked up.

The Rules for Christmas Tree Collection

  • Failure to follow the below list of rules may result in the tree not being collected.
  • Remove all tree stands regardless if they are metal or wood.
  • Remove all tree decorations such as lights, ornaments, or other metal objects.
  • Remove any tree bags, and any other foreign object.

The above listed items may damage the wood chipping equipment used to process collected trees, so they must be removed.

Where to Place Your Tree for Collection

Trees must be placed on the terrace or the road edge, and must be accessible by collection crews.

When to Place Your Tree for Collection

The Streets Division performs two rounds of Christmas tree collection.

Round One Information -  January 2, 2020

Residents who wish to have their tree picked up during the first round should have their tree to the curb by 7 am on January 2. 

Trees set to the curb at this time will likely be collected prior to January 17, 2020, depending on weather conditions and crew availability.

If you place the trees to the curb after January 2, the tree may not be collected until the second round.

Round Two Information - January 21, 2020

Residents who wish to have their tree collected at the curb and did not take advantage of the first round must have their tree to the curb by 7 am on January 21.

Trees set to the curb before 7 am on January 21 will likely be collected prior to February 7, 2020 depending on weather conditions and crew availability.

Trees set to the curb after 7 am. January 21 may not be picked up until the start of the regular brush collection services that will begin in the spring.

If the trees become buried with snow and ice while awaiting collection at the curb, residents are asked to dig out the trees so they are accessible to the crews.

Drop-off Sites

Madison residents may also bring their Christmas trees to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites. The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and at 4602 Sycamore Ave. on the east side. The drop-off sites are open from 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday.

What about the Invasive Species?

The Wisconsin Department of Trade, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) issued a notice about an invasive species found in some holiday greenery this season, including Christmas trees.

This invasive species will not affect how the Streets Division collects Christmas trees from the curb or the drop-off sites. The invasive species does not alter the steps residents should follow to have their tree picked up, either.

To prevent further spread of the invasive, DATCP recommends that residents do not compost infested trees or place infested trees in forested areas.

More information about this invasive species (the elongate hemlock scale) can be found on the DATCP release or by contacting the Department of Trade, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection.

Additional Information on Tree Collection

Additional information regarding tree collection, and other winter-related city operations, can be found on the City of Madison's Winter website,

3. Free Metro rides on New Year's Eve starting at 7pm

Metro Transit and the Tavern League of Wisconsin's Safe Ride Program offer free rides on New Year's Eve starting at 7 pm. Buses follow regular weekday schedules with extended service until approximately 3:30 am.

Extended Service Schedule PDF  (PDF)

Plan your trip on Google Maps

New Year's Eve free rides are sponsored by The Tavern League of Wisconsin's SafeRide Program. For more information, contact the Metro customer service center at (608) 266-4466 or

Complete Free Ride Information here.



4. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Refuse & Recycling Schedule

New Year's Eve Operations – Shortened Hours

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 the Streets Division will perform regularly scheduled refuse and recycling collection. The drop-off sites will also be open, but for limited hours.

Residents with a Tuesday collection day must have their carts to the curb by 7 am on December 31. The Streets Division hopes to conclude curbside collection of refuse and recycling by 11 am on December 31. 

Since additional personnel will be needed for refuse and recycling collections on New Year's Eve, other curbside collections, like large item pickup, may be temporarily delayed. The drop-off sites ate 4602 Sycamore Ave and 1501 W. Badger Rd will also close for the day at 11 a.m. on New Year's Eve.

New Year's Day Operations

There will be no refuse, recycling, or large item collection on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of New Year's Day. The drop-off sites will also be closed. 

Streets Division Operations – Thursday, January 2

Madison residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Wednesdays should instead place their carts to the curb for collection by 7 am on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Carts set out late may not be collected. 

Residents with refuse and recycling scheduled for Thursdays will also be collected on Jan. 2, and the collection carts must be out for pickup by 7 am. Carts set out late may not be collected. Large item collection and other services may be delayed since crews will be diverted from these tasks to assist with the collection of refuse and recycling.

Drop-off Site Information

The City of Madison drop-off sites will be open the following hours:

  • December 31, Tuesday - 7:30 am to 11 am
  • January 1, Wednesday - Closed
  • January 2, Thursday - 7:30 am to 3 pm
  • January 3, Friday -  7:30 am to 3 pm

The drop-off sites are where Madison residents can recycle all the cardboard and wrapping paper that will not fit into the recycling carts at home and many other items. The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and 4602 Sycamore Ave on the east side.

The drop-off sites are currently on winter hours. The Badger and Sycamore sites are open 7:30 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday, except on city-observed holidays. Winter hours will remain in effect until April 4, 2020.

More information regarding the Streets Division's recycling and solid waste services can be found here.

5. 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 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 on November 7, 2019 at Elvehjem Library. 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.

6. City View Liquor Alcohol License Informational Meeting 

City View Liquor, at 6420 Cottage Grove Road, is transitioning to new ownership and for that reason, must reapply for their alcohol license. 

You are invited to attend an informational session about their application for a Class A Beer and Liquor license on Friday, January 3, at City View Liquor.

There are no changes planned for the store or the type of alcohol license they hold. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

City View Liquor Alcohol License Informational Meeting
Friday, January 3, 4-6 pm
6420 Cottage Grove Road
Madison, WI  53718

If you are unable to attend, you can email me with your thoughts and input or consider attending the January 15 Alcohol Licensing Review Committee meeting where they will consider the City View Liquor application.

7. Pinney Library Opening Set for March 12, 2020

exterior rendering of the 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 Road 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.

8. City Meetings

Due to the holidays there are no official city meetings scheduled until Monday, January 6.

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