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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 January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020 7:18 PM

1. Today's snow emergency

2. Monday: 35th Annual Madison and Dane County King Holiday Observance

3. No refuse, recycling, or drop-off services on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

4. Last chance for Christmas Tree collection starts Tuesday

5. What should go in the Galaxy Park playground?

6. Speed humps on Meadowlark Drive

7. City View Liquor granted alcohol license at last week's ALRC meeting

1. Today's snow emergency

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency today (January 18, 2020).

Streets Division vehicles continue to work on the roads

Citywide plowing operations began at 10am today. Plowing operations should take between 12 and 16 hours.

You may encounter temporary mounds of snow across intersections. This is a normal part of plowing as trucks loop through neighborhoods trying to push snow back to the curb on all city streets.

150 Streets Division plows and other heavy equipment have been circling through the salt routes since the storm began yesterday evening. Crews will remain on the salt routes until they are in good winter driving condition. After streets that do not receive salt have been plowed, there will be a thin, tightly compacted layer of snow still left on the roads. This is normal. Plow trucks cannot push down to the road surface. Roads that are salted are often clear to the pavement (depending on temperatures) while non-salted streets have the layer of snow. Sand will be applied later to help with traction on residential streets.

Streets Division staff will continue monitoring the roads and the weather. Adjustments to operations will occur as conditions change and future updates will be provided.

Alternate side parking rules remain in effect

Following alternate side parking keeps the roads open, wide, and safe for all roadway users – cars, bicycles, emergency vehicles, refuse/recycling collection, and so on. 

Between 1-7 am, vehicles should be parked on the even/odd side of the street, corresponding to the date. All daytime and signed parking restrictions will be enforced. 

You can park for no charge in the City ramps from 9 pm-7 am. If you enter before 9 pm or leave after 7 am you are liable for any parking charges before 9 pm and from 7am until the time you leave.

Violations are punishable by a $60 fine, and violators could also be towed.

Snow emergency, plowing, and general winter information can be found at An additional source of winter parking information is the winter parking hotline: 608-261-9111.

2. Monday: 35th Annual Madison and Dane County King Holiday Observance

Keynote speech by Joyce Ann Ladner, civil rights activist, author, civil servant and sociologist
Hosted by the King Coalition on behalf of the City of Madison and Dane County

photo of Joyce Ladner

Monday, January 20
Overture Center, Capitol Theater
5 pm freedom songs, 6 pm program

The King Coalition welcomes Joyce Ladner as keynote speaker for the 35th annual King Holiday Observance.

Joyce Ladner's life has been shaped through her first-hand involvement with the civil rights movement in Mississippi, including her work as a staff member alongside Bayard Rustin and other civil rights leaders that organized the March on Washington in 1963. As a teenager, she helped organize an NAACP Youth Chapter in her hometown, she was expelled from college for organizing a civil rights protest, and she was jailed for attempting to integrate an all-white church. She was a friend and worked with slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, as well as civil rights pioneers Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker. As a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), she was on the front lines of most of the major civil rights protests of the sixties. She was on the stage when Dr. Martin Luther King delivered the "I Have A Dream" speech. An eminent sociologist, she was a pioneer in the study of the intersectionality of race, gender and class. Her book, Tomorrow's Tomorrow: The Black Woman was the first book published in African American Women's Studies and is now an American classic.

3. No refuse, recycling, or drop-off services on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday. Those with Monday pickup should instead place their carts to the curb for collection by 7 am on Tuesday, January 21. 

4. Last chance for Christmas Tree collection starts Tuesday

The Streets Division will begin the final round of Christmas tree collection on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. 

Trees set out late may not be collected until the regular brush collection begins in the spring. Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands, and boughs will not be collected with Christmas trees. Place these into the refuse container for disposal.

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, plastic, 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.

Trees must be placed at the public road edge, and must be accessible by collection crews.

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.

Public Input Meeting
Tuesday, January 21, 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.

Meeting materials:

Additional information on park projects.

6. Speed humps on Meadowlark Drive

A proposal to install three speed humps on Meadowlark Drive will be reviewed at the Transportation Commission meeting this Wednesday, January 22 at 5 pm in Room 215 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. If this is approved at that meeting, residents of Meadowlark Drive will be mailed a survey for their approval of the speed humps. 

Installation of the speed humps requires 60 percent of the completed surveys to be in support of them.  

meadowlark speed humps 2020 proposal

7. City View Liquor granted alcohol license at last week's ALRC meeting

City View Liquor, at 6420 Cottage Grove Road, is transitioning to new ownership, and thus was required to reapply for their alcohol license. The new owner, Herbert Taylor, has indicated that no changes are being made to the store's operations. 

At last Wednesday, January 15's Alcohol License Review Committee meeting, their application for a Class A Beer and Liquor license was reviewed and approved. 

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