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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

Updates January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020 5:09 PM

  1. Our neighbor, Angie Vasquez, is Madison's new Poet Laureate

  2. Tuesday: Meeting on Highway 30 improvements

  3. New coffee shop coming to Grandview Commons

  4. Report snow problems

  5. Meadowlands development requests design approvals on Wednesday

  6. Veridian proposes changing plans for 4-unit homes to twin homes

  7. The 2020 Census is coming in March

  8. City meetings schedule

1. Our neighbor, Angie Vasquez, is Madison's new Poet Laureate

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Rolling Meadows resident Angela Trudell Vasquez has been appointed to serve as the next Poet Laureate for the City of Madison. She will hold the volunteer position until January 16, 2022.

The Madison Arts Commission reviewed all the nominations for Poet Laureate at their October 2019 meeting and made their recommendation based on her productivity as a public poet, community and youth education, as well as her literary accomplishments.

Trudell Vasquez is a third generation Mexican-American Iowan, completed an undergraduate degree at Drake University, and received her MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has built strong connections with the poetry community in Milwaukee while living there, and is building a similar community here in Madison.

"It is clear that Angela Trudell Vasquez will be a great advocate for poetry in Madison and will put her own mark on the Poet Laureate Program," said Madison Arts Commission chairperson, Kia Karlen. She added, "Angie is developing deep roots in Madison and has demonstrated her commitment to our community, but she also brings with her rich perspectives from other areas of the midwest and south-west. Her artistic vision and her regional and national relationships will help enrich and expand Madison's poetry scene while inviting new voices into our local poetry community."

Her first reading as Madison Poet Laureate will be February 6, 6 pm at A Room of One's Own Bookstore, 315 W Gorham St., Madison WI 53703. The reading is free and open to the public.

You can see her interviewed on Channel 3 this Sunday, January 26, at 10:30 am. She will be reading the poem "Wheel Kids" which is for our neighborhood children.

The cover of her most recent book, In Light, Always Light, is of Hiestand Park. According to Ms. Trudell Vasquez, she edited many poems there and people in our neighborhood make appearances throughout the pages.

2.  Tuesday: Meeting on Highway 30 improvements

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is hosting a meeting to provide information and seek input on the rehabilitation of WIS 30 between Fair Oaks Avenue and the WIS 30/I-39/90/94 interchange. The meeting is from 6-7:30 pm with a presentation beginning at 6:30, and you are welcome to arrive anytime within that window.

WIS 30 Rehabilitation Project Meeting
Tuesday, January 28, 6-7:30 pm (presentation begins at 6:30 pm)
Hawthorne Elementary School Cafeteria
3344 Concord Avenue, Madison, WI  53714

If you have questions, please contact the project director, Alex Hagen, PE at or 608-246-3830.

3. New coffee shop coming to Grandview Commons

According to owner Abby Padlock, her coffee shop Twisted Grounds will be opening its doors in Grandview Commons in April. 

Padlock says Twisted Grounds will be a cozy place you can comfortably come alone or with friends to enjoy a latte or glass of wine. The coffee shop will include an outdoor seating area and have a full food menu too.

Watch for updates about Twisted Grounds at They are currently hiring baristas. Send a message to the Facebook page if you're interested in applying. 

4. Report snow problems

The city has this online form for reporting problems with snow or ice removal.

5. Meadowlands development goes back to Urban Design Commission for design approvals on Wednesday

The Meadowlands Multi-Family Residences project goes back to the Urban Design Commission this Wednesday, January 29 seeking final design approval. If you have design-specific input you would like the them to consider, you can email it in advance to Janine Glaeser at for the commissioners to review, or attend Wednesday's meeting to provide your thoughts in person for consideration. The meeting begins at 4:30 pm at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 153.

Current design plans and project history can be found here. 

6. Veridian proposes changing plans for 4-unit buildings to twin homes

Veridian will be going to Plan Commission on February 10 to seek approval for a change to previously approved plans for a portion of north Grandview Commons. They seek to change plans for four-unit buildings on Driscoll Drive to instead be twin homes. The amendment Veridian is seeking would re-designate these lots from 32 rental units in 7 four-unit buildings to 24 condominium twin home units in 12 buildings. See a graphic representation of the proposed change below.

If you have feedback on this change request, please email Colin Punt in City Planning at or myself at


current plan

proposed layout

7. The 2020 Census is coming in March

The census is a count of all people living in the United States mandated by the Constitution to occur every ten years. 2020 is the first time that households will receive a letter invitation to reply online. People will also be able to reply via smartphone, phone, or paper form. The census usually takes ten minutes or less to fill out for a household. Non-responding households will be visited by Census Bureau personnel starting in May to answer census questions in person. 

The census count affects state and federal funding for our community over the next decade. Distribution of $675 billion of annual federal funding is tied to data gathered in the census. Every person not counted could lead to a loss of $2,000 per year for affordable housing, childcare, health care, education, transit, roads, and more. Madison needs a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the city in order to receive its fair share of federal funding. Documented or undocumented people, infants, children, teens, UW students – if you and your family live in Madison, make sure you are counted in Madison.  

The census is also important for representation. The population count is used to draw boundaries for aldermanic districts, county board districts, state assembly and senate districts, and federal house of representatives districts. An undercount in a certain area can lead to underrepresentation for the next ten years. 

Responses to the 2020 Census are confidential. Census Bureau staff are prohibited by law from sharing personal information with law enforcement, governmental agencies, landlords, credit agencies, or anyone else outside of the Bureau. The 2020 Census will not ask about citizenship or immigration status. 

The City is actively publicizing the importance of the 2020 Census through a variety of channels, but needs your help. Visit to find out more about what the City is doing and learn about 2020 Census events and updates, or visit for more from the Census Bureau. The City of Madison wants to ensure all residents are counted - help shape our future by completing the Census next year.

8. City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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