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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 February 9, 2020

February 9, 2020 9:55 PM

  1. Tonight's Snow Emergency |

  2. Cancelled---Neighborhood Meeting: Summit Credit Union Moves |

  3. Reminder: At Plan Commission tomorrow: Veridian proposes changing plans for 4-unit homes to twin homes |

  4. Person with Coronavirus Confirmed in Dane County |

  5. Public Safety Forum Wednesday, February 19 |

  6. Pinney Library closing for 4 weeks to move |

  7. Sprecher East: Blasting happening at the future Kwik Trip site |

  8. Wednesday: Attend a public meeting on PFAs in Starkweather Creek |

  9. February 22: Hear our neighbor and Madison's Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez |

  10. Report snow problems |

  11. City meetings schedule |


1. Tonight's Snow Emergency

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. Citywide plowing operations will begin at 10 pm tonight. 

Plowing takes 12 to 16 hours to complete. Madison has nearly 1,800 miles of traffic lanes that need to be plowed, and it just takes a long time to get to them all.

Alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the entire City of Madison. For more information about the rules for winter parking, visit the City of Madison Winter website, An additional source of winter parking information is the winter parking hotline: 608-261-9111. 

2. Cancelled! Summit Credit Union Public Meeting

I've been notified by Summit Credit Union that they must cancel the neighborhood meeting scheduled for Monday, February 17, where they were going to present plans to move from their current location at 6420 Cottage Grove Road to across Sprecher Road, next to the future Kwik Trip. They are making changes to their building design plans. They anticipate wanting to reschedule the public meeting to be in a couple of months and to go through the city approvals process shortly thereafter. 

3. Reminder: At Plan Commission tomorrow, Veridian proposes changing plans for 4-unit homes to twin homes

A reminder that Veridian will be going to Plan Commission tomorrow, 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


Driscoll Drive previous plan

Proposed revision:

Proposed Revision

4. Person with Coronavirus confirmed in Dane County, risk to Dane County residents remains low

Last week, the Wisconsin Department Health Services announced there is a person with coronavirus in Wisconsin. That person resides in Dane County. The individual recently returned from China and went immediately from the airport to UW Hospital and Clinics. They were tested for coronavirus and have been isolated at home since then. The individual is doing well. They are still in isolation at home and will remain there until testing shows they no longer have coronavirus.

"For the past month, we have been preparing for a confirmed case of coronavirus with our state and local health care partners. We are continuing to work closely with them to monitor and respond to the situation," says Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County. "A person's chances of getting sick from coronavirus in Dane County remain low."

There are steps everyone can take to stay healthy during cold and flu season. These include getting a flu vaccine, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home when sick, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, visit the CDC's coronavirus webpage, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website , or the Public Health Madison & Dane County coronavirus page.

5. East Police District public safety forum

Downloadable flyer

Join East Police District Alders for an engaging conversation with your East Police District neighbors, and hear from East Police District Captain Cory Nelson and Deputy Mayor Cam McLay.

East Police District Forum: What does public safety mean to you?
A conversation led by Local Voices Network
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30--8 pm
Sennett Middle School, 502 Pflaum Rd, Madison, WI 53716
Please register to attend: 

Conversations will be led and facilitated by the Local Voices Network. These conversations will be recorded, but will be kept anonymous. As a participant in this conversation, you are providing consent to Cortico, the operator of the Local Voices Network, to use the recording in accordance with its mission of fostering conversations in communities and in the media that improve our understanding of one another. 

6. Pinney Library closing for 4 weeks to move

play lab

Photo of the Play Lab at the new Pinney Library under construction. More photos.

Madison Public Library's Pinney Library, currently located at an interim space at 211 Cottage Grove Rd., will close to the public on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 5 pm. The library will remain closed during the move to the new library on 516 Cottage Grove Rd., and will reopen to the public on Thursday, March 12 at 11 am with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and resumption of regular service hours. A grand opening weekend will follow on March 14 (9 am - 5 pm) and March 15 (1-5 pm).

Service details for library customers

On closing day (Feb. 16 at 5 pm)

  • Book drop at 211 Cottage Grove Rd. will close permanently on Feb. 16 at 5 pm, when the library closes.

  • Items on hold for customers at Pinney Library will be moved to Hawthorne Library (2707 E. Washington Ave.) and be available for pickup Monday, Feb. 17 at 10 am

While the Pinney Library is closed (Feb. 16, 5 pm - March 12, 11 am)

  • Items checked out from Pinney Library should be returned to other libraries during this time. Nearest libraries are Hawthorne Library (2707 E. Washington Ave.) and Monona Public Library (1000 Nichols Rd.)

  • Book drops at both temporary Pinney Library (211 Cottage Grove Rd.) and new Pinney Library (516 Cottage Grove Rd.) will be closed.

On opening day (March 12 at 11 am)

  • Phone service begins at noon on March 12.

  • Official ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 11 am. Library will open for service when ceremony is complete.

  • Holds for Pinney patrons will be moved to Pinney Library on Mar. 12 and be available at noon.

7. Sprecher East: Blasting this week at the future Kwik Trip site 

Blasting at the future Kwik Trip site at Cottage Grove Road and Sprecher Road will be underway this week. They will be blasting multiple small blasts per day and will sound a horn three times prior to blasting and one time afterward for an all clear.

If you have questions or concerns about the blasting, please contact Quint Miller, Project Manager at 920-230-2828, ext. 2.

8. Wednesday: Attend a public meeting on PFAs in Starkweather Creek

Downloadable flyer

Wednesday, February 12,  6:30--7:30 PM
East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Court

Hosted by Public Health of Madison and Dane County, this is a public meeting to discuss how eating fish and touching water from Starkweather Creek can affect your health. They will share results of the PFAS tests from Starkweather Creek fish.

9. February 22: Hear our neighbor and Madison's Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez

Angela Trudell Vasquez

She will be reading at the Madison Central Library on Saturday, February 22. The program will include readings from all three of her collections, including her latest published in May 2019, In Light, Always Light. There will be music, and some interpretive dancing to poems. This is a family friendly affair for all ages. She will talk about how she became a poet, her influences, how she approaches the page, her plans for her new role, and the craft of poetry and history of prosody. There will be a Q&A and time to mingle.

Angela Trudell Vasquez: Madison Poet Laureate Public Reception & Reading
Central Library, Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2--3:30 pm

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.

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.


10. Report snow problems

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

11. City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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