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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 16, 2020

February 16, 2020 10:18 PM

  1. Register for Wednesday's public safety forum |

  2. Tomorrow's Neighborhood Meeting on Summit Credit Union is cancelled |

  3. You can register to vote on Election Day - Tuesday, Feb. 18 |

  4. Black History Month at the Madison Public Libraries |

  5. Parks Commissioners endorse allowing dogs on-leash in parks |

  6. Update from Public Health on Coronavirus |

  7. Apply to be a Dane County Census worker |

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

  9. Pinney Library reopens March 12 |

  10. Sprecher East: Blasting continues at the future Kwik Trip site |

  11. City meetings schedule |


1. Wednesday: East Police District public safety forum

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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. 

2. Cancelled: Tomorrow's Summit Credit Union Public Meeting

I've been notified by Summit Credit Union that they must cancel the neighborhood meeting scheduled for tomorrow, 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 approval process shortly thereafter. 

3. You can register to vote on Election Day - Tuesday, Feb. 18

Voters are able to register at the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 18. This important primary election includes races for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Madison Metropolitan School Board District. Review a sample ballot.

Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. Verify your voter registration.

Anyone who moved prior to Feb. 9 will need to update their voter registration. Voters who moved within 10 days of the primary will not have been at their new address long enough to establish residency for voting purposes, and will only be eligible to vote at the polling location for their previous address.

4. Black History Month at Madison Public Library

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Black History Month at the Madison Public Libraries includes a series of events focused on Black history in Madison and a display of UMOJA magazine covers at the Goodman South Madison Library throughout this month.

Check out the complete list of activities and learn how to participate.

5. Parks Commissioners endorse allowing dogs on-leash in parks

Lemmer's dog, Bella

The Board of Parks Commissioners has endorsed a proposed ordinance change and new policies that will allow on-leash dogs in most city parks. Dogs will not be allowed on or near playgrounds, athletic fields when activities are occurring, conservation parks, and in several other locations/circumstances. The proposed policies can be found here. The Board of Public Works will consider this ordinance change on Feb. 19 and the Common Council is expected to vote on the changes at our Feb. 25 meeting.

Most city residents will have a designated dog-free park within a reasonable distance from their homes. Designation as a dog-free park will be made by the Parks Division in concurrence with the Parks Commissioners. 

6. Update from Public Health on Coronavirus

Dane County currently has one case of Coronavirus. The risk of Coronavirus to the public remains low. More details from Public Health Madison & Dane County. PHMDC's Facebook page.

7. Apply to be a Dane County Census worker

Only 40 percent of the needed 2020 Census positions in Dane County have been filled. Census jobs start at $22/hour, with flexible hours and paid training. Applications and more information are available on the Census Bureau's website.

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

Headshot of 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.

9. Pinney Library reopens March 12

Photo of the quiet reading room in the new Pinney Library

Quiet Reading Room in the new Pinney Library

Pinney Library's interim space at 211 Cottage Grove Road closed to the public on Sunday, Feb. 16. The library will remain closed during the move to the new library on 516 Cottage Grove Road, and reopen on Thursday, March 12 at 11 am.  Read the full press release about the closure and the new library or check out the Engineering Department's project page for more information about the space.

What you need to know about library services during the close.

Attend the free Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Weekend Events happening March 12-14.

Learn more about the approach to building the new Pinney Library from the Feb. 4 episode of Everyday Engineering: Page Through the Details of New Pinney, and get a sneak peek of the space.

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

Blasting at the future Kwik Trip site at Cottage Grove Road and Sprecher Road continues 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.


11. City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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