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Alder Erik Paulson

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Alder Erik Paulson

Contact Information

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 March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020 11:25 PM

  1. Provide feedback to proposed Metro Routes 32 and 33 changes |

  2. Thursday: Pinney Library Grand Opening |

  3. Thursday's Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Meeting: MSCR and Parks programming for all ages |

  4. Requesting an absentee ballot for the presidential primary |

  5. Person with Coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed in Dane County |

  6. Dogs on-leash policies in city parks approved |

  7. Two options for a new off-leash dog park | 

  8. Help shape how you receive information from your alder / Ayude a determinar cómo recibir información de su concejal

  9. Parks updates |

  10. Community input requested for City of Madison golf courses |

  11. City asks for public feedback on new stormwater guidelines

  12. Prescribed burns planned at Broad Creek Blvd Greenway and Harrington Drive Pond |

  13. City meetings schedule |

Provide feedback to proposed Metro Route 32 and 33 changes

On Wednesday, March 11, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. to discuss potential service updates proposed to go into effect in August.

Route 32 - Move service from Acewood Blvd. to Dempsey Rd.

Staff propose shifting service from Acewood Blvd., where there is low ridership, to Dempsey Rd. between Milwaukee and Cottage Grove Rd. 

Proposed route would also operate consistent, counter-clockwise service all day. Currently Route 39 reverses directions at different times in service.Route 32 shift to dempsey from acewood

Route 33 - Reverse Service

Route 33 currently operates clockwise during morning peak hours and counter-clockwise in the afternoon peak. Staff propose to flip that so the route would then operate counter-clockwise for the morning commute, and clockwise for the evening commute. This change coincides with the proposed Route 32 change to better serve residents on Merryturn Rd.

Route 32 shift to dempsey from acewood

Give Feedback

Interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. Consideration will be given to views and comments expressed at the public hearing as well as to all written comments received.

Submit Comments

Written comments can also be sent to: Metro Transit Public Hearing Comments, 1245 E. Washington Ave., Suite 201, Madison WI 53703.

Thursday: Pinney Library Grand Opening


Celebrate the long-awaited new Pinney Library!

Pinney Grand Opening poster

March 12, 11 am: Ribbon cutting

Join Library and City officials on Thursday, March 12 at 11 am for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by the opening of the public library for its first day of service. Celebrate with cake, coffee and tours of the new space.  

March 14 and 15: Grand opening weekend

Drop in anytime for a full weekend of events on Grand Opening Weekend, March 14-15. 

All weekend

  • Hourly tours, some with a special focus.
  • Drop in activities including screenprinting, button making, Madison Living History, PlayLab exploration, and coloring station.
  • Popup Book Sale hosted by the Friends of Pinney Library (with coffee and cookies) in the Pinney Library Atrium.
  • Meet PlayLab partners and discover the PlayLab, a new space for children 0 – 5 years and their caregivers.

Saturday, March 14, 9 am-5 pm

  • 10:00-11:00 am - drop in wellness classes with Venus Washington of Venus Inspires
  • 10:00 and 11:00 am - design and sustainability tours
  • 2:00 and 3:00 pm - art tours & meet the artists
  • 2:00-3:00 pm - youth musicians from LaFollette High School

Sunday, March 15, 1-5 pm

  • 2:00-3:00 pm - music by Angela Puerta

March 12 Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Meeting: MSCR and Parks

Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7--8 pm
New Beginnings/Victory Hmong Alliance Church
602 Acewood Blvd

Rolling Meadows March Meeting flyer

Special guests: Madison School & Community Recreation and City of Madison Parks Division

You don't want to miss this meeting! Featuring door prize drawings, a free week of camp, and MSCR goodies!

You'll hear about summer programming provided by MSCR & the City of Madison Parks Division, including:

  • Art Cart
  • Fit 2 Go
  • Preschool, middle school and high school summer camps
  • Movies in the Park
  • Mobile Madison

Requesting an absentee ballot for the presidential primary

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With the Presidential Primary only five weeks away, the City of Madison Clerk's Office encourages voters who will need to vote absentee by mail to submit their absentee requests soon. Before requesting an absentee ballot, the Clerk's Office suggests that voters verify their registration here where voters with a Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID card may also update their registration. Voter registration is also available at the front desk of every City of Madison agency, including all Madison Public Library locations. 

Person with Coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed in Dane County
Risk to residents remains low

Public Health Madison & Dane County received notification a second person in Dane County has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

This individual recently traveled within the United States and developed symptoms shortly afterwards. They followed recommendations, and called their doctor's office before visiting the doctor. The SSM Health nurse hotline staff directed the person to the nearest Dean Medical Group Urgent Care location, where staff were prepared to meet the person with appropriate protective equipment and followed the recommended isolation procedures. By following this procedure there was limited possible exposure to healthcare providers and the public.

The person is now isolated at home. They will remain at home until testing shows they no longer have coronavirus.

To minimize the spread of illness, Public Health recommends people postpone or cancel nonessential travel to areas with coronavirus. This includes both international travel to Level 2 and 3 countries with widespread illness and domestic travel to states with more than ten cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates this information daily. If travel is essential, Public Health recommends a 14-day self-quarantine upon your return. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has more information about how to self-quarantine.

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.

Dogs on-leash policies in city parks approved

On March 3, the Common Council approved a new ordinance and policies that will allow on-leash dogs at 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. These policies will be taking effect this spring with more precise information to follow. 

Two new off-leash dog park options 

The City of Madison is seeking public input on the location of a future off-leash dog exercise area on the city's east side. Two potential locations are under consideration, one will be selected:

A public meeting will be held at the below time and location where city staff will present the proposed options and seek input.

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Commons Room, 3330 Atwood Ave.

If you are unable to attend and would like to comment on the proposed options, please contact Mike Sturm at (608) 267-4921 or More info here.

Help shape how you receive information from your alder / Ayude a determinar cómo recibir información de su concejal

Online Link to Survey (English)

Enlace en línea  a la encuesta (Español)

The City of Madison Common Council has established a work group to improve the ways your alder provides you with timely, accurate and actionable information. 

As a member of this work group, I urge you to help us in this process by completing the brief survey at the links above. The goal of this survey is to better understand which communications channels are most used and preferred by Madison residents. This survey is expected to take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time. Responses are kept private and no personally identifiable information is collected. Survey closes Sunday, March 22.

City Parks updates

Earth Day Challenge: Saturday, April 25 - Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day with 50 parks! Online registration is open.

Bird and Nature Festival: Sunday, April 26 - Make plans for an afternoon of hands-on exhibits, live bird presentations, displays, nature activities and take-home projects at this 8th annual event.

Bird and Nature Outings - This weekend get outdoors with a bird and nature guided walk. 

Ride the Drive 2020: Sunday, May 17 - Join the 12th annual Ride the Drive on Sunday, May 17 ~ 10am-2pm. Interested in volunteering or being a vendor? 

Community input requested for City of Madison golf courses

The City of Madison has a unique opportunity to evaluate both the golf and non-golf uses for its four golf courses through the work of the Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks

Take the online survey. It's open until March 31, 2020.

City asks for public feedback on new stormwater guidelines

The Engineering Division is asking the public to give comments on its updated stormwater ordinance and attend upcoming public information meetings.

Comments should be emailed to by April 10, 2020.

Over the past three years, the City of Madison and surrounding areas have experienced a large number of extreme storm events. The abundance of rainwater from the storms caused flash flooding and elevated lake levels, which also flooded low-lying areas in and adjacent to the Isthmus area. The active weather pattern has put pressure on the City's stormwater sewer, which is the underground pipe system that catches water runoff and moves it to the area's local waterways. When the stormwater system is overloaded with too much storm or rainwater, either in heavy rainstorms or multiple heavy rainstorms in a short amount of time, flooding happens. 

The stormwater sewer should not be confused with the City's sanitary sewer, which is an underground pipe system that moves waste water from resident homes to a wastewater treatment plant.

The current stormwater sewer cannot support the heaviest rains, especially in certain areas. To minimize flooding, the City of Madison responded with watershed studies of the impacted areas, focus groups within specific neighborhoods to collaborate with neighbors in person, and a review of the City's stormwater design standards, which affects both new and redevelopments. 

Madison General Ordinance Chapter 37 includes requirements for water quality, water quantity and erosion control design standards for anyone who wants to build in the City of Madison. City engineers reviewed the current ordinance  and standards. Based on the recent heavier rainfall the area is experiencing, City engineers updated the standards to support expected larger and more intense rain storms.

The proposed changes are posted to the City Engineering website, ready for review and feedback.

Prescribed burns planned at Broad Creek Blvd Greenway and Harrington Drive Pond

The City of Madison Parks Division and Engineering Division will be conducting prescribed burns on areas of existing native vegetation. Prescribed burns are an important management tool for Wisconsin's native plant communities. Prescribed burns are the intentional use of fire, under specific environmental conditions, to manage and suppress invasive vegetation, and promote native vegetation.

Prescribed burns happening in our area include Broad Creek Boulevard Greenway and Harrington Drive Pond.

Further details can be found on the 2020 Prescribed Burns website.

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