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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 April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020 11:17 PM

Hi everyone,

Please find some COVID-19 and general updates below.

1. Noise and being respectful

2. COVID-19 resources:

-->Free and healthy meals for kids

-->Current, local data on COVID-19

-->Food and basic needs

-->Resources for businesses

3. Assessment notices delayed

4. Rolling Meadows: Driveway Dance-offs every Friday night at 7! 

5. Karmenta - the City may lease the facility

6. Cottage Grove Road construction

7. Streets department response to yard waste drop-off and collection concerns

8. F-35s

9. Portland Park

10. Final stormwater ordinance changes meeting to be offered virtually 

11. City meetings schedule

1. Noise and being respectful

I've received quite a few complaints in the last couple of weeks about noise - whether it's operating vehicles that aren't allowed in the City, or dogs barking at all hours, now that most of us are home the vast majority of the time, being kind and respectful neighbors is more important than ever. Excessive noises can result in a citation. 

While you can feel free to express noise concerns to me, this page provides a helpful overview of the appropriate body to contact for each common type of noise complaint.

2. COVID-19 resources:

Free healthy meals for kids

Officials with the Madison Metropolitan School District say thousands of students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch are failing to pick them up at curbside locations.

Here's information on the meal program and where kids can access free lunches. 

Current, local data on COVID-19

Public Health Madison and Dane County has a helpful dashboard that is updated twice daily. You can also see past news releases on the Public Health news page.

Food and basic needs

If you're in need of food, supplies or support, refer to this list of local COVID-19 resources.

Resources for businesses

City of Madison COVID-19 information and resources for business.
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 resources.
Dane County is partnering with Dane Buy Local Grants to provide grants.

3. Assessment notices delayed

City of Madison Assessor Michelle Drea announced that assessment notices will be delayed for at least two months. While the start of the assessment process is delayed, the taxation process remains unchanged. Property owners have the same rights and responsibilities for review of their notice. Communication with the Assessor's Office during the open book period, and the formal objection process duties remain unchanged. Tax bills will be sent and payment due at the same time as prior years.

4. Rolling Meadows: Driveway Dance-offs every Friday night at 7! 

illustration of neon light sign that says "dance"

Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association is organizing driveway dance-offs! In their words: "Get outside and shake it off with your neighbors. Together from afar we will get through these uncertain times. At 7 pm every Friday get outside, bring some tunes and shake it off. Maintain proper social distance but still have some fun with your neighbors. If you don't want to dance that's okay, you can still enjoy some fresh air and show support with your fellow neighbors. We hope to see you out there."

5. Karmenta - the City may lease the facility

The City of Madison is seeking to lease the former Karmenta Skilled Nursing facility located at 4502 Milwaukee Street.  The property could be used, if the need arises, for short-term housing for persons requiring medical isolation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The City intends to enter into a 24-month lease, with an option to purchase the property after that period for future redevelopment. 

6. Cottage Grove Road construction

James Peterson Sons, Inc. began work on Cottage Grove Road between I39/90 and Sprecher Rd in order to construct underground utilities and make street improvements. Once construction has finished, this segment of Cottage Grove Road will have two through lanes in each direction with a raised median and on-street buffered bike lanes.

The work is expected to last through early October. 

Metro has suspended all scheduled local transit operations that use this section of Cottage Grove Rd due to Covid-19 so there will be no impacts to Metro service at this time.

More information on the Cottage Grove Road project.

7. Streets department response to yard waste drop-off and collection concerns

Streets recommends using their yard waste website and navigating to the pickup schedule. When the map shows your neighborhood shaded green for "pickup pending" that is the time to get your yard waste to the curb.

The map cannot tell you when the collection will happen, but it will tell you when the material needs to be set out so it's not late. The arrival times of collection crews depends on workload and personnel availability. The map is updated each weekday around 3 pm. 

The drop-off sites are closed, and will remain closed, to help residents comply with the Safer at Home Order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While the drop-off sites are outside, people would be in close proximity to each other and our staff as they use the site.

Weekly yard waste collection is not feasible and would require significant investment in equipment, fuel, and personnel. Right now, residents are guaranteed five curbside collections (two in the spring, three in the fall). More times can be provided, but five times is the minimum amount.

8. F-35s

I've heard a lot of very passionate and diverse perspectives from you on this issue. I know some have been very disappointed in me for being a co-sponsor of the Council's resolution a couple weeks ago opposing Truax as the preferred location for F-35s. This wasn't a position I came to lightly. I support the 115th Fighter Wing. I feel deep respect and deep appreciation for the brave people in our district who have risked their lives in service to our country. I am also concerned about the additional 1,000 households, as well as schools and child care providers who will be impacted by noises exceeding 65 decibels - those who are in the area that will be incompatible with residential use.  

Now that we know that Truax has been selected as the location for the F-35, I hope that we can come together to ensure we have good solutions and to make sure those impacted receive noise mitigation.

I am going to do my best to listen to you and to represent the diverse perspectives in our district. I think the fact that there are so many different points of view in our area is one of the best parts of it, but it does mean that as much as I will work to find solutions that work for as many of us as possible, there won't always be a solution that everyone is pleased with.

9. Portland Park

During the Portland Park neighborhood meetings last year, folks expressed a desire to increase native plantings/habitat and to minimize mowing along the boundaries. So, Portland Park will be receiving low mow areas that will include a lovely native seed mix in the coming weeks. Parks staff informs me this will be done fairly quickly and with minimal disruption to neighbors.

Portland Park Master Plan

10. Final stormwater ordinance changes meeting to be offered virtually  

The Engineering Division will be hosting a final public information meeting about changes to the City's stormwater ordinance at 3 pm, April 23, 2020, virtually.

During the April 23 meeting, City Engineering staff will share the final proposed language for the City's stormwater ordinance based on feedback thus far in the public input process. The previous in-person March 24 meeting was canceled because of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The Feb. 26 and March 5 meetings were held as scheduled.

Virtual Meeting Format

The April 23 meeting will be held virtually online via Zoom. It will include a presentation and question and answer portion for attendees.

Step 1: Register for the Meeting

To take part and register, sign up through the Chapter 37 City Engineering Storm Ordinance page or by registering here.  Please register by noon, April 22, 2020. Once registered, attendees will receive a link to access the meeting.  If you have questions about registering, email

Step 2: Download Zoom

Attendees will need to have Zoom downloaded on their phone or computer to attend the meeting. Attendees can download a free version of Zoom . Please do not wait to download a few minutes below the meeting to allow for troubleshooting time should you have technical issues.

Step 3: Get link, Attend Meeting

Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link in a separate email after noon, April 22, 2020. Once attendees receive the emailed link, click the link when the meeting is scheduled to begin to attend. During the meeting, attendees will be able to listen into the meeting. Attendees will be muted, however, attendees will be able to provide comments, ask questions and virtually raise hands. Questions will be answered during the Q and A portion of the presentation at the end.

Post meeting

City Engineering will post the recorded Zoom presentation on the on the Stormwater Ordinance webpage after the meeting.

Background: Need for the Update

The City is updating the Madison General Ordinance Chapter 37 Stormwater Ordinance because of extreme storm events in Madison during the last several years, research on climate change and rainfall patterns for southcentral Wisconsin. The amount of rainwater from extreme storms causes flash flooding and elevated lake levels, which puts pressure on the City's stormwater pipe system. 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 occurs. 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.

After the Public Information Meeting the schedule for approval will follow:

  1. Final public information meeting: 3 p.m., April 23, 2020

  2. Comment period closes: noon, April 27, 2020

  3. Introduce to the Common Council: May 5, 2020

  4. Refer to the Planning Commission: May 11, 2020

  5. Refer to the Board of Public Works: May 20, 2020

  6. Move updated ordinance to Common Council for approval: June 2, 2020

Email comments to until April 27, 2020.

11. City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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