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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 May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020 5:46 PM

  1. Community testing site for COVID-19 at the Alliant Energy Center

  2. DSI's Grandview Commons Mixed-Use Proposal: Virtual Public Meeting

  3. What are the pink arrows on the streets?

  4. Harmony

  5. Madison Public Library Launches Curbside Pickup Service 

  6. Library support and internet access info available by phone

  7. Noise and being respectful

  8. City meetings


1. Community testing site for COVID-19 at the Alliant Energy Center

Yesterday, May 11, 2020, the Wisconsin National Guard opened a Dane County community testing site for COVID-19. Free, drive-thru and walk-up testing is available to all residents. No appointment is necessary. Depending on utilization, the testing site will be open until further notice.

COVID-19 community testing site
New Holland Pavilion, Alliant Energy Center in Madison
Monday-Saturday, 8 am – 4 pm

Drive-up testing is provided so one does not need to leave their car. The Wisconsin National Guard collects specimens and uses the Exact Sciences test.

The community testing site is available to all residents.

The test is not an antibody test and does not indicate if someone has had COVID-19 in the past. Results are expected within 3-5 days.

Increased testing capacity is one of the criteria outlined in Wisconsin's Badger Bounce Back plan for the phased re-opening of Wisconsin. Fewer cases as a percentage of all tests over 14 days is another criterion in the plan, but because we are testing more people in Dane County, we expect our case counts to increase over the next few weeks. This does not mean spread of the virus has gotten worse in Dane County.

For more information and answers to questions about the community testing site, visit

2. DSI's Grandview Commons Mixed-Use Proposal: Virtual Public Meeting

You are invited to a virtual meeting to see and provide feedback on DSI's plans for a mixed-use development on the Grandview Commons block that's bordered by North Star Drive, Gemini Drive, Sharpsburg Drive and Cottage Grove Road. The building would include 7,000 square feet of commercial space, 157 units, and both underground and surface parking.

DSI's Grandview Commons Mixed-Use Proposal: Public Meeting
Thursday, May 14, 6:30-7:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 966 6869 4455
Password: 019432
Or join on your phone: +13126266799

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3. What are the pink arrows on the streets?

Some have asked about the pink arrows on the streets throughout our area.

The arrows are related to the chip sealing maintenance activities that will be going on in our area. 

2020 chip sealing map

Chip sealing is expected to happen on our side of town in late June or early July, and postcards will be sent well in advance of the work taking place.

4. Harmony 

As mentioned in the blog posted yesterday, May 11, The Harmony at Grandview has submitted a Chronic Nuisance Abatement plan in response to the City's issuance of a Chronic Nuisance Premises order. With this action, the City will have enforcement power to compel improvements.

5. Madison Public Library Launches Curbside Pickup Service 

Madison Public Library now has curbside pickup at all Madison Public Library locations (with the exception of Alicia Ashman Library, which is currently in renovation).

Curbside pickup allows library customers to:

  • ?Pick up existing holds currently on the shelves at all libraries except Alicia Ashman 

  • Place holds on specific items currently available in libraries, online via LINKcat or by calling 608-315-5151

  • Ask library staff to make recommendations and place holds for other materials available at specific libraries by calling 608-315-5151

To learn more on how curbside pickup will work, visit the Madison Public Library's website.

6. Library support and internet access info available by phone

While library buildings remain closed, librarians are working remotely to answer library and community questions. Madison Public Library has opened two new centralized telephone services: regular reference assistance and library support, and the Madison Internet Access Information Line.  Both services can be reached by calling the phone number 608-315-5151 from 11 am to 7 pm seven days a week.

Reference assistance and help with resources

Common questions involve checking a library record, resetting PIN numbers for restored access, placing holds, or questions about using online resources and collections, including troubleshooting the Libby app or OverDrive/Wisconsin's Digital Library online collection access.  Please call this line for information and resource referral questions, homework questions, or other assistance.

Madison Internet Access Information Line

For those who need help finding access to the internet, library staff can assist in locating nearby public wi-fi, or provide information about free or low-cost internet access plan options and contact information to request internet access from private companies or public assistance programs.

7. Noise and being respectful

I've been receiving many complaints about noise at late hours - 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.

While the ordinances do not impose a time limit at night for typical residential activities, I hope everyone will be considerate of their neighbors.

8. City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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