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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 December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020 4:51 PM

  1. Providing temporary shelter to homeless families |

  2. Fall leaf and yard waste pickup is now completed |

  3. Streets drop off sites now on winter hours |

  4. Meeting highlights for this week |

  5. Four finalists selected to advance in the hiring process for the Police Chief |

  6. Public Health Madison & Dane County free drive through flu clinic continues until December 19 |

  7. Galaxy Park is open |

  8. Work to begin on new Grandview Commons commercial space and apartments |

  9. COVID-19 updates and resources |

  10. City meetings schedule  |


Providing temporary shelter to homeless families

An agreement for the City to lease and purchase the former Karmenta nursing home property at 4502 Milwaukee Street was approved at the Tuesday, December 1 Common Council meeting. The City may sublease the property temporarily to The Salvation Army, and later develop the site. 

At the November 17 Common Council meeting, zoning changes were approved that would allow for the potential temporary use of the former Karmenta site as a "mission house" for families experiencing homelessness. A Mission House is defined in the City's Zoning Code as 'A facility operated by a religious institution or nonprofit organization that provides lodging. May also include the provision of meals, worship services, or other supportive services.' 

A virtual community meeting on these items is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15 at 6 pm. You can join the virtual meeting using your computer, smartphone or tablet. You will receive login information after registering.

You can also join the meeting via telephone by calling 877-853-5257 (toll free). The meeting ID is 925 1589 9179.

Fall leaf and yard waste pickup is now completed

The Streets Division's leaf and yard waste collection has ended for 2020.

Residents should not place yard waste at the curb for pickup. Instead, this material should be taken to a drop-off site.

Streets drop off sites now on winter hours

Beginning today, Monday December 7, 2020, the Streets Division drop-off sites are now on winter availability. Winter hours will remain in effect until April 2021.

The drop-off sites at 4602 Sycamore Ave. and 1501 W. Badger Rd are open for Madison residents and taxpayers at the below times:

  • Monday – 7:30am to 2:30pm

  • Tuesday – 7:30am to 2:30pm

  • Wednesday – Closed

  • Thursday – 7:30am to 2:30pm

  • Friday – 7:30am to 2:30pm

  • Saturday – Closed

  • Sunday – Closed


  • Bryan Johnson, 608-267-2626,


Meeting highlights this week


Annual public hearing for the Traffic Signal Priority List (TSPL)

The Transportation Commission will be holding a hearing on locations to install traffic signals. They will discuss requests for traffic signals that were brought up throughout the last year, and intersections they recommend for further study.

Meeting details


Register for Public Comment


Police Civilian Oversight Board

The Police Civilian Oversight Board is meeting on Monday to continue electing officers and receive orientation trainings.

Meeting details


Register for Public Comment


Vehicle camping and tiny houses

The City-County Homeless Issues Committee is meeting on Monday to discuss the topics of vehicle camping and the Occupy Madison tiny houses.

Meeting details


Register for Public Comment


Response to community demands on public safety

The Public Safety Review Committee will be discussing its response to a variety of community demands and initiatives at its meeting on Wednesday.

Meeting details


Register for Public Comment


Proposed body-worn camera policy and recommendations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of a draft model policy and recommendations related to body-worn cameras at its meeting on Thursday.

Meeting Details


Register for Public Comment


Four finalists selected to advance in the hiring process for the Police Chief

The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison (PFC) has selected four (4) finalists who will advance in the hiring process for the position of Police Chief for the City of Madison.

The PFC will conduct final interviews during a closed session on December 8 to ensure a fair process. There will be recordings made public on December 9 of question and answer sessions with each candidate. 

Public Health Madison & Dane County free drive through flu clinic continues until December 19

The last day of the free drive through flu clinic at the Alliant Energy Center will be Saturday, December 19. The clinic, run by Public Health Madison & Dane County, provides free flu shots to anyone who lives in Dane County, regardless of insurance status.

Galaxy Park is open

The new park at Milky Way and Jackson Quarry Lane is ready for play. Installation of the playground has been completed. A shelter is also slated for the park and will be installed in the spring. 

Work to begin early next year on new Grandview Commons apartments/commercial space

Construction will begin in early 2021 on the mixed-use development approved for the block bordered by North Star Drive, Sharpsburg Drive, and Gemini Drive, referred to as the "Grandview Commons B-Block," at 6003 Gemini Drive. This project includes 5,800 square feet of commercial space, an outdoor plaza and 150 market-rate apartments.

COVID-19 updates and resources

City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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