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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 14, 2021

April 14, 2021 2:02 PM


  • Neighborhood 
  • Meeting highlights for this week
  • Parks
  • Transportation
  • Community
  • COVID-19


New Park Shelter

The City of Madison Parks Division will hold a community meeting for a new multi-season park shelter at Door Creek Park. The design team will introduce the project and review existing conditions, site opportunities and constraints, and the current building program. This is the first of a series of meetings for the project. More information and meeting registration are available on the project website.

Door Creek Park Shelter
Public Input Meeting #1
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Meeting Registration

This year's Ride the Drive includes a route around Kennedy Park

Ride the Drive Logo

This year's Ride the Drive is slated for Sunday, June 6, 2021 and the event will look different than the traditional downtown Ride the Drive.

As a COVID safety precaution, the city has made several significant adjustments. This year's Ride the Drive will offer four simultaneous neighborhood events. As in previous years, the focal point remains a park with surrounding vehicle street closures allowing participants to stroll, roll, pedal or glide along the less than 3-mile route in a free event.

One of the routes is around Kennedy Park (5202 Retana Drive).

The other parks included are Marlborough Park (2222 Whenona Drive), Warner Park (2930 N. Sherman Avenue) and Wingra Park, 824 Knickerbocker Street.

Updates in the coming weeks can be found on

Informational meeting for alcohol license at Takarajima Sushi tomorrow

A new restaurant at the Rolling Meadows Shopping Center, Takarajima Sushi, has applied for an alcohol license to serve both beer and liquor. They will be holding a public information session tomorrow, Thursday, April 15, between 8-11 am at their location at 4674 Cottage Grove Road.

Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Board Special Election - Virtual meeting

Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Welcome Sign

Seats up for election: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four at-large members.
When: Thursday May 13, 7 pm
Where: Zoom

The Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association is holding a special meeting where they will be electing new officers. They are seeking a diverse group to more accurately represent the neighborhood as a whole. Let's work together to make this the best place to live for all who reside within it.

Questions? Email

Plastic bag recycling ending

The Streets Division's plastic bag recycling program is ending. Residents should no longer place plastic film and plastic bags into their recycling carts. Instead, residents who accumulate plastic bag and film should return them to the retailers that offer plastic bag and film recycling programs.

Meeting highlights for the week of April 12, 2021

Discussion of Advisory Referenda Results

The Task Force on Government Structure Final Report Recommendations Implementation Work Group will be discussing the results of the advisory referenda on Common Council size and composition at its meeting on Wednesday.

Meeting details

Meeting agenda

Register for public comment

For additional information about meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting Schedule online here.


Earth Day Challenge 

Madison Parks Earth Day Challenge Logo

Celebrate Earth Day with your neighbors and friends by volunteering to clean up your local park. Join this community-wide volunteer effort to help make a difference on Saturday, April 24.


Metro Bus at a bus stop on a snowy night

Bus Survey

Metro Transit is working on a complete network redesign to create a new system of bus routes that better serves the needs of Madison area residents and businesses and they need your input.

Please fill out the Transit Choices Survey to help them better understand your goals and priorities for the future redesigned transit network. 

For additional information on the Metro Transit Network Redesign project, visit

Questions and comments can also be emailed to

Parking division outages on Sunday mornings in April

The Parking Division is making upgrades to their payment systems that will result in some outages while the work is occurring. To mitigate as much impact to the public as possible, the work will occur on Sunday mornings in April, when garage use is at its lowest. This upgrade will affect the use of credit and debit cards at City-owned parking garages and lots. Cash payments will be required while monthly pass cards should see no disruption. 


Save the date

Make Music Madison Logo

Make Music Madison - June 24 (Deadline for New Registrations – Midnight on Tuesday, May 25th) Info can be found at

Online directory of Black-owned businesses

ConnectBlack logo

ConnectBlack directory, a free, online directory of 100 Black-owned businesses in Madison has been launched.

Renter assistance

CORE logo

Are you a Dane County renter in danger of eviction due to COVID-19?  You may be eligible for rental assistance from Dane CORE Emergency Rental Assistance Program. See if you're eligible.

If you need in-person assistance to complete the Dane CORE rental assistance online application, Tenant Resource Center (TRC) staff is available to help. Check the online scheduler to schedule an appointment or call the TRC main line at (608) 257-0006. 

COVID-19 updates

Vaccine appointments at the Alliant Energy Center, transportation available

Dane County residents age 16 and older can sign up for COVID vaccine appointments at the Alliant Energy Center and other locations. Transportation is available for those who need it. More information in English and Spanish.

Public Health Madison & Dane County Pausing Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Administration

All three vaccine vials

The CDC and FDA recommended pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Public Health Madison & Dane County will follow this recommendation until further information is provided.

These adverse events appear to be extremely rare and are currently only documented in six cases out of about 7 million vaccines given, but the pause shows how seriously vaccine safety is taken.

COVID resources

City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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