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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 4, 2021

May 4, 2021 5:08 PM


  • Neighborhood 

  • Meeting highlights for the week of May 3

  • Community

  • Transportation

  • COVID-19


Door Creek Park Shelter: Materials from last week's meeting 

Last week was the first of several community meetings about the  new multi-season shelter that will be constructed at Door Creek Park. The meeting presentation materials are available on the project website.

The design team will introduce the project and review existing conditions, site opportunities and constraints, and the current building program. This was the first of a series of meetings for the project. The design team's next steps include reviewing the community input received so far and developing schematic building configurations for consideration. The next meeting will be taking place this summer, watch for more information.

2021 Recyclopedia now available

The Recyclopedia is a guidebook that explains the rules and services provided by the Streets Division, including the guidelines to be sure you are recycling right.

Printed copies can be mailed out upon request or collected from the Streets Division's offices. 

City budget timeline

The City's budget webpage has been updated to show the 2022 budget timeline. At the link you'll see the Mayor's Message and budget instructions given to City agencies.

Former Karmenta building at 4502 Milwaukee Street expected to begin incrementally accepting families in mid-May

4502 Milwaukee Street, the former Karmenta nursing home, is nearly complete in the process of being converted to a temporary shelter facility managed by the Salvation Army for families experiencing homelessness. This article provides an update and images from inside the facility. 

Families are expected to begin being moved in mid-May. They will be moved in incrementally, so it will be some time before the facility will be at capacity. 

Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Board Special Election

Rolling Meadows Neighborhood sign

Seats up for election: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four at-large members.

When: Thursday May 13, 7 pm

Where: Join via Zoom Passcode: 53714

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

Volunteer for Ride the Drive: 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).

Volunteers are needed to make the event successful. Please see these details and sign up for a shift if you are able.

Updates in the coming weeks can be found on

Event Contact: Tracey Hartley, Recreation Services Coordinator,

City meeting highlights for the week of May 3, 2021

Purpose-built men's shelter

On Tuesday, the Common Council will take up the proposed budget amendment to move forward with the purchase of the former Savers building on Zeier Road for use as a permanent men's shelter. 

Meeting details

Meeting agenda

Register for public comment

Library reopening plan

On Thursday, the Madison Public Library Board will consider an updated reopening plan that would reopen libraries for many services beginning May 24. 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.


Historic Preservation Month Focus: Gates of Heaven

Exterior of Gates of Heaven

All month long, Engineering will focus on one of the oldest surviving synagogues buildings in the nation, located in Madison.

The City of Madison Engineering Division would like the community to join in celebrating Historic Preservation Month as they focus on the recent restoration work at Gates of Heaven.

Gates of Heaven was built in 1863 and is one of the oldest surviving synagogues in the nation and is located in the James Madison Park, 302 E. Gorham Street, Madison, Wis., 53706. Gates of Heaven is a locally designated landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The community can expect unique information they've never seen before about the following topics on the City Engineering Facebook  and Twitter pages:

May 3: Celebrate Historic Preservation Month with Engineering

May 7: History of Gates of Heaven and its relocation

May 14: Exterior restoration: brick

May 21: Exterior restoration: stone

May 28: Exterior restoration: windows and doors

May 31: Thank you for celebrating with us!

Gates of Heaven is undergoing restoration work which includes restoring the masonry, windows and doors. The work also includes cleaning and consolidation of the Madison sandstone, limited repairs to stone, cleaning of brick, repointing of stone and brick, rehabilitation of the wood sash, doors, and related trim, and installation of exterior storms on all windows.

The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is offering Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs online and on-demand.  Learn more about their webinars & workshops and on-demand classes.

Wisconsin Book Festival: Virtual edition

The Wisconsin Book Festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, presents free, public author events that celebrate books and spark conversations. The Festival presents stand-alone events throughout the year with a culminating celebration each fall.

The Wisconsin Book Festival is providing many upcoming virtual events on a variety of topics. 

Beyond the Page and Dane County Libraries seeking applications for year of programming around themes of race and equity

Beyond the Page is seeking applications for humanities-based programs from across Dane County that will take place in 2022. 

Beyond the Page is seeking proposals for programs in the following areas:

  • Art/music/culture with a humanities focus (performances, workshops, etc.)

  • Understanding race and racism through a humanities lens (history, storytelling, etc.)

  • Programs designed by and for people of color (wellness, empowerment, community-building, etc.)

Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2021 or until project needs are met. 


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

COVID-19 updates

Public Health releases Emergency Order 16, increasing gathering and capacity limits

The order goes into effect May 5, and will be in effect until June 2, 2021.

A summary of items that changed between Order #15 and Order #16 include:

  • Gathering limits increased.

    • Indoor gatherings with food and drink: Limited to 350 or less, with physical distancing except when in transit (up from 150)

    • Indoor gatherings without food and drink: Limited to 500 people or less, with physical distancing, except when in transit (up from 350)

    • Outdoor gatherings: Numbers are limited to ensure people who don't live together can maintain six feet physical distancing at all times, except when in transit

  • Face coverings are not required when actively playing an instrument that has a bell cover, as long as people are six feet apart at all times.

  • Restaurants and taverns indoor dine-in capacity may be up to 75% of approved seating capacity, with physical distancing (up from 50% for restaurants and 25% for taverns)

  • Businesses must limit the number of individuals inside their establishment to 75% of approved capacity levels indoors (up from 50%)

See Public Health's news release or read Order #16 for more details.?

Want to be fully vaccinated in just two weeks? 

Vaccinate Dane County logo

Public Health Madison & Dane County is once again offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Alliant Energy Center. Since you only need one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, there's no return visit needed, and you're fully vaccinated two weeks following your shot.  Public Health is making it easy.

Appointments at the Alliant Energy Center are recommended but not required.  Book an appointment or drop in during clinic hours.

Prefer to get a vaccine other than Johnson & Johnson?  Need Pfizer vaccine for a 16- or 17-year old?  You can choose which vaccine you want if you schedule an appointment.

  • Vaccine information and clinic hours.

  • The Alliant Energy Center Site is drive-up and walk-up – and free transportation is available. After making an appointment, call 608-243-0420 to arrange a ride.

  • If computer access is a barrier, you can call 608-242-6328 and a team member will help sign you up.

  • Public Health will not ask for identification or about your immigration status.


COVID resources

City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule


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