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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 11, 2021

May 11, 2021 6:28 PM


  • Neighborhood 

  • Meeting highlights for the week of May 10

  • Community

  • Transportation

  • COVID-19


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

New: Schedule your large item collection 

Two Streets employees putting a couch into a city collection truck

Starting on June 1, when residents need large item pickup, they will need to schedule the collection via a work order system that can be accessed on the Streets Division's website.

You'll need to share what items are being collected and schedule a date for pickup. 

On May 28, 2021 the online order system will be available for the public to schedule large item pickup for the month of June and beyond.

The Streets Division also has a new webpage dedicated to answering questions about the new system and how it will work.

The 2021 Spring Yard Waste Collection Is Complete

pile of yard waste

Streets Division collection crews completed the spring yard waste collection rounds.

Rather than placing yard waste to the curb, residents should now bring the material to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites or try composting, or mulching grass clippings into their lawn.

ATM planned for Rolling Meadows Shopping Center at Plan Commission on June 7

Future location of ATM in Rolling Meadows Mall parking lot

US Bank intends to install an ATM in the parking lot of the Rolling Meadows Shopping Center, 4706 Cottage Grove Road. This will require conditional use approval, and is expected to be at Plan Commission on June 7.

6321 Town Center Drive proposal going through city approvals process

The proposal calls for multi-family residences in the currently vacant lot directly across from Madison Fire Station #13, located on the south side of Town Center Dr, along Metro Terrace. If approved, they would construct the far west building first, which would have 24 units. Construction of the other two buildings would happen later and timing would be based on market conditions. These are market-rate units with a mix of studio, one and two bedrooms, and the buildings would be three stories. They were originally approved back in 2005, but never constructed.

The proposal will be reviewed by the Urban Design Commission on May 26, will be at Plan Commission on June 7, and at Common Council on June 15. 

See the video of the neighborhood meeting for this proposal. 

Survey Open: City Engineering Works to Prioritize Flood Projects

A flooded wooded area

City Engineering invites the public to take a survey to help engineers prioritize flood projects.

Engineering also hopes to be more transparent with how projects get chosen and approved. To be able to share even more, the community is encouraged to complete the survey.

The survey asks for feedback surrounding the following topics:

  • Project prioritization

  • Project location

  • Engagement so far

The survey will remain open until Nov. 1, 2021.

Support families in need

Child's bed in the new Salvation Army temporary family shelter at 4502 Milwaukee Street

Photo from Alder Foster's blog.

4502 Milwaukee Street, the former Karmenta nursing home, began housing families yesterday, Monday, May 10. A few families every day are being moved into the facility. This article provides an update and images from inside the facility. 

They're accepting good condition toys and books and there are also opportunities for those with a green thumb to help freshen up the courtyard area.

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

Improve Your Green Thumb This Season

Flowers with a butterfly on them

Learn about resources to get involved with Rain Gardens and Adopt-A-Median

The City of Madison Engineering Division invites everyone to help support the stormwater infrastructure system by digging into a couple of programs that beautify the community and get residents involved:

Rodger Bannerman Rain Garden Program

A rain garden is designed to capture and infiltrate water into the ground and is often made of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a shallow depression, which sometimes is built on a natural slope.

Adopt-a-Median program

The Adopt-A-Median program is a program for Madison community members to take care and maintain existing traffic calming circles and medians across the City.

City meeting highlights for the week of May 10, 2021

20 is Plenty

The Transportation Commission will discuss the 20 is Plenty phase one plan at its meeting on Wednesday.

Report on Recent Gun Violence

The Public Safety Review Committee will receive a report on recent gun violence from MPD at its meeting on Wednesday.

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


Madison Public Library To Reopen Libraries on May 24

All libraries reopening May 24

On May 6, 2021, the Madison Public Library Board voted to reopen Madison Public Libraries beginning May 24.  Expanded services will include in-person library browsing, self-pickup holds and checkout, and access to basic desk services in person. 

New Events Announced for New Chapters in Community Health Series

Pregnancy, birth and beyond: A conversation with community women about Motherhood Wed, May 12, 6-7 pm

Madison Public Library, The Wisconsin Book Festival and the All of Us Research Program at UW-Madison, are offering two free, virtual events focused on women's physical and mental health as it relates to pregnancy and motherhood. The events will cover similar content, but an English-speaking panel will lead the discussion at the first event, and a Spanish-speaking panel will do so the following day. 

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond: A Conversation with Community Women about Motherhood will take place on May 12, 6pm-7pm.  

El embarazo, Nacimiento, y más allá: Una Conversación con Madres de nuestra comunidad will take place on May 13, 6pm-7pm.  

Forward Madison FC and Madison Public Library Team Up to Promote Reading


Forward Madison FC and Madison Public Library are announcing an ongoing strategic partnership to promote literacy and support young writers in Madison. 

On select dates throughout the soccer season, Madison Public Library's mobile library, the Dream Bus, will be stationed outside Breese Stevens Field to help get fans signed up for library cards, offer outdoor browsing of materials and hand out swag for the We Read program. There will be a special, limited edition We Read in a Flock sticker for kids and families to enjoy. 

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. 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 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

Wisconsin Book Festival logo

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. 


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

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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