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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 24, 2021

May 24, 2021 4:28 PM

This week's highlights

Today: Madison Public Libraries Re-open

All libraries reopening May 24

Good news for bookworms! Doors are open at all libraries, including the new Pinney Branch. Expanded services will include in-person library browsing, self-pickup holds and checkout, and access to basic desk services in person. 

Today and Wednesday: Greater East Towne Area Plan

The City Planning Division is beginning another phase of virtual public participation for the Greater East Towne Area Plan.

  • May 24 - New draft concept, 5:30 pm: Register

  • May 26 - Lunch & learn, Noon: Register

City staff will present a draft concept for how the area could grow and redevelop, gather input, and facilitate discussions about future land use, transportation, parks and open space, and related elements.


6321 Town Center Drive at Urban Design Commission Wednesday

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.

Video of the neighborhood meeting for this proposal. 

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

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

ATM in 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.


No Streets Division Collections on Memorial Day

There will be no recycling, trash, brush, or large item collections performed by the City of Madison Streets Division on Monday, May 31, 2021 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The Streets Division drop-off sites will also be closed.

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.

Questions? Try the Streets Division webpage.

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. 

Survey open: Help 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. 

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.


Road improvements coming: chip sealing 

Several roads in the Rolling Meadows neighborhood will be receiving chip sealing this year.

The Chip Sealing Program is designed to improve the quality of your street and delay the need for resurfacing or total reconstruction. See this year's program details and the chip sealing program website.

City to Resume All On-Street Parking Restrictions June 1

Beginning June 1, 2021, the City of Madison will resume enforcement of all on-street parking restrictions, including ending the temporary suspension of Residential Parking Permit restrictions, time limit restrictions in non-metered areas and ending the reduced parking rates.

As the impact of the pandemic on the community shifts to allow a return to normalcy throughout the city, parking demand and congestion has also increased. Reinstating the currently suspended restrictions are intended to address the changing parking demands and travel behaviors to best meet the needs of the public.

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of May 24, 2021

Bike Registration and Winter Bikeway Maintenance Updates

The Transportation Commission will be receiving an update on the City's bike registration program and an annual report on winter bike facilities maintenance at its meeting on Wednesday.

City Land Banking Policy

The Housing Strategy Committee will be considering the City's proposed land banking policy at its meeting on Thursday.

COVID-19 updates

From Public Health's weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • During this period, there was an average of 31 cases per day, which is the lowest average we've had since June 2020.

  • There was an average of only 1 case per day among ages 70+ during this 14-day period.

  • After just a week of being eligible, we're nearing a third (29.8%) of people ages 12-15 who have received their first dose of vaccine.

Vaccination summary

  • As of May 20, Public Health has administered 76,061 doses at the Alliant Energy Center

  • Visit to book an appointment for vaccine at Alliant Energy Center or drop-in during clinic hours.

Fact sheets


COVID resources

City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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