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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 June 28, 2021

June 28, 2021 4:58 PM

  • Neighborhood
  • Community 
  • Transit 
  • City meetings schedule


Madison recycling truck picking up a recycling bin

No Streets Division Collections on Monday, July 5

There will be no refuse, recycling, brush, or large item collection on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The Streets Division drop-off sites will also be closed.

Trash & Recycling

Madison residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Monday should instead place their carts to the curb for collection by 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Refuse and recycling pickup for residents that have a regularly scheduled Tuesday collection day will also occur on July 6.

You must have your carts out by 6:30 a.m. on July 6 to ensure collection.

Large Item Work Orders

Collections for large item work orders for the week of July 4, 2021 will begin on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Drop-off Sites

The City of Madison drop-off sites will be open the following hours around the upcoming holiday weekend:

  • July 2, Friday: 7:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

  • July 3, Saturday:  9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

  • July 4 and 5:  Closed

In-person recycling fee stickers sales return to Streets Division offices on Tuesday, July 6

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, Madison residents can once again purchase recycling fee stickers and make other in-person transactions at the Streets Division offices.

Streets Division offices are located at 4602 Sycamore Ave and 1501 W. Badger Rd. They are open 7:30am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday. The offices are closed during holidays, including Monday, July 5, 2021.

When are recycling fee stickers required?

Recycling fee stickers are only necessary if you are bringing an item to the drop-off site that requires a fee.

A list of the items that require a fee can be found on the Streets Division's website.

Outdoor art and fitness are coming to a park near you!

Fit2Go truck

See the ArtCart and Fit2Go schedules to find when they'll be in a park nearby. 

Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! are free outdoor art programs that travel to parks and playgrounds across Dane County.

FIT2GO provides free drop-in recreation activities throughout Madison. In addition to a variety of games and physical activities, they provide environmental education opportunities to go on nature walks, observe and catch bugs. Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar for when they are at a park near you!


AARP workshops in other cities

Make Madison an Age-Friendly Community

In late 2019 Madison became part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. This was a great first step to making this city more livable for adults 65 and older.  However, due to the pandemic, work on this initiative was stalled.

Would you like to help make Madison an Age-Friendly Community? We need volunteers to join a steering committee of community groups, local stakeholders, and residents invested in making Madison a great place to live for all ages. If you are interested in participating, or know of any other people, organizations, or foundations that would like to participate, please email John Weichelt at:


(1) A park audit workshop in San Jose, California (2) A demonstration project in Old Orchard Beach, Maine (3) A tabletop model of a proposed park for older adults in Frederick, Maryland (4) A "Missing Middle" Housing tour in St. Paul, Minnesota (5) A planning workshop in West Hollywood, California

Maxwell Street Days returns

Maxwell Street Days logo

Downtown Madison businesses are excited to share the return of Maxwell Street Days to State Street. This year's event, now in its 44th year, expands from three days to four, July 15 – July 18. 

Maxwell Street Days info, including a list of the 60+ participating businesses.

Madison Senior Center begins to welcome back participants

Madison Senior Center garden area

The Madison Senior Center welcomes guests back to the building on July 13, 2021 at reduced capacity.

The center will offer services Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 12:30 p.m. with limited capacity July 13-August 1, 2021. Effective August 2, 2021 pre-COVID operating hours will resume and the Madison Senior Center will be open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through September 3, 2021 with reduced capacity. Staff will be working a hybrid remote schedule and will remain available to answer your questions via e-mail or telephone during this time.

The Senior Nutrition Meal Site of Dane County will reopen on August 2, 2021 at Madison Senior Center. Please call NewBridge at 608-512-0000 ext. 4006 to register to attend, or to ask questions.

Take an MSCR pontoon drop-in ride

Map of pontoon boat ride locations

MSCR offers drop in rides at Tenney, Olbrich and Warner Parks. All trips are first come-first served with no reservations. Learn more including where to meet the boat.

2021 Schedule

Olbrich Park: Boat trips on Lake Monona from Olbrich Park Pier located at Lakeland Ave and Atwood Ave. Registration begins 15 minutes prior to posted starting times. 


Warner Park: Boat trips on Lake Mendota from Warner Park Boat Launch at 1201 Woodward Dr. Registration begins 15 minutes prior to posted starting times. 


Tenney Park: Boat trips to either Monona or Mendota (dependent on lake accessibility) from our Tenney Park Boat House. Registration begins 45 minutes prior to posted starting times.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
7:15pm-8:45pm (does not run in September)



What are we doing to support pollinators?

Bees working together

For the first time, the City of Madison Engineering Division is tending to bees this summer with new bee hives near Nesbitt Road and Maple Grove Drive.

Hosting beehives helps the ecosystem and is a prime example of helping pollinators in our area.

Learn more about how City Engineering is working to increase the pollinator habitat:


New data released on Madison neighborhood demographics

 A new set of data (2020 Edition) has been added to the City of Madison's Neighborhood Indicators Project (NIP)--a tracking system with trend data going back to 2008. NIP was designed by the City of Madison in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Applied Population Lab

Interested in learning more about NIP data and the NIP website? The City of Madison Planning Division offers free workshops to local organizations. 

Contact Urvashi Martin at for more details.

Madison Water Utility Releases Annual Water Quality Report

The report provides an overview of the thousands of water quality tests conducted in 2020.  Read the report in English or in Spanish.

Improvement in recycling trends

The City of Madison's recyclables collected by the Streets Division contain 12.8% trash. In other words, 12.8% of what is placed into our recycling carts should not be there and should instead go to the landfill. This is a substantial improvement over previous sampling of Madison's recyclables, which took place in October 2019 and showed that our recycling contained 18.9% trash.

Read more and learn what you and your family can do to recycle more and recycle right.


Reduced Metro Service on July 5

Metro will be following regular Sunday schedules on Sunday, July 4 and Holiday schedules on Monday, July 5.

Monona Terrace public tours resume

People outside of Monona Terrace about to have tour

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center resumed public tours on Thursday, June 17. Visitors to the facility can take an in person guided tour and learn about the history of Frank Lloyd Wright's "dream civic center" project for his hometown of Madison. During our hour long guided tours, visitors experience Wright's trademarks of dramatic open spaces, strong geometric forms, and breathtaking views of Lake Monona.

COVID-19 updates

Testing and vaccination operations at Alliant Energy Center ended June 26

Public Health will continue to provide testing and vaccination services in their existing spaces including the South Madison and East Washington offices in addition to hosting mobile vaccination clinics throughout the county.  

Testing is by appointment only at South Madison Office (2230 S. Park Street):

  • Tuesdays: 8am – 4pm

  • Thursdays: 12pm – 8pm

  • Saturdays: 8am – 4pm

Vaccination by appointment or drop-in:

  • Monday: South Madison Office (2230 S. Park Street) – 8am – 4pm

  • Friday: South Madison Office (2230 S. Park Street) – 8am – 4pm

  • Thursday: East Washington Office (2705 East Washington Ave) – 8am – 4pm

  • Wednesday: South Madison Office (2230 S. Park Street) – 12pm – 8pm

  • Tuesday: East Washington Office (2705 East Washington Ave) – 12pm – 8pm

Mobile vaccination efforts are ongoing, with several first and second dose clinics happening every week throughout Dane County.

See this map  to find one near you or for more information, visit

COVID data snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in Public Health's  weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • Cases were stable during this 14-day period.

  • 79% of the eligible population (ages 12+) have received at least one dose of vaccine.

  • Public Health is monitoring for the Delta variant of concern.

COVID resources

City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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