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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 Week of September 6, 2021

September 6, 2021 9:38 PM

  • Neighborhood
  • Transportation
  • City meetings and updates
  • Community
  • COVID-19


Stay in touch with your neighbors:

Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association

North Star Neighborhood Association

Hiestand Park Neighborhood Association

children and adults watching a movie at a park

Kids movie night at Galaxy Park
132 Milky Way
Friday, September 17 at 6 pm

Grab a blanket or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free showing of 2020's Tom & Jerry movie. All are welcome.


Kids movie night at McGinnis Park
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 6 pm
McGinnis Park, 9 Crystal Lane

Hosted by the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association. Grab a blanket or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free showing of Toy Story 4. All are welcome.


Big rigs for kids at Door Creek Park 

Kids and adults looking at a fire truck and other city vehicles at a Madison park.

Trucks & Treasures

Saturday, September 18, 9 am to 12 pm
Door Creek Park, 7035 Littlemore Drive


The big rig gig is a showcase of Madison's premier public service machinery, equipment and employees. Kids of all ages are welcomed to climb on, explore and get up close and personal with the big rigs and meet the employees who operate them. Vehicles participating include a fire engine, police car, construction equipment, dump trucks and more. 


The kids-to-kids garage sale is a unique opportunity for youth to reserve a space to sell their own items to other kids. Kids and families may sell gently used items such as toys, games, dress-up attire, books, bikes, DVDs, and other similar items. Sorry, no food or baked goods may be sold. A booth is just $15.

SOAR grand opening and open house

SOAR Case Management Services has moved into the old Chase Bank building at 4513 Milwaukee Street. They are hosting a family friendly grand opening party from 3 to 6 pm on Friday, October 8 and encourage everyone from the surrounding neighborhoods to stop by to get to know them.

Madison Public Library Hours expand on September 7

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, Madison Public Library locations will return to full service hours. In our area, that means Pinney Library at 516 Cottage Grove Rd.

Will be open from 9am to 9pm weekdays and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.


How Madison is working to reduce traffic deaths

Included as part of the Vision Zero initiative roadway improvements, upcoming speed limit reductions are scheduled for several Madison streets identified as having a high level of injury causing crashes. 

On Monday, August 30, the speed limit was reduced on South Park Street between Regent Street and Badger Road to 25 mph. 

In our area, the speed limit on Cottage Grove Road is going to be reduced in the following areas:

  • Drexel to State Highway 51 (reduced to 25 mph from 30 mph)

  • State Highway 51 to Flora (reduced to 30 mph from 35 mph)

Share your input on area transportation 

The Greater Madison Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to know how well current area transportation is serving your needs. Use the interactive mapping tool to post comments on the bus, bike, vehicle and pedestrian routes, identifying specific gaps and challenges, as well as what you like and what's working well. This commenting tool is open and available from August 23 to October 3, 2021.

Your feedback is needed: Metro Routes Redesign - Survey 

Take this quick 10 minute survey to help Metro better understand the 'type' of transit network to implement. Survey closes Sunday, September 29.

Network alternatives survey

Survey in Spanish

Input received from the first phase of the project was used to develop two contrasting network alternatives, the Ridership Alternative and Coverage Alternative. Both alternatives are realistic but neither alternative is a proposal. They are intended to show the extremes of what might be possible in Madison to illustrate the potential network designs resulting from different policy decisions.

Your feedback and input on this survey will help guide the development of the Draft Network Plan in Fall 2021, and ultimately what 'type' of service will be implemented.

Project leaders and City staff will also host a virtual Public Information Meeting on September 23, at 6 pm.

City meetings highlights and updates for the week of September 6, 2021

Due to Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah, there are less city meetings this week than usual.

Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee: Details

4 pm, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

This week's meeting will include a continued discussion about questions and early draft concepts that were presented at the September 2 meeting.

The City is partnering with Dane County and to help you map your community of interest and tell the City about it. Learn how to map your community of interest / How to use Dane County's Representable website. 

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

2022 city budget season underway

On August 31, Mayor Rhodes-Conway released the 2022 Executive Capital Budget and 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) detailing her funding proposal for buildings, infrastructure, and other capital investments for Madison. 

See the City's full budget process, along with detailed budget information.

Next week, the Finance Committee will see presentations by each agency detailing their components of the Executive Capital Budget. 

In October, the Finance Committee will repeat the process for the Executive Operating Budget. City Budgets


Public Information Meeting for the Town of Madison attachment

The City of Madison would like to invite anyone impacted by the upcoming Town of Madison Attachment process to a virtual public information meeting on Wednesday, September 15, at 6 pm.  

Join the Library Takeover 

Library Takeover is a program created to support communities in organizing their event at the library. Teams of 3-4 people can pitch their idea via an online application from September 1-October 1. If accepted, the team could receive a $2,000 event budget, free space at the library, a $400 stipend for each member of the team, a 4-workshop event-planning course and help from an influential local mentor. 

Learn more and apply.

Ironman comes back to Madison

IRONMAN Wisconsin returns to Madison on September 12. Several streets in and around downtown will be closed on that day. 

Volunteers are critical to the success of this event and are needed throughout the day in a variety of areas.  Sign up to be a part of the action.

Kickoff meeting: Starkweather Creek/Olbrich Gardens Watershed Study

Starkweather Creek near Darbo Drive

Thursday, September 16, 6-8 pm
Virtual meeting via Zoom
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A public information meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m., Sept. 16, 2021, via Zoom. Registration prior is required. This is the first of several public information meetings for this watershed. City staff will share more on location, purpose, impact, timeline and more about this watershed. The City will also host a Question and Answer Panel, and attendees are encouraged to engage, ask questions and join us for the conversation.

More detailed flood risk map now available

The City of Madison Engineering Division is sharing a new, interactive map and tool for the community to learn more about flooding impacts, stormwater infrastructure and potential flooding in the City of Madison.  

The Watershed Study Flood Risk Map allows a more detailed look at specific locations, down to the street level, to see how much water the stormwater system can handle, and if the stormwater system is meeting some of the City's stormwater management targets.

Ways to help Afghan refugees

As refugees from Afghanistan arrive in Wisconsin, many Madisonians are interested in helping to welcome and assist them.  

Learn about ways to help. 

COVID information and resources


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