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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 October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021 10:04 AM



City news/meetings



Face Covering Emergency Order #3 Released

Face Covering Emergency Order #3 goes into effect on October 8, 2021 at 12:01 am. See Face Covering Emergency Order #3 and this news release for details. This order will be in effect until November 5, 2021.

  • No changes were made to the face covering requirements in Order #3. 

  • Face coverings are required among people ages two and older when in any enclosed space open to the public where other people, except for members of the person's own household or living unit, are present.

  • Face coverings are also required while driving or riding in any form of public transportation.



The Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee expressed a strong preference for a new map called Concept 7a. Through redistricting, the population within each alder district is equalized so residents across the City have equal representation on the Common Council. In all concepts that have been explored, the boundaries of every alder district change substantially due to population growth since the 2010 census. This growth is especially intense both downtown and in the outer areas of the city, including District 3. 

Each alder district is expected to have a resident population of approximately 13,700 with some small variations allowed.

In this current iteration, the District 3 neighborhoods east of Sprecher Road are proposed to become part of District 16, currently represented by Alder Jael Currie. 

As part of the redistricting process, wards and polling places are also being adjusted to align with the redrawn boundaries. The timeline for this entire process is compressed due to COVID 19, but if you'd like to follow the process and give input, the Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee will meet again on October 7 to make their final recommendation. 

Brush collection is done, leaves and yard waste to begin next week

Curbside brush collection by the Streets Division has ended for 2021. Do not set out brush for pickup at this time.  

Crews that were collecting brush will transition to collecting leaves and yard waste. Curbside brush pickup will resume in the spring of 2022.  

Find the dates to set out yard waste at by entering your address into the form.

Large item collection reminder

Collection of large items, or things that won't fit in your refuse cart (appliances, pianos, furniture, carpets, bicycles) now requires scheduling. You need to schedule your large item pickup before you place items on the curb at

Join your North Star neighbors for food carts in the park!

Food cart serving food at a park

Food Cart Night at North Star Park, 502 North Star Drive
Wednesday, October 6, 5-8 pm

Hosted by the North Star Neighborhood Association. Watch their Facebook page for more updates.

SOAR Grand Opening

SOAR Case Management Services has moved into the former Chase Bank building at 4513 Milwaukee Street and is hosting a family-friendly grand opening party from 3 to 6 pm this Friday, October 8. There will be live music from Shakey: A Tribute to Neil Young. All are welcome to stop by to get to know the staff and learn about the services they provide.

Oak Park Place proposals 

Last Wednesday, a virtual meeting was held on two proposals from Oak Park Place: a 12-unit townhome at 5818 Gemini Drive that was previously approved in 2006, and a 99-unit age restricted, senior housing multifamily development at 5817 Halley Way that was previously approved in 2015. 

Review the video

Oak Park Place intends to submit these plans to the City this week, which would mean they will be reviewed by the Urban Design Commission on December 1, 2021; the Plan Commission on December 13, 2021; and by the Common Council on January 4, 2022.

Simply Homes' Jannah Village at 804 Felland Road at Urban Design Commission later this month

Simply Homes LLC has submitted their plans to the City for Jannah Village, a mix of 134 multifamily units and 103 rowhomes at 804 Felland Road. The row homes are two stories, and all have three bedrooms and two car attached garages. The multifamily buildings are three stories and have a mix of efficiencies to three bedrooms. This proposal also includes a clubhouse and pool.

If approved, they intend to begin construction of the row homes this year, and construction of the apartments would be expected to begin in late 2022.

This proposal will be at the Urban Design Commission on Wednesday, October 27 and at Plan Commission on Monday, November 8.

City news, meeting highlights for the week of October 4, 2021


Mayor Rhodes-Conway will be releasing and discussing highlights of the 2022 Executive Operating Budget today, Tuesday, October 5.

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

The budget will be at the Finance Committee on October 11 and 25 and voted on by the Common Council in November.

Common Council meeting
6:30 pm, Tuesday, October 5

Urban Design Commission
4:30 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021

Of interest: Advisory recommendation for a minor alteration for The Meadowlands development at 6810 & 6834 Milwaukee Street, 1, 2 & 45 Wind Stone Drive.

Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee
4 pm, Thursday, October 7, 2021


Hispanic Heritage Month: Latino Wisconsin 

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, you're invited to attend Latino Wisconsin: Migration, Settlement and Social Impact This virtual presentation via Zoom will take place on Wednesday, October 6, at 10 am.

Free bystander intervention training

Hollaback! invites you to register for their new training in Bystander Intervention to Support Latinx Communities in Public Spaces. They are offering this free, one-hour, interactive webinar, in honor of Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) and to bring awareness to the increase of harassment toward the Latinx community in recent years.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 11 am. Register here.

Nominate Madisonians who excel in civility in public discourse

The City of Madison invites you to submit nominations for its annual Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award. This award honors Jeffrey Clay Erlanger, who was an individual of integrity, passion, intelligence, and civility. Jeff understood that thoughtful and caring people could have very different views on how to best address our community's many complex issues and problems. Jeff, who died on June 10, 2007, spent a significant part of his life committed to public service, focusing on constructive advocacy and civil debate, fairness, openness, and effective representation. He embraced the similarities that unite us.

MadLit Festival this Friday

The next MadLit festival is October 8, 8pm-11pm, on State Street. This free event features Supa Friends w/ Marcus Porter + Juciee Monroe.

Join in Walk-tober 2021 

October is a great month for walking. Participate in Walk-tober 2021 with these fun and educational activities that support your body and mind.

Culture Collectives - Madison Pop-Up Shops - Are Now Open on State Street!

Eleven unique and diverse vendors were selected to pop-up their businesses in the two storefronts located at 440 and 444 State Street.


Give direct feedback on the future of John Nolen Drive

Reconstruction is taking place from North Shore Drive to Olin Avenue. Provide your thoughts via this online survey about the future of John Nolen Drive. The input will be used to develop different options for the roadway, multiuse path, and shoreline design. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

Speed reductions save lives - More updates

Yesterday, the City of Madison moved to the next stage of speed changes in this city-wide effort for the Vision Zero initiative. Whitney Way, from Sheboygan Ave to Tokay Blvd, will change from 30 mph to 25 mph. Mineral Point Rd, from Whitney Way to Science Dr, will also see a reduction of the posted speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph. 

Temporary digital signboards are present in the area to remind drivers of the speed limit changes. 

Bus Rapid Transit meetings

City staff will be discussing the East-West BRT line and station locations at three upcoming public information meetings. Each meeting will focus on a specific section of the line – east, west and downtown.

October 7 – Eastside Line, Route & Stations
October 14 – Westside Line, Route & Stations
October 21 – Downtown Line, Route & Stations

Find Zoom links, meeting details and project materials at

What do you value when it comes to your streets?

The City of Madison has been connecting with members of the community to learn what is important to them when it comes to streets throughout the city. The goal is to create an equitable process to design and construct streets – including roadways, sidewalks, terrace trees, and everything in between.

Take the survey and have your opinion recorded.

To request a printed survey, contact or call 608-266-6225.

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