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Alder Erik Paulson

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Alder Erik Paulson

Contact Information

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 November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021 9:05 PM

  • 5-11 year olds can now get vaccinated
  • City and budget 
  • Neighborhood
  • Community
  • COVID information and resources

5-11 year olds can now get vaccinated

You can now book appointments for 5-11 year olds at the Alliant Energy Center clinic, open Tuesday through Saturday. Demand is high, and appointments may be limited. Consider also checking with your health care provider or other local vaccinators for an appointment. 

City and Budget

Alder districts are changing, including District 3


The new maps take effect on January 1, 2022, rather than when current alder terms are up in April 2023. The new City of Madison alder districts and voting wards were amended and approved by the Common Council last week. In District 3, there will be 14,362 residents based on the 2020 Census data. 

To summarize the changes to our district:

  • The neighborhoods east of Sprecher Road will become part of district 16, currently represented by Alder Jael Currie. Alder Currie will do an excellent job representing her new areas and I will assist whenever possible. 

  • The Burke Heights neighborhood and a portion of Mayfair Park will become part of District 3. 

  • The Hiestand neighborhood, which is currently split between districts 15 and 3, will become entirely within district 3.

Council will vote on the 2022 budget this week

Both the 2022 Executive Operating and Capital Budgets, as amended by the Finance Committee, will be considered with Operating Budget amendments and Capital Budget amendments proposed by the Council on November 9, 10, and 11. 

On November 9, public comment will be accepted on both budgets with Council consideration following all the public comment. 

See the City's full budget process. I encourage reading the Mayor's Executive Summary of the Operating Budget and the Mayor's Executive Summary of the Capital Budget to learn more about the proposed expenses and revenue. Another great resource is District 19 Alder Keith Furman's detailed blog post on the budget and the budget process. 

The Common Council will be taking public comment on the 2022 capital and operating budgets at its 5:30 pm meeting on Tuesday and deliberating the budget on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


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


Just one more leaf pick up left - pumpkins go in the leaf pile

Leaf and yard waste collection for the fall is underway. Learn when you should set out your leaves and yard waste.

More Streets Division updates:

  • Please remember that large item collection has changed. You need to submit a work order before you set the items out for pickup, and remember not to set the items out too early. Wait until the set-out date you chose or the day before the set-out date. Placing items out too early clutters the neighborhood.

  • The 2022 trash & recycling collection calendar is now available. Get yours today. Enter your address into the form and a new tab will open in your web browser. Scroll down to see next year's schedule.

  • Drop-off site hours change seasonally, so be sure you know when the sites are open before loading your car.

  • Winter is around the corner. Be sure to sign up for parking alerts, snow plow update emails, and learn about how to salt your sidewalks and driveways here.

Door Creek Park - Public Input Meeting #2

The community is invited to virtually attend the second community meeting for the new Door Creek Park shelter. At the meeting, Parks staff and the architectural consultant team will review building designs with area residents and park users. 

Door Creek Park - Public Input Meeting #2

Thursday, November 18, 6 pm

See details and register to attend

Oak Park Place proposals 


Oak Park Place has proposed developing 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. 

They reviewed these plans at a virtual neighborhood meeting last month. Watch a video of this meeting.

These plans 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.


Veterans Day Tribute

The Madison Senior Center invites all veterans, friends, family and public officials to attend a Veterans Day Tribute on Thursday, November 11, at 10 am.  

Enjoy refreshments before the program starts at 10:30. Special guests include Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Representative Francesca Hong and Senator Kelda Roys. 

Share your thoughts with MSCR - survey open until November 15

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)'s mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals in the Madison Metropolitan School District and for the community by providing recreation and enrichment opportunities year-round that are accessible to all.

Their Racial Equity Change Team - Community Connections Subcommittee has created a community input survey to ask Madison community members how MSCR can serve them better. In this survey, people can share their thoughts about MSCR's program offerings in their neighborhood.

The survey can be found here:




Deadline for Nominations for the Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award Extended to November 12

The City of Madison has extended the deadline for nominations for the annual Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award until November 12. The award was created in September of 2007 to honor the memory of the late Jeff Erlanger, who was committed to public service, focusing on constructive civil debate, fairness, openness, and effective representation.

The Erlanger Award was created to "recognize individuals or organizations who share Jeff Erlanger's dedication to and compassion for public policy development, politeness, civility, individual and human rights, and who conduct their daily life consistent with these values."

Award nomination forms

Nominations must be returned to the Mayor's Office by mail (Room 403, City County Building, 210 Martin Luther King BLVD) or email ( by 5 pm on November 12.

Traffic Engineering and Madison Public Libraries collaborating to promote safety

The City of Madison Traffic Engineering Division and Madison Public Libraries are kicking off their second Be Bright at Night Campaign this month. The Be Bright at Night campaign aims to encourage safety and lower the barriers to having lights while walking and biking. 

If you walk or bike to the library to pick up books or other materials during the month of November, you will have the opportunity to pick up lights and reflective armbands, free of charge and while supplies last. 

Holiday Fantasy in Lights Hayrides in Olin Park

Hayrides through the Holiday Fantasy in Lights are back. Reserve your own or join a public hayride.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14

$3/per person


Reserved/private hayride dates: Monday, November 15 - Thursday, November 18


COVID information and resources

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