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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 March 28, 2022

March 28, 2022 10:13 PM

  • Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan kickoff meetings next week

  • MPD seeking community input on policing, will host focus groups as part of strategic plan

  • Brush Collection dates now available

  • Madison Public Library updates 

  • Madison Senior Center's annual art celebration is back

  • Make Music Madison 2022

  • Financial assistance to homeowners impacted by the pandemic is available through the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH) program

  • Get ready for the April 5 Spring election

  • Parks updates

  • City news

  • COVID information

Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan Kickoff meetings next week

map of Hawthorne Truax planning area. Generally follows E Washington Ave and Hwy 51, and is bound by Hwy 30, the airport and Pierstorff and Mendota Streets.

The Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan process is getting underway and will chart a course of action for the neighborhood over the next 10 to 20 years.  The planning area generally follows East Washington Ave and Hwy 51, and is bound by Hwy 30, the airport and Pierstorff and Mendota Streets.  

Initial public meetings will be held virtually on April 4th at 6 pm and April 7 at 12 pm.  

Registration is required and can be done on the plan web page:  

While you're there, sign up for the email list to be notified of all future meetings and events. Check out the Map and Data Book for background information related to land use, neighborhood assets and upcoming projects like BRT and the Hwy 51 redesign.  

Post your thoughts and ideas on the neighborhood and its future to the interactive commenting map.

MPD seeking community input on policing, will host focus groups as part of strategic plan

The Madison Police Department is in the process of setting a long-range strategic plan and is seeking community input throughout this process

There will be a virtual community focus group meeting for the East Police District on April 5, from 6:30 - 8 pm. The meeting will cover broad themes on topics such as community trust, the role of police, community policing, crime and safety, and police staffing.

East District's community focus group meeting

April 5, 6:30 - 8 pm

Pre-registration is required

Translation services can be requested three days prior to the meetings by emailing

Brush Collection dates now available

Collection will begin the week of April 3, 2022 for certain neighborhoods. Learn when to set out your brush for pickup at

A reminder that the dates when you should set out yard waste for spring collection are also now available at

Madison Public Library introduces new video streaming service

Anyone with a Madison Public Library card can now enjoy 30,000+ free videos from Kanopy. Kanopy offers high-quality films to libraries around the globe that inspire, educate and entertain. The library's subscription also includes unlimited access to Kanopy Kids and Great Courses. Kanopy Kids offers a carefully curated collection of children's programming that supports early literacy, STEM education, and even foreign language learning. Using favorite children's characters from Sesame Street, PBS Kids, Weston Woods, and more. Great Courses are a collection of lectures on a variety of topics from literature, health, finance, and more.   

Madison BCycle Relaunches Community pass program

Madison BCycle station at Pinney Library

Madison BCycle and Madison Public Library have relaunched the Community Pass Program in conjunction with the return of BCycles to stations around Madison.

The program, in partnership with the Madison Public Library Foundation, enables riders to use their Madison Public Library card to access one of over 350 electric bikes. 

Each Madison Public Library location has two Community Passes available for checkout. Madison BCycle currently has a station outside of the Central Library location on West Mifflin Street and at Pinney Library on Cottage Grove Road.

Madison Senior Center's annual art celebration is back

The Madison Senior Center's annual celebration of local artists age 55+ is back after a two year pandemic hiatus. All artists 55+, those who like to dabble, those who are quite serious, and everyone in between, are invited to participate in An Artful Affair

Artwork is dropped off on Tuesday, April 26. The grand opening of the exhibit will be Friday, May 6, 5 - 8:30 pm in conjunction with MMOCA's Spring Gallery Night.

Make Music Madison June 21, 2022 

Make Music Madison logo

Make Music Madison registration for its tenth annual outdoor, citywide musical celebration is open. The 2021 event featured 312 concerts at 112 venues with over 1,000 individual musicians. Registration to perform or host a performance opens this month. Learn more at

Financial assistance to homeowners impacted by the pandemic is available through the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH) program

Eligible homeowners (with and without a mortgage) who have experienced financial hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic can now receive financial assistance with overdue housing-related bills like mortgage payments, local property taxes, utilities, housing counseling and legal services. Eligible households can receive a maximum award of $40,000. Application is live and open on a first-come, first-served basis at

Landlords and renters may also receive financial assistance as a result of the pandemic through Dane CORE 2.0 Emergency Rental Assistance.

Get ready for the April 5 Spring election

A roll of voting stickers and an absentee ballot stamp

In-person absentee voting is underway.

Acceptable photo ID to vote

As you prepare for the Spring Election on April 5, the City of Madison Clerk's Office wants to remind you what types of photo ID you can use for voting in Wisconsin.

Sample ballots available

Voters can view a sample ballot for their address on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

Polling locations 

The ward numbers for some of District 3 have changed with redistricting. Additionally, some polling locations have changed. Find your ward number and polling location at 


Ride the Drive 2022 canceled due to staffing shortages

Due to staffing shortages, Madison Parks has made the difficult decision to cancel Ride the Drive 2022. They will be focusing programming efforts on Warner Park, Olbrich Gardens, Aquatics, and neighborhood park-focused events such as Sina Davis Movies in the Park, the Learning Series, and Carts in Parks.


Volunteers needed for the Earth Day Challenge and Dog Park Cleanup Day

Two large, smiling dogs standing on grass
District 3 residents Benny and Molly Jones. Photo courtesy of Mike and Jess Jones.

Earth Day Challenge

Celebrate Earth Day with your neighbors and friends by volunteering to clean up your local park at the Earth Day Challenge. Volunteers are needed to assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, removing sticks, and more on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

There is an especially great need for volunteers at McGinnis Park (9 Crystal Lane) and North Star Park (502 North Star Drive.)

Do you love your dog park? Help spruce up and clean up your favorite off-leash dog park at Dog Park Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Volunteers are needed to assist with picking up trash and scooping up dog poop. Parks will supply the trash bags, gloves, scoopers, and buckets. 

Garlic Mustard pull event at Heritage Sanctuary Saturday, April 30, 9 am - noon

Thank you to Beth Godfrey for this information.

Garlic mustard is an aggressive invasive species threatening woodlands and native plants including the outstanding trillium display each spring in Madison's Heritage Sanctuary Conservation Park. Please consider assisting with a garlic mustard pull on Saturday April 30 from 9 am to noon. 

A staff person from Madison Parks will lead this off-trail project.  Volunteers should wear garden gloves and bring a dandelion weeder. Meet by the sanctuary sign at the south entrance (625 Meadowlark Drive) at 8:50 am. 

Please email Beth at if you plan to volunteer.

Wildflower viewing tip from Madison Parks: At peak trillium bloom in early to mid-May, the 9.3 acre Heritage Sanctuary is unequaled. Under an oak forest canopy lies a wildflower carpet more typical of a maple forest. Heritage Sanctuary is located on Madison's east side in the Heritage Heights neighborhood.


City meetings scheduled for this week

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