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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 April 12, 2022

April 12, 2022 9:30 PM

  • Public involvement meetings for Beltline long-term planning study

  • The Boneyard requesting the ability to have live music on Friday and Saturday nights at April 20 Alcohol License Review Committee meeting

  • Application expected in May: Rikkers' proposed multifamily development at the southwest corner of Sprecher Road and Milwaukee Street

  • Parks

  • City news

  • Survey reminder: Metro Transit Network Redesign map

  • Recordings available: Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan kickoff meetings 

  • COVID information


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southwest Region has scheduled two public involvement meetings to discuss the Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) corridor study underway for the Madison Beltline. The Madison Beltline PEL study is a long-term planning study, and no construction projects are identified at this time.  

The PEL is expected to be completed in 2023. Upon completion of the PEL study, solutions studied will be further evaluated under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

The objectives of the PEL study are to:

  • Improve safety for all travel modes

  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle accommodations

  • Enhance transit ridership and routing opportunities

  • Improve connections across and adjacent to the Beltline for all travel modes

  • Address Beltline infrastructure condition and deficiencies

  • Address system mobility for all travel modes

  • Limit adverse social, cultural, and environmental effects to the extent practicable

  • Enhance efficient regional multimodal access to Madison metropolitan area economic centers

  • Decrease Beltline traffic diversion impacts to neighborhood streets

  • Complement other major transportation initiatives and studies in the Madison area

  • Support infrastructure and other measures that encourage alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle travel

The next meeting is:

Wednesday, April 13

5 - 6:30 pm

(Presentation at 5:30 pm)

The Village on Park Community Room

2300 South Park Street, Madison

To learn more, please visit the project website at

The presentation and display materials will also be available for review on the project website at (search Madison Beltline Study) beginning Thursday, April 14. On this page, you can watch the presentation video, view the individual displays, take a short survey and provide feedback via the comment form.  

The Boneyard requesting the ability to have live music on Friday and Saturday nights at April 20 Alcohol License Review Committee meeting

The Boneyard, located at 1018 Walsh Road, has applied for an entertainment license in order to have live music on Friday and Saturday nights over the summer. This would be for outdoor music going no later than 10 pm.

This request will be reviewed and voted on at the Wednesday, April 20 Alcohol License Review Committee meeting. If you have feedback, please feel free to contact me at  


The project plan includes approximately 141 market rate apartments over four floors. It also includes 166 parking stalls, of which 85 would be underground and 81 would be surface stalls. Per the City's requirements, it would create a new north-south road on the western edge of the property and would extend Driscoll drive to the east to intersect with the new road. 

They intend to submit this plan to the city on May 16, 2022. It would then be at Plan Commission on June 27, 2022 and at Common Council on July 12, 2022.

Review the video of the December 2021 neighborhood meeting that was held on the proposal.


Yahara Hills Golf Course open

Yahara Hills Golf Course opened today, Tuesday, April 12, with carts. Monona is also open with carts.

What to know:

  • Clubhouses are open and face coverings are welcomed but not required while inside.

  • Tee times are spaced 10 minutes apart.

  • A limited selection of food and beverage items will be available for purchase.

  • Bunker rakes and ball washers are not currently available.

Book your tee time

Volunteers needed for the 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.)

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

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. 

Please email Beth at if you plan to volunteer.

City news

On Monday, April 11, the Finance Committee recommended approval of the resource recovery special charge which will help cover the increasing costs of recycling for the city and will be charged to all curbside recycling customers. It is anticipated that the special charge will be collected as part of the Municipal Service Bill with revenues to total approximately $3,000,000 in 2023. It would be a flat fee of about $4.10 per month per household and not based on the volume of recycling collected. 

From the mayor

Survey reminder: Metro Transit Network Redesign map

draft network redesign map

This draft plan is designed toward the ridership goal. The plan focuses on fewer routes that are more direct and frequent, while providing coverage where it is needed most.

Take the Network Redesign Draft Plan Survey

Over the next few months, staff will be analyzing feedback on Metro's Network Redesign Draft Plan and making adjustments. The survey will be available until the end of April.

Survey (English)

Survey (Spanish)

Paper copies of the survey are available in English, Spanish and Hmong. Call 608-266-4466 or email to request a copy.

You can also provide feedback by emailing

Learn more at


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.  

Recordings of last week's virtual meetings.

Read more about the process on the plan's webpage:

COVID information and resources

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