Alder Erik Paulson
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Paulson’s Updates
Week of July 11th Updates: City and Neighborhood Meetings, Statements on Highland Park shooting, and more
This week I wanted to highlight some upcoming city meetings, two upcoming (virtual) neighborhood meetings, statements on the Highland Park shooting and Madison connection, Disability Pride month resources, and more!
- Meetings: Plan Commission (Emerson Assisted Living Conditional Use), Common Council (now in-person and virtual!), and the Public Safety Review Committee (possible ban on tear gas and other methods for crowd control)
- Two Virtual Neighborhood Meeting Save the Dates: Plaza Hotel redevelopment July 26th, 102 S Sprecher July 28th
- Statements from the Mayor and Police Chief on Highland Park shooting
- Disability Pride Month Continues in July - History of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- More Events: Parks Alive, Public Health Madison & Dane County event on Gun Safety
- More Announcements: Hybrid Council meeting, $1M grant from Dept of Energy for City of Madison buildings, new charge for recycling starts soon, Metro public art competition
- More Save-the-Dates: Opera in the Park, Monona Terrace 25th Birthday Party
- The Plan Commission will meet on Monday, July 11th at 5pm. On the agenda is the conditional use approval that Emerson Assisted Living is requesting (402 Rustic Drive, just off Sprecher) A reminder that this project is to increase the number of residents from 8-10 to 9-15, all through interior renovation. The footprint of the current building will not change.
- The Common Council will meet in hybrid format at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 12.
- On Wednesday, July 13, the Public Safety Review Committee (PSRC) will discuss the proposed ordinance that would prohibit the Madison Police Department and law enforcement responding under mutual aid from using tear gas, mace, impact projectile devices or other chemical agent for the purposes of crowd control. The virtual meeting begins at 5pm. The schedule is that the PSRC will vote on Wednesday the 13th to make a recommendation to the Common Council, and the Common Council will consider that recommendation on Tuesday, July 19th.
- For information about additional City meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City meeting schedule.
Save the dates: Upcoming Virtual Neighborhood Meetings for Developments
July 26th, 6:30pm: 3841 E Washington Ave (former Plaza Hotel, soon to be Plato Madison). Watch for a link for this coming in a future update, but the developers who have purchased the Plaza Hotel will be sharing their plans about the conversion of the former hotel into the Plato Madison, which will be aimed at workforce housing and be a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments, for a total of 175 to 190 units. They have not yet submitted their material to the City but plan to do so soon.
July 28th, 6pm: 102 S Sprecher (Corner of Milwaukee and Sprecher). Watch for a link for this in the near future, and for postcards for neighbors who are within a few blocks of development. Alder Lemmer held a neighborhood meeting for this project back in December, now that the project has submitted its plans we'll have a refresher before the project goes before the various City boards and commissions.
Statements on Highland Park Shooting and Madison
We were all of course horrified by the shootings in Highland Park, and deeply unsettled to later learn that the shooter traveled to the Madison area. I wanted to share the Mayor's statement and the Chief of Police's statement:
- Mayor of Madison Reacts to News About Highland Park Suspect's Trip to Madison Area
- Police chief responds to Highland Park shooting, possible attack locally
Disability Pride Month continues in July
Please see below for a few items the City's Department of Civil Rights highlighted for folks interested in learning more about the history of the ADA.
Things to Read:
- The History of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability Rights and Education Fund - The story of the ADA, a movement prescriptive
- A Brief History of the Disability Rights Movement, Anti-Defamation League - Summary of Disability Rights Legislation in the US leading up to the ADA
Things to watch: (closed caption available)
- How the ADA Changed the Built World, Crip Camp and Netflix Film Club
- President George HW Bush's speech upon the signing of the ADA on July 26, 1990
- Senator Tom Harkin's floor speech upon passage of the ADA – This may have been the first time a Senator gave an address in American Sign Language (ASL). Senator Harkin sponsored the bill and is still fierce ally to the disability community. He holds the annual Harkin International Disability Employment Summit.
- Public Health Madison & Dane County's Violence Prevention Unit, in partnership with Be SMART from Moms Demand Action, is hosting a virtual session on gun safety on Tuesday, July 12, from 12pm-1pm. The virtual session is free but registration is required. Find more information here.
- Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. This is a great opportunity to come out to local parks, build community, strengthen relationships, and have fun! Click on the following parks to see dates, times and activities for:
- The Madison Common Council and Mayor Rhodes-Conway are excited to announce the development of a hybrid format for Common Council meetings to help further the City's equity, accessibility and resident engagement goals. Members of the public may choose to view and/or provide comment in person or virtually at hybrid Council meetings. Read more here.
- Sample ballots are available for the partisan primary that will be held on August 9, 2022. Read the press release here. You can find a sample ballot for your address at www.MyVote.WI.gov.
- Common Council to Take Up DOE Grant for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings - The City will receive $1,157,855 in grant funding to implement GEB strategies in 5-6 municipal buildings.
- The Resource Recovery Special Charge will begin showing up on your Municipal Services Bill starting in August. Everyone who receives City of Madison recycling collection will receive this bill. To learn how much it will cost and the reason why it was created in the budget that was passed last year, visit the FAQ section of the Resource Recovery Special Charge page on the Streets Division website.
- Metro Transit Public Art Project Finalists - Four finalists will develop proposals for a public art project on the Metro Transit Maintenance Facility on East Washington Ave. Feedback due noon on July 12.
Save the Dates!
- Opera in the Park is coming to Garner Park, 333 S. Rosa Road, on July 23 at 8pm. Read more here.
- Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a free community celebration on Saturday, July 23, from 6:30pm-9:45pm at its William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens. The event will feature local and regional bands, dance performances, and conclude with a spectacular drone show over Lake Monona. More details here.
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