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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

Week of July 25: Monona Terrace 25th party rescheduled to Sunday, neighborhood development meetings, and more

July 23, 2022 1:53 PM

The Monona Terrace 25th Anniversary party is rescheduled by 1 day to Sunday the 24th due to the likely thunderstorms. Also, two neighborhood development meetings coming up this week, plus other city news and events!

  • Dane County Moves into "High" COVID-19 Community Levels
  • Two Virtual Neighborhood Meetings this week: Plaza Hotel redevelopment July 26th, 102 S Sprecher July 28th
  • City Meetings this week
  • Events: Parks Alive at various parks, Opera in the Park and Monona Terrace rescheduled to Sunday the 24th, Goodman Pool Events, Disability Pride, and Mad Lit Concert on State St on Friday
  • Announcements: Brush Collection, in-person voting starts this week, A new guide from the City about how to host outdoor music events, CARES mental health crisis team expands, and food scraps drop-off at farmers' markets. 

Dane County Moves into "High" COVID-19 Community Level

On July 21, 2022, Dane County moved into the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) "high" COVID-19 community level . At this level, in accordance with CDC guidance, Public Health Madison & Dane County recommends that everyone be up-to-date on their vaccines and take additional precautions, including wearing a mask in indoor public spaces. Read the full release here.

Two Neighborhood Meetings this week

  • Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30pm - Plato Madison (3841 E Washington Ave, the former Plaza Hotel). Come hear about plans to convert the Plaza Hotel into a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments. Register online here to get the Zoom link. The developer has submitted plans to the City - they're in Legistar but not yet on the Planning Department's project tracking page. This project is scheduled to go to the Urban Design Commission on September 7th and to the Plan Commission on September 19th, but does not need the approval of the Common Council. 
  • Thursday, July 28th at 6:00pm - 102 S Sprecher (Corner of Milwaukee and Sprecher).  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. Register online here to get the Zoom link for this meeting (it's a different link than the other meeting) This project will be at the Plan Commission on August 8th and at the Common Council on September 6th. 


  • The Common Council is not meeting this week, but this week there are 17 committee meetings, including the Landmarks Commission, the Plan Commission, the Sustainable Madison Committee, the Humanitarian Awards Commission, the Committee on Aging, the Urban Design Commission, the Transportation Commission, the Disability Rights Commission, and the Housing Strategy Committee. For information about the meetings and their agendas, and about additional City meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City meeting schedule.



  • Brush collection is slowly winding down for the year. Make sure you don't miss your brush pickup opportunities by getting your schedule at
  • In-person absentee voting starts on July 26th for the August partisan primary. You can find the list of in-person absentee voting locations by clicking here. This week, the Clerk's office posted a helpful reminder of what types of photo IDs you can use for voting in Wisconsin.
  • OMG! The Outdoor Music Guide is Now Available: The Outdoor Music Guide (OMG) is a new resource that describes the ways someone can run an outdoor live music show, whether it is hosted by an individual, organization or a business. Created by the City to assist musicians and music business owners, the OMG document summarizes all the options based on City ordinances with the understanding that every activity is unique and other rules may apply. The City hopes that this tool answers questions and facilitates the delivery of music-related activities while fostering a vibrant music scene in the community.
  • CARES Team Expands with Second Response Team and Second Station Location to Better Serve City's West and South Sides: The Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) program, is a multi-agency program for addressing non-violent, behavioral health-related emergencies. Dane County's 911 dispatch center dispatches CARES units to these emergencies as an alternative to police. The goal of a CARES response is to assess, de-escalate, treat, and refer or transport patients, as needed, to behavioral health services in the community. The City has expanded the CARES program from one team to two and will be responding from a second location at 2120 Fish Hatchery Road to better access and serve the City's West and South Sides.
  • Food Scraps Drop-off at Farmers' Markets a Success: Drop-off is available Tuesday evenings at the Eastside and South Madison farmers' markets. The markets will be accepting food scraps every Tuesday at the market location until September 27, 2022.
    • The South Madison Farmers' Market is located at 1602 South Park Street and it accepts food scraps from 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Tuesdays.
    • The Eastside Farmers' Market is located at 202 S. Ingersoll Street and it accepts food scraps from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesdays.

You can learn more about their locations and the acceptable food scraps at Information about the program is also available at the market booths. Folks who wish to participate in the food scraps drop-off program can pick up a free small bucket from the food scraps drop-off booths at the Tuesday evening Eastside and South Madison farmers' market.

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