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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 August 1st: Water main flushing starts, voting is ongoing, and other events and announcements

July 30, 2022 1:55 PM

Recordings from the Virtual Neighborhood development meetings, early voting has started, water main flushing starts in August, and more!

  • Community Coffee with Mayor Satya - save the date - August 9th
  • Neighborhood Development meeting recordings
  • Water main flushing starts in August
  • Events: Parks alive and Aldo Leopold Reimagined, Disabliity Pride Celebration, Madison Police "Night Out" at the Mallards Game, 100 Black Men of Wisconsin Back to School Celebration and School Supplies, and Dane Dances kicks off!
  • Announcements: Be a Food Cart Taste Tester and Reviewer, Updated Trash Pickup Schedules, Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic and initial eligibility, Public Health Violence Prevention Funding Grants awarded.

Community Coffee with Mayor Satya - Save the Date! We're planning to host Mayor Satya here in the 3rd district for a Community Coffee on Tuesday, August 9th from 8:30-10am at Twisted Grounds. Stay tuned for final confirmation soon!

Neighborhood Development Meeting Recordings: This past week, we had virtual meetings for two development projects. The recordings are now online:

  • The Plato Madison (3841 E Washington Ave, the former Plaza Hotel) The developer has submitted plans to the City. This project is scheduled to go to the Urban Design Commission on September 7th and to the Plan Commission on September 19th. It does not need the approval of the Common Council. 
  • 102 S Sprecher (Corner of Milwaukee and Sprecher). This is the second meeting for the project -Alder Lemmer hosted a meeting for it back in December. The project has submitted its plans and will be moving through the process starting this month - it will be at the Plan Commission on August 8th and at the Common Council on September 6th. 

Water Main Flushing: The water mains in much of the District 3 will be flushed in August and September. This means you could temporarily have low water pressure or discolored water while crews are working in your area. The map is a bit hard to follow, but basically the light blue solid and dotted areas is what will be flushed in August, and the darker blue is where flushing will occur in September. (The purple dotted areas will be later in the fall) The Water Utility will put up signs when they're about to work in a neighborhood, and you can sign up for weekly update emails by visiting the Water Utility website, along with a link to a higher resolution map than what's in this blogpost. 

A map of areas where water mains will be flushed. Call the Flushing Hotline at 608-261-9178 for questions about specific addresses
Water main flushing schedule. Light blue is August, darker blue September, purple is later in the fall


Voting Information


  • 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:
  • Aldo Leopold Park Reimagined Celebration - Tuesday, August 2nd, join Madison Parks' friends and partners to celebrate the reimagined Aldo Leopold Park! Join us at 3:45pm for a short presentation and ribbon cutting and an afternoon and evening of fun for all ages ending the evening with a free movie. Aldo Leopold Park Reimagined is a Parks Alive event. Three food carts will be onsite with food sponsored by the City of Madison Economic Development Division. Enjoy food and treats from Ty's Kitchen, Churros Blossom and Curt's Popcorn. Plus, a water-filling station provided by the Madison Water Utility's Water Wagon. No bike? No helmet? No problem! Bikes and helmets will be available for community members to use during the event thanks to Bikequity and other partners.
  • July is Disability Pride Month. On Saturday, July 30, 2022 , join Wisconsin's Disability Community at Warner Park from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of the ADA and make plans to make things more inclusive.  A fun day of entertainers, exhibits, adaptive sports, artists, and crafts people. You can check out this link to  learn more about Disability Pride Month.
  • National Night Out with the Madison Police Department @ Madison Mallards: On Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 5-7pm before the game, the Madison Police Department will observe our annual National Night Out at a Madison Mallards Game! National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. You'll have a chance to interact with all the different units of MPD, including our K-9 team, the Mounted Patrol, and the drone team, while participating in family-friendly activities! Our own Police Chief Shon Barnes will be throwing out the First Pitch to start off the game!
  • 100 Black Men of Madison 27th Annual Back to School Celebration - Saturday August 13th, 8am-11am, Goodman South Campus of Madison College (2429 S Perry St) - All Dane County elementary and middle school students of limited income families and their parents are invited to participate in this drive-thru event. Elementary and middle school students accompanied by their parents will receive a new backpack full of school supplies until materials are exhausted. Given current health concerns, all students and parents are asked to remain in their cars, and please wear a mask while interacting with staff and volunteers. Questions? or call 608-205-8572
  • Dane Dances! 2022  "A Season of Celebration" Dane Dances! is a family friendly event on the stunning Monona Terrace rooftop EVERY FRIDAY EVENING IN AUGUST. The much-anticipated summer music series is a great way to get down and dance with your friends, coworkers, or family. The rooftop gets shaking as the sun sets against the iconic Wisconsin State Capitol with the breeze of Lake Monona at your back while you dance. Feel free to bring a blanket, chair and picnic basket; seating on the rooftop is limited. Sorry, carry-in alcohol is prohibited. Dane Dances! promotes inclusivity with a fun night of music and dancing to music and bands for all ages.


  • Be a Volunteer Fall Food Cart Reviewer! The annual Food Cart Review will run September 12 - October 8, 2022, and you can apply to be one of the reviewers!  This review will determine which food carts will be allowed to vend in Downtown Madison from April 15, 2023 - April 14, 2024. Application deadline is Friday, August 19 at 4p.  You will be notified if you have been accepted as a reviewer by August 25th. Reviewers are required to visit at minimum 80% of the food carts in the review.  In 2019 we had 59 carts participate.  During the Review, you must be available 3-4 of the Saturday's between 9a-1p and be able to get Downtown during the week over the lunch hour (11a-2p).  All Reviewers are required to take a mandatory virtual training on Tuesday, August 30 from 6p-7p.  A love for food, small businesses and the vibrancy of our city is a plus! Click here to apply.
  • Reminder: New Trash/Recycling Schedule Starts Monday, August 1, 2022 - Due to the Town of Madison attachment, some folks (especially on the west side) may have new trash pickup days or a change in their recycling pickup. You can read the release and find the new pickup schedules here.
  • Brush collection is slowly winding down for the year. Make sure you don't miss your brush pickup opportunities by getting your schedule at
  • Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic: With expanded eligibility guidance from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Public Health Madison Dane County is opening a monkeypox vaccination clinic. The clinic will open with limited hours on weekdays, by appointment only, starting on Monday, August 1. Learn more about the updated eligibility and how to make an appointment at Monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person, and the virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.
  • Public Health to Fund Violence Prevention Work in the Community Public Health Madison & Dane County is providing funding to community-based organizations who work to reduce violence in our community. A total of $300,000 is being awarded to five organizations. This funding opportunity supports the continued implementation of Public Health's Roadmap to Reducing Violence in Madison and Dane County. Public Health asked for proposals from organizations whose work supports the goals and objectives of the Roadmap. For more information about the funded programs, please see the full release.

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