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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 Sept 26: COVID boosters, city budget, Fire Dept virtual recruiting event, and more

September 24, 2022 3:35 PM

We're finishing up September with the next step in the capital budget, Public Health Madison & Dane County is expanding hours to make it easier to get the updated COVID boosters, and many other City meetings, events, and announcements.

  • City Budget, and my proposed amendments to the capital budget
  • Appointments Now Available for Updated COVID Boosters
  • Other City Meetings
  • Events: Madison Fire Dept virtual recruitment open house, food scraps recycling extended to Oct 25th
  • Announcements: Absentee ballots are in the mail, DANECore emergency rental assistance fund reopening for applications, Adams Outdoor Advertising is seeking art to display on digital billboards for Indigenous People's Day 2022 Tribute. 

City Budget Process Continues This Week

The City Budget process is moving ahead, this week with the Finance Committee considering amendments from alders to the capital budget. The capital budget is for the "big things" - new buildings, road reconstruction, and other things that are expected to last for multiple years.

I am proposing two amendments to the capital budget. The first is a funding program to increase the availability of accessible taxi cabs in Madison. It is much harder now than it was a few years ago to get a taxi cab if you use a wheelchair, and I hope we can reverse that trend. The second amendment is a "backup plan" for expanding the funding for Safe Streets Madison (SSM.) SSM is the program that funds the safety improvements we make to streets - think speed bumps, flashing pedestrian signs, or other traffic calming measures. The list of SSM projects in Madison is very long and it will take us years to get through them all. Madison is applying for a grant through the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will dramatically increase the number of projects we can do, and we are well-positioned to get the grant, but just in case we don't get the grant, I have an amendment that won't change the amount of city tax dollars we spend next year but will still help us make faster progress through the backlog of projects.    

The operating budget - the part of the budget that pays for staff salaries and other expenses that only apply for the year - will start the review in early October, when the Mayor releases her proposed operating budget on October 10th.

Appointments Now Available for Updated COVID Boosters with Public Health Madison & Dane County

Public Health Madison & Dane County is expanding its clinic hours and adding availability on weekends, in an effort to meet demand for the newly updated COVID-19 boosters. The CDC recommends everyone who is eligible stay up to date on vaccinations by getting an updated booster dose at least 2 months after their last COVID shot or at least 3 months after a COVID infection .

You can find out more about the locations and hours by checking out the full release from PHMDC



  • Food scraps recycling: Food scraps recycling for 2022 has been extended to October 25 at two farmer's market drop-off sites:
    • Market Site 1: South Madison Farmer's Market (1602 S. Park Street, Labor Temple)
      • Hours: 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
      • Dates open: Only Tuesday markets
    • Market Site 2: Eastside Farmer's Market (202 S. Ingersoll Street, McPike Park)
      • Hours: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
      • Dates open: Only Tuesday evenings
  • Fair Housing Training: The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is offering a free online fair housing training seminar for owners and managers of rental properties, or staff operating residential programs, in Madison on Thursday, September 29, 8:30am – 10am and on Wednesday, November 9, 6pm-7:30pm. The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices delineated by local, state and federal fair housing laws, as well as emerging issues such as sexual harassment and hate incidents in housing situations. To register for this free online seminar, visit or call 608-257-0853.
  • Complete Green Streets public presentation: Join City of Madison staff and project consultants at 7pm on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, for a virtual public presentation to share the draft Complete Green Streets framework, including priorities and decision-making elements that will shape how the City plans to design streets moving forward.  More information and a link to register for the Zoom meeting is online
  • MFD virtual recruitment open house events: For the first time ever, the Madison Fire Department (MFD) will host a series of virtual recruitment open houses aimed at introducing new audiences to the idea of becoming a career firefighter/EMT.
    • The first virtual open house takes place Monday, September 26, 6pm-8pm. Register here to participate.
    • On Tuesday, October 4, 6pm-8pm, the MFD will host a virtual recruitment open house for women. This event is designed to connect women interested in fire/EMS with other women currently serving at the MFD, and to share job-related information that is especially relevant to women. Register here to participate.


  • Business District Support Program: The Business District Support Program website is now live and is accepting applications on a first come, first served basis. This program will provide grant funds to eligible local organizations that can activate or reactivate business districts by promoting small businesses and other economic growth activities such as programs, assistance, and events such as markets or festivals. In addition, this grant can be for existing business associations or new groups interested in exploring or starting a new business district.
  • Indigenous People's Day 2022 Tribute: Adams Outdoor Advertising is seeking art from native students for a week-long digital display in honor of indigenous nations in Wisconsin. These designs will appear at different times throughout the day and week on digital billboards in the Madison area (Sun Prairie, DeForest, Waunakee). Each design will feature an image of the artwork, the artist's name, and the title of the artwork. Submissions are due by October 1. Questions? Contact Evan Schultz at 608-271-7900 or
    • What to submit
      • Photo or JPEG file of the artwork
      • Artist's full name and tribal affiliation
      • Title of artwork, if applicable
      • Open to all artistic mediums (may be cropped to fit billboard)
    • Where to submit
  • Dane CORE 2.0: Dane County and the City of Madison were notified this week that their requests for additional emergency rental assistance funds have been approved. That means more federal funds will soon be available to continue the Dane CORE 2.0 program. The Dane CORE 2.0 application portal, which temporarily closed on September 15, will re-open at 12:00 am CST on Wednesday, October 5, for persons interested in submitting new applications and additional funding requests (AFR's). Applications received prior to the September 15 pause will continue to be processed without interruption, and eligible claims will be paid.It is not necessary to resubmit those applications when the portal re-opens. Anyone wishing to review the status of an application that has already been submitted to see if there are any open tasks and that all information is up to date should log into Neighborly.

    Please note that the program changes described in our previous message will go into effect for any applications submitted after the portal re-opens. These changes are designed to reserve funds for those households facing the greatest economic hardships.
    They include the following:
    • Program benefits will be available only to those with household incomes at or below 50% of the County Median Income. (Previously, the income threshold was 80% of County Median Income). 
    • The program will provide assistance only for past-due (unpaid) rents.
    • Only arrears accrued since July 1, 2021 will be eligible.
    • Assistance will not be available for forward/future rent payments unless paired with security deposit assistance.
  • General election is November 8: The general election is coming up on November 8, and voters can view a sample ballot for their address on the MyVote Wisconsin website.  Voters who reside in the Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton/Cross Plains, or Verona Area School Districts will also see school district referendum questions on their ballot. A number of offices are also up for election:
    • Governor/Lieutenant Governor
    • Attorney General
    • Secretary of State
    • State Treasurer
    • U.S. Senator
    • U.S. Congressional Representative – District 2
    • State Senator – District 27
      • Voters who reside in District 27 will see this office on their ballot
    • Representative to State Assembly – Districts 46, 47, 48, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
      • Voters who reside in each district will see that district's race on their ballot
    • Dane County Sheriff
    • Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • All Dane County voters will see three referendum questions on their ballots..
  • Streets Division update: Residents get three curbside collection opportunities in the fall - Yard waste and leaves can be placed on the terrace, which is the grassy space between the sidewalk and the curb. If no terrace is available, it can be placed at the road edge or in the driveway apron. Click here for more information.
  • Absentee ballots are in the mail: Voters are encouraged to ensure their absentee ballot certificate envelope is sealed and complete before returning it to the City Clerk's Office. A complete absentee certificate envelope will include voter signature, witness signature and witness address.

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