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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 Jan 23: Hawthrone-Truax plan review, Sycamore Park planning, Senator Agard listening session, and more

January 21, 2023 4:12 PM

Recognizing an outstanding member of the city staff, Hawthrone-Truax neighborhood plan and Sycamore Park plan, Senator Agard listening session, and lots more to get to this week.

  • City of Madison Fleet Employee of the Year Andrew Harrison 
  • Hawthrone-Truax Neighborhood Plan review meeting - virtual and in-person options Tues the 24th and Mon the 30th
  • Sycamore Park Master Plan public meeting Thurs the 26th (virtual)
  • Senator Agard Listening Session at Pinney Library
  • Street Tree Pruning in parts of District 3 (west of I90)
  • Other City meetings, events, and annoucements

I'm going to have a couple more blog posts later this week about Safe Streets Madison projects in District 3, and the Accessible Taxi Cab grant program I'm sponsoring. I try to keep the number of posts and email I send out down, but those are both big items that need their own posts so I hope you don't mind a little extra email this week.

Fleet Recognizes 2022 Employee of the Year Andrew Harrison

The Fleet Employee of the Year award is a relatively new tradition launched in 2018 to help increase the morale of employees and recognize their outstanding work. On December 20th, 2022 we were proud to announce that 2022 Fleet Employee of the Year was an unusually artistic and creative Fleet Technician, Andrew Harrison at Fleet's end of year party. Andrew works at Emil Street, primarily taking care of City Engineering vehicles, and by wide consensus is considered one of the most skilled, dependable, and customer service oriented mechanics on the team.

Read more about Andrew on the Fleet Service blog.

Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan draft and upcoming meeting Tues Jan 24th and Jan 30th!

The Draft Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan is available for public review and the Planning Division welcomes feedback through February 13th on recommendations for land use, transportation, greenspace, community programs, and more. Also share feedback for spending $250,000 of federal grant funds in the area. Some project ideas so far have included a basketball court, biking facilities, public art, and placemaking.

The project team will host public meetings and attend community-led activities to share the draft plan and invite comments. Copies of the draft plan will also be available at the Hawthorne Public Library - 2702 E. Washington Ave., 53704 and East Madison Community Center - 8 Straubel Ct., 53704.

Public Meetings:
·         Virtual/in-person public meeting January 24 at 6:00 p.m. People may attend this meeting virtually via Zoom by registering here or in-person at Hawthorne Elementary School, 3344 Concord Avenue.
·         In-person meeting at East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Ct. January 30, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Please submit comments by February 13th, and send questions anytime to Linda Horvath or Dan McAuliffe. The next step will be for staff to prepare a final draft plan for review and approval by City Boards, Committees and Commisions.
A map showing the Hawthorne neighborhood area, mostly west of US 51 and split over E washington ave

Sycamore Park Master Planning in 2023 - Thursday Jan 26 Save the Dates!

Save the dates for a set of upcoming virtual meetings on updates to the Sycamore Park Master Plan. The meetings will be at 6pm, and you can find out more on at the Parks website as well as register for the Zoom:

  • Meeting #1: Park background information, planning process overview, public input
    • Thursday, January 26
  • Meeting #2: Present draft master plan for feedback
    • Monday, February 27
  • Meeting #3: Present revised master plan for feedback
    • Thursday, March 30

State Senator Melissa Agard Listening Session 

From our State Senator: 

I am reaching out to invite you to my next listening session for Senate District 16 this coming Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm at the Pinney Library (516 Cottage Road, Madison, WI 53716).  

Your thoughts and opinions about the issues impacting your life, and your communities, are so important to me.  I am your voice in the State Senate and my work would not be possible without your continued involvement and input. 

The link to our Facebook event follows and it would be greatly appreciated if you would share this with your networks: 

Senator Agard standing in front of the Pinney Library, with detals about her Jan 26th listening session at 6:30pm

Street Tree Pruning - upcoming areas of work

City Forestry crews will soon be pruning trees in the area highlighted in purple below. (For folks who might not be able to see the map, the area in purple is a triangle that covers the area north of Highway 30, all the way to East Washington Ave, and then diagonally up along E Wash and out a bit past the interstate) Our objective is to prune every tree that requires work within that area. Some information regarding pruning operations can be found here. If you have any questions, you can contact the interim City Forester Craig Klinke at 

This map only shows what's happening in the near future, but note that all parts of District 3 that are west of the Interstate are scheduled for some tree pruning over the next few months, for all street trees. There is no scheduled tree pruning east of the Interstate. For folks who might be reading this and are south of Cottage Grove Road in other districts, there is tree pruning, but only for younger trees - those planted in the last 9 years. 

A map showing street tree pruning areas in jan of 2023. North of HW 30, west to East Wash, and then diagonally back up east wash


Other City meetings, events, and annoucements

Madison Forward Fund Planning Work Group: The Madison Forward Fund Planning Work Group meets virtually on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 2:00 PM. An agenda item is a discussion regarding recommendations for next iterations/continuation of the Madison Forward Fund Program.

Sustainable Madison Committee: The Sustainable Madison Committee meets virtually on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 4:30 PM. An item on the agenda is a presentation on Complete Green Streets.

Transportation Commission: The Transportation Commission meets virtually on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Agenda items include establishing a grant program to support accessible taxi cabs in Madison, Safe Streets Madison projects (including some in district 3 - look for an upcoming blog post!) and a Public Works transportation projects review and feedback.




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