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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

Updates February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020 7:34 PM

  1. Message from Public Health on the Coronavirus

  2. Pinney Library closing for four weeks to move

  3. Neighborhood Meeting: Summit Credit Union moving across the street

  4. Sprecher East: Blasting happening at the future Kwik Trip site 

  5. PFAs information

  6. Hear our neighbor and Madison's Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez

  7. Reminder: New coffee shop coming to Grandview Commons

  8. Reminder: Report snow problems

  9. City meetings schedule

1. Message from Public Health on the Coronavirus

Public Health Madison & Dane County are actively monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak and working closely with state and local partners to prepare in case anyone in our community tests positive for the coronavirus. There have been no reported cases in Wisconsin to date. They are sharing how we are staying prepared in case someone in our community tests positive for the virus.

2. Pinney Library closing for four weeks to move

Play Lab at the new Pinney Library under construction

Photo of the Play Lab at the new Pinney Library under construction. More photos.

Madison Public Library's Pinney Library, currently located at an interim space at 211 Cottage Grove Rd., will close to the public on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 5 pm. The library will remain closed during the move to the new library on 516 Cottage Grove Rd., and will reopen to the public on Thursday, March 12 at 11 am with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and resumption of regular service hours. A grand opening weekend will follow on March 14 (9 am - 5 pm) and March 15 (1-5 pm).

Service details for library customers

On closing day (Feb. 16 at 5 pm)

  • Book drop at 211 Cottage Grove Rd. will close permanently on Feb. 16 at 5 pm, when the library closes.

  • Items on hold for customers at Pinney Library will be moved to Hawthorne Library (2707 E. Washington Ave.) and be available for pickup Monday, Feb. 17 at 10 am

While the Pinney Library is closed (Feb. 16, 5 pm - March 12, 11 am)

  • Items checked out from Pinney Library should be returned to other libraries during this time. Nearest libraries are Hawthorne Library (2707 E. Washington Ave.) and Monona Public Library (1000 Nichols Rd.)

  • Book drops at both temporary Pinney Library (211 Cottage Grove Rd.) and new Pinney Library (516 Cottage Grove Rd.) will be closed.

On opening day (March 12 at 11 am)

  • Phone service begins at noon on March 12.

  • Official ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 11 am. Library will open for service when ceremony is complete.

  • Holds for Pinney patrons will be moved to Pinney Library on Mar. 12 and be available at noon.

3. Neighborhood Meeting: Summit Credit Union moving across the street

Summit Credit Union plans to move from their current location at 6420 Cottage Grove Road to across Sprecher Road. The new location will be next to the future Kwik Trip at Cottage Grove Road and Sprecher Road.

This meeting is your opportunity to learn more about this plan and ask questions.

Neighborhood Meeting: Summit Credit Union moving across the street
Monday, February 17, 6:30-8 pm 
Door Creek Church
6602 Dominion Dr, Madison, WI 53718

4. Sprecher East: Blasting happening at the future Kwik Trip site 

Blasting at the future Kwik Trip site at Cottage Grove Road and Sprecher Road is resuming this week, on Monday, Feb. 3. The contractor, Falcon, anticipates it will last about three weeks. They will be blasting multiple small blasts per day and will sound a horn three times prior to blasting and one time afterward for an all clear.

If you have questions or concerns about the blasting, please contact Quint Miller, Project Manager at 920-230-2828, ext. 2.

5. PFAs information

Do you have questions about PFAS and Madison's drinking water? Madison Water Utility has been posting PFAS test results online since 2017. You can find the latest results at the link below.

You can also enter your address to see which municipal wells serve your home and access the water quality testing information for those wells. Water is tested regularly for a large number of man-made and naturally-occurring contaminants, including coliform bacteria, radionuclides, solvents & cleaners, pesticides, and heavy metals.

PFAS compounds are not regulated at the federal or state level, although Wisconsin is working toward developing drinking water standards. No water utilities in Wisconsin are currently required to test for any PFAS compounds in drinking water. No food packaging or consumer products are required to label or disclose the presence of PFAS.

If you have questions about PFAs or water quality testing in general, email, or contact Isabel or Joe in the water quality department at (608) 266-4654.

6. Hear our neighbor and Madison's Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez

Headshot of Angela Trudell Vasquez

Her first reading as Madison Poet Laureate will be this Thursday, February 6, at 6 pm at A Room of One's Own Bookstore, 315 W Gorham St. The reading is free and open to the public.

She will also be reading  at the Madison Central Library on Saturday, February 22. The program will include readings from all three of her collections, including her latest published in May 2019, In Light, Always Light. There will be music, and some interpretive dancing to poems. This is a family friendly affair for all ages. She will talk about how she became a poet, her influences, how she approaches the page, her plans for her new role, and the craft of poetry and history of prosody. There will be a Q&A and time to mingle.

Angela Trudell Vasquez: Madison Poet Laureate Public Reception & Reading
Central Library, Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2--3:30 pm

The cover of her most recent book, In Light, Always Light, is of Hiestand Park. According to Ms. Trudell Vasquez, she edited many poems there and people in our neighborhood make appearances throughout the pages.

Rolling Meadows resident Angela Trudell Vasquez has been appointed to serve as the next Poet Laureate for the City of Madison. She will hold the volunteer position until January 16, 2022.

7. Reminder: New coffee shop coming to Grandview Commons

According to owner Abby Padlock, her coffee shop Twisted Grounds will be opening its doors in Grandview Commons in April. 

Padlock says Twisted Grounds will be a cozy place you can comfortably come alone or with friends to enjoy a latte or glass of wine. The coffee shop will include an outdoor seating area and have a full food menu too.

Watch for updates about Twisted Grounds at They are currently hiring baristas. Send a message to the Facebook page if you're interested in applying. 

8. Reminder: Report snow problems

The city has this online form for reporting problems with snow or ice removal. 

9. City meetings schedule

City weekly meeting schedule

The Mayor's meeting schedule

The County weekly meeting schedule

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