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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 Oct 17: In an unsafe relationship? Help is available. Also, Water main flushing, and many other updates

October 15, 2022 2:06 PM

If you're in an unsafe relationship, help is available - Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Water Main flushing in the area, a survey for rental property owners, links to recent WisDOT meetings on I39/90/94 and US 51, interviews for the vacant District 17 seat on the Common Council (former Alder Halverson), dedicating a park to in honor of Dick Wagner, and more events and announcements.

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - there is help available
  • Water Main flushing in the area this week
  • Survey for owners of smaller rental properties
  • Recent WisDOT Public Information meetings on I39/90/94 and US 51
  • City Meetings: Interviews for D17 seat (former Alder Halverson), Public Health, Alcohol Licensing
  • Events: Park dedication in honor of Dick Wagner, Homebuyer Education, violence prevention, and more
  • Announcements: Celebrating Native Nations with Madison Public Library, Focus on Cherokee Marsh, October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and more

 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is held throughout the month of October as a way to bring advocates across the nation together to end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, the City of Madison, along with communities across the country, will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence.

If you or someone you know feels unsafe in a relationship, help is available 24 hours a day by calling (608) 251-4445 or texting (608) 420-4638.  In an emergency, please call 911. For more resources, please visit https://abuseintervention.org/
 

Water Main Flushing this week

The Water Utility will be flushing water mains this week over a big chunk of District 3, from Acewood Blvd. to Thompson Dr, between Cottage Grove Rd. and Commercial Ave. For more information, see the Water Utility's webpage. Questions? Call Shayne Santi at the Flushing Information Line: 608-261-9178

 

Do you own rental properties? - Rental Rehab Survey

The City of Madison's housing goals include the desire to develop and maintain high quality rental housing for Madison residents. The Community Development Division's (CDD) currently offers financial assistance to owners of certain rental properties, through the Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program, to help them upgrade or make needed improvements to their properties. However, the program has been little used. Therefore, CDD staff are interested in hearing from rental property owners to learn more about their needs and challenges and to determine how the program might be changed to better meet them. CDD staff ask rental property owners to complete the following survey to provide us with information that will help us evaluate and improve the existing program. Participation is voluntary and all responses are anonymous.

CDD is seeking input from those who currently own and make available for rent single-family units, or rental properties with up to 24 units. The survey asks thirteen (13) questions and will take approximately three (3) minutes to complete. To participate, please click on the following link and complete by October 25th : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CM3LQ5B

If you have any questions about this survey, or have questions about the current loan program, please contact Chelsea Volden-Stammen at cvolden-stammen@cityofmadison.com or 608-266-4719.
 

Continue to Give Feedback on Interstate 94 and US 51 Studies

There are two major traffic studies that the Wisconsin Dept of Transportation has just kicked off:

The initial public information meetings for both of these projects have happened, but you can find on those web pages the materials that were presented, as well as opportunities to continue to provide feedback and contact information for WisDOT managers who can help answer questions. 

Meetings

Events

  • Dick Wagner honored in park dedication: In December 2021, Madison lost R. Richard Wagner, a public servant and community leader. On Friday, October 21, 1:30pm, the community is invited to join U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Alder Mike Verveer and friends as we honor the legacy of Dick Wagner in a park dedication ceremony. We will honor his legacy in a park dedication ceremony, renaming Kerr-McGee Triangle Park, 728 Jenifer Street, to R. Richard Wagner Park. More details here.
  • Halloween on State Street: The City of Madison will once again be working to make State Street and downtown Madison a safe and enjoyable space for celebrating Halloween. Events that will be occurring, include:
    • Wednesday, October 26
      • Downtown Madison Family Halloween State Street and Capitol Square trick-or-treating for young children and their families from 3:00 – 6:00 PM sponsored by Madison's Central Business Improvement District.
      • Hayrides around the Capitol Square from 3:00 – 6:00 PM sponsored by Madison Parks.
      • Movies with Madison Parks showing Hocus Pocus from 6:00 – 8:00 PM near the top of State Street.
      • See Halloween Activities for more information.
      • Saturday, October 29
      • Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee's viewing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 10:00 PM in Shannon Hall.
      • Claudio Simonetti's Goblin Performing Suspiria at the Orpheum Theater starting at 8:00 PM.
      • Other opportunities for spooky fun all around Dane County can be found here.
      • Monday, October 31: No planned events

In the past few years, the City has moved away from a formal/sanctioned event for Halloween, also known as Freakfest, and again there will be no formal event this year. There is also no UW football game or homecoming planned for Halloween weekend this year. To facilitate physical safety, a glass ban has been instituted on State Street for Halloween weekend, and Streateries will be closed at 6:00 p.m.

  • Homebuyer education class: The City of Madison, in partnership with the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County and Consumer Credit Counseling Service, want to share with you these HUD Approved Homebuyer Education classes occurring monthly through the rest of 2022! Find all the events by following here. The next class for October is open! Learn more about what it takes to buy your first home, securing a mortgage, and down payment assistance programs. Hear from content experts like realtors, lenders, insurance agents, home inspectors, and housing counselors.
  • Food scraps recycling: Food scraps recycling for 2022 ends on 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

Also, consider composting your food scraps in your own backyard. News release

  • Violence prevention: Public Health Madison & Dane County Violence Prevention Unit is hosting two violence prevention speaker series events during the month of October:
    • Speaker Series Event #4 – Panel Discussion
      "The importance of youth engagement and connection in violence prevention efforts"
      Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12pm-1pm 
      ?Registration required
    • Speaker Series Event #5 – DAIS  
      Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence 101
      Thursday, October 27, 2022, 12pm-1pm
      Registration required

Announcements

  • Celebrating native nations: Madison Public Library - in partnership with Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison - is bringing back a popular program from last year that centers the experiences, traditions and lifeways of Native people in and around Madison. Native presenters from different nations will lead programs highlighting both traditional and contemporary practices, stories, and community relationships. Programs kick off in October following Indigenous Peoples' Day, and include art workshops, cooking and crop demonstrations, storytelling, presentations on traditional skills and customs, and more! Find all the details here.
  • Spotlight on Cherokee Marsh: As we conclude the celebration of 50 years of conservation parks in Madison, we focus your attention on Madison's largest conservation park. So large, the more than 1,300 acres of Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park are divided into three unique units – Mendota, North and South. Cherokee Marsh – North Unit was designated a conservation park in 1971 when the Parks Division first created the Conservation Park program. Read more about this natural wonder here.
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One out of every eight women in the United States are at risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. In 2022, The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 5,380 new cases of breast cancer in Wisconsin. Early diagnosis is key to helping create better outcomes. Access to screening can be limited among people with lower incomes and who lack health insurance. To bridge this gap, the Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) offers free breast exams, mammograms and other diagnostic tests for women ages 45-64 (or under 45, for those with a current breast concern), who have limited income and insurance. Learn more here.
  • Electric compactors to be named: Finally, the Streets Division will be revealing the names of the trash and recycling electric compactors used at the drop-off site located at 4602 Sycamore Avenue. Earlier this year, a ranked-choice style election was held to choose the names from a list of finalists. Over 2,200 votes were received during the election and two names received the highest number of total points were selected. On October 21, 2022 the names of the compactors will be revealed along with the breakdown of the voting totals. See the full list of very creative finalist names here.
  • Madison Forward Fund: The Madison Forward Fund, a year-long guaranteed income experimental program, has distributed the first of twelve monthly payments to low-income families. The guaranteed income is a monthly payment of $500 given directly to 155 households for 12 months. It is unconditional, with no strings attached and no work requirements. The program is founded on the belief that Madison families deserve a basic level of income to support fundamental needs, and that people experiencing financial scarcity are best positioned to make decisions regarding their household needs. Read more here.
  • 2023 Operating Budget: In this year's Operating Budget, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway's focus is on the programs and services that build a safer community, build healthier neighborhoods and create opportunities for youth. The City's operating budget funds the numerous services, programs, and skilled staff that sustain high quality City services and help keep Madison strong. This operating budget released today is in addition to the 2023 Executive Capital Budget, released in September, which funds infrastructure, buildings and other capital investments. Read the news release here.
  • Healthy Communities Fund: The 2022 Healthy Communities Fund application period is now open. $14,000 is available to be awarded to local projects in Madison and Dane County that make an effort to address health inequity in our communities. Applications are due by November 11.
  • "Street Meets": The City of Madison Engineering Division has a new digiseries out focusing on five impactful street and paths design projects the community has endured during the 2022 construction season. The digiseries "Street Meets" is a series of five videos focusing on the following projects:



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