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Alder Erik Paulson

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Alder Erik Paulson

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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 31: In-person absentee voting has started, save the date for Coffee with a Cop, and more

October 30, 2022 6:54 PM

In-person absentee voting has started, save the date for Coffee with a Cop on Nov 15th, budget amendments, and other city meetings, events, and announcements.  

  • In-person absentee voting has started!
  • Save the date: November Coffee with a Cop @ East District Station, Nov 15th 
  • Budget Amendments at Finance Committee this week and my two amendments
  • City Meetings: Common Council and other committes
  • Events: Madison Police Community Academy, Van Hise and the history of eugenics at UW-Madison, Teejop & Beyond: Celebrating Native Nations of the Great Lakes, Memory book-making workshops @ Madison Public Library, Madison Fire Department Virtual Recruitment Open House
  • Annoucements: Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Award nominations sought, Native Wisconsin seeds now available, Local input sought on public art and design concepts, and more

In-Person Absentee Voting has started!

  • In-person absentee voting has started in Madison: In-person absentee voting began on Tuesday, October 25, at several locations throughout the City of Madison. Click here to find out what you need to bring with you and where you can vote in-person absentee.
  • City of Madison polling place listing: Several polling locations in the City of Madison have changed since the last election. The City Clerk's Office encourages voters to confirm their polling place before Election Day (November 8). You can look up your polling place address using the MyVote Wisconsin website or go to See a list of polling places here.

Save the Date: Coffee with a Cop - November 15th

From East District Neighborhood Resource Officer Graham:

Hello!  We will have our monthly 'Coffee with a Cop', at the Madison Police East District Station (809 S Thompson Dr., Madison Wisconsin). Coffee will be provided for those who join us! For this event and future Coffee with a Cop events we will be continuing our efforts of adjusting when we hold our event to allow for more flexibility across the community. My hope is by adjusting the time for our Coffee with a Cop event we can fit more individual's schedules. Our next coffee day is scheduled on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 from 10:00am-11:30am. Please feel free to stop in at any time to participate. I am excited to speak with everyone and to get to know some community members. Parking is available in the front lot of EPD. Please do not pass the fence line or park near the squads. Should the lot run out of parking spaces street parking is available as well as along a side of the EPD driveway. Please do not block the driveway as officers will need to come and go to address calls for service in the community. As usual, we are excited about this opportunity and ask that you spread the word to anyone who might be interested in this community event.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at

Operating Budget Amendments

On Monday, the Finance Committee will be considering amendments to the Mayor's proposed operating budget. I am co-sponsoring two amendments. The first will create another traffic engineer position in the Traffic Engineering (TE) department, which due to some creative staffing plans should have no budget impact but by providing another position should help with the enormous workload pressure in TE.

The second is a project that was spearheaded by Alder Lemmer, which would allow for third-party transportation providers to transport individuals to Winnebago Mental Health Institute (Winnebago) for emergency detentions and from Winnebago for commitment returns to Madison. Until recently, state law required police officers to do these trips. This is both often needlessly tramautic for the people being transported, and not a good use of police resources - each transport takes two officers at least 5 or 6 hours per transport. In 2021, MPD did 231 transport trips, which means that we took police officers out of Madison about 2 out of every 3 days. The budget amendment will provide for a pilot program to study a third-party transportation provider, and should be able to be funded out of some administrative savings with no impact on the tax levy for 2023. 



  • MPD Community Academy: The upcoming Madison Police Department Community Academy will be held at various locations in the city from 5pm-7pm on Wednesdays in November. There is still room, but seats are limited. More information, including topics and how to sign up, can be found here.

    Community Academy Schedule - Nov 2: Deptartment Intro, Nov 9: Restorative Justice and diversionary programs, Nov 16 Use of Force, Nov 23 Special Teams presentations (K-9, Drone team, Mounted Unit, etc)
  • Van Hise and the history of eugenics at UW-Madison: The University Committee on Disability Access and Inclusion invites the public to join them for an evening with Kacie Lucchini Butcher, Director of the Public History Project, to reckon with UW-Madison's history of eugenics. The event takes place on Thursday, November 3, 5:30pm-7pm, at Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street. Please email with any questions or to request an accommodation for the event. CART services will be provided. Facilities are wheelchair accessible. RSVP here.
  • Teejop & Beyond: Celebrating Native Nations of the Great Lakes: Madison Public Library, in partnership with Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, is welcoming a variety of Native artists, storytellers, and community leaders for a series of programs celebrating Indigenous people in and beyond Teejop (pronounced day-JOPE, meaning Four Lakes, or Madison). Eight Native presenters will lead programs highlighting both traditional and contemporary practices, stories, and community relationships. Upcoming programs include:
    • October 29: Milkweed Soup Cooking Demo and Tasting with Rita Peters (Ho-Chunk) from Olbrich Botanical Gardens
    • November 5, 19: Family History Writing Workshops with Sherman Funmaker (Bear Clan Elder, Ho-Chunk Nation)
    • November 9: Indigenous Birth and Traditional Parenting presentation by Raeanne Madison (Crane Clan, Bois Forte Band Ojibwe Nation)
    • November 12: Art Walk in Monona with Kristie GoForth (Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

Learn more by visiting the website and reading the press release.

  • Memory book-making workshops: Pinney Library's Artist-in-Residence, Angela Johnson, is leading a series of 2-part workshops where seniors and others can create their own memory book. Using photos and stories, attendees will put together a one-of-a-kind memento for themselves or loved ones. Workshops are taking place across 3 different library locations in November, with the next one beginning Nov. 1 at Goodman South Madison Library. Learn more by visiting the website, and reading the artist bio.
  • Madison Fire Department Virtual Recruitment Open House - November 7th, 6-8pm: As we continue to accept applications for the position of firefighter/EMT, the Madison Fire Department is offering one more virtual open house. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the position, the application process, and more. Click here for more. 


  • Welcome Town of Madison residents to the City of Madison: On October 31, the City of Madison will start providing services to approximately 5,000 additional residents, 2,407 housing units and 835 parcels. All City agencies are getting ready for final attachment. Find more information here.
  • Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Award: The City of Madison invites you to submit nominations for its annual Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award. This award honors Jeffrey Clay Erlanger, who was an individual of integrity, passion, intelligence and civility. Jeff understood that thoughtful and caring people could have very different views on how to best address our community's many complex issues and problems. Jeff, who died on June 10, 2007, spent a significant part of his life committed to public service, focusing on constructive advocacy and civil debate, fairness, openness and effective representation. He embraced the similarities that unite us. The recipient of the Erlanger Award, and the person who nominated them, will each be able to designate a non-profit charity to receive $250. More information, including eligibility guidelines and nomination instructions, can be found here.
  • Community Oriented Policing Services grant: Chief Shon Barnes is pleased to announce that the Madison Police Department has been awarded two grants by the United States Department of Justice through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant program. Learn more about the two grants and what they'll be used for here.
  • Native Wisconsin seeds now available: Madison Public Library is excited to announce that, thanks to a very generous donation from the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department and Northside Naturalist Alex Singer, they now have native Wisconsin seeds available in their seed libraries! Native Wisconsin plant seeds are best sown in the fall and left to overwinter, so Madisonians can stop into one of the four participating libraries and pick up FREE seed packets! The library is also hosting hands-on workshops at Pinney, Meadowridge, and Lakeview libraries. Learn more by visiting the seed library website, and registering for one of the workshops.
  • PSC provides decisions on Madison Water Utility's rate case: In December 2021, Madison Water Utility (Utility) filed a rate case application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). One of the primary goals was to obtain sufficient funding to maintain required levels of re-investments in water infrastructure on a timely manner. The Utility's last rate case was approved by the PSCW in 2020, in which the Utility was required to file a new rate case in two years to ensure rates are aligned with costs. The Utility is delighted to inform its ratepayers, the public, and all other interested parties that the PSCW has approved the Utility's rate case.

The PSCW approved the Utility's customer assistance program (CAP), marking the first approval of a water utility CAP in the state of Wisconsin. The City is leveraging this historic opportunity to introduce the Madison Customer Assistance Program, or "MadCAP", a comprehensive customer assistance program covering all six services on the Municipal Services Bill, including Water, Sewer, Stormwater, Urban Forestry, Resource Recovery, and Landfill. Learn more about MadCAP and the other PSCW approvals in the news release.

  • Local input sought on public art and design concepts: On June 8, 2022, the Madison Arts Commission (MAC) selected Michael Ford, also known as the "Hip Hop Architect", to create the integrated public art component for a new parking structure planned for 2300 South Park Street. Michael Ford met with residents of South Madison on June 27, 2022, resulting in his initial draft art concepts. Michael also sought response from the public via the Madison Arts Commission's October 12, 2022 public meeting.

Michael has since refined his designs and is again seeking public input about his public art and design concepts by November 7 at noon. The results will inform his final design drawings which will then be submitted to the Community Development Authority (CDA) and City for approval. Respond to the survey here. Learn more about this initiative by reading the press release.

  • PCOB announces Robert Copley as Independent Police Monitor: The Police Civilian Oversight Board (PCOB) is proud to announce that it has chosen Robert Copley as the Independent Police Monitor (IM). The responsibilities of the IM include oversight of the Madison Police Department's (MPD) compliance with internal policies and procedures. Read more here.


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