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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 Nov 7: Vote Tuesday, Dogs in Kingston-Onyx Park, Door Creek Watershed study, and lots more

November 5, 2022 4:16 PM

Vote on Tuesday! This week is considering changing K-O Park to be 'Dog-friendly', the kickoff of the Door Creek Watershed Study, Metro network redsign public hearings, prescribed burns at K-O and Kennedy Park, and other City meetings, events, and announcements.

  • Board of Park Commissioners to consider changing Kingston-Onyx park to 'dog-friendly' on Wednesday Nov 9th
  • Door Creek Wathershed Study Information Meeting (virtual) on Monday the 7th
  • Metro Network Redesign Public Hearing on Wednesday Nov 9th
  • Save the dates for next week: Airport Noise Information meeting the 14th, Coffee with a Cop the 15th
  • Prescribed Burns at Kingston-Onyx and Kennedy Park on tap for this fall
  • City meetings and events: Homebuyer education class on Nov 12th, Salute to Black Veterans Nov 9th, COVID booster clinic, Fair Housing training, and Lake Monona Waterfront Design
  • Announcements: Updates from Streets about yard waste, pumpkins, drop-off site hour changes, and more

Tuesday is Election Day! 

General Election is November 8, 2022: Voters can view a sample ballot for their address and find out where and how to vote on the MyVote Wisconsin website

Dogs in Parks, and Kingston-Onyx Park

The Parks Commission at its November 9th meeting is reviewing the status of dogs in Kingston-Onyx park (along with several other parks in Madison.) Kingston-Onyx was changed to be dog-free about a year ago, and the Board of Park Commissioners is going to consider changing that back to be dog-friendly. You can find out more here, including how to submit comments by email (by Tuesday the 8th, please) or attend in person on the 9th.

Door Creek Watershed Study on Monday the 7th

On Monday, November 7th, the City will host a public information session for the Door Creek Watershed study. Every household in the watershed should have gotten a postcard in the mail last month about the meeting, and the watershed includes most folks on the east side of I90/39. Unfortunately the link in the post card was wrong - the correct link for the study is 

The watershed study will identify causes of existing flooding and then look at potential solutions to try to reduce flooding. The study will use computer models to assist with the evaluations. For more information please see the Flash Flooding Story Map

This is one of several studies that the City is conducting across the entire area. The program was launched in January 2019 and is part of a continued effort to address areas hardest hit by flooding in August 2018 and to create a more resilient stormwater system. 

Metro Public Hearing on Network Redesign Nov 9th

The City of Madison Transportation Commission is a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, November 9, at 6pm to discuss final details related to the June 2023 service redesign. Items to be reviewed are:

A number of these items have also been translated into alternate languages and are available here.

Save the date: Airport Noise Study open house November 14th:

The Dane County Regional Airport is currently in process of updating its noise mitigation plan as result of the 115th Air National Guard transitioning from F-16s to F-35s.  This is FAA Part 150 process used to determine eligibility for and fund sound mitigation inside the airport's mapped noise contours.  The second open house of the noise study will be held Monday November 14th from 6-8pm at the Dane County Regional Airport (between terminal doors 1 and 2).

Information about the study process and materials from the first open house are on the DCRA's noise mitigation plan (Part 150) webpage

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

The November 'Coffee with a Cop', at the Madison Police East District Station (809 S Thompson Dr., Madison Wisconsin) is scheduled on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 from 10:00am-11:30am. Please feel free to stop in at any time to participate.

Prescribed Burns in Kennedy and Kingston-Onyx parks

A heads up from the Parks department. This fall, Parks will be doing some prescribed burns in a few parks, and Kennedy and Kingston-Onyx parks are two parks that are on the list for this fall. Exact timing is weather-dependent.  From Parks:

While the forecast for the month includes scattered rainy days, we are hoping the clear days will be warm and dry enough to conduct this critical maintenance task in our native plantings, which provide important pollinator habitat.  Burns will be conducted by trained Parks staff.  Prescribed burn units include selected management units within conservation parks, and managed meadow/prairie plantings surrounded by turf in general parks. People can contact me at for more information and exact locations within parks.



  • COVID vaccination clinic: A free COVID vaccination clinic will be held at Community Development Authority West, Romnes Apartments (540 W. Olin Avenue), on Thursday, November 10, from 12:30pm-4:30pm. No appointment is needed. Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax will be offered. Available to everyone 6 months and older. All are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact:
  • Homebuyer education class: The City of Madison, in partnership with the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County and Consumer Credit Counseling Service, is offering free, HUD-approved homebuyer education classes. 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. The next class is Saturday, November 12, 8:30am-3:30pm, at Villager Mall on Park Street, 2300 S. Park Street, Atrium entrance. Register here. Questions? Contact Maria Davila-Martinez at or 608-266-6557.
  • Fair housing training seminar: 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 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, visit or call 608-257-0853. If you need materials in alternate formats or other accommodations to access our services, please call 608-257-0853.
  • Salute to Black veterans: A Salute to Black Veterans program is being held Wednesday, November 9, 12pm-2pm at the Radisson Hotel, 517 Grand Canyon Drive. Pre-registration is required. Vets can either email or call 608-512-0000, ext. 3002 to register. The program includes a free luncheon honoring all branches of the military. Limited transportation is available upon request. Reservations will be accepted until noon on November 8.
  • Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge: You are invited to attend the public event series for the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge hosted by Madison Parks. The event series is an opportunity to learn more about the design challenge, the selected teams, their progress in plan development, and the final master plan proposals. The three events include a design challenge kick-off, midpoint check-in, and team presentations of their proposed vision for the Lake Monona Waterfront. The next event in the series is the midpoint check-in:
    • Design Challenge Check-In
      Monday, November 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm CT
      Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Lecture Hall, 1 John Nolen Drive
      Design teams will virtually present initial thoughts and concepts in developing a master plan vision for the Lake Monona Waterfront.


  • Transportation Demand Management Ordinance: On November 1, a proposed Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Ordinance was introduced to the Common Council. TDM focuses on shifting travel to sustainable transportation options such as transit, rideshare, biking, and walking. The TDM website provides a summary of the program and objectives. A brief description of the TDM program can be seen at 1:33 into the video of the August 15 TPPB meeting.
  • Streets Division updates:
    • Fall yard waste collection is in the home stretch. You only have one or two chances for curbside yard waste pickup yet this fall. Don't miss out! Get the dates when you should put yard waste out for your home at
    • Drop-off sites hours and locations will be changing at the end of November. Before loading your vehicle, be sure you are aware of the hours of where you are going to take yard waste, electronics, and other items. The drop-off site website is
    • Alternate side parking restrictions start on November 15. Yes, winter is coming soon (regardless of how warm it is today). Get all of your winter information needs, including parking info, at
    • And finally, if you haven't downloaded your trash & recycling calendar for 2023 yet it is available at
  • General Election is November 8, 2022: Voters can view a sample ballot for their address and find out where and how to vote on the MyVote Wisconsin website. All Dane County voters will see three referendum questions on their ballots. 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 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
  • Put pumpkins in your leaf pile: Streets Division crews will collect pumpkins along with your leave and yard waste. This includes other compostable decorations like corn stalks and hay. Remove any non-compostable items like wire, tea candles, or electric lights from these items and then please set them on top of your leaf pile or leaf bags. Read more here.
  • Community Facilities Loan program: A new City of Madison funding program aimed at helping non-profits strengthen and vitalize City neighborhoods is underway. The Community Facilities Loan (CFL) program, administered by the City's Community Development Division, provides low-cost financing for non-residential developments undertaken by non-profit organizations to acquire or improve properties that will serve the public. Learn more about the new program here.

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