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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 21: Winter reminders, State St Holiday (lights on Sat night!), MSCR registration, and more

November 19, 2022 2:00 PM

Winter reminders and an update on ongoing leaf pickup, Holiday events on State St and downtown, MSCR Winter and Spring program registration, and other City meeting, event, and announcements

  • Winter: Sand and salt, leaf pickup is still happening despite the snow, Olin Ave dropoff site closes soon, and alternate side parking
  • State St and Downtown Holiday events this week and Thanksgiving weekend
  • Madison School and Community Recreation registration coming up (Dec 5th)
  • Quick dogs-in-parks policy discussion update
  • Events: HEMAD (Human trafficking Educators working with Men and boys to stand Against the Demand) - kickoff on Monday, Legal Action of Wisconsin information session on Tenant's Rights, HUD Homebuyer's classes
  • Announcements: Madison College survey on how to reach adult students, and BYFY (By Youth For Youth) grant is open for youth-led activities.

Snow, Sand, Leaves, Olin drop-off site, Parking

The snow is back, and so a couple of winter reminders. 

First, I'd encourage folks to take advantage of the free sand the City provides. There's just a little bit of salt mixed in, and it's very effective for your sidewalks and driveways. I've been using it for a few years now and it's dramatically cut down on the amount of pure salt I've needed during a winter. Click here for a list of the many locations around the City to swing by and grab a bucket to have on hand or to refill if you need a some more. 

NEW THIS YEAR: It is now against City ordinance to use excessive amounts of salt on your sidewalks. If you're using so much salt that it's accumulating, you're using too much salt on your sidewalks. 

Second, leaf pickup is still on-going but is complicated by the recent snowfalls. The low temperatures have also complicated using the Street Sweepers while doing some of the cleanup after the leaf pickup trucks come by. Our amazing staff in the Streets Division will be out on Sunday the 20th to work on catching up, and due to the holidays and some more snow forecast may also need to be out next weekend as well. The Streets Divison has asked us to share the following message:
"The weather put the Streets Division a behind schedule, but the little bit of snow we've had hasn't stopped leaf pickup.  They're working hard to get caught up.  Place your leaves out on the scheduled date for your home at and Streets will be there as soon as they can."  

Third: The final day for the Streets Division drop-off site at 121 Olin Avenue is Sunday, November 27, 2022.

After November 27, 2022 residents should use the other two Streets Division drop-off sites.

Drop-off site services are expected to return to Olin Avenue in the spring of 2023. The official start date of that drop-off site will be announced at a later time.

Finally, the City's Alternate Site Parking regulations have gone back into effect, and as of November 15th:

  • Vehicles parked on the street should be parked on the odd house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on odd numbered dates.
  • Vehicles should be parked on the even house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on even numbered dates.
  • Violations of the alternate side parking ordinance are punishable by fines of $20.  The fine increases to $60 during a declared Snow Emergency. Vehicles may also be towed.
  • You should continue to follow parking signs. Posted restrictions are enforced regardless of weather conditions.

Winter parking information can also be obtained by calling the winter parking hotline at 608-261-9111.

The City of Madison winter website has all of the winter resources you need. On the site, you can read more information regarding winter parking rules, and the ability to sign up to receive email and text alerts. 

And you can get more information about correct salt use, locations for free sand to use on sidewalks, or tips on how to bicycle in the winter, and more. It is all available at

Holidays on State Street this week

Seasonal Lighting Celebration
Saturday, November 19 @ 6:08pm
Join Santa & Mrs Claus and all the area Mascots for a Seasonal Lighting Celebration. 
We plug in the giant outlet and all the lights come on at 6:08pm!

Madison WINTER Night Market
Saturday, November 19 (4pm - 8pm)

As part of the Downtown Madison Seasonal Celebration, Shine on Madison, the Madison Night Market is back with an outdoor winter shopping experience --- the Madison Winter Night Market. On November 19 from 4 - 8pm the State Street Business Improvement District welcomes residents, visitors, and families to join in the fun of an outdoor winter market. Located on State Street the winter market offers a variety of unique shopping opportunities to celebrate the season all in a festive outdoor setting. The market will include vendors bringing seasonal crafting and card making, gifts and winter décor, and holiday foods.  At 6:08pm all the seasonal lights in the district will come on!

Holiday Open House
Friday, November 25 - Sunday, November 27 (9am - 4pm)

The Holiday Open House has become a downtown Madison tradition. This shopping, dining and family event is an alternative to the shopping mall and big-box "door busters." 

Seasonal Gift Bags
Distributed beginning 11/25, while supplies last. Downtown Ambassadors distribute these seasonal shopping bags stuffed with goodies and offers to riders on the Holiday Trolley and in the Downtown Visitor Center throughout the season. Traditionally more than 20 businesses add items to the bags.

Holiday Shopping Trolley RETURNS!
There will once again be a free Holiday Shopping Trolley on for the Holiday Open House weekend (November 25, 26 & 27 from 10am-2pm). The trolley travels around the Capitol Square and up and down State Street stopping at bus stops.  Our friendly Downtown Ambassadors staff this trolley handing out welcome bags filled with promotional items. 


Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) - Winter and Spring Registration Starts Dec 5th

*New this season - a later registration time!
Registration Begins December 5 at 12pm for Residents
and December 19 at 12pm for Non-Residents

The MSCR Winter & Spring Program Guide is filled with a variety of recreation programs for all ages! We have something for every interest arts, enrichment, fitness, outdoors, sports and more! Check out activities at our new MSCR Central site.

Winter & Spring Aquatics Updates

Please note: due to construction, most Aquatics programs have changed after the Winter & Spring 2023 Program Guide went to print. For the most up to date information please view pages 22-26 in this online edition or view classes on our registration site.

How to Register
New this season, registration begins at 12pm. 
1. Register online at This is the best option for customers interested in high demand activities. 

2. Complete a paper MSCR Registration Form (found at the back of the MSCR Program Guide) and return your form and payment method to MSCR one of these ways: 
  • US Mail to MSCR East, 4620 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI 53716
  • Email a photo or scan of the form to
  • Fax to 608-204-0557
  • Drop off at MSCR East or MSCR Odana 

How to request Fee Assistance

To request Fee Assistance, complete the Fee Assistance Request Form at the back of the MSCR Program Guide and return it to MSCR along with your Registration Form following the instructions in Option 2 above. No additional documentation is required.

Please note: for the best chance of being enrolled in your preferred program, please return your form to MSCR prior to the first day of registration on Monday December 5. 

A quick update on dogs in park status review - still on-going

Earlier this month, the Board of Parks Commissioners took up the a review of the status of dogs in different parks, including potentially changing Kingston-Onyx to be a 'dog-friendly' park instead of a 'dog-free' park. I unfortunately had to be out of town for my day job and was not able to attend the meeting. (I am not on the Board of Park Commissioners but alders are allow to participate in discussions, though not allow to vote.) The report that I've gotten from members of the commission is that the BPC has decided that there are still some policy issues to discuss and that they're not going to make any changes to park status for now, and have referred the policy discussion to their Long-Range Planning committee. I am disappointed and had expected that they would be ready to take action this fall, but I will continue to push on this issue.
Most parks in Madison remain dog-friendly and dogs on leashes are still permitted. The only issue under discussion is how do we evaluate changing a park's "dog-free" vs "dog-friendly" status. 

City Meetings


  • HEMAD kick-off on Monday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.: We need your help in joining the HEMAD (Human trafficking Educators working with Men and boys to stand Against the Demand) program. HEMAD asks men to take a public stand against human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of adults and children – a crime that is found in every county and every community in Wisconsin. MADrep CEO Jason Fields invites you to join us for the HEMAD kick-off on Monday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Madison Room at the Madison Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street in downtown Madison. 

    Following the launch, please share the link to the HEMAD page ( with everyone in your organization and through your social media channels, urging men to watch the short video and fill out the form (name, email address) stating they took the pledge. It's something that can be done during a timeout of a football game or while scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn. #HEMAD #HumanTrafficking, #HEMAD2022.
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin team for Know Your Renter's Rights hosted by Goodman South Madison Public Library: Professional Lawyers will address many of the most common questions and concerns renters have in today's market. There will be two in-person trainings available. Please see dates below:
    • November 7 at 6pm, Madison Public Library – Lakeview, 2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison
    • November 21 at 6pm, Goodman South Library, 2222 S Park Street, Madison

      To learn more, please visit
  • FREE HUD-APPROVED HOMEBUYER EDUCATION CLASS (IN PERSON) – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH: 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 the last HUD Approved Homebuyer Education classes of 2022! 2023 class schedule to come soon! Find all the events by following this link: The next class for December is open! 

    Certificate of Completion provided upon completion of class AND one-on-one counseling session with Consumer Credit Counseling Services. Verify with your Down Payment Assistance/Closing Costs program to make sure that completing this course (class with one-on-one counseling) fulfills their requirements.

    Time: 8:00am to 3:00pm
    Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 Register by December 10th
    Location: Villager Mall on Park Street, Atrium Entrance (2300 S Park St. Madison, WI 53713)
    Register here: Limit is 40 attendees, first come - first served. 

    Education provided by Consumer Credit Counseling Service and made possible by Home Buyers Round Table. 

    Any questions contact Maria Davila-Martinez ( or by phone at 608-266-6557.


  • Madison College Survey: Madison College's marketing team is looking to better understand how we can best reach prospective students, adults aged 25-40. We have a particular interest in hearing from Latino and Black males.

They do need to complete a brief survey to determine eligibility. If eligible, they will then be scheduled for a virtual focus group with our partner marketing agency.   Please click on this link to access the survey. All those who participate in a focus group will receive $50 for their time.

  • The application for a BYFY (By Youth For Youth) grant is open!: Youth applicants, schools, and youth-serving organizations in Dane County can apply for up to $3,000 for youth-led initiatives and the application is due December 23, 2022. 

By Youth For Youth is a unique program where Dane County high school students allocate City and County grants for youth serving programs and projects. Qualification details and application link here:

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