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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 Dec 5: New bill payment portal, tree pruning, development project news, rail study, and more!

December 4, 2022 5:08 PM

A lot to get through this month, but some tree pruning starting and leaf pickup is over, development project news, a new online bill payment portal goes live this week, and much much more. 

  • City Jobs - we are hiring for many things!
  • Alexis London is the 2022 Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award Winner
  • Fire Marshal Ed Ruckriegel Announces Retirement
  • District Development Project updates - Hotel to Apartment project gets final approval, housing off of Felland Road, and demolishing the old bank by Hy-Vee
  • Tree Pruning in the District, and Leaf and Brush pickup done until spring
  • Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) Winter Programs Registration opens on Monday the 5th
  • New City Online Bill Payments Portal opens on Thursday the 8th
  • Passenger Rail Station Study public kickoff meeting on Wednesday the 7th
  • City Meetings - Common Council and many others
  • Public Health and Safety announcements - RSV, Monkeypox (now Mpox), Madison CARES report, community members wanted for interview panels for Firefighters/EMTs in January 
  • Parks Updates - new Winter trails in Door Creek Park, 2023 calendars, and 2023 reservations

City Jobs

We have a number of great jobs open with the City right now. Please take a look, and if either you or someone you know is looking, please apply!

2022 Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award Winner is Alexis London

Last week, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced that Alexis London is the recipient of the 2022 Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award, one of the most prestigious awards Madison can make. 
The award was created by the Common Council to honor Madison residents who exemplify Jeff Erlanger's model of fairness, openness, and civility in public discourse.  Jeff, who passed away in 2007, was committed to public service.  He understood that through civil debate and effective representation, those with varying opinions could come together on how to solve issues within the community.  Mr. Erlanger served on the City of Madison's Economic Development Commission and chaired the Commission on People with Disabilities as well as the Board of Directors of the Community Living Alliance.  
This year's winner, Alexis London, is the Executive Director of the Bayview Foundation and is leading the redevelopment of the Bayview Foundation's affordable housing micro-neighborhood.

You can read more on the City's news release. 

Fire Marshal Ed Ruckriegel Announces Retirement

Ed Ruckriegel, Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Madison, will retire effective December 29, 2022 after 32 years of dedicated service. Ruckriegel came to the City of Madison Fire Department as a Fire Protection Engineer on July 16, 1990. In 1994, he was promoted to Fire Marshal, and he was appointed as the City's Emergency Management Coordinator in 2005.

The City has embarked on a national search to find a candidate who can (hopefully!) match Ed's many years of excellent service and expertise, and we wish him well on his next chapter!

Development Projects - two approvals, and an upcoming demolition. 

The remaining two development projects that were seeking approval in District 3 were approved by the Urban Design Commission this past week. The Plato Madison, which is the conversion of the former Plaza Hotel on East Washington Ave from a hotel to private apartments recieved its final approval after getting preiminary approvals back in September. The Jannah Village, which is a housing development just north of Commercial Ave and off of Felland Road (by the Interstate and the Kennedy Little League fields) got its preliminary approval back in 2021, but had a few more revisions to go though and now has its final approvals. It will be a mix of apartment buildings, row houses, and single-family homes.

There is also a demolition proposal forthcoming to demolish the former bank building on the corner of Mendota St and East Washington Ave - the bank that is kinda-sorta in the Hy-Vee parking lot. For now, nothing will replace the former building. For safety and security reasons, the demolition is happening now.

Tree Pruning in the District

City Forestry crews will soon be pruning trees in the area highlighted in orange below. The objective is to prune every small tree within the area (trees that have been planted within the last 10 years). Some information regarding City pruning operations can be found here. If you've got questions, please feel free to reach out to either me or Craig Klinke (

Tree pruning area starting in Dec. Stoughton Road to I94/39, between Highway 30 and Cottage Grove Road

Leaf pickup is done for the season, and the drop-off sites are on winter hours

The guaranteed leaf collection is done for the fall.  Scheduled pickups will resume in the spring of 2023. The dates of when you should set out yard waste and leaves for collection in the spring of 2023 will be published to the yard waste website at a later time.

For now, you should take your leaves & yard waste to one of the City's drop-off sites. The sites are located at 402 South Point Rd and 4602 Sycamore Ave. Starting Monday, December 5, they will be on our winter hours.  This is the regular winter reduction in drop-off site hours due to the seasonal attendant staffs' season coming to an end. 

If Streets staff has some availability and the snow hasn't started piling up, you may still see a few crews out doing pickup - but you should NOT put anything new out on your curbs and there is no guarantee that anything will be picked up. The Street Sweepers are also done for the year and have started their overwinter maintenance overhauls.

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. 

New City Online Payments Portal opens on December 8th

Your household should have gotten a letter about this recently, but the online payment portal for Madison Municipal Services (your water bill, etc) has been getting a software upgrade and the new portal will open on December 8th. IF YOU HAD EXISTING AUTO-PAY OPTIONS, YOU WILL HAVE TO RECREATE THEM.

Find out more on the new payment portal here.

Passenger Rail Station Location Study Kickoff meeting!

On Wednesday, December 7th, the City will be hosting a passenger rail study kickoff meeting. There are two options on how to attend, they are the same content and you don't need to attend both meetings.

The first is an in-person option at 4:30pm at room 215 of the Madison Municipal Buliding on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 

The second option is an online version that will start at 6:30pm on Zoom. You can find a link to register on the Study homepage.

The purpose of the study is to identify a recommended location for a potential future Amtrak Station. With the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure law, historical levels of funding are available for new intercity passenger rail service. At the same time, Amtrak has identified Madison as a connection on a future Hiawatha Service extension. The study will leverage these opportunities and work towards bringing passenger rail service to Madison!

Meeting Details:
The meeting will include a presentation explaining the project, with opportunities to provide input and ask questions about the presentation and the opportunity to correspond with the elected officials, City Staff, Amtrak Staff, and the project consultant team.

City Meetings

The Common Council will meet on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30pm in a Hybrid format. You can find details of the meeting here. One of the agenda items for this meeting will be to consider a change to when we elect alders. Right now, every two years all 20 seats are up for reelection. Under a proposal I am offering, that will switch to every year we elect half of the council - even-numbered seats in even years, odd-numered seats in odd years. It would leave the term length at 2 years. If the Council approves this change, it will go to referendum in April of 2023, and if it is approved there, it would go into effect in 2025. The Council earlier this year considered a similar change but one that would have changed term lengths to 3 years and 1/3rd of the council would be elected every year (like the Madison School Board), but it did not have the super-majority support it needed to pass.

Other important items on the meeting of the 6th include approving several major investments in affordable housing projects, approving the reconstruction of the Lake St parking ramp (which will also include a 12 story apartment building and a proper inter-city bus terminal on ground floor, which we haven't had as a city since the Greyhound terminal on West Wash closed in 2009), approving the new bus route network, and approving a  "Transportation Demand Management" program, which is designed to decrease demand on Madison's transportation infrastructure for motor vehicle travel by single occupancy vehicles and increased support for transportation oriented land use development.

Other meetings this week include the Transportation Planning and Policy Board, the City-County Homeless Issues Committee, the Sister City Committee, the Board of Health, the Committee on Aging, the Lake Monona Waterfront Ad-Hoc committee, the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Plan Commission, the Police Civilian Oversight Board, whcih will be the first meeting with the new Independent Monitor, who starts his job on Monday. You can find the whole list of meetings this week, along with the Zoom links to watch and comment, by going to the City Meeting Schedule page.


From Public Health and others:

Parks Updates: New Door Creek Winter Trails, 2023 Calendar Available, 2023 reseverations open

  • Get Ready for 2023!: See Madison's parks through the eyes of our winning photographers in the 2023 Madison Parks wall calendar. 
  • Check out the new Winter Trails in Door Creek Park! In early 2022, several Madison Nordic Ski Club members walked areas of Door Creek Park with Conservation Resource Supervisor, Paul Quinlan, and we've now added an additional 3K of skiable trails --more than doubling the trail mileage! The layout of the trails allows skiers, once we have good snow coverage, to choose from several 1 km loops, as well as a 2.3 km loop. The 160-acre park has plenty of space for hiking and snowshoeing, as well. Walkers can explore newly cut trails through the beautiful prairie, adjacent to the ski trail and a new loop further east, crossing the creek.
  • Planning a Wedding or Celebration in 2023?: Our event space is creative, flexible and affordable! Make your 2023 reservation beginning Tuesday, November 8.

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