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Alder Regina Vidaver

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Alder Regina Vidaver

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 Vidaver’s Updates

Power surge/outage, "Family Definition" update, events and announcements

January 31, 2023 10:32 PM

Hello neighbors,

I am so sorry to hear how many of you were impacted by the surge and power outage that occurred as a result of a driver hitting MG&E equipment on Friday. I know there has been significant damage to many people's furnaces and appliances, particularly those that were not plugged into surge protectors.

I have received the following information from MG&E:

Under state law, MG&E is not responsible for household equipment damaged during an outage that's beyond our control, which, in this case, resulted from a vehicle crash into MG&E infrastructure.

Customers are encouraged to contact their renter's or homeowner's insurance company to determine if their losses are covered under their policy. (If you believe your insurer is denying your claim inappropriately, you may contact the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance.)

Customers do have the right to submit a claim to MG&E. MG&E will investigate and respond appropriately. To make a claim against MG&E, customers need to provide the following information and submit it to MG&E's Legal Department:

• Details regarding the circumstances of what occurred;

• Date of incident;

• Location of incident;

• Description of incident;

• Damages incurred due to such circumstances; and

• An itemization of such damages.

Madison Gas and Electric Co.

Attn MGE Legal Department

PO Box 1231

Madison WI 53701-1231

"Family Definition" revision

The City has released a webpage to describe the proposal that is coming before the Plan Commission on February 13 that would allow up to 5 unrelated individuals to live in any housing unit in the city. The webpage provides the same information that was given during the December 19 public information meeting. There will be two additional public information meetings prior to the Plan Commission meeting:


  • Make a sock monster at the Monroe Street Library Saturday February 4, 10am-noon.
  • Celebrate Black History Month at Madison Public Library: February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to honor the central role of black Americans throughout history and in the present day. For a full list of events, displays and activities, visit the Madison Public Library's Black History Month? page.
  • Learn About the Northeast and West Area Plans: Planning efforts are underway by the City of Madison to help shape the future of our West and Northeast neighborhoods. The Northeast Area Plan and West Area Plan will be the first under this new Planning Framework that will ultimately cover the entire city. Guided by overarching City policies and feedback from stakeholders, these Area Plans will guide physical changes that occur over time in our community, such as land use, housing, transit, streets, bike paths, and other community facilities.
  • West Area Plan Public Meetings:
    • Virtual Meeting: Monday, February 6 at 12:00 p.m. Registration is required and can be completed on the project webpage.
    • In-Person Meeting: Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Vel Phillips Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Rd. Enter front doors and look for directional signs. This meeting will have interpretation, childcare and food.
    • Virtual Meeting: Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. Registration is required and can be completed on the project webpage.
  • The City of Madison, in partnership with the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County and Consumer Credit Counseling Service, is offering the next HUD-Approved Homebuyer Education class on February 9 and 16 (2-part class). Check out the 2023 class schedule!
  • The next public information meeting regarding reconstruction of John Nolen Drive will be February 23 at 6:30pm. Please register in advance.


Be well,

Regina Vidaver




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