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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

Tag: Various updates

Several important updates - water conservation, ending operations at Alliant, traffic calming, etc.

Hello neighbors, Several important updates for you: 1) It's been hot and it hasn't rained for quite a while. The City of Madison is requesting that you limit outdoor watering, particularly avoiding watering mid-day. 2) Community COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are ending at the Alliant … [read more]

Meetings, news, and fun stuff!

Hello neighbors, I hope this update finds you healthy and enjoying the many things Madison has to offer in summer. On a side note, I myself caught a cold after a family gathering – remember that there are many viruses circulating, so you may wish to consider wearing a mask indoors even if you … [read more]

Mid-summer update

Hello neighbors, I sincerely hope you are enjoying summer. I've had the pleasure of dining al fresco, taking in Concerts on the Square (at Breese Stevens), and hanging out with friends at the Terrace. My garden is growing, and my first foray into home composting is going quite well. … [read more]

Assembly bill 414 would hamstring local governments, Glenway golf course, 20 is plenty, events

Hello neighbors, Last night, the Plan Commission unanimously approved the changes at West High, so the old monuments building will be coming down and construction will start on time (roughly summer 2022). Tomorrow there will be a public hearing on Assembly bill 414, which would curtail the … [read more]

Streets and traffic, neighborhood walk about, redistricting, budget, events

Hello neighbors, By now, I'm sure you've heard that the mask mandate has been extended through October 8 for Dane County. I'm trying to remain hopeful that will be long enough to get us past this current uptick. New data from the CDC reinforce what we know about vaccine effectiveness: … [read more]

Redistricting, budget, food news, streets, libraries

Hello neighbors, There are two big things on the City's docket these days: the budget, and redistricting. I wrote about both of these last week, but want to reinforce that these will take up my, other Alders' and the Mayor's office's time over the next couple of months. Please note that you … [read more]

Treaty Day today, Redistricting and PFAS updates tomorrow, West Homecoming parade Friday, other news

Hello neighbors, Today is Treaty Day! Join UW Madison for a free, live virtual roundtable discussion TONIGHT at 6pm to learn about treaties, the most important documents in any community, and how our ongoing nation-to-nation agreements with the Ho-Chunk Nation are fundamental to daily life … [read more]

Capital High tours, redistricting, budget, events and more

Hello neighbors, A reminder that you have the opportunity to tour the future home of Capital High at the Hoyt School Building THIS THURSDAY, October 14. Most of the 6:30pm slots have filled, but there are still plenty of openings for the 6:50, 7:10 and 7:30pm slots. You will be able to meet … [read more]

Homecoming, BRT, Redistricting, Streets, and Events

Hello neighbors, This weekend is Badger Homecoming Weekend. Please be aware of the following: Langdon Street and surrounding streets will start to close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29 for the UW Homecoming Parade. Langdon Street between North Lake Street and Wisconsin Avenue will … [read more]

Redistricting, budget, events, etc.

Hello neighbors, Whew! Things have been really busy for the Common Council these days. Last Tuesday, we passed the updated redistricting maps. District 5 will largely remain the same, with a slight extension of the western boundary to Midvale Blvd., shifting District 11's boundaries also … [read more]

Accessory Dwelling Units, notices, events

Hello neighbors, In case you haven't been following the news, both the City and County passed 2022 budgets. Notably, the Monroe Street library will be able to return to 5 day/week service by March, 2022. Upcoming issues of interest: Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, are second dwelling … [read more]

Leaf pickup extended through next week, Lisa Peyton-Caire honored, lots of library activities

Hello Neighbors, It's difficult to believe it's already December! I've heard from several of you with queries regarding leaf pickup, given how late leaves fell this year. Well, the Streets Division heard you, and will be offering a "last chance" leaf pickup next week. You must get your … [read more]

Council updates, planned developments, events, and transportation updates

Hello neighbors, Some updates from last night’s Common Council meeting that may be of interest: The declawing of cats in Madison will be banned. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) will be allowed as a permitted use rather than a conditional use. Bicycle parking will be allowed in front, … [read more]

Keep sidewalks clear, large item collection, independent police monitor, kudos, and events

Hello neighbors, With the recent dusting of snow turning to ice, it seems appropriate to remind everyone of the requirement to clear your walk by noon the day following precipitation. If it can’t be cleared, you must sand it; sand is provided by the City throughout our neighborhood in green … [read more]

Snow emergency TONIGHT through Thursday, Neighborhood meetings on housing developments, New district lines, Announcements and Events

Hello neighbors, The end of a calendar year is often a time for reflection. We look back on our accomplishments and our stumbles, good times and bad. And we always hope for a better year to come. It’s been an eventful year for me, taking the reins as your new Alder, under the expert … [read more]

Reminders: Neighborhood meeting on Speedway development THURSDAY, Glenway golf course CLOSED, COVID testing sites, free drop-in child care

Hello neighbors, A few reminders: Tomorrow, January 6 at 5:30pm there will be an online neighborhood meeting regarding the plans for the redevelopment of 3734 Speedway Road (the former Stop-n-Go). Please register in advance for the meeting. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time, or, … [read more]

Smoky's neighborhood meeting THURSDAY 1/13, please give blood, new ambulance and more

Hello neighbors, We have another online neighborhood meeting this week, Thursday, January 13 at 6:30pm, to discuss a proposed development at the current Smoky’s site on University Avenue. Please register in advance to join the meeting. You may send me your questions in advance, or of course, … [read more]

Redevelopments in the District, Landmarks Ordinance Review public meetings, events and announcements

Hello neighbors, If you missed the neighborhood presentation on the redevelopment proposed at the Smoky’s location, you can review the recording at your leisure. During the presentation, there was a question regarding some dimensions, which the developer and architect didn’t have readily on … [read more]

Snow emergency through 1/25, volunteer for MMSD, speeder's hotline, new business in the neighborhood, announcements and events

Hello neighbors, We still have a snow emergency tonight, so please remember to park on the odd side of the street (morning of 1/25). If you park on a street that only has parking on one side, your car can remain there. However, if you have the opportunity to move it, it will really help the … [read more]

Metro Redesign, Landmarks Ordinance Revision, Campground Success, Frozen Assets, Announcements, Staff Shout-outs

Hello neighbors, A few meetings of interest coming up: Monday, January 31, 5pm: The Transportation Policy & Planning Board will be reviewing the draft recommendations for the updated Metro transit plan. This plan will affect all bus routes for the city. Meeting … [read more]

Black History Month, announcements, meetings, fun stuff

Hello neighbors, A couple of weeks ago I highlighted an upcoming talk by the author of the 1619 Project in my weekly update. A constituent berated me for promoting such a divisive topic. While I understand there are some concerns about some of the historical accuracy of the 1619 Project … [read more]

No election 2/15, Hollaback and Center for Black Excellence & Culture webinars tomorrow, redevelopment updates, events and announcements

Hello neighbors, You may be wondering why we don’t have an election on February 15 – we don’t have a primary for any local election. Ultimately, we should all be concerned about this, and its impact on our democracy. With no competition, there’s no reason for people to campaign. And with no … [read more]

Metro network redesign meeting, LORC, project updates, events and announcements

Hello neighbors, There will be a Metro Network Redesign community meeting TOMORROW, February 24 at 6pm. I want to stress how important it is for anyone who rides the bus – or would do so if it were more convenient – to engage in this process. There are multiple service changes proposed for our … [read more]

Street sweeping at night, neighborhood meeting March 10, Metro redesign meeting March 22, University Ave reconstruction updates

Hello neighbors, Please be advised that street sweepers will be out at night performing sweeping operations to clear the streets of sand during this warm stretch. There are sometimes complaints about the noise – please know this noise is minimal and brief, and results in improved health of our … [read more]

Put your cans on the curb, not the street, Meetings, Housing bills help, Events and Announcements

Hello neighbors, With it being Wisconsin, spring is coming with fits and starts right now. We had especially warm weather last week, allowing our street sweepers to get out and start pulling sand and dirt from our streets, and then the plows were out yesterday – in some cases followed by … [read more]

Upcoming meetings, voting info, yard waste pickups, other announcements

Hello neighbors, Spring is definitely trying to come in, and that’s a welcome sight. Please be aware that we are predicted to get rain later this week followed by freezing temps at night. That could make for slippery sidewalks and roads, so do take care when walking and traveling in the … [read more]

Voting, Development, Metro redesign, MPD listening sessions, Sidewalks and utility poles, Events and announcements

Hello neighbors, A few updates and reminders this week: Voting The spring election is next Tuesday, April 5. Please check your polling place at myvote.wi.gov if you have not already voted absentee, as many polling places have changed due to redistricting and the pandemic. Polls will … [read more]

Sidewalk assessments, Recycling Recovery Charge, Listening sessions, Announcements and events

Hello neighbors, It was lovely to see so many of you at the polls at Blessed Sacrament the other day. I appreciate everyone who came out to vote in this election, as I know it wasn’t “high stakes”. The more people participate, the stronger our democracy. So, thank you again for voting! Here … [read more]

COVID community level is medium, info meetings on airport, University Ave reconstruction, and Glenway Golf Park, events & announcements

Hello neighbors, It sure seems like spring is trying it’s darndest to come through. Though it is Wisconsin, after all, so this meme really resonates: The Midwest has 12 seasons: Winter Fool’s Spring Second Winter Spring of Deception Third Winter The Pollening Actual … [read more]

Teacher appreciation May 1, Meetings, Property Assessments, Medians, Events & Announcements

Hello neighbors, Chalking in appreciation of Franklin & Randall teachers will be happening at each school Sunday, May 1 from 2-4pm. Come out and show your creative side for the start of Teacher Appreciation Week to let our teachers know how much you appreciate them and connect with other … [read more]

Meetings of interest, events, reminders, and announcements

Hello neighbors, Here are meetings of potential interest this week: Monday: Landmarks, 5pm – presentation of drafted updates to Landmarks Ordinances, which will impact the University Heights area. Tuesday: Common Council, 6:30pm Appeal of Plan Commission’s Conditional Use Approval … [read more]

Busy weekend ahead!

Hello neighbors, A brief update regarding events around town (in addition to regular offerings) this busy weekend: Tonight (Friday): UW Madison Commencement for graduate and professional degrees. Kohl Center, 5:30pm. Dear Evan Hansen. Overture Center for the Arts, 8pm. Tomorrow … [read more]

West High reconstruction, potholes, water main flushing, metro redesign, planning and zoning, events and announcements

Hello neighbors, Several of you have contacted me wondering about the construction happening at West High. The most consolidated information has been posted to the MMSD site. But if you really want to dig into the details, all of the plans are available through legistar: Main … [read more]

West High & University Ave construction updates, announcements, meetings & events

Hello neighbors, I can’t say it was a result of our requests, but MMSD did post a great update on what’s happening at West. Also, if you didn’t see it, this article describes how busy Goodman pool will be this summer, trying to absorb all the high school pools being closed (including West’s) … [read more]

March for our lives, Metro Transit Redesign, West High construction, Development update, Events and announcements,

It’s not what you say. It’s what people hear. – Frank Luntz In my last message, I wrote something that, unfortunately, some people perceived as a statement that I did not support or believe in our country’s Constitution. Nothing could be further from the truth. Part of my oath of office was to … [read more]

Happy summer! Events & announcements

Hello neighbors, Summer is here, so it’s Make Music Madison time! Enjoy concerts all around town tomorrow. Also tomorrow is a day I’ve been waiting for: the launch of Madison’s Guaranteed Income pilot program, the Madison Forward Fund. This evidence-based program will provide 155 eligible … [read more]

Next election August 9, events & announcements

Hello neighbors, If recent events tell us nothing else, it’s that elections have consequences. The next election is the partisan primary on August 9. I know this is a common time for vacations, so if you will be away, please request your absentee ballot as soon as possible. Visit myvote.wi.gov … [read more]

Well 19 public info meeting TOMORROW, Glenway Woods input sought, events & announcements

Hello neighbors, I hope this note finds you well, and staying cool. Upcoming opportunities for public comment: TOMORROW, July 6, 6pm, Eagle Heights community center – Well 19 public information meeting. This well provides water to a portion of our district. Please come learn about the … [read more]

Dane County at High COVID level, events & announcements

Hello neighbors, In case you haven’t heard, Dane County has moved into the “High” COVID-19 Community Level for the first time since these new metrics have taken effect. At this level, in accordance with CDC guidance, Public Health Madison & Dane County highly recommends that everyone wear … [read more]

How to change your absentee ballot if already voted, events, announcements, August moving days

Hello neighbors, I hope each and every one of you has a plan to vote in the partisan primary on August 9. If you have already voted absentee, and you wish to change your vote, for example because a candidate has since dropped out of a given race, you can do so via the process outlined by … [read more]

Vision Zero Town Hall, Road Updates, Events & Announcements

Hello neighbors, My colleague, Alder Tishler (District 11), is hosting a Town Hall at the Sequoya Library on Wednesday August 17 at 7pm to discuss Madison’s Vision Zero initiative, which is designed to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injury. If you are interested in traffic safety, I … [read more]

Congrats to Susan Millar, Road Updates, Meetings, Events & Announcements

Hello neighbors, What a pleasant surprise to see District 5 resident Susan Millar on the front page of today’s Wisconsin State Journal! Susan has been tireless in her efforts to reduce her and the City’s carbon footprint, and it’s wonderful to see her work acknowledged in this way. Don’t … [read more]

Please slow down in the neighborhood, meetings, events, and announcements

Hello neighbors, In case you haven’t noticed, the students are back! Please be aware of road closures for student move-in this week. Also, we are getting more and more speeding complaints as people compensate for all of the road closures in the area. When we ask the Madison Police … [read more]

Vision Zero, Capital Budget, meetings, news and announcements

Hello neighbors, School has started for both our University and K-12 students. Please, please, please, be careful while driving and look out for pedestrians, bicyclists, scooters, skateboards, etc. We really are striving to be a Vision Zero city, and it takes all of us looking out for one … [read more]

Voter registration day, Beware of folks asking for personal info, Public Information Meetings, Events & Announcements

Hello neighbors, I'm a little late to the party, but today is National Voter Registration Day! I sincerely hope that if you are reading this message that you are registered to vote, and that you will encourage all of your friends and family to do so as well. The Madison City Clerk's office … [read more]

Watershed public meeting tomorrow, update on sidewalks, meetings, events, and announcements

Hello neighbors, Please join us TOMORROW evening, September 29, for the Public Information Meeting on the Willow Creek Watershed Study from 6-8pm. Please register in advance. Sidewalks: There are two areas in the district still awaiting sidewalk work: the area bounded by Allen, Regent, … [read more]

Homecoming for West and UW, Public Information Meetings, Events and Announcements

Hello neighbors, It’s homecoming time! West Regents will hold their homecoming parade on Friday, October 7. Streets around the school will be blocked off from 11:45am-3pm. UW Homecoming is the weekend of October 17-22. The parade will take place Friday, October 21, from 6-7:30pm. … [read more]

Budget, Public Information Meetings, Events and Announcements

Hello neighbors, In case you missed it, the 2023 Operating Budget has been released. This is in addition to the Capital Budget, which was released earlier. You are invited to review all budget information at https://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/2023 In addition to public comment … [read more]

Early voting starts Tuesday, Check your election day polling place, Meetings, Events, Announcements

Hello neighbors, I hope you’ve been able to get out and enjoy the glorious weather this weekend! I spent a part of my Sunday canvassing for my favorite candidates. One of the things we were telling folks is that early in-person voting begins this Tuesday, October 25 and continues through … [read more]

Voting location updates, Meetings, events and announcements

Hello neighbors, I know you’ve had a million reminders to get out and vote, so consider this your one additional reminder! If your November 8 polling place changed since the last election, you should have received a postcard from the Clerk’s office. If you want to double check, please see … [read more]

VOTE, metro redesign, dogs in parks, events and announcements

Hello neighbors, Unbeknownst to me, my day job contact information was printed in the Regent Neighborhood Association newsletter. Please do not use that information to contact me regarding City business. If you need to contact me, please send email (preferred) to District5@CityofMadison.com or … [read more]

Thanks for voting and volunteering, City budget, meetings, events and announcements

Hello neighbors, I am so pleased that our mid-term elections were undertaken with integrity, and without violence. Turnout in Dane County was a healthy 80.3%, though this was substantially lower than the turnout in 2018, at 88%. If you voted, thank you. If you served as a poll worker, thank … [read more]

Put your trash out tonight or early tomorrow, University Ave and signage updates, Passenger rail station planning, Shop and give local

Hello neighbors, I sincerely hope this note finds you well, and living this season with gratitude. Please note the following changes to City schedules due to the holiday week: Refuse collection: If your trash and recycling are normally collected on Wednesdays and Thursdays by the … [read more]

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