Alder Brian Benford
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Benford’s Updates
Week of February 14th. Sending you love!
Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of February 14, 2022
Roadway and Sidewalk Café Permits
The Transportation Policy and Planning Board will be discussing a proposed new Roadway Café permit at its meeting on Monday.
Housing Forward Update
The Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee will receive an update on the Housing Forward initiative at its meeting on Thursday.
For additional information about additional meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting Schedule online here
On February 17, everyone is invited to come Downtown for a special celebration of Lunar New Year. Experience traditional Chinese Lion Dancing performed by Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association on the stage at Lisa Link Peace Park (452 State Street) at 6pm. Immediately following the Lion Dance in the park, Association members will move on to provide blessings at 10 locations around downtown. Learn more here.
February is Black History Month, and Madison Public Library is celebrating this year's theme of Black Health & Wellness put forth by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Through their Live Well @ Your Library initiative, community partnerships, book lists, events and more, they aim to support Madison's Black community in finding and accessing health and wellness resources. They've got some great events coming up this month at the library that celebrate many different facets of the Black experience. Learn more here.
Healing Labs are a series of events created for teens 8th-12th grade from the communities of the African Diaspora to explore journeys of self-worth and self-determination. From Black History Month through Juneteenth, the Madison Public Library will delve into the history of resiliency and the many ways in which black and brown communities have learned to cope, process and move forward to thrive. The first event takes place on February 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Central Library and will explore the topic, "Who's in Your Village?" Supplies, snacks and $30 gift cards are available for the first 30 youth attendees. No registration is required. Learn more here.
The Live Well @ Your Library team, in partnership with Be Well Madison , Midwest Mujeres Collective and Araceli Esparza Speaker, is offering a wellness practitioners virtual summit focused on BIPOC wellness practitioners on February 17, 7pm-8:30pm. Anyone in the medical or wellness fields is welcome to attend. The summit will include a panel discussion with some awesome local speakers, as well as a chance for practitioners to learn new skills, network and discuss ways to improve access and inclusion in Madison's health and wellness landscape. Learn more and sign up here.
The Common Council recently passed ORD-22-00012, which changes the order of business and procedures for registered speakers during Common Council meetings. These changes stemmed from policy recommendations made by the Task Force on the Structure of City Government (TFOGS). The new Common Council meeting format will go into effect on February 22, 2022. Find more about the improved process here.
The Common Council recently authorized the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge, a Parks-led planning effort focused on developing a master plan for 1.7 miles of shoreline and 17 acres of parkland along Lake Monona's west shore (file# 68974). The intent of the design competition format is to attract regional and national planning expertise to the project. The challenge will be a two-year process, with design team selections and master plan options developed in 2022, and the refinement of the preferred master plan option and submittal to Council in 2023. A key component of the design challenge is forming an ad-hoc committee, whose responsibilities include selecting the competition participants and identifying a preferred master plan option. The success of the planning initiative depends on a committee that provides a broad range of representation with diverse perspectives. The time commitment for each committee member is estimated to average 4-8 hours per month over the next two years. Note the commitment will likely vary from month to month depending on committee responsibilities, with some months exceeding the 8-hour maximum average. Per the authorizing resolution, the available committee positions will include seven community representatives. Learn more about the Design Challenge here, including how to apply to be on the committee. The deadline for committee submissions is noon, February 23, 2022.
The City of Madison will not have a primary election on February 15, 2022. No office appearing on the Spring Election ballots in the City of Madison had enough candidates file to require a primary in the City on February 15. Find information about what will be on the April 5, 2022, ballot here.
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