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 May 9th
Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of May 9, 2022
The Planning Division, in collaboration with Zoning staff, is working to implement a 2018 Comprehensive Plan call for implementation of "Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) overlay zoning" along planned BRT and other high-frequency transit corridors to "create development intensity minimums, reduce parking requirements, and support transit use." For more information, and to sign up for May 11 and May 16 public meetings on this effort, please visit the project web page.
The Common Council will meet virtually at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 10.
The Board of Public Works (BPW) will hold a Public Hearing on the 2022 Resource Recovery Special Charge at its meeting on Wednesday, May 11. The BPW meeting begins at 4:30pm. The Public Hearings begin at 5:30pm.
For information about additional City meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting schedule.
Madison Public Library's Library Takeover program will launch its final event of the 2021-2022 class on Saturday, May 14, at Lisa Link Peace Park (425 State Street) from 4pm-6pm. (Rain location is Central Library, third floor (201 W. Mifflin Street). The event, Essential: True Stories of Unseen Work, is an opportunity for people to share their stories from the pandemic and beyond. People from all walks of life are invited to attend and share a 5-minute story open-mic style. Learn more about the event here.
For more than 20 years, United Way of Dane County has recognized outstanding volunteers in our community through the Community Volunteer Awards. In 2022, they will be accepting nominations through May 13. Nominate a volunteer today! Tell them about an individual, group, nonprofit or business who is behind the scenes, giving their time and energy to support Dane County.
Madison Parks is aware of the boat launch navigation issues at Olbrich Park. As in previous years, they are advising boaters to use caution navigating the narrowed channel where the Starkweather Creek meets Lake Monona due to low lake levels and creek sediment. Read more here, including recommended alternate launch sites. You may also want to visit the Parks Division's boat launch website.
The City of Madison is now accepting applicants for the first Youth Poet Laureate. The City of Madison, the Madison Arts Commission, and Madison Poet Laureate Angela Trudell Vasquez announce the establishment of a Youth Poet Laureate Program to recognize a youth under the age of twenty for their literary achievements. With this initiative, Madison will become a member of the National Youth Poet Laureate program, which honors talented poets from ages of thirteen (13) through nineteen (19) and provides for competitive opportunities for young people to showcase their literary art on the regional and national stage. Learn more here, and find the Youth Poet Laureate application here.
Save the Date
Fresh water is Earth's most precious resource. We all use it every day and can all have an impact on the ability to provide reliable supplies of clean water now and for future generations. On June 14 and June 21, participate in a two-session course to become a steward of our local waters. Water Steward is developed in partnership with Sustain Dane, the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership, the Madison Water Utility, and the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department. Learn more and register for the course here.
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