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 October 3rd
Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of October 3, 2022
The Common Council does not meet the week of October 3, but many other City committees do, including the Plan Commission, Community Services Committee, and Madison Public Library Board. To see the full list of City meetings scheduled for the week, please consult the City meeting schedule.
MFD virtual recruitment open house events: For the first time ever, the Madison Fire Department (MFD) will host a series of virtual recruitment open houses aimed at introducing new audiences to the idea of becoming a career firefighter/EMT.
On Tuesday, October 4, 6pm-8pm, the MFD will host a virtual recruitment open house for women. This event is designed to connect women interested in fire/EMS with other women currently serving at the MFD, and to share job-related information that is especially relevant to women. Register here to participate.
Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge: You are invited to attend the public event series for the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge hosted by Madison Parks. The event series is an opportunity to learn more about the design challenge, the selected teams, their progress in plan development, and the final master plan proposals. The three events include a design challenge kick-off, midpoint check-in, and team presentations of their proposed vision for the Lake Monona Waterfront.
Each event will be held in person and streamed to the Madison City Channel for remote viewing at the time of the event. The first event of the series is Monday, October 3. Please join and help reimagine possibilities for the Lake Monona Waterfront. For more information, visit Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge.
Design Challenge Kick-Off
Monday, October 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm CT
Madison Central Library, Rooms 301-302, 201 W. Mifflin Street
Design teams will live-stream to the event and introduce themselves and their team's unique perspective on master plan development.
Design Challenge Check-In
Monday, November 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm CT
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Lecture Hall, 1 John Nolen Drive
Design teams will virtually present initial thoughts and concepts in developing a master plan vision for the Lake Monona Waterfront.
Design Challenge Master Plan Presentations
Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm CT
Olin Park Center, 330 E. Lakeside Street (at the new Parks administrative offices)
Design teams will present in person their proposed master plan for the Lake Monona Waterfront.
Rally for Domestic Violence Awareness: To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) is hosting a rally at the state capitol at noon on October 2. Virginia Gittens Escudero (Executive Director of UNIDOS) and Senator Melissa Agard are two of the speakers. More information can be found on the FB event page. Please wear purple if you have it. That's the domestic violence awareness color.
Community Talk Back Series: Join the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness (FFBWW) at noon on October 11 for their Community Powered Policy Session to share your thoughts on the most pressing issues affecting Black women, children, and families. Your feedback will directly shape the policy recommendations included in their "Policy Blueprint for Black Women's Health: Black Women Deserve," which will be published as a resource and roadmap for policymakers and decision-makers across the nation. All community members are invited to attend the various sessions. Register here for the upcoming session or future sessions.
- < > The schedule for the 20th Anniversary Fall Celebration of the Wisconsin Book Festival has been released! Visit wisconsinbookfestival.org to see the full lineup for the 4-day celebration taking place October 13-16 and start saving the date for your favorites. Catch international best-selling author Andy Weir for Project Hail Mary, activist and advocate Brenda Myers Powell for Leaving Breezy Street, Reese's Book Club author Thrity Umrigar for Honor and many more!
Testing strategy shift: Effective October 1, Public Health Madison & Dane County will transition to a new strategy for COVID-19 testing at its South Madison clinic. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced a new directive for Community Testing Support Program (CTSP) partners to shift away from lab-based PCR testing to an antigen model, in an effort to provide rapid results. According to DHS, the purpose of this change is to "ensure testing availability at state-supported CTSP sites in the event of a COVID-19 surge and to meet community need." Learn more here. Make your testing appointment here.
Acceptable photo ID to vote: As you prepare for the General Election on November 8, the City of Madison Clerk's Office wants to remind you what types of photo ID you can use for voting in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin driver license (expiration date after 11/03/2020)
WI DOT-issued photo ID card (expiration date after 11/03/2020)
U.S. passport (expiration date after 11/03/2020)
Military ID card (expiration date after 11/03/2020)
Certificate of naturalization issued within last 2 years
Unexpired Wisconsin driver license or state ID receipt
ID card issued by a Native American Tribe, regardless of expiration
ID issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college--must contain issuance date, student signature, and expiration date within 2 years of issuance. If the ID is expired, proof of current enrollment is also required.
Unexpired Veterans Affairs ID card
If you usually use your Wisconsin driver's license or state ID, military ID card, or U.S. passport, make sure the expiration date is after 11/03/2020. Find more information here.
Get your updated boosters: In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, two recurring mobile clinics are available at Warner Park Community Recreation Center and the indoor park shelter at Elver Park. No insurance is needed to receive these free vaccines, just bring your CDC vaccination card, if possible. Walk-ins and appointments are available. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to save you time. Pfizer's updated booster will be available to everyone who is eligible. Sign up for your appointment and pre-register here.
Hourly attendants needed in Madison parks: The Parks Division is looking to fill multiple Winter Attendant and Special Event Attendant positions. The successful candidates for these positions will perform varied public contact services, which may include customer service work, cash handling, staffing events and programs, routine labor and custodial work, light clerical duties, set up work, etc. Learn more and apply.
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