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 November 14th
Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of November 14, 2022
The Common Council will meet in hybrid format for 2023 Capital and Operating Budget deliberations. Tuesday 11/15 is reserved for public testimony on the budget and Wednesday 11/16 is reserved for Common Council deliberation. A meeting on Thursday 11/17 will only occur if the Council is unable to finish their deliberations on Wednesday. If it is necessary to have a Thursday meeting, the meeting will be either in person only (MMB 215) or virtual depending on a vote of the Council on 11/15.
Members of the Common Council have proposed Capital Budget amendments and Operating Budget amendments that are available for your review. These files are also attached to the Legistar files for each budget:
- Common Council Meeting (Tuesday 11/15 at 5:30 PM)
- 2023 Budget- Public Comment
- Common Council Meeting (Wednesday 11/16 at 5:30 PM)
- 2023 Budget- Council Deliberations
- Common Council Meeting (Thursday 11/17 at 5:30 PM) – *if necessary
- 2023 Budget- Council Deliberations
Other Upcoming Meetings
- Transportation Policy and Planning Board (Monday 11/14 at 5:00 PM)
- Complete Green Streets
- Passenger Rail Introduction
- Sustainable Madison Committee (Tuesday 11/15 at 10:30 AM)
- Sustainability Plan updates
- Multicultural Affairs Committee (Wednesday 11/16 at 11:30 AM)
- Police and Fire Commission (Thursday 11/17 at 3:00 PM)
- Ceremony to recognize graduates from 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 classes
To see the full list of City meetings scheduled for the week, please consult the City meeting schedule.
The Hmong Institute's Noj Tsiab (pre-New Year) and Thanksgiving Celebration: The Hmong Institute is hosting the Hmong Noj Tsiab (Pre-New Year) Celebration on Thursday November, 17th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 4402 Femrite Drive, Madison. Noj tsiab pronounced "naw chia" is the meal held the night before the Hmong New Year festival begins. Noj Tsiab and Noj Peb Caug (New Year Festival) are traditionally celebrated after the harvest season. The Noj Tsiab tradition constitutes ritual activities such as a hu plig (soul calling), lwm qaib (bless the new year while washing away all negative energy with the old year), giving thanks to the ancestor's spirit for a good harvest and for keeping the family healthy. A meal or feast is then served to the guests.
Teejop & Beyond: Celebrating Native Nations of the Great Lakes, October - December 2022: Eight Native presenters will lead programs highlighting both traditional and contemporary practices, stories, and community relationships. Upcoming programs include:
Nov. 5, 19: Family History Writing Workshops with Sherman Funmaker (Bear Clan Elder, Ho-Chunk Nation)
Nov. 9: Indigenous Birth and Traditional Parenting presentation by Raeanne Madison(Crane Clan, Bois Forte Band Ojibwe Nation)
Nov. 12: Art Walk in Monona with Kristie GoForth (Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
Noise mitigation study meeting at DCRA - November 14th: The Dane County Regional Airport is currently in process of updating its noise mitigation plan as result of the 115th Air National Guard transitioning from F-16s to F-35s. This is FAA Part 150 process used to determine eligibility for and fund sound mitigation inside the airport's mapped noise contours. The second open house of the noise study will be held Monday November 14th from 6-8pm at the Dane County Regional Airport (between terminal doors 1 and 2). Information about the study process and materials from the first open house are on the DCRA's noise mitigation plan (Part 150) webpage.
Musician and activist Lyla June to speak on Indigenous rights, revitalizing ancient Indigenous land practices at free event on November 14th: Bringing her perspective as a woman of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages, June's 90-minute talk will include both lecture and Q&A portions. The event, titled "An Evening with Lyla June: The Power of Indigenous Knowledge in an Age of Neocolonialism," is free and open to the public, with no tickets necessary. Combining her personal experience with her studies in human ecology and Native American pedagogy, June advocates for Indigenous rights, the use of traditional land stewardship practices and mending from historical trauma. Patrons can learn more about the upcoming, free talk with June click HERE!
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims: The City of Madison along with the Vision Zero Stakeholder Task Force will commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims the week of November 14-21. The week features a memorial for people killed over the last 5 years that will be out all week in front of the Madison Municipal Building. Here is our news release about the event and week. Everyone is invited to a short press conference to remember victims of traffic crashes and renew the call for support to eliminate serious and fatal crashes.
Date: Tuesday, November 15th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd – Outside
Birding Backpacks + Madison Audubon Event, Always Available + November 15th: Madisonians who are bird curious can check out a Birding Backpack from Madison Public Library for up to one week. Backpacks include binoculars and field guides for one adult and one child, as well as a local birding guide that highlights locations close to each library. This project was made possible thanks to donations from the Feminist Bird Club - Madison and the Madison Public Library Foundation.
On November 15, we'll be hosting an event in collaboration with Madison Audubon to highlight the connections between race and birds with Brigitte Fielder at Meadowridge Library. The UW-Madison professor will weave together the historical context of antislavery imagery, African American folklore, children's stories about abolitionist views, and more, as she illuminates human-animal relationships that illustrate Black people's resistance to oppression.
Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Kick-Off: The Open Enrollment period for 2023 health insurance on Healthcare.gov kicks off on November 1st, 2022 and runs through January 15th, 2023. Consumers must sign up by December 15th for coverage to start on January 1st.
Madison Public Library is partnering with Covering Wisconsin to get the word out about this timeline to ensure that all Dane County residents know about affordable and low-cost health insurance options available to them. We are also hosting two open enrollment events at our libraries:
December 3, 10am-2pm - Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
December 10, 10am-2pm - Pinney Library, 516 Cottage Grove Rd.
Feel free to attend the press event to learn more (see attached release), or contact Courtney Harris, Covering Wisconsin Outreach & Partner Relations Manager; 608-262-1838; email@example.com for more information to share with your constituents, neighbors, or service/program recipients.
More information is available on the Covering Wisconsin web site, including downloadable promotion materials. Free, local, unbiased help is available statewide. Consumers can visit WisCovered.com to learn more, or call the 2-1-1 Helpline (877-947-2211) to find an expert near them.
Public Health Madison & Dane County Violence Prevention Speaker Series Event, November 16, 2022: In partnership with Rape Crisis Center (RCC), PHMDC's Violence Prevention Unit is hosting a virtual session on sexual assault prevention and services. The virtual session is free but registration is required: RCC Speaker Series Registration link. The session will be recorded and made available on public health's Violence Prevention Unit's webpage. This is the sixth of a "Violence Prevention & Intervention Speaker Series". The upcoming session with Dana Pellebon from Rape Crisis Center (RCC) will provide information about their outreach, education, and prevention programs, services and advocacy for those harmed by sexual violence, and information on sexual violence.
The series will be sharing the latest violence prevention and intervention strategies, methodologies, and theories. It will also highlight VP Coalition members and the work that is being done in Madison and Dane County. It is open to everyone in the community, so please share with your networks.
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