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Alder Brian Benford

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Alder Brian Benford

Contact Information

Home Address:

2722 Center Ave

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 Benford’s Updates

Week of July 25th

July 24, 2022 9:39 PM

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of July 25, 2022

 

Dane County Moves into "High" COVID-19 Community Level

On July 21, 2022, Dane County moved into the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) "high" COVID-19 community level . At this level, in accordance with CDC guidance, Public Health Madison & Dane County recommends that everyone be up-to-date on their vaccines and take additional precautions, including wearing a mask in indoor public spaces. Read the full release here.

 

Meetings

  • The Common Council is not meeting this week, but this week there are 17 committee meetings, including the Landmarks Commission, the Plan Commission, the Sustainable Madison Committee, the Humanitarian Awards Commission, the Committee on Aging, the Urban Design Commission, the Transportation Commission, the Disability Rights Commission, and the Housing Strategy Committee. For information about the meetings and their agendas, and about additional City meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City meeting schedule.

     

    Events

  • Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. This is a great opportunity to come out to local parks, build community, strengthen relationships, and have fun! Click on the following parks to see dates, times and activities for:

  • Opera in the Park is coming to Garner Park, 333 S. Rosa Road, on July 23 at 8pm. Read more here.

  • Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a free community celebration on Saturday, July 23, from 6:30pm-9:45pm at its William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens. The event will feature local and regional bands, dance performances, and conclude with a spectacular drone show over Lake Monona. More details here. WATCH FOR A POTENTIAL RAIN DATE RESCHEDULE - keep your eye on http://www.mononaterrace.com/25 and social media on Saturday afternoon, or check with the main office line at 608-261-4000 in case of a reschedule.

  • July is Disability Pride Month. On Saturday, July 30, 2022 , join Wisconsin's Disability Community at Warner Park from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of the ADA and make plans to make things more inclusive.A fun day of entertainers, exhibits, adaptive sports, artists, and crafts people. You can check out this link to  learn more about Disability Pride Month.

  • All-City Dive Meet at the Goodman Pool: The All-City Dive Championship Meet is the final dive event of the summer for the 13 Madison area All-City swim and dive league teams and will include more than 300 divers and 1,000 spectators. This year, Goodman Waves is hosting at the Goodman Pool on Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26. Spectators are welcome at no charge.

  • POOL CLOSURE NOTICE: The Goodman pool will be closed for public swimming Sunday, July 24 through Tuesday, July 26. A rain delay day, if needed, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27.

  • Free Adapted Swim - MSCR and Madison Parks are hosting a free, Adapted Family Swim Night on Thursday, July 28, 6:30-8 pm at the Goodman Pool, 325 W Olin Ave. The event is open to individuals who have disabilities, their caregivers and their families. The pool has a zero-depth entry, aquatic lift and water wheelchairs are available.

  • Friday, July 29th - Mad Lit hosts its next music event on the 100 Block of State St from 8pm-11pm

     

    Announcements

  • Brush collection is slowly winding down for the year. Make sure you don't miss your brush pickup opportunities by getting your schedule at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection

  • In-person absentee voting starts on July 26th for the August partisan primary. You can find the list of in-person absentee voting locations by clicking here. This week, the Clerk's office posted a helpful reminder of what types of photo IDs you can use for voting in Wisconsin.

  • OMG! The Outdoor Music Guide is Now Available: The Outdoor Music Guide (OMG) is a new resource that describes the ways someone can run an outdoor live music show, whether it is hosted by an individual, organization or a business. Created by the City to assist musicians and music business owners, the OMG document summarizes all the options based on City ordinances with the understanding that every activity is unique and other rules may apply. The City hopes that this tool answers questions and facilitates the delivery of music-related activities while fostering a vibrant music scene in the community.

  • CARES Team Expands with Second Response Team and Second Station Location to Better Serve City's West and South Sides: The Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) program, is a multi-agency program for addressing non-violent, behavioral health-related emergencies. Dane County's 911 dispatch center dispatches CARES units to these emergencies as an alternative to police. The goal of a CARES response is to assess, de-escalate, treat, and refer or transport patients, as needed, to behavioral health services in the community. The City has expanded the CARES program from one team to two and will be responding from a second location at 2120 Fish Hatchery Road to better access and serve the City's West and South Sides.

  • Food Scraps Drop-off at Farmers' Markets a Success: Drop-off is available Tuesday evenings at the Eastside and South Madison farmers' markets. The markets will be accepting food scraps every Tuesday at the market location until September 27, 2022.

    • The South Madison Farmers' Market is located at 1602 South Park Street and it accepts food scraps from 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Tuesdays.

    • The Eastside Farmers' Market is located at 202 S. Ingersoll Street and it accepts food scraps from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesdays.

      You can learn more about their locations and the acceptable food scraps at www.cityofmadison.com/FoodScraps. Information about the program is also available at the market booths. Folks who wish to participate in the food scraps drop-off program can pick up a free small bucket from the food scraps drop-off booths at the Tuesday evening Eastside and South Madison farmers' market.

  • August Moving Days - www.cityofmadison.com/MovingDays

    • August Moving Days: Daily Collections of Carts in Student Move Area: Starting at 6:30 a.m. on Monday August 1, 2022 residents in the downtown moving days area can place trash and recycling collection carts out for pickup. On every weekday between Monday, August 1 and Monday, August 15, Streets Division crews will be emptying collection carts within the downtown moving days area. You can read the full release here.

    • August Moving Days: How to Use the Large Item Work Order System during the Move Out: Starting the week of August 7, 2022 and ending on Friday, August 19, 2022, the large item work order rules are different for items that are collected at no cost for residents who live in the downtown move-out area. There are no changes to the work order rules for large items that require a fee, like microwaves, televisions, or air conditioners. If you live in the student move out area, you will not be required to complete a work order for large Items that do not require a fee from August 8, 2022 until around 12:00pm on Friday, August 19, 2022. Read the full release here.

    • August Moving Days: How to Set Out Appliances, Furniture, & Other Large Items for Collection. Please follow these guidelines so Streets Division collections will be faster and safer. If you are moving, it is in your best interest to set the items out within the guidelines so crews can collect the items quickly and minimize the congestion caused by large, slow moving collection vehicles.

      • Keep items away from obstructions like fire hydrants and street signs.

      • Do not place items under overhead obstructions like low-hanging wires and low tree limbs, too.

      • Keep the large item piles tidy. For example, if you have disassembled a desk, stack the wood pieces neatly.

      • Separate metal items and appliances, such as bed frames or air conditioners, separate from other material so they can be easily collected and recycled.

      • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of large items or appliances.

      • Remember to use your collection carts for trash and recyclables that can fit inside. And never make loose heaps of papers, clothes, or other waste that can blow around and clutter your neighborhood.

 

Please review that release or check the Streets Division's Moving Days webpage to be sure you are using the system the right way. The moving days website is www.cityofmadison.com/MovingDays.

 

If you live outside of the move-out area and have questions regarding the large item system, please review the large item website, www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItem.




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