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 August 29th
Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of August 29, 2022
Many committees meet the week of August 29, including the Finance Committee, Landmarks Commission, Plan Commission, and Madison Public Library Board. To see the full list of City meetings scheduled for the week, please consult the City meeting schedule.
Reindahl Park public information meeting: The City of Madison Parks Division is updating the Master Plan for Reindahl Park. The update process will review existing park uses and amenities as well as identify future improvements. The master plan update will also take into consideration the location of Madison Public Library's Imagination Center within the park. The in-person public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 5:30pm-7pm, at East Madison Community Center multi-purpose room, 8 Straubel Court.
Virtual session on school safety: In partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District's Office of School Safety, Public Health Madison & Dane County's Violence Prevention Unit is hosting a virtual session on school safety on Wednesday, August 31, 5pm - 6pm. The virtual session is free but registration is required. The session will be recorded and made available on PHMDC's Violence Prevention Unit's webpage. This is the third installment in the "Violence Prevention & Intervention Speaker Series". The series will be sharing the latest violence prevention and intervention strategies, methodologies, and theories. It is open to everyone in the community
Madison Parks: As summer draws to a close, there are still many events happening around the city in Madison's beautiful parks. Check out all the activities on the Parks Division's calendar.
Career opportunity: The Common Council Office is hiring a Community Engagement Specialist. If you have a passion for communications and public service, you might be just who we're looking for! Learn more about this exciting opportunity. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on August 29.
Police Civilian Oversight Board: The application process for at-large nominations for two (2) seats on the City of Madison Police Civilian Oversight Board is now open. The deadline for submitting nominations or self-nominations is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The Civilian Oversight Board was established on September 1, 2020, when the Madison Common Council passed MGO sections 5.20 and 5.19 creating it and the Office of the Independent Police Monitor. Learn more and find the link to the application here.
'Since 2018' blog: The City of Madison Engineering Division will share about specific projects and progress since the August 2018 flood in a new blog series, 'Since 2018,' on its website. In the last days of August, the Engineering Division will focus on specific changes or projects the Engineering Division stormwater section has produced since the 2018 floods that devastated the City's west and southwest side. The flood caused an estimated $30M in public and private damage. Since then, the City of Madison has strengthened its commitment to stormwater, even increasing the budget toward projects and resources into ways to improve the stormwater system. Read the news release for more information.
Energy Efficiency Excellence Award: The City of Madison is proud to be one of the state's 2022 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Recipients. During an August 18, 2022, press conference at City of Madison Fire Station 14, Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, recognized the City of Madison for designing with energy-efficient features in its buildings. To learn more, read the news release and watch the press conference.
- Food scraps recycling: Food scraps recycling for 2022 is available at two farmer's market drop-off sites this summer from June 14 to September 27.
- Market Site 1: South Madison Farmer's Market (1602 S. Park Street)
- Hours: 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
- Dates open: Only Tuesday markets from June 14 to September 27, 2022
- Market Site 2: Eastside Farmer's Market (202 S. Ingersoll Street)
- Hours: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
- Dates open: Only Tuesday evenings from June 14 to September 27, 2022
- Market Site 1: South Madison Farmer's Market (1602 S. Park Street)
- Monkeypox vaccination clinic: With expanded eligibility guidance from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Public Health Madison Dane County has opened a monkeypox vaccination clinic. The clinic is open with limited hours on weekdays, by appointment only. Learn more about the updated eligibility and how to make an appointment at publichealthmdc.com/monkeypox. Monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person, and the virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.
- < > Madison Public Library is launching a new residency all about nature! Local naturalist John C. Newman has been named the first Naturalist-in-Residence at Madison Public Library and will lead a series of events, walks and workshops throughout September and into October. The goal of the Naturalist-in-Residence project is to encourage the Madison community to explore, learn, and reflect upon the natural world and their place in it, through the guiding vision of an experienced local naturalist. Those who participate will get to enjoy Madison Parks, as well as the many green and urban spaces around the city and at libraries. Learn more here.
Public notice to all customers of Madison Water Utility: Madison Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates. The increase is necessary due to a 5.8 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 3.2 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2020. The total increase in water revenues requested is $8,498,655, which will result in an estimated overall rate increase of 18.12 percent over the water utility's present revenues. If the request is granted, the water charge for an average residential customer with a ?-inch or ¾-inch meter who uses 4,000 gallons of water per month will increase from $29.92 to $34.92, or 16.71%. This increase only applies to the Water charges on your bill. Charges for Sewer, Storm Water, Landfill, Resource Recovery, and Urban Forestry are not a part of this rate application. A virtual public hearing on the application has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. To learn more about the rate increase application and to register for the virtual public hearing, please read the Water Utility's news release.
Share your stories: Madison Public Library is looking for a few good stories through an open call for submissions to the Madison Living History Project. Submissions should include a focus on historical moments or changes over time and elevate an underrepresented group or lesser-known chapter of Madison's history. For example, collections might revolve around changes to neighborhood hangouts or locally owned businesses, the history of a Madison event or initiative, or the experiences of refugee or immigrant groups who've made Madison their home. Learn more about the project at Madison Living History Project, find some example project ideas, and apply at madisonlivinghistory.org. Read the Public Library's news release here.
Speed reduction on Mineral Point Road: The next 2022 roadway improvement scheduled through the Vision Zero initiative takes place on Monday, August 29, to a section of Mineral Point Road, from S. Whitney Way to the Beltline. This speed reduction from 40 mph to 35 mph should not affect travel times on this stretch of roadway. Along with the previous speed changes occurring earlier this year on E. Washington Avenue and John Nolen Drive, this newest reduction will continue to work towards the goal of making Madison safer. Lowering the speed limit just 5 mph on this thoroughfare will not only decrease the likelihood of a serious or fatal crash but also increase the safety for all roadway users. Additional streets scheduled for speed limit reductions in 2022 include:
Old Sauk Road, from the Beltline to Westfield Road (reduced to 30 mph from 35
Portage Road, from E. Washington Avenue to Hanson Road (reduced to 25 mph
from 30 mph)
Segoe Road, from University Avenue to Odana Road (reduced to 25 mph from
For each of these changes, along with updated permanent signs, staff will place temporary digital signboards in the area to remind drivers of the speed limit changes. Find more information in the news release.
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