City of
Madison

District 9

Alder Paul E. Skidmore

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Alder Paul E. Skidmore

Contact Information

Home Address:

13 Red Maple Tr
Madison , WI 53717

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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 Skidmore’s District 9 Updates

Madison Forestry Pruning Update

City Forestry crews will soon be pruning trees in the area highlighted in orange below.  The objective is to prune small trees that were too new to prune last year, but after another year of growth are now ready.  Some information regarding "small tree pruning" can be found here.  If you have any questions, please contact Craig Klinke, Forestry Operations Supervisor, at 608-266-4891 or cklinke@cityofmadison.com.

Pruning area map

COVID-19 Information Update, Meeting & Event Highlights for the Week of January 25

COVID-19 Information Update January 22, 2021

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • There was a significant decrease in cases during this 14-day period, and percent positivity is now below 5%.
  • 5.5% of the Dane County population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • We launched a new COVID-19 data dashboard this week!

Looking Ahead

Dane County is following Wisconsin Department of Health Services' guidelines for vaccine prioritization. More than 39,000 doses have been administered so far.  We are working closely with healthcare partners to plan for distribution of doses for people in future tiers. A draft document with Tier 1b definitions  has not been formalized by DHS yet. We expect this to happen soon.

Testing Summary (January 15 – January 21)

  • 6,320 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 362,566 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 193 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site (note the test was closed on Monday, 1/18). 8,880 tests have been conducted since August.

Vaccination Summary

  • We received our first allocation of vaccine on December 29. As of January 21, we have administered 5,763 doses. Read more about vaccination in Dane County on page 2 of this week's Data Snapshot and on the last page of our data dashboard.
  • Read more about our current vaccination activities on our website.

Publications from This Week

News Releases

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Released

Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Vaccine

Webpages

Updated: COVID-19 Vaccine (Spanish)

Blogs

Data

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of January 25, 2021

Proposed Body-Worn Camera Recommendations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of, and possible action on, recommendations related to body-worn cameras at its meetings on Monday and to finish its work on Tuesday.

Monday

Tuesday

COVID Relief Funds for Eviction Prevention and Housing Assistance

The Community Services Committee will be receiving an update on COVID relief funds at its meeting on Wednesday.

Police Civilian Oversight Board to Discuss Relation between Itself, the PSRC, and the PFC

The PCOB will discuss its relation to the PSRC and PFC, along with a number of other items, at its meeting on Thursday.

City Land Banking Proposal

The Housing Strategy Committee will be taking action on the City's land banking proposal at its meeting on Thursday.

Events, activities, seminars, etc.

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • The deadline for the Community Food Access Grants is Friday, January 29, 2021, at 5pm.  This grant program replaces the SEED Grants for 2021.  Check out the grants website for application materials and to look over the press release for more information on the overarching Healthy Community Food Systems Fund, which houses the Community Food Access Grants. There is also a video that walks applicants through the new grant program.
  • UW-Madison has a COVID update for the Spring 2021 semester, which begins on January 25.
    • The general COVID-19 Response website for the spring semester can be found here.
    • An overview of the health and safety program, including information about testing available on campus, can be found here.
    • Resources specifically for students including information on academic support, campus operations, and emergency funds can be found here.
    • Information on the brand-new Safer Badgers App can be found here.
    • In response to increased need for mental health resources, UW has ramped up a number of their services.  Please see https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health for more details.
    • Read the recent column from Chancellor Blank that highlights plans for the spring semester.
  • As you prepare for the 2021 elections, the City of Madison Clerk's Office wants to remind you what types of photo ID you can use for voting in Wisconsin.  Read more here.
  • On January 14, a load of recyclables within a Streets Division recycling truck burst into flames.  While the exact cause of this fire is unknown, following recycling rules can help prevent similar events.  Read more here.
  • Public Health Madison & Dane County has released a new COVID-19 data dashboard that contains more than sixty data elements.  Read more here, and see the new dashboard here.
  • The City of Madison has been selected as a Great Lakes Cohort participant in the NRDC's Food Matters initiative.  Read more here.

Save the Date

  • On Wednesday, February 10, at 6pm, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a virtual public hearing to review and discuss proposed Metro service adjustments proposed for later in the year.  Passengers are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposal. Consideration will be given to views and comments expressed at the public hearing as well as to all phone and written comments
  • The Oregon Public Library is hosting a 10-week adult learning workshop focused on the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk, facilitated by Gera Raymond and Ruth Meyer.  The class is full. Email kripley@oregonlibrary.org to join the waitlist. The series is limited to 18 participants. The class will meet online via Zoom from 5:30-7:30 pm on Tuesdays from February 2 to April 6.
  • The Spring Primary is on February 16.Read about what's on the ballot here.

COVID-19 Information Update, Less Salty: Episode 5, Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of January 18

Covid-19 Information Update January 15, 2021

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • There was a significant increase in cases during this 14-day period, and percent positivity remains above 5%.
  • Nearly 4 in 10 people who tested positive reported attending a gathering or party, which is the highest percentage we've seen since August.
  • 218 Dane County residents have died from COVID-19.
  • Health inequities persist by race and ethnicity.
  • As of 1/11, 25,099 doses have been administered to Dane County residents.

Looking Ahead

Dane County is following Wisconsin Department of Health Services' guidelines for vaccine prioritization. People in Tier 1a (frontline healthcare workers) are currently being vaccinated, and more than 25,000 doses have been administered so far.  We are working closely with healthcare partners to plan for distribution of doses for people in future tiers.

Testing Summary (January 8 – January 14)

  • 7,339 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 356,246 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 408 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site. 8,687 tests have been conducted since August.

Vaccination Summary

Publications from This Week

Order

Emergency Order #12

News Releases

Webpages

Updated: COVID-19 Vaccine (Spanish)

Blogs

Data

 

Less Salty: Episode 5

On Engineering's Facebook page, there is a NEW Digital Video Series kicking off called  "Less Salty" -- Engineer Phil Gaebler gives us five different nuggets of information to help us reduce salt use this week. Each one-minute video will be posted at the beginning of each day on the Engineering Facebook Page/Twitter and shared to the City Facebook Page for the community.

Today's Last Episode: Less Salty: Episode 5: Stay ahead of the storm, and, if you can't, try brine!

Watch: https://fb.watch/31ubxucTlg/

Wisconsin Salt Wise has this last digital speaker today at 12:30-1 p.m. you can tune in focusing on Salt Reduction Champions: Listen in and watch live at 12:30 p.m.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-etnbf961J8&feature=youtu.be 

 

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of January 18, 2021

Proposed Body-Worn Camera Recommendations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of, and possible action on, recommendations related to body-worn cameras at its meetings on Tuesday and Friday

Tuesday

Friday

Police Oversight Board Executive Subcommittee

The PCOB Executive Subcommittee will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss training plans.

Events, activities, seminars, etc.

  • The American Indian Library Association has created the "Read Native 2021" challenge.  You can find more information, including a reading list, through the Madison Public Library.
  • Join the King Coalition during their MLK Day Observance on Monday, January 18, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Monona Terrace is offering free virtual mindfulness and meditation sessions

Announcements, press releases, conferences, etc.

  • Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 18, Metro will run Saturday schedules.  Read more here.
  • City administrative offices are closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Emergency services will be open; please call 911.  Use Report a Problem for non-emergencies.
  • On January 11, Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #12.  The order went into effect on January 13 at 12:01 a.m. and will be in effect for 28 days.  Read more here.
  • Madison Public Library telephone service hour changes beginning January 19.  Read more here
  • Dane County, City of Madison announce $16.2 million aid package to prevent evictions during the pandemic.  Read more here.
  • Request absentee ballots for 2021.  Read more here.
  • No refuse, recycling or drop-off services on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Read more here.
  • Metro buses detour from the Capitol Square beginning Sunday, January 17, until the end of service on Wednesday, January 20.  Complete information here.

Save the Date

  • UW-Madison Division of Diversity, Equity, & Educational Achievement and UW-Madison Student Affairs are hosting the MLK Symposium on Monday, January 25, at 6:00 p.m.
  • On Wednesday, February 10, at 6 p.m., Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a virtual public hearing to review and discuss proposed Metro service adjustments proposed for later in the year.  Passengers are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposal. Consideration will be given to views and comments expressed at the public hearing as well as to all phone and written comments received.

Less Salty: Episode 4, Madison Votes Newsletter

Less Salty: Episode 4

On Engineering's Facebook page, there is a NEW Digital Video Series kicking off called  "Less Salty" -- Engineer Phil Gaebler gives us five different nuggets of information to help us reduce salt use this week. Each one-minute video will be posted at the beginning of each day on the Engineering Facebook Page/Twitter and shared to the City Facebook Page for the community.

Today's episode: Less Salty: Episode 4: 3 questions to ask your contractor (If you're hiring someone to clear your snow!)
Watch: https://fb.watch/2--fJMhWhX/

Wisconsin Salt Wise has a series of speakers doing presentations each day.  Today you have two opportunities to learn! One at 8 a.m., the other you can listen into: 12:30-1 p.m.:  

 

Madison Votes
City of Madison Election Official Newsletter
January 2021

2021 Scheduled Elections

Elections on the schedule in 2021:

  • February 16           Spring Primary
  • April 6                   Spring Election

The February Spring Primary is necessary when more than two (2) people declare their candidacy for the same non-partisan seat.

The February 16 Spring Primary ballot will have the following primary races:

  • State superintendent (city-wide)
  • County Supervisor, District 12 (wards 25 – 28, 30 - 32)
  • City Alder, District 9 (wards 107 – 111, 122, 124, 127, 140)City Alder, District 16 (wards 1 – 7, 134, 153)
  • City Alder, District 18 (wards 34 – 38)
  • Board Member, Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District (wards 90, 102 – 104, 107, 108, 110, 111, 122, 124, 143)

Alder district maps by ward can be found on the City's website.

Due to the fact that these elections are much smaller than the November election, you may or may not be assigned for 2021 elections. Assignment emails for the February 16 election will go out this Friday, January 15. Assignment emails for the April 6 election will go out in early March.

2021 Absentee Requests

If voting absentee by mail is your plan for 2021, you can request yours now.

What information does the Clerk's Office need to complete someone's absentee request?

  • Name
  • Madison address
  • Address to which the ballot should be mailed
  • Copy of voter ID, if not already on file in Clerk's Office

Voters can request their absentee ballots online at myvote.wi.gov, by email to voting@cityofmadison.com, or by mail to the Clerk's Office. No absentee requests can be made over the phone.

Voters have various options for returning their absentee ballots (including the permanent, secure drop boxesJ). You can find all of the ballot drop-off options on the Clerk's website.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-person absentee voting (IPAV) for the February 16 Spring Primary will run February 2 – 14. The full schedule will be available on the Clerk's website once it is finalized.

Equity in Voting Access

  • The first Saturday of IPAV (February 6) will be Voting Access Saturday: ASL, Hmong, and Spanish interpreters will be available to make voting more accessible to voters in the City of Madison. More information will be available when our IPAV schedule has been finalized.
  • We've partnered with the Dane County Clerk's Office and the Dane County Sherriff's Office to provide voter registration and absentee voting access to eligible voters in the Dane County Jail.
  • January is National Braille Literacy Month. Did you know that voters who have a visual impairment can request a Braille ballot? They can contact the Clerk's Office directly and request the ballot as an absentee voter, or they can ask that the ballot be ready at their polling place on Election Day.

Voter ID Reminder

Question: The last General Election was November 3, 2020. What does this mean for voter IDs in Wisconsin?

Answer: If a voter uses their Wisconsin driver's license or state ID, their military ID, or their US passport as ID for voting in future elections, it must have expired after 11/3/2020.

The Quick Guide to Checking ID has been updated with this information.

FAQs on 2020 General Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) has put together a very helpful list of frequently asked questions about the November 2020 election in Wisconsin. If you or anyone you know still have questions about the election, please visit this resource and share with your friends and family.

As you know, our goal for each election is that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted. The way we reach that goal is by running fair and transparent elections.

Events of Interest

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • Join the King Coalition during their MLK Day Observance on Monday, January 18th at 6:00pm.
    • UW-Madison Division of Diversity, Equity, & Educational Achievement and UW-Madison Student Affairs are hosting the MLK Symposium on Monday, January 25th at 6:00pm.
  • Read Native 2021
    • The American Indian Library Association created this challenge for 2021. You can find more information – including a reading list – through the Madison Public Library.
  • Monona Terrace Virtual Mindfulness Sessions
  • WI Salt Awareness Week: January 11 – 15
    • The WI Salt Wise partnership tries to reduce the amount of salt in our waterways and make people aware of #thetruecostofsalt. You can find out more about the initiative and how you can make a difference at wisaltwise.com.

 

 

Odana Area Plan Zoom Meetings, Less Salty: Episode 3

Odana Area Plan Zoom Meetings

The City of Madison Planning Division is beginning another phase of virtual public participation for the Odana Area Plan. There will be a Lunch & Learn followed by an Evening Engagement where City staff will present draft concepts, gather input, and facilitate discussions about future land use, transportation, parks and open space, and related elements.

Register to Participate!
Register using the links below. You will receive an email with a Zoom link to access the meeting by calling in or connecting via your computer or other device. The content presented and discussed during the lunchtime event and evening event will be the same.
Register for the January 21st 12:00 pm meeting

Register for the January 27th 5:30 pm meeting

The presentation will be given in English. If you need an interpreter or other accommodations, please contact us. One or both of the meetings will be recorded. Presentation materials will be posted after the meetings, along with a "storymap" to convey the plan's ideas and concepts, with an additional opportunity to provide your thoughts on the future of the area.

More information about the planning process is available on the Odana Area Plan website. If you have any questions, contact Ben Zellers at bzellers@cityofmadison.com.


Less Salty: Episode 3

On Engineering's Facebook page, there is a NEW Digital Video Series kicking off called  "Less Salty" -- Engineer Phil Gaebler gives us five different nuggets of information to help us reduce salt use this week. Each one-minute video will be posted at the beginning of each day on the Engineering Facebook Page/Twitter and shared to the City Facebook Page for the community.

Today's episode: Less Salty: Episode 3: Get out Early With your Snowblower 
Watch: https://fb.watch/2_J0LRJrvk/

Today's webinar you can listen into: 12:30-1 p.m.: Salt your Dinner, not our Drinking water with Water Utility PIO Amy Barrilleaux and Groundwater Specialist, UW-Extension Kevin Masarik

Watch LIVE at 12:30 p.m.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1teG7zyBXNY&feature=youtu.be

Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week

A friendly reminder from the City of Madison Engineering Division: It's Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week

Engineering works closely with Wisconsin Salt Wise year-round, and this year, Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week has a number of fun things to help reduce salt use. 

On Engineering's Facebook page, there is a NEW Digital Video Series kicking off called  "Less Salty" -- Engineer Phil Gaebler gives us five different nuggets of information to help us reduce salt use this week. Each one-minute video will be posted at the beginning of each day on the Engineering Facebook Page/Twitter and shared to the City Facebook Page for the community.

Less Salty: Episode 1: How to use a pavement thermometer to attack your winter snow and ice removal 
Watch: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=711202599553891&id=322153528458802

Less Salty: Episode 2: Winter Snow Removal Kit 
Watch: https://fb.watch/2ZC85jU8OO/ 

Wisconsin Salt Wise has a series of speakers doing presentations each day. 

Today's webinar you can listen into: 12:30-1 p.m.:  Be Salt Wise and Pet Smart

Watch LIVE at 12:30 p.m.:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql8s_i5BniY&feature=youtu.be 

 

COVID-19 Information Update, Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of January 11

COVID-19 Information Update January 8, 2021

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • There was a significant increase in cases during this 14-day period, and percent positivity increased.
  • 203 Dane County residents have died from COVID-19, and December has the highest number of deaths with 75.
  • Health inequities persist by race and ethnicity.
  • Nearly 14,000 doses of vaccine have been administered to Dane County residents.

Looking Ahead

People in our community have started getting vaccinated, but the process will take time so we can't let our guard down. Disease level and hospitalizations in our community remain very high, and we must all take precautions to stay healthy and safe. Next week, Emergency Order #11 expires on January 13, at 12:01am. We anticipate issuing a new order on the 12th.

Testing Summary (December 30--January 7)

Testing will continue at both Public Health sites until at least March 31.

  • 9,761 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 348,907 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 432 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site. 8,279 tests have been conducted since August.

Vaccination Summary

Publications from This Week

News Releases

Patience and diligence are essential, as broad availability of COVID-19 vaccines is still months away

Webpages

Updated: COVID-19 Vaccine (Spanish)

Blogs

Data

 

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of January 11, 2021

Proposed Body-Worn Camera Recommendations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of, and possible action on, recommendations related to body-worn cameras at its meetings on Monday and Friday.

Monday

Friday

Discussion on Advisory Referendum on Council Size

The TFOGS Final Report Recommendations Implementation Workgroup will be discussing the advisory referendum on Council size at its meeting on Wednesday.

Discussion on Gun Violence and Tear Gas Usage

The Public Safety Review Committee will be discussing a report on gun violence, along with several other related items of interest, at its meeting on Wednesday.

Events, activities, seminars, etc.

  • New Everyday Engineering podcast episode: "I Want to Ride My Bicycle."Listen here.

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • Salt Awareness Week 2021 is January 11-15.  Read more here.
  • The City of Madison has created an exciting new grant program: the Community Food Access-Competitive Grants Program.  This replaces the SEED Grants for 2021.  Check out the grants website for more information, a grant walk-through video, and application materials.
  • Patience and diligence are essential, as broad availability of COVID-19 vaccines is still months away.  Read more here.
  • City adopts new requirements for electric vehicle charging.  Read more here.
  • Madison Public Library receives $1,000 from University of Wisconsin-Madison for East Asia in Wisconsin library program, adds 50+ cookbooks to collection.  Read more here.
  • Madison Public Library, Forward Madison and The Flock surprise local 12-year-old author Tikeh Tazeh.  Read more here.

COVID-19 Information Update 12/30/20

COVID-19 Information Update 12/30/20

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • There was a significant decrease in both cases and hospitalizations during this 14-day period, but also a significant decrease in tests. Percent positivity remained below the desired 5% threshold, at 3.9%.
  • 182 Dane County residents have died this year from COVID-19. 123 (68%) of these deaths have occurred in November or December, and of those 123, two out of every three were residents of a long term care facility.
  • 124 cases were associated with long term care facilities, which is the fewest in nine weeks. This is encouraging, given the severe outcomes this population is experiencing here and nationally.
  • Hispanic Dane County residents are disproportionately represented among people testing positive, and Hispanic, Black, Asian, and American Indian residents are disproportionately represented among people hospitalized.

Looking Ahead

Fewer people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last few weeks, but the level of disease in our community remains very high. It's important to follow Public Health orders and recommendations to protect yourself and others during this holiday season. Limit gathering, wear a mask, avoid close contact with others, and stay home if you're sick or feel off.

Testing Summary (December 23-29)

Note there are adjusted hours this week for New Year's Day. See details on our website. Testing will continue at both Public Health sites until at least March 31.

  • 6,668 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 339,146 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 387 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site. 7,847 tests have been conducted since August.

Vaccination Summary

We received our first allocation of vaccine on December 29.

 

Publications from This Week

News Releases

Webpages

 

Blogs

Data

COVID-19 Update, Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of December 21, Madison Votes Newsletter

COVID-19 Information Update 12/18/20

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • The average number of daily cases has decreased 51% from three weeks ago.
  • Over half of people who tested positive for COVID were interviewed within 24 hours of their test result.
  • Black Dane County residents are disproportionately represented among people testing positive and people hospitalized.
  • There are many clusters in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.
  • There have been 136 Dane County residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19 over the past nine months. 42% of these deaths have occurred in November.

Looking Ahead

Fewer people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last few weeks, but the level of disease in our community remains very high. It's important to follow Public Health orders and recommendations to protect yourself and others during this holiday season. Limit gathering, wear a mask, avoid close contact with others, and stay home if you're sick or feel off.

Next week's weekly update will be sent on Wednesday.

Testing Summary (December 11-17)

There are many testing options.

  • 7,344 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 325,717 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 371 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site. 7,056 tests have been conducted since August.

Flu Clinic Summary

Our flu clinic is open for all but closes at 4pm tomorrow (12/19).

  • The free drive through flu clinic at the Alliant Energy Center is open to all Dane County residents 6 months and older.
  • The entrance to the clinic is off of Olin Ave so it won't be disrupted by COVID-19 testing traffic.
  • While the drive up clinic is one of the easiest ways to get vaccinated, we will still be providing free flu shots to anyone in Dane County by appointment at our office on South Park Street. Call (608) 266-4821 to make an appointment.
  • We've provided about 1,792 free flu shots so far at the Alliant Energy Center clinic.

Publications from This Week

News Releases

Webpages

Fact Sheets and Guidance

Blogs

Data

 

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of December 21, 2020

Proposed Body-Worn Camera Policy and Recommendations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of, and possible action on, a draft model policy and recommendations related to body-worn cameras at its meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday

Tuesday

Events, activities, seminars, etc.

  • Madison Parks is gearing up for winter fun, including cross-country skiing, ice skating, fat biking and snowshoeing.  Read more here.

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • Public Health provides new guidance as local schools consider reopening.  Read more here.
  • New order issued as COVID-19 cases decline in Dane County.  Read more here.
  • Update on airport test results for PFAS.  Read more here.
  • Public must remain vigilant even with vaccinations underway.  Read more here.
  • City of Madison announces new Healthy Community Food Systems Fund.  Read more here.
  • Share your creative projects with Madison Makes.  Read more here.
  • Metro Transit service decreases December 24 and 25.  Read more here.
  • UW–Madison is updating its COVID-19 health and safety program for spring 2021.  Read more here.
  • Madison Metropolitan School District has a parent survey to gather input on rest of school year plans.  The survey is in English, Spanish and Hmong.  Deadline is December 20.

 

Madison Votes

City of Madison Election Official Newsletter

2020 Reconciliation and Recount Newsletter, Vol. 1
 

« Election Reconciliation and the Dane County Recount «

The recount in Dane County was completed on Sunday, November 29. The next few newsletters are going to highlight areas for improvement at the polls based on what happened at the recount and during the reconciliation process.

Think of the reconciliation process as the Clerk's Office staff closing up an election. For the Clerk's Office, the election does not end on Election Day: there are several weeks of work after Election Day. The work involves numbers balancing and reading through documentation from each polling place to find out what happened. Your documentation and accuracy makes this work easier and quicker. 

« Document, Document, Document «

The inspectors' statement is used for proof of what happened on Election Day. If there is little documentation on the inspectors' statement, it's very difficult to figure out what happened if numbers don't match or if proof is needed during a recount or audit.

What should you document? Below are just a few examples:

  • If a ballot is remade, write down the bad ballot/good ballot number and document why.
  • If a mistake is made during a remake of a ballot, document what happened.
  • If a voter is issued a 2nd (or 3rd) ballot, make sure to note that in the poll book and on the inspectors' statement.
  • If a provisional voter comes in, note the time and that the provisional voter process was followed. If the provisional voter comes back with proper ID, document that and that they were issued a regular voter slip number and voted.

Write down all seal numbers: seal number over the memory stick compartment, seal numbers from the tabulator doors, ballot bag seal numbers, etc. All of these numbers are important. They prove that no tampering has occurred. There are spaces for these numbers in the inspectors' statement; use the spaces.

« Be Accurate and Conscientious «

Election Day can be very hectic. It's always important to take a deep breath and remember that accuracy is always more important than speed. We all want to do our jobs well!

Here are a few key takeaways from reconciliation and the recount:

  • Issue the correct ballot style to the voter. If you are at a polling place with multiple wards or the ward has a school district split, the right ballot style needs to be given to each voter. Every poll worker for this election got an email the week before Election Day that specified what ballot styles were used at their polling place. This was also printed on the Pandemic Procedures sheets at the poll book table and ballot table.
  • Election officials at the poll book table need to make sure they are using the right voter slip pack for the ward. Poll book table EOs also need to make sure they are marking the voter slip with the highlighter provided if there is a school district split.
  • Election officials at the ballot table need to pay close attention to the voter slips they are being handed to make sure they are giving the voter the right ballot style for their ward and school district.
  • Pay attention to the message on the tabulator screen. Do not refeed a ballot if the screen says it was already counted. Refeeding a ballot that was already counted will make the number of ballots one more than the number of voters, and a draw-down of one ballot may occur.
  • At the recount, there were 16 wards where the final ballot count differed from the count on Election Night. This was likely due to ballots being mis-fed on Election Day when a tabulator jam occurred.
  • Remake ballots correctly based on voter intent. Two election officials are required to remake a ballot to make sure voter intent is followed and that the ballot is remade correctly.
  • Make sure voter slip numbers are written down. If a voter slip number is forgotten, the number of ballots read by the tabulator will be over the number of voters by one, and a draw-down of one ballot may occur. This is why reconciliation of the poll books throughout the day is important.
  • Do not assign regular voter slip numbers to provisional voters. Provisional voters should be issued PV#1, PV#2, and so on. If a provisional voter returns to the polling place with an acceptable form of ID, they would then be issued a regular voter slip number and a new, secret ballot that they can vote and feed into the tabulator.

COVID-19 Information Update, Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of December 14

COVID-19 Information Update 12/11/20

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • The average daily cases in this 14-day period decreased by 21% from last week's snapshot.
  • Lab timeliness improved again, with 78% of tests reported within 24 hours of collection.
  • Latinx and Black Dane County residents are disproportionately represented among both people testing positive and people hospitalized for COVID.
  • Clusters continue to challenge assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Looking Ahead

We're seeing fewer cases in our community, but hospital capacity is still strained. It's important to follow Public Health orders and recommendations to protect yourself and others during this holiday season. Don't gather, limit trips out, wear a mask, avoid close contact with others, and stay home if you're sick or feel off.

Testing Summary (December 4-10)

Testing access and utilization in Dane County remains high, with many testing options.

  • 7,285 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 318,373 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 420 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site. 6,685 tests have been conducted since August.

Flu Clinic Summary

Our flu clinic is open for all!

  • The clinic will conclude on December 19. The free drive through flu clinic at the Alliant Energy Center is open to all Dane County residents 6 months and older.
  • The entrance to the clinic is off of Olin Ave so it won't be disrupted by COVID-19 testing traffic.
  • While the drive up clinic is one of the easiest ways to get vaccinated, we will still be providing free flu shots to anyone in Dane County by appointment at our office on South Park Street. Call (608) 266-4821 to make an appointment.
  • We've provided about 1,673 free flu shots so far at the Alliant Energy Center clinic.

Publications from This Week

Fact Sheet

Blogs

Data Notes for the Week of December 10

Data

 

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of December 14

Public Feedback on Police Chief Search

The Police and Fire Commission is discussing public feedback at its meeting on Monday.

Updates on Small Business Recovery Programs

The Economic Development Committee will be receiving updates on the Small Business Equity & Recovery and the Downtown Recovery programs at its meeting on Wednesday.

Proposed Body-Worn Camera Policy and Recommendations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of, and possible action on, a draft model policy and recommendations related to body-worn cameras at its meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday

Thursday

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • New Everyday Engineering podcast episode: Fleet Gets a Brand New Home! A fun conversation with great energy, full of new information from Engineering's Jon Evans and Fleet's Mahanth Joishy. Listen now all about the City's newest building, plus more.  You can find the podcast here.
  • Police and Fire Commission announcements:
  • Metro operates reduced service on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25.  Complete info here.
  • With winter approaching, Metro has posted 'BUS STOP CLOSED' signs at all locations that currently do not have active service so riders are not waiting at closed stops in cold weather.  Complete info here.
  • Streets Division drop-off sites now on winter hours.  Read more here.
  • Monroe Street Library to reduce service hours beginning January 4.  Read more here.
  • Mayors For A Guaranteed Income receives $15 million grant from Jack Dorsey - Madison Will Benefit.  Read more here.
  • Supporting Greater Madison's recovery across music, equity, and economic Development.  Read more here.

COVID-19 Information Update, Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of December 7

COVID-19 INFORMATON UPDATE 12/4/20

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • There was a significant decrease in the number of cases during this 14-day period.
  • Lab timeliness improved, with 61% of tests reported within 24 hours of collection.
  • More people in Dane County died from COVID in November than any other month in the pandemic.
  • People in the Latinx community continue to be disproportionately represented among both people testing positive and people hospitalized for COVID.
  • Clusters continue to challenge assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Looking Ahead

We're pleased to see a reduction in case counts this week, but we are mindful that we haven't seen the full effects of gatherings that might have happened during the Thanksgiving weekend yet. We are closely watching case counts, testing, hospitalizations, and other metrics to assess the impact of the holiday.

Testing Summary (November 25-December 3)

Testing access and utilization in Dane County remains high, with many testing options.

  • 11,140 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 311,088 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 703 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site. 6,255 tests have been conducted since August.

Flu Clinic Summary

Our flu clinic is open for all!

  • The clinic will conclude on December 19. The free drive through flu clinic at the Alliant Energy Center is open to all Dane County residents 6 months and older.
  • The entrance to the clinic is off of Olin Ave so it won't be disrupted by COVID-19 testing traffic.
  • While the drive up clinic is one of the easiest ways to get vaccinated, we will still be providing free flu shots to anyone in Dane County by appointment at our office on South Park Street. Call (608) 266-4821 to make an appointment.
  • We've provided about 1,554 free flu shots so far at the Alliant Energy Center clinic.

Publications from This Week

News Releases

Public Health Madison & Dane County Free Drive Through Flu Clinic Ending on December 19

Webpage

COVID-19 Vaccine

Blogs

Data

 

MEETING AND EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 7, 2020

Police Civilian Oversight Board

The Police Civilian Oversight Board is meeting on Monday to continue electing officers and receive orientation trainings.

Vehicle Camping and Tiny Houses

The City-County Homeless Issues Committee is meeting on Monday to discuss the topics of vehicle camping and the Occupy Madison tiny houses.

Response to Community Demands on Public Safety

The Public Safety Review Committee will be discussing its response to a variety of community demands and initiatives at its meeting on Wednesday.

Updates on Lawsuits Relating to Emergency Orders

The Board of Health for Madison and Dane County will be receiving updates on current lawsuits related to emergency orders at its meeting on Wednesday.

Proposed Body-Worn Camera Policy and Recommendations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of a draft model policy and recommendations related to body-worn cameras at its meeting on Thursday.

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • Winter Drop-off Site Hours Begin Monday, December 7.  Read here.
  • The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison (PFC) has selected four (4) finalists who will advance in the hiring process for the position of Police Chief for the City of Madison. The PFC is pleased to announce the final candidates, together with a short biography and photograph from each candidate.  Read here.
  • Vision Zero: City to Lower Speed Limit on Gammon Road and McKenna Boulevard.  Read here.
  • Public Health Madison & Dane County Free Drive Through Flu Clinic Ending on December 19.  Read here.

COVID-19 Information Update 11/25/20

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • Over the past two weeks, more than 1 person out of every 100 people in Dane County tested positive.
  • Clusters continue to grow in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.
  • At this time, we are not including additional cluster data in the Data Snapshot.
  • Latinx and Black Dane County residents are disproportionately represented among people testing positive and people hospitalized for COVID.

Statement on Lawsuit Pertaining to Order #10

Our job is to protect the health and safety of Madison and Dane County residents, and we will continue that mission on the foundation of science and data. We are confident that Order #10 is legal under the statute. We will not comment further on pending litigation. 

Testing Summary (November 20-November 24)

Testing access and utilization in Dane County remains high, with many testing options.

  • 8,307 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 299,948 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 626 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site. 5,552 tests have been conducted since August.

Flu Clinic Summary

Our flu clinic is open for all!

  • The free drive through flu clinic at the Alliant Energy Center is open to all Dane County residents 6 months and older. See our news release for more information.
  • The entrance to the clinic is off of Olin Ave so it won't be disrupted by COVID-19 testing traffic.
  • We've provided about 1,448 free flu shots so far at the Alliant Energy Center clinic.

Publications from This Week

News Releases

Blogs

Data

COVID-19 Update, Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of November 30

COVID-19 Update: Thanksgiving Edition

Holiday tips


Thanksgiving needs to look different this year

With Public Health Order #10 in effect, gathering indoors with friends or family you don't live with is prohibited. Every gathering that is held is an opportunity for disease spread and prolongs the pandemic. Since you can feel fine and still spread COVID-19 to others, limiting gatherings and close contact with others keeps more people healthy.

Being in touch with loved ones is more important now than ever--it just has to look a little different.

Make it virtual

  • Get family and friends set up with a video call program. Teach everyone how to use it ahead of time and schedule a call at a time that works for everyone.  
  • Miss your family's cooking? Not a cook yourself? Many area restaurants cook meals for takeout or curbside pick up. A great way to shop local and have a more chill holiday.
  • Tell everyone what tastes good. Zoom in on what you're eating and share recipes.
  • Don't miss your regularly programmed shows. Watch parades, movies, and ball games together virtually via video call, or create an epic text thread of what you're watching!
  • Play games together virtually. Lots of traditional family favorite board games can be downloaded as an app, or you can get out the paper and markers to play Pictionary via video call. You can even create your own trivia game on jeopardylabs!

Take it outside

  • Outdoor gatherings are allowed with 10 people or less, with physical distancing. Have guests bring their own food and do not share food. Masks should be worn unless people are eating or drinking.
  • Have a bonfire. Space seating apart for people who don't live together by at least 6 feet and wear masks. Do not share food.

Keep it local

  • Avoid traveling to gatherings outside of Dane County. Many places outside of Dane County have even more COVID-19 in their communities. You may become sick and bring the virus back with you, or spread the virus to your loved ones.

See Public Health's Thanksgiving tips sheet for more.

 

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of November 30, 2020

Inaugural Meeting of the Police Civilian Oversight Board

The Police Civilian Oversight Board will be holding its first, organizational, meeting on Monday. The purpose of this meeting is to elect a Chair and Vice Chair, and provide orientation materials to the Board. 

Discussion of Whether MPD Should Adopt Body-Worn Cameras

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be discussing whether to recommend that MPD adopt body-worn cameras at their meeting on Thursday.

Events, seminars, etc.

  • Madison Senior Center & Wisconsin Singers Invite You to Celebrate "Giving Tuesday" with a free virtual performance via Zoom on December 1.  Learn more here.
  • Meet Metro's new General Manager!  In partnership with several other groups, the Madison Area Bus Advocates hosted an introductory meeting with Metro Transit's new General Manager, Justin Stuehrenberg, who has been heading Metro since May.  Watch the Zoom meeting and learn what he sees as the system's current challenges and what the future may bring.  Find complete information here.

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • Supporting info about Order #10 from Public Health Madison & Dane County:
    • FAQ about why PHMDC issued Order #10 (you can also refer to the news release)
    • Blog post that specifies the differences between Order #9 and Order #10
    • Statement about the amendment to Order #10
  • Thanksgiving needs to look different this year.  With Public Health Order #10 in effect, gathering indoors with friends or family you don't live with is prohibited. Every gathering that is held is an opportunity for disease spread and prolongs the pandemic. Since you can feel fine and still spread COVID-19 to others, limiting gatherings and close contact with others keeps more people healthy.Being in touch with loved ones is more important now than ever--it just has to look a little different. Read more here.  Tip sheet in English and Spanish here.
  • COVID-19 vaccine not likely to be available to the public until Spring 2021 or later, read here.
  • Statement of Mayor Rhodes-Conway regarding recent lawsuit on COVID restrictions, read here.
  • Avoid sewer emergencies this holiday, read here.
  • Streets Division announcements:
    • Refuse and recycling collection schedule for the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday, read here.
    • Brush up on salt use in 3 easy steps, read here.
    • Last Saturday for the Streets Division drop-off sites is November 28, 2020, read here.
    • There has been a reduction in salt routes throughout the city.You can read more about the reduction and see the list of affected streets here.

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of November 23, COVID-19 Information Update

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of November 23, 2020

Police Chief Search

The Police and Fire Commission will be continuing the Police Chief candidate selection process in closed session on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday

Tuesday

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • The new City of Madison COVID-19 Data Dashboard tracks Madison's long-term community and economic recovery from COVID-19.

Save the date

  • Madison Senior Center & Wisconsin Singers Invite You to Celebrate "Giving Tuesday" with a free virtual performance via Zoom on December 1.  Learn more here.
  • Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, December 9, at 6:00pm to review and discuss service adjustments proposed for March 2021.  Link available soon.  UPDATE: The public hearing scheduled for December 9 has been postponed until 2021. Please continue to provide your comments and feedback on the proposed changes. Metro and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will revisit the proposed changes in 2021.

 

COVID-19 Information Update 11/20/20

Data Snapshot

Highlights from this week's Data Snapshot are found in our weekly Data Notes Blog Post:

  • Over the past two weeks, more than 1 person out of every 100 people in Dane County tested positive.
  • Clusters continue to grow in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.
  • The percent positivity metric increased again and is at 8.3%, its highest level ever.
  • Latinx and Black Dane County residents are disproportionately represented among people testing positive and people hospitalized for COVID.
  • The median number of days between symptom onset and test date for people who have tested positive has increased.
  • The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dane County is higher than it has been any time during the pandemic.

Looking Forward

We're seeing real consequences of the high levels of COVID-19 in our community. It's important to follow Public Health orders and recommendations to protect yourself and others during this holiday season. Don't gather, limit trips out, wear a mask, avoid close contact with others, and stay home if you're sick or feel off.

Testing Summary (November 13-November 19)

Testing access and utilization in Dane County remains high, with many testing options.

  • 14,739 tests were conducted at the Alliant Energy Center testing site. 291,641 tests have been conducted since May.
  • 771 tests were conducted at the South Madison Testing site. 4,926 tests have been conducted since August.

Flu Clinic Summary

Our flu clinic is open for all!

  • The free drive through flu clinic at the Alliant Energy Center is open to all Dane County residents 6 months and older. See our news release for more information.
  • The entrance to the clinic is off of Olin Ave so it won't be disrupted by COVID-19 testing traffic.
  • We've provided about 1,313 free flu shots so far at the Alliant Energy Center clinic.

 

Publications from This Week

News Releases

Blogs

Data

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of November 16, Westside Community Conversation on November 18

Updates on Encampments and the Eviction Moratorium

The City-County Homelessness Issues Committee will be receiving presentations on the status of encampments and the eviction moratorium from community organizations at their meeting on Monday.

Updates on Violence Prevention Unit

The Common Council Executive Committee will be receiving a presentation from the Madison and Dane County Public Health Violence Prevention Unit at their meeting on Tuesday.

Proposed Ban on the Use of Face Surveillance Technology

The Public Safety Review Committee will be discussing a proposed ordinance banning use of face surveillance technologies at their meeting on Wednesday.

Discussion of Body-Worn Camera Policy Considerations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be discussing possible body-worn camera policy considerations at their meeting on Thursday.

Alternate side parking starts on November 15, and that means winter is just around the corner. Stay informed about snow emergencies, snow plowing updates, weather alerts, and more. Sign up for "MyAccount" and get email and/or text message alerts about winter topics and dozens of other items of interest. You choose the ones that are important to you.

Events, seminars, etc.

  • Meet (Virtually) Metro's New General Manager!
  • Attend a virtual neighborhood meeting to learn about the planned first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and some possible changes to E. Washington Avenue. 

Announcements, press releases, press conferences, etc.

  • The City is reaching out to the public to help gather information on the Shared Streets Program.You're encouraged to complete a survey by December 1. Links to the survey in the following languages:
  • Alternate side parking will begin at 1:00am on November 15. Read more here.
  • Public meetings were recently held to discuss and learn more about how a portion of the former Oscar Mayer meatpacking plant is being considered for use as a maintenance and bus storage facility for Metro Transit.
  • Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC) statement on Statewide Executive Order #94.  Read the statement here.
  • City passes 2021 budget with lowest levy increase in five years. Read here.
  • Madison's Temporary Homeless Shelter for Men to Relocate to Vacated Fleet Services Building. Read here.
  • Madison City Channel now available on Roku! Read here.

Save the date

  • Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, December 9, at 6:00pm to review and discuss service adjustments proposed for March 2021. Link available soon. 

Westside Community Conversation

You're invited to a Westside Community Conversation about traffic enforcement and safety to be held via Zoom on November 18 at 6:30pm. Please see the flyer below for the agenda and special guests.

Register for the meeting at https://madisonwi.link/wcc3virtual

Upon registering, you will receive an email with information on how to join the meeting on November 18. Please note that registration is limited to 500 participants. The meeting will be recorded.

You are also able to view the two previous Westside Community Conversations:

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October 21: Westside Community Conversation

Alder Zachary Henak and Westside Alders Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Paul Skidmore, and Christian Albouras invite you to a Westside Community Conversation to be held via Zoom on Wednesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. Please see the flyer below for the agenda and special guests. Feel free to share with your neighborhoods.

Register for the meeting at https://madisonwi.link/wcc2virtual 

Upon registering, you will receive an email with information on how to join the meeting on October 21. Please note that registration is limited to 500 participants. The meeting will be recorded. 

You are also able to view the two previous Westside Community Conversations:


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City Task Force on Government Structure - Survey & Open House August 28

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WHY DID THE CITY CREATE A TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE?

Do you know when the City is making key decisions that will impact your neighborhood?  Or who is making those decisions? Do you have the time, resources, or know-how to voice your opinion to City Government?

The Task Force on Government Structure is asking these questions and others to find out if changes to city government structure could help make the City work more effectively for all of its residents, and, particularly, for residents of color and low income.

WHAT DOES MADISON'S GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE LOOK LIKE NOW?
Madison's Mayor is elected every four years in city-wide elections and is responsible for, among other things, running the day-to-day operations of the City and proposing a city-wide budget to Madison's Common Council. 

Madison Common Council consists of 20 different "alderpersons" elected from 20 districts across the City.  The Common Council's responsibilities include making city laws and policy by passing resolutions and ordinances and serving on the City's Boards, Commissions, and Committees.  To find out your aldermanic district, enter your address here.

Finally, Madison has over 90 Boards, Commissions, and Committees consisting of nearly 700 alder and resident members.  These Committees make decisions and recommendations that affect city policy and administration.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Task Force wants your help to find out if this current city government structure works for all Madison residents - or if changes could help make city government work better. 

Take a moment to fill out the Resident Survey by going to:
https://www.cityofmadison.com/task-force-on-government-structure

Join use at an Open House on August 28, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Atrium at 2300 S. Park Street

Finally, join the Task Force at an upcoming meeting!

  • August 13, 2019 6:00 p.m., Room 206, Madison Municipal Building
  • September 4, 2019 7:00 p.m., Room 206, Madison Municipal Building
  • September 19, 2019 6:00 p.m., Room 153, Madison Municipal Building
  • September 25, 2019 6:00 p.m., Room 206, Madison Municipal Building
  • October 2, 2019 7:00 p.m., Room 206, Madison Municipal Building
  • October 16, 2019 6:30 p.m., Room 103A, City-County Building

Link to PDF

Public Meeting 7/24/19 to Discuss Potential Madison Beltline Improvements

Public meeting scheduled to discuss potential Madison Beltline improvements
Options extend along the major highway between I-39/90 and Whitney Way

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is examining a range of alternatives to improve the Madison Beltline's deteriorating pavement and median areas, and to address operational issues during weekday peak traffic periods.

A public involvement meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at The Village on Park (2300 South Park St., Madison). Brief, formal presentations are scheduled for 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. The objectives for the meeting include:

• Explaining the identified needs for the corridor
• Outlining options to address identified needs
• Gathering public input

Potential improvements
One option includes resurfacing the pavement, making drainage improvements, and replacing deteriorated sections of median barrier wall.

WisDOT is also considering upgrades to the median shoulders so motorists can use them as travel lanes. The shoulder lanes would be open during peak travel hours. The added capacity will improve traffic mobility and safety along the Madison Beltline between I-39/90 and Whitney Way. This section currently handles 120,000 vehicles per day. The practice, known as dynamic part-time shoulder use, is currently in place in at least 17 states.

Part-time shoulder use is recognized as a safe, sustainable and reliable way to alleviate congestion. It allows vehicle traffic on paved shoulders during peak travel times. Changeable message signs would be used to indicate when the shoulder is available for use.

In addition to the mobility improvements, shoulder modifications:

• Minimize impacts to the environment
• Does not require additional real estate acquisition from adjacent residences and businesses
• Could be implemented as early as 2021

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the proposed options and provide input.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, contact Brandon Lamers at (608) 246-3852. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Brandon Lamers, WisDOT Southwest Region Office, 2101 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704 or brandon.lamers@dot.wi.gov. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Brandon Lamers at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).

Point Place Open House on Wednesday, June 19

Open House for Point Place
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lussier Community Education Center - Gym - 55 S. Gammon Road

CommonBond Communities is developing Point Place, a new senior housing community located at 7945 Tree Lane. The residential housing community will include 54 total units for seniors ages 55+. Units will be available to residents at a range of income levels. The development includes the demolition of an existing vacant office building and new construction of a four-story residential housing. It will also include  underground and surface parking stalls, indoor bicycle and mobility assistance vehicle parking, and storage. The building will be equipped with property management and supportive services offices, community spaces for resident gathering, and exterior green space.  CommonBond Communities will be developer, long-term property owner, and supportive services provider.

I look forward to seeing you on the 19th.

Ald. Paul Skidmore, District 9
(608) 829-3425 | district9@cityofmadison.com

open house invite

 

Meet Your New Mayor! Friday, June 7 and Friday, June 14

Meet Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway

The Mayor will be at Yola's Cafe (494 Commerce Drive) at 8am on Friday, June 7 and she will be at Dunkin' (739 South Gammon Road, Suite 100) at 8am on Friday, June 14. (Link to Flyer)

 

mayor flyer

 

Neighborhood Meeting: 2/7/19 - New Middleton-Cross Plains Elementary School

Representatives from Eppstein Uhen Architects and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will present updates on the site plan, preliminary floor plans, and exterior building-design concepts.

A question-and-answer segment will follow the presentation

Neighborhood Meeting: New Middleton-Cross Plains Elementary School
Thursday, February 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Middleton-Cross Plains District Services Center
7106 South Avenue, Middleton WI

If you have questions, please contact MCPASD Director of Communications Perry Hibner at 829-9014.

Statement: Tree Lane Family Apartments

Every member of our City deserves, and has a legal right to feel safe in their residences, places of employment, businesses, and all public buildings and spaces. The City of Madison has a legal responsibility to enforce the laws of the State of Wisconsin and the City of Madison, and to assist all constituents in maintaining a safe environment where all can thrive in their work or school or play. Also, all property owners have a legal responsibility to make sure that their homes, apartment, buildings, and businesses are safe and secure.

However, the reality is that our City as a whole is growing, and with that comes all of the telltale signs of major urban areas. In short, many of those who speak to me in my role as an alder have expressed fears and apprehensions about being less safe. Invariably the topic of the Tree Lane Apartments rises to a prominent point of concern.

There is a well-documented, and well-publicized pattern of criminal activity as well as quality of life violations (ordinances) in the Tree Lane area. Specifically, since the Tree Family Apartments opened in late July of this year, MPD has fielded more than 220 calls for service, which makes this building, parking lot, and grounds the source of the highest number of calls for calls for service in the entire West Police District.

Some of the chronicled problems on Tree Lane are due to residents, some are due to guests, some are due to unwanted and uninvited 'visitors', and some may be due to other factors altogether.

Unacceptable behavior places the residents, visitors, and staff of Tree Lane at risk, as well as impacting the  surrounding residents in this neighborhood. Furthermore, since Tree Lane opened, local businesses have experienced an unprecedented number of calls for service at their locations for incidents like retail theft, trespassing, loitering, and intimidation. This has created a pervasive feeling of fear and angst in the neighborhood that has led to calls for immediate action. At discussions at a high level, I have demanded more stringent security at Tree Lane, more accountability from Heartland Properties (owners and managers of Tree Lane Family Apartments), and removal (eviction) of the problematic tenants who do not adhere to the rules of conduct established in the leases.

Several residents of the surrounding neighborhood have told me that they are considering moving. Others have expressed concerns about diminishing property values. Almost all who have contacted me have commented that the neighborhood character and enjoyment has begun to deteriorate. Most
concerning is that some have informed me that they have armed themselves. Since these problems were initially identified, I have taken great pains to meet with the Mayor's office, City Housing staff, Heartland Housing, and MPD to try to correct the identifiable problems that are creating such a heightened level of
stress within our community. To date, though I have heard the correct rhetoric, I have been disappointed by the lack and urgency, resolve, and follow through; and specifically, I am underwhelmed by the lack of resources that Heartland Housing has allocated for remedying the situation.

I support the Housing First Program, and I agreed with the Mayor and City staff in locating the Tree Lane Family Apartments in this neighborhood. I think that Housing First is a noble program that can be an effective tool in helping to end homelessness. However, the devil is in the details, and it is obvious to me (and others) that there are serious problems with management, security and safety at this building, and in the neighborhood. I have heard loud and clear from my constituents: "Enough is enough. End the threat now." I believe that unless something is drastically and immediately altered to change the trajectory of the Tree Lane housing initiative, I will be forced to withdraw support of the Housing First Program. I would do so with great regret, but I believe that the direction of Housing First initiatives in the future hangs in the balance on what happens now at Tree Lane.

Paul Skidmore, 9th District Alderperson
City of Madison, Wisconsin
Email: district9@cityofmadison.com 

7933 Tree Lane - September 7, 2018 Update

On August 23, 2018 I facilitated a robust neighborhood meeting to discuss issues related the opening of the new affordable housing project at 7933 Tree Lane. Since gaining occupancy, and having families move in, there were a number of behavioral issues reported in the area that resulted in call and emails to me and City staff, and it generated a number of calls for service to the Police Department. I was joined by representatives from Heartland Housing, the building's owner and property manager; the YWCA, the agency responsible for providing support services to building residents; the Madison Police Department; and the City's Community Development Division.  The meeting provided an opportunity to identify issues that have arisen as well as plans to address them.  Approximately 175 neighbors, residents, other community members participated in the meeting. We had an open and candid discussion of issues, challenges, delays in construction that created problems at move-in time, and items that still have not been completed. In my opinion this was a meeting that identified not only the issue to be addressed, but it identified opportunities and a schedule to address the issues and problems. One important change has been the presence of professional security staff through the night and on weekends to monitor the property. Security guards are a recommended best practice for larger apartment buildings, and their presence should be a stabilizing force at this property and in the neighborhood. Since this meeting, and the presence of the security guards, calls for service to MPD have been dropping. Another important issue has been that the two play areas for the children living in the apartments had not been installed when the building opened, leaving play space on site for energetic, young children. The playground equipment was on back order, but has finally been shipped to the site. Once the playgrounds have been installed, the kids will have a new place to play.

There is much that still needs to be done to make this project successful.  At my request, Heartland, YWCA and City staff are working through the list of issues, questions and suggestions that were raised at our neighborhood meeting.  I will pass along their responses to you as soon as that is finalized.

I am excited about the progress at the new apartment building since our neighborhood meeting. I have been receiving many supportive emails and suggestions and offers of assistance (similar to the one below). I will continue to post updates to my website, and to Nextdoor on a regular basis. Thanks to everyone who has supported this new part of our neighborhood, and thanks for welcoming our new neighbors.

August 30, 2018 update from Kristen Dreifuerst on volunteering at 7933 Tree Lane:

This morning I spoke with Erin Farrar, the Development and Volunteer Coordinator at the YWCA, who will now be organizing all volunteer efforts at Tree Lane. Right now, the focus of the YWCA and case workers is to ensure that all new residents have their basic needs met (furniture, home goods, etc.). Once they've moved past immediate needs, the organization will welcome suggested volunteer programs such as cooking instruction, children's reading programs, etc.

In the immediate future, help is needed to assess family needs and coordinate donations and delivery. Myself and another Oakbridge resident, Tiffany Helgerson, have stepped up to help in that capacity but we welcome all extra hands that are willing. All volunteers that will work directly with Tree Lane residents will have to attend a short, one-time volunteer orientation hosted by the YWCA at Tree Lane.

I know our district has a wealth of skills, networks, resources, and huge hearts, and we can all work together to help Tree Lane residents succeed in their new homes. If you wish to get involved at some point, please navigate to this website and click the link to the Volunteer Interest Form to submit your information:

http://ywcamadison.org/landing-2/tree-lane-donation-drive/

Once 6-12 people have signed up, Erin will reach out to schedule an orientation.

You are welcome to contact Erin at any time with questions. (608) 257-1436, option 2 or EFarrar@ywcamadison.org

Neighborhood Meeting to Discuss Issues and Concerns Related to 7933 Tree Lane

Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
High Point Church - Mica Center (Room A/B)
7702 Old Sauk Road

Please join Ald. Paul Skidmore on Thursday, August 23, to discuss issues and concerns related to the recently opened apartment building at 7933 Tree Lane.  Ald. Skidmore will be joined by representatives from Heartland Housing, the building's owner and property manager; the YWCA, the agency responsible for providing support services to building residents; the Madison Police Department; and the City's Community Development Division.  The meeting will provide an opportunity to identify issues that have arisen as well as plans to address them.  All neighbors are welcome.

Police Week 2017

This is an article that was written by Dan Frei, the President of the Madison Professional Police Officers Association (MPPOA), in 2014. This article was originally published in a MPPOA blog, and it was also printed in the Wisconsin Professional Police Officers Association (WPPOA) journal as well. I think that this is a powerful summary of what it is like to be a police officer in Madison.

This article articulates why I have such a deep respect for all of our commissioned police officers, non-commissioned support staff, command staff, and Chief of Police. I support the Madison Police Department, and I plan to say thank you to as many of their officers and staff as I can during Police Week. I hope you will do so as well.

The hard thing

These days it wouldn't be hard to feel that we are under attack. Our wages and benefits have been attacked. We have experienced the demonization of public employees in general by those that have bought into the myth that our benefits have somehow been at the expense of private employees who experienced losses, ignoring facts such as when the private sector was doing great they willingly traded high wages for the lack of benefits while the public employee often did the opposite. 

Our reputations are being attacked. In the aftermath of an officer involved shooting in Ferguson Missouri, a day doesn't go by without a story in the media that seems to start with the premise that the police can't be trusted. There are thinly veiled accusations that we are out to violate people's rights, use unwarranted, excessive force, aren't representative of the communities we police, and are out to become an occupying military force using military weapons and tactics exclusively. We all know the many factors and examples nationally and especially locally, that are ignored and don't get mentioned in these stories. The hundreds and thousands of positive interactions we have, the times when a lower amount of force than would have been legally justified was used, etc. Although we know what is being left out of these discussions it is still very frustrating to have to read them and it's hard not feel on the defensive more and more. 

Finally we see almost daily reminders that we are quite literally being attacked. Attacks on police are on the rise nationally, deaths of officers by gunfire continue to rise, as do ambush style attacks on officers responding to calls, during meal breaks, and even at police stations. What we don't see is much attention outside of law enforcement circles being paid to this. We don't see people marching, politicians commenting, White House staff being sent to funerals, or much response from the public in general other than the occasional internet troll response of "that's what you get paid for."

So given all of the above, why do it? Why be a cop? As part of the union board I've spoken to quite a few incoming classes of recruits and have told them that if this is just a job for them they might want to re-think their choice. We tend to hire pretty highly qualified people and odds are that they can make the same or better money at some other job. Unlike some people and politicians, we know that our pay and benefits aren't so good that we couldn't make similar money in a different job. In those other jobs your odds of being spit on, shot at, standing in the rain or sweltering sun in clothes not specifically designed for those activities are not nearly as high.

The public will call the police when they are afraid, and we will speed to their location to help. When there is a person actively engaged in killing or trying to kill other people we will run past those fleeing, towards the danger. Knowing full well that active killers often have planned for a police response and have prepared for our response with IEDs or other ambush options. Some of the same public will criticize our response for not being fast enough, or for being too militarized. People will question why we need rifles and armored vehicles while at the same time criticize if police don't go in to stop the threat even if the suspects are better armed than the police. People will question what is wrong with an officer if they use deadly force because they feared for their or another's life. They will suggest that we are trained in self defense and have less than lethal weapons that should have been used or we should shoot someone in the leg or arm. These same people will criticize and view it as unnecessary force when we use those same techniques in other situations all the while forgetting things such as we are not the only people who receive training in various forms of self defense. In fact many people receive quite a bit more training than we do because they aren't also being trained to make split second decisions using the legal training we receive, they aren't being trained to render first aid, they aren't being trained in community relations, report writing, defensive driving, professional communications, etc. Few if any of the critics have training in any of the above areas much less all of them but that won't stop them. To be clear no one, especially me, is suggesting that the public shouldn't ask questions and find out what their police departments are doing. There is a difference, however, between asking questions and blindly placing people in a can't win situation. 

The public will call when they "are about to snap" but will have no tolerance if an officer is having a bad day. The police are humans first and foremost and you want them to be. Being human is the reason why they will take the extra moment with an elderly person suffering from dementia to check all their closets for the 4 men they are sure they saw come through their closed and locked window or change the sheets on the bed of that same person who thinks that someone might have poured water on them while they were sleeping. Being human is what allows police to use discretion and demonstrate compassion instead of just punishing everyone who might have violated a law or an ordinance. Being human also means we will make mistakes occasionally. We know it, we don't like it when it happens, and we try to learn from them and not repeat them. Oftentimes the tactics the public sees and might not understand have come about as a result of an officer losing their life. Future generations of police learned from that incident and modified how we approach that same or similar situations knowing what could happen. The public will often not know or care why we will approach a situation in a certain way. They will only rely on facts learned after the incident is resolved, ignoring the fact that officers had no way to know these facts as the incident was happening. We all entered this profession because we wanted to serve, we wanted to make a difference but there are other ways to do that that don't come with the danger, the physical discomfort, the sense of sometimes we can't win. 

So back to the question, why do it? For me the answer has always been because it IS uncomfortable at times, it IS dangerous, it's the hard thing. 

There is a certain sense of pride that we should all take in knowing we willingly do a job few are willing or able to do, and we do it very well. We took an oath to protect others, to risk not coming home to our families at the end of a shift. How many of those who are quick to criticize take such an oath or are willing to risk what we do? How many could do it even if they were willing? It takes a special person, who views this not as a job, but as a calling, to take and live up to that oath, to make the sacrifices we do and be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. I recently saw a video of a FDNY instructor who addressed a group of new recruits about to go for physical training. The message he had for them is very applicable for anyone who commits their life to something bigger than themselves and I will paraphrase it as it applies to us. He told them, "one day, you will be old, you will be frail, and you will be slow. Someone will ask you, what did you do in your day, what did you do in your prime, when you were young, and strong, and fast, and you will tell them you were a Madison Police officer.  And when the day is done and the page is turned that will be enough." I know, and so should you, that when my day is done and the page is turned, that my casket will be covered with an American flag because it was enough. I lived up to my oath, I earned it. So when you feel attacked remember a quote by Theodore Roosevelt "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." There is no more worthy cause than the one we have pledged to undertake, and because you are in the arena the credit truly does belong to you, don't ever forget it. 

Housing Development Project Updates: January 13, 2017

PDF Version of Letter Available Here

 

January 2017 Housing Development

January Developement Dates pg 2