The Parks Commission unanimously approved the draft agreement with the operators of BKM Group to open a seasonal biergarten at the Olbrich Beach House at the meeting held on Wednesday, December 14. The group will appear before the Alcohol License Review Committee next and other city committees: Finance Committee, Parks Commission, and the City Council before a final agreement is completed.
LENA was provided with additional information from Mike Bare, co-owner of the BKM Group since the initial meeting. Missed the December 8 neighborhood meeting? No worries, view the presentation below.
Note: Comments are disabled to encourage continued discussions on various social media sites such as the LENA and SASY Facebook groups and NextDoor.
December 8 Neighborhood Meeting
BKM Group Letter to the Parks Commission
Q & A Document - Addressing Neighbors' Concerns
It’s been an exciting few weeks at the Imagine Madison office. So much has been going on and we’re well on our way to planning a more equitable, sustainable, healthy, and adaptable Madison for everyone!
Thank you to everyone that came out to the Imagine Madison Kickoff Meetings last week Monday at the Central Library and Wednesday at the Village on Park. We had great turnout (about 100 at the Library and more than 60 at the Village on Park) and our i-clicker real-time polling system was a big hit. We had great responses to the list of draft goals that will provide the basis for specific strategies, actions, and policies we will be discussing in future months. We also enjoyed very stimulating and in-depth conversations with many of our neighbors at the meetings about what they thought about the goals, how they could be improved, and what was missing.
If you were unable to attend the meetings and would still like to participate, don’t worry! The Issues and Goals survey is now live on our website. This web survey replicates the materials and questions from the public meetings.
Our first interview video is also up on the website. We sat down with eight Madisonians and discussed what kind of issues they have seen in Madison, what their hopes are for the future, and specific things they’d like our community to pursue in the future. We’d love to hear your thoughts, too. How do they compare? Are your experiences similar? Totally different?
With the launch of our Issues and Goals survey, we have taken down the Imagining Madison survey. We’re currently compiling the answers from the 130 completed surveys we received, but we thought you might like to see a sample of some of the answers:
What makes you excited for Madison's future?
“The parks, the beautiful bike paths, the thriving University, the Arboretum, the influx of young professionals, the increasing diversity, more startups, more jobs, possibility of a Public Market, vibrant restaurants, great nightlife, great sports facilities... the list can really go on and on.”
What makes you concerned about Madison's future?
“I am concerned about the racial disparities in Madison and how this will continue to influence the lack of economic and social mobility for minorities. I hope infrastructure, such as higher quality transportation and education, will ensue as a fundamental start to a long process.”
What's your big idea for Madison (cost & effort not an issue)?
“The Nolen Causeway and Law Park have potential to become an iconic entryway into the city. John Nolen Drive is already a beautiful city entrance, but projects like the Nolen Centennial Project and Law Park development would beautifully bookend our iconic Monona Terrace and create a true gateway to our city.”
What's your small idea for Madison (a change that could quickly and easily be made)?
“Planting new trees; off-leash dog parks.”
At our community meetings last week, we hung a large banner asking attendees to tell us “How do you Imagine Madison?” Here is just a small sample of the more than 100 responses we received:
Do you, your friends, neighbors, or coworkers want to have a more in-depth discussion about Imagine Madison and the future of our community? City Planning staff are available for a Planning Pop-In with your group. Let us know where and when you’d like to meet and if there are any specific topics concerning Imagine Madison and the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update you’d like to talk about.
We’ve had an overwhelming response to our Resident Panels initiative. As part of our engagement efforts, we are trying to connect with organizations with established connections to communities and populations that have not been well-represented in past City planning efforts. We’re busy reviewing the more than 40 proposals that we received from a variety of groups from all over Madison. Resident Panels will begin meeting in late January or early February.
We’ve also now added Spanish and Hmong landing pages for the Imagine Madison website. Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you have not done so already.
Finally, congrats to our five prize winners who each won an Imagine Madison travel mug or an Imagine Madison sport water bottle and pen just for filling out a survey online! You too can win a prize; just make sure you provide your email when you complete the Issues and Goals survey.
Brian, Kirstie, and Colin
City of Madison Comprehensive Plan Update
608.243.0455 | 608.243.0470
Madison Is Now A ‘Class 1’ Fire Protection Community - Property Owners May Be Entitled To Lower Insurance Rates
The nation’s leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry has named Madison “Wisconsin’s newest Class 1 fire protection community.” It’s a distinction shared by only three other cities in the state.
The Insurance Service Organization (ISO), through its Public Protection Classification program, examined three areas: Emergency Communications, Fire Department, and Water Supply. Out of 105.50 possible credits in the ISO’s scoring metric, Madison received 91.48 credits, placing the city among an elite group of 204 municipalities (out of 47,000) in the country that carry this honor (see: "Points of Pride" document.pdf). The new classification takes effect Thursday, December 1.
The public’s ongoing investment in a progressive fire department, a robust and reliable water utility, and a responsive, technologically-advanced emergency communications center is now paying off by way of lower property insurance rates.
Most insurers use the ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program when underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties; therefore, property owners in the City of Madison, Village of Shorewood Hills, and Town of Blooming Grove may be entitled to decreased rates.
Individuals can take advantage of this new classification by contacting their insurance agent and letting them know their community was just upgraded to an “ISO Class 1” ranking. Because each insurer uses ISO rankings differently, actual savings may vary.
Contacts: •Cynthia Schuster, 608-261-5539, email@example.com
This fall I introduced my 2017 budget An Investment for Our Future . It makes unprecedented investments in compassionate services for our most vulnerable residents , infrastructure critical to continued economic vitality and safety, along with a quality of life that creates an environment where families and businesses can flourish.
This budget is a clear statement of the priority Dane County places on green energy – harnessing the power of the sun to run our facilities and capturing naturally occurring bio-gas, converting it into millions of dollars of revenue to sustain services – and mitigating and adapting to the challenges of a changing climate.
2017 will be Dane County’s cleanest, greenest budget ever. I am proposing more than $2 million in new solar development, more than doubling all of county government’s total solar energy production portfolio next year alone. While the state continues its inaction on climate change, Dane County will lead the way by creating an Office of Climate Change and Energy that will coordinate efforts across the county.
My Human Services budget totals over $294 million and includes new and expanded efforts to address barriers to our young people learning and their families succeeding. Together with Madison School District we are creating a fourth Mental Health Crisis Team for the school district to ensure all four high school attendance areas have dedicated groups of professionals focused on the needs of our young people.
The efforts this budget undertakes reflect the values we hold so dear. Good wages, educational achievement, reducing economic and racial disparities, improved mental health, cleaner waters and conservation, safer roads for both cars and bikes, and housing for those who have fallen on hard times.
For more information on Dane County’s 2017 Budget go to: https://countyofdane.com/exec/budget.aspx
Dane County Executive
The November meeting of the Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission (PBVMC) meeting was held where interested residents have an opportunity to present comments regarding intersections they wish to be signalized, or against signalization. The Final Signal Priority List and Action Plan is scheduled for review and adoption by the PBMVC on January 24, 2017.
Please contact Jerry Schippa, PE from the City of Madison - Traffic Engineering via information below:
Jerry Schippa, PE
City of Madison - Traffic Engineering
O: (608) 266-4761 Ph: (608) 267-1969 Fax: (608) 267-1158
215 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Madison Municipal Bldg. Suite 100
Madison, WI 53703
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