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Thursday, October 26, 2017

It's THUR evening - DMNA Annual mtg!



October 25, 2017
The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
              President: Yannette (Janet) Cole, yfcole@gmail.com  332-7003
               News contact:  Mary Mullen
, mmullen4337@charter.net  298-0843
             Website: http://www.dunnsmarsh.org <http://www.dunnsmarsh.org (for info about DMNA & the  neighborhood)
              On Facebook:  Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (for up-to-date news)

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Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association's
                      Annual Meeting



Thur., Oct. 26

 6:00 pm for light meal, 6:30 for meeting

Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Dr.


 
Don't miss the chance to LEARN about things that impact your neighborhood.  
Take the OPPORTUNITY to SHARE your ideas on how to better improve our neighborhood.
Meet people who care about the neighborhood.

         BRING a NEIGHBOR!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Safety Mtg. CANCELLED


                                    
                                                                                  September 13, 2017


The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
               President: Yannette (Janet) Cole, yfcole@gmail.com  332-7003
               News contact:  Mary Mullen
, mmullen4337@charter.net  298-0843
             Website: http://www.dunnsmarsh.org <http://www.dunnsmarsh.org (for info about DMNA & the neighborhood)
              On Facebook:  Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (for up-to-date news)
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We are sorry to say that the NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY MEETING, scheduled for Thursday, September 14, has been CANCELLED.  One of the major presenters can not be present, and a substitute is not available.  This meeting may be scheduled for a future time.

Meanwhile, plan to attend the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association’s Annual Meeting, which will be held in October.  Tentative date is Thursday, October 26.

Mary Mullen
for the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association

Thursday, September 7, 2017

DMN eNews: Safety Mtg & more

Sorry... forgot to add the attachment showing the Allied area construction.  :(

 

                                                                                                           September 7, 2017
The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
               President: Yannette (Janet) Cole, yfcole@gmail.com  332-7003
               News contact:  Mary Mullen
, mmullen4337@charter.net  298-0843
             Website: http://www.dunnsmarsh.org <http://www.dunnsmarsh.org (for info about DMNA & the neighborhood)
              On Facebook:  Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (for up-to-date news)
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All articles that are not attributed to others were written by Mary Mullen.
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ARTICLES
1 - Neighborhood Safety Meeting, Thur., Sept. 14, 6 pm (eat), 6:30 forum begins
2 - Alders hold city budget listening session, this Sat. Sept. 9, 10 a.m, Sequoya Library
3 - Can You Help Your Neighborhood Have a Voice? Council members needed in October.
4 - Allied Area Gets New Park and Homes (Attachment:  “pics Allied area construction.jpg”)
           
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1 - NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY MEETING, Thur., Sept. 14, 6:00 -7:30 pm

Please join the DMNA for a Q&A session with Madison and Fitchburg police department representatives.

In order to help police representatives prepare for your questions and concerns and make use of time in a more effective way, please reply to this email with any questions or concerns you would like to be addressed by  Septemter 8th  if at all possible. Or call 298-0843.

If you can, please also RSVP to this event on the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page.
 
We will have light refreshments available starting at 6:00.  Meeting will start at 6:30 sharp.

Location:
Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society
2010 Whenona Drive
Madison, Wisconsin

 

2 - Alders hold city budget listening session, this Sat. Sept. 9, 10 a.m, Sequoya Library
           from Alder Maurice Cheeks
Hello Neighbors,
Alder Mark Phair and I (and other Council colleagues) will be holding budget listening sessions in our districts again this fall. We want to hear from you on your priorities for the short, medium & long term future of the city!
There’s one listening session left, on Saturday morning, September 9, 10:00 am @ Sequoya Library.
 
This year we have attempted to frame the discussions around the importance of Safety, Equity and Opportunity for our city’s future.  That framework is outlined in this link: http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/alders-cheeks-and-phair-schedule-2018-budget-listening-sessions
 
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 am
Sequoya Library
4340 Tokay Blvd.
 


3 - Can You Help Your Neighborhood Have a Voice?  Council members needed in October.

The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) will be in desperate need of volunteers to serve on the Neighborhood Council starting this October when new Council members are elected at the annual meeting.  That meeting will probably be held on Thursday, October 26, starting at 6:00 pm, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive.
 
A poll of current members revealed that most Council members will be leaving their positions.  These include those who have the most years of experience and need to go on to other things in their lives.  If new volunteers don’t step up at the annual meeting, the DMNA may go dormant. That would be a shame and would leave the neighborhood with no organizational voice.  Lack of that voice leaves a neighborhood open to the whims of chance, and without a regularly meeting Council, often no influence at all because residents only find out about things after they are a done deal.
 
New blood is always welcome even without a large number of vacancies on the Council.
 
If you are thinking you could step up, long-time Council member Mary Mullen would be happy to talk to you about what it means to be a member of the Council.  Contact her by phone or email.  (See masthead.)  Information about the DMNA including bylaws is available on the DMNA website, www.dunnsmarsh.org <http://www.dunnsmarsh.org>   
 
The most important thing to know is that the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association has two simple purposes:
1. To unite neighbors to solve mutual problems.
2. To promote fellowship among neighbors.
 


4 - Allied Area Gets New Park and Homes (Attachment:  “pics Allied area construction.jpg”)
           
Big things have been happening in the Allied area this summer. Well, technically, only the new park is in the Allied area.  The park is on Revival Ridge (street) below the Revival Ridge apartments and southwest  of the Boys and Girls Club.
 
The homes, built by Habitat for Humanity, are in the Belmar part of the neighborhood on Equity Lane.  Equity Lane intersects with Crescent Road on the south and connects to 3 other streets:  Unity Lane, Pawnee Pass, and New Freedom Lane.
 
 

         Thanks for reading the September 7, 2017 Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood eNews.

DMN eNews: Safety Mtg & more



                                                                                                           September 7, 2017
The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
               President: Yannette (Janet) Cole, yfcole@gmail.com  332-7003
               News contact:  Mary Mullen
, mmullen4337@charter.net  298-0843
             Website: http://www.dunnsmarsh.org <http://www.dunnsmarsh.org (for info about DMNA & the neighborhood)
              On Facebook:  Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (for up-to-date news)
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All articles that are not attributed to others were written by Mary Mullen.
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ARTICLES
1 - Neighborhood Safety Meeting, Thur., Sept. 14, 6 pm (eat), 6:30 forum begins
2 - Alders hold city budget listening session, this Sat. Sept. 9, 10 a.m, Sequoya Library
3 - Can You Help Your Neighborhood Have a Voice? Council members needed in October.
4 - Allied Area Gets New Park and Homes (Attachment:  “pics Allied area construction.jpg”)
           
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1 - NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY MEETING, Thur., Sept. 14, 6:00 -7:30 pm

Please join the DMNA for a Q&A session with Madison and Fitchburg police department representatives.

In order to help police representatives prepare for your questions and concerns and make use of time in a more effective way, please reply to this email with any questions or concerns you would like to be addressed by  Septemter 8th  if at all possible. Or call 298-0843.

If you can, please also RSVP to this event on the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page.
 
We will have light refreshments available starting at 6:00.  Meeting will start at 6:30 sharp.

Location:
Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society
2010 Whenona Drive
Madison, Wisconsin

 

2 - Alders hold city budget listening session, this Sat. Sept. 9, 10 a.m, Sequoya Library
           from Alder Maurice Cheeks
Hello Neighbors,
Alder Mark Phair and I (and other Council colleagues) will be holding budget listening sessions in our districts again this fall. We want to hear from you on your priorities for the short, medium & long term future of the city!
There’s one listening session left, on Saturday morning, September 9, 10:00 am @ Sequoya Library.
 
This year we have attempted to frame the discussions around the importance of Safety, Equity and Opportunity for our city’s future.  That framework is outlined in this link: http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/alders-cheeks-and-phair-schedule-2018-budget-listening-sessions
 
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 am
Sequoya Library
4340 Tokay Blvd.
 


3 - Can You Help Your Neighborhood Have a Voice?  Council members needed in October.

The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) will be in desperate need of volunteers to serve on the Neighborhood Council starting this October when new Council members are elected at the annual meeting.  That meeting will probably be held on Thursday, October 26, starting at 6:00 pm, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive.
 
A poll of current members revealed that most Council members will be leaving their positions.  These include those who have the most years of experience and need to go on to other things in their lives.  If new volunteers don’t step up at the annual meeting, the DMNA may go dormant. That would be a shame and would leave the neighborhood with no organizational voice.  Lack of that voice leaves a neighborhood open to the whims of chance, and without a regularly meeting Council, often no influence at all because residents only find out about things after they are a done deal.
 
New blood is always welcome even without a large number of vacancies on the Council.
 
If you are thinking you could step up, long-time Council member Mary Mullen would be happy to talk to you about what it means to be a member of the Council.  Contact her by phone or email.  (See masthead.)  Information about the DMNA including bylaws is available on the DMNA website, www.dunnsmarsh.org <http://www.dunnsmarsh.org>   
 
The most important thing to know is that the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association has two simple purposes:
1. To unite neighbors to solve mutual problems.
2. To promote fellowship among neighbors.
 


4 - Allied Area Gets New Park and Homes (Attachment:  “pics Allied area construction.jpg”)
           
Big things have been happening in the Allied area this summer. Well, technically, only the new park is in the Allied area.  The park is on Revival Ridge (street) below the Revival Ridge apartments and southwest  of the Boys and Girls Club.
 
The homes, built by Habitat for Humanity, are in the Belmar part of the neighborhood on Equity Lane.  Equity Lane intersects with Crescent Road on the south and connects to 3 other streets:  Unity Lane, Pawnee Pass, and New Freedom Lane.
 
 

         Thanks for reading the September 7, 2017 Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood eNews.

Friday, June 30, 2017

July 1st Frontage Road cleanup

Happy 4th of July weekend!  Hoping you have nice long weekend and some relaxing fun.

Share a few hours of your weekend with us  Join us July 1st for a cleanup of the frontage road.  We are meeting at the corner of Whenona and Frontage Road at 9:30.  
We will end with hot dogs, chips, water, cookies & fruit
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Thanks,

Your DMNA Council


"The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an "as-needed" schedule. The Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973. Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg. Website: http://www.dunnsmarsh.org Facebook: @DunnsMarshNA President: Yannette Cole, yfcole@gmail.com eNews: Mary Mullen, mmullen4337@charter.net"

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DMN eNews-Alder forum, Garden, more...



                                                                                               March 14, 2017
The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
               President: Yannette (Janet) Cole, yfcole@gmail.com  332-7003
               News contact:  Mary Mullen
, mmullen4337@charter.net  298-0843
             Website: http://www.dunnsmarsh.org <http://www.dunnsmarsh.org (for info about DMNA & the neighborhood)
              On Facebook:  Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (for up-to-date news)
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All articles that are not attributed to others were written by Mary Mullen.

 

1 - It’s a busy week in the neighborhood: Marlborough Community Garden registration on Wednesday and Saturday at Prairie UU Society, a public hearing downtown on Wednesday at the City County Building, and on Thursday a Candidate’s Forum at Prairie UU Society for Madison and Fitchburg alder candidates who want to represent our neighborhood.  The first page of this eNews gives the times.  
 
See the attachments for more information on these events:  
·     1  3/7/17 DMN News.jpg - Contains some more details about the public hearing re. Rocky’s West.
·     2  Community garden - about.jpg - in English and español
·     3  Garden regis poster w map.jpg - in English and español
 
But there’s more coming up, in brief:
 
·     Saturday, April 1, 9:00-11:00 am -  Dunn’s Marsh waterway clean-up, starting at Apache Pond on Crescent Road, led by Fitchburg staff.  Come, bring your kids.  It’s fun!

·     Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 am-8:00 pm - the election of alders, school board members, a state school superintendent, and  judges. Fitchburg also votes for mayor and has several Verona Area School Referendum questions.  The Madison part of the neighborhood votes at the Revival Ridge Community Room on the corner of Allied Drive and Jenewein, while the Fitchburg part of the neighborhood votes at the Fitchburg Fire Staion #2, 5415 King James Way.  Find out exactly what’s on your ballot at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/ <file://localhost/en-us>     Find out about some of the candidates from https://www.lwvdanecounty.org/candidates-answers-spring-primary-2017 <file://localhost/candidates-answers-spring-primary-2017>

·     Thursday, April 13, 6:30 pm - Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council meeting - Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive.  We’ll have a visit from a police officer and, and we may plan a general neighborhood clean-up, as well as take care of other business. Neighborhood residents are welcome to attend.  Let our DMNA president know what you want us to talk about.  See masthead for contact information.

·     Future meetings of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 - Prairie UU Society.

·     Wednesday, June 21, 4:00-8:00 pm - Make Music Madison - The DMNA and Prairie UU Society will again team up to provide 4 hours of free music outdoors on the grounds of Prairie UU.
 


                                                    

2 - Summer is a-comin’ and it’s Time for MOST  (Attachment “4 MOST ad.jpg”)
           from City of Madison
 
MOST is the Madison-area Out-of-School Time website for finding hundreds of activities and programs for your kids this summer.  
 
Go to www.mostmadison.org <http://www.mostmadison.org>
 to start looking for what suits you and your budget.


                                                    

3 - WE CARE - A Message from the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council

There is a lot happening in the world, our country, and in our city. There is a lot of judgment and intolerance of others that are perceived as different from us.  The Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Council personally wants to send a message to everyone in the Dunn's Marsh neighborhood:

We hope you feel welcome and safe in our neighborhood. If you ever feel otherwise, please share your experience with one of us - listed below - or someone else in the neighborhood you trust. Then encourage that person to share it anonymously on your behalf on the DMNA Facebook page <file://localhost/permalink.php>  or on Nextdoor Dunn's Marsh <file://localhost/news_feed> . That way the rest of the neighbors will be aware of it and can be more watchful and protective of ALL of our neighbors.

We hope to never receive that request from you. But please be assured that if you do come to one of us, we will advocate confidentially on your and all of our neighbors' behalf.  Hatred is not acceptable in the Dunn's Marsh neighborhood.

 
4 - Dunn’s Marsh Council Contact Information
 
Marlborough Representatives (All phones are in 608 area code unless indicated otherwise.)

Yannette Cole (President) - yfcole@gmail.com <mailto:yfcole@gmail.com>   332-7003
Mary Mullen - mmullen4337@charter.net <mailto:mmullen4337@charter.net>   298-0843
Thea Bach, bachtown2@live.com <mailto:bachtown2@live.com>  274-7730
Dale-Harriet Rogovich - mombear@ameritech.net <mailto:mombear@ameritech.net>    274-6709
Sam Shesman - samshes@gmail.com <mailto:samshes@gmail.com>   (814) 806-2427

Crawford Representative
Faith Cholvin  - cholvinfaith@gmail.com <mailto:cholvinfaith@gmail.com>  213-3819

Belmar Representative
Elvice McAlpine - e.mmcalpine@yahoo.com (608) 208-3819  (must use area code)

Allied Representatives
Shonita Roach - svictoriascott@gmail.com <mailto:svictoriascott@gmail.com>   509-1645
Peter Schmitt - P15jschmitt@gmail.com <mailto:P15jschmitt@gmail.com>  338-4519


 5 - Little Free Library Now Located Near Apache Pond

Thanks to DMNA Council member Elvice McAlpine, her husband Tom, their son Tom, and the Fitchburg Board of Public Works, there’s a Little Free Library located near Apache Pond on the path to the Cannonball Trail.  The LFL was relocated from its previous location on Lumley and Danbury.




6 - Dunn’s Marsh Book and Movie Club Schedule for 2017
           from Thea Bach, DMNA Council member
John and Thea Bach host the Dunn’s Marsh Book and Movie Club each month on a Saturday night at their home at 1905 Danbury Street.  Below is the schedule Thea provided several months ago.  This month’s selection is Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, with a March 25 discussion date. If you do plan to attend, please call them (274-7730) to be certain the calendar has not changed.  They highly  value your participation!

         Walk in the Woods April 22

         Walking Into the Ocean May 20

         Water for Elephants Friday, June 16*

         The Zoo Keeper’s Wife July 29

         The Girl on the Train August 20

         The Help September 23

         Change of Heart October 21

         No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency November 11

         
7 - MSCR Day Trips Announced  (Attachment: “5 MSCR 2017 Winter Day Trips.jpg”)

Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Saturday, March 18th, 7:30am-6:30pm
Attend educational and interactive workshops, cooking demos by top chefs, amateur photography displays, and cutting-edge ideas by leading interior and floral designers. Over 100 vendors of gardening, landscape and horticulture products and services showcase their products. Enjoy lunch at many locations at the pier on your own. All transportation and admissions are included. $53 Ages 18+

Kohler Factory Tour & John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Kohler & Sheboygan, WI
Thursday, March 2nd, 7:30am-6:00pm
Visit the Kohler Factory in Kohler, Wisconsin for a guided tour seeing behind the scenes of everything from vitreous china lavatories to the production of massive 6-foot cast iron tubs. Make your way through several Kohler buildings and learn about Kohler’s innovative Arts/Industry Program. Please note, the tour includes about two hours of walking and standing.  Following the tour, we travel to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for lunch, a tour of the arts center’s unique exhibits and a hands-on pewter casting workshop using some of the methods seen at the factory tour earlier in the day. Fee includes transportation, admissions and lunch. $65 Ages 18+

For more information, contact 608-204-3000.
Register at wwww.mscr.org <http://mscr.org/registration <http://mscr.org/registration> >

 
8 - A Message for Madison Recyclers!
by City of Madison Recycling Coordinator
 
The Madison Streets Division has two drop-off sites where residents and taxpayers of Madison can recycle cardboard, molded Styrofoam, electronics (including cell phones), household batteries, rigid plastic, and cooking oil.
 
The sites are located, as I’m sure you know, at 4602 Sycamore Ave. on the east side and 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side. The sites are open winter hours currently, which is 7:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. The sites are closed during holidays. There will be times where the gate is open after hours because of snow and ice operations, but if it is after 3 pm or before 7:30 am the site is closed even if the gate is open. Please do not enter the site outside these hours.
 
For more information about the drop off sites, please call 608-246-4532 for Sycamore Ave. and 608-266-4681 for W. Badger Rd.
 
More information about the drop-off sites and all of our recycling and solid waste service can be found on the Streets Division’s website.
                                   
                   And Finally…Electronics Recycling
I’m sure by now we all know that the fee for television recycling is increasing to $15 at the beginning of 2017, but there was one other slight change to our electronics recycling program you may not have noticed.
 
Inside the electronics recycling container, there are five large cardboard boxes called gaylords. Those gaylords are where we put the electronics to be recycled. Above those gaylords, affixed to the wall, are posters that explain what should go into each box. That’s right – we’re asking people to sort the electronics when they drop them off. The signs are pretty big with images to help you know what is supposed to go into each box.
 
When you’re at the site, you’ll probably notice that sorting the electronics hasn’t really caught on yet as people are used to placing their item into the first box they can and leaving – but we’re hoping to fix that.
 
We hope that people begin minding the signage because every year we report the weights of electronics we recycle to the Wisconsin DNR. And without getting too deep into the weeds, this little bit extra step of putting your electronics in the correct box will help us give the DNR more precise numbers.
 
Let me be clear - if you put something into the wrong box it will still be recycled and that’s far more important. However, we’re hopeful that folks follow this extra little step in order for us to do just a bit better on reporting things. And thank you so much for your assistance.
 
Thanks so much for your time and attention.  If you have any questions, let us know.
Bryan Johnson, City of Madison Recycling Coordinator
 
        
9 - Possum Minds Her Babies on Local Woodpile

The other night when we looked out the window to check the thermometer, here’s what we saw, a possum that was very busy indeed licking in her pouch and scratching her itches.
 
As you may know, the mother possum gestates her babies for only 11-13 days.  Then they are born, so small that 20 could fit in a teaspoon.  Each is about the size of a honey bee.  Still, they can crawl up the mother’s fur into her pouch where they latch onto a nipple and stay there for about 2  months while they develop.
 
 
10 - Why Has it Been So Long Without a Newsletter?
 
You may have wondered why you haven’t received a Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood eNews since last December.  Here’s the reason.  Your editor has been madly and desperately working on a history book about Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society which will turn 50 years old on this September 17.


                     Thanks for reading the March 14, 2017, Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood eNews.
 
 

Friday, December 2, 2016

DMN eNews: Liquor Store Update



                                                                                                           December 2, 2016
The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
               President: Yannette (Janet) Cole, yfcole@gmail.com  332-7003
               News contact:  Mary Mullen
, mmullen4337@charter.net  298-0843
              Website: http://www.dunnsmarsh.org <http://www.dunnsmarsh.org>
              On Facebook:   
Type Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association into the Facebook search box.
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ARTICLES  (All articles written by Mary Mullen unless noted otherwise)
        LIQUOR STORE UPDATE
1 - Liquor License at City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 6
2 - Liquor License Recommended by ALRC, Nov. 16
3 - See and Hear the Entire Liquor License Hearing
4 - What the Neighbors Said at the Hearing
(Attachment:  “1 pics neighbors at ALRC.jpg”)
5 - The Other Side of the Argument

           EVERYTHING ELSE
6 - Fitchburg Board of Public Works Approves Little Free Library Move
7 - Bus Company Recognizes the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood
8 - City Flag to be Featured on Bus Fare Items

           REWARD - You’ll have to go there to see it.
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ARTICLES
 
LIQUOR STORE UPDATE

1 - Liquor License at City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 6

On Tuesday, December 6, the Madison City Council will act on the recommendation of the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) to approve a Class A Liquor and Beer License for the former Zimmer's Liquors at 4217 West Beltline Highway.

The Council could decide to approve the license with all the conditions recommended by the ALRC, or it could vote to approve the license but lift some or all of the recommended restrictions. [See the article below to learn about the recommended conditions.]  The City Council also has the power to deny the license entirely, but according to staff in the City Clerk's office, the Council usually goes along with what the ALRC recommends.

The new liquor store owner has stated that she plans to ask to have some of the conditions lifted.
Anyone can express an opinion about this license and its conditions. One way is by attending the Council meeting, 6:30 pm, Tuesday, December 6, Room 201, in the City-County Building. Register in favor or against the item, and for most effect, check that you wish to speak. (You may speak for up to 3 minutes.)
Another way is to communicate with our Alder Maurice Cheeks. His e-mail is <district10@cityofmadison.com> One can also communicate with all the alders at once directly through the city website: http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/contact/ <http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/contact/>
 

2 - Liquor License Recommended by ALRC, Nov. 16

The Alcohol License Review Committee recommended giving the license to the new owner of Zimmer's at 4217 West Beltline on Wednesday, November 16. However, it put many conditions on the license. The conditions include indoor and outdoor video surveillance, motion lights all around, no sale of 50 mL, 100 mL, or 200 mL hard liquor, no sale of single bottles or cans of beer or similar beverages except for microbrewery beer that comes in no other way, and meetings once every 3 months with the Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association. There might have been other details I missed.
When all liquor licenses come up for renewal in May, this license will get special attention from the ALRC, and I believe neighbors will have the chance to speak out on how things are going.
The ALRC meeting ran from 5:30 pm-11:30 pm. This item came up at 9:25 pm. Neighbors who spoke actually waited for more than 4 hours. Originally, 9 neighbors came, and 5 stayed to speak. This item took about 2 hours from start to finish.
 


3 - See and Hear the Entire Liquor License Hearing

Looking for 2 hours of entertainment?  J  Well, maybe not entertainment, but definitely reality, if not a reality show.  It’s the video recording of the Alcohol License Review Committee’s hearing about the application for a Class A Liquor and Beer License for 4217 West Beltline, the former Zimmer’s Liquors.  
 
The entire proceedings on November 16 at the ALRC ran 6 hours. The hearing about 4217 West Beltline ran 2 hours and 2 minutes.  The Internet address is listed at the end of this article.
 
If you want to try listening, go to 3:47:00 (3 hours and 47 minutes into the meeting).  If you only want to hear neighbors appearing before the Committee, here’s that schedule:
·     4:11:07 - Paul Rogovich’s testimony
·     4:16:27 - Dale-Harriet Rogovich’s testimony
·     4:20:10 - Mary Mullen’s testimony
·     4:28:30 - Sam Shesman’s testimony
·     4:30:-- - Julliane Carbin’s testimony (next-door business NAMI)
·     4:42:-- - Alder Dorothy Krause’s remarks read
·     4:43:-- - Alder Maurice Cheek’s comments
 
The motion recommending granting the license was made about 5:49:45 (about 5 hours and 49 minutes into the hearing).
 
These are the URLs to try:
http://media.cityofmadison.com/Mediasite/Play/948658461753436bb825826242243f721d?catalog=a276c683-8080-49bc-a2bb-c4f7380818fc
 
If that URL doesn’t work for you, try http://www.cityofmadison.com/citychannel/meetings/alrc/ and choose
the November 16 ALRC meeting.
 
 
 
4 - What the Neighbors Said at the Hearing (Attachment:  “1 pics neighbors at ALRC.jpg”)

It was a long night at the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) November 16, but a group of neighbors stuck it out for 6 hours to have their say about licensing the the liquor store at 4217 West Beltline and hear what the ALRC members would decide.  Some of them had written to the ALRC prior to the meeting as well.
 
Except for the applicant, all the neighborhood speakers came out against granting a license for the new owner of the establishment, formerly Zimmer’s Liquors.
 
First to speak was Paul Rogovich.  He said he is always super cautious when passing 4217 West Beltline because vehicles tend to careen out of the liquor store parking lot. This kind of aggressive driving is not true of  neighboring businesses on the frontage road.  
 
Paul is an Arboretum steward.  He mentioned that while some customers use the frontage road to get to their apartments down the road to the east, others use the the paths in the Arboretum as an alternate route.  As a steward, he picks up after them - mostly flask-sized bottles and beer containers.  Would a change in management change that litter problem?  He thought not:  “The problem is intrinsic to having a liquor store,” he said.  He concluded that denying a liquor license “would be an opportunity to free the neighborhood” of all the problems associated with a liquor store.
 
He also handed in petitions signed by 57 neighbors opposing a liquor license.
 
Next, his wife Dale-Harriet Rogovich spoke.  Her main point was that Danbury Street has a school bus stop, and she does not want elementary school kids exposed to the inebriated customers who have passed out in yards on or near Danbury.
 
Mary Mullen had recently picked up recyclables along the Beltline and Verona frontage roads.  She displayed 2 large garbage bags filled with the alcohol containers.  The majority of containers were the small 50 mL “airplane bottles” although containers of all sizes were represented.  She said she had only recently learned that liquor store customers were getting drunk to the point to falling unconscious nearby and that an open-air drug market was apparently in full swing among liquor store customers who overflowed into the NAMI parking lot next door to the store. Mary noted that the applicant had not contacted the neighborhood association as required as part of the license application.
 
Sam Shesman, a new resident on Danbury since May, said he thought it was amusing the first time his 2-year-old daughter brought in a liquor bottle she had picked up in the yard, but it is no longer funny. Now his first act every morning is ridding his property of alcohol containers.  Twice, drunk customers have passed out in his yard.  He said he felt there were a lot of alcoholics living in the neighborhood and that proximity to the liquor store enables them.   “The liquor store is a hub of the problems,” he said.  As one of the neighbors who passed a petition against the license, he pointed out that signatures were easy to get.
 
The last neighborhood speaker was Julianne Carbin, Executive Director of the National Association for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the business located just to the west of the liquor store.  She told of how liquor store customers often park in the NAMI lot and apparently conduct their illegal drug transactions there.  She has seen wads of money exchanging hands and people shooting heroin.  She and other employees have to be very careful when leaving work because of these issues.
 
Mark and Krisann Miehe of Midwest Financial Service at the corner of Seminole Highway and the frontage road could not stay, but their communications with the ALRC noted that people cut through their parking lot to get to the store - the parking lot has driveways opening on Seminole and the frontage road - and they had to pick up alcohol containers discarded on their property.  Likewise, Crystal Hester, a NAMI employe had to leave prior to the hearing.  She would have corroborated Juliane Carbin’s statements. The other neighborhood resident attending the hearing and opposed to the license was Patty Stockdale who preferred to listen.  
 
Fitchburg Alder Dorothy Krause had another meeting, but she left her statement to be read to the ALRC.  She was in favor of granting the license if the DMNA requests were met.
 
 
5 - The Other Side of the Argument

The argument for granting the liquor license so the store at 4217 West Beltline could continue to operate was presented by the new owner, Gurpreet Ghuman, her lawyers, and by Wanda Smith, a neighborhood organizer who has worked with the Jamestown neighborhood and was in support of small business owners.  
 
Mrs. Ghuman spoke before other registered speakers were called, and the ALRC asked questions before going on to the rest of the hearing.
 
Mrs. Ghuman said she had already purchased the business and that she had considerable experience in running a liquor store since she owns Rocky’s on Milwaukee Street and previously owned a store in Jefferson. In her presentation she said there were no complaints from neighbors at those stores, but she was willing to make changes wanted by this community.  She said she was already planning to do 3 of the 4 things the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association had requested - getting outdoor motion lights and outdoor cameras and reporting any illegal activities.  The other request was to stop selling the 50 mL “airplane bottles.”  She said that most sales would be small bottles.  When Mr. Donnelly, one of the ALRC members, asked her how much of the business was small bottles, she said, “20%, not including beer and snacks.”
 
A lengthy discussion followed during which Alder Verveer, an influential member of the ALRC, asked her if she was aware that airplane bottles are illegal in the downtown campus area.  Eventually, the motion passed by ALRC recommended adding all the restrictions imposed on downtown liquor stores.  These include no sales of 50 mL, 100 mL, and 200 mL liquor bottles and no sales of single-serving  beer or ale containers.
 
During the long wait for the hearing to begin, neighbors had spent some time in the hall discussing the problems associated with Zimmer’s. Mr. Petri, one of Mrs. Ghuman’s lawyers, had been part of this discussion.  On the hearing stand he said that the hall time was good, that good information was shared.  He said that Zimmer’s had been in operation since 1970, but that Zimmer was “behind the times.”  Zimmer’s had no security measures.  Petri said the liquor store owners could agree to meet every 3 months with the nextdoor business, NAMI.  He said a big difference would be that the Ghumans would own the building whereas Mr. Zimmer only owned his business.  Thus the new owners would have more of a stake in the neighborhood.
 
The second lawyer, Jay Smith, said that the conditions suggested by the DMNA were all reasonable.
 
After that, the neighbors were called on to speak, and the ALRC members also asked them questions.  All opposed granting the license.
 
Following them, Wanda Smith was called on.  She described herself as “a community organizer in favor of the minority business owner.”  She mentioned working with the Jamestown community. Ms Smith said she had met with the applicant’s husband, and they were “trying to get the community together” and “to bridge the gap.”  She reported that he would “sponsor stuff for neighbors and kids.”  People would “see a positive role model.”  She said that Peace Network would partner with him.  According to the Internet, Wanda McCann-Smith is the registered agent for Peace Network Inc, and on LinkedIn she describes herself as a mental health specialist.
 
Most of the rest of the meeting was devoted to discussion among the ALRC members. Mike Verveer, Michael Donnelly, Fernanco Cano Ospina, and Stefan Fletcher were the most frequent members to talk; two alders on the Committee had to leave for other meetings before this hearing came up.
 
In the end, the Committee called the owner back to the stand to ask her if she would be amenable to the restriction on smaller liquor bottles that had been discussed - mentioned above - plus the video surveillance, motion lights, and meetings with the neighborhood association every 3 months.   At this point she said she felt that she was being discriminated against because of her minority status.  “Nobody complained for 36 years,” she said, referring to the fact that the neighborhood had not objected to renewal of Zimmer’s license at any of those times.  [Editor’s note:  Neighbors become aware of new license applications by a big orange sign on the door of the business, but there is no notification of  the yearly liquor license renewal process.]
 
ALRC members did their best to explain that they were not singling her out, but were trying to balance the needs of the neighbors and the needs of her business.  Alder Verveer noted that she could come in to apply for a change in conditions any month.
 
Alder Maurice Cheeks, who had earlier ceded his chance to talk, then said a few words.  He said he felt it wasn’t necessary to present the DMNA requests since it was clear that the ALRC was well aware of them.  He asked about the prevalence of restrictions such as those recommended for 4217 West Beltline and further suggested that the ALRC should be striving to understand unintended effects of their decisions on minorities and poor people.  He did not actually come out for or against the license or its conditions.
 
As things wound down for the evening, Thomas Landgraf, chair of the ALRC, noted that the owner could object to the ALRC-recommended conditions at the December 6 City Council meeting.  
 
At the store a few days later, Mrs. Ghuman stated that she would be protesting the conditions that the ALRC recommended.
 
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6 - Fitchburg Board of Public Works Approves Little Free Library Move

While a July e-News article suggested that the Little Free Library (LFL) would be moved from its Danbury/Lumley location to below Crescent Road, it wasn’t until this November 21 that Fitchburg actually gave its official approval to allow placement of the LFL there.
 
On that Monday night, 2 DMNA Council members visited the Fitchburg Board of Public Works to advocate for the Board’s permission to relocate the LFL to public land down near Apache Pond.  They were Elvice McAlpine, who did all of the legwork with Fitchburg on this issue and who will sponsor the LFL, and Mary Mullen, former DMNA president.
 
The Board devoted a fair amount of discussion to the request. Apparently, this LFL would be the only one where permission was asked to locate one on public property in Fitchburg.  There may be some in street right-of-ways that were put up by homeowners.  
 
The discussion focused on whether granting permission would set a precedent and what liability the City might be accepting.  One Board member wanted to delay setting of the LFL until the city attorney was consulted and a policy was written, but in the end, it was decided that the City should go ahead and give permission right now.   
 
One Board member then requested that a short policy should be written about privately-owned facilities on public property.  He suggested a 1-page policy, “actually 1 paragraph.”  Don’t say that there’s no humor in government.
 
The City will decide on a good location, get the utilities marked, and actually dig the hole for the post.  
 
Meanwhile Elvice and her husband Tom are working at getting the LFL removed from its present location.
 
 
 
7 - Bus Company Recognizes the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood

A few weeks ago, I was out on the street when Bus 19 appeared from the gloom, its electronic sign shining brightly above the windshield. As I glanced in its direction, I was shocked to see “Dunn’s Marsh” come up as one of the destinations.
 
“Wow!” I thought, “That’s the first I’ve seen any recognition on a bus that we exist as a neighborhood.”  I felt proud.  Then I wondered,  “Is it only as the bus goes through our neighborhood that it displays Dunn’s Marsh on its destination sign?”
 
Just last night I got my answer when I saw the 19 down on the Monroe Street.  The answer is that the sign flashes “Dunn’s Marsh” far distant from our neighborhood.
 
Does anyone know how long we’ve been a named destination on this bus and whether Bus 18 also flashes our name?
 
 
                        


8 - City Flag to be Featured on Bus Fare Items     
            
from Madison Metro
 
To give background and attention to the official flag of Madison, Metro Transit will be proudly displaying its image on 31-day passes and transfers starting this winter.
 
The flag was designed by current Metro Transit driver Dennis Stone when he was a member of the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps.
 
Flag details:
·     The City of Madison adopted the design as its official flag on April 12, 1962.
·     The flag consists of a light blue bacground bisected from lower left to upper right by a white band.  This symbolizes Lake Mendota and Lake Monona and the isthmus between them.
·     In the center of the flag is a black cross, which symbolizes the four lakes (Mendota, Monona, Wingra, and Waubesa), as well as the cross shape of the Wisconsin State Capitol.
·     Overlaid on the cross is a Native American sun symbol, called the ZIA, which is similar to the sun symbols on the state flag of New Mexico, and the municipal flags of Wichita, Kansis and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
Find more about its history on the Madison Metro site: http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/madisonflag/stone.cfm
 
 
 
And now for your rewards…
 
 
   
                
 
 
 

 
             
  

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