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Thursday, April 21, 2011

DM e-News: Cleanups, Easter Egg Hunt, Bike stuff & more

Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  
                                                                                                           April 21, 2011

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.
                President, Jeff Glazer, 277-1778
                News contact, Mary Mullen, 298-0843
              On Facebook:
Wow!  With Earth Day/Week and Spring, there’s no end of activities planned in and near the neighborhood.  No calendar this time.  Just check out the headlines and their dates.  Then read the articles that appeal to you.  The sun’s out at this minute, most of the snow has melted, and the grass is green as green can be.  Spring is here!  

ARTICLES (All articles compiled or written by Mary Mullen unless noted otherwise.)

        EVENTS  (in order)
1 - Apache Pond Ground-Breaking Ceremony, April 23
(Attachment: “1 Pond/Marsh event map.jpg)
2 - Tentative Schedule for Apache Pond Construction Given
3 - Neighborhood-Wide Spring Clean-Ups , Saturday, April  23
(Attachment: “1 Pond/Marsh event map.jpg”)
4 - Watershed Biking Tour Planned, April 23
5 - Fitchburg’s Spring 2011 Electronics Recycling & Shred Day Events, April 23
6 - Neighborhood Kids Invited to Hunt Easter Eggs, April 24
7 - Seminar for Condo Board Members, Leaders, & Unit Owners, April 30

                        (Attachment:  “2 Condo seminar flyer.jpg”)
8 - Bike Madison Spring Fair, Family Event, May 1 at Wright Middle School
9 - Arboretum Native Plant Sale, Saturday, May 7
10 - Teaching Safe Bicycling: “Train the Trainer” Workshop, Sat., May 7
(Attachment: “3 bike wkshp brochure.jpg”)
11 - Home Compost Bin Sale, May 7
12 - Worms Busy Making Tents
13 - Neighborhood Council Meets May 17
         The “ADS”
13a - Free Black Raspberry Plants
13b - Have a Handyman (or woman) to Recommend?
14- Local Election Results Give Fitchburg and Madison New Mayors
15 - How to Contact Our City Elected Officials
16 - How do the Budget Repair Bill and the Wisconsin State Budget Affect Metro Transit?
17 - Alder Brian Solomon’s Update from 4-13-11

18 - RSVP of Dane County Seeks Volunteers Age 55+
19 - 2011 Fitchburg Toilet Rebate Program Detailed

EVENTS  (in order)

1 - Apache Pond Ground-Breaking Ceremony, April 23 (Attachment: “1 Pond/Marsh event map.jpg)
The neighborhood is invited to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the wet pond that will be constructed at the foot of Apache Drive at Crescent Road.  It starts at 8:30 am, Saturday, April 23 and will be held on the site.  Here’s the agenda.
8:30 am - Welcome (Rick Eilertson) and Introductions (Confirmed attendees so far include: Shawn Pfaff, Fitchburg Mayor; Dorothy Krause & Carol Poole, Fitchburg Alders and DMNA members; David Martin, RCC and DMNA member; Ed Bartell, City Forester/Naturalist; Holly Powell, Fitchburg Transportation Intern; Bonny Lundy, FACTv.)

8:35 am - Brief History of preservation of Lots 19 and 20, Belmar Plat - Mary Mullen, DMNA Communications

8:40 am - Brief Update on status and schedule of the Apache Drive Wet Pond project - Rick Eilertson, Fitchburg Environmental Engineer

8:45 am - Question/Answer session

~8:50 am - Begin Waterway Cleanup of Dunn's Marsh
                                                    from Rick Eilertson, Fitchburg Environmental Engineer


2 - Tentative Schedule for Apache Pond Construction Given

For the latest and most accurate plans for the Apache Drive wet pond construction, it would be best to attend the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday, April 23, at the pond site at Crescent Road and Apache Drive.
However, tentative plans as of March 25 were as follows:
Week of April 25 - The Contractor (Iverson Construction) is anticipating starting construction work:     install erosion control, tree protection and tree trimming
Week of May 2 - Begin utility relocations and start grading for the pond.
Sun., May 22, 9am to 11am - A volunteer rain garden party is anticipated with the All Saints Lutheran Church Youth Group and area neighbors interested in participating.
Friday, June 24 - Grading work is anticipated to be completed.

Friday, August 12 - Final completion is anticipated in August 2011.

Fitchburg has a web page available at: <> for interested persons to keep updated on the Apache Drive Wet Pond progress.

Planners are currently putting identification and stormwater information signage ideas together for this pond and are interested in any signage ideas you may have (eg: Facility Identification sign, wet pond/stormwater drainage schematic showing how the pond works, native vegetation benefits, animals present - frogs, birds, etc.).

Please feel free to contact Rick Eilerston at < <> > 270-4264 direct, 235-0412 cell if you have any ideas or suggestions related to this information.
                                      based on information from Rick Eilertson
3 - Neighborhood-Wide Spring Clean-Ups , Saturday, April  23
(Attachment: “1 Pond/Marsh event map.jpg” for the marsh clean-up)

Take a little time off from shopping for your Easter bonnet this Saturday before Easter by joining one of the three - yes, 3 - spring clean-ups in the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood.  They are an opportunity to have fun with neighbors as well as to clean up the unsightly litter that’s accumulated during the winter.
Adjacent to the Marsh…
You can start at 8:30 by attending the ground-breaking ceremony for the Apache pond on Crescent at the foot of Apache Drive. The agenda for the ceremony is detailed in the first e-News article.
The Dunn’s Marsh Waterway clean-up of the area below Crescent Road will start right after the very short ceremony and will run until about noon.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear boots and bring work gloves, but some gloves will be available.  Be forewarned: Restroom facilities are often not convenient to the planned cleanup locations.   Participants will go home with a free tote bag as a gift.

Allied Area…
Then at 10 a.m. join fellow cleaners at the Boys and Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein.  This group will be working in the Allied area from 10:00 until 2:00.

Avalon Village…
Your third choice is the Avalon Village area across from Walgreens. Meet at 10 am in the Community Room of Avalon Village offices, 4647 Atticus Way.   Kids who participate and return a bag of litter will receive an Easter basket.

4 - Watershed Biking Tour Planned, April 23

At 1 pm on Saturday, April 23rd, the Fitchburg Public Works Department will host a Watershed Bicycle Tour beginning on the Capital City State Trail at the Syene Road Trail Head.*  A state trail pass is required for the ride. Daily trail passes are available for purchase at the Syene Road Trail Head for $4. Riders needing to purchase a Trail Pass should bring a check or exact change.   
Rick Eilertson, City of Fitchburg Environmental Engineer, will lead the tour and provide information on stormwater management facilities and natural springs on the route.  Possible sites for recharging treated wastewater may also be explored during the tour.  The tour will be an easy ride, approximately 5 miles in length and 2 hours long.
*Further details on the Waterway Cleanup and Watershed Biking Tour Maps will be posted at <>  closer to the time of the events.
from Fitchburg Update, City of Fitchburg website <>
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              < <> > 270-4264 direct, 235-0412 cell                                                                                                                                                                                                      

5 - Fitchburg’s Spring 2011 Electronics Recycling & Shred Day Events, April 23

The City of Fitchburg, Oak Bank, Surplus-IT, and Pellitteri Waste Systems have scheduled Fitchburg’s Spring 2011 Electronics Recycling & Shred Day Events on Saturday, April 23rd, starting at 7:30 a.m.
The Electronics Recycling Event will be held 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Surplus-IT’s warehouse (901 Watson Avenue).  Look for directional signage from the intersection of Fish Hatchery Road and Greenway Cross heading to the east.
Items Accepted:
Free!: Computers, LCD (Flat panel liquid crystal display) monitors, printers, stereo equipment, electronic media (cds, dvds, floppy disks, magnetic tape, etc .), styrofoam packing peanuts, lead acid and other recyclable batteries
                   $5 Charge: Microwaves, other Kitchen Electronics

                  $15 Charge: All CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Monitors

                  $25 Charge: TVs less than 27”, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners

                  $35 Charge: TVs 27” or larger

Please contact Lee Shinefield (Surplus-IT) at 209-8000, or Rick Eilertson, Environmental Engineer, at 270-4264 or, with any questions about this event.
The Shred Day Event will be held 7:30-10:30 a.m. in Oak Bank’s parking lot at 5951 McKee Road.  Look for Pellitteri’s Shred Truck in the parking lot.  This event provides shredding to destroy your confidential paper documents.  Up to 5 bankers boxes of confidential paper documents can be shredded and recycled for FREE!   Please contact Jeff Potter (Pellitteri) @ 257-6232 ext 323,
or Rick Eilertson, Environmental Engineer, @ 270-4264 or, with any questions about this even .
Information about other options for recycling may be found in Fitchburg’s 2009-2011 Recycling Guide on Fitchburg’s web page <> .  Hard copies are available in the Lobby of Fitchburg City Hall

from Fitchburg Update, City of Fitchburg website

6 - Neighborhood Kids Invited to Hunt Easter Eggs, April 24

Hello!  We will be having an Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 24th (Easter) at 10:15 a.m. at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society, 2010 Whenona Drive.  This event is for children of nursery school age through 6th grade. Neighborhood kids are invited to participate in the hunt.
Eggs big and small will be hidden on the Prairie lawn and they will be filled with little goodies.
Parents are welcome to either help supervise their kids on the hunt or join adults in the church service.  There’s no obligation one way or the other.  Ordinarily, at Prairie, kids attend the first part of the service along with their parents, about 15 minutes. But, as mentioned, if neighborhood parents and kids just want to join the Easter egg hunt, come at 10:15.
The Sunday service, which starts at 10:00 am, will be a Freedom Seder. The Seder is a feast of freedom, remembering the triumph of an oppressed people over their oppressor. The Exodus of the Hebrew people from Egypt has become a metaphor for deliverance from all types of bondage.   With the stunning events taking place right now all over the Middle East, this year’s Seder will be especially meaningful.
If you are interested in learning more about the Easter Egg Hunt, contact Rebecca Malke, Director of Religious Education, Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society at <>  or call her at 695-3435.
Prairie UU Society provides free use of their space for meetings of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, and in return, the Association carries news of special events to which the neighborhood in general is invited. Of course, as with most churches, visitors are welcome at any time.
                                                                        Invitation from Rebecca Malke
7 - Seminar for Condo Board Members, Leaders, & Unit Owners, April 30
                        (Attachment:  “2 Condo seminar flyer.jpg”)

If you live in a condo as an owner, are a leader or board member of your condo association, this message is for you.  
You participate in a free 2-hour seminar from 9:00-11:00 am on Saturday, April 30.  Arrive at 8:30 a.m. for refreshments and on-site check-in.  The location is Stark Company Realtors, 702 N. High Point Rd., Madison.  
Many important topics will be covered including the nuts and bolts of running a condo association, what boards can do to prevent fraud, the importance of audits, steps to problem solving, and more.
Those planning to attend should register ahead of time so that seminar planners can made appropriate plans for refreshments and materials.
See the attachment for the registration form.  Call the Community Associations Institute- WI office if you have additional questions:  (262) 532-2440


8 - Bike Madison Spring Fair, Family Event, May 1 at Wright Middle School

Celebrate the return of spring and the promise of many fun-filled days of biking by participating in the first annual Bike Madison Spring Fair, on Sunday, May 1.  The Bike Madison Spring Fair is an opportunity to get ready for spring by learning or refreshing your skills with workshops such as Bike Maintenance 101, Bike Commuter 101 and many more.
This free, family-oriented event will feature Madison School Community Recreation kids’ activities, a chance to try out Metro Transit’s Rack-n-Roll program, and Madison Police Department Bike Tours
The Bike Madison Spring Fair will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2011, 11 am-3pm at Wright Middle School, 1717 Fish Hatchery Road.  It’s all free!  
For a complete list of the many events, go to
This event sounds like a real winner!
9 - Arboretum Native Plant Sale, Saturday, May 7

A tradition established in 1990, the Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale takes place the Saturday before Mother's Day each May, offering a large crowd of enthusiastic gardeners more than a hundred species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions.
No plants are dug from the wild. All are native to the area and, once established, require minimal care. During the sale, experts are available to answer questions. Members of Friends of the Arboretum receive a 10 percent discount on all plant purchases.
The 2011 Native Plant Sale takes place on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the large tents next to the Arboretum Visitor Center.  Get there by entering the Arboretum Drive just down the hill on Seminole Highway, north of the Beltline.  Available to buy are native grasses; woodland, prairie and savanna plants; trees and shrubs.
Native plant information sheets are available for the eighteen native shrubs, trees, vines and four plant mixes for prairie, savanna and rain gardens that are available to order.
Also check out the year-round garden tools and related merchandise for sale.
                                               information from UW Arboretum website

10 - Teaching Safe Bicycling: “Train the Trainer” Workshop, Sat., May 7
(Attachment: “3 bike wkshp brochure.jpg)
For information about how to teach kids safe bicycling, and why they get into the types of crashes they do (it's not the same reasons or same crash types as adults) there is a free class being offered in Fitchburg by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on Saturday, May 7.
Although there is no fee for this training, participants must sign up ahead of time.   The brochure with registration blank is attached, or go to    
Further questions can be directed to Larry Corsi, WIsDOT-BOTS (608) 267-3154 or

Wouldn’t it be nice if a group of parents from our neighborhood would attend this workshop and then organize a training for our kids?

11 - Home Compost Bin Sale, May 7

The Dane County compost bin sale has been scheduled for Saturday, May 7th. Earth Machine home compost bins will be available for sale at the Alliant Energy Center, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bins will be sold while supplies last.
The Earth Machine bins will be sold for $45 each (normally $100). Compost turners ($15 each) and Kitchen scrap pails ($7 each) are also available for purchase.
This is a one day only sale. It will be held rain or shine. Cash or checks only, no credit cards.  The bins will be sold on a first come, first served basis . No advanced registration is necessary.
The Earth Machine bin is made of black recycled plastic . It has a locking lid on the top and a door at the bottom for removing finished compost.  The bin is easy to assemble and the unassembled bin will fit in the back seat or truck on most automobiles.
Please check <>  for further details as the event approaches.
from Fitchburg Update, City of Fitchburg website <>


12 - Worms Busy Making Tents

No kidding.  Worms do make tents.
I’m not talking about the tent worms that weave tents in trees and defoliate them.  No, not at all. I’m talking about the ordinary angleworms that live in the ground.  They are the ones that are very busy making tents right now.
If you have left some leaves on the ground in your yard all winter, the worms are now coming to the surface and dragging them down into the ground to eat.  And then their castings fertilize your yard from below!  It’s nature’s way of raking your lawn and spreading fertilizer.  Nothing you have to do at all!
To see these worm tents, just look closely for little heaps of leaves about 3 inches in diameter and about an inch high.  Pick up one of these tiny piles.  Underneath each one, guess what you will see.  A worm hole!  Show your kids.  They’ll love discovering this little sign of wildlife at work.
Worm holes naturally aerate the soil too.
                                                                                    by Mary Mullen

13 - Neighborhood Council Meets May 17

The regular meeting of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association Council will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 7 pm at Prairie UU Society, corner of Whenona and Crawford Drives.
Any resident is welcome to attend.  As a courtesy, let President Jeff Glazer know in advance, 277-1778 or

The “ADS”
The DMNA is offering residents the opportunity to advertise free items they want to give away.  Contact the e-News editor to get your free ad into the next newsletter.

13a - Free Black Raspberry Plants
I have an overabundance of black raspberry plants I’d like to give away free.  They are very hardy and are good producers.  Mary Mullen, 298-0843 or to make an appointment to come dig them.
13b - Have a Handyman (or woman) to Recommend?
One of our older neighborhood residents has asked for recommendationsfor a  “handyman” you have used who is both competent and reliable.  If you have had a good experience with a handyman or handywoman, please forward this information to the editor of the e-News.  


14- Local Election Results Give Fitchburg and Madison New Mayors

Voters gave both Fitchburg and Madison new mayors, Shawn Pfaff for Fitchburg and Paul Soglin for Madison.
In aldermanic races, Fitchburg District 1 voters chose Dorothy Krause, a resident of the Dunn’s Marsh neighborhood, over Kevin Peterson and returned Carol Poole, also a neighborhood resident, to her position.  Carol ran unopposed.  In the Madison 10th District aldermanic race, Alder Brian Solomon won handily.
Mayor (2-year term)
Shawn Pfaff 3,857  (54.56%)
Jay Allen (I) 3,165  (44.77%) [I=Incumbent: the person in office before the election]

City Council (2-year terms)
District 1, Seat 1
Dorothy Krause 566  (54.05%)

Kevin Peterson 478  (45.65%)
District 1, Seat 2
Carol Poole 833 (ran unopposed)
The turnout in Fitchburg District 1 was 46.8%.  Other Fitchburg districts had a turnout of 46.9%, 62.9%, 60.0%, and 55.2%.
                        Paul Soglin  44,542 (49.76%)
Dave Cieleswicz  43,829 (48.96%)
Madison City Council (2-year terms)
           District 10
Brian Solomon (I) 2,841 (69.24%)
Thomas Farley 1,233 (30.5%)

For complete results, go to  The results are from the official canvass as of  April 8, 2011, 12:19:24 pm.  Totals don’t add up to 100% because of write-in votes.

15 - How to Contact Our City Elected Officials

Open government is all about having access to elected officials so that they can hear our concerns and consider them as they conduct their meetings and make decisions. Here’s contact information for several very local officials.

Dorothy Krause, Fitchburg District 1, Seat 1 Alder
Phone: (608) 271-7532    e-mail: <>
2105 Apache Drive,Fitchburg, WI 53719
Carol Poole, Fitchburg District 1, Seat 2 Alder
Phone: (608) 273-3168     e-mail:
4518 Crescent Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711
Mayor Shawn Pfaff,  Fitchburg
Phone: (608) 278-8344 Office: (608) 270-4215   e-mail: <>
5205 Day Lilly Place, Fitchburg WI 53711
Mayor Paul  Soglin, Madison
Phone: (608) 266-4611 <file://localhost/mayor/contact/mayor.cfm>   will give you a web-based form to fill out.
City of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin | Mayor's Office, 210 MLK Jr Blvd, Room 403, City-County Building, Madison, WI 53703
Brian Solomon, Madison District 10 Alder
Phone: 608-294-9289   or
2148 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

All-purpose contact information for city of Madison: <file://localhost/mayor>
This give access to many resources in the Mayor’s office and City Hall including “Report a Problem,” the city weekly meeting schedule, city committee information and more.  You can even volunteer to be on a city committee, board, or commission.  I recently had a successful result from using “Report a Problem” when I reported the pile of furniture on Britta that had not been picked up earlier.

16 - How do the Budget Repair Bill and the Wisconsin State Budget Affect Metro Transit?
Bus riders may have heard that the State of Wisconsin’s new budget laws will have an effect on bus service.  Will the Budget Repair Bill and the biennial budget affect Metro Transit?  

The short answer is that yes, they will. But the good news is that effects aren’t expected to hit until 2012.
Metro Transit and City of Madison staff have been carefully reviewing possible financial implications of the proposed Budget Repair Bill and state budget.  Metro has released a Question and Answer document to try to answer the many questions that passengers have been asking.

Below is a sampling of questions and answers.    The Full Q&A document, updated to April 14, can be accessed at <>

How do the Budget Repair Bill and the Wisconsin State Budget affect Metro?

Budget Repair Bill: Once in effect, there are elements in the bill that result in the elimination of collective bargaining by public labor unions. It is the opinion of the City of Madison that this elimination, or a significant reduction in collective bargaining, could put Metro’s federal transit funding at risk as according to Section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act.

The Budget Repair Bill would only remove collective bargaining in situations where a current labor contract is not in place.

Metro Transit has a signed agreement with Teamster Local 695 currently in place through March of 2014. As a result, it is the opinion of city staff that losing federal funding due to violation of Section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act is unlikely to be an issue until April, 2014.

With this signed contract, Metro and city staff will have time to carefully review the elements of the Budget Repair Bill with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and plan for whatever effects the bill could have on federal funding to Metro Transit.

Wisconsin State Budget: After initial analysis, staff estimate Metro Transit will lose approximately $1.8 million dollars in Wisconsin state aid starting in 2012. Also, transit funding would be removed from the State Segregated Transportation Fund and instead come out of the General Fund, which is potentially a less stable and reliable source for future public transportation funding. The General Fund supports education,
corrections, aids to low-income families, and many other public services.

Additionally, Madison, Middleton, Town of Madison, and Fitchburg will receive reductions in State Shared Revenue, which may impact the funding of their local share.

With this potential loss of funding, will Metro shut down?
           No. Metro will be looking at several measures to offset any possible budget cuts. These could include a potential new revenue source such as provided by a regional transit authority (RTA), an increase in fares and/or advertising revenues, and others. Expense cuts would also be considered for offsetting state budget cuts.

Will fares increase?
           To make up for budget shortfalls, every revenue-generating option will be considered. However, these budget cuts are not expected to occur until 2012. Metro supports the continued consideration of an RTA as a possible new revenue source.

These are some of the other questions that are addressed: When could this all happen? Will there be service cuts? Will Metro stop offering paratransit service? If other human service programs are reduced by budget proposals, will Metro Paratransit Services be available to persons who have funded trips or agency fares? Will budget cuts affect services in Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg and on the UW Campus? I’m hearing troubling rumors about the future of Metro Transit in Madison. Are they true? What can I do?

For current answers to these questions, go to <> .  For more information on this or other parts of Metro service, contact the Metro customer service center at (608) 266-4466 or email  Or visit <> .

17 - Alder Brian Solomon’s Update from 4-13-11

Greetings D10 Neighbors. Hope this finds you well. I've added many names in the last couple weeks, so want to remind everyone: if you want to have your name removed from this list, please just let me know. Otherwise, hope this District 10 update is informative and hope it finds you well.
                                        Peace, Brian

Election: Alder. First, thank you to District 10 residents for their overwhelming show of support. It is an honor to serve you and I look forward to two more years. Second, I want to thank Tom Farley for running a spirited and respectful campaign. He has a beautiful family and I have a great deal of respect for the great work he does in the community (Chris Farley Foundation, ALRC, Madison Arts Commission). I wish him the best and look forward to continue working with him.

Election: Mayor
. I want to thank Mayor Dave for eight unbelievable years of service to our city. It was a pleasure getting to know Dave before becoming alder and working with Dave the last four years. Most of you know I supported Paul for Mayor because of my disagreements with Mayor Dave over some big priorities. I am really looking forward to working with our new Mayor. But I want to thank Mayor Dave for his incredible eight years of service.
Redistricting. The new proposed redistricting maps have come out and, sadly, I no longer live in District 10! We have a ways to go on this, but if the new maps were adopted, Alder Shiva Biedar-Sielaff and I would need to run against each other in 2013 if we both wanted to continue serving. The population in Madison truly is shifting, but I sure hope we can find some alternatives to the current proposal. Here are the maps, if interested: <> .
Alternate Side Parking Rules. Are over forever! Well, at least until November (hopefully it’ll feel like forever!). They ended on March 15th and don’t go back into effect until November 15th. One of the sweet joys of summer…
Upcoming Events:
Ø     Goose Management Listening Session. April 20, 6:30 – 8:00, Park Division’s Goodman Maintenance Facility (1402 Wingra Creek Parkway). For more info: < <> > .
Ø     Recycling Opportunity. Clean and Green Middleton, Saturday April 23 from 9-1 at 1600 Aspen Commons near Greenway Station. Drop off for local charities and recycle all in one place. St Vinnies, ReStore, Kiwanis, and others will be on hand to collect clean and working clothing, household goods, furniture, eyeglasses and more. There will also be cell phone, scrap metal, non-tube flourescents, lawnmower (no gas), printer, and other recycling. And disposal of computers, TVs, stereo equiment, etc (for a fee). And paper shredding from 9 – 11 am. Visit <> for more information.
Ø     10 for 10. On Saturday, June 11, participating Monroe Street businesses will offer a 10% discount all day to anyone who has purchased a card for $10. Cards will be offered to non-profits and schools in the area. The groups get to keep their profits. More to come…
Ø     Bike Safety Rodeo. Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 – 7:30 at Randall playground.
Southwest Bike Path: Monroe / Regent Crossing. I’m meeting with staff in late April to discuss. Project should get started in early May. Here is a link to current thoughts on the path crossing: <> .

Allied Drive Update. Check out the article neighborhood president Selena Pettigrew and I wrote for today’s Cap Times: <>

Edgewatered. Not to reignite the debate, but I thought you’d be interested in this article that ran in the Isthmus a few weeks ago: <> .
Sustainability Plan. Madison has worked hard on its newest sustainability plan. It is just draft at this point but is making the committee rounds (we discussed at last night’s Transit Parking Commission meeting) and is out for public comment. There is a survey, a Powerpoint, and a plan available at < <> > . Please check it out and offer feedback!

18 - RSVP of Dane County Seeks Volunteers Age 55+

       RSVP of Dane County, Inc. is recruiting seniors 55+ who are interested in making a difference in their community through volunteer service.  RSVP volunteers contribute their talents and energy working in a variety of non-profit agencies in the community.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact or 238-7787.                                    from Nancy Madden nmadden@rsvpdane.ogr <mailto:nmadden@rsvpdane.ogr>

19 - 2011 Fitchburg Toilet Rebate Program Detailed
        The City of Fitchburg is offering rebates of up to $100 for residential properties who replace and dispose of their high water using toilets with EPA WaterSense-rated High Efficiency Toilet (HET) models.  Toilets eligible for rebate must be a HET (which use an average of 1.28 gallons per flush) and must be on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense list. Any toilet that meets the criteria and is purchased after January 1, 2011, will be eligible.  Rebates will be in the form of checks sent to the property owner of record; the check amount will not exceed the purchase price of the toilet.
         Participants in the program must be Fitchburg Utility District residential or commercial customers.  Qualified customers are those who own single-family homes, condos, or apartments built prior to 1994 which are serviced by the Utility.  Rebates are for replacement of existing larger-capacity toilets manufactured prior to 1994, and are not for new construction.  Rebates will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until funding is no longer available.  
         The program is limited to one rebate per single family home, condo unit, or apartment unit, with a maximum of 5 rebates per apartment complex . Eligible replacement toilets must be HETs listed on the EPA WaterSense website.
         To apply for a toilet rebate please submit the original, dated sales receipt for the HET toilet showing the manufacturer’s model name and number, and a completed Toilet Rebate Application Form to the Fitchburg Utility . For additional program information and/or to obtain an application form, please visit our website @
from Fitchburg Update, City of Fitchburg website

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