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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Verona Rd. ART meeting TONIGHT

Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association e-Notice
                                                          April 3, 2013
Special neighborhood meeting
to learn about possible art for the Verona Road Project
to express your opinion and make your suggestions

Date - Wed., April 3, 2013
Time - 7:30 p.m.
Place - Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive

More about the meeting (reprint of article in March 29, 2013 Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News)

Come Have Your Say on Verona Road Project Art, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Since May 17, 2012, we’ve known it will be an uphill battle to get community input into any art associated with the Verona Road reconstruction project.  But on April 3, 2013, the community will have a chance to learn what’s possible and give opinions on what should be.  
The meeting will be held at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive, at 7:30 p.m.
Madison’s Arts Administrator Karin Wolf will attend the meeting of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council for the express purpose of talking with neighborhood residents about art for the project.  Representatives from WisDOT and Strand Associates, consultants, will also be present.   The community may have a chance to vote on what’s presented.
Since last May the DMNA has been consistently working to promote art as part of the project.  Authorities verbally held out the promise of art during the planning process prior to that time.  In addition, the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project states that “WisDOT will involve adjacent residents to a considerable degree in developing context-sensitive features, aesthetic treatments, and landscaping during the design phase of the project” and further promised that “WisDOT will establish a budget for context sensitive design and work closely with communities to develop appropriate treatments that address both views of and views from the facility”  [the single-point Verona Road interchange under the Beltline].
“Context-sensitive features” refers to things like landscaping,  the look of concrete abutments, sound walls, and overpasses, and public art.
So far, the only input WisDOT asked for was about the surface of the sound walls.  WisDOT Project Manager Mark Vesperman said that more people favored the “stacked limestone” look than the other choices that were presented.
Many pages of highway murals and sculpture-like art on highway abutments and in pedestrian tunnels were submitted to consultants at the Verona Road open houses held last year.  The DMNA has communicated with WisDOT’s Mark Vesperman, WisDOT’s consultant Joe Bunker from Strand Associates, our political representatives, and Arts Administrator Karin Wolf.  Now we will see how much that has paid off.
Following the presentation and any voting on the suggestions, the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council will meet.

This e-mail notice is sent to you from the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association.  Questions about this meeting?
Contact Mary Mullen, 608-298-0843, or <>
Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association Communications

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