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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Liquor license Application in N'hood

                                                                                                            October 27, 2016
                                                                                                            E-News #2 this month

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 & News contact:  Mary Mullen,  298-0843
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REMEMBER our DMNA Annual Meeting tonight, October 27, 2016, 6:30, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive.  It starts with a free soup and sandwich meal.
1 - Meetings for New Liquor License at Zimmer’s Location

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2 - Petition Started to Oppose Liquor License
3 - Paper Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood News Gave WRONG Date for Election
4 - Vote Early!
5 - Madison Absentee Ballots Break All Records
6 - What’s on the Ballot?
7 - Free Lecture at Monona Terrace: THE WRIGHT DESIGN SERIES
NOTE:  All articles by Mary Mullen unless noted otherwise.  WARNING: This e-News was not proofread.

1 - Meetings for New Liquor License at Zimmer’s Location

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We have just learned that Zimmer's Liquors store has been sold to a new owner and that owner wants to open his own liquor store in the building at 4217 West Beltline Highway.  Several meetings will be held to determine if the new owner will be issued a liquor license.  

Issues and actions related to this location and the new application will undoubtedly be discussed at the DMNA’s Annual meeting this Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive.  Come to the meeting and let everyone know what you think.

We’ve been told that the new owner thinks it will be a breeze to get a license, but if people in the neighborhood all rise up, get petitions out, and attend all the meetings, liquor sales could be eliminated from this location.

There have been many, many complaints about issues related to liquor sales in the neighborhood.  Liquor bottles and cans are strewn all along the frontage roads and a block back from the frontage road and also into Marlborough Park, 4 blocks from the store.  People with paper bags covering their bottles are often seen walking into Marlborough Park.  Drunken people have passed out in residential yards nearby.

These are the 3 meetings that will be held by the City of Madison directly pertaining to the liquor license:

(1) Thursday, Nov. 3, 11:00 am, an "informational meeting" at the store, 4217 West Beltline.

(2) Wednesday, November 16, at 5:30 pm with the Alcohol License Review Committee, Municipal Building on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

(3) Tuesday, December 6, , 6:30 pm, City-County Building on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is the date the City Council is expected to make a decision on the license.

Your DMNA President has posted a message to Alder Maurice Cheeks informing him of this issue and mentioning that she is sure the neighborhood will be opposed to issuing a license to the new owner. Alder Cheeks is scheduled to attend our neighborhood association's meeting this Thursday, 6:30, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive. This would be an opportunity to let him know what you think.

MANY people in the neighborhood should attend each meeting if the neighborhood wants to stop the new owner from getting a liquor license.  People may also favor the licence at this meeting.

We have been highly successful in getting the City of Madison to turn down 3 applicants for liquor licenses in the neighborhood in the past few years.  

The first two came in at about this time of year in 2009.  One was an application to sell alcohol at a restaurant at 4245 West Beltline Highway where Dream Bikes is now located. This would have been at a restaurant with sales and consumption only on the premises.  The second was an application to sell bottle goods and to serve alcohol at a to-be-established restaurant at 4265 West Beltline Highway, just 2 doors west of the first one.   That is the house at the corner of the Beltline Frontage Road and Danbury Street. Both were turned down after neighborhood opposition.

Two years later, November 2011, an application was made for a very large liquor store to be located in Madison Plaza - the shopping center where Lumber Liquidators, AutoZone, and Harbor Freight are. The address was 4611 Verona Road. Again, the Alcohol License Review Board turned down the application after strong neighborhood and elected representative opposition.

Phil Zimmer (owner of Zimmer's for 35 years) told me that he feels that the new owner bought the building specifically so he could toss out Zimmer's and put in his own liquor store.  Phil added that the new owner gave him an ultimatum of selling the business to him and selling all his stock as well - both as rock-bottom prices - "or else."  He was given one day to "think it over." He did sell, but he is very, very unhappy at how he was treated by the new owner of the building.

2 - Petition Started to Oppose Liquor License

Annette Shesman has started a petition opposing granting of a liquor license for 4217 West Beltline Highway.  If you are on Nextdoor Dunn’s Marsh, go to the posting “Liquor Store Petition” to contact her or sign the petition.
We will also have a petition at the Dunn’a Marsh Neighborhood Association’s Annual Meeting, Thursday, October 27, 6:30, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive (enter on Crawford Drive).


3- Paper Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood News Gave WRONG Date for Election

Dunn’s Marsh neighborhood residents.  I have a huge apology to make about the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood News flyer that you have probably received this past weekend. Would you believe that 2 of us looked at the calendar portion of the flyer and neither of us noticed that the wrong date was given for the preseidential election.  
The correct date for the presidential election is Tuesday, November 8 (not Nov. 18).

4 - Vote Early!
Remember that in Madison, you can vote using an in-person absentee ballot until November 4 at any library or at the City Clerk’s Office in the City County Building. Take your photo ID.
Fitchburg voters can vote early at the Fitchburg City Hall on Lacy Road.  Friday, November 4 is also the last date you can early vote there.

5 - Madison Absentee Ballots Break All Records
by Madison City Clerk
The City of Madison has already broken all of its absentee voting records with this election.
A total of 35,497 absentee ballots have been issued, 31,241 of which have been returned to be counted.  The previous record for absentee ballots issued was 32,012 in November 2008.  The previous record for absentee ballots returned to be counted was 29,199 in November 2012.
As of yesterday, 26,527 absentee ballots were cast in person.  The previous record was 18,752 absentees cast in person in November 2012.
The latest In-Person Absentee Voting numbers, as of yesterday [Oct. 25, 2016] are as follows.  [Editor has underlined libraries closest to the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood.]

Ashman: 3,510
Central: 2,328
Goodman: 710
Hawthorne: 1,329
Lakeview: 1,873
Meadowridge: 1,892
Monroe: 1,166
Pinney: 3,027
Sequoya:  4,768
Streets East: 548
Student Activity Center: 554
Union South: 760
Clerk’s Office 4,062
                                                           from e-mail from Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl


6 - What’s on the Ballot?  (Attachments:  “2 Madison ballot.jpg” & “3 Fitchburg ballot.jpg”)
Don’t be surprised when you get into the voting booth.   There’s way more than the Presidential candidates to vote for.
In both Fitchburg and Madison there U.S. Congressional candidates, State legislative candidates, and  County candidates.  Madison voters also have a school referendum.
Look at the attached ballots.
If you aren’t certain you are registered or you aren’t certain where you polling place is, go to


7 - Free Lecture at Monona Terrace: THE WRIGHT DESIGN SERIES

Hip Hop Architecture: Exploring The Intersection of Music and Architecture
Presented by Michael Ford
November 17, 7:00pm
Monona Terrace Lecture Hall
Ford’s lecture highlights the intersection of architecture and hip hop culture through three interconnected realms: academic research, professional practice and media. The lecture will include the built environment’s link to the start of hip hop culture, while also exploring ways in which this musical genre contributes to the built environment. He will share his work with The Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx, NY, and unique approaches to empowering underrepresented communities through innovative architectural education techniques.
Michael Ford, The Hip Hop Architect, is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He has worked as a designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit and at Flad Architects in Madison, and is currently an instructor at Madison College in the Architecture Technology department. Ford has presented on hip hop architecture throughout the U.S., including the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and his alma mater, University of Detroit Mercy.
FREE ticket required for admission. Tickets are available subject to venue capacity and are issued on a first come first serve basis. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the event starting at 6:30pm.
Copy and paste this URL in your browser to sign up for free tickets: <file://localhost/e/wright-design-series-michael-ford-tickets-28888391958>   [For some reason it does not work to click on the link.]
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