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Thursday, October 28, 2010

DM e-News - LOTS OF IT!

Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  
                                                                                   October 28, 2010

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:
Fri., Oct. 29, 6:00-8:00 pm – Community Meal and Home Ownership Education,
Boys & Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Road.  (See article 1 and 1-4 Attachments.pdf.)
Sun., Oct 31, 5:00-8:00 pm – Treat or Treat time on Halloween (See article 3.)
Tues., Nov. 2, 7:00 am-8:00 pm – VOTE!  VOTE!  VOTE!  in the General Election - in Madison at the Head Start on Red Arrow Trail near McDonald’s, in Fitchburg at Fire Station #2, 5415 King James Way.  Elections include WI Governor & Lt. Governor, State Attorney General, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, WI Assembly representative, & Dane County Sheriff plus a referendum on medical marijuana and another on authorizing MATC to issue bonds for capital improvements. (See articles 8, 9 & 10.)
Wed., Nov. 3, 6-8 pm – Emerald Ash-borer Public Meeting - Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Road, Madison, WI  (located on the Memorial High School & Jefferson Middle School campus)
The emerald ash-borer is a threat to trees in this part of Wisconsin.

Sat., Nov. 6, 8 am-12:30 pm – Mayor’s Roundtable
, Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park Street  (See article 4 and 1-4 Attachments.pdf.)
Mon., Nov. 8 & 15– 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Free Workshop for Homeowners who need to manage their mortgages, Part 1 & Part 2 – MATC WEST Campus Room 116, 302 S. Gammon Rd (across from West Towne), Reservations requested.  Call Annie Beaman 261-5677.  Free.  Open to homeowners only.  Participants should attend both sessions.  (See attachment: 8 Mortgage Workshop)
Tues., Nov. 16 – 7 pm – DMNA Council Meeting – Prairie UU Society Bldg., corner of Whenona & Crawford.  Any resident may attend, but only Council members may vote. (See attachment: 7 col annual mtg.jpg,)
Tuesday, Nov. 16 - 6:30 pm –8:00 pm - Goose Management Public Informational/Listening Session –
Goodman Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway (See article 5.)

Wed., Nov. 17, 6:00-8:00 pm – OWI State Bar Adult Education Program,
Boys & Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Road.  (See article 6 and 1-4 Attachmemts.pdf.)
Fri., Dec. 17 Last day to make written comments to the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation about the Verona Road reconstruction project.  (See article 11.)


The article list starts on the next page.

Article list Oct. 28, 2010

Home stuff
1 - Want to Own Your Own Home?   Get Info and a Meal Oct. 29.   (1-4 Attachments)
2 - Project Home Offers Low Cost Home Repairs For Low & Moderate Income Home Owners
3 - Halloween Safety Tips From Fitchburg Police
4 - Please Join us at the Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable, Nov. 6

                        (1-4 Attachments)
5 - Goose Management Public Informational/Listening Session, Nov. 16
6 - Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) State Bar Adult Education Program, Nov. 17

                        (1-4 Attachments)
7 - Have Bales of Fun on Madison Parks Hayrides

Election (NOV. 2)
8 -  Early Voting Still Available, or Vote at the Polls, Tuesday, Nov. 2
9 - How to Avoid Registration and Election Polling Place Woes
10 - How to Check Where You Vote
Verona Road
11 - Verona Road Comment Time Extended to December 17
12 - Need Assistance to Comment on Verona Road Project?
13 - Fitchburg Makes Suggestions on Verona Road Project
(Attachment: 5 FitchbSDEIS resol.doc)
14 - Hearing Attracts Speakers Who Weren’t Listened To (1-4 Attachments & 4 col Verona hearing)
15 - I Felt Disrespected
16 - Check Out Air Photos of the Neighborhood
 (Attachment: 6 air photos 55&08.doc)

In the neighborhood
17 - New DMNA Council Members Elected
(Attachment:  7 col Annual mtg.jpg)
18 - Neighbor Adds Information About Mulching Leaves
19 - A Wonderful Stroll in Fitchburg  -
by a visitor from the Netherlands
20 - A Pleasure (poem)

21 - Alder Solomon’s October 2010 Update – News for All of Us

Home stuff

1 - Want to Own Your Own Home?   Get Info and a Meal Oct. 29.   (Attachment:  1-4 Attachments.jpg)
Are you interested in owning your own home?  Do you think your credit needs to be repaired?  Come find out the answer to these questions and more such as
·   Am I eligible for a home?
·   What do I need to do?
·   What assistance can I receive in order to be prepared?
Find out about the single family homes being built right in our neighborhood and a home readiness program that will prepare you.
Date:  Friday, October 29   Time: 6-8 p.m.   Where:  Boys & Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Road
Includes: Community meal and home ownership education
For more information, contact Selena Pettigrew, 773-515-7916,
                                               Information from flyer from Allied-Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association

2 - Project Home Offers Low Cost Home Repairs For Low & Moderate Income Home Owners

The City of Madison’s Minor Home Repair Program, run by Project Home, offers low cost home repairs
and accessibility modifications for low to moderate income homeowners in the City of Madison.
To qualify you must own and live in your own home. The home must be located in the City of Madison and be assessed below $223,250. Your household income must be at or below 80% of the County Median Income level. Single household maximum Annual Gross Income is $44,800; for two people, the total maximum gross income $51,200. The cost is $10.00 per hour for labor plus the cost of materials.
To apply for this program, please call  Project Home at (608) 246-3737, ext. 2201 to speak to Regan Jacobsen.

3 - Halloween Safety Tips From Fitchburg Police

October is an exciting month for kids…It’s Halloween!  They have candy and costumes on their minds. Please follow the safety tips so Halloween night is fun for all kids. Also kids, talk with a Fitchburg Police Officer and get a glow necklace.

Ghosts & Goblins

* Halloween is Sunday, October 31
* Trick or treat between 5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
* Carry a flashlight
* Wear a reflective costume with an exposed face
* Have an adult chaperone
* Tell your family which neighborhood you will be trick or treating in
* Cross streets at corners, stay away from parked cars
* If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic
* Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods
* Walk, don’t run, and stay on driveways and walkways
* Be courteous; don’t walk on homeowners’ yards
* Trick or treat at homes with porch lights on
* Eat your treats only after an adult has checked them  


* Give yourself extra time to get to your destination to prevent speeding
* Be extra alert driving through neighborhoods, reduce your speed
* Drive with your headlights on for visibility  


* Turn your porch lights on to indicate you are giving treats
* Give away only individually wrapped candy
* Park cars in the garage to keep driveway clear, and prevent vehicle


* If you find any tampered treats; if you experience damage to your
property; or if you have traffic concerns, contact the Fitchburg Police
Department Immediately at (608) 270-4300.
4 - Please Join us at the Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable, Nov. 6  (Attachment: 1-4 Attachments.jpg)
at the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park Street, 8am to 12:30pm (Registration 8-8:30am)

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable offers another opportunity for review, discussion and comment on the preliminary  Economic Development Committee (EDC) options for City development review. Hear results of Neighborhood Summits I & II and build off of this input to encourage that the EDC report considers neighborhood concerns and interests.
There will also be a chance to learn the basics of the City development review process and to learn about the zoning code rewrite project and how both apply to neighborhoods. MG&E and the Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development are sponsors and the event is free of charge.
For more information and to register, go to <> . ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4 AT 8AM. YOU MAY ALSO REGISTER AT THE EVENT. For further questions, contact Linda Horvath at 267-1131 < <> > or Ruth Ethington at 267-8727,
5 - Goose Management Public Informational/Listening Session, Nov. 16

The City of Madison Parks Division is hosting a public informational/listening sessions concerning Goose Management in public parks.  Staff is gathering information in order to put forth a Goose Management Plan for the Madison Parks Commission’s consideration in late 2010.
The session will focus on Geese in general parklands.
November 16, 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Goodman Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway
                                                                                    Madison Parks Division
6 - Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) State Bar Adult Education Program, Nov. 17
                                                                                                                        (Attachment: 1-4 Attachments)
The State Bar will present an adult education program about the new OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) law from 6 until 8 pm on Wednesday, November 17 at the Boys and Girls Club. This presentation is free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.
Refreshments will be served and childcare is provided.  Presentations will be given in both English and Spanish.
A panel of local legal professionals, local law enforcement, judges, and community advocates will present the facts about OWI.  Check out the list of questions that will be addressed by clicking on the attachment.

7 - Have Bales of Fun on Madison Parks Hayrides <> < <> >
Enjoy a crisp fall evening with a hayride in Madison Parks. Madison Parks is offering hayrides in
Elver, Warner and Olin Parks this October and November.
                                                                                 Madison Parks Division

Election (NOV. 2)

8 -  Early Voting Still Available, or Vote at the Polls, Tuesday, Nov. 2

            Fitchburg Absentee Voting (Early voting) Information
Hours for week of Oct. 25th - Nov. 1st
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Sat. Oct. 30th 8 am to noon
Monday Nov. 1st 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
The City of Fitchburg will have additional election staff and Saturday extended hours to assist Fitchburg voters with registration and for absentee (early voting) at City Hall
Neighborhood voters who live in the Fitchburg part of the neighborhood normally vote at
Fire Station #2 <> , 5415 King James Way, Fitchburg WI 53719, so that’s where to go on Election Day to vote.
            Madison Absentee Voting (Early voting) Information
Voters who live in Madison may still register and vote at the City Clerk’s office in the City County Building on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  Registration is possible until 5:00 pm on Monday, November 1.  Be sure to know your Wisconsin driver’s license number and to bring proof of residence.  
Neighborhood voters who live in the Madison part of the neighborhood vote on Election Day at the Head Start building on Red Arrow Trail near MacDonald’s.
Be sure to know your driver’s license number, and take proof of residence.  (See next article.)
                                                                                               by Mary Mullen

9 - How to Avoid Registration and Election Polling Place Woes
We’ve all heard about problems with voter registration, even here in squeaky-clean Wisconsin. Even if you have voted continuously for years at the same place, take the time to check whether you are still registered.  Do this by going to .  If you are currently registered, your status should be listed as “active.”   If you aren’t, call your city clerk. (Madison – 266-4601; Fitchburg – 270-4200.)
If you have never voted while living at your current address, you must register your new address.  This is also necessary if you have changed your name. Then take it and your driver’s license and other required documentation to your city clerk now or to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2. (Madison clerk: City-County Bldg. at 210 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Jr just off the Square. Fitchburg clerk: Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road.)  If you procrastinate until Election Day, be sure to take all the necessary ID and proof of residence with you.  
Proof of residence must contain all of the following items of information:  the voter’s
·   current and complete first and last name and
·   residential address, and
·   are valid on the day used to register to vote.
Acceptable documents include:
• A current and valid WI Driver License / ID Card
• Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
• An employee ID card with a photograph, but not a business card
• A real property tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
• A residential lease (Does not count as proof of residence if elector submits form by mail)
• A picture ID or fee card from a university, college or technical college
• A utility bill for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before the day registration is made
• A bank statement
• A paycheck
Remember proof of residence must contain your current and complete first and last name, your current residential address, and must be valid on the day you register to vote or when you do vote at the polls.

10 - How to Check Where You Vote
You can check where to vote by going to  On the page that comes up, choose “Look up polling place location for an address” and then put your address in.  When the new screen comes up, I found that if I used a Madison mailing address for a neighborhood location in Fitchburg, I got message “Your search found no matches.  Please try again or contact the elections office for more information.” That’s a clue that you live in Fitchburg.  When I went back and used Fitchburg in the city blank, I got confirmation that the address was indeed in Fitchburg.  From there, if you click on the street link, you can find out where to vote, find out who now represents you, and also see a sample ballot.
                                                                                                                                    by Mary Mullen

Verona Road

11 - Verona Road Comment Time Extended to December 17

Don’t kick yourself because you didn’t get to the Verona Road environmental impact statement hearing last week, but DO kick yourself into gear to write your comments about the project to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  The written comment period has been extended twice, and now the final date to get your comments in is Friday, December 17.
Don’t procrastinate, though.  It would be so easy to think there’s lots of time… and then all of a sudden it will be December 18 and too late.
The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project can be studied at any of the nearby public library branches, at the main library downtown, or right in our own neighborhood at Fauozi’s Restaurant on the Beltline Frontage Road.  
Don’t get discouraged because the document is huge – two 500-page volumes.  Look first at the “Executive Summary” in the front of Volume I.  Then you might want to study the table of contents to see how to delve further into the topics you are most interested in.  
Send your comments to:
Larry Barta, WisDOT Project Manager
Wisconsin Department of Transportation – Southwest Region
2101 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2583
                                                                            by Mary Mullen

12 - Need Assistance to Comment on Verona Road Project?
If looking at the huge Verona Road document is not your cup of tea, but you still want some direction on issues you can comment on, the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association position paper might be just the thing for you.  Both the letter to the mayor and the longer rationale for each position is available upon request.
Send your request to Mary Mullen, Dunn’s Marsh Communications Chair.  See the masthead for contact information. She also has custody of a large map that can help you see what’s planned.
                                                                                                by Mary Mullen

13 - Fitchburg Makes Suggestions on Verona Road Project  
(Attachment: 5 FitchbSDEIS resol.doc)

·   A high level of landscaping
·   aesthetic treatment of streetscapes and noise walls
·   grade separated crossings for bikeways
·   noise walls for both sides of Verona Road (Stage 2)
·   stormwater management that meets Fitchburg’s Muncipal Code and doesn’t negatively affect properties either upstream or downstream of the highway improvements.
What do all these ideas have in common?  They are all suggestions that the City of Fitchburg has requested in a formal statement about the Verona Road project.
The recommendations are included in Resolution R-95-10 “Endorsing Submittal of Comments for the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Verona Road Improvements.”  To learn details, read the actual document.  It is attached.
While the suggestions about noise walls and the grade-separated crossings primarily pertain to Stage 2 which is about 7 years away, some relate to Stage 1 construction, planned for 2013.
                                                                                                            by Mary Mullen


14 - Hearing Attracts Speakers Who Weren’t Listened To   (1-4 Attachments & 4 col Verona hearing)
“I’m feeling really angry at DOT,” said Connie Roderick, one of the Dunn’s Marsh neighbors who gave her verbal testimony about the Verona Road project at the official public hearing October 13.  “When I gave my testimony I felt totally disrespected,” she explained. “None of DOT and Strand personnel even sat to listen to what was said at the microphone for the record.”
Another neighbor who has often testified at public hearings checked whether the court reporter might be a DOT employee. She was one person who was definitely listening so she could type what was being said.  “No,’ the court reporter said, she was not an employee of the Department of Transportation.  She was just the person hired for the job of putting the oral testimony into the public record.
“Have you ever been to a hearing like this?”  the neighbor asked.  Again, the answer was, “No.”  
What’s all this fuss about?  It’s about the structure of the official public hearings on the Verona Road Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  Normal public hearings are held in a quiet room where everyone present is expected to listen and does listen.  In particular, the chair of the governmental entity holding the hearing is present at the front of the room, calls the registered speakers to the podium, and then actually looks at the speaker giving testimony.  Usually a group of additional government representatives such as committee members are present and attentive to the speakers.
At the two public hearings on this subject – one held at the Boys and Girls Club during the day and the other held at Cherokee School in the evening -  this was definitely not the situation.  Plenty of Department of Transportation staff and additional staff from the DOT’s consultant Strand Associates were present in the gyms.  But the thing is, none of those we have come to recognize as the major players in this drama was seated at the officials’ table. Only a timer wore the blue shirt, and he was mainly watching the clock so he could stop the testimony at the 3-minute mark.
It also wasn’t clear whether anyone in the audience might have been a DOT official.  The obvious staff members, dressed in blue shirts, were either parked way across the room interpreting the many displays about the Verona Road project or hanging around together in groups in the middle of the room visiting mainly with each other.  All they could see would have been the back of the speaker if they paid any attention at all.
In the Cherokee School gym, the testimony of speakers sounded like background radio talk at a lively cocktail party.  Before I inadvertently drifted over to the corner where testimony was being taken, I myself continued to wonder where the amplified sound was coming from. I finally realized that I was standing right behind Connie Roderick who was at the microphone delivering her testimony.  It was her voice that I had been hearing all along.  Even after I knew this, I could barely understand what she was saying.  Her words were lost in the general chatter around the gym.  
Later when I myself spoke, I had to fight to actually hear my own testimony.  It was difficult to feel that anyone was listening although a small audience of neighbors sat in the one row of chairs provided and a few other people lounged loosely on 2 or 3 benches of bleachers beyond the chairs.
In the end, llke Connie, I felt that I had been completely disrespected.  The hearing was mainly a little out-of-the-way sideshow for the people who had expected to be taken seriously but came to feel that they were  obviously being snubbed.  The real show was DOT’s disregard for a legal requirement they apparently preferred to ignore.
                                                                                    reporting and opinion by Mary Mullen

15 - I Felt Disrespected

When I gave testimony [at the DOT hearing October 13] I felt totally disrespected. This was very personal to me to get up and make a statement. None of DOT and STRAND personnel (w/ nametags) even sat to listen to what was said at the microphone for the record.  If they had run it as a formal hearing, I believe everyone in the room would have had to be attentive to the person speaking (leading to more discussion and input)  
Do you think that ALL the Strand and DOT employees in attendance will actually READ what the court reported typed, or will only a handful of those in charge read it.  
I am also wondering how the court reporter could even hear what was being said.  She even stopped one of the speakers because she couldn't hear her.  This was totally unacceptable for a Public Hearing.  
Also, the people coming to the meeting that were milling about the poster boards were not attentive because it wasn't "formal" and  you didn’t even know what in the world was on the loud speaker. It was someone testifying.  That's what I encountered as I walked in - something inaudible being said on a loudspeaker.  Then I found out that's the testimony.   How disrespectful and chaotic it was.  
Also, I've given statements before and the record of my statements in print read "inaudible.”  So did the recorder really hear and type every word we testified?  
This hearing was outrageous to me.  Sorry to go on and on but I think I'm more pissed at the employees personally than I ever was.  In fact, I wasn't holding them personally accountable in the past, but I think this was over the line.  
                                                                                    from one neighbor who testified at the
                                                                                    DOT’s hearing about Verona Road


16 - Check Out Air Photos of the Neighborhood  (Attachment: 6 air photos 55&08.doc)
One neat (cool, awesome, etc) feature of the Verona Road Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement is the illustrations.  Check out the attached air photo of our neighborhood in 1955 when only the Marlborough and part of the Crawford areas were built up and everything else was farmland.
A photo of the same area in 2008 shows that only a small area west of Red Arrow Trail and north of Crescent Road was left to build on.
                                                                                                            by Mary Mullen

In the neighborhood

17 - New DMNA Council Members Elected
(Attachment: 7 col annual mtg.jpg)

Eight Council members were chosen by DMNA members attending the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association meeting on October 21.  Three are totally new to the Council, while 5 were returning members.
New Council member Bob Hague will join Jo Kelley and Gigi Miller Solari in representing the Crawford area of the neighborhood.  
Representing the Marlborough part of the neighborhood will be new member John Bach who joins Jeff Glazer, Donna Sarafin, and Mary Mullen.  
Dorothy Krause is the new Council member representing Belmar.
Four more Council members may be chosen to represent residents, but that would be dependent on volunteers submitting applications to the Neighborhood Council.  One of the positions must be reserved for a representative from the Allied area, but the other three could be from any part of the neighborhood.
Retiring members of the Council are Solare O’Brien who was Secretary last year and President the year before, (maybe) Carol Poole who has served as Treasurer for many years but is fining that her overtime work and Fitchburg City Council activitiesleave little time for DMNA meetings, Nathan Franklin, and Peter Schmitt.
Be sure to check out the awesome photos on the photo collage.  All were taken by DMNA Council member Gigi Miller Solari, a professional photographer in a former life.  (Now she’s in real estate.)
                                                                                                            by Mary Mullen

18 - Neighbor Adds Information About Mulching Leaves
On your recommendation of how to best handle fall leaves in order to keep "P" [Phosphorus] out of our lakes I would like to add that the suggested method can be a two-edged sword. Some leaves, e.g. American oak and black walnut - I have plenty of those in my garden - will prevent other plants from thriving even when mulched.
As a matter of fact, when mulched, they are useful as weed preventer in an established flowerbed but very detrimental on your lawn, in a vegetable plot or a flower bed you are just trying to create. It is also a good idea to keep them out of the compost pile or bin in your back yard unless you have plenty of space and can afford to create separate piles for them in successive years. They digest very slowly and it takes several years before you can use them as compost. I bring those leaves from my back yard to the city yard waste lot on Badger Rd.
                                                                        by Helga Ahrens

19 - A Wonderful Stroll in Fitchburg  - by a visitor from the Netherlands

Last June I visited my friends David and Linda Martin in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. I was for ten days in the States and we prepared for a hike in the Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan: the “Porkies” as David says. David and I are old friends. Before retiring, we worked both in meteorology, I in the Netherlands in Europe and he in Madison. David lives already for 41 years in Fitchburg.
Before we went to the Porkies he took me out for a walk around his house. He did before during other times when I visited Madison, but this time we walked a bit more, for about two hours or so. That gave us the opportunity to see not only the lanes and streets of Fitchburg itself, but also Dunn’s Marsh and the groups of trees surrounding it. As I am a birdwatcher, I looked carefully around me during that walk and I saw many different species. So many that I like to write this down and share this experience with you. May be you can see Fitchburg and its surrounding a bit through my eyes, the eyes from a foreigner from Europe.
Immediately when we left David’s house, at Sentinel Pass in the middle of Fitchburg, we saw Red winged Blackbirds. A beautiful bird with red stripes in its wings, you can see it sitting on the lanes and wires. Also Crows, Starlings, Common Grackles you can see on the grass around the houses or on the telephone wires. After a while, passing some bike paths and an old railway track, we came to a marsh. We saw Song Sparrows in the top of the bushes of the marsh, singing their songs, and the Eastern Phoebe and Gray Catbird. Suddenly we saw a small bright yellow bird. After looking it up in our field guide it was clear that it was Yellow Warbler.
Close to the marsh is a lake. In the lake and at its shores we saw larger birds: the Great Blue Heron, the Mallard (a kind of duck), and the Great Egret, a beautiful large white heron that catches fish. David told me that during the migration periods of the birds, in April and October you can see all kinds of migrants, for instance the Whistling Swan. And during the fall all kinds of Ducks come in from the north, escaping the cold weather of Canada.
After the marsh and the lake, we crossed the Seminole Highway and entered a relatively new part of Fitchburg. Here we saw Barn Swallows, but also some bright yellow and blue song birds. They appeared to be American Gold Finches and Bluebirds.
Dusk set in and it was time to go back. I had seen old and new species, some of them beautifully colored and others with nice songs. On our way back we even got an extra: we saw a Red tailed Hawk. Very close by on the top of a tree, he was watching us.
The walk came to an end. I was impressed in what a good surrounding David and Linda lived and promised myself to come back as much as possible.
                                                            by David Martin’s friend Hans, from the Netherlands

20 - A Pleasure (poem)

sunny October day
            breeze tousles my hair
delicate striped owl feather in the park            
            Sue tells me where the owls hang out
dazzle of Heavenly Blue morning glories
            They always come on strong before a frost, she says,
            and so I’ve noticed too
guys shingling a house
            Greg takes a minute to get connected to the neighborhood
rustle of crackling leaves as I kid-shuffle through them
            and forget the whoosh and whine of traffic
delivering newsletters
                                                            by Mary Mullen
21 - Alder Solomon’s October 2010 Update – News for All of Us

Greetings District 10 Residents: Hope this email, as always, finds you well. Enjoy the latest version of the D10 Update. Its chock full of more goodies than a trick or treat bag. Happy fall, Brian
Fruits. And Nuts. Well we won. Thanks to a spirited last minute drive, Wingra Park swept into fifth place and was awarded 16 dwarf fruit trees in the Edy's contest. I was honored to attend the groundbreaking for the planting of the 16 trees which received conditional support from the Madison Parks Department. Thanks to the DMNA Parks Committee for their great work. I've been in several meetings to develop city policy that allows for expanding "edible landscapes" throughout the city. Fresh local free produce. Hmmm. Sounds like a win win.
SW Bike Path. I created quite a storm a few weeks ago by suggesting on a local list serve that I think we should light the bike path. The storm only subsided after I reiterated that I wouldn't light the path in the dark of night with no one watching (ala Jim Irsay moving the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis at 2 am). Let the storm clouds gather: I still think we should light the path. I think we need to do it in a way that is both dark sky and dark living room compliant. I'm planning on having a community meeting on this in early spring; stay tuned.
Badger Den Restaurant: Chris Berge has put this unique idea on hold for now. As you probably read in the paper, he's going to devote his energy into converting Restaurant Magnus into a bike friendly eatery called Velo Bahn. If it looks like he's going to move forward on the SW Bike Path proposal at some point in the future, I'll let you know.
Allied Phase II: We are getting closer every day on phase two of the redevelopment project in Allied (remember, phase one was rental, phase two is home ownership). While phase one was far from perfect, it created some beautiful housing in Allied (and a great public art project!), some jobs for Allied residents, and leased up very quickly, with approximately 50% of the tenants coming from within the neighborhood, and 50% from outside (a mix I was very pleased with).
Phase two is proving to be more difficult. I’ve met with the CDA and asked them for a housing plan by the end of the month. I’ve asked that it include information about affordability, home ownership readiness / credit repair, how to prioritize Allied residents for housing, and how to create jobs for Allied area residents. Other outstanding community issues include the name of the development, what to do with the common space / public areas, and how to run the development (think condo association) in a way that is integrated with the broader community as opposed to separate from it. This remains a very exciting project for the Allied community.
City Surveys and Other Information:
·        Madison Police Survey: Please take the Madison Police Department Community Survey at <>
·        2009 Crash Report: <>
·        City Economic Dashboard: <>
·        Monona Terrace Fall Events Calendar: <>
·        Household Organic Waste Survey: Please give us feedback on this proposal at <>
·        South District Police Newsletter: <>
·        West District Police Newsletter: <>
·        Fall Leaf Collection: Starts on October 4th. For more information, check out: <> .
Fall Hayrides. Each hayride trip is one hour: 30 minute ride, 30 minute campfire and ‘smores. The wagon, pulled by a tractor, will take your group on a scenic tour of the park. Please note that participants will need to enter/exit the wagon using a step ladder. Check out the following for more information: <> or call Madison Parks at (608) 266-4711. The cost is $80.00 + tax per group (1-24 people). One hour Hayride Trip includes 30 minute wagon ride, 30 minute campfire. Advance registration required.
2010 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Public Meetings: Madison Parks is hosting public meetings on the number of possible options available to combat Emerald Ash Borer. City staff will outline the role of City Forestry, a short history of EAB, the role of the EAB task force, and options and their associated costs available to communities to combat EAB. To learn more, visit <> .
·        Thursday, October 21, 6-8p.m., Madison Public Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703
·        Wednesday, November 3, 6-8p.m., Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Road, Madison, WI 53717 (located on the Memorial High School & Jefferson Middle School campus)
Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable: November 6, 8am-12:30pm, Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 South Park Street. Hear Mayor Dave’s opening address and build your knowledge and skills concerning the City’s development review process. Networking with neighbors and sharing success stories will also be a part of this event. MG&E and the Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development is sponsoring the Roundtable and registration is free. A workshop schedule and registration information will be available at starting in early October. You may also contact Linda Horvath at 267-1131 or
Verona Road Project: The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) has been posted at <> . I’ll be attending a meeting with the Mayor and WisDOT on October 12th to discuss the project and the various impacts it will have on the immediate community. I’ve asked neighborhoods in close proximity to please prepare and send letters to the Mayor indicating their remaining concerns and potential solutions. I’m hoping these conversations will be part of the discussion on the 12th.  [Editor’s note:  Brian did attend this meeting and got to present the issues raised by the Dunn’s Marsh and other neighborhoods adjacent to the project.  At the annual meeting of the DMNA, he reported that some of our suggestions would be supported by the City of Madison.]
Las Casitas: This is a low income condo development in the Allied Drive area that faced foreclosure. A number of owners (mostly limited English proficient Latinos) have felt robbed and discriminated against by the developer. We’ve had several meetings on this issue and things are moving forward. Habitat for Humanity has purchased six units and Housing Initiatives has purchased five. These are great organizations who are already working to re-form the condo association and help owners take back control of the development. Some folks are having financing problems as well so several organizations are involved to assist with that aspect. Things are really progressing but we have a long way to go.
Monroe Street News:
·        Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy another amazing Monroe Street festival. 33rd annual, wow! Check out pictures at: <> , thanks to all the sponsors, and please remember to keep supporting our local district 10 merchants!
·        Because Monroe Street loves nothing more than a party, the merchants are already planning another party, even with planners still sleeping off the festival that just ended. In November, the merchants will host the first annual Girls Night on Monroe Street to raise funds to buy a new (used) piano for the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center. The event will be held on Thursday evening, November 11 and will feature swag bags, dining and drink specials, and special offers in the participating shops. Tickets will be $15, and will go on sale at Orange Tree Imports on October 7.
·        The Monroe Street Merchants Association recently launched a new Facebook page for consumers, Shop Monroe Street - Madison. The plan is for the previous page (Monroe Street Merchants Association) to be reserved for member news.  I hope all neighborhood residents will consider "liking" the new Shop Monroe Street page to keep up with all the news on the street.
Clean Streets/Clean Lakes Program: I am planning on sponsoring an ordinance change to add District 10 to the districts participating in the Clean Streets/Clean Lakes program. The Clean Streets/Clean Lakes program will prohibit parking on Thursdays mornings (garbage collection day) so plows and sweepers can access both sides of the block once a week. It is especially helpful in avoiding the snow accumulation on street blocks with no alternate side parking restriction. If you are interested in helping with a petition to implement this program on your block, please let me know!
Fall Elections: We have a pretty important one coming up. Don’t forget to vote on November 2nd. For more information about elections, check out <> .
Union Corners Purchase: The city made the bold decision two weeks ago to purchase the Union Corners development on East Washington Ave, using land banking funds. I definitely support this idea so we can take this area and achieve the potential of a prime infill development as opposed to piecemeal developments that would almost certainly have decreased the potential. For more information, check out the press release at: <> .
Overture. Most of you know by now that the ad-hoc committee voted 6-3 in support of the current proposal to have the city purchase Overture for $1 and have a non-profit run the center. The plan would eliminate the $28 million in debt and, conceptually set Overture on a path to recovery. As usual, I like some parts of this proposal but have a number of concerns. The two biggest are (1) the incredibly fast timeline for decisionmaking (hey, my LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs graduate work taught me at least one thing: gun-to-head decision-making never results in good policy) and (2) that most Madisonians just seem uninterested (there is a fine-line distinction between golden palace and crown jewel). Overture is the latter, but perception is reality and too many people, especially in this economy, see it as the former. Luckily we can just focus on Overture and not worry about anything else. Oh wait, it’s budget time too. Dang.
Budget. Yes, our favorite time of year is upon us- culminating with three all nighters in a row in mid November with my fellow alders. I think the Mayor has announced a pretty good budget with a good mix between services and spending restraint. I’ll likely have some budget amendments but probably nothing as big as the last few years (think my opposition to bus fare increases and the unprecedented expansion of the police budget). As always and perhaps more than ever, I believe we need to continue to invest in our less fortunate neighbors, for I remain convinced those investments are not only the right thing to do, but also pay for themselves many fold in the long run. For more information on the budget, including a message from the Mayor, check out <> .
Re-election. People say being alder is a thankless job. That’s often true. But sometimes its not. Sometimes the joy that comes with standing up for your principles, doing something meaningful, or making a positive change in the community makes everything worth it. I mean that IS why I’m here, right? Most of you know that I have a very busy day job and two wonderful children. Most of you also know (or can at least imagine) that I don’t have as much time as I’d like for writing, reading, playing sports, or just playing. I also don’t have the time to do the job I’d like to do as your alder. So running for re-election next spring was far from a foregone conclusion. But after much thought and consideration, I have decided to run for re-election. Thanks as always for being engaged, being interested, and doing your part, however small, to give voice to the helpless, equality to the oppressed, and to help make our world a better place. It’s why I ran the first time and why I’m running again- thankless or not. I hope I’ll have your support again in April, 2011.
                                                                                    by Brian Solomon, 10th District Madison Alder

WOW!  You made it to the end of the 10-28-10 issue of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News----
                                    Thanks for reading and for caring for our neighborhood.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Re: Eat & Meet: DMNA annual mtg, Thur., Oct. 21


Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Social & DMNA Annual Meeting

(Read the article below this announcement for further details such as neighborhood boundaries, requirements for membership – but you don’t have to be a member to participate – and so on.)

Thursday, October 21
at Prairie UU Society
   2010 Whenona Dr. – corner of Whenona & Crawford, south of ped/bike bridge

6:30 – Social & sign-in – Free bowl of prize-winning chili for all you early birds plus sweet snacks while signing in, reading last year’s minutes, etc.

7:00 – Neighborhood Organizations Presentations
  • Allied Wellness Co-op – Come and learn what it’s all about.
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters – Learn about the “School Friends” program.

Annual Meeting of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association

  • Officer’s Reports - Last year’s minutes, Treasurer’s report
  • Committee Reports - Brief summaries – 2 minutes each!!!!
  • Greetings from the ADMNA
  • 7:45 - “Open Floor” – Your chance to talk about the neighborhood and how to make it better
  • 8:15 – Choosing next year’s DMNA Neighborhood Council
  • Adjournment

        Only members may vote.  Join by filling out a form at the mtg.


More details....

All residents of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood are invited to attend the neighborhood social and Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association annual meeting, this Thursday, 7 pm, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive, on the corner of Whenona & Crawford Drives, a few short blocks south of the pedestrian/bike bridge over the Beltline.

How do you know if you live within the DMNA boundaries?  It’s easy.  Just look at the attached map which also shows the 4 subareas from which Council representatives are shown.  In short the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood’s boundaries are Verona Road, the Beltline, Seminole Highway, Dunn’s Marsh itself (below Crescent Road), and the Allied Drive/Carling Drive areas.  

If you live within this area, we welcome you to attend the social and the meeting.  If you agree with our purposes – which are to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and to promote fellowship among neighbors – you may also become a member for voting purposes.  But regardless of whether you are a member, you are invited to come to eat, to learn, and to put in your 2 cents worth about how we can work together to make our neighborhood an even better place to be.

The evening starts at 6:30 pm with a bowl of chili and some sweet treats.  Jeff Glazer, whose chili won the highest ranking at the chili fest, will try to recreate his prize-winning chili.  It should warm us up for the meeting itself.  We hope people will sign in during this time and check out last year’s minutes.

The meeting starts at 7 pm sharp with brief presentations from other organizations active in our neighborhood.  Next, DMNA Council members will give short reports on their activities during the past year.   We’ve been a busy bunch!  Then it’s time for you to talk.  After that “caucuses” from each of the 4 neighborhood areas may choose their representatives for next year’s DMNA Council.

Please come, and bring as many interested friends as you can.

Want more information?  Contact  President, Jeff Glazer, 277-1778 or Communications Chair Mary Mullen,
or 298-0843.                            

This notice comes from Mary Mullen, Communications Chair, Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Need a ride to Verona Rd hearing - Tel. # correction

In the just-sent e-mail about the Verona Road Project hearing, a wrong telephone number was listed.  If you need a ride to one of the hearings about the road construction project, the number to call is (608) 298-0843. My sincere apologies for the error.  I guess I was thinking about a long-past life when I made that mistake.  :(

Just as a bonus, I’ve attached a couple of small maps of the project:  Verona Stage 1 map.doc.

As a reminder, here’s a repeat the information about the time and place of the hearings and where to e-mail or send written comments.  


12:00 NOON – 3:00 PM  at Boys & Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Rd
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Cherokee Middle School Gym, 4301 Cherokee Dr.

WRITTEN & E-MAIL COMMENTS: accepted until Wednesday, November 3
Send your e-mail comments to "Barta, Larry - DOT" <>

Send your hardcopy comments to:  
Larry Barta, WisDOT Project Manager
Wisconsin Department of Transportation – Southwest Region
2101 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2583

From Mary Mullen, Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association Communications, 608-298-0843.

Now is the Time: Verona Rd. hearing Oct. 13

Now is the TIME!  

Verona Road/West Beltline Reconstruction Public Hearing is Wed. OCT. 13

Over the past many months we’ve tried to keep you abreast of informational meetings about the planned reconstruction of Verona Road and the West Beltline.  Our Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood will be hit with a double whammy because these highways form 2 of the 5 boundaries of the neighborhood.  The highways are either visible or audible (noisy) almost everywhere in the neighborhood, and because of heavy traffic that prompted past improvements, there is only one route across each one from the neighborhood.

Now is the final and official chance to express opinions about the project.  The full project is described – along with its effects – in the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the project.  The SDEIS can be found online at   [Copy and paste the preceding link into your browser window.] Look at a hardcopy at many locations including nearby library branches and at Faouzi’s Restaurant at 4245 West Beltline Frontage Road in the neighborhood.  

This hefty 2-volume document is daunting, but if you are pressed for time, try the Executive Summary which is on pages ES-1 to ES-20 in the front of the first volume.

Everyone and anyone is invited to attend and speak at the public hearing or to submit written comments.   Don’t pass up this opportunity.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease.


12:00 NOON – 3:00 PM  at Boys & Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Rd
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Cherokee Middle School Gym, 4301 Cherokee Dr.

WRITTEN & E-MAIL COMMENTS: accepted until Wednesday, November 3
Send your e-mail comments to "Barta, Larry - DOT" <>

Send your hardcopy comments to:  
Larry Barta, WisDOT Project Manager
Wisconsin Department of Transportation – Southwest Region
2101 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2583

Feeling shy?  Come anyway.  You will be in good company, and friends from the neighborhood will be there to help you sign up to speak and can even accompany you to the microphone if you wish.

Need a ride?  Reply to this e-mail or call 271-5192, and the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association will see to it that you get one.

More about this project...

“The planned changes will profoundly affect the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood,” said JoAnne Kelley, a neighbor who lives on Crawford Drive who has been active in learning about it and arranging ways to inform the neighborhood.  On October 7, Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association President Jeff Glazer and the Allied-Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association President sent a letter and position paper to Madison’s Mayor Dave listing 16 comments and requests made by the 2 neighborhood associations.  It is attached.  The detailed rationale for each position item is available as a document by replying to this notice and asking for it.

The DOT plans include the changes listed below.
  • adding 2 lanes to both Verona Road and the Beltline
  • removing housing that is in the way of the expanded highways  and their frontage roads (10 residential buildings representing 31 households)
  • removing businesses:  5-6 buildings representing 8-9 businesses and perhaps 3 more buildings & businesses
  • raising the elevation of both highways
  • rerouting the frontage roads, one of which will circle Walgreen’s, another which may dip down onto Britta Parkway
  • extending the frontage road from Allied Drive to Carling Drive
  • closing the current crossing of Verona Road that goes to Home Depot
  • making a so-called jug-handle circular route to allow our neighborhood drivers to cross under Verona Road and get onto Verona Road heading south.  Traffic from our neighborhood going north to Beltline or Midvale will just turn right onto Verona Road as it does now.
  • punching a second route under Verona Road a bit further south toward Verona
  • putting up a noise wall to protect homes on the other (north) side of the Beltline (This won’t protect our neighborhood.)
  • maybe putting up a short wall in the vicinity of the Highlander Motel along the Beltline
  • removing and then replacing the pedestrian/bike bridge across the Beltline at Whenona Drive (The new bridge may empty onto the frontage road.)
  • creating a new holding pond for stormwater in the woods on the west side of Dunn’s Marsh.  
  • adding bike lanes and sidewalks
  • much more

Learn more...

Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

This message is from the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association
Mary Mullen, DMNA Communications
608-298-0843, <>