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Proposed Updated NWHC Facility: Draft EIS Coming Soon

Author: Tom Jarvis - Published 2024-03-06 11:56 - Expires 2024-04-30 11:56 - (287 Reads)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is proposing to develop an updated facility for the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) to meet the agency's current and future needs.

Established in 1975, the NWHC is the only national center devoted to wildlife disease detection, control, and prevention in the U.S.

Operating as a "mission essential" facility, the NWHC faces challenges due to aging facilities, equipment and infrastructure, space limitations, and increasing costs associated with operation and maintenance. The renovations of existing infrastructure that would be necessary to meet contemporary standards and practices while continuing operations are cost prohibitive.

Following multiple studies beginning in 2008, the USGS’s preferred alternative is to replace the outdated facility with a new facility on federal property at the current location. Doing so would ensure that the NWHC can effectively carry out its vital mission for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment.

For more information, you can follow this link: National Wildlife Health Center

The location of the National Wildlife Health Center

6006 Schroeder Rd


FREE PARKING is the topic of our first District 11 Book Club Discussion on October 25th at 7:00 pm Sequoya Library

Author: Tom Jarvis - Published 2023-09-16 00:17 - Expires 2023-10-25 08:00 - (327 Reads)

Topic: District 11 Book Club Discussion on "Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World" (2023) by Henry Grabar
When: Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Meeting Rooms A at the Sequoya Library 4340 Tokay Blvd Madison, WI 53711
Turning surface parking lots for cars into new housing for people

The growth of District 11 in the late 1950’s coincided with the increasing availability and conveniences of automobiles for the average Madison family. Wide four-lane boulevards, curved residential streets to discourage speeding, two car attached garages, and large surface parking lots became distinctive characteristics here on what was then farmland in the far West side of Madison. As local business moved into the area, everything residents needed was now just a short drive away.

The first shopping mall to open in our area was Midvale Shopping Mall in 1957 in what is now Sequoya Commons. In 1960, Westgate shopping mall followed at 600 South Whitney Way with 30 stores and parking for 1,000 cars. The Hilldale Shopping Mall opened just two years later with more than double the amount of stores and parking spaces for shoppers. This abundance of free parking at our area shopping malls had a significant impact on downtown Madison as city planners sought to lure shoppers back to the city center by creating more parking.

Today, the acres of land that were once paved over for free parking are now being turned into apartment and condominium units for people, with limited surface parking and underground parking for tenants. Sequoya Commons, University Park (former Westgate Shopping Mall), Madison Yards, and now the former M&I bank building at Hilldale Mall are examples of places that decided to turn surface parking lots for cars into new housing for people.

Book cover for Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the WorldTo examine how parking has shaped our community and to perhaps provide us with a roadmap on the direction our city is heading, starting this fall, I will be hosting a District 11 book club. The first book we will be reading is, Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World (2023) by Henry Grabar. Contact me at if you are interested in participating in the book discussion or just show up on Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00 with friends and your copy of the book for a lively discussion about parking.

A limited supply of the book is available for check out at the Sequoya Library.​

Bill Tishler
District 11 Alder, City of Madison
(608) 333-2745

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Triad July Program: Burglary Prevention

Author: Tom Jarvis - Published 2022-07-18 10:48 - Expires 2022-07-27 13:00 - (520 Reads)

Good Day, Everyone,

Our July Triad program is Burglary Prevention presented by Detective Sergeant Scott Reitmeier of the Burglary Crime Unit of the Madison Police Department. The program is July 27th at 10:00 via Zoom.

Det. Sgt. Reitmeier will discuss current trends in burglary crimes, how often and what types of weapons are involved, and what we can do to prevent burglaries. He will also discuss the legal differences between theft, burglary and robbery. And he will talk about what you should do if you encounter a burglar in your home. Should you defend yourself and your property with force? How often are victims injured in burglaries? To register and receive the Zoom link, please email me at .

See you on the 27th at 10:00.

Best wishes,

Mike Thomsen, Triad Coordinator
Triad at RSVP of Dane County
Triads of Dane County Youtube
Cellphone: 608-692-9709

Flex Lane opens in mid-July along the Madison Beltline (US 12/18), Dane County

Author: Tom Jarvis - Published 2022-07-06 05:13 - Expires 2022-08-06 05:13 - (516 Reads)

From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is preparing to open the Flex Lane along US 12/18 – commonly known as the Beltline – in Madison. Crews improved the inside median shoulders, between the Whitney Way exit and the I-39/90 interchange, for use as an additional travel lane during peak traffic periods. The Flex Lane on the Beltline is an innovative solution to ease backups during the busiest times and provide reliability for motorists who use it every day for work or business.

While the Flex Lane is a first for Wisconsin, 17 states have implemented the concept including neighboring states: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. Each state has found success with better travel time reliability and safer highways. During design of the Flex Lane, WisDOT staff proactively talked with counterparts in Michigan on their best practices of the US 23 Flex Route north of Ann Arbor.

Over the past few years, WisDOT staff have engaged Madison area stakeholders such as emergency responders, law enforcement, local and state officials, the business community and the general public. WisDOT also coordinated with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and Dane County Highway Department to provide timely response to potential incidents and maintenance efforts.

Coordination is underway among WisDOT, Dane County Sheriff’s Office and Dane County Highway Department to conduct maintenance and testing of the Flex Lane. This process is a critical last step before the Flex Lane is fully operational. The Flex Lane is currently scheduled to open in mid-July.
When in operation, use of the Flex Lane will only be permitted when the signs show a green arrow.

It’s important to note the Flex Lane is one solution to improving transportation in the Madison area. WisDOT is collaborating with local stakeholders to examine all modes of transportation connected to the Beltline. Among the items being studied are improved transit, pedestrian and bicycle connections, park and ride connections, and new crossings and connections.

Learn more about the Flex Lane at Wisconsindot.gov/FlexLane; watch how to drive the Flex Lane at

Crossing Guards needed in our neighborhood!

Author: System Administrator - Published 2022-06-28 04:54 - Expires 2022-08-10 04:54 - (563 Reads)


The City of Madison Crossing Guard program is recruiting for the 2022-23 school year. As a Crossing Guard, you will help safeguard students on their way to and from school, morning and afternoon. Are you responsible, dependable, enjoy kids and the outdoors? Then it may be a perfect match!

Crossing Guards work part-time, 10-15 hours per week. Starting pay is $18.18/hour (approximately $700+/month) plus regular raises and earned sick leave. Work is Monday through Friday.


Flexibility is required for early release dates (including early release every Monday afternoon).

Beginning in late June/early July, a job description and application will be available at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/HR/employment/JobOpenings.cfm (search “hourly” positions for crossing guard link). Please be sure to list on your application any experience you have directing children (including your own children or grandchildren). Interviews will begin mid-August; employment begins approximately Wednesday, August 24, 2022. For information, contact the City of Madison Crossing Guard Supervisors at 608-266-4703.

Current Vacancies include:

Segoe Rd/Richland Ln

Gammon Road/Tree Lane

Spooner St/Regent St

Whitney Way/Russett Rd

Raymond Rd/Leland Dr

Highland Ave/Regent St

Mineral Point Rd/Owen Dr

Work just steps from your front door!

Help serve your community by protecting its children!

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