DMNA Launches Annual Membership Drive September 18
Every September with the return of school schedules, football Saturdays, and fall weather, this issue of the Hornblower heralds the start of DMNA's annual membership drive. The familiar tradition remains largely unchanged for 1999-2000, even including the dues of just $5. That low "subscription fee" enables DMNA to continue bringing you quarterly newsletters, illustrated history publications (the next one is to be on Glenwood Children's Park), fall potluck, winter wine tasting, and spring ice cream social; Jazz in the Park; flowers along Monroe Street; welcome kits for new neighbors; and award-winning improvement projects: the Pedestrian Zone, Lake Wingra Clean-up, and the Oak Savanna, Edgewood Woodlands and Glenwood Children's Park restorations.
In addition, this fall the customary Capital Fund Drive will collect optional donations for the ongoing restoration at Glenwood Children's Park, designed by famous landscape architect Jens Jensen. Anticipating the park's 50th anniversary in October, neighbors already have furnished 20-30 hours of labor to supplement previous contributions and city efforts, and funds raised in 1999 will also be eligible for matching through the People for Parks program.
But this is, above all, a membership campaign. So much can be accomplishedfor a mere $5 per household because hundreds of neighbors volunteer to carry out DMNA's activities or to help with the membership drive itself. Consequently the most important contribution you can make when your block captain calls on you between Sept. 17 and Oct. 4 is to sign up for a DMNA committee. The block captains will have information on all of them.
So please make a special effort to contribute some of your time and talent along with your dues and Capital Fund donation during this campaign. Then join your fellow members and volunteers at the Dudgeon Center on Oct. 6 to celebrate the beginning of DMNA's 27th year of service to our neighborhood.
So when your block captain knocks on your door, please be ready to support DMNA with your annual dues, and consider volunteering to serve on one of its many active committees.
Your block captain will be knocking on your door soon for the membership drive. Along with the opportunity to join the DMNA, you are given the opportunity to support a good cause in our neighborhood. This years fundraiser is tied to a very special event in out neighborhood.))
Through its 1999-00 Capital Fund Drive, DMNA seeks to raise $2000 to continue the restoration in Glenwood Children's Park started this spring. Possible uses for the funds include the development of the trails in the park, restoration of the stonework throughout it, or to purchase more plantings.
October 7th, 1999 is the 50th anniversary of Glenwood Children's Park. The neighborhood has recommitted itself to this City of Madison Historic Landmark so it can be a highlight of our neighborhood once again. This spring volunteers planted over 100 new native plants and trees in keeping with Jens Jensen's original park design. Work has continued over the summer to remove the invasive species, and the council ring is being restored with funds from a past Capital Fund Drive. The much improved park will be looking it's best for its 50th Anniversary Celebration this year.(See the 50th Celebration flyer in this Hornblower.) There is still much that can be done for the park, and we are limited only by the funding available.
Please give generously to continue the successful restoration of this neighborhood treasure!
For more information about this project, contact Maggie Jungwirth, DMNA Parks Committee Chair at 233-6663.
Lead pipe was used for water service in Madison until about 1928 when the city switched to copper. Federal regulations require the water utility to maintain certain standard for water purity with respect to lead. The corrosive nature of Madison's water dissolves lead from supply lines over time. Lead can cause serious health effects, especially in young children. Most areas of our neighborhood are served by lead pipes. The Madison Water Utility has spent a number of years analyzing options for solving the lead problem. It was determined that property owners must bear the cost of replacing the lead pipes.
Virtually all the homes in the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood were built before 1980 and are therefore likely to contain lead-based paint or varnish. Most lead-based paint is safely under several layers of newer paint. However dust or chips from lead-based paint can easily poison preschool-aged children. Those under age three are at highest risk. If they play near windowsills or other places with peeling or damaged paint, they can get dust ontheir fingers and toys which then go to their mouths. Cleaning up thepaint dust and chips is a key factor in prevention.
Because most of our homes are well maintained the problem arises when were model, disturbing surfaces. Never dry scrape, dry sand or burn old paint as these methods actually increase the exposure. Wet down the surface and clean up immediately. In part of the neighborhood lead water pipes arebeing replace. If you would like paint chips or water tested call RichVincent @ Madison Public Health @ 294-5348. For more general information call John Hausbeck @ 294-5315.
Remember a child will not look sick but childhood exposure to lead causes problems with learning , growth and behavior that can last a lifetime. Have your children tested for lead by your doctor.
August 17, I went to a briefing by the Manager of the Water Utility, on lead in our drinking water and how to rectify the problem. I'm not sure I could have come out of any meeting with a more difficult task in front of me. I was told at the meeting that the city's water supply, particularly in older areas of the city including most areas of our neighborhoods, were served by lead pipes. They told me the amount of lead in our water was too high and the federal and state governments require cities and water utilities get the lead out of water to the tap.
Our Water utility has spent a number of years analyzing options for solving this problem. After carefully examining all alternatives, only one feasible option was left. That option would require all property owners with lead service to spend their own money and remove the lead pipes serving their homes. At $1,500-$2,000 per house, I can't imagine a worse message to convey to virtually every house in my District.
I have arranged for an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 28, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at West High School (Cafeteria), 30 Ash Street. At that meeting you'll be able to ask why this is being done, what sort of subsidies and assistance might be available to defray some of the costs, and how this project might be organized.
Water service is a combined responsibility of the Water utility and the property owner. The utility owns the service line from the water main under the street, to a valve called a curb stop, located between the street curb and the sidewalk. The property owner owns the water service line from the curb stop to the house. The fact that you own that pipe makes this project very different from other projects where special assessments occur. Private ownership prevents us from applying some of the programs involving deferral of payments and/or loan funds for public works projects. Lead pipe was used for water service in Madison until about 1928 when the city and plumbers converted to copper pipe. It was later determined that the corrosive nature of Madison's water actually dissolves lead from the walls of the lead service lines, causing potentially high levels of lead in Madison's tap water. When lead is ingested at high levels it can cause serious health effects, especially in young children. Many folks believe that the hard water scale on their pipes protect them from the lead, but this is actually not the case.
With federal regulations requiring the water utility to maintain certain standards for water purity with respect to lead, the utility had to come up with a plan to achieve federal standards. The most viable alternative to the current plan involved adding a chemical called an orthophosphate to our water supply. While this showed some promise for purifying water, it had a number of serious and expensive disadvantages. This left the Water utility with the single option of requiring replacement of all lead services. Frankly, I cannot see a viable alternative given the regulations.
The Water utility is proposing financial assistance to ease the financial impact of this regulation. Typically, a customer's cost to replace lead service lines is around $1500 - $2000. The utility is proposing cash rebates of $300 and loans without closing costs administered through a local bank to each customer. Low income residents would be able to get a loan at a low interest rate or one where no interest is charged if the loan is repaid within a specific time period. Details of these are still being worked out.
I'm also looking at making sure that anyone who is currently paying a special assessment has that assessment deferred, with minimal or no additional costs in interests, while they are paying off the lead service replacement costs. I have a number of questions about how the actual street work can be organized and what effect it will have on people's streets, lawns, and houses. Hopefully some of these questions will be answered at the neighborhood meeting or in future communications. I will make sure you get the information you need on this subject. Please remember, don't kill the messenger. I hope we can all get through this difficult project together.
The Spooner Street bridge reconstruction schedule has been moved up to next year. Plans for both bridge and the Southwest bike path are being coordinated on the same timetable so the bridge project does not render the bike path useless. A number of issues have been raised at neighborhood meetings whereas preliminary plans for the bridge were presented.
Based on the input received at the neighborhood meeting, it's clear that there is a strong sentiment to limit the width of the bridge roadway. Many believe a standard traffic lane with no painted lane for bikes can adequately accommodate bicycle users, in addition to the 4,000 motor vehicles that use the bridge. The hump will be eliminated because it serves as an attractive nuisance for younger folks who seem to like to fly over it, crashing their cars at the expense of the peace and neighboring residents. Finally, the current sidewalk creates a number of problems and challenges. For example, it is generally rendered useless in winter when plows clear the road by piling snow onto the sidewalk. Secondly, the barrier that is currently on the bridge gives people a false sense of security but is actually a hazard. If hit, it would break free and likley become a projectile. Staff believe a wide sidewalk with no barrier is best. This widens the bridge so abutting property owners are concerned. See what I mean about balancing interests?
We've received a lot of public comments on the bridge and its design, and I've asked staff to hold a second public information meeting so that they can present their final recommendation as to the design of the bridge. The Bike Path access issue will be decided in the context of discussions about all bike path access points. The bridge design will go through the formal city decision-making process involving the Board of Public Works and the Common Council. I'm confident that if both neighborhoods reach a consensus on what the bridge should look like, staff will accommodate our input to the extent possible. There appears to be agreement that no widening of the connecting streets to the bridge will occur.
By the time you read this there will probably have been a multi-neighborhood meeting to discuss a number of issues related to the Southwest Bike Path. This is the facility slated to be built along the Rail Corridor, running through the Regent and Dudgeon neighborhoods. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss three very important issues. The first involves the state's plans for track removal. I was notified sometime back that the state intended to contract for removing rails for salvage. I was concerned that the rail bed be left in a usable condition over the winter months so the current corridor users would be able to continue their daily use and trespasses. Working with city engineering, I've secured the participation of representatives of the state for the meeting, so they can explain their plans get input from neighborhood residents.
The second issue concerns the actual design of the bike path itself. This is the first time plans will be viewed. Using a report from a citizen committee as a guide, city engineering has been working with a consultant, Earthtech, Inc., to design and engineer the ped/bike path. Using this input and using other design specifications, requirements, etc., Earthtech is now ready to present options and possible plans.
The third issue discussed at the meeting regards locating access points. This has become a flash point at a number of locations including Spooner Street. I've also received two competing petitions from the Virginia Terrace area. There are other potential access points at Prospect, Harrison, and Fox/Virginia Terrace, in addition to the road crossings. Access will be important if this facility is to be successfully used by our neighborhoods. Accessibility for folks in wheel chairs or strollers is also important.
At this point, the city has limited consideration of access points to public owned right-of-ways. I've asked city staff to consider other places where a voluntary dedication or minor sale of land could create access. The meeting will give people an opportunity to discuss and compare all options for access points.
Based on the report prepared by a city committee, chaired by your County Board Supervisor, Karen Cornwell, I am sponsoring two packages of ordinance changes which are expected to be introduced sometime in September. The first of these would create a new option in the variance process that will make it easier for residents of the entire 10th Aldermanic District to obtain variances. It basically allows for a different and easier way to meet the set of standards for approval, while retaining criteria which protect the interests of adjoining property owners. The second initiative involves the creation of a new (or actually recreation of our old) zoning code. This code would more accurately reflect the zoning ordinance that was in place when our neighborhoods were first developed. Once this code is created, the option of having entire areas of the Regent and Dudgeon neighborhoods rezoned to that code, might be worth considering, but that's for later. If you have any questions on these, please wait at least until October 1, let me know and I'll share information that might be available at that time.
Questions, concerns? 238-4370 or
I have been a scrounger/packrat/collector for as long as I can remember. While I have managed to clean out the garage and wean myself from the fabulous treasure piles which mysteriously appear out by the curb each Wednesday night (OK, I am being a tad optimistic here), I remain an inveterate collector. I collect memorabilia from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. While initially attracted by the wonderful art deco logo and designs of the Century of Progress, I soon discovered the deeper sociological context and remain fascinated by that aspect to this day. At the height of the Great Depression, in the depths of the dust bowl, and with World War II aborning in the East, America threw a two year party to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Chicago. Incidentally, this fair also afforded a chance to celebrate the end of Prohibition, and twenty five million people showed up! While most collectors might lust after a pristine unused postcard, nothing delights me more than to find a carefully preserved message to the folks back home carrying a breathless description of the day's wonders and the overwhelmingly common complaint about aching feet.
World fairs always offer a chance to contemplate the bright promise of tomorrow in the context of a history lesson. We have a similar opportunity in the Dudgeon Monroe neighborhood here at the turn of the century and the end of the millennium. Right about now you should receive your copy of "Exploring the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood". I hope you will honor the many hours of labor required to produce it and use it to explore our community. Do this together with the recently published history booklet, and you'll have an excellent sense of the history of this area for the last thousand years. Armed with this sense of place, take the time to look to the future. When I do this, I see a healthy, bike path-laced, pedestrian-scaled neighborhood with a vibrant business district surrounding a wilder Lake Wingra. What do you see? One of the great untapped resources of our neighborhood is that it's filled with highly educated and widely traveled folks. Surely you've all seen things in other cities that would enhance the Dudgeon Monroe neighborhood, and by extension, Madison. What is your vision for our neighborhood? Is it worth working for?
With the Neighborhood USA convention coming to Madison this past May, the DMNA council decided to enter our 1998 Pedestrian Zone campaign in the NUSA's national review of neighborhood association projects. So the mover and shakers behind the campaign including Tom Huber, Sue Krause, Anna Schryver, Pat Forbes, Kelly Larson and Bill Putnam, geared up again to retrieve notes, budgets, timelines, snapshots, buttons, a spare copy of the campaign's outstanding press kit, news clipping and even a videotape to document all that had been done. Paula Benkart wrote up the application.
In due course DMNA was named a finalist. On the first day of the NUSA conference, Anna, Tom, and Bill Barker donned DMNA gold-ribboned "finalist" badges and went before a roomful of judges and other contestants from all over the country to make a very polished multimedia presentation. (Afterwards the official timekeeper followed them out of the room to ask how to set up a similar program in his city.) Utilimately at the convention's grand finale luncheon DMNA received the second place plaque and $250 prize in the "social revitalization" category, finishing behind only the overall winner, the Youth Leadership Initiative from Minneapolis.
We should be proud of the recognition and realize how fortunate we are to have the organizational structure, volunteer tradition and close ties with the local merchants and city government to make such programs work for us. Now let's keep the spirit of the Pedestrian Zone campaign going.
Because every Neighborhood USA Convention culminates in an evening of "Pride" tours of the host city's neighborhoods, the DMNA committee planned the tour and meal. A special shortened version of our new Exploring booklet was compiled for each guest. Bill Barker and Paula Benkart met the bus and guest at Monona Terrace and provided a three hour tour.
At relevant stops along the route, Orange Schroeder discussed merchant cooperation; Sister Winifred Morgan summed up the Edgewood planning process; Henry Hart and Jim Lorman the Lake Wingra environmental initiatives; Margaret Nelson, Schuyler Baldwin and Kathy Miner presented the Oak Savanna process and poetry; Maggie Jungwirth led a walk of Glenwood Children's Park; Tom Huber and Heather Putnam set up a demonstration Pedestrian Zone, later joined by Alderperson Ken Golden; and Shirley Lake explained how DMNA grew out the effort to save Dudgeon School.
All the while, back at the Moravian Community Church basement, Virginia Hart, Mary Jo Croake, Pastor Barb berg and others created the ultimate potluck around some the church's famous chicken pies. There was lots of talk over dinner about all the neighborhood activities and publications.
By the time the tour guests returned to Monona Terrace, it was clear that the real "pride" of our neighborhood is all the hardworking volunteers. In recognition of that fact, the guests insisted we accept a collection that was taken up. This was used to thank the church and to plant a pagoda dogwood at Glenwood Children's Park in commemoration of their enlightening visit and of everyone's effort that made it such a successful visit. Thanks to all.
Our neighborhood is neatly cut in two by the 23,000 cars which barrel down Monroe Street each day. It is a long-standing complaint of neighborhood residents that you are taking your life in your hands just crossing this street. The resident surveys done in support of the recently completed DMNA Neighborhood Plan underlined this quality of life concern, showing traffic problems as the only factor for which there was widespread dissatisfaction among neighborhood residents. Complaints multiply regarding residential streets as well as Monroe Street.
Yes, there is an increase in the volume of traffic driving around in and through our neighborhood. There has also been serious slippage in driver habits: the "optional" red light and drivers tooling along at 35-40 miles an hour, too fast to stop safely for pedestrians. The state law which requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in any crosswalk goes unnoticed. As DMNA President Bill Barker says, "Drivers no longer stop for pedestrians. They see them as a nuisance. Yet these same pedestrians are one of the reasons Madison ranks so high on the top 100 cities lists. And we are nearly all of us both pedestrians and drivers; we need to act responsibly in BOTH roles and remember that how we use our cars profoundly impacts our neighborhood quality of life."
With a great deal of support from city officials, The DMNA Transportation Committee is continuing its campaign to highlight pedestrian needs. Our Pedestrian Zone Campaign last fall brought DMNA a second place showing in a national neighborhood competition, and a second effort last spring included residential streets as well as Monroe St.
We'll take to the neighborhood streets again with the city's speed board tentatively the first week of October. The big difference this year is that other associations are joining with us that week on streets in their neighborhoods. We want to show that the growing concern about a pedestrian-friendly and pedestrian-safe environment is citywide. We hope this will be a first step in mobilizing neighborhoods to work together to improve the situation.
We are making progress in other ways too! Recent and ongoing efforts of our city/DMNA Transportation Committee collaboration:
·A rare reduction of the speed limit on Monroe to 25 mph from Woodrow to Chapman/Baltzell, ·Yield to pedestrians sign in Monroe street at Ken Kopps, ·New florescent pedestrian crossing signs at school crossings on Monroe Street, ·Pedestrian crossing lines on Monroe Street repainted to make them more obvious, ·Continuing efforts to get the police to ticket speeders and those who don't yield to pedestrians. We hope to work closely with the city's new traffic enforcement unit, ·Continuing to support applications for scarce city traffic calming funds (changing the physical residential street with features like islands, speed bumps or tables, and extended curbs at intersections to slow cars) ·Monitoring both UW expansion plans and Beltline/Verona road plans, ·Working with DMNA's Rail Corridor Committee to insure safe and convenient access points for the new bike path.
1. Set a good example: slow down on Monroe Street and other neighborhood streets, and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. 40% of Monroe traffic is neighborhood residents. If we all drive at a safe speed and yield for every pedestrian, we are a large enough group to change the behavior of the other drivers.
2. Volunteer for this and future pedestrian-safety events sponsored by DMNA's Transportation Committee. Call Volunteer Coordinator Pat Forbes @ 238-9625 to help staff the speed board (there's nothing to it and you'll have company!) or for miscellaneous other taskswe have something for everyone.
3. Do it Yourself! You can reserve the Police department's new unmanned speed board for your street @ 266-4703 OR the city Traffic Engineering Department's speed board @ 266-5987 (it must be manned by two people, but we think manned is more effective than the speed board alone).
4. Let us know about traffic problems you have personally observed. Call the city Speeder's Hotline at 266-4624 to report drivers you have observed exhibiting unsafe driving behavior. Contact the DMNA Transportation Committee, 2525 Gregory St., to report serious transportation problem areas in the neighborhood, so we can include them in our next Pedestrian Campaign and/or neighborhood transportation plan (see below).
5. Join the DMNA Transportation Committeewe're also about to begin working on a proposed neighborhood transportation plan which would included recommendations to improve specific traffic problems, and monitoring the coming Beltline/Verona Road expansion and planned UW parking and traffic increases. Call Ann Clark at 238-5612 to join!
6. Tell City Engineering that you love the new features. The Monroe St. yield sign in particular has already been a high maintenance item. Let them know if you feel strongly about it @ 266-4761!
On October 7th, 1949, Glenwood Children's Park was formally dedicated and a six year old mystery was solved. For years, during the development of the park, the donors of this wonderful gift wished to be anonymous. But at the dedication ceremony, the donors stepped forward, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gardner, the Madison bakery owners, and their three children, Louis "Speedy" Gardner Jr., Mrs. Ruth Gardner and Mrs. Martha Gardner Wernig. "Speedy" explained earnestly that his family, originally from Germany, was taught the necessity of doing something for country in which they lived. He said "We hope that other children will be inspired, so that they too, may know the satisfaction of doing something to improve the land in which they live."
Hundreds of appreciative folk, including children from Dudgeon and Queen of Peace schools attended "en masse." Speeches were made by Madison's City Manager, Leonard Howell, Chairman of the Board of Education, Herbert Schenk, Park Superintendent, James Marshall, with invocation by Father O'Donnell and prayer by Rev. Richard Pritchard.
The missing person on that perfect afternoon was Jens Jensen himself, unable to attend because of a long convalescence. A recording of the dedication was made and sent to him in Door County. He heard the high praise and tributes paid him by both the children and adults and was quoted as saying..."My dream has come true."
We have no mysteries to solve, but plenty to celebrate on the 50th anniversary of Glenwood Children's Park. The first season of restoration work will be complete and all are invited to come and enjoy the much improved park. You're invited to come dance in the Dance Ring, sing in the Sing Ring, enjoy the Mother's Circle, the council ring or discover your own special spot.
The plans included music, food, and fun. Please join us on Saturday, October 2nd at 1pm for the festivities. See the insert for more details. Glenwood Children's Park is waiting for you.
Dear Mayor Bauman, July 21, 1999I enclose a document detailing the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Association's official position on the Southwest Commuter Bicycle path. This represents a year-long process of public neighborhood meetings of the DMNA Rail Corridor Conversion Committee chaired by Paul Beckett. Quite a number of Regent Neighborhood residents, in addition to many members of our association, have had a voice in creating this document. The DMNA Transportation Committee, chaired by Ann Clark, also had an opportunity to review and comment. The full DMNA council reviewed and unanimously adopted the enclosed document on July 14, 1999.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention the assistance given us by Christy Bachman of city staff, and by Tony Fernandez, lead design engineer for Earthtech in charge of the rail conversion.
I want to call your attention in particular to the strong emphasis on aesthetics placed by the future users of this trail. We feel this attention to aesthetic detail must pervade the project, even to the name. There is nothing inviting in the name "Southwest Commuter". As the enclosed picture demonstrates, the Capitol Dome is perfectly framed by the arch of the Spooner Street Bridge. For this reason we would like to suggest that consideration be given to changing the name of the trail to "Capitol View Trail".
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this vital upgrade to the livability of Madison!
Sincerely, William W. Barker, President, DMNA
Positions on the Southwest Bicycle-Pedestrian Path
The following statement was formulated and recommended by the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (DMNA) Rail Corridor Committee at its meeting of July 6, 1999 and was unanimously adopted by the DMNA Council at its meeting of July 14, 1999.
DMNA strongly supports the conversion of the rail corridor bordering our neighborhood to a multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path, as recommended by the mayor's committee for the design of the southwest commuter bike and pedestrian path. The path represents a laudable step toward reducing car traffic congestion by encouraging and facilitating alternative transportation. For residents of our neighborhood (as for the community as a whole) the path will provide welcome new commuting and recreational opportunities. We think that the path will represent an enhancement to the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood and will strength our sense of community.
DMNA feels that it is important that Madison seize this opportunity to create a path that is more than a pavement strip. The rail corridor represents a community natural resource, and the aesthetic, ecological and recreational opportunities need to be part of our planning along with the more obvious transportation aspects. And, as we design and construct the path, we should minimize negative aspects to residents who live close to the path.
To help realize these goals DMNA has created a committee for the path to consult within the neighborhood, and to work with city and planning agencies, to help make the completed path one in which we all will take pride. We hope that other neighborhoods touched by the path will want to join in an active long-term friends organization to support, improve and maintain the path as an important community asset.
During the present planning stage, and the construction phase expected next spring and summer, DMNA and its rail corridor committee would like to assist in any way we can. Our association could consider cost-sharing financial contributions for enhancements that cannot be included in the project budget. Our residents can contribute expertise in a variety of areas, and can contribute in providing volunteer labor to improve the path.
Our rail corridor committee, and the DMNA Council, after extensive consultation within our neighborhood have adopted eleven important principles that we feel should guide planning and construction. These are provided below.
1. DMNA regards as essential the recommendation of the Mayor's Committee that engineering/design and construction of the path be managed to minimize inconvenience, loss of privacy, damage to vegetation and landscaping, etc., for residents whose property abuts the rail corridor.
2. In keeping with 1., DMNA strongly urges the City's commitment to the principles of flexibility in design that were intended by the Mayor's Committee. In particular, DMNA urges a commitment to flexibility in the width of the area to be graded as part of construction, and in the width of shoulders between the paved path and the edge of construction. These may be five feet (on each side) where space is conveniently available. However, in closely settled areas where houses are extremely close to the corridor, shoulders should be two feet to minimize damage to neighbors' landscaping, and to their enjoyment of their property.* As indicated in the Preamble, we think that DMNA, and its rail corridor committee, can assist the planning process, and help assure an outcome that will please all concerned. As promised in the Mayor's Committee report, it is important to consult intensively with nearby neighbors and to accommodate their concerns as much as possible.
3. Trees adjoining the developed area which provide shade and privacy to neighbors should be spared so far as construction and safety considerations permit.
4. The bridge over the overpass at Hillington Green should be built of wood with wooden railings (not concrete and chain link), in keeping with the wooden pilings and local sandstone underneath and with the traditional quality of the neighborhood. As stated in the Mayor's Committee report, the historic underpass should be preserved.
5. Banks and ditches should be cleaned up (refuse, trees and brush from previous cuttings) as part of the construction process (if it starts clean it will be much easier to keep clean).
6. The aesthetic and recreational aspects of the path should have a claim on project funding along with "core" items. This could include benches, stopping points, drinking fountains, and attractive informational signage. We recommend development of a "wayside" at Glenwood Children's Park. Our neighborhood association is willing to work with the city to accomplish this, including volunteer work by our residents.
7. The City should work with interested neighbors to restore and preserve native plant species at the borders of the path. A volunteer group has already been formed to work with planners and the city to preserve and improve vegetation on the corridor and its borders. This project should be taken as an opportunity to control invasive plants (e.g., Japanese bamboo and garlic mustard) which are aggressively spreading from the corridor into woods and yards, and are rapidly choking out desirable native plants. Again, our Association, and our members, stand ready to help.
8. With regard to winter maintenance, the city should look for a solution that accommodates both bikers and skiers. No salt should be used for winter maintenance. Salt will be incompatible with native plantings, will wash into abutting gardens, and will contribute to lake pollution.
9. There should be no nighttime lighting in the DMNA section except as required for safety at street intersections, access points, and under bridges. Nearby neighbors should be consulted on the need for lighting and type of lighting.
10. The multi-use character of the path once completed must be respected. It is important that different user groups respect the uses and enjoyments of other groups. For instance, bicyclists should not ride so fast as to alarm or endanger other users. Pedestrians should not block the path for bicyclists. Dog walkers should keep their pets on leash and carry waste away. Effective signage reminding all users to observe such principles of civility and community should be provided for in the project budget. Our rail corridor Committee will be happy to work with the city in suggesting principles for use and in designing signage.
11. The Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Association strongly supports the principle of providing adequate access points along the bicycle/pedestrian path, using publicly-owned land, so that all possible potential users will be able to walk or bike conveniently to the trail, and to use it easily for commuting, shopping and recreation.
We believe that providing many access points will serve to minimize the impact on any one location, and that denying access in an obviously needed location will usually be thwarted anyway by pedestrians and bikers who can easily make trails or use existing footpaths. Such ad hoc undeveloped access points are likely to raise safety and environmental concerns.
Selection of access points to be developed should meet the needs of path users and of the larger community but also should minimize the impact on nearby residents. Fairness calls for uniform application of criteria of need and practicability as the potential access points along the whole length of the path are considered and evaluated.
Intensive consultation with residents is important. Particularly important and urgent (in our neighborhood) is an effectively-noticed public consultation with residents on access points in the stretch of path between commonwealth avenue and the crossing between Virginia Terrace and Sheldon-Fox.
* [FOOTNOTE TO POINT 2:] Special circumstances requiring flexibility in relation to such factors as topography, house placement, trees and landscaping exist at various points along the corridor. But our Committee is especially concerned about the portion of the path between Commonwealth and the crossing between Virginia Terrace and Sheldon-Fox. In this stretch a number of houses are extremely close to the rail corridor and the potential impacts on residents are consequently particularly great.
1999 Madison Trust for Historic Preservation Walking Tour to be in University Heights
This year's Madison Trust for Historic Preservation home tour is scheduled for Sunday, October 3rd from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
University Heights was chosen in recognition of the University of Wisconsin's Sesquicentennial celebration. The close ties with the University make this a particularly appropriate time to celebrate this neighborhood's rich history.
Tour a dozen homes in one of Madison's most historic neighborhoods. See architecture by Louis Sullivan, Frank Riley, Alvan Small, Conover & Porter and others. Ride the trolley for some added fun. Bring a friend and introduce them to the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation.
Prices are $10.00 in advance or $15.00 the day of the tour. Tickets for trust members are $12.00 the day of the event. Tickets are available after September 3rd. from any of the following merchants or at one of several designated home sites. Orange Tree Imports, Steep and Brew, Ovens of Brittany, Canterbury Booksellers, Artisan Gift Shop, Bongo Video.
Lawns and streets contribute most of the phosphorus being transported from urban residential areas of Madison, Wisconsin, to Lakes Wingra and Mendota, according to a study recently published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Department of the Interior. The results of the USGS study, in cooperation with the City of Madison and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), showed that lawns and streets combined contribute about 80 percent of the total and dissolved phosphorus in runoff from the residential areas studied, with lawns contributing more than streets.
Phosphorus is an essential element for plant life, but when there is too much of it in water, it can result in nuisance algae blooms in lakes. This has become a problem for Lakes Wingra and Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. Phosphorus can originate from urban sources such as animal waste, lawn fertilizer, soil particles, leaves, and grass clippings which get washed to the lakes during rain events.
Samplers were used to collect phosphorus data from five source areasstreets, lawns, roofs, driveways, and parking lots. The data was input into a computer model to determine which source areas are contributing the most phosphorus within the basins. The stormwater-runoff samples from source areas and the basin outfall were collected from three basins. The three basins were (1)the Monroe Basina residential basin on the west side of Madison that drains to Lake Wingra, (2) the Harper Basina residential basin on the east side of Madison that drains to Lake Mendota, and (3) the Lakeland Basin an older residential basin on Madison's Isthmus that drains to Lake Monona. The Lakeland Basin was monitored for lawn runoff only.
The data bases, created for this study, are the largest to date using the most advanced source-area sample collection technology available.
The City of Madison and Dane County can now use the data to devise management strategies to reduce the amounts of phosphorus discharged to the lakes. Lakes Mendota and Wingra are both part of the WDNR Priority Watershed Program. The Lake Mendota Priority Watershed Project's goal is to reduce the frequency of algae blooms in the lakes from one out of every two days to one out of every five days. To accomplish this goal, it is estimated that a 50-percent reduction is needed in the amount of phosphorus entering the lake. To reach this target, the Nonpoint Source Control Plan for the Lake Mendota Priority Watershed Project set a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to the lake by 20 percent from urban areas. The remaining 30-percent reduction is intended to come from rural phosphorus management.