Meeting convened at 7:30 PM
Council members present:
Jim Zychowicz, Co-President
David A. Goodman
Mary Alice Wimmer
Rose M. Smith
Robert L. Climie Jr.
Mary Lang Sollinger
Sal Calomino, Co-President
Following items deferredto May meeting:
Sal, Jim and Diane Milliganfrom TLNA met with Madison City Planning Director Mark Olinger and staff JuleStroick, Brad Murphy and Mike Waidelich to discuss TLNA’s request fordownzoning. City Planning staffwas receptive to the proposal, which was adopted as part of TLNA’s NeighborhoodPlan. Diane and Mike Waidelich arecollecting ownership statistics for the area. City staff suggested that boundaries for downzoning proposalbe extended to Livingston and Dickinson to the west and east, and to Gorham andMifflin.
According to Kitty Rankin ofMadison City Planning, the $3,000 grant is still available to install amonument near the old bath house at Tenney Park. Kitty is encouraging the neighborhood to take advantage of thisgrant, and has recommended a contractor. Susan will meet with Ed Jepsen from Friends of Yahara River Parkway andRick Bernstein about shortening text (currently is too long).
Mary has assembled a groupof residents to come up with solutions to address noise, pollution, safety andproperty value concerns of neighbors who live hear Madison Dairy.
Alder Brenda Konkelsuggested that Dave speak to the TLNA Council after his request for a zoningvariance was deferred by the Zoning Board, pending more information from hisarchitect.
Dave presented to theCouncil architectural drawings for a garage and dormer addition to hishome. The home’s footprint willnot change, and no additional paving will be done. Adjacent neighbors, including those whose view of thelake could have been affected, spoke in favor of the project, noting that theaddition would be a welcome improvement to the property.
Carol moved, and Susanseconded the following motion: TLNA Council recommends to both the Zoning Board and Planning Commissionthat the variance for 1658 Sherman Avenue be approved.
Motion passed unanimously.
Tenney-Lapham neighbor MaryJo Schiavo has offered to plant flowers in traffic islands on Baldwin againthis year. She does a beautifuljob.
Sandy moved and Susanseconded motion to provide $100 from TLNA budget to pay for plants.
The Friends of the Yahara River Parkway engaged over 35 different volunteers ages 3 to 75 in a clean-up of the northern corner of the island in Tenney Park. Volunteers included neighbors from around the isthmus and Girl Scouts from O'Keffe. A tremendous number of exotic or very aggressive tree and shrub species were removed from this area. The exotics included European honeysuckle, buckthorn and white mulberry while the weedy natives included boxelder, grape and a few green ash. We also removed carpeting and other trash left by a drifter in the woods on the island. Our goal is to restore the landscape in a manner consistent with the historic O.C. Simonds plan developed in the early 1900's. The removals were made to protect the older swamp white oaks while releasing the younger oaks from competing weedy competition. In April and in May we have been/will be replanting with native trees and shrubs and sowing wildflower seeds. This should add diversity, color and habitat for wildlife throughout the year. We are having a planting extravaganza on the morning of May 15. We will plant over 50 dozen wildflowers in the park. Join us! We developed a powerpoint show for the O'Keeffe 7th graders about the natural and cultural history of the parkway and Tenney Park. All of the 7th graders saw this show and apparently loved the old time swim suits. The 7th graders will be involved in a community service project along the parkway in May/June. Other FYRP activities include: a. proposed a landscape design/limestone retaining wall for the ped/bike bridge at Marquette/OKeeffe schools; b. met with the alder, Parks and TLNA to discuss the clean up of a drifter hang out on the border of Burr Jones field and the railroad tracks (ask Sandy Ward about this one!); c. attended meetings on the E. Washington bridge reconstruction, commented on the proposed underpasses and the proposed ped/bike path along N. Thornton.
Yahara River Parkway andMadison Parks are funding additional plantings for the parkway.
On Thursday, April 22, amulti-Neighborhood Association meeting of traffic and transportationrepresentatives was held at the Willy St. Coop meeting room.
In attendance from thefollowing neighborhood associations were:
Pat McDonnell, David Waugh,Cheryl Wittke
Larry Jensen, Will Warlick,Peter Wolff
Marquette/SASY presentedseveral ideas related to Williamson St., Winnebago, Schenks Corners, and AtwoodAve. TLNA presented the six ideascontained in our 12/19/03 letter to Mayor Cieslewicz. Capitol Neighborhoods discussed their interest inreturning one-way streets to two-way. Emerson East talked about the East Johnson “chute” at Packers Ave, theneed for more Park-and-Rides further east than Fiore, and the need to know moreabout the Fordem/First plans.
The group discussed somecommon themes, most significantly the need to redefine certain commuter streetsas neighborhood streets, particularly Johnson, Gorham, Williamson andWinnebago. The group also felt itwas important to identify this goal as consistent with goals articulated by theMayor already, such as neighborhood building, affordable housing, andalternative transportation options, such as trolleys, for the Isthmus.
Develop a draft documentdescribing our vision for a comprehensive, neighborhood approach to trafficflow for the downtown and east isthmus.
Organize a meeting of all neighborhoodpresidents, all 3 alders, all 3 county board members and others to discuss howto make these downtown/isthmus ideas happen.
Council adjourned at 8:45PM.