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City receives grant to update Goodman Pool playground

City receives grant to update Goodman Pool playground

The Madison Parks Foundation gives the city of Madison a grant to update the playground at Goodman Pool, according to a release.

Thousands of children and families make their way to the Goodman Pool and its adjacent playground in the summer, city officials said. The playground’s beach-themed play structure and sand-based play area is as popular as the pool itself, but officials said the sand creates a variety of maintenance problems for the play structures and the pool area.

The Madison Parks Foundation is giving the city of Madison Parks Department a $15,000 grant to replace the playground, according to the release. The total cost of the project is expected to be approximately $26,000.

The project, which is expected to start in the spring, will feature a poured-rubber surface covered by artificial turf, and the new design encourages kids to crawl, climb and play, officials said.

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

County looks to buy homeless center for $330k

County looks to buy homeless center for $330k

Dane County has made an offer to buy a Madison homeless resource center from a nonprofit group on the city's south side.

The $330,000 deal would make Hospitality House at 1490 Martin St. county property, and more Dane County funds would be allocated to expand the facility this summer, according to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office.

But first, the Dane County Board and Porchlight Executive Board have to approve the purchase.

Porchlight, a nonprofit group that provides resources and housing to homeless people in the Dane County area, operates three shelters in Madison. Hospitality House, Porchlight's daytime shelter, provides job counseling, housing assistance, transportation, meals, mail services and eviction prevention funds.

More than 3 miles of Fish Hatchery Road closed days through April

More than 3 miles of Fish Hatchery Road closed days through April

More than 3 miles of Fish Hatchery Road will be closed during the business day for construction lasting about a month, according to the Dane County Department of Public Works, Highway and Transportation. 

Highway Engineer Greg Peterson said Fish Hatchery Road will be closed between Lacy Road and County Highway M from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The county public works department is replacing culverts before laying down new pavement. 

Work begins Wednesday and is expected to be complete in May, though the county did not specify a date in a release received Wednesday. 

Motorists were advised to find an alternate route to avoid the area. The suggested alternative is County Highway M east to MM, north on MM to Highway 14, then north to the Beltline west to Fish Hatchery Road. 

Rhythm & Booms Downtown Neighborhoods Meeting

Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., Marquette Neighborhood Association and Alders Marsha Rummel and Mike Verveer invite neighbors to a meeting with Madison Festivals on Monday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, Health Center Auditorium, 333 W. Main Street, to discuss the Saturday, June 28, Rhythm & Booms event.

The City of Madison and MFI want to hear what concerns neighbors have.  MFI will provide an update on the plans and the required City approvals that have not yet been granted.  Representatives from City agencies will also be in attendance.

 

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

The extreme cold is creating lots of work for the local water utility.

Madison Water Utility spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux said that seven water main breaks throughout the city Tuesday morning had all the department's repair crews out. 

Barrilleaux said mains broke Tuesday on:

  • Barby Lane
  • Mohican Pass
  • Havey Road
  • Kingsbridge Road
  • Tokay Boulevard
  • Nautilus Drive
  • and at East Main & Paterson streets

The harsh dip in temperatures is the cause of the multiple breaks, Barrilleaux said. It also makes fixing the breaks difficult. 

"It always makes things a little bit slower because our crews have to take breaks and warm up," she said. The icy streets also have to be salted and drains plowed to take care of the extra water in the roadways. 

But she said the Madison Water Utility prepares for tough weather. 

City workers prepare to battle bitter cold

City workers prepare to battle bitter cold

The cold had many people preparing to stay indoors the next few days, but that's not the case for everyone. For Madison Streets Division workers, it will be another day of work. 

City of Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley said any delays to streets pick up will put an extra strain on workers. 

"We pick up every day, so if we go two days without (service), the third day, it'll take us quite awhile to get caught up," Kelley said. 

Streets Machine Operator Leroy Grieshammer said the cold weather will create a few changes, but won't stop him or his coworkers from getting the job done. The team members shorten their outdoor rotation times from 30 minutes to every 15 to keep from getting too cold. 

"We can always get back in the truck and warm up for a little bit, then continue on," Grieshammer said. 

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