Board of Estimates
Monday, Oct. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 4:45 p.m.
Room 260, Madison Municipal Building Monda agenda
The Board of Estimates holds two meetings to review the 2009 operating budget for the city of Madison. Monday night, the board will look at proposed budgets for police, fire, Metro, library, Water Utility and Parking Utility. On Tuesday, it does everything else, including the Overture Center and the city's planning department.
Urban Design Commission
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m.
Room LL-110, Madison Municipal Building
The commission takes a look at design plans for Marcus Theater's new entertainment complex on the east side. The company wants to tear down its existing movie theater and replace it with a bigger theater, restaurants, retail and a sea of parking. The commission will also hear a presentation from Meriter Hospital on its Park Street master plan.
Community Services Commission
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 5:35 p.m.
Goodman Community Center
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has stirred a little controversy in his 2009 budget for Community Services. Cieslewicz thinks the process for allocating funding to nonprofit agencies has become too political. So he wants the commission to come up with a new way to divide the money up. The mayor's 2009 budget for nonprofits does not include an anticipated 3% cost-of-living increase for the agencies and he kept the available funding -- $3.2 million -- at 2008 levels.
Board of Park Commissioners
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Warner Park Community Recreation Center
The board takes up Ald. Brenda Konkel's ordinance to prohibit the city from removing the personal possessions of the homeless from public land for 72 hours. The ordinance would also require the city to store the possessions, if unclaimed, for 90 days. But critics find logistical problems with the plan, like figuring out how to verify that the possessions really belong to the person claiming them.
Madison Board of Education
Referendum Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Jefferson Middle School
Another public information session on a referendum to exceed the state's spending caps. The Madison school district wants to raise an additional $5 million for 2009-2010, then another $8 million for the two budget cycles after that. The referendum is on the Nov. 4 ballot.