September 4, 2019 Update

County Board Updates

Agenda and minutes

Visit the County Board Agenda and Minutes page for a review of this week’s agenda and the minutes from the last meeting.

Budget Hearings

It is budget season! Two public hearings in September will allow the public to weigh in on departmental requests for funding in Dane County’s 2020 budget.

The first, at 6:00 pm on September 11 in room 201 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center (1625 Northport Drive, Madison), will address the Department of Human Services budget request.

The second, at 6:00 pm on September 12 in room 201 of the City-County Building (210 MLK Jr. Blvd, Madison), will address all departments except the Department of Human Services.

The departmental budget request hearing is being held by the Dane County Board of Supervisors, while the hearing on the Department of Human Services budget request is held jointly by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and the Dane County Board of Supervisors, with the county Long Term Support Committee, the county Human Services Board, and the Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors also in attendance.

Related: The City of Madison’s Executive Capital Budget for 2020 is now available online. Make sure to sign up for updates from your alders to get the most up to date information on the City budget process; find your alder here.

Community Updates

Madison Water Poll

From Madison Water Utility:

We’re trying to spread the word about Madison Water Utility’s EVERY DROP MADISON poll. Public input will help guide Madison Water Utility as we plan for the next phase of water conservation and sustainability in Madison. The Toilet Rebate Program has saved more than a billion gallons of water in Madison. Now, the EVERY DROP MADISON initiative seeks community input on new conservation incentives and programs that will bring a new era of water stewardship and source water protection to our city. You can find the poll at the following link: MadisonWater.org/poll

Recognizing that conservation is water supply, Madison Water Utility and its customers are committed to using water efficiently. After surpassing a 2008 goal (one year early!) to reduce residential per-capita water use by twenty percent by 2020, MWU is updating its Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan to further improve efficiency. To inform this process, Madison Water Utility wants to engage with our customers to better understand which incentives would be most effective in increasing water use efficiency still further. MWU is working with the WaterNow Alliance , in partnership with the online polling platform POLCO , to maximize public engagement. Madison Water Utility is a 2019 recipient of a WaterNow Project Accelerator grant.

County Executive, Madison Mayor partner to Improve Local Lakes

Dane County and the City of Madison have agreed to a five-year program to make swimming in area lakes safer, County Executive Joe Parisi and Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced Aug. 29, 2019

Join the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association Board

The Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association is looking for individuals in the neighborhood to join the Board of Directors. In this role, you will help plan events, keep the neighborhood informed, and make sure that everyone has a voice. If interested, send an email to rolling.meadows.na@gmail.com and come to their next meeting: September 12, 7pm, at The Victory Hmong Alliance Church, 602 Acewood Blvd, Madison, WI 53714.

Ace Apartments

See the slides from last month’s public meeting here. From Alder Lemmer: As mentioned, they were planning to submit their Land Use Application soon, and if they proceed on schedule, that will tentatively put this project before the Urban Design Commission on October 16 and the Plan Commission on October 28.

F-35s at Truax

By now most of you have probably heard about the F35s proposed to be housed at Truax and I know there are individuals in the district who are very concerned about this proposal, in addition to individuals strongly supporting the proposal, as well as many with questions. I have compiled a list of resources from a variety of sources, see the bottom of this post. The time for your voice to be heard is now!

I have submitted the following questions to the Air National Guard in hopes that they will be addressed at the public hearing:

1. Please explain in more detail how / why Madison was indicated as the preferred site when the EIS indicates a larger negative impact to this area than any of the other sites, specifically, that “[t]here would be significant disproportionate impacts to low-income and minority populations as well as children?” (page ES-26)

2. What remedies are available for those who live in areas affected by the increased noise?

3. What are the consequences of the F35s NOT coming to Madison? There are many rumors floating around. Will the base close? What will happen to those who are employed there if the base does close?

To contribute your own questions, comments, and concerns:

  1. Attend the public hearing on September 12, 5:00pm at Alliant Energy Center. The first of the public hearings for any of the proposed sites was last night in Jacksonville and I will share any information that is published from that session;

  2. Submit a comment in writing either through the website or the mail. The National Guard Bureau encourages comments and feedback on the proposed action at any time but to ensure full consideration in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, scheduled to be published in January of 2020, please make sure to submit comments by September 27, 2019;

  3. Contact US Senator Tammy Baldwin or Representative Pocan, the decision will be made at the federal level and these representatives have the most ability to share your concerns. Click on their names for ways to contact.

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August 11 Update

We’ve reached the dog days of summer and I hope everyone has been able to take advantage of all the fantastic summer events available in Madison. Our District 15 Alder, Grant Foster, always shares upcoming events on his blog and even has a Google calendar of events you can subscribe to- sign up for his updates (even if you aren’t in District 15!) by visiting his city web-page here.

The County Board only meets once in July, so next week is the first meeting since our July 11 meeting. For a review of July 11’s meeting, you can find my agenda summary and the official minutes on the County Board Agendas & Minutes page. You can also find an overview of August 15’s agenda on that same page. At the July 11 County Board meeting, my appointment by the County Board Chair to the City-County Homelessness Issues Committee was unanimously approved. I am grateful and fortunate to be able to serve on this committee addressing such an important issue facing our county. Stay tuned later this month for a special issues-based update on some of the committee’s current work and other initiatives in Dane County addressing the issue.

Current Events Updates:

Ace Apartments The Ace Apartments is the mixed-use development that has been proposed for the Sentry site on Cottage Grove Road, and includes 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and affordable housing for people with disabilities. Movin' Out's The Ace Apartments proposal has received the needed tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Administration (WHEDA). They have been awarded the tax credits because Heartland Housing returned the credits they were awarded for their project on South Park Street.

Meeting dates/locations: Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 pm, Door Creek Church, Room 108, 602 Dominion Dr, Madison, WI 53718.

F-35s / Truax Field Read the most recent memo with information on the new Environmental Impact Statements. You can view the summary report from the Air Force Air National Guard by clicking here. The EIS and accompanying information covers five potential sites, Madison being one of them. For even more information, visit their website. Please note, the county does not have a decision-making role regarding this project. While there will be an update at the next Airport Commission meeting, there is no decision item. The decision on where to house the F35s will be made by the National Guard Bureau on the federal level.

Meeting dates/locations: The National Guard Bureau will hold a public hearing regarding the EIS at the Alliant Energy Center on September 12th from 5-8 PM.


How to contact me: 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have. If I cannot answer it, I will do my best to find someone who can. I talk regularly with your City of Madison alders and we keep each other informed of issues and concerns for our community. 

  • Email me at Audet.Kristen@CountyofDane.com

  • Call me at (608) 620-6493

  • Sign up to receive email updates by entering your email address on the Contacts page of my website at  https://kristenaudet.com/contact

  • Follow my Facebook page, Dane County Supervisor, District 17 / @SupervisorAudet for updates and important news and information (Note: if you follow(ed) my campaign page, “Audet for Dane County,” you still need to follow my separate County Supervisor page; the campaign page remains active but is reserved for election / campaign / political content, not official county information). 

Happy Independence Day from Your Dane County Supervisor!

During this time of celebrating our independence as a nation founded on the principles of democracy, I would like to thank all the residents of District 17 for being so open, thoughtful, and engaged throughout the county board supervisor campaign. I was sworn in on June 20th and appointed to the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee, which held its first meeting on June 25th. Two issues I am hoping to get to work on immediately are water quality- both in our lakes and out of our faucets- and homelessness in our community. I will continue to provide updates as I receive further appointments on committees / task forces.

A little bit about the Dane County Board of Supervisors: 

The Board of Supervisors is the legislative branch of the county government. There are 37 Supervisors who are elected to represent districts across the county. You can find maps of the district, contact information for all Supervisors and meeting schedules on their website. In addition to their participation in the twice-monthly full County Board meetings, all Supervisors are appointed to one of seven committees:

Zoning and Land Regulation, Personnel and Finance, Health and Human Needs, Public Protection and Judiciary Committee, Public Works and Transportation, and the Executive Committee. Dane County departments report to at least one of these standing committees and after an ordinance amendment or resolution is introduced at the general county board meeting, if approved, the amendment or resolution will be referred to one or more of the standing committees for consideration before coming back to the general county board for final approval. That’s a pretty simplified explanation, but I will be featuring information on each of the standing committees and the county legislative process on my blog and in email updates, so do make sure to sign up for those.

Current Events Updates:

Dane County Jail Consolidation Project: Resolution 35, authorizing funds to move forward with the South Tower Addition, was approved on June 6, 2019. Two additional resolutions related to the Dane County Criminal Justice System were also introduced. Resolution 087, “Dane County Criminal Justice System Improvement”, and Resolution 067,  “Community Alternative Plan for Housing, Health Care, and Decarceration,” were both introduced at the June 6 meeting and subsequently referred to committees for review. These could both potentially be revised or possibly combined. I will keep you updated on the status of both of these resolutions seeking to improve our criminal justice system. 

Check out these additional resources for more information:

The Dane County Criminal Justice Council

Supervisor Buckingham’s post, Resolution 035 Jail Consolidation and Bonding

Supervisor Chawla’s post, $225 Million for New Jail, Quarterly Flood Updates, and Cover Crop Program

Madison.com, Dane County Board approves $148M in jail renovations after opponents shut down meeting

Lake Water Quality and Flood Remediation: Dane County continues to move forward with the recommendations from the Yahara Chain of Lakes Lake Levels Task Force. This task force was designed to provide recommended actions to address the flooding that occurs around these lakes. You might have heard of the “Suck the Muck” campaign- that is a related project. The first step in flood remediation is to complete some dredging about the Yahara to help increase the flow of sediment, freeing up space in the water table for excess run off to move more productively through the system.

Check out these additional resources for more information:

Most recent quarterly update from the Task Force

Dane County Land and Water Resources Department

Dane County Awards Contract for Next Phase of “Suck the Muck” Project, Will Begin Work at Token Creek this Summer


A little about me

I’ve called the east-side of Madison my home since 2011. I own a home in Eastmorland that I share with my dogs and cats, all rescues. Prior to settling in Madison, I lived in Iowa City, Iowa while I attended the University of Iowa College of Law and also earned a Masters of Public Health. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English from Grinnell College.

I’ve worked for some incredible population health- focused organizations since I arrived in Madison, including the Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and finally UW Organ & Tissue Donation, where I coordinate regulatory compliance and quality improvement. In my free time I like riding my bike around Madison, hiking in our state parks, watching documentaries, and keeping up with local news. 

How to contact me: 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have. If I cannot answer it, I will do my best to find someone who can. I talk regularly with your City of Madison alders and we keep each other informed of issues and concerns for our community. 

  • Email me at Audet.Kristen@CountyofDane.com

  • Call me at (608) 620-6493

  • Sign up to receive email updates by entering your email address on the Contacts page of my website at  https://kristenaudet.com/contact

  • Follow my Facebook page, Dane County Supervisor, District 17 / @SupervisorAudet for updates and important news and information (Note: if you follow(ed) my campaign page, “Audet for Dane County,” you still need to follow my separate County Supervisor page; the campaign page remains active but is reserved for election / campaign / political content, not official county information).