From PHNA president Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer and are now ready for some cooler fall weather!

Leaf Mulch Guidelines

The city is launching a new “Leave the Leaf” program to encourage residents to reduce phosphorus runoff into the lakes and to reduce the amount of labor needed to collect leaves.  For more info, visit:

Southwest Farmer’s Market Every Wednesday

Through October, you can still pick up fresh produce (as well as soaps, baked goods, etc) from 3-7 pm every Wednesday from the Southwest Farmer’s Market.  You’ll find the market in the parking lot of Orchard Ridge Church of Christ, at the corner of Tolman and Gilbert roads.

Graffiti Action

Noticed graffiti where you live?  This website will tell you exactly how best to handle it:

West Police District Newsletter

Justine Harris is the neighborhood officer for the Hammersley/Prairie area of our neighborhood.  You can find her report at:

Deadline for New Smoke Alarms was Aug. 15

All homes must have new 10-year, tamper-proof smoke alarms installed on each floor of the building, in each bedroom, and within 6 feet of each door leading to a bedroom or sleeping unit.  The Fire Dept. has been awarded a grant to help install new alarms for homes with young children, elderly, disabled or low-income residents.  If you need more information, please contact the Madison Fire Department Community Education Office at 266-4709.

District 20 – Alder Thuy’s Newsletter

If you reside in District 20 (a part of our neighborhood), please take a look at Alder Thuy Pham-Remmele’s August newsletter, posted on the City of Madison website at

City Budget Details

The Mayor’s full 2011 capital budget is available on the City’s website: The Council will vote on it together with the operating budget during the week of November 15.  The operating budget is scheduled to be introduced on October 5.

Public Hearing on Stormwater Budget – Sept. 22

Downtown Plan Details

Interested in the city’s downtown plan?  There’s a public meeting on Sept. 23.  More info is available at this website:

Hayrides in Madison Parks This Fall

Elver and other Madison parks are offering hayrides this October and November.  For details, visit this website:

Dialogues on Homelessness

The city is sponsoring a series of dialogues on area homelessness on the second Saturday of each month.  The first session is scheduled for October 9.  For more info, contact Donna at (608) 609-8522 /

Grassroots Leadership Training

The Grassroots Leadership College is committed to the idea “everyone a learner, everyone a teacher, everyone a leader.” They’ve hosted initial training workshops on community organizing, and will host a second community led forum in September or early October. Keep your eyes open for the date and place. The focus for the forum is “Funding and Collaborations.” Check out or call 441-0085 for upcoming workshops and community forums.

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president