Ace Hardware to Close
After 25 years in business, the Ace Hardware store in the Meadowood Shopping Center will close.  The store will be closed on Monday, September 17, and Tuesday, September 18, to prepare for a store-closing sale.  It will reopen with a store-closing sale on Wednesday, September 19.  The store owners expect to close by early November.

Mayor Soglin Visits the Neighborhood
Mayor Soglin has made three trips to the Hammersley/Theresa/Bettys neighborhood in the past two months.  On July 31 he first came to assess the neighborhood in terms of the housing and traffic conditions.  He came again later that day to talk with neighbors about the jobs situation and access to city services.  On August 20, he visited the Kids Activity Day program and met with neighbors who want the city to purchase a duplex that would become a neighborhood house.

The mayor also spoke at a landlord’s meeting August 27 in the Balsam area about Southwest Madison criminal activity and housing problems.  He will also be speaking at the Prairie Hills annual meeting.

Community Center for Southwest Madison
The mayor’s capital budget includes $2 million for community centers throughout Madison.  How the money will be split has not been decided.  A report on Madison community centers, with information and possible recommendations, is due to be released this month.

There are two proposals for Southwest Madison being suggested. Neighbors in the Theresa Terrace neighborhood are requesting the purchase and renovation of a duplex at a cost of approximately $200,000.  A second proposal, being discussed by Alders Lisa Subek and Matt Phair, requests approximately $900,000 for the purchase and renovation of the building on McKenna Blvd., formerly occupied by Griff’s restaurant. They are waiting on the publication of the City’s neighborhood center study; if they do make such a request, it will come in the form of a budget amendment at the final Capital Budget deliberations of the full Council on November 13th.

A public hearing will be conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 18 7:30 p.m., Room 201, City-County Building,  215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (2nd floor). For more information on the capital budget, go to http://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/2013/excapbudindex.cfm.

Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association Held Coffees
PHNA held two coffees on Saturday, Sept. 15.  One, hosted by Kevin Wymore, was in Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park and the other, hosted by Sharon Whitney, was held in Pilgrim Park.  It was a good time to meet neighbors and exchange information.  Thanks to Kevin and Sharon.

Update from the West Police District
The West District, which is the largest in Madison with 80,000 residents, has taken a number of steps to improve safety in the Theresa/Bettys and Balsam/Russett neighborhoods.  These include additional police presence/visibility, focusing on problem property owners, assistance from the Crime Prevention Gang Unit and Crime Analysts and working with community leaders.

This summer has seen an increase in residential burglaries, usually through unlocked doors or open garages.  There have been decreases in weapons offenses, robberies, batteries, aggravated batteries and injury accidents. The police suggest the you keep your doors locked and garage doors closed even when you are home.

Caleb Johnson is replacing Brad Ware as neighborhood officer in the Theresa Terrace and Park Edge neighborhoods starting September 17.  His email is cjohnson@cityofmadison.com.  For more news from the West District, go to http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/newsletters/

Prairie Hills Website
Prairie Hills is looking for someone to update the PHNA website periodically. This takes about 1 hour a month. Familiarity with WordPress or Blogger is preferred as the PHNA website is hosted on the WordPress blog platform. Email chrisjamesmorris@gmail.com if interested.

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