WINTER STORM WARNING
On Monday morning, the Streets Division will send 32 crews out to service the city’s salt routes. Salt routes are the main arterials, main connector streets, streets on Madison Metro routes, and streets around schools and hospitals. We will continue to service the salt routes during the entire storm. We will also be applying sand as needed on the residential streets.
Once the storm transitions to snow, the Streets Division will continue servicing the salt routes and staff will monitor the snow accumulation totals to determine if a snow emergency is required. A snow emergency will not be declared unless the City receives three or more inches of snow on the roadways. Keep in mind that residential streets will not be plowed until we have three or more inches of snow accumulated on roads, and only after the storm has ended, or nearing its end. Streets Division staff will monitor conditions throughout the storm and will provide future updates.
Considering this storm will be dropping ice and sleet as well as snow, driving conditions will be slippery in parts, especially on residential streets. Please be cautious, be patient, and make good choices. Plan for extra travel time, allow extra braking distance, and follow all other safe winter driving techniques.
​​NEWS
​​Values Survey for A Greater Madison Vision
Please see the end of this newsletter for important city-wide survey information!
​​School Winter Closing Guidelines
​The guidelines ​changed this year such that the district will now consider closing schools when wind chills reach the advisory levels of -25F, rather than the previous guideline of warning levels of -35F, and when considering closing schools due to cold weather MMSD indicates it will attempt to make the decision by 9PM the evening before.    https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/weather
The MMSD has a website parents can check for school closing information at http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/, and parents can opt in for SMS cell-phone text messages at http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/txtmsg
Public Police Training
​Earlier this month, the MPD recruit academy spent one of their training days at the Boys & Girls Club near Allied Drive.  The recruit officers went through the normal topic on their training calendar (Taser training) but allowed members of the community to observe.    Read more at http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/blotter.cfm?Id=9060 .
​​EVENTS
​​Monday, Dec. 28 1:30-2:30 p.m.
​​Button Making at the Meadowridge Library​.​ Come and make your own button creations! All supplies provided. Registration recommended but not required. School age.
​​Tuesday, Cooking at Mead​ow​ridge – with a Mexican flair.  Register at 288-6160 or using the event links below.  Meadowridge Library.
​​1:00pm-2:15pm – Ages 5-8  Baked quesadilla etc.
http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=49865&ID=49865_
​​6:30pm-8:00pm – Grades 6-12 and Adults.  Salsa, etc.
http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=51195&ID=51195_
​​Tuesday, Dec. 29 1pm-3pm
​​Sequoya Knitting Group.   Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!  Sequoya Library, Midvale Blvd.
​​Wednesday, Dec. 30 1:30pm-2:30pm
​​Library Laboratory.   Stop to play all sorts of games, experiment with cooking, get creative with art and more! For children in Grades 3 – 12. Supervised younger siblings welcome. Register by phone at 288-6160 or online (​ ​http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=48078&ID=48078_​ ​).  Meadowridge Library.
​​Thursday, December 31
Friday, January 1, 2016
New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day.
Libraries are closed.
​​Sunday, January 3 2016
Libraries are closed.
​​COMING UP
​​Winter Break Ending.  Children return to school Monday, Jan. 4.
​​SURVEY
​​Values Survey for A Greater Madison Vision
The survey is located at http://www.agmv.vision/get-involved/values-survey/  . Please complete by mid-January, 2016! How we grow matters. Where and how we build and connect buildings, roads, and parks affects our economic opportunities, our well-being, and the natural environment. In short, growth matters to what we care about and value. Planning for future growth and transportation needs will position the region for success. The first step is the Greater Madison Region Values Survey. This 20-minute anonymous survey will tell us about your feelings concerning the quality of life here and priorities for the future. A Greater Madison Vision, an initiative of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, will use the survey results to engage you and your neighbors in conversations about how we grow. Drawing on shared values, community members will help define growth options, and select the option that best matches regional values. The outcome will be a vision and strategy for growth in the Greater Madison Region that generates real improvements to issues we care about. For more information go to http://www.AGMV.vision . The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB) will use the survey results as a foundation for development of the vision, goals, and priorities for the MATPB’s Regional Transportation Plan 2050. For more information, go to MadisonAreaRTP.org. Please take the time to participate in this important survey to help us identify the shared values of people in the region.
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