I am three months into my term, and I have a learned a lot. The last few weeks my focus and work has been spent in three areas: Buckeye Road, immigration, and corrections. The information provided here is a summary of the activities during the month of July.
A lot of county business happened over the last four weeks:
- July 12th, the full board met, agenda here
- July 17th, the Land Information Council met, where we talked a lot about open data, and data sharing — a conversation that will continue. Agenda here
- July 19th, the HHN committee met and heard from several agencies, agenda here
- July 26th, the SMART committee or Public Works Sustainability Committee, agenda here
At our Health and Human Needs committee meeting in June, Fabiola Hamdan the Dane County Immigration Affairs Specialist joined our meeting to present the work she is doing. I met with her the following week to learn more about how to support immigrants in our community, and have had a handful of meetings since then. On July 24th, I attended the press conference hosted by Voces de Frontera, where I heard about two Wisconsin residents dealing with the tragedies of deportation and detainment, and how destructive they are to families. Below are the videos from the press conference.
The following three videos answer the question, "What can I do to help?"
Engage Dane is an ongoing project envisioned by Board Chair Sharon Corrigan to improve communication between elected officials and local residents. July 9th, I kicked off the listening sessions with the Area Agency on Aging which is an organization for adults 60 and over who would like to stay in their own homes.
July 10th, Vera Agency celebrated community by hosting the annual Baseball and BBQ event. 300 people who love, work for, and participate in programming at Bridge LakePoint Waunona Neighborhood Center, Vera Court Neighborhood Center, and Latino Academy of Workforce Development attended the cookout and Mallards baseball game.
On July 11, I visited Oakhill Correctional Institution, a State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections facility, in Oregon with the Journey Home Delegation of the United Way. We visited several buildings, learned about educational, and job training, and had a chance to speak with three inmates.
The Journey Home Delegation is part of the Building Economic Stability team, and we met in a combined meeting with the Academic Success team of the United Way to discuss overlap in missions as it relates to GED and HSED on July 20th.
Four County Supervisors and three Madison Alders have been working together to reach a plan on Buckeye Road & Cottage Grove Road. You can read more about it here. The City Finance Committee will consider the resolution on Monday, July 30. Please attend and voice your opinions about this project.
My colleague, Supervisor Kilmer invited me to tour of Journey Mental Health with him on July 13th. I'm grateful for his mentorship, and collaboration. It was very helpful to see all of the services that Journey offers, and the way they are thinking about mental health care. We toured the facilities, and learned a lot about how they are incorporating physical health care into mental health care.
Sunday, July 22nd, I joined Monona Mayor O'Connor at the Farmers' Market for office hours. I heard about some concerns with lake "junk" and "gunk" and many folks just stopped by to catch up. If you are interested in stopping by to talk please visit us on August 19th.
We made some time for family over the last month as well, with All City 2018 hosted in Monona this last weekend, it was busy throughout the city. All City is a really wonderful event, where any child who is part of a team in the league gets to swim. There was a major Zero Waste initiative led by Teresa Radermacher this year that included a construction of a water station by the Monona Public Works which significantly cut down on the use of disposable plastic water bottles.
We also had a chance to get to the Dane County Fair. We walked through the animal barns, tasted some food, watched some performances, and enjoyed a couple of rides. The weather was cool, making for a delightful afternoon!
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
COUNTY PRESS RELEASES:
- Schedule back to school shots now English Spanish
- Boosting Re-entry Efforts Will Improve Lives and Save Taxpayer Dollars
- Application Process About to Begin for 2018 Archery Limited Access Permits
- Dane County Board Wants to Engage You
- Dane County to Remove Emergency Slow-no-wake Restriction for Lake Monona's Squaw Bay