Week 9

I attended an event that celebrated the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, hosted by team19. Many familiar local leaders spoke, including Madison City Alder, Arvina Martin, Wisconsin Women's Network board members, Bianca Shaw and Karen Meulendyke.

We toured Madison South Health Center of Planned Parenthood this week, where we learned about education programs, testing, and vital health services offered to men and women throughout the state of Wisconsin. 

You can watch the full June 21 board meeting at City Channel, agenda to be found in legistar. As always, please feel free to contact me to let me know how you feel about items on the agenda or follow-up with questions. 

Supervisor Stubbs introduced a resolution to honor the work of Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

 Supervisor Stubbs reads the resolution honoring Michael Johnson's service as President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County

Supervisor Stubbs reads the resolution honoring Michael Johnson's service as President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County

The County Executive recommended the Chapter 15 appointments, which will require approval from the County Board. I am slotted to serve the Land Information Council, where I look forward to active conversations about access to data, and learning more from the talented staff.

As a family we closed out the school year, and welcomed a first and seventh grader into the house. I was able to join on a field trip to the Henry Vilas Zoo, Wisconsin Aviation, and Cherokee Marsh where members of Madison Audubon Society led activities for the kids. We enjoyed soccer and the first Monona Swim and Dive meet at Seminole Pool. And, we spent many hours listening to my daughter prepare for a WYSO audition. 

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Week 8

It was a busy week, and a long weekend with both family and county events. For that reason, this week I will only include a summary of the week to start, and will add the "in other news" section within in the week.

 Supervisor Buckingham Contact information -- please reach out on the Dark Store loophole legislation

Supervisor Buckingham Contact information -- please reach out on the Dark Store loophole legislation

I am still pursuing action on the Dark Store Loophole legislation. Re-inspired by Representative Shankland, AD71. I have been learning from Supervisors Kolar and Nelson, Board Chair Corrigan, about what the county has done. If you're new to the loophole is new to you, in a nutshell: Big box stores are refusing to pay their fair share of taxes which means home owners and small businesses will have to pick up the slack or lose access to important services. The legislature is in a position to close the 'Dark store' loophole which allows national chains to pay property taxes equivalent to that of an empty store.

On March 27, 2017 the County Executive signed a County Board approved resolution urging the governor and state legislature to close the loophole. 

The Dane County Board is considering a countywide referendum that would allow voters to convince state legislators to close the loophole. Brown and Outagamie counties are hoping to put pressure on state legislators by asking residents to vote on the issue.

Several months ago, many concerned residents gathered at the Monona Community Center to express their concerns about the Big Box Stores move to skip out on their taxes. This group is still working to do what it can to move the message forward. 

Please reach out to let me know how you feel about the Dark Store Loophole.


On Monday, we marched to honor those who have given their lives in defending the country. We were joined by friends who helped us connect with residents in the parade. Following the parade we joined the celebration at Immaculate Heart of Mary Backyard Bash.

On Tuesday, I was able to attend an informative session on the importance of apprenticeship programs, like those in Germany.

 Kassel-Dane Sister County Partnership event, "Overcoming Workforce Challenges in Manufacturing"

Kassel-Dane Sister County Partnership event, "Overcoming Workforce Challenges in Manufacturing"

Wednesday was packed with the Moxie Conference during the day, an event that the Dane County Board was a sponsor. I ran into many friends there and reflected on the importance of all inclusive workplaces. 

Wednesday evening, I attended the MG21 Graduation where I heard stories from incredible students who have overcome what they believed at one time to be insurmountable obstacles. I left feeling deeply inspired from these young people.

Congratulations to all Monona Grove students who celebrated graduation today, and to La Follette students who will celebrate this coming Friday.

 Full House at the Monona Community Center for the MG21 Graduation

Full House at the Monona Community Center for the MG21 Graduation

At Bridge LakePoint Waunona we celebrated the conclusion of the school year as the staff prepares for the summer sessions with the annual picnic.

One of the cutest graduations around! The Los Niños Primero participants graduated this week. The Los Niños Primero program provides Latino children ages 3 to 5 with developmentally and culturally appropriate preparation for 4K/Kindergarten and long-term academic success with quality, research-based early childhood education and family support. Parents are active participants in the program helping their children gain preparedness for academic success.

 Los Niños Primeros Graduation

Los Niños Primeros Graduation


Hats off to all of the organizers of the Dane County Parks Unite Festival. The event celebrated the connection, via a footbridge, of two parks, one in Madison and one in McFarland. There were pontoon boat rides, science fun, tree climbing, good food, circus training, hula-hooping, disc golf, mural painting and more! We spent hours exploring all of the activities -- the event was such a success in bringing people together. I ran into several friends, and neighbors—some people I hadn't seen in years! I hope you were able to make it out.

This morning I joined Monona Mayor O'Connor at the Monona Farmers' Market for office hours where we chatted with residents all morning. It was a beautiful morning to be outside hearing about what matters most to residents of Monona/east Madison.

 Sunday morning office hours at the Monona Farmers' Market with Mayor O'Connor

Sunday morning office hours at the Monona Farmers' Market with Mayor O'Connor

As a family we took in a lot of soccer this weekend, a cello recital, swim team practice started, and we joined family in Oxford WI for a get together. A full week, indeed!


In less important news, if we meet around town, I did chop off 13 inches of hair. It will be making its way to Locks of Love along with donations from my two girls. I've caught some people off-guard this weekend when I've been out and about -- if we meet, yep, it's me with a little less hair! 

 Me, at home -- photo credit, my six year old

Me, at home -- photo credit, my six year old

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Week 7

This week I attended Bean Feed, the fundraiser to support the South Central Federation of Labor, the umbrella organization that organizes and supports local unions, and working people of Wisconsin. 

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Continuing with supporting working people across the county, I attended the The Building & Construction Trades Council Workshop, whee we heard from many long-time supporters of training, fair pay, and benefits.

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Week 6

Health and Human Needs met on Tuesday, May 15 at the ADRC. We heard from department leads who focused on the transition to family care, health care for adults overseen by the state, rather than the county as was previously done. Following the meeting we toured the ADRC to learn more about aging & disability resources in Dane County.

At the ADRC there is a quilt with a square for each of the communities in the county, Monona's features a the Tonyawatha Hotel, which according to some internet sites say it burned down in the mid 1890s.

 Tonyawatha hotel shown on quilt at ADRC

Tonyawatha hotel shown on quilt at ADRC

On Wednesday, I attended 2018 County Officials Workshops (COWS) hosted by the Wisconsin Counties AssociationUniversity of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Center. The workshop provided information about how counties in Wisconsin function, Robert's Rules, and ethics. As a result of the workshop, I have made some additional inquires about what the counties can do to coordinate on the dark store loophole. The Wisconsin Counties Association is helping to draft language about the 

The linked video provides an overview of Wisconsin Counties.

On Thursday, I started my day at the Fen Oak building for the UW Extension Committee meeting; two of our neighboring supervisors were elected as the chair and vice chair positions, Supervisor Stubbs (to our west) was elected as the chair, and Supervisor Williams (Cottage Grove) was elected vice chair. You can find the agenda here. Dr. Welch reported on a program that has been having a lot of success in teaching students healthy eating habits, cooking, shopping strategies, and leadership: 4-H Food Smart Families is also showing a lot of promise as a model for other programs.

I also met with Director Laura Hicklin and Assistant Director John Reimer of the Land & Water Resources Department to get more information about lake levels, and generally gain a better understanding of water issues that impact District 24.

Assistant Director Reimer shared that the best place for lake updates is the Lake & Water Resources Lake Levels & Information website. You'll also see a weekly update that keeps you informed about the most recent conditions. He did say that the lake levels are very high right now given all of the rain that we've received. Director Hicklin explained that with a few very short periods a couple of years ago the locks have been wide open for a very long time, allowing the water to exit as quickly as our topography allows. Reimer went on to explain that part of the slow moving water is due to the relatively low difference in elevation across our system. Additionally, Lake Monona rises more quickly because of it's size and watershed size.

One of the things we can do in our everyday lives to slow the pace that the lakes rise is to install water collection barrels which collect rain water which then slowly re-enters the water system. I don't have these installed yet, so I'd love to have some advice from any of you that are experts!

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We also talked about the boat cleaning stations and public announcements that share best practices for reducing the spread of invasive species. If you have your boat out on the lakes visit the website to learn more. You may also meet a friendly education staff while you're on the lakes this summer that can help you learn more.

Thursday evening, we will host our first county board meeting since the swearing in meeting. You can find the agenda here, and all board meetings are live-streamed, if you would like to watch from home. I will have updates on all of these events in next week's post.

Friday, I attended the United Way's Building Economic Stability Mobilization Team meeting where I learned more about housing insecurity in Dane County and how we might play a role in helping to create self supporting families—beyond the $15/hour movement. 

Coincidentally, a program connected to the United Way discussion held earlier in the day celebrated some big success. It was the graduation for 2018 Spring Bilingual Construction Graduates of the Latino Academy of Workforce Development—a program within the Vera Court Agency. 

 2018 Spring Bilingual Construction Graduates

2018 Spring Bilingual Construction Graduates

The graduates ranged in age from 18 to late 40s, and were working on filling out applications as we ate. We were then given a tour of the work they did over the last several weeks in the program. The program is a win-win for everyone involved, from the construction partners, to the graduates, their families, and the instructors.

In other news, my daughter was very excited to learn while we were out on our bike ride that the pool has water! Not long now, and it will also be full of kids making summertime memories. 

 The pool has water, my daughter jumps for joy

The pool has water, my daughter jumps for joy

I've spent the weekend working for my day job, attending the workshop TRELIS. It is intended to connect female leaders in GIS Higher Education. It has been incredibly inspiring and I'm thankful for the opportunity.

 Female leaders in GIS, visiting from around the country for the inaugural trelis workshop

Female leaders in GIS, visiting from around the country for the inaugural trelis workshop

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On Monday evening we will gather for a community meeting for the shooting that occurred on Bridge Road last week. If you are interested sharing concerns or input, the community will gather at the BLW Neighborhood Center with Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, Captain John Patterson, Madison Alder Carter, Dane County Supervisor Shelia Stubbs, and Monona Shores Staff.

Wednesday, May 23, join me in supporting Wisconsin workers at the South Central Federation of Labor 57th annual Bean Feed. You can rsvp at the facebook link. The Bean Feed is a fundraiser for political education and member communication.

 SCFL Bean Feed, fundraiser for cope

SCFL Bean Feed, fundraiser for cope

On Thursday, May 24th at 5pm you can join me at the Steamfitters Local 601 Address:  6310 Town Center Drive, Madison to attend, Building a Strong Economy. You will learn more about the challenges facing the hard working women and men of the Building Trades Unions.

Week 5

This week we continued learning more about what Dane County oversees, I participated in the MESBA hosted EDGER meeting, a state-wide workshop, and celebrated mother's day with the community.

The week began with several supervisors joining Sheriff Mahoney on a walk-through of the jail, something I had done before the election, as well. I will continue to observe and listen for all county services in the next two years to be as well-informed as I can be. I encourage you to share with me aspects that you think are important for District 24 that you may be engaged in.

Supervisor Pertl and I attended the Lake Edge Neighborhood Association meeting on Wednesday at Pinney Library. Watch for upcoming events, including the Rutabaga Outing, and garage sale days. We met in the community room where we were able to take in the art of Jerry Jordan, currently on exhibit.

I participated in the Economic Development, Government, Education Roundtable, along with other elected officials, city staff, and business leaders. The event is sponsored by a local business, and coordinated by Monona East Side Business Alliance, Executive Director, Kristie Schilling.

 Image source: http://mononaeastside.com/economic-development-government-education-roundtable-2/

Image source: http://mononaeastside.com/economic-development-government-education-roundtable-2/

85 Bucky Statues were revealed throughout Dane County, 2 of them residing in District 24. You can find #BuckyonParade at Schluter Park and Winnequah Park. Photo credit: Monona Alder Andrew Kitslaar

Over the weekend, I drove up to Stevens Point to attend the Wisconsin Progress Institute Workshop. This was an invaluable experience in my continual growth and development as an elected official. I met with supervisors from other counties, and alders/trustees from cities/towns/villages around the state.

 Wisconsin Progress Leadership Conference 

Wisconsin Progress Leadership Conference 

We talked about ways to coordinate efforts state-wide, driven by local government to hold state legislators accountable on the Dark Store Loophole -- because we believe in big box stores paying their fair share, not shifting the burden to hardworking residents. Alder Kitslaar, of course, has been been a big advocate for this in Monona, and I look forward to continuing to support his work and a dedicated group of residents. If you'd like to get involved, please reach out

I hope you all had the opportunity to appreciate the mothers in your lives. I celebrated on Friday night at the Bridge LakePoint Waunona Neighborhood Center, where the Los Niños Primeros program participants performed a dance, and a delicious meal was served to a standing-only room. On Sunday, we made cupcakes at home and delivered them around town to moms in our community that we found to be home! 

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This week is shaping up to be very busy. Health and Human Needs will meet on Tuesday, May 15 at 5:30pm at the ADRC; the agenda can be found here. Following the meeting we will tour the ADRC to learn more about aging & disability resources in Dane County.

On Wednesday, I will attend 2018 County Officials Workshops (COWS) hosted by the Wisconsin Counties AssociationUniversity of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Center. The workshop is intended to help all county policy makers "learn from experienced educators about best practices and avoiding the pitfalls of governance."

On Thursday, I will attend my first UW Extension Committee meeting; agenda found here. Following that meeting, I have asked Director Laura Hicklin and Assistant Director John Reimer of the Land & Water Resources Department to meet with me to explain more about the concerns coming our way with regard the high rains we've seen this year, and the impact on Lake Monona. I encourage you to send any questions or comments to me, either by email (buckingham.tanya@countyofdane.com) or fill out the contact page on this website. Finally, on Thursday evening, we will host our first county board meeting since the swearing in meeting. You can find the agenda here, and all board meetings are live-streamed, if you would like to watch from home. I will have updates on all of these events in next week's post.

Week 4

A little bit about process regarding Dane County Board work... About one week after taking the oath of office we received our committee assignments; I mentioned last week that I'll be serving on Health and Human Needs Committee. Agenda, minutes, and meeting times can be found on the county website, linked above. We had our first meeting last week. The Department of Human Services provides a tremendous amount of service to Dane County residents. I will share here what I learn and encourage you to contact me to add to my learning. At the highest level overview here is the Dane County Budget in Brief. What is reinforced time after time is how incredible the County staff is, Director, Lynn Green, provided us with a careful overview and explanation of processes.

 Visit the Dane County Department of Human Services website for more information

Visit the Dane County Department of Human Services website for more information

On Friday, May 4 we submitted requests for commissions, boards, and committees that the County Executive, Joe Parisi, assigns. Chapter 15 assignments are made by the County Executive and then they go to the Board for approval. Appointments are made based on availability, need, and preference. 

Another exciting event occured on Friday, May 4, Univercity Year Dane County partnership celebrated with lightening presentations of student work and posters displaying projects that resulted from the partnership. Paul Robbins, Director of the Nelson Institute described the year-long partnership, as "the beginning of a conversation." 

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This week provided a lot of opportunities to be out and about, here are a few. Where will you be this week — let me know so we can catch up!

Kudos to all of the people who have worked so hard on the Monona Riverfront project, Monona City Council, Mayor O'Conner, Monona staff, CDA committee, and community partners. Thanks for inviting me to participate, even as a newcomer! 

 May 1, Golden shovels to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Monona Riverfront

May 1, Golden shovels to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Monona Riverfront

On May 1, I took a sneak peek at all 85 Bucky Statues that were unveiled today around the Madison area. We have two Bucky's in District 24, one at Schluter Park and one at Winnequah Park. To find more Bucky statues, and information about the artists, visit the website. #BuckyOnParade

Bridge LakePoint Waunona (BLW) hosted a fundraiser, with donations going to fund the summer programming at BLW. It was a great community event, with live music, good food, and a visit from the fire department for the kids to tour the truck.

 April 27, BLW Staff at the fundraiser picnic

April 27, BLW Staff at the fundraiser picnic

 Visiting Ladder 6, photo credit  City of Madison Fire Department

Visiting Ladder 6, photo credit City of Madison Fire Department

I caught up with several members of the County Board, and County staff at the Wisconsin Women In Government Gala on April 25, where we listened to Samantha Power talk about her time as a UN Ambassador, and challenge us to be what we didn't think we could be based on what this point in time in human existence calls for.

Week 3

Our first Health and Human Needs Committee meeting will be held this Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 at the City County Building. 

This Friday I will attend the UniverCity Year, Dane County Celebration to learn more about the outcomes of UW–Madison students, faculty members research.

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Last week, I was able to attend the Monona East Side Business Alliance Expotential Event to meet local business leaders, along with County Executive Joe Parisi.

 Dane County District 24 Supervisor Buckingham, MESBA Executive Director Kristie Schilling, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

Dane County District 24 Supervisor Buckingham, MESBA Executive Director Kristie Schilling, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

Week 2

 2018-2020 Supervisors taking the Oath of Office

2018-2020 Supervisors taking the Oath of Office

37 Members of the Dane County board were sworn in on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 7 members took their seats in the City-County Building for the first time. Supervisor Corrigan was re-elected as the board chair, Supervisor Dye as the first vice chair, and Supervisor Pertl as the second vice chair. 

As luck would have it, it was my turn to provide the inspiration to start the meeting. I was grateful to have a chance to talk about my inspiration for serving: heart, passion, and foundation. You can watch the entire meeting at this link

 Buckingham delivering the inspiration, April 17, 2018

Buckingham delivering the inspiration, April 17, 2018

Each Supervisor is assigned one standing committee out of: 1.) Zoning and Land Regulation, 2.) Executive (county board chairperson, the first vice-chairperson, and one member from each of the standing committees), 3.) Personnel & Finance, 4.) Health & Human Needs, 5.) Public Protection & Judiciary, 6.) Public Works & Transportation, 7.) Environment, Agriculture & Natural Resources.

On Friday, I learned that I have been assigned to the Health and Human Needs Committee. The mission of HHN is what inspired me to run for county board, and I am eager to get to work with my colleagues. I also look forward to serving on the UW-Extension Committee, and learning more about the ways the UW-Extension has helped county supervisors host engagement/listening sessions in their districts.

This week I am looking forward to learning more about the County Executive's appointments and where I might best serve the county and District 24 well.

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Week 1

A lot has happened in Dane County since the election -- this is just a quick update!

On Thursday and Friday all Supervisors-elect attended board orientation where we met department directors, learned board procedures, and said farewell to current board members. The swearing in of the 2018-2020 board will occur at the City County Building on April 17, at 7pm.

 District 24 Retiring Supervisor, Robin Schmidt

District 24 Retiring Supervisor, Robin Schmidt