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." 

Local government announcements...

In other news...

Around town...
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.