Orchard Ridge Neighborhood Association

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  • Tue, September 04, 2018 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

     Matt Veldran,

    Dane County Supervisor, District 7



  • Tue, September 04, 2018 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    1.    Human Services budget request hearing - Wednesday, September 12that 6:00 PM in Room 201 of the City-County Building.
    2.    All other county department budget request hearing (Sheriff, Public Works & Transportation, Land & Water, etc) – Thursday, September 13that 6:00 PM also in Room 201 of the CCB. 
    3.    County Executive Budget Hearing – Wednesday, October 17that 7:00 in Room 201 of the CCB.
  • Tue, September 04, 2018 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With our record-breaking rains in August, we have been spared collectively of flooding devastation, but I have heard from and know of individual families who had their lives upended due to basement flooding. 

    If you still need help contact either the County or the City as efforts continue to bring our area back to “normal” conditions. Because of all the additional water which continues it is even more important this year to keep leaves out of the street and gutters, so please put them on the terrace!

  • Tue, September 04, 2018 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you likely know, there are continuing investments made on the Southwest Side and especially, Meadowood. 

    The county through its JFF offices remains as the bedrock of neighborhood outreach. This is one of the most valued non-mandated services in Dane County. Our JFF office helps countless neighbors which is a great investment. There will also be a new director. Mike Bruce is now overseeing all JFF offices in the county, but he said he will always keep a strong interest over here. 

    We are increasing our investment to Commonwealth Development by $10,000 to add to the “Step Up” program which is helping to teach people trade skills. We are also helping the Road Home with its new program, HEART ROOM. It provides six families with young children to give long term housing stability with JFF, Orchard Ridge UCC & Dane County’s Early Childhood Initiative, already in place here

  • Tue, September 04, 2018 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The County Board AEC committee is currently reviewing various proposals to expand and upgrade the AEC and the Coliseum. 

    Possible upgrades include adding more convention center space with ballrooms, a second hotel, retail space, parking garage. The coliseum would be made more accessible with wider hall space outside of the arena and new dressing rooms. Some of these additions have been mentioned by different groups, individuals, and online surveys conducted by the county board. 

    Nothing is confirmed yet and funding is not established as to how we will pay for any additions or expansions.  This will need private funding to move the project. 

    Review and provide input for the AEC! The next information/visioning session will be

    Wednesday September 12thfrom 5:00-7:00 PM at the AEC

  • Tue, September 04, 2018 1:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The West Side Senior Center, formerly located on Segoe Road, has moved into Meadowood Shopping Center and has been operating since June 5th and is in the process of merging with the North/Eastside Coalition, the Southside Coalition for the Elderly, and the East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging. 

    The executive director, Katie Gallagher (currently on maternity leave), is excited about the new location as it is larger, with more visibility and accessibility, and that the merger will serve seniors better, but all the locations will remain open. 

    Meals will now be served at noon on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. Please visit the new center, as I have heard from many of you over the years about better access to the senior center. It is now within a short drive or even walking!

  • Tue, September 04, 2018 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Leaves are Starting to Turn ...

    That means the air will start being a bit crispier!  With August winding down, we are all happy for that given the last two weeks! I hope that the rains did not devastate too many of families on our side of Madison. First off, I want to acknowledge Alderman Matt Phair and his wife Connie who helped two people, possibly saving their lives with their quick response during the historic storm in August. 

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