February 10, 2021
Greetings Monona-

Welcome to the City's first edition of "MyMonona News." The City strives to keep residents informed and engaged with what's going on in Monona. In our efforts to connect with the community we have created this monthly newsletter. We encourage you to tell your friends and neighbors to sign up and stay informed with "MyMonona News."
February 16th Election
Watch a special message from City Clerk Joan Andrusz in the video above!
All voting on Election Day for the February 16 Spring Primary will be at the Community Center, 1011 Nichols Road. The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring your Photo Id and masks are encouraged. The usual two polling places will be used for the Spring Election on April 6.
In-person absentee voting is in City Hall from Tuesday, February 2 through Friday, February 12 during regular business hours and days.
The last day an absentee ballot can be mailed out is Thursday, February 11. Ballots are due back on Election Day, February 16 by 8:00 p.m. The drive-up ballot drop box is in the City Hall parking lot between the flag poles.
More information can be found on the Clerk’s page on the City’s website or at www.myvote.wi.gov.
Candidate Forums
Virtual candidate forums will be held on March 6th and March 13th for those running in April for School Board, City Council and Mayor. We want your help coming up with questions for these forums, which will be streamed live on Youtube. Email your questions to: mononamedia@gmail.com
These virtual candidate forums will be streamed live on Monona Community Media's Youtube channel. The links below will take you to the livestreams.

March 6th: 
1:00PM - 2:30PM - Mayoral Candidate Forum

3:00PM - 5:00PM - City Council Candidate Forum

March 13th:
1:30PM - 3:00PM - Monona Grove School Board Candidate Forum
Theft from Motor Vehicles
In 2020 the Monona Police Department saw a slight increase in theft from motor vehicle cases. While we understand the victims of this type of crime are not to blame, we would like to educate our community that these crimes can be prevented by following many of these steps:

· Lock your vehicle doors and make sure your windows are rolled up
· Do not keep phones, computers or other valuables in plain view
· If you are able, park your vehicle in a secured garage
· Park near a light source or consider external lighting near your residence (motion lights)
· Don’t leave your garage remote in your vehicle
· Report suspicious activity, such as person(s) pulling on door handles of vehicles in your neighborhood
· Never leave your garage door opener or keys to your home inside your vehicle, especially when parked outside
· Close and lock your garage doors and the door leading from your garage to your home.

By working together and being diligent we can help deter this type of criminal activity.

- Monona Police Department
COVID Vaccine Update
There are many questions that people have about the vaccination process and how it will work for our citizens in the City. Each month, we would like to provide an update on where we are with getting the vaccine into the arms of our residents.
As of February 1, the state and county are actively vaccinating the following groups of people:

· Frontline healthcare personnel
· Residents in skilled nursing and long term care facilities
· Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
· Adults age 65 or over

What this means, that if you are in ANY of the above groups, you can reach out to local pharmacies, your doctor or local clinics, to schedule a time to get vaccinated. There are limited number of doses available every week, but there ARE doses for YOU, if you are any of the above.

Our police and fire personnel in the City of Monona have achieved a complete dose vaccination rate (both doses given) exceeding 85%. We are dedicated to providing a safe and effective public safety service to all the citizens of our great city.

The next phase of vaccination (expected to go live March 1), is to start including the following groups of people with the above four:

· Education and child care
· Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
· Some public-facing essential workers
· Non-frontline essential health care personnel
· Facility staff and residents in congregate living settings

This means that if you live in any of our assisted living facilities, are teachers or child care workers, or members of our essential City staff, you are next on the list! If you are not, there are many things coming or changing in upcoming months, so keep watching. There are currently over 60 different vaccines in the works, including two more applying for Emergency Use Authorization in coming weeks. More vaccines equal more chances to get protected.

We are dedicated to bringing transparent, open communications regarding the COVID vaccines to you as we find out more. Stay tuned to the City of Monona website, Facebook page, or this newsletter for further updates.

The above information is directly from the Wisconsin DHS Website, and is updated weekly.

-Your City of Monona Fire & EMS Department
Beltline Flex Lane Construction
Construction will begin in March to add a flex lane to the beltline. Making improvements to the inside median shoulders will allow for their use as an additional travel lane during peak travel periods. The project will also address deteriorating pavement; improve existing drainage deficiencies; and replace the existing median barrier wall along the Beltline. Construction is expected to wrap up in December.
Parks & Recreation Dept. Happenings
The Park & Rec Department has a number of seasonal job openings for this summer. Open positions include: Pool Manager, Lifeguard, Summer Landscape Maintenance Worker, Flag Football Instructor and more. Take a look at the City website for more information on seasonal positions with the Park and Rec Department.
The results are in, the Snowman Show winners have been chosen! Click the button below to see the winners!
Monona offers two ways to hit the ice this winter. The Monona Bank RiverRink at Grand Crossing Park and the Winnequah Park Lagoon. You have to book a skate time online before you go to the RiverRink. The Lagoon is free to skate. You can rent ice skates for the lagoon by calling the Recreation Department
at 608-222-4167.
Diversity & Inclusion Update
Last fall, Monona contracted with the Nehemiah Center to assist with the work the city is doing on issues of diversity and racial bias in Monona. Nehemiah conducted an initial community conversation around those topics in October. Since then, Mayor Mary O’Connor and City Administrator Bryan Gadow have been working with Nehemiah on several different items that recently came to fruition.

City department heads, the City Council, the Mayor and City Administrator participated in the first of a series of cultural engagement sessions with Nehemiah on January 25. The sessions involved both an educational component as well as small group discussions.

City Administrator Gadow and the Mayor met with Dr. Alex Gee of Nehemiah on January 27 for the first of a series of executive training sessions focused initially on how best to address questions of potential bias in city processes and procedures.

A city-wide survey regarding what residents would like to see in a new police chief is currently available to residents until February 19 at mymonona.com. Karen Reece of Nehemiah provided input to GovHR who is conducting the search for a new chief and the Police & Fire Commission regarding the questions included in the survey. Monona is committed to bringing in a diverse pool of candidates for consideration by the Police & Fire Commission.

On February 9, the Police & Fire Commission and GovHR participated in a virtual community listening session, assisted by Nehemiah staff, where residents were also able to provide their input regarding what they’d like to see in a new police chief. Thank you to all who participated.

Nehemiah will meet with city staff in upcoming weeks regarding how to expand the city’s reach when filling open positions to ensure a diverse pool of candidates.
Monona is committed to ensuring that all residents feel that it is a welcoming and inclusive city.
Utilities & Sustainability
The City of Monona is upgrading the water meters for all residential water customers to new “smart” meters. The City contracted with a company called HydroCorp. You will receive a letter from HydroCorp before they do work in your area. A response is required.
Help the City of Monona Sustainability Committee meet their goal of raising $12,500 and adding 50 new trees to Monona's tree canopy! If you donate $100 or more, the Sustainability Committee will donate an additional $25 to the fund in your name.
Friends of
San Damiano Website
The Friends of San Damiano have launched a website in their efforts to help the City secure the San Damiano property located at 4123 Monona Drive.
Winter/Spring Guide
Be sure to check out the City of Monona Winter/Spring 2021 guide available online!
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Raise a reader! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program through the Monona Public Library which encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by daily reading aloud to their children ages birth to five. Reading to children builds vocabulary, language skills, and equips them with the skills they need for Kindergarten.
Valentine's Day
 on WVMO
Show your special someone that you care with a shout out on 98.7 WVMO! It's easy, just call the station number at 608-216-7431 and record your message. You don't even have to talk to anyone! Just be sure to say your name and the name of the person you're giving a shout out to! Messages will be aired on Valentine's Day.
What is Monona
Community Media?
Monona Community Media is a dynamic organization encompassing both a low-power radio station and a community access TV channel. Monona Community Media provides media coverage of Monona Grove High School and city events, while offering a variety of local radio programs and unique video segments.
Monona Community Media
WVMO - The Voice of Monona