Public Health & Madison Dane County
Face Covering Emergency Order
Extended through October 8th
Masks Required Indoors in Public Places
Vaccine Clinics in Monona
Public Health Madison Dane County is holding drop-in Covid-19 vaccine clinics for those needing a first or second dose at La Rosita, 6005 Monona Drive on September 17, 24 and October 1. The clinics will run from 11:30 am-2:30 pm.  Anyone aged 12 and above can get vaccinated. (Individuals ages 12-17 require parental consent with form or in-person)
Ad Hoc Work Group on Diversity and Equity Issues
Monona's Ad Hoc Workgroup on Diversity and Equity Issues began meeting in late July. The committee is expected to be short-term, about six months and is charged with determining a plan to ensure that Monona makes a long-term commitment to racial and social justice and equity both at city hall and in the community at large. 
The diverse group of eight Monona residents are currently working through a facilitated brainstorming session on their charge and task with the assistance of Karen Reece and Harry Hawkins of the Nehemiah Center.
Ahearn Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Run/Walk
The Ahearn Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Run/Walk event will be held September 18th at Winnequah Park. The 5K event offers a beautiful course throughout the Park and a 1K event for the kids. The Ann Ahearn Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship integrates a passion for social justice and equity, with the desire to make a college degree more affordable for a high school student of color. A scholarship will be awarded each year to a college-bound high school senior in the Monona Grove School District who has exhibited the qualities and ideals that Ann displayed throughout her life.
One City School "Forever Home" In Monona
In July 2021, with a generous gift of $14 million from Madison philanthropist Pleasant T. Rowland, One City purchased it’s forever home at 1707 W. Broadway, in Monona, directly adjacent to South Madison and the West Beltline Highway. The space perfectly accommodates One City’s innovative “Leadership Campus”, which includes a 157,000 square foot facility on 13.5 acres. The campus will initially house One City’s Elementary School (grades K - 5) and early college and career Preparatory Academy (grades 6 -12), along with outdoor play and recreational areas. Future plans include the addition of a 165,000 square foot Athletic Facility that will be open for use by the Greater Madison community outside of school hours.
Curbside Leaf Collection Begins In Early October
Fall collection generally begins in early October when the leaves begin to fall and continues until early December, weather depending. There are no districts for leaf collection. Vacuum trucks circle the city and collect leaf piles as they see them. During the busiest leaf collection times, it generally takes the leaf trucks 12 working days to cover the entire city. To ensure that crews can access your leaves with the vacuum trucks, please note the following:
  • Place leaves on the curbside terrace (not in the street or gutter) in rows no wider than 3-4 feet.
  • Avoid placing leaves near sign posts, mailboxes, tree trunks, parked cars, or other obstacles.
  • Do not mix trash, brush, or other yard waste with your leaves. Leaves mixed with other matter will not be collected to prevent damage to the vacuum equipment.
  • Leaves can also be taken to the City’s yard waste drop-off site.

Final Brush Collection of The Year
The City contracts with Barnes, Inc. for curbside brush collection. Brush is collected 4 times per year from April through October with each collection divided into 4 districts. If you're not sure which district you reside in, click the map.
October Schedule:
District 1: Oct. 4
District 2: Oct. 11
District 3: Oct. 18
District 4: Oct. 24
Eye on Water: Monona water customers who have had their meters upgraded to the new smart meter can set up an EyeOnWater account. You'll need your account number, which you can find on your water utility bill. Once in your account, you'll be able to track your water usage by hour, day, week, month, and year. And once you've established your average usage, you can set an alert to notify you when your usage is higher than normal, which could signal that you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.
Monthly Billing: The Water Utility has switched to monthly billing, residents can set up online billing and payment. There is no fee for checking or savings account payment. You will need your account number from your bill, or you can call City Hall for assistance.

Adopt a Storm Drain and Protect Lake Monona!
When it rains, stormwater flows through street leaves creating a “leaf tea” that is rich in dissolved phosphorus. This "leaf tea" washes down neighborhood storm drains eventually making its way to Lake Monona and the Yahara River.
When stormwater runoff contains too much phosphorus it leads to toxic algal blooms, low oxygen levels, and green murky waters, none of which are good for animals living in the water or those of us who use it for recreation. In the fall, timely removal of street leaf litter can reduce the amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater by 80% compared to no leaf removal!
You can help by joining the Adopt a Storm Drain program! Adopt a storm drain near your home, keep it clear of leaves, and receive a yard sign to show your participation in the program.
Lots To See And Do At The Monona Public Library!
Book Club - 3rd Friday of the month
3 Part Zoom Series - Begins September 27th
Outdoor School Bus Storytime - September 16th
Biergarten at the Beach
Watch the sun slowly set at Schluter Beach. Quench your thirst while you enjoy live music, yard games and dancing! Thursday September 23rd, from 5pm to 8pm Tom & Evan play some of their favorite tunes!
Monona's Chili Fest is Back and Hotter than Ever!
Alongside the Monona Fall Festival for it's 38th year, the Monona Chili Fest is back and hotter than ever!
The fun begins Saturday October 16th at Winnequah Park from 11:00 AM till the pots run dry! $10 gets you a wrist band and a spoon that entitles you to all the chili you can handle. Plus you can vote for People's Choice Best Chili! 
So bring your stretchy pants and a dark t-shirt its going to get messy! 
Senior Citizens Committee Takes a Field Trip

Several members of the Senior Citizens Committee took a tour of San Damiano, including a look inside the historic Frank Allis House, on September 1. The Committee also discussed the 2021 Operating Budget and potentially will be partnering with a construction class in the Monona Grove School District to create a cold weather- and air-moderating vestibule for the Senior Center in spring of 2022. 
License Review Committee Opening
There is currently an opening for a citizen member on the License Review Committee. The committee reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council for all applications relating to fermented malt beverages, intoxicating liquor, and massage establishments, as well as ordinance amendments pertaining to these and other licenses. Operators (Bartenders) are reviewed by the committee if necessary. The committee works closely with the Police Department to ensure statutes and ordinances are followed. The committee meets as needed on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4 pm.
Upcoming Budget Meetings:
The city council will be considering the mayor’s proposed 2022 capital budget in coming weeks. They will receive presentations of some departmental requests during their regular meeting on September 20 and the remainder at a special meeting on September 21. The council will then consider the budget in a first read at their October 4 meeting with a final vote taking place on October 18. A similar process will be followed for the operating budget in October and November with dates to be determined. Go to to find the agendas and additional information.  
Public Information Meeting on the South Winnequah Road Improvements project scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6:00pm in the Municipal Room of the Library.
  • Winnequah Road Pirate Island Bridge Replacement
  • Stone Bridge Park and Storm water Improvements
  • Gateway Green and Bartels Flood Hazard Mitigation 
Donate Your Old Bike at WPS!
On Saturday, September 18th, WPS Health Solutions will be hosting a bike donation station for Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison. You can donate your unused bicycles between 10am-2pm by dropping them off at WPS Health Solutions located on West Broadway. You'll see the bike donation site in the parking area on the western edge of the property by the lawn. All styles of bikes are accepted. Bike racks are also accepted. 

MESBA Halloween:
Thriller Dance Class
Every Halloween you say you're going to learn to do Michael Jackson's Thriller Dance and every year you don't. This is your chance. Saturday October 9th at Winnequah Park. Get your tickets now!
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