Airport Noise Study

Open House at Airport Tuesday April 26, 5-8 PM

Public Outreach Open House - Confirmed
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
5pm - 8pm
Conference Room 1, near Baggage Claim, Dane County Regional Airport

Dane County is updating it's noise study.  The Airport posted the following information on the Part 150 study sponsored by the County.  Additional public engagement events will be held and will be posted on the Airport's website.  The open house will provide more information on the process. The WI State Journal reports this is the first update in 30 years and is part of the preparation for the F-35 beddown.

Dane County is updating the Noise Compatibility Plan for Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) voluntary process codified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 150 (14 CFR Part 150 or simply “Part 150”). Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, in association with Mead & Hunt and the Jones Payne Group, was retained to assist with preparation of the two elements that make up the Part 150 study: The Noise Exposure Map (NEM) and Noise Compatibility Program (NCP).

The NEM inventories and documents noise exposure from the annual-average daily aircraft operations for existing and forecast conditions; and the resulting land use compatibility. The NCP evaluates and recommends measures to address the land uses not compatible with the documented aircraft noise exposure. The implementation of the recommended measures in the NCP, once approved by the FAA, are potentially eligible for federal assistance.

New Term, New Rules

I was sworn in to represent District 2 for a 6th term last night at the County Board's Organizational Meeting. We elected Supervisor Patrick Miles as Chair of the Board. I am excited about his collaborative approach and extensive Board experience and lived experience. Unfortunately, my friend and strong progressive leader Liz Doyle fell one vote short of being elected First Vice Chair. I know she'll continue to lead on important issues in the coming term and I look forward to working with her. Thanks to Supervisor and former Chair Analiese Eicher for her service as Board Chair over the last term. She did a good job getting us transitioned to remote meetings, supported my efforts to fund tinier homes early in the pandemic, and was thoughtful in her review of proposed procedural rules changes.
On those rules changes: A number of proposals I made to amend Chapter 7 of our rules were successfully adopted last night. I want to thank Supervisor Chawla for his help with many of them, particularly in advocating for a special meeting to give them due consideration and pursuing modest changes to secure support in committee. The following changes were adopted last night.
(1) Removal of Prayer from the County Board agendas (note: prayer will not be ruled out of order and was explicitly included in a new definition of inspirational message in the ordinance);
(2) The County Board is now required to take public comment and registrations at our fist budget meeting following the Personnel & Finance Committee's action on the budget. (THIS IS A BIG WIN AND SECURED THE SUPPORT OF A NUMBER OF NEW SUPES. I've tried to get this done in prior terms, but was unsuccessful. Thanks to Supervisor Smith for talking with me and moving an amendment to get this through);
(3) Requiring staff to provide supervisors with online registration lists for registration on items before the board and standing committees prior to action on the items; and
(4) Requiring committee action to limit time for public testimony instead of just allowing the chair to limit time without committee action.
I felt short, as expected, on my proposal to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from the Board Agenda, but got several votes, including many from new supervisors. Thanks to Supervisor Dana Pellebon for seconding the motion to amend and Supervisors Huelsemann, Kigeya, Ritt, Wright, Doyle, and Glazer for their support. I think this was an important conversation on the pledge and has already changed the practice of the chair of not assuming the supervisor giving the inspirational message wants to lead the Pledge. We have elevated the voice of dissent and are making more space for free speech.
All in all, a pretty good night. It's an honor to continue to serve and write legislation to increase transparency, accountability, and inclusion in our County Board processes. Thanks to all of you for engaging in local politics and providing me support over the last month when I faced hateful, sexist vitriol and death threats for proposing certain changes, and thanks for all the support over the last 10 years of service.
I can't want to get my committee assignments! Stay tuned...

Election Day - New Wards, District Boundaries and Polling Places

Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day, April 5, 2022.  Since our last election and the 2020 census, we've had new wards drawn by the municipalities and new county board districts adopted by the county. You can check out the new ward and district info on this mapYour polling place may have changed (especially if you had been voting in a Madison school) so be sure to check before you head out to the polls. I'm grateful to be on the ballot again to represent District 2 on the Dane County Board. Here is the list of polling places and wards in the new District 2 (now containing all of Eken Park!).
Town of Madison 
Ward 1: Town Hall, 2120 Fish Hatchery Road 
City of Madison 
Ward 28: Bashford United Methodist Church, 329 North Street
Ward 29: Madison College - Commercial, 2125 Commercial Ave
Wards 30 & 41: Tenney Park Pavilion, 402 N. Thornton Ave
Ward 43:Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St.
Ward 46: Gates of Heaven, 302 E. Gorham St.
Need a ride?  Call Union Cab at 608-242-2000 for a free ride to the polls!  
Questions on voter photo ID, registration or other voting questions?  Call the Voter Helpline at 608-285-2141. 
Need more info on the candidates?  Check out the amazing resource that is the League of Women Voters of Dane County Candidates' Answers
In addition to all 37 county supervisor seats being up for election, we have school board and judicial races on the ballot.  Local elections are so important!  Please get out and vote.  Your support and participation mean a lot to me!

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