EENA Annual Elections Meeting, 10/16/2019

The next Emerson East Neighborhood Association Meeting is on Wednesday, October 16, 6:30-8:00pm at Bashford United Methodist Church (parking and entrance at the rear). All are welcome. Dinner provided!

EENA aims to represent, improve, and enhance the area you live in. We can’t do that without active members. Attend EENA’s October 16 annual elections meeting – and have dinner (pizza, salad, soda…!) and discussions with your neighbors.

Consider running for an office – we have many opportunities: including area representatives (represent your immediate area, distribute newsletters and flyers, attend monthly 90-minute meetings, 1-year term) and co-chair (serve staggered 2-year team along with a second co-chair).

In addition, we are going to appoint positions in November (positions include newsletter editor, website administrator, greenspace coordinator, etc.). If you have questions or nominations, email the EENA Co-Chairs at eenachairs@yahoo.com.

Go to our website > Resources > Minutes and Written Reports for a detailed  Agenda and Written ReportsTreasurer Report and 2019/2020 Budget, and September Draft Minutes

Agenda

  • Welcome & Dinner
  • Greetings, Introductions, Agenda Review
  • Approval of September Minutes
  • Written Reports Updates
  • 2019/2020 budget and membership report
  • Elections of EENA officers (see descriptions below)
  • Demetral Berm Communications/Signage Update  – 10 min
  • Follow Up on Voter Registration Discussion – 5 min
    • Welcome Letter Idea
  • Halloween Competition with Eken Park Neighborhood Association
  • Adjournment

Please note, in an effort to make EENA meetings more sustainable, we decided to have paperless meetings. Members, please read the information ahead of time!

All are welcome, however in order to vote at this meeting, you must have submitted your 2019/2020 membership form prior to the beginning of the meeting. The 2019/2020 membership year started in October.

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Demetral Path Lighting

There was a public meeting to present the proposed lighting on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Bashford UMC 329 North Street. The presentation was by the coordinator of this lighting project, Gretchen Avilés Piñeiro from Traffic Engineering (gavilespineiro@cityofmadison.com). A copy of the presentation can be found here: Lighting Presentation PDF.

Demetral Park Lighting Map
The blue line represents existing lighting (replacing light fixtures). The yellow lines represent proposed additional lighting.

The project is a combination of replacing existing pole lights with LED fixtures and adding new poles so that the path will be lit up from behind Kwik Trip to the intersection of Packers Ave and Commercial Ave.

The existing lights poles are near the parking lot area off 6th St will be replaced with the 120W LED fixtures with a color temperature of 3000k (soft bright white). These lighting poles are currently 250W and have a sticker with a 25 for 250W that is visible during the day if you look up from the path.

The existing lights poles from near 7th St – 8th St and lighting the path near the Demetral Shelter, the children’s playground and the prairie area on the hill, will be replaced with the 30W LED fixtures with a color temperature of 2700k (soft white). These lighting poles are currently 100W and have a sticker with a 10 for 100W that is visible during the day if you look up from the path.

All existing lighting will be replaced with light fixtures that have a similar lumen according to the presenter but she was not able to give us the exact numbers at the time. There is a feature on the new lights that allows light to be blocked that might affect nearby homes and also the new lights can be further dimmed.

Approximately 18 new lighting poles will be added from behind Kwik Trip to the existing ones near the parking lot area off 6th St and from the existing ones near 8th St near the intersection of Packers and Commercial. All of the new lightings will have the 30W LED fixtures with a color temperature of 2700k (soft white).

The construction is going to be done in house by the City rather than a contractor and they hope to do it in the fall. The work should take 2-3 weeks.

A member of the audience suggested that the lights could be on a motion sensor or a push-button like the City has done in a recent project. The presenter said she would look into it but said that Traffic Engineering had not worked with motion sensors lights before but had used push-buttons on pedestrian crossings like the one at the intersection of 4th St and E. Johnson St.

Two members of the audience raised concerns about whether trees or vegetation would need to be removed and if this would also limit the trees that could be planted near the path in the future but the presenter didn’t foresee any issue related to the construction and maintenance of the pole lighting.

If anyone has questions, comments or concerns, please contact the coordinator of this lighting project, Gretchen Avilés Piñeiro from Traffic Engineering (gavilespineiro@cityofmadison.com).

This post was a product of EENA’s Development Subcommittee. If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, contact the subcommittee via the contact tab above. The images are from the presentation by the city.

EENA Meeting, 9/16/2019

The next Emerson East Neighborhood Association Meeting is on Wednesday, September 18, 6:30-8:00pm at Bashford United Methodist Church (parking and entrance at the rear). All are welcome.

Go to our website > Resources > Minutes and Written Reports for a detailed  Agenda and Written ReportsTreasurer Report, and August Draft Minutes

Agenda

  • Greetings, Introductions, Agenda Review
  • Approval of August Minutes
  • Written Reports Updates
  • Alder Report  – 10 min
  • Demetral Berm Communications – 10 min
  • Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan – Dan McAuliffe, City of Madison – 20 min
  • The Graaskamp apartment and park update – Guest: Kyle Kopplin, MDC – 15 min
  • Follow Up on Voter Registration Discussion – 5 min
  • Plan Annual Election Meeting 10/16 – 5 min
    • Call for nominations
  • Announcements
  • Adjournment

Please note, in an effort to make EENA meetings more sustainable, we decided to have paperless meetings. Members, please read the information ahead of time!

All are welcome, however in order to vote at this meeting, you must have submitted your 2018/2019 membership form prior to the beginning of the meeting. The 2018/2019 membership year started in October.

East High Milton McPike Field House Renovation

You may have noticed the construction work currently underway in the northwest corner of East High School along 4th Street. This is the culmination of a public-private partnership to raise 3.2 million dollars for a major renovation of East High’s Milton McPike Field House. When completed in mid-October 2019 East High will be able to host more than 2,500 spectators in the renovated space allowing the entire student body to convene in one place, and position East High to host WIAA events for the first time.

The renovation will include a new more formal entrance at the northwest corner of the building, a concession stand, and additional bathrooms. Additional exterior changes will include reconfiguring surface parking and upgrading surface lighting for both parking and visitors.

The full plans that were submitted to the City of Madison are online at https://bit.ly/2KLqpjC

If anyone has questions concerning the construction process or the project itself, please feel free to contact the Madison Metropolitan School District (608) 663-1879

This post was a product of EENA’s Development Subcommittee. If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, contact the EENA co-chairs via the contact tab above. Images are from the plans that were submitted to city.