About Chris Heaton

Chris lives in the Emerson East Neighborhood with her husband, daughter and a flock of chickens. Chris and her husband moved to Madison in 2008 from Perth, Australia. She is enjoys being involved in the Neighborhood Association and is currently serving as Co-Chair and Website Manager.

Oscar Mayer Updates, Jan 2018

(For background information, please read our previous, October 2017, post, here).


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(Photo credit to Satya Rhodes-Conway)

The City’s Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee held its first meeting in November. The draft Minutes from that meeting can be found on the city’s website, here. The committee then had a tour of the Oscar Mayer site at 2099 Roth St, Madison, in early December 2017. The photos above were taken by Satya Rhodes-Conway, the Committee’s Chairperson, during that site tour.

On January 10th, 2018, Rhodes-Conway published the Strategic Assessment Committee meeting schedule via local Neighbourhood Association listservs. The dates are as follows:  2/13, 3/13, 4/9, 5/8, 6/12, 7/9, 8/13, 9/24, 10/23, 11/12, 12/11 and are now on the EENA calendar. We will update the EENA calendar entries as more information is forthcoming.

According to the email sent by Rhodes-Conway, the meetings “will likely be 5:30-7:30, and we will meet at locations around the city. […] The public is always welcome to attend, and there will be opportunity for public comment. We will also have more specific opportunities for community involvement in the future.” Rhodes-Conway also mentioned that future meetings may be broadcast on Madison City Channel.

For more information about The Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee go to the City website, https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/oscar-mayer/2614/.


Also, if you worked at Oscar Mayer, were a relative of someone who worked here, or were otherwise impacted by the company, The Wisconsin Historical Society is wanting to hear your stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society collaborating with retirees from Oscar Mayer, is collecting and archiving the living history of Oscar Mayer. Please consider sharing a few memories with them. For more information please go to https://www.oscarmayerstories.com.



Pennsylvania Park Public Art- Provide feedback now!

As a part of the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Park, the City of Madison posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), last month. This is the first step to finding an Artist to create a focal piece(s) that will inform the rest of the enhancement to the park, which along with future landscaping will make this area a more distinct entry to the neighborhood

RFQ is simply a resume focusing on the Artist’s prior experience (especially with public art projects) and their education. After a review, the City will invite up to three of the artists to a site visit and to create a specific Art proposal for the site. The City’s Madison Arts Commission, with consultation with the neighborhood, will decide which Artist will have the opportunity to create their vision in our park.

So the RFQ submission deadline closed Tuesday November 14, and so they are now online for the public viewing. There were 15 submission from a wide range of Artists; from large Art/design companies to artists just starting out in public art.

If you are interested, please review the submissions and email your comments and preferences to Karin Wolf, Madison Arts Program Administrator, kwolf@cityofmadison.com.

3 things to know before emailing Karin Wolf:

  • Time is running out – The sooner you email Karin the sooner she is able to share your thoughts with the committee, so she would prefer you email her before the end of business this Friday (TODAY), however you can email her until 8:00am on Monday. 
  • Keep your comments ‘clean’ – Your comments are going to be publicly accessible, and will be read by the Artists, some of your neighbors and city officials, so keep you comments on-topic, professional and family friendly.
  • This is only the first step – while the RFQ is a great way for Artists to introduce themselves to us it is not a proposal of what they want to do in Pennsylvania Park. Once the artists are narrowed down and submit their proposal, there will be another opportunity to comment on the proposals.  

There is a meeting scheduled on Monday, 11/20/2017, 3pm at SuperCharge! Foods, 1902 E. Washington Ave. A this meeting the Madison Arts Committee will come to a decision on which artists go on to the next round. This meeting is open to the public and another venue to provide feedback.

We would like to thank SuperCharge! Foods for donating the space to have the Madison Arts Committee meeting. We appreciate them supporting our neighborhood.



EENA Election Results

We are very excited to announce the results of the Steering Committee elections that were held at the Annual Membership Meeting on October, 4th. We would like to thank all the outgoing committee members for the time they devoted to our neighborhood and welcome the new incoming committee members.

Co-Chair: Indira Ceylan
Emerson East makes a great home for Indira who loves to bike to her job at the UW, attempt to grow vegetables and flowers in a large enough yard, and still be in walking distance to neighborhood bars and restaurants. Getting involved with the neighborhood association, initially as newsletter editor, has been an ongoing lesson in municipal governance and a great way to meet neighbors and friends. Both are much needed for someone who came as young adult from Germany to a new country, state, and city.

Co-Chair: Chris Heaton
Originally from Australia, Chris has called Madison home since 2008. She lives with her husband, daughter and a flock of chickens. She enjoys painting, baking, gardening and being involved in the Neighborhood Association and has been Website Manager for the last two year.

Treasurer: Amanda Duesterbeck
Amanda bought her home on Dayton Street in December of 2010 and has been treasurer of the Neighborhood Association since November of 2011 and also organizes the Neighborhood Social. Amanda is a lover of animals, currently with ten pets in her care; she also takes pride in people commenting that her house does not smell like she has ten pets. You can usually find her walking her three dogs, playing a racket sport of some sort at East High School or drinking beer at Dexter’s Pub.

Secretary: Kayne Neigherbauer
Kayne is originally from Colorado but has called Emerson East home for the past 6 years, renting for years before buying a house with his partner mere blocks away which he also shares with their dog and 2 cats. He enjoys riding his bike and complaining about the lack of coffee shops in the Emerson East area.

Area 1 Representative: Gail Piper
Gail has lived in Emerson East for 19 years. She worked for US Bank in Commercial Banking before retiring seven years ago. She enjoys her hobbies which include beading and gardening. Gail is a Master Gardener Volunteer for Dane County Extension and some of her required hours are spent tending the 3rd & E Dayton Street traffic calming circle. Gail also volunteers for the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison where she fills a number of roles including serving on both the Board of Governors and Fund Raising Committee.

Area 1 Representative: Tracey Teodecki
Tracey has lived in the Emerson East neighborhood for 21 years. Gardening is a passion for her, and she shares the garden space in her large yard with her doggie friend. Tracey is happy to say that she has gotten to know many of her neighbors over the years. A Realtor by trade and previously an employee at WI DNR where she purchased land and conservation easements for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Tracey is also passionate about animal welfare and volunteers in animal rescue for the Dane County Humane Society and nationally for the ASPCA.

Area 2 Representative: Adrienne Sella
Adrienne has enjoyed living our neighborhood since 2007 and is originally from Michigan. She is a realtor that has been actively involved with the association since she moved here and has represented the neighborhood on city committees (Emerson East-Eken Park-Yahara Plan Committee, Union Corners Committee and East Isthmus Neighborhood Planning Council). You can also read her real estate article in the neighborhood newsletter.

Area 2 Representatives: Derek McRoberts
Derek is a lifelong Madisonian with a few other states and countries along the way. Graduate of East High School and UW Madison; Derek spent a decade working in environmentally responsible disposal of electronic waste before moving into the public sector. Derek currently works for the WI Department of Justice Firearms Unit as well as serving as an Army Reservist with the 469th Engineer Company. Derek is a strong proponent of good beer, good cheese, and treating all of humanity with basic human decency.

Area 3 Representatives: Diane Farsetta
Diane has lived in Emerson East since 2007, with her husband and canine and chicken friends. She’s a year-round bicycle commuter with a commitment to building community, gardening using permaculture design, and enjoying bloody mary brunches at the Tip Top.

Area 3 Representatives: Tim Cordon
Tim is a strong proponent of dismantling white supremacy culture, patriarchy, capitalism, and all other forms of oppression that keep us from creating a beloved community based on honoring and sustaining life. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Saturday Night Team which hosts potlucks and programs promoting justice and sustainability, on the 4th Saturday Night of each month (Jan-Nov) at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Emerson East. Tim dreams about and strives to realize the People’s One Whole Earth Revolution of Love. Tim would love to get to know others in the neighborhood who share his passion for equity and survival. You can contact him at timc@fusmadison.org.

Member at Large Representatives: Barb Jenkin
Barb Jenkin has lived in the Emerson-East Neighborhood for the past 17 years with her husband and two cats. She enjoys gardening, canoeing, hiking, and bird watching. She has made her yard “bird-friendly” and keeps track of the birds she has seen over the years.

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Oscar Mayer Updates, Oct 2017

Four months after the last meats rolled down the line, the Oscar Mayer site has been bought by the Reich Brothers Holdings, LLC for an undisclosed amount. The Reich Brothers “specializes in acquiring turnkey manufacturing plants…and monetization through the auction sale process” according to Reich Brothers and Krafts’ joint press release.

While it is still early in the planning  process the City and the OSCAR group are both undertaken actions in preparations for the changes that will be happening to the site.

Within the last month, The City of Madison council has approved the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee members.  The members include Alders, neighborhood and business leaders, and members of the surrounding community. For more information on the members of this committee please refer to Alder Palm’ post.  According to Alder Palm in his recent blog post:

  • the Committee meetings will be open to the public and you will have an opportunity to speak.
  • The Committee will be hosting listening sessions, both to gather general feedback and as we develop our concept plans.

Meanwhile the OSCAR Group is also holding a discussion meeting in partnership with the Northside Planning Council. According to their website, “the Organizing for Strategic Community Action & Representation (OSCAR) Group is a team of Madison North and East side neighborhood residents who are working together to provide an outlet for neighbors to weigh in on the future of the Kraft Heinz Oscar Mayer factory facility.”

They will be hosting this meeting in an aim “to assess community needs and benefits and to discuss options related to the future development of the Oscar Mayer site” (from the their event flyer). The meeting is on Monday November 13th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Hawthorne library.

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