EENA Meeting, 3/21/2018

The next Emerson East Neighborhood Association Meeting is on Wednesday, Wednesday, February 21st,6:30-8:00 pm at Bashford United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm, Bashford United Methodist Church 329 North St, (parking and entrance at the rear)


  • Greetings, introductions, agenda review
  • Approval of February minutes
  • Written reports updates
  • Graaskamp Park – Guests: Lorrie Heinemann and Cashton Laufenberg, Madison Development Corporation, and Randy Bruce, Knothe-Bruce Architects (20 mins)
  • Police department (15 mins)
  • Alder report (15 mins) – TBC
  • Honoring John Koch (10 mins)
  • Going paperless, trial evaluation (5 mins)
  • Council of Communities, continue discussion from last week (5 mins)
  • Announcements
  • Adjournment – Area reps take home your share of newspapers for distribution!

All are welcome, however in order to vote at this meeting, you must have paid your 2017/2018 dues prior to the beginning of the meeting. The 2017/2018 membership year started in October. Please feel free use the contact tab above to check membership status or inquire about agenda items.

Written reports and a draft of last months meeting minutes can be found at

Please note, in an effort to make EENA meetings more sustainable, we are in the middle of a three month trial to have paperless meetings. We will not providing printed agendas, minutes, and reports at the meeting. Members, please read the information ahead of time!


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,


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


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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Upcoming Events: Oct/Nov 2017

EENA Events: 


Reminder: Starting November, the EENA Monthly Meeting and the EENA Social  will be changing their regular day of the month. The Monthly Meeting is moving to the third Wednesday of the month and the Social is moving to the first Tuesday.

Other Community Events:

Friends of Hawthorne Library Book Sale: 10/13 (10am-8pm), 10/14 (9am-5pm), 10/16 (10am-3pm). For more info go to

Coffee With a Cop: 10/19, 9-10am,  Warner Park Community and Recreation Center.

Emerson Elementary Fall Beautification Day: 10/14  Rescheduled due to weather to 10/21, 9am-Noon. For more info go to

Last Eastside Farmers’ Market of the season: 10/31, 4-7pm, Central Park
202 S Ingersoll Street

Dexter’s Turns 10!: 11/4, 11am-7pm, Dexter’s Pub, 301 North St. For more info go to

Last Dane County Farmers’ Market (on the square) of the season: 11/11, 6:15am – 1:45pm

OSCAR Group Community Meeting11/14, Rescheduled 11/13 6:30-8pm, Location TBD the Hawthorne library. For more info email or visit