MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's Common Council had a busy night on Tuesday, honoring two public servants, approving a revamp of a downtown intersection and setting the stage for consideration of a new city fee.
The night began with three honoring resolutions:
- Recognizing June as National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and June 21st as The Longest Day
- Renaming Fire Engine No. 10 that is housed at Fire Station No. 10 in honor of Richard Lance Garner, Jr., a firefighter who passed away earlier this year
- Commending and thanking Denise DeMarb, who is leaving her role as the alder for District 16
Council members then signed off on hiring the Madison law firm of Stroud, Willink and Howard, LLC to defend the city in the lawsuit filed by the developer of the Judge Doyle Square Project. The city is authorized to spend up to $50,000 for the legal service.
Later, council members approved increasing the price of residential parking permits from $28 to $42 per year. The permits allow users to park on designated streets longer than the posted one- and two-hour time limits. The change will take effect in August.
The council also approved a change to the intersection of S. Blair Street, John Nolen Drive, E. Wilson Street and Williamson Street. Council members OK'd a report with recommended changes that include left turn lanes on John Nolen and Blair Street, along with the relocation of two Machinery Row driveways.
Several notable measures were also introduced at Tuesday night's meeting:
- A resolution rejecting the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy on the border
- Mayor Paul Soglin's ordinance to add a $17 vehicle registration fee
- An ordinance to ban smoking within 25 feet of any city-owned building
The newly-introduced measures will first go to city committees, before they could come back to the full council.
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