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Controversial Madison parks chief Kevin Briski resigns to take Florida job

Kevin Briski, the controversial head of Madison's parks division, is stepping down. His last day with Madison will be June 13, says Katie Crawley, an assistant to Mayor Paul Soglin. Briski is leaving the city to accept a job as leisure services director in Melbourne, Fla., starting July 1. The city will conduct a national search to find Briski's replacement >More
 Calls intensify to overhaul Madison landmarks ordinance after council rejects Mansion Hill project

The Madison Common Council's decision to uphold the Landmarks Commission's rejection of a development project for West Gilman Street was a clear victory for neighborhood groups and historic preservationists. But it's unlikely the council's action will be the last time the city fights over the issue. >More
 Is Paul Soglin traveling too much?

Mayor Paul Soglin had a busy March. He kicked off the month with a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., for the League of American Bicyclists' annual summit. A week later, from March 9 to 11, he was back in D.C. for the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference. >More
 Abandoned Drumlin Farm buildings in Fitchburg still standing, but in poor shape

Years after its tenants were evicted, the fate of the Drumlin Farm remains in limbo. The five-acre farm is wedged between Rimrock Road and Highway 14 in the city of Fitchburg. The Alexander Company bought the property about a decade ago for its Novation Campus. The tenants at the time were running a community garden and CSA and protested the eviction, but eventually left in September 2009. >More
 Wisconsin bill that would return 17-year-olds to the juvenile system dies, but proponents see progress

When state Rep. Garey Bies was a deputy for the Door County Sheriff's Department, he wasn't particularly sympathetic to lawbreakers. "Back then I had a different mindset of catching bad guys and locking them up," says Bies, a Republican who represents Sister Bay. Today, Bies realizes not all people who break the law are hardened criminals. >More
 Sue Ellingson resigns from Madison Common Council, 2013 candidate Zach Madden interested in seat (updated)

Ald. Sue Ellingson resigned her seat on the Madison Common Council Thursday, surprising colleagues and leading to speculation about who would fill her near west seat. >More
 City of Madison gives up on alcohol density ordinance

When the city approved the alcohol license density ordinance (known by its Muppet-esque acronym, ALDO) in 2007, it was trying to reduce the number of bars and taverns heavily concentrated in the downtown area. >More
 Internal candidates Carl Gloede and Mike Koval named as finalists for Madison police chief

The Madison Police and Fire Commission has settled on two finalists for the city's next police chief, both of whom currently work for the city. The candidates are Capt. Carl Gloede, commander of the Central District, and Sgt. Mike Koval, the department's personnel and training recruiter. >More
 Bus depot, land bridge to Lake Monona among ideas for Madison's south isthmus

Kenton Peters admits that he's been a bit of "a pest." The esteemed Madison architect has been following the process for the South Capitol Transit Oriented Development Study and decided to push a proposal he first made two decades ago, to replace a section of John Nolen Drive east of Monona Terrace with a grand park and esplanade connecting the public to Lake Monona. >More
 Madison Metro buses are stalling due to waxing in engine fuel lines

In recent days, about 30 Madison Metro buses have broken down on the road, as the company struggles to deal with a waxing problem in its fuel lines. "It started about a week ago," says Metro maintenance manager Jeff Butler. "Buses were stalling out and losing power on the road." >More
 Madison looks to install public toilets

Last month, Madison quietly installed portable toilets in two of its parking garages to help provide 24-hour access for both the homeless and visitors. The porta-potties are located in the State Street Campus Garage, at Lake and Frances, and the Capitol Square North Garage, on East Mifflin Street. >More
 Madison hopes to extend East Campus Mall to Lake Monona

This year, Madison will begin looking at ways to improve the "Triangle neighborhood" and Brittingham Park on the near west side, and looking for a way to extend the campus mall all the way to Lake Monona. >More
 Mayor Soglin says downtown TIF money belongs to the city, not the Madison school district

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to make one thing perfectly clear: money sitting in a tax incremental financing district downtown belongs to the city, not the schools. The city wants to use the TIF district to help pay for the controversial Judge Doyle Square project, which includes a hotel for Monona Terrace, offices, retail and housing. >More
 From vision to reality: Computer renderings are shaping Madison development

When John Martens read in the newspaper about plans to renovate the Edgewater Hotel, he was thrilled. An illustration of the plans showed a grand public walkway extending from the hotel down to the shore of Lake Mendota -- and Martens has long advocated for more public access to the lakes. But as he stared at the illustrations for a while, he began to notice some peculiarities. >More
 Is Epic driving push for Monona Terrace hotel at Judge Doyle Square?

Is Madison building a hotel for Monona Terrace or Epic Systems? That question was raised during Tuesday night's long Common Council debate over the controversial Judge Doyle Square project. >More
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