The City of Madison Engineering Division announced Wednesday it is seeking participants for a six-month training program to prepare them for jobs in the solar energy industry.
Two incidents add to a growing trend of car thefts in the Madison area. Sometime Monday night, thieves entered two unlocked cars on the 4800 block of Marathon Dr, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. Most of the crimes of this nature have been occurring to unlocked vehicles during the evening.
The Vending Oversight Committee met at the Dane County Municipal Building Wednesday evening to amend a series of licensing fees ordinances for downtown street vendors. The first series of amended ordinances, which passed unanimously, creates what is known as an Umbrella Basic Street Vendor License, and gives vending businesses the option to register an unlimited number of workers with city government for $450 per year. According to District 4 Alder and amendment sponsor Mike Verveer, the current ordinance requires a license fee be paid for any worker interacting with the public, whether it be handling cash or delivering food. As stated in the ordinance’s legislative draft, the license fee is currently $150 per year on top of any necessary specialty licenses, which includes food vending and arts and crafts. According to Verveer, the new amendment gives vendors the option to pay one universal fee to cover all workers, instead of requiring separate licenses. In addition to the umbrella amendment, the committee unanimously voted to increase a series of street vending fees. The vending fees, according to Verveer, serve a variety of purposes including “funding to the Public Health Department for important health inspections [as well as] funding for downtown programming.” The amendments to this ordinance would increase fees for vendors near State Street and Capitol Square from an annual $850 to $1000.
Madison’s rush to build apartments has closed sidewalks, infused the air with construction noises and woven detours throughout downtown.
Total Madison Police Department traffic citations through the third quarter of 2015 increased compared to 2014, partially thanks to continued Department of Transportation grant initiatives. MPD Lieutenant Trevor Knight spoke to the Pedestrian, Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Commission Tuesday evening about the Third Quarter Traffic Enforcement Activity Report. The report showed there were 6,946 citations issued in the third quarter, an increase from the second quarter’s 4,943. Of those, 1,336 citations and 375 warnings came from DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety grant initiatives.
A Madison driver was arrested Saturday afternoon after running his car into a parked vehicle near the intersection of Hoard Street and Oak Street, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.
The Madison Christian Giving Fund successfully concluded the 2015 year by raising $120,000 in grant money via payroll deductions, private donations and with the help of social media campaigning.
Madison police responded to reports of several shots fired on the city’s East Side Sunday and subsequently engaged in a standoff with an armed man that lasted nearly nine hours and ended in the man suffering a drug overdose.