Neighborhood News

Earth Day Clean-Up

April 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with neighbors and friends by cleaning up our local parks and neighborhood. Join this community-wide effort to make a difference.

Date: Saturday, April 23, RAIN or SHINE
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (the city-wide effort is 10 to noon, but we'll be there earlier)
Location: Meet at Haen Family Park (blue park at Tree Lane and High Point Road)
Refreshments: Beverages and snacks will be available to help get us going!
Target Areas: Haen Family Park, Sauk Creek Park, the area along High Point Road and Old Sauk Road and behind it

The City of Madison will supply trash bags. Please bring your own work gloves. Filled bags can be left at each park on the curb and across from Chase Bank on High Point Road for pick up by the City.

We need your help to care for our small part of the world. Please come and give us a hand. The whole family can help. Come for whatever time fits your schedule.

*Special thanks for Dave Short for coordinating the effort for our neighborhood!

Neighborhood Garage Sale

May 2016

Clean out your closet, basement and garage and sell what you don't need during the Sauk Creek Neighborhood Annual Garage Sale.

Dates: Thursday May 19 - Saturday, May 21
Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (neighbors may participate for only one day, close early, or stay open later if they wish)

The dates correspond with the Wexford Village and Oakbridge neighborhood garage sales, which increases visibility for our garage sale. The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association will place ads in the Wisconsin State Journal and on Craigslist. During the event, signs will be displayed at intersections throughout the neighborhood. 

If you wish to participate, please contact Robin Skierka at skierka65@yahoo.com.

Children's Egg Hunt

March 2016

The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association children's egg hunt will take place on Saturday, March 26 at 10:30 AM at Haen Family Park at the corner of High Point Road and Tree Lane.

Treat-filled eggs will be scattered across the park for the children to collect. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures, so bring a camera.

Coffee, juice and donuts will also be provided. Visiting family and friends are welcome!

*Please bring a basket or bag for your children's eggs.

We hope to see you there!

Lisa Fahrney and Bridget Yallaly
Social Committee Co-Chairs

Why Join the Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association?

March 2016

Membership costs only $20 and supports many great services:

  • E-mail Notifications - Timely communication of neighborhood issues, especially crime incidents.
  • Quarterly Newsletters - News and events affecting the neighborhood and community.
  • Directory of Members - List of association members by name and by street and names of neighborhood kids interested in babysitting, pet sitting, yard work and snow removal.
  • Social Events - Spring Egg Hunt, July 4th Parade and Picnic, Pool Party, Neighborhood Dinner Party, Winter Social, and Block/Cul-de-Sac parties.
  • Other Activities - Earth Day Clean-Up, Neighborhood Garage Sale, gardening at Sauk Creek Park.
  • Web Site - A resource for neighborhood and community news and events, neighborhood map, neighborhood covenants and restrictions, association bylaws, mailbox guidelines, past newsletters and more.

Join or Renew Your Membership to the Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association

March 2016

Take advantage of the speed and convenience of renewing your membership online. Simply go to Complete Online Membership Form.

After submitting the Membership Form, go to Pay Dues Online to pay the $20 annual membership dues. Click the "Add to Cart" button to add the Membership Dues to your shopping cart. You will then be directed to PayPal's secure website. If you wish to make a donation to any of the Neighborhood Funds listed, click "Continue Shopping" (gray box on the left) BEFORE you "Check Out."

When your shopping cart is complete, click on the "Check Out" or "Check out with PayPal" button. Both options allow you to "Choose a way to pay," either with your PayPal account OR with a debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express).

If you do not have a PayPal account, go to the bottom of the "Choose a way to pay" section and choose "Don't have a PayPal Account." You will be directed to the "Pay with a debit or credit card" section where you may enter the credit card number you wish to use.

Please contact the membership coordinator at harriet@tatooles.com with any questions or comments.

Please note that SCNA is a non-profit organization but is not a registered 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, your membership fee is not tax deductible.

7933 Permanent Supportive Housing Project Approved

January 2016

On January 5, the Madison City Council voted to move forward on plans to construct a city-sponsored affordable housing development on Madison's far west side.

The Council voted unanimously in favor of reclassifying the zoning of a mostly vacant 1.3-acre parcel located at 7933 Tree Lane, near Mineral Point Road, paving the way for the site to host a 45-unit, four-story affordable housing project.

The project, spearheaded by Heartland Housing, Inc., an affordable and supporting housing provider based in Chicago, is expected to cost about $12 million. It would provide housing and support services for formerly homeless families. Support services would be provided by the YWCA of Dane County.

See the full Cap Times news story here.

Below are links to two informational documents prepared by the developer. One contains frequently asked questions about affordable housing. The other is a specific timetable on the proposed Tree Lane project.

Affordable Housing FAQ
Tree Lane Development Process FAQ

Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

December 2015

The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Annual Membership Meeting tool place on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the Lussier Community Education Center, 522 S. Gammon Road. All association members and non-members who live in the Sauk Creek Neighborhood were invited to attend. The agenda included a review of the association's financial report and committee reports, election of board members for 2016, results of the July member survey, and a discussion of key issues affecting the neighborhood.

Neighbors were invited to join us to provide feedback on issues including neighborhood safety, the Tree Lane Permanent Supportive Housing project, and how to keep neighbors connected through social media and events.

7933 Permanent Supportive Housing Project Informational Meeting

October 2015

Alderman Paul Skidmore held another informational meeting on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 PM at High Point Church, 7702 Old Sauk Road, to discuss a proposed 46 unit apartment building for homeless families at 7933 Tree Lane. The proposed site is being developed by Heartland Housing Inc. and the Community Development Authority (CDC) and is located just north of the office building across the street from Heid Music and Rocky Rococo Pizzeria.

This was the third informational meeting about the project. Prior meetings took place on January 22 and September 17. These meetings were opportunities for neighborhood residents to learn more about the project, ask questions and share opinions. A notice was sent to all homes within a 1/4 mile radius of the proposed site, but only a handful of homes in the Sauk Creek Neighborhood received it.

Below are links to two documents prepared by the CDA. One contains frequently asked questions about affordable housing. The other is a specific timetable on the proposed Tree Lane project.

Affordable Housing FAQ
Tree Lane Development Process FAQ

Alder Skidmore emphasizes these important facts about the project:

  • This project is very early in the planning stages. No approvals have been granted, and no funding has been secured. There will be no decision on going forward until the City approves the project (or not) and WHEDA tax credits are approved (or not). There will be no final decision until at least April, 2016.
  • This is not a homeless shelter. This is permanent housing for homeless families who meet strict requirements.
  • This is not a Section 8 housing project (like Wexford Ridge, on Gammon and Tree Lane). There are no rent subsidies.

Alicia Ashman Library Fall Book Sale November 5-7

September 2015

The Friends of Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. Nigh Point Road, will hold their Fall Book Sale November 5 - 7, 2015. Dates and times are as follows:

  • Friends members only: Thur. Nov. 5, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
    (may join that night, individual $5/family $10)
  • Public Sale: Fri. Nov. 6, 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM and Sat. Nov. 7, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • $5-a-Bag Sale: Sat. Nov. 7, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Donations of books, movies and CDs may be dropped off at the library at any time. Donations are tax deductible.

If you have questions, please contact Friends of Alicia Ashman Library book sale chair Marsha Jafferis at mjafferis@charter.net.

Neighborhood Dinner Party October 10

September 2015

The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association Dinner Party will take place on Saturday, October 10th beginning at 7:00 PM. We have a wonderful neighborhood, and this event is a great way to see neighbors you know and meet new neighbors.

The dinner will consist of heavy and light appetizers, followed by dessert. The SCNA will pay for the food and soft drinks. The SCNA cannot provide alcoholic beverages, but you may bring your own if you wish. Please note that this event is for adults only.

To RSVP, please follow this link to fill out a quick and easy google document.

Or if you prefer, you may RSVP to one of our social co-chairs, Lisa Fahrney fahrneys@chorus.net or Bridget Yallaly bridge5gill@yahoo.com. An email confirmation will be sent prior to the event with the name and address of the host.

Neighbors Encouraged to Join Nextdoor.com

September 2015

The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association maintains an e-mail distribution list of members, however this list is confidential. In order to have a way to communicate with each other, many people in the neighborhood are signed up with Nextdoor.com.

Nextdoor is a social networking service that allows users to connect with the people who live in their neighborhood. It is different from Facebook (social network for friends and family) and LinkedIn (social network for business) because people join a group based on where they live.

Nextdoor was created so neighbors could connect more easily with each other to get service provider recommendations, items they need to borrow or sell, find lost pets, promote community events, report a crime, etc. There is no fee to join, but your name, home address, and e-mail address are required to sign up.

If you'd like more information or have questions before signing up, please contact an SCNA board member, or send an email to scnanews@gmail.com.

Permanent Supportive Housing Project Informational Meeting

September 2015

Alderman Paul Skidmore will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, Septemeber 17 at 6:00pm at the Lussier Center to discuss a proposed 46 unit apartment building for homeless families at 7933 Tree Lane. The proposed site is being developed by Heartland Housing Inc. and the Community Development Authority and is located just north of the office building across the street from Heid Music and Rocky Rococo Pizzeria.

A meeting about the same project took place on January 22, 2015, but the project did not receive funding in April. The plan was to re-consider the project at a later date, and that is now happening.

A notice was sent to all homes within a 1/4 mile radius of the proposed site. It is likely that only a handful of homes in the Sauk Creek Neighborhood received it.

If you wish to learn more about the project, please attend the meeting on Thursday night. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like more information, please contact Alder Skidmore at distric9@cityofmadison.com or 608-829-3425.

Summer Social at High Point Pool August 27

August 2015

The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association is hosting a Summer Social at High Point Pool on Thursday, August 27 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM!

Join us at High Point Swim Club at 901 N. High Point Rd. for open swim and dinner. Pizza, salad, and soft drinks will be provided by the SCNA. You may bring your own adult beverage if you wish, as long as it is in a plastic or other non-glass container.

This event is open to ALL SCNA members and their children (and granchildren), whether or not they are members at High Point Pool. There is no fee for non-pool members to attend this event. Bring your suit and towel. If you don't wish to swim, please join us for dinner and to catch up with your neighbors!

Please RSVP to Jennifer Talarczyk at TalarczykJennifer@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please visit the following link to sign up: SignUpGenius.com. We appreciate your help!

July 14 Community Budget Conversation

July 2015

Mayor Paul Soglin invites you to participate in the Community Budget Conversation. This is your opportunity to help shape the City budget. Join City staff and alders to discuss how to best prioritize spending in 2016.

When: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Central Library, 201 W Mifflin St, Room 301

See the flyer here.

Member Survey

July 2015

Please tell us how the neighborhood association is doing!

Follow the link below to complete a survey to indicate your satisfaction with the neighborhood and the association, and to help the association determine its priorities and areas of focus for the coming year.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SaukCreek2015

The survey is quick and confidential!

July 4th Association Member Parade and Picnic

June 2015

Please join us for the Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association Member Parade and Picnic!

When: Saturday, July 4, 2015. Meet at 9:45 AM. Parade will start at 10:00 AM.
Where: Meet at the corner of Brule Circle and Sauk Creek Drive.
What: Parade, picnic lunch, inflatable bounce house and kids games

Bring your bikes , strollers, wagons and pets decorated in red, white and blue.
Bring visiting family and friends. See neighbors you know and meet some new ones too.

This event is not just for families with kids! ALL association members are welcome!

Help us make our most popular neighborhood event a success! Please follow the link to sign up to do a small task to help lighten the work load at www.SignUpGenius.com.

We are looking for a few adults to lead games for the kids (e.g. potato-sack races, three-legged races, dress-up relay, limbo, etc). Please sign up to lead a game of your choice!

Neighborhood Garage Sale May 14 - 16

May 2015

This year's neighborhood garage sale will take place May 14-16 (Thursday-Saturday). The dates coincide with a nearby neighborhood garage sale to draw more traffic. Advertised times will be 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, but neighbors are welcome to participate for only one day, close early, or stay open later if they wish. The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Assocation will place ads in the Wisconsin State Journal and on Craigslist. During the event, signs will be displayed at intersections throughout the neighborhood.

If you wish to participate, please contact Robin Skierka at skierka65@yahoo.com.

UW Urban Canid Project

May 2015

Researchers at UW Madison are studying urban fox and coyote populations. In order to better understand these urban populations, they need to radio-collar more adult red foxes and coyotes around Madison. The researchers are requesting that anyone who sees foxes or coyotes in their yard or around town report the sightings, especially when animals visit areas multiple times.

Please contact the researchers at uwurbancanidproject@gmail.com if you frequently see a fox or coyote in your yard or other location. To learn more about the UW Urban Canid project visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uwurbancanidproject.

Earth Day Clean-up April 25

April 2015

Celebrate Earth Day with neighbors and friends on Saturday, April 25 by cleaning up our local parks and neighborhood. Join this community-wide effort to make a difference.

  • Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015, RAIN or SHINE
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (the city-wide effort is 10 to noon, but we'll be there earlier)
  • Location: Meet at Haen Family Park (blue park at Tree Lane and High Point Road)
  • Refreshments: Beverages and snacks will be available to help get us going!
  • Target Areas: Haen Family Park, Sauk Creek Park, greenway at High Point Road and Old Sauk Road

The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association will supply trash bags.
Please bring your own work gloves.

We need your help to care for our small part of the world. Please come and give us a hand. The whole family can help. Come for whatever time fits your schedule.

*Special thanks for Dave Short and Bob Kramer for coordinating the effort for our neighborhood!

Residential Burglary and Auto Theft Prevention

April 2015

The Madison Police Department posted a short video from West District officers Tom Grosse and Scott Favour showing how to deter burglars from entering homes through garage outside doors and other burglary prevention tips.

Here's a link to the video: https://youtu.be/vs87TRlxtYQ.

The police department recommends citizens take the following preventative steps to deter crime:

  • Keep your doors and windows locked, even while at home.
  • Keep your garage door closed, and lock any door from the garage to the interior of your home.
  • Keep the exterior of your home well illuminated; consider motion detecting lights as well.
  • Leave interior lights on when you're gone; consider using a timer to turn them on and off. Also consider leaving a radio or TV on so it appears someone is home.
  • Keep trees and shrubs near your home trimmed so that the exterior is visible.
  • If you'll be away, take steps so it isn't obvious that you're gone: stop the mail and newspaper, have your driveway/sidewalk shoveled, keep your home illuminated using timers, etc.
  • Get to know your neighbors, so you'll know what kind of activity is suspisious or unusual. Don't hesitate to call MPD if you see something suspicious.
  • Don't leave keys concealed outside your residence.
  • Keep a good inventory of your valuables, including serial numbers. This information can be a great help in case you are victimized.

See these documents on Burglary Prevention and Home Security for more tips.

Please contact with West District Police at (608) 243-0500 to report any suspicious activity.

Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

December 2014

The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Annual Membership Meeting took place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Road. All members and non-members who live in the Sauk Creek Neighborhood were invited to attend. The agenda included a review of the association's financial report and committee reports, election of board members for 2015, and a discussion of key issues affecting the neighborhood.

If you have questions or comments but could not attend, please contact Maureen Busalacchi at 123busm@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Safety Meeting

October 2014

Alders Paul Skidmore and Mark Clear invited residents to attend a neighborhood safety meeting on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lussier Community Education Center Gym, 55 S. Gammon Road.

West District Captain Vic Wahl and his staff talked about recent property crime trends in our neighborhood and provided general recomendations for personal and neighborhood safety.

If you have questions or comments but could not attend, please contact:

Walnut Grove Dog Park

October 2014

Our four-legged best friends have another place to run around without a leash as of October 2014. Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joined seven other parks in the city of Madison where fenced dog exercise areas are located. Odana School Park dog exercise area also opened earlier in 2014. These new off-leash dog parks were chosen after several community meetings with interested west side dog owners, as well as people who lived in the proposed neighborhoods.

"Madison Parks is committed to providing safe places for dogs and their owners to exercise and enjoy the outdoors," says Eric Knepp, Madison Parks Superintendent. "The City of Madison is proud to be ranked #6 in the nation for off-leash dog parks by the Trust for Public Lands."

Walnut Grove Dog Park and Odana School Dog Park join six other popular off-leash dog parks in the City of Madison: McCormick Greenspace, Demetral Park, Brittingham Park, Quann Park, Sycamore Park and Warner Park. These off-leash dog parks provide great places for dogs and their human companions to enjoy exercise and the outdoors together.

Dog Park Rules: All dogs are required to have valid municipal license and a dog park permit to enter any public dog park in the City of Madison or surrounding communities. Dog Park Permits are on sale either at the park or on-line, are valid from January through December and provide access into the eight Madison off-leash dog parks, seven Dane County dog parks, and pet exercise areas in the cities of Middleton and Sun Prairie.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5. To learn more about the city of Madison's dog parks, please visit www.cityofmadison.com.

Pay Membership Dues AND Complete Membership Form Online

Take advantage of the speed and convenience of renewing your membership online. Simply go to "Complete Membership Form Online" on the left.

After submitting the Membership Form, go to "Pay Dues Online" on the left to pay the $20 annual membership dues. Click the "Add to Cart" button to add the Membership Dues to your shopping cart. You will then be directed to PayPal's secure website. If you wish to make a donation to any of the Neighborhood Funds listed, click "Continue Shopping" (gray box on the left) BEFORE you "Check Out."

When your shopping cart is complete, click on the "Check Out" or "Check out with PayPal" button. Both options allow you to "Choose a way to pay," either with your PayPal account OR with a debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express).

If you do not have a PayPal account, go to the bottom of the "Choose a way to pay" section and choose "Don't have a PayPal Account." You will be directed to the "Pay with a debit or credit card" section where you may enter the credit card number you wish to use.

Please contact the membership coordinator at harriet@tatooles.com with any questions or comments.

Please note that SCNA is a non-profit organization but is not a registered 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, your membership fee is not tax deductible.

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Community News

Alicia Ashman Library Fall Book Sale

April 2015

The Friends of Alicia Ashman Library hold a book sale every spring and fall. Money from the sale helps fund special purchases, projects and adult and children's programs at the library. Volunteers work to make this possible.

Members Preview Sale: Thurs. April 30, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Membership is $5 per year for individuals or $10 per family. May join at the sale.

Public Sale: Fri. May 1, 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM and Sat. May 2, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Bag sale is Sat. 1:00 to 3:00 PM - $5 per bag (library provides the bags).
No membership required at public sale.

Wexford Area Baseball League for Kids Entering Grades K-3

March 2015

The Wexford Area Baseball League is a fun summer t-ball and coach-pitch league for boys and girls. The deadline to register is April 15!

  • T-Bal: For children entering Kindergarthen and 1st grade. Games are on Tuesday evenings (see dates and times below).
  • Coach Pitch & Machine Pitch: For children entering 1st through 3rd grades. Games are on Thursday evenings (see dates and times below).
  • When: Beginning the first week of June and concluding the last week of July. Games are at either 5:30pm or 6:45pm. Each team plays eight games.
  • Where: All games are played at Wexford Park, 1201 N Westfield Rd, Madison.
  • Cost: Registration fee is $35 and includes a team t-shirt and baseball hat for each player.

View and print the registration form here.

Questions? Send an email to wexfordbaseball@gmail.com.

Proposed Bike Path - Public Information Meeting

March 2015

The City of Madison is planning a bike path in the greenway that runs between the Beltline and Tree Lane, behind the shopping center where Rocky Rococo Pizzeria is located. The location of the planned project and additional details are shown in this document.

A Public Information Meeting about the project was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:00pm at Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd.

If you have questions about the proposed project but were unable to attend the meeting, please contact:

Bike Path - Lisa Coleman at lcoleman@cityofmadison.com
Greenway Work - Sally Swenson sswenson@cityofmadison.com

Community Forums with Police Chief Koval

February 2015

City of Madison Police Chief Mike Koval held two public forums in the West District in February. These community forums were an opportunity for residents to meet with the Chief and discuss your questions or concerns. The dates and locations were:

  • February 11 - Sequoya Library (4340 Tokay Blvd) 6:00p - 7:30p
  • February 16 - Good Shepherd Church (5701 Raymond Rd) 6:00p - 7:30p

Please visit the City of Madison Police Department West District website at wwww.cityofmadison.com/police/west to see the latest news posted on the West District Blotter.