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Warm weather prompts reminders about seasonal fire hazards

Warm weather prompts reminders about seasonal fire hazards

Warm weather in the 60s arrived this week, and with it, an advisory from fire officials on outdoor fire hazards that accompany the season. 

The Madison Fire Department said ordinances do not permit burning yard waste. A fire within outdoor fireplaces or pits -- with spark arresters in use and fire extinguisher or water source nearby -- are permitted as long as it is attended by a responsible adult. 

The fire department also offered reminders on other seasonal fire hazards:

Crews won’t collect garbage, recycling Monday

Madison Streets Division crews will not be collecting garbage or recycling on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, according to a release.

Residents who normally have their garbage and recycling collected on Monday will have their material collected on Tuesday, officials said. On Tuesday, crews will collect garbage from residents in both the Monday and Tuesday garbage collection districts.

The Streets Division’s offices and self-help drop off sites will also be closed on Monday, according to the release. The final round of Christmas tree collection will also start back up on Tuesday.

Residents should have their trees, storm-damaged wood debris and garbage and recycling out at the curb for collection by 7 a.m. on Tuesday to ensure collection.

Madison Utilities: Make sure your pipes are protected

Madison Utilities: Make sure your pipes are protected

Madison Water Utility officials are hoping a few quick tips will help residents avoid costly -- and dangerous pipe bursting accidents during the extreme cold.

According to a release, MWU has initiated emergency water shut-offs at six unoccupied homes because of burst pipes. But, officials say there are a few simple steps customers can take.

  • If you have heating tape around pipes, make sure it's plugged in.
  • Double-check that outdoor spigots are off and all hoses are disconnected.
  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas.
  • Leave some heat on in unused areas of the home.
  • Keep the thermostat on at least 55 degrees if you're going out of town
  • If leaving town for extended period of time, have pipes winterized.

According to the release, all family members and household residents should know where the main water shut-off valve in the home is in case of a burst pipe.

City gears up for leaf collection

The City of Madison Streets Division announced it will be prepping crews for clean-up now that leaves are starting to fall in Madison.

According to a release from the division, street crews will be working 10 hours a day starting Nov. 11 and are expected to work weekends if needed. There will be at least 20 crews cleaning streets all over town.

Residents are being asked to rake leaves to the curb as soon as possible so crews can pick them up.

In addition to fall leaves, crews will also be picking up garden waste and pumpkins as a part of the collection service. Mixed piles of brush and leaves will not be collected.

Residents can also bring leaves, brush and garden waste to the city's drop off sites at:

  • 1501 W. Badger Road
  • 4602 Sycamore Ave.
  • 402 South Point Road

Sites are open every day of the week until 4:30 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sites will be open until Dec. 8.

Edgewood turns to goats to clear invasive plants

Edgewood turns to goats to clear invasive plants

Edgewood College in Madison hopes a herd of goats is its answer to controlling invasive plants on campus.

The college will turn a small herd of goats loose in a contained area next week and let them munch on European Buckthorn and Honeysuckle throughout the day and rest along the shore of Lake Wingra at night.

A company called Green Goats will install an electric mesh fence that will contain the herd while the goats are eating the plants. Edgewood says the goats are expected to remain on campus 10 to 14 days.

Edgewood is a liberal arts Catholic college with about 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Neighbors speak out against Monroe Street building project

Neighbors speak out against Monroe Street building project

Members of the Dudgen-Monroe Street neighborhood spoke at a meeting Monday night to oppose the construction of a new apartment building.

The building would be on the corner of Monroe and Knickerbocker streets.

Alderwoman Sue Ellingson gave her support, saying the building would increase tax revenue and revitalize the area.

Residents said the area is vibrant enough and safety is a big worry.

"We're concerned about commercial space that might be disruptive. We're concerned about traffic and parking and they safety that that brings to kids," said David Williamson, a Dudgeon-Monroe resident. "We're concerned about the fact that this is the entrance to Wingra Park and they're planning to put a giant building here that will block people's views."

The Wisconsin State Journal said the plan commission approved the plan late Monday in a voice vote..

Volunteers clean up prairie landscape

Volunteers clean up prairie landscape

Nearly 60 volunteers came together to clean up the landscaping and prarie around the West Police District station in Madison, according to a release.

Among the volunteers were three master gardeners that have helped transform the landscape around the staion by watering, planting, weeding and caring for the grounds, the release says.

In recent years, clean up efforts have been aided by the Blackhawk Church's "Love Madison" volunteer project.