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Warner Park event to celebrate Madison as a 'Bird City'

A Bird City Celebration will take place April 19 in honor of Madison's recognition as a "Bird City" by the Bird City Wisconsin Project, according to the city of Madison website.

The event is free, family-friendly and will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Warner Park shelter. Attendees can enjoy games and activities like planting a tree, taking a bird and nature walk, playing bird bingo and listening to the Wingin' It Bird Band.

City: No garbage, recycling collection Monday for MLK Day

City: No garbage, recycling collection Monday for MLK Day

City crews will not be collecting garbage or recycling on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to a release.

On Tuesday, crews will pick up garbage and recycling from residents in both the Monday and Tuesday collection districts, officials said.

The Streets Division offices and drop-off sites will also be closed Monday, according to the release.

The final round of Christmas tree collection will also start Tuesday, officials said. Residents should have their trees at the curb for collection by 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Public information meeting to discuss new proposals for Tenney Park

On Jan. 13 the City of Madison Parks and Engineering Divisions will hold a public information meeting at the Tenney Park Apartments, 302 N. Baldwin St.

They will be discussing two separate projects that are proposed for Tenney Park in 2015.

The first topic will be about Tenney Park Beach Playground improvements. City parks will be seeking input regarding design options for the playground.

The second topic will be about the Tenney Lagoon Shoreline restoration and Tenney Park Bike Path reconstruction. They will discuss the proposed project to stabilize and restore all shorelines along Tenney Lagoon, and reconstruction on the park path that parallels Johnson Street.

For each topic, a brief presentation will be given, followed by a question and answer session.

This meeting is open to the public.

City wants to expand car-sharing options

City wants to expand car-sharing options

The city of Madison is exploring options for expanding car-sharing options for residents.

City Parking Utility Interim Parking Operations Manager Bill Putnam told News 3 there is one car-sharing company operating in Madison and another on the University of Wisconsin campus, but neither operation rents spaces from the city.

A public meeting scheduled for Jan. 28 will include presentations from car-sharing companies.

Putnam said they are early in the process of coming up with ideas to bring more companies to Madison and support the concept of car-sharing in the city.

One outcome is the city could request proposals from companies to rent spaces in city lots and garages.

A release from the city states that car-sharing reduces the need for car ownership and can replace as many as nine to 13 individually-owned vehicles, leading the less congestion, demand for parking and emissions.

Madison Christmas tree collection starts Monday

Madison Christmas tree collection starts Monday

The city of Madison will start collecting used Christmas trees from residents on Monday.

The city of Madison Streets Division said there will be two rounds of Christmas tree collection. The second will start Jan. 20. Residents should have their trees by the road by 7 a.m. on either Jan. 5 or Jan. 20. Trees will be collected sometime within two weeks of each of those dates.

On-street chippers will be used to process the trees, so the city asks residents to follow rules to make sure the equipment isn't damaged:

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.

City's yard waste drop-off sites to close for season

City's yard waste drop-off sites to close for season

The city of Madison said a yard waste drop off site will close for the season this week. 

The sites close every year on the first weekend in December, the city's streets and recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in a news release Tuesday. This year the sites close for the winter on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. 

"We staff the sites with seasonal employees whose term of employment ends at that time," Dreckmann said. 

The Streets Division will continue to collect leaves and yard waste at the curb as long as weather permits, he added. 

Two of the city's sites are self-service drop offs and will be open through the winter starting Monday. The sites are at 1501 W. Badger Road and 4602 Sycamore Ave. and residents can bring a variety of materials including brush, electronics, recyclables, and mixed rigid plastic Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.