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Saturday, August 30, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 80.0° F  A Few Clouds
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On the Agenda: Allied Drive project's budget blunder

Landmarks Commission
Monday, Aug. 18, 4:45 p.m.
Room LL-130, Madison Municipal Building

The committee considers a citizen petition to make St. Raphael's Cathedral downtown a city landmark -- despite the fact that demolition of the cathedral began last month. The church was mostly destroyed in an arson fire in 2005.

City of Madison budget hearing
Monday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m.
Downtown Library

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz hosts his final public hearing on the 2009 budget. Last chance to beg for funding before he gets out the ax. (You will, of course, have an opportunity to testify before the Common Council, when it considers the budget in the fall.)

Public Protection & Judiciary
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:45 p.m.
Room 321 of the City-County Building

Joe Norwick, head of the 911 Center, gives a regular update on the department's activities. The committee also considers a resolution urging the state of Wisconsin to provide more funding the Dane County District Attorney's office. A report by the Legislative Audit Bureau last year found that Dane County is short more than eight positions. And District Attorney Brian Blanchard mentioned the lack of funding, after his office was recently skewered for not filing charges against a rape suspect for more than a year: "It's the kind of thing that's going to happen in a shrinking prosecutorial office and a fast-growing county."

Community Development Authority
Thursday, Aug. 21, 4:30 p.m.
Room 260, Madison Municipal Building

The CDA meets to discuss a potential contract with Eppstein Uhen Architects -- you know, the firm that came in with a proposal to do design services for the redevelopment of Allied Drive. A proposal that was more than $700,000 over budget. The committee has to decide whether to negotiate with Eppstein Uhen, or find another architect. The committee will also discuss plans for the Truman Olson site, an old Army Reserve facility that the city could have used (for free) as a homeless shelter, but instead decided to buy, potentially for private development.

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