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These are the committees in Dane County and Cities in Dane County that are related to common topics people are interested in, if you see something you think should be listed here, please let us know at admin@prodane.org. We are also checking with local elected officials to make sure they think this information is accurate. If you don't see your city listed under a particular topic, it means we didn't find any committees specifically related to these topics.  You will likely want to look through various committee lists and make sure nothing was added or missed.

  • Affordable Housing, Tenants Issues, Fair Housing  and Homelessness

  • Affordable Wages and Workers Rights

  • Dane County Jail, Policing and Criminal Justice Issues

  • Development, Planning, Urban Land Use, Zoning

  • Education

  • Environment and Sustainability

  • Equity and Racial Justice, Immigration Issues

  • Job Creation, Economic Development and Cooperatives

  • Open and Clean Government (Lobbying, Ethics, Clean Campaigns) & Redistricting

  • Transportation/Bicycling/Pedestrian Safety/All other modes of transportation

Affordable Housing, Tenants Issues, Fair Housing  and Homelessness

Dane County

City of Edgerton 

City of Fitchburg 

  • Community and Economic Development Authority - The Authority shall carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of Wis. Stats. §6.1213, 66.1201, 66.1333, and 66.1335 for housing and community development authorities and elderly under § 66.1213, redevelopment under § 66.1333 as agent of the City in planning and carrying out community development programs and activities. Additionally, performing all functions required to be performed by a sponsor of a housing rehabilitation program, including reinvestment in neighborhoods, administration of the City's housing rehabilitation program and any other programs of rehabilitation.
  • Public Safety & Human Services Committee - The Public Safety & Human Services Committee shall oversee fire and police service, public health, and services for elderly, review the issuance of any license, permit or franchise in connection with the sale of alcoholic beverages and review the need for ordinances concerning enforcement of any criminal codes, fire, building, residence, traffic, and such other codes, ordinances, and resolutions as may be appropriate to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public. Additionally, to review applications for outdoor sound, basketball hoops, and permits for the sale of tobacco products, oversee the use of any public buildings, lands, easements, streets, or property for special events and provide recommendations on contracts for senior services, garbage collection, library services, emergency medical services.

City of Madison

  • Bayview Foundation Board - To provide quality, affordable housing and human services to low and moderate income families. In addition, the Foundation develops and supports innovative programs which blend education and the Arts to increase cultural awareness and ethnic pride for Bayview residents and the larger community. (NOTE: Appointment listing shows only those appointment(s) made by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council.)
  • CDA - Housing Operations Subcommittee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 3.17(18) - Shall review policy and programs specifically related to housing operations. (Original Authorization: Governed by CDA By-laws and Resolution 53125, ID 29097, adopted 3-20-2001.)
  • City-County Homeless Issues Committee - The Committee shall examine, report and make recommendations to the Madison Common Council and the Dane County Board of Supervisors on issues related to homelessness. This includes housing for the homeless, jobs and job training, availability of public toilets and showers, access to storage lockers, and the provision of mental health, drug and alcohol services. Creating Ordinance ORD-14-00090, File ID# 33381 (effective date 5-8-2014).
  • Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin - Wisconsin State Statutes 46.30 & 66.434 & CAC By-laws - The corporation shall be an organization which develops economic and social capacities of individuals, families and communities to reduce poverty in Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha Counties. The organization will work to make the entire community more responsive to the needs or interests of the economically disadvantaged to bring about greater institutional sensitivity to the problems of poverty and to mobilize the resources necessary to achieve these ends.
  • Community Development Authority - Madison General Ordinance Section 3.17 - Pursuant to Sec. 66.1335 of the Wisconsin Statutes (entitled "Housing and Community Development Authorities"), there is hereby created a housing and community authority, which shall be known as the "Community Development Authority of the City of Madison." The Community Development (the "CDA") is deemed to be a public body and a body corporate and politic, exercising necessary public powers, and having all the powers, duties and functions conferred on housing authorities, redevelopment authorities and housing and community development authorities by applicable law.
  • Community Development Block Grant Committee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.15 - Recommends policies, goals and objectives of the CDBG Program, after consultation with the mayor, to be approved by the Common Council; evaluates performance of contractors performing CDBG-funded activities, including obtaining such information as is reasonably necessary for such evaluation; and, at the discretion of the commission, makes recommendations to the mayor and Common Council regarding contract revisions, enforcement or terminations; review project and Local Options proposals for CDBG funding; recommends to the mayor and Common Council a budget for CDBG funding based upon assessment of the proposals, evaluation of performance on other city projects, city policies, goals, objectives, financial needs and commitments and upon the needs assessment by the Clearinghouse for Citizen Participation; recommend to the mayor and Common Council the allocation of any reprogrammed funds; and perform those functions delineated in Sec. 4.22 as regards the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Title of body changed from commission to committee per MGO Sec. 33.15, adopted 3-17-2009, effective 8-1-2009.)
  • Community Services Committee - Madison General Ordinances Section 33.16 - a) establish policies to be followed by the Office of Community Services; b) investigate new and innovative methods for delivery of human services; c) recommend policy to the mayor and Common Council in the area of community services; d) make recommendations to the mayor and supervisor of Community Services regarding the budget for community services, and human services purchased by the City from private non-profit agencies; e) stimulate coordinated inter-community and intro-community planning for the delivery of human services; f) seek ways to involve citizens in assessment of human services needs; g) cooperate with the Plan Commission and Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development; h) seek to improve accessibility of human services to citizens who have language and other barriers; i) establish human services priorities and criteria for choices between those services which are provided directly by the City and those which are purchased from other agencies; j) work to improve coordination and follow-up in connecting City residents with available human services; k) coordinate human services activities with other governmental units. (Title of body changed from commission to committee per MGO Sec. 33.16, adopted 3-17-2009, effective 8-1-2009.)
  • Equal Opportunities Commission - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.03 (10) - 1) Study the existence, character, causes and extent of denial of equal opportunity because of sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, handicap, marital status, source of income, arrest or conviction record, less than honorable discharge, physical appearance, sexual orientation, domestic partnership, familial status, political beliefs, retaliation, Social Security Number, or the fact that a person is a student, or a member of a domestic partnership as defined in the ordinances; 2) informally recommend solutions to individual problems that may arise which involve the denial of equal opportunities because of above-listed; 3) disseminate information and provide technical assistance, consultation, training programs, and other techniques to educate the people of the City of Madison and to aid private and public agencies to use their resources to promote equal opportunities for all persons; 4) receive and initiate complaints alleging violation of this ordinance and attempt to eliminate or remedy any violation by means of conciliation, persuasion, education, litigation, or any other means to make the complainant whole again; 5) test and investigate for the purpose of establishing violations of Sec. 39.03 of these ordinances and, if appropriate, make, sign and file complaints alleging violations; 6) render from time to time, but not less than one year, written report of its activities and recommendations to the mayor and Common Council; 7) adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purpose and provisions of this ordinance; 8) issue subpoena pursuant to State Stats. Sec. 885.01 to assist in the execution of its duties; 9) from time to time designate commissioners and/or Equal Opportunities Division staff to carry out its duties; 10) administer and enforce the Minimum Wage Ordinance.
  • Housing Strategy Committee - Madison General Ordinance 33.34 - The Housing Strategy Committee shall serve as a forum for discussion and communication about housing strategies; shall establish a schedule for the Dept. of Planning & Community & Economic Development to prepare and submit a biennial housing report to the Mayor and the Common Council, which will include the following: current data on Madison and regional housing supply and trends; strategies for maintaining a broad range of housing choices for all households and income levels; and strategies for maintaining and increasing affordable owner-occupied and rental housing in Madison and the region. Creating Ordinance ORD-12-00077, File ID# 25837 (effective date 6-21-2012)
  • Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee - Madison General Ordinance 32.03 - The Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee shall serve as a forum for discussion and communication about landlord-tenant issues; make recommendations to the Mayor and Common Council on all aspects of landlord and tenant policies and issues, including landlord and tenant issues in Chapters 27 & 32 of the Madison General Ordinances; and perform functions formerly exercised by the Rent Abatement Oversight Committee. Creating Ordinance ORD-12-00076, File ID# 25836 (effective date 6-21-2012) 3-6-2014: Composition amended - committee size reduced from 9 members plus 1 alternate to 7 members plus 1 alternate; positions 2 & 9 (vacancies) were eliminated. ORD-14-00047, File ID 32619
  • Madison Development Corporation Board of Directors - Ongoing responsibilities of: corporate planning; initiating, evaluating and monitoring program administration; and maintaining a close working relationship with the City of Madison.
  • Madison Housing Authority - Madison Housing Authority has been superceded by the Community Development Authority per Madison General Ordinance 3.69. However, MHA continues as an entity because of an outstanding bond obligation. Appointments are made to the MHA so as to comply with HUD rules. Mayor makes appointments from the Community Development Authority membership.

City of Middleton

City of Monona

  • Community Development Authority - The Community Development Authority (CDA) is a separate political body that was created for the purpose of carrying out blight elimination, slum clearance, urban renewal programs and projects, and housing projects. The resolution creating the CDA authorizes the authority to act as the city's agent in planning and carrying out community development programs and activities.    These programs and activities must be approved by the mayor and City Council under the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The CDA is authorized to act as an agent for all development programs except the development of the city's Comprehensive Plan, which is overseen by the Plan Commission.

City of Stoughton

City of Sun Prairie

  • Community Development Authority - The purpose of the CDA is to eliminate or prevent substandard, deteriorated, unsanitary, and blighted areas within the City; provide and retain gainful employment opportunities for citizens of the City; provide affordable housing in the City; encourage growth of the City’s tax base; and stimulate the flow of investment capital into the City resultant beneficial effects upon the economy in the City.
    The CDA’s primary roles in previous years have been to facilitate borrowing for infrastructure and acquisition costs related to redevelopment projects in the Tax Increment Finance Districts, as well as reviewing and providing direction on specific redevelopment proposals in these areas.  The CDA has also sold and refinanced debt relating to Tax Increment Finance Districts by means of the Issuance and Sale of Community Development Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds.

City of Verona 

Towns and Villages information is coming soon - but limited.

 

Affordable Wages and Workers Rights

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

City of Fitchburg 

  • Community and Economic Development Authority - The Authority shall carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of Wis. Stats. §6.1213, 66.1201, 66.1333, and 66.1335 for housing and community development authorities and elderly under § 66.1213, redevelopment under § 66.1333 as agent of the City in planning and carrying out community development programs and activities. Additionally, performing all functions required to be performed by a sponsor of a housing rehabilitation program, including reinvestment in neighborhoods, administration of the City's housing rehabilitation program and any other programs of rehabilitation.
  • Personnel Committee - Oversee all boards, commissions, officers, officials and employees in any matter concerning labor contracts, salaries, benefits, compliance with affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, or other employment-related programs.  Approve all application forms, hiring guidelines, employee training programs, employee guidelines and handbooks, disciplinary procedures and discharge and termination procedures. Oversee all personnel matters, have charge of all matters arising under Wis. Stats §111 and oversee all personnel matters involving employees of the City including any matters involving the state employment relations commission relative to collective bargaining.  The committee is responsible for conducting disciplinary hearings involving employees covered by the City's civil service provisions and shall have the duties and powers prescribed in section 16-10 and Wis. Stats. §66.0509. 

City of Madison

  • Affirmative Action Commission - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.02(3) - Annually review, approve and recommend the city-wide affirmative action plan as proposed by the Affirmative Action Director; advise affected and/or other under-represented groups of their rights under the Affirmative Action Program; disseminate information and educate citizens to a greater understanding and practice of affirmative action employment for all affected and/or other under represented groups; render, from time to time, but not less than once a year, written reports of its progress, activities and recommendations to the mayor and Common Council; recommend and review such rules and regulations as may be necessary to promulgate the city's Affirmative Action Program; develop and review the contract compliance requirements of the City of Madison and to develop a policy with respect to vendors and contractors; and to make specific recommendations to the Common Council so as to bring all appropriate ordinances into conformity with the policies of this ordinance if necessary.
  • Committee on Employee Relations - Madison General Ordinance 33.10 - The Committee on Employee Relations shall act in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and the Common Council in making studies and recommendations relative to rates of pay, hours of work and conditions of employment for employees employed by the City of Madison who are not in a compensation group containing general municipal employees where a certified labor organization has been elected to collectively bargain. The Committee is advisory only and is not created to, nor shall it engage, at any time, in collective bargaining. Creating ordinance ORD-14-00172, File ID# 36082 - effective date 12/11/2014
  • Committee on Sweatfree Purchases - ORD--05-00162, ID 01665, approved by Council 10-11-2005. Madison General Ordinance Sec. 4.25 - Ensure that City procurement of apparel is made from responsible contractors and vendors who agree to adhere to the minimum employment standards required in the ordinance and to require their subcontractors and third-party suppliers to do the same so that all employees involved in the City's procurement may be afforded the opportunity to a fair, humane work environment as described in the ordinance. The committee is created for the purpose of ongoing evaluation and assistance in the application of the ordinance and the furtherance of its purpose. Annually the committee shall provide the Council with a report describing any suggested recommendations regarding the ordinance and communicate with other governmental units to encourage similar policies to further increase the effectiveness of the ordinance in achieving its policy goals.
  • Deferred Compensation Committee - To make and implement, on behalf of hte City, all necessary decisions relating to the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan for the benefit of Plan participants in compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations, including preparing, maintaining and updating the Investment Policy Statement. ORD-10-00092, File ID 19739
  • Equal Opportunities Commission - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.03 (10) - 1) Study the existence, character, causes and extent of denial of equal opportunity because of sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, handicap, marital status, source of income, arrest or conviction record, less than honorable discharge, physical appearance, sexual orientation, domestic partnership, familial status, political beliefs, retaliation, Social Security Number, or the fact that a person is a student, or a member of a domestic partnership as defined in the ordinances; 2) informally recommend solutions to individual problems that may arise which involve the denial of equal opportunities because of above-listed; 3) disseminate information and provide technical assistance, consultation, training programs, and other techniques to educate the people of the City of Madison and to aid private and public agencies to use their resources to promote equal opportunities for all persons; 4) receive and initiate complaints alleging violation of this ordinance and attempt to eliminate or remedy any violation by means of conciliation, persuasion, education, litigation, or any other means to make the complainant whole again; 5) test and investigate for the purpose of establishing violations of Sec. 39.03 of these ordinances and, if appropriate, make, sign and file complaints alleging violations; 6) render from time to time, but not less than one year, written report of its activities and recommendations to the mayor and Common Council; 7) adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purpose and provisions of this ordinance; 8) issue subpoena pursuant to State Stats. Sec. 885.01 to assist in the execution of its duties; 9) from time to time designate commissioners and/or Equal Opportunities Division staff to carry out its duties; 10) administer and enforce the Minimum Wage Ordinance.
  • Equal Opportunities Commission Employment Subcommittee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.03(8)(n) - Original Authorization: Created in 1966 to assist the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission in fulfilling its mission of enabling all individuals to live and work free of employment discrimination by acting as an advisor on fair employment issues; and by further developing and supporting the community's understanding of and commitment to fair employment and to the value of diversity in the work place. Name changed to Equal Opportunities Commission Employment Subcommittee per ORD-09-00052, ID 13252 adopted 3-17-2009; formerly EOC Employment Subcommittee. The EOC Employment Committee shall consist of 15 maximum voting members including one member of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Membership of the Employment Committee is open to a City of Madison company, business or non-profit designee and to individual representatives. City of Madison residency is not required.

City of Middleton

City of Stoughton

  • PersonnelThe oversight responsibilities of this committee include the HR department, policy decisions and necessary interpretation of work rules and union agreements, all personnel policies, hearings or decisions related to employee hiring, discipline and status as required by ordinance and/or city policy, union and employee negotiation, personnel position requests, payroll questions, position description creation and appeals, any matter dealing with firms retained for personnel purposes, exclusive of their contact and all ordinances and policies concerning or affecting such subjects.
  • Fireman's Pension Board

City of Sun Prairie

  • Personnel Committee - The Personnel Committee has oversight over the following areas:
    • Participate in city contract negotiations with bargaining units. Recommend council action regarding tentative agreements.
    • Participate in the interview process for department head positions. Review and approve final candidates for appointment to these positions.
    • Review and approve department head contracts.
    • Review and recommend council action regarding personnel policies.
    • Review and recommend council action regarding workplace safety policies.
    • Review and approve changes and modifications to the non-union pay plan and classification of nonunion positions.
    • Review and approve annual changes to city fringe benefit packages.
    • Receive and review various staff reports on personnel actions throughout the city administration.
    • Hear and decide on city administrator recommendations regarding department head suspensions and dismissals.
    • Consider any other matters which will be referred by the council or committee of the whole.
    The Personnel Committee's duties can be found under Section 2.08.050 of the Municipal Code

City of Verona

Towns and Villages info coming soon - but it is limited.

 

Dane County Jail, Policing and Criminal Justice Issues

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

City of Edgerton 

City of Fitchburg 

  • Police and Fire Commission - The Board shall have the duties prescribed in Wis. Stats. §62.13: To appoint the police and fire chief, approve the written protocol on hiring, promotion, suspension, demotion, and termination and to approve or disapprove the appointment of any subordinate by the Police or Fire Chief. Additionally, to distribute all rules relating to examination and qualification of police officers and firefighters, conduct examinations for appointments to the police or fire department, to suspend, reduce in rank, or remove the police or fire chief. or any firefighter or law enforcement personnel for cause after fearing on charges filed with the board in accordance with the procedures of Wis. Stats. §62.13(5).
  • Public Safety & Human Services Committee - The Public Safety & Human Services Committee shall oversee fire and police service, public health, and services for elderly, review the issuance of any license, permit or franchise in connection with the sale of alcoholic beverages and review the need for ordinances concerning enforcement of any criminal codes, fire, building, residence, traffic, and such other codes, ordinances, and resolutions as may be appropriate to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public. Additionally, to review applications for outdoor sound, basketball hoops, and permits for the sale of tobacco products, oversee the use of any public buildings, lands, easements, streets, or property for special events and provide recommendations on contracts for senior services, garbage collection, library services, emergency medical services.

City of Madison

  • Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee - Creating the Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee to complete a thorough review of the Madison Police Department's policies, procedures, culture and training using the report, other resources and testimony. Creating resolution RES-15-00477, File ID# 37863; effective 5/21/2015.
  • Police and Fire Commission - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.06 and State Statutes 62.13 - Appoints the chief of each department; approves or disapproves promotions and supervision of the hiring process, with certification of an eligibility list and approval of those who are finally hired; holds hearings on disciplinary matters brought to its attention either directly or through appeal and imposes discipline if appropriate.
  • Public Safety Review Committee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.22 - The board shall be advisory to the mayor and Common Council to assist them in the performance of their statutory duties. The board may review and make recommendations concerning departmental budgets; review service priorities and capital budget priorities of the Police and Fire Departments; serve as liaison between the community and the city on public safety issues; and review annually and make recommendations to the Common Council regarding the annual work plans and long-range goals of the departments.
  • CCOC Subcommittee on Police and Community Relations -The CCOC Subcommittee on Police and Community Relations will seek to meet the following objectives:
    • Provide a forum for residents and members of the Council to discuss police and community goals, priorities and interactions. Build a deeper understanding of policing for elected officials and members of the public; and,
    • Explore models and options from other communities related to policing and other police policies; and,
    • Provide a forum for information sharing regarding police training, policies, data and trends including detailed presentations from the MPD related to policing; and,
    • Make recommendations to the Council on short-term policy, procedure and training while waiting for the results of the Ad Hoc Review of Police Policies and Procedures.

City of Middleton

  • Police Commission - The Police Commission is responsible for employment matters of sworn police personnel. Commission members include five citizens.
  • Public Safety Committee - The Public Safety Committee advises the Police Department and the council on non-personnel operations and policy of the department. The committee consists of the mayor / designee. one alderperson with a one year term, four citizen members with two year terms, and the chief of police / designee.

City of Monona

  • Police and Fire Commission - The Police and Fire Commission has jurisdiction with regard to the hiring, firing, disciplining, or promotion of personnel in the Police and Fire departments.
  • Public Safety Committee - The Public Safety Committee reviews and recommends ordinances affecting public safety to the City Council.

City of Stoughton

  • Police and Fire Commission
  • Public Safety - The oversight responsibilities of this committee include licenses, ambulances, police, fire, judiciary, traffic regulations and related signage, safety committee, and all ordinances and policies concerning or affecting such subjects.

 

City of Sun Prairie

  • Police Commission - The Board appoints the Chief of Police, who then appoints subordinates subject to approval by the Board.  The Board evaluates internal candidates for promotion, and maintains a list of eligible candidates with examination-based qualifications.
    The Board adopts and may repeal or modify, rules calculated to secure the best service in these departments. These rules shall provide for examination of physical and educational qualifications and experience, and may provide such competitive examinations as the board shall determine and for the classification of positions with special examination for each class.  The Board shall have such other powers as provided in Section 62.13 of Wisconsin Statutes, with the exception of the optional powers provided in Section 62.13(6).

City of Verona

Towns and Villages info coming soon, but there aren't alot of committees for some.

 

Development, Planning, Urban Land Use, Zoning

Capital Area Regional Planning Commission

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

City of Edgerton 

City of Fitchburg 

  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee - The Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee shall act as an advisory committee to the plan commission. Duties of the committee shall include the study of potential future of agriculture in the city, to develop and recommend policies to promote sustainable and economically viable agriculture in the city, and to recommend areas to be preserved for agriculture.  Additionally , to study and recommend any potential compensation to landowners in areas designated for agricultural preservation, take action on any items referred to it by the plan commission or the common council, and to make recommendations on all rezoning requests in which any property zoned A-T or A-X outside the urban service area is being considered.
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission - The Landmarks Preservation commission shall designate historic structures and sites within the city limits.  Property owners or their designees may apply to be considered for designation, or the commission may undertake the designation procedure upon the majority vote of the commission members.
  • Plan Commission - The Plan Commission shall have the powers and duties prescribed by Wis. Stats. §62.23 and this Code, and such other and further powers and duties as may be prescribed by statute, by ordinance, or by the Common Council.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals - The zoning board of appeals shall have the powers and duties prescribed by Wis. Stats. §62.23(7) and by City Ordinance chapters Zoning, Land Division, Architectural Control, and Building Regulations. Additionally, such other duties as may be described by statute or ordinance.

City of Madison

  • Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee - Creating an Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee to consider recommendations to the Council regarding changes to the existing city Landmarks Ordinance. Creating resolution RES-14-00287, File ID# 33846; effective 4-30-2014.
  • Building Code, Fire Code, Converyance Code and Licensing Licensing Appeals Board - Madison General Ordinance Section 29.18 - The owner of a building or structure or any other person who is aggrieved and directly affected may appeal from decisions or orders of the Fire Chief, from Building Code Orders, or from a decision of the Director of the Neighborhood Preservation and Inspection Division refusing to grant approval of a plan, modification of or variance from the provisions of MGO Chapters 27, 29 and 40 covering the manner of construction or materials to be used in the erection, alteration or repair of a building or structure or the wrecking or demolition of a building or structure determined to be unsound pursuant to Sec. 28.04(22)(d)1.a. of the MGO's, to the Board of Building Code, Fire Code, Conveyance Code and Licensing Appeals. COMMITTEE FORMERLY NAMED "BOARD OF BUILDING CODE, FIRE CODE AND LICENSING APPEALS." RENAMED TO "BOARD OF BUILDING CODE, FIRE CODE, CONVEYANCE CODE, AND LICENSING APPEALS" EFFECTIVE 4-1-2009, per ORD-09-00019 & A, File I.D. 14578, MGO Sec. 29.18 and newly created Sec. 40.
  • Joint Southeast Campus Area Committee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.32 (2) - Facilitate participation in planning activities affecting the campus community, City of Madison and the surrounding neighborhoods of the southeast campus area east of Park Street; identify community-wide and neighborhood impacts of campus initiated, city-related and private sector development projects in the southeast campus area; discuss and summarize comments on university, city and private development plans, environmental impact/assessment statements, and traffic analysis; summarize city, campus and neighborhood comments that enhance existing commercial, university and residential areas, and street, transit and bicycle/pedestrian systems in the southeast campus area east of Park Street, and; forward appropriate summary JSECAC comments on development projects to the appropriate City of Madison committee (ie Plan Comm, Urban Design Comm, Transit & Parking Comm, Alcohol License Review Com, Downtown Coordinating Com, and Ped/Bike/Motor Vehicle Comm.) (Original Authorization: Res. 61342, ID 35474.)
  • Joint West Campus Area Committee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.32(1) - Facilitate participation in planning activities affecting the campus community, the City of Madison, the Village of Shorewood Hills and surrounding neighborhoods of the campus area west of Park Street, including Greenbush, Vilas, Dudgeon-Monroe and Regent; identify community-wide and neighborhood impact of campus-initiated, city/village-related and private sector development projects in the west campus area; discuss and summarize comments on university, city/village and private development plans, environmental impact/assessment statements and traffic analysis; summarize city/village, campus and neighborhood comments that enhance existing commercial, university and residential areas and street, transit and bike/pedestrian systems in the west campus area (west of Park Street; forward appropriate summary of JWCAC comments on development projects to the appropriate City committee (ie Plan Comm, Urban Design Com, Transit & Parking Comm, Alcohol License Review Com, Downtown Coordinating Com and Ped/Bike/Motor Vehicle Comm) and to the appropriate Village of Shorewood Hills committee(s). (Original Authorization: Substitute Resolution 59601, ID 31882 & Res 61160, ID 34816.) 5/21/2013: Position 2, District 2 Alder, eliminated per ORD-13-00090, file id #29732.
  • Landmarks Commission - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.19 - It is hereby declared a matter of public policy that the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of improvements of special character or special historical interest or value is a public necessity and is required in the interest of health, prosperity, safety and welfare of the people. The purpose of this section is to: a) effect and accomplish the protection, enhancement and perpetuation of such improvements and of districts which represent or reflect elements of the City's cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history; b) safeguard the City's historic and cultural heritage, as embodied and reflected in such landmarks and historic districts; c) stabilize and improve property values; d) foster civic pride in the beauty and noble accomplishments of the past; e) protect and enhance the City's attractions to residents, tourists and visitors, and serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry; f) strengthen the economy of the City; g) promote the use of historic districts and landmarks for the education; pleasure and welfare of the people of the City.
  • Plan Commission - It is the function and duty of the Plan Commission to make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the municipality. The commission makes reports and recommendations to the Common Council related to the plan and physical development of the city and on the location and architectural design of public buildings and other public projects. The commission also reviews and makes recommendations on any sale or lease of land, rezoning requests, annexations of land, subdivision plats and ordinance text amendments. The Plan Commission has final approval authority on land divisions (certified survey maps), conditional use requests and appeals of certain Urban Design Commission decisions.
  • Urban Design Commission - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.24 - To assure the highest quality of design for all public and private projects in the city; protect and improve the general appearance of all buildings, structures, landscaping and open areas in the city; encourage the protection of economic values and proper use of properties; encourage and promote a high quality in the design of new buildings, developments, remodeling and additions so as to maintain and improve the established standards of property values within the city; foster civic pride in the beauty and nobler assets of the city and, in all other ways possible, assure a functionally efficient and visually attractive city in the future.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals - Hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Administrator in the enforcement of the ordinance; hears and acts upon applications for variances from the terms provided in the ordinance in the manner prescribed by and subject to the standards established; hears and acts upon all other matters referred to it upon which it is required to act under the ordinance. NOTE: MAYOR APPOINTS CHAIR.

City of Middleton

  • Building Committee
  • Landmarks Commission - The Landmarks Commission recommends ways to safeguard the city's historic and cultural heritage, as embodied and reflected in its landmarks and historic districts. The commission consists of seven citizens.
  • Plan Commission - The Planning Commission oversees the physical development of the city, ensuring orderly development and expansion consistent with the comprehensive plan. The commission consists of four citizens with three year terms, the mayor, the chair of the Park, Recreation and Forestry Commission, and one alderperson with a one year term.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals - The Zoning Board of Appeals is responsible for hearing all requests for zoning variances and appeals of administrative interpretations. Applicants should allow four to six weeks for the ZBA to act on their application.

City of Monona

  • Facilities Committee - To provide the City of Monona with project oversight from inception to completion. To provide support to the City Committees and City Departments involved in Facility related projects.
    Use design and construction experience to ensure that the design construction documents and the facility construction meet the highest quality for a reasonable cost within a reasonable timeframe.
    Follow projects from pre-design through schematic design, construction document preparation, bidding, construction, project closeout and the 1-year warranty inspection.
    Review projects for energy efficiency standards and maintenance cost control. 
    Review the design in process to ensure that program requirements are being met, budget is being maintained and constructability issues are identified and resolved. Provide regular detailed reports on projects status to committees and departments.
  • Landmarks Commission - The Landmarks Commission reviews all potential landmark sites that exemplify or reflect the broad cultural, political, economic or social history of the nation, state or community, and are identified with historic persons or with important events in national, state or local history.
  • Plan Commission - The commission wrote a Comprehensive Plan for the City of Monona, which the City Council adopted in April of 2004. The Comprehensive Plan includes elements on housing, transportation, utilities and community facilities, natural and cultural resources, economic development, intergovernmental cooperation, land use, and plan implementation. An updated Comprehensive Plan will be adopted in early 2016 which will replace the 2004 Plan in its entirety. 
    The commission also reviews applications for zoning permits for all districts except the single-family residence district and the two-family residence district. The commission shall grant or deny such applications, and shall direct the zoning administrator to issue or refuse to issue zoning permits under the city's Zoning Code.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals - The Zoning Board of Appeals assists the zoning administrator in making interpretations; hears appeals for any person that is aggrieved by a decision of the zoning administrator and passes judgement on that appeal; and approves alternate methods of construction and materials.
    Most people applying to the Zoning Board of Appeals are requesting an “area variance” to such zoning setback restrictions as side yards, shore yards, street yards, etc. The ZBA has very narrow and limited authority to grant such variances. To obtain a variance, the applicant must show: A. That the granting of the variance will not be contrary to the public interest; and B. Special circumstances exist which would cause “unnecessary hardship” if the zoning code were to be strictly enforced.
    The Zoning Board of Appeals also reviews Conditional Use Permit applications in the single-family and two-family zoning districts.

City of Stoughton

City of Sun Prairie

City of Verona

 

Towns and Villages info coming soon

 

Education

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

City of Madison

  • Early Childhood Care and Education Committee - Madison General Ordinance Section 33.16 (7) - Advise and make recommendations to the Community Services Committee and to the Office of Community Services on policy and guidelines for the Madison Child Care Program; duties include, but shall not be limited to: evaluating programs and assessing community needs; establishing eligibility criteria for approved child care centers, tuition aid, grants and loans; and implementing the Child Care Program. The committee shall conduct hearings and make determinations in appeals from actions of of the Community Services Supervisor pursuant to Sec. 3.18(3)(c)3 of the Madison General Ordinances. (Title of body changed from board to commtitee per MGO Sec. 33.16(7), adopted 3-17-2009, effective 8-1-2009.) Per ORD-13-00161, File ID 30809 (effective 10-10-2013) - committee size decreased from an 11-person body to 9-person body, eliminating two Citizen Member positions. Also, two position titles changed: Day Care Service Consumer changed to Child Care Service Conumer and Day Care Worker changed to Child Care Worker.
  • Education Committee - Madison General Ordinance Section 33.28 - EDUCATION COMMITTEE (previously entitled Board of Education/Common Council Liaison Committee) - serves as a formal channel of communication and policy recommendations regarding issues of shared concern between the City of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education, and Dane County. The Committee shall meet on an as-needed basis. ORD-12-00074, file id# 26135; adopted 6/12/2012
  • MATC Downtown Education Advisory Committee - Mayor has one aldermanic appointment (preferably from the 4th District or an adjoining district) for an unlimited term. Other mayoral appointments may be made. (NOTE: Appointment listing shows only those appointment(s) made by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council.)

Towns and Villages info coming soon.

 

Of course, please see the school boards for more information as well. 

 

Environment and Sustainability

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

City of Edgerton 

City of Fitchburg 

  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee - The Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee shall act as an advisory committee to the plan commission. Duties of the committee shall include the study of potential future of agriculture in the city, to develop and recommend policies to promote sustainable and economically viable agriculture in the city, and to recommend areas to be preserved for agriculture.  Additionally , to study and recommend any potential compensation to landowners in areas designated for agricultural preservation, take action on any items referred to it by the plan commission or the common council, and to make recommendations on all rezoning requests in which any property zoned A-T or A-X outside the urban service area is being considered.
  • Mayor Ad Hoc - Sustainability Task Force - There are no members or description listed. 
  • Mayor Ad Hoc - Tree Advisory Committee - Fitchburg’s urban forest will be multi-aged, fully stocked, healthy and safe. It will contain a wide variety of appropriate species and be maintained, including prevention, detection and eradication of invasive species, on a low cost but regularly scheduled basis.
    It will contribute to the general welfare of our residents by reducing energy costs, increasing property values, providing high quality habitat for wildlife, beautifying all neighborhoods and projecting an image of quality to visitors and prospective businesses. Care of public trees will be used as a means to educate and inspire residents to care for trees on private property.
    Our mission is to protect and enhance the health and diversity of our urban forest to ensure the economic, environmental, and social benefits for future generations through education, outreach, and partnership.
  • Parks Commission - The Park Commission shall review proposed plats and subdivisions and determine the size and location of any required park land dedications, or in lieu of fees. prepare master plans for the City's park system as well as for individual parks and present to Common Council for approval. The commission shall review and monitor city parks and recreational programs and recommend changes or additions, review and report to the common council on ordinances or proposals involving use of city parks and the City community center. Additionally, adopt policies and procedures, subject to common council direction, for rental and operation of the City park system and community center as well as to oversee the operation of all city-owned cemeteries.
  • Resource Conservation Commission - The Resource Conservation Commission shall recommend policy, enforcement, and information programs that will implement and carry out the findings and provisions of chapter 41, solid waste and recycling, chapter 30, article II, erosion control, stormwater management and chapter 40, article V, stormwater utility. The resource conservation commission shall also recommend policy, enforcement, and information programs that serve to promote the general preservation and improvement of the environment, including but not limited to groundwater, stormwater, waste material, energy efficiency, and climate protection.

City of Madison

  • Board of Park Commissioners - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.05 and State Statutes 27.08 - Governs, manages, controls, improves and cares for all public parks, parkways, greenways, planning and construction, ice arenas, golf courses, conservation, cemetery, mausoleum, Mall/Concourse, boat landing and concessions, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, the Irwin and Robert Goodman Municipal Pool, Mall/Concourse special events, beaches, general recreation (summer and winter activities), Botanical Gardens, forestry, shorelines, boulevards and pleasure drives located within the city limits and secures the quiet, orderly and suitable use and enjoyment thereof; adopts rules and regulations to promote those purposes.
  • Committee on the Environment - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.11 - Advises the Mayor and Common Council in making studies and recommendations relative to water, land and air quality, noise abatement, use control, safety and management of the lakes, rivers and streams and other bodies of water and their shorelands under the jurisdiction of the City and all drains, outlets and sewers emptying into any such stream or bodies of water; acts toward improved quality of land, air and water; makes recommendations on matters pertaining to environmental quality, including measures to further the maintenance of safe and healthful conditions; protects spawning grounds, fish and aquatic life, and preserves shore cover and natural beauty. (Title of body changed from commission to committee per MGO Sec. 33.11, adopted 3-17-2009, effective 8-1-2009.)
  • Habitat Stewardship Subcommittee (of Parks) - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.05(5)(d) - Reviews public tree concerns, advises and makes recommendations concerning the Conservation Parks.
  • Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.05(5)(f) - Advises the Board of Park Commissioners, reviews the procedures and policies of the Parks Division and solicits input regarding the Parks Division from alders, groups and citizens. 11/24/2015: The word Parks was added to subcommitte name for clarification purposes.
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.23 - Shall act in an advisory capacity to the mayor and Common Council, making studies and recommendations relative to collection and disposal of refuse, composting, recycling, landfills and other solid waste issues; review city programs and operations and staff reports on these matters and shall report to the Board of Public Works.
  • Sustainable Madison Committee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.31 - The committee takes a leadership role in the promotion of sustainability for the City of Madison, the Madison community, and the region. Formerly the Sustainable Design and Energy Committee. Ordinance amended per ORD-12-00073, file id 25387 6/12/2012.
  • Water Utility - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 13.01 - The Board shall keep books of account in the manner and form prescribed by the Public Service Commission which shall be open to the public. The Board shall have the management and supervision of the Water Utility and all matters connected therewith, subject to the general control and supervision of the Water Utility Board by the Mayor and Common Council. The Council shall exercise such supervision by enacting ordinances governing the Board's operation, and approving contracts for the Water Utility as it does for other departments. The Board shall have the general power and authority to make rules and regulations for the management of the Utility as it shall, from time to time, find necessary for the safe, economical and efficient management and protection of the Water Utility. The Board shall issue an annual report which shall be made available to the Common Council. APPOINTMENT DATE: April and October MEETS: 4th Tuesday of month; 4:30 PM STAFF: Tom Heikkinen AGENCY: Water Utility LOCATION: 119 E. Olin Ave. PHONE: (608) 266-4651 EMAIL: theikkinen@cityofmadison.com NON-VOTING MEMBERS: 1 (*) QUORUM: 4

City of Middleton

  • Conservancy Lands Committee - The Conservancy Lands Committee recommends maintenance and restoration of conservancy zoned lands. The committee consists of three citizen members, one being a non-resident and each with three year terms, chairs of Park, Recreation & Forestry Commission, Water Resources Management Commission and Public Works Committee or their designees, and one aldersperson with a one year term.
  • Park, Recreation & Forestry Commission - The Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Commission is responsible for public parks, recreation programs, facilities, and the forested areas of the city. The commission consists of six citizens with two year terms and one alderperson with a one year term.
  • Public Lands Endowment Fund Committee - Information here seems old, but you might want to take a look.  It's possible this committee's work is completed?  Or never started?
  • Storm Water Utility Board - The Storm Water Utility Board shall be responsible for the charge, management and supervision of the Storm Water Utility, which shall have the power and authority to operate and maintain major storm water management facilities, and to conduct, manage, and finance such utilities, operations and activities as the Storm Water Utility Board deems to be proper and reasonably necessary for a system of storm water and surface water management. These facilities may include, without limitation due to enumeration, surface and underground drainage facilities, sewers, watercourses, retaining walls, ponds, streets, roads, ditches and such other facilities relating to collection, runoff, detention and retention.
    The Storm Water Utility Board shall consist of seven members: three members recommended by the Water Resources Commission from the membership of that Commission; one member recommended by the Public Works Committee from the membership of that Committee; one member recommended by the Finance Committee from the membership of that Committee; one member recommended by the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Commission from the membership of that Commission; one member recommended by the Conservancy Land Committee from the membership of that Committee.
  • Sustainability Committee - The Sustainability Committee is responsible for researching and developing recommendations, guidelines, and policies for consideration and approval of the Common Council to take advantage of sustainability opportunities for the City of Middleton. The committee consists of one alderperson, nine citizen members, with three of the citizens possessing expertise in one or more areas of sustainability, and one non-voting high school student.
  • Water Resources Management Commission - Members consist of the Park, Recreation, and Forestry Commission chair or designee, one alderperson with a term of one year, and five citizen members with three year terms. The mission of the Water Resources Management Commission is to develop, guide, interpret and administer policy, technical standards and ordinances to protect, manage and enhance, the water resources in the City of Middleton for the benefit of its citizens and communities within its watersheds. In recognition of the environmental, aesthetic and recreational value of water resources, the Commission will employ expert scientists and engineers to:
    • Perform studies, develop plans and implement projects and best management practices to control storm water runoff and improve surface and ground water quality to the highest current technical standards.
    • Implement procedures to inform the Common Council, City committees and other agencies of its activities.
    • Educate the public regarding developments in water resources management in the City.
    • Develop and recommend plans to bring the City into compliance with applicable standards of NR 151.

City of Monona

  • Parks and Recreation Board - The Park and Recreation Board reviews and recommends policies to the City Council that are necessary for the management of city parks and recreation facilities. The board reviews and recommends programs that take into consideration, and attempt to provide for, the social, physical, and cultural well being of Monona residents. The board reviews and recommends to the Finance and Personnel Committee all budgetary, revenue and expenditure proposals relating to park and recreation facilities and programs.
    It also reviews and recommends rules and regulations to the parks and recreation director that are necessary for the effective management of city parks, and recreation facilities and programs.
    Finally, the board serves as Monona's tree keepers by reviewing and making recommendations regarding tree planting, maintenance, removal, and landscaping.
  • Sustainability Committee - The mission of the Sustainability Committee is to guide and assist Monona’s government, residents, and businesses in becoming a community that meets the needs of the present without compromising the resources available for future generations. Its vision is that Monona will share a culture that embraces, is vested in, and uses best practices for sustainable living.

City of Stoughton

City of Sun Prairie

  • Parks and Recreation Commission -  The Commission has all the powers conferred by law upon park, recreational, and in cities of the fourth class and is charged with the duties of making recommendations, overseeing work, and overseeing funds relating to all parks, playgrounds, and recreational activities as part of properties within the city. The parks and recreation commission is specifically empowered and directed to: 

    • Govern, manage, control, improve and care for all public parks located within, or partly within and partly without, the corporate limits of the City and secure the quiet, orderly and suitable use and enjoyment thereof by the people; also to adopt rules and regulations to promote these purposes; 
    • Acquire funds or property as recommended by the Commission and approved by the City Council by resolution for park facilities and recreational programs; 
    • With prior Council approval, to buy or lease in the name of the City for park purposes, and to sell or exchange property no longer required for park purposes; 
    • Execute every trust imposed upon the use of property or property rights by the deed, testament or other conveyance transferring the title of such property to the City for park purposes; 
    • Implement effective and efficient management, control, supervision and operation of the City park system and recreation program, as carried out by the Director, subject to budgetary approval by the City Council; 
    • Retain jurisdiction of the parks, swimming pool and playgrounds throughout the City and assume full responsibility for the equipping, developing and maintaining the physical facilities of the park system; 
    • Promote the quiet, orderly and suitable use of the City parks and playgrounds as the Commission deems necessary; 
    • Establish rules and regulations as deemed necessary as approved by the City council, including user fees, that are necessary for the proper use, care and operation of parks, park facilities, recreation programs and other activities under their control, provided however that such rules and regulations do not conflict with the laws of the State of Wisconsin or the Code of Ordinances for the City.

    The City Parks and Recreation Commission determines the recreational needs of the public, and has jurisdiction over the public recreation program of the City and is empowered to: 

    • Establish park rules and program policies; 
    • Cooperate and coordinate with public school activities; 
    • Cooperate with any private recreational activities; 
    • Approve schedules of all recreational activities in public parks and school buildings.
    Click here to read the full description of the Parks & Recreation Commission in Chapter 2.48 of the Sun Prairie Municipal Code of Ordinances.
  • Sun Prairie Utilities Commission - The Utilities Commission is responsible for the entire charge and management of the Sun Prairie Utilities as a department of the City. The Commission has full authority to supervise the operation of the public water and public power utilities, subject only to the general control and supervision of the City Council. 
    In addition, to the power and authority set forth by Municipal Ordinance, the Utility Commission has the authority prescribed by Section 66.0805, Wisconsin Statutes, and governs the Department consistent with requirements of Title 13 of the Municipal Code. 
    The Utility Commission makes rules for their own operations and governance of their department, and they appoint a Utility Manager who acts on behalf of the Commission and employs necessary employees to operate the Utility. The Commission also may employ the services other agents or consultants as the commission deems necessary. 
    The Utility Commission is also authorized to provide telecommunications service in its service area and to carry out all associated activities to the full extent allowed by applicable federal and state laws, including, without limitation, Section 62.11(5), Wisconsin Statutes, and in compliance with such federal and state laws. For purposes of this section, the phrase "telecommunications service" has the same definition as that contained in Section 196.01(9m), Wisconsin Statutes, as may be amended from time to time.
    Click here for a full description of the Sun Prairie Utilities Commission in Chapter 2.64 of the Sun Prairie Municipal Code of Ordinances.

City of Verona

Towns and Villages info coming soon, but it is limited.

 

Equity and Racial Justice, Immigration Issues

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

Executive Committee - Purchase of Services for a Program Review of Dane County Government Contracting Equity - Committee created per emo dated August 26, 2016 from Sharon Corrigan. - Doesn't appear to have met since 11/1/16 according to legistar.  (Click calendar and date)

City of Fitchburg 

  • Personnel Committee - Oversee all boards, commissions, officers, officials and employees in any matter concerning labor contracts, salaries, benefits, compliance with affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, or other employment-related programs.  Approve all application forms, hiring guidelines, employee training programs, employee guidelines and handbooks, disciplinary procedures and discharge and termination procedures. Oversee all personnel matters, have charge of all matters arising under Wis. Stats §111 and oversee all personnel matters involving employees of the City including any matters involving the state employment relations commission relative to collective bargaining.  The committee is responsible for conducting disciplinary hearings involving employees covered by the City's civil service provisions and shall have the duties and powers prescribed in section 16-10 and Wis. Stats. §66.0509. 
  • Mayor Ad Hoc - Equity & Diversity Task Force - No description or members?

City of Madison

  • Board of Health for Madison and Dane County -  The equity coordinator for the City of Madison is housed in the Public Health Department
  • Affirmative Action Commission -  Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.02(3) - Annually review, approve and recommend the city-wide affirmative action plan as proposed by the Affirmative Action Director; advise affected and/or other under-represented groups of their rights under the Affirmative Action Program; disseminate information and educate citizens to a greater understanding and practice of affirmative action employment for all affected and/or other under represented groups; render, from time to time, but not less than once a year, written reports of its progress, activities and recommendations to the mayor and Common Council; recommend and review such rules and regulations as may be necessary to promulgate the city's Affirmative Action Program; develop and review the contract compliance requirements of the City of Madison and to develop a policy with respect to vendors and contractors; and to make specific recommendations to the Common Council so as to bring all appropriate ordinances into conformity with the policies of this ordinance if necessary.
  • Disability Rights Commission - Madison General Ordinance Section 39.04 - a) Recommend policy to mayor, Council & Dept of Civil Rights in all areas that affect people with disabilities and their families; b) study and make recommendations to all city depts/boards/committees & commissions on proposals to provide better access to facilities & services for people with disabilities and their families; c) monitor & report violations of city ordinances and state laws pertaining to citizens with disabilities to the appropriate agency; d) solicit comments and suggestions from citizens & organized groups regarding the concerns of citizens with disabilities; e) establish close working relationships with other city boards/commissions & committees whose activities may affect people with disabilities. Effective 8-13-2015, per ORD-15-00086, File ID# 39379, the Commission on People with Disabilities has been renamed to read as the Disability Rights Commission.
  • Equal Opportunities Commission - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.03 (10) - 1) Study the existence, character, causes and extent of denial of equal opportunity because of sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, handicap, marital status, source of income, arrest or conviction record, less than honorable discharge, physical appearance, sexual orientation, domestic partnership, familial status, political beliefs, retaliation, Social Security Number, or the fact that a person is a student, or a member of a domestic partnership as defined in the ordinances; 2) informally recommend solutions to individual problems that may arise which involve the denial of equal opportunities because of above-listed; 3) disseminate information and provide technical assistance, consultation, training programs, and other techniques to educate the people of the City of Madison and to aid private and public agencies to use their resources to promote equal opportunities for all persons; 4) receive and initiate complaints alleging violation of this ordinance and attempt to eliminate or remedy any violation by means of conciliation, persuasion, education, litigation, or any other means to make the complainant whole again; 5) test and investigate for the purpose of establishing violations of Sec. 39.03 of these ordinances and, if appropriate, make, sign and file complaints alleging violations; 6) render from time to time, but not less than one year, written report of its activities and recommendations to the mayor and Common Council; 7) adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purpose and provisions of this ordinance; 8) issue subpoena pursuant to State Stats. Sec. 885.01 to assist in the execution of its duties; 9) from time to time designate commissioners and/or Equal Opportunities Division staff to carry out its duties; 10) administer and enforce the Minimum Wage Ordinance.
  • Equal Opportunities Commission Employment Subcommittee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.03(8)(n) - Original Authorization: Created in 1966 to assist the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission in fulfilling its mission of enabling all individuals to live and work free of employment discrimination by acting as an advisor on fair employment issues; and by further developing and supporting the community's understanding of and commitment to fair employment and to the value of diversity in the work place. Name changed to Equal Opportunities Commission Employment Subcommittee per ORD-09-00052, ID 13252 adopted 3-17-2009; formerly EOC Employment Subcommittee. The EOC Employment Committee shall consist of 15 maximum voting members including one member of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Membership of the Employment Committee is open to a City of Madison company, business or non-profit designee and to individual representatives. City of Madison residency is not required.
  • Parking Council for People with Disabilities - Madison General Ordinance Section 3.14 (4)(k) 2 - This council shall give advice and recommendations on the location of those spaces reserved for use by a motor vehicle used by a physically disabled person that are subject to any time limitations imposed pursuant to Sec. 346.50(3m)(b). Wis.Stats. The council may authorize specific persons to place on a vehicle education material relating solely to the parking privileges of the physically disabled if that person(s) has a good faith belief that the vehicle is violating state or local law on parking for motor vehicles used by the physically disabled. The council may also hear and investigate matters concerning the quality and availability of parking within the city for persons with disabilities and shall report its findings/recommendations to the Council.

City of Sun Prairie

  • Diversity Committee -  The Ad hoc Steering Committee on Diversity is a temporary committee created by the Sun Prairie Common  Council in 2015. The Committee consists of 17 members, including the Mayor who also serves as the Committee’s chair. All   members are appointed by the Mayor and  approved by the Common   Council. 
    The Sun Prairie Common Council has charged the Committee with two tasks:
    1. City’s workforce: The Committee is to provide recommendations that will enhance the City’s capabilities to locate, recruit and hire qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds.
    2. City services: The Committee is to    identify and provide a better understanding of the unique needs of different individuals and communities within Sun Prairie.
    In June of 2016, the Committee presented its six month progress report to the City Council providing a preview of             recommendations the City Council may see from the Committee. The Committee has until April of 2017 to complete its work and fulfill its charges. 

Towns and Villages info coming soon.

 

Job Creation, Economic Development and Cooperatives

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

City of Fitchburg 

  • Community and Economic Development Authority - The Authority shall carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of Wis. Stats. §6.1213, 66.1201, 66.1333, and 66.1335 for housing and community development authorities and elderly under § 66.1213, redevelopment under § 66.1333 as agent of the City in planning and carrying out community development programs and activities. Additionally, performing all functions required to be performed by a sponsor of a housing rehabilitation program, including reinvestment in neighborhoods, administration of the City's housing rehabilitation program and any other programs of rehabilitation.

City of Madison

  • Downtown Coordinating Committee - 5-29-2013 ORD-13-00092, file id# 29913 - mission amended and committee size altered. Madison General Ordinance Section 8.41 - provide a forum for public information and stewardship regarding the uses of public space in the Downtown Area, and to periodically review regulations and policies affecting the Downtown Area, with particular emphasis on State Street and the Capitol Square, as a high-quality urban space for pedestrians in an environment that promotes healthy businesses. For purposes of this ordinance, the "Downtown Area" shall be defined as all geographical areas within the jurisdiction of the City of Madison between Blair Street, Lake Mendota, North Park Street, Regent Street, Proudfit Street, North Shore Drive, and Lake Monona. This geographical definition of the Downtown Area shall be for the sole purpose of guiding the issues to be considered by the Downtown Coordinating Committee under this ordinance.
  • Equal Opportunities Commission Employment Subcommittee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.03(8)(n) - Original Authorization: Created in 1966 to assist the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission in fulfilling its mission of enabling all individuals to live and work free of employment discrimination by acting as an advisor on fair employment issues; and by further developing and supporting the community's understanding of and commitment to fair employment and to the value of diversity in the work place. Name changed to Equal Opportunities Commission Employment Subcommittee per ORD-09-00052, ID 13252 adopted 3-17-2009; formerly EOC Employment Subcommittee. The EOC Employment Committee shall consist of 15 maximum voting members including one member of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Membership of the Employment Committee is open to a City of Madison company, business or non-profit designee and to individual representatives. City of Madison residency is not required.
  • Economic Development Committee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.17 - The Economic Development Committee shall assist city officials and staff in promoting a healthy, diversified economy in which business can locate, innovate, grow and prosper, and all residents have opportunities for living wage jobs. Shall make recommendations to the Mayor and the Common Council on economic development policies and issues. (Title of body changed from commission to committee per MGO Sec. 33.17, adopted 3-17-2009, effective 8-1-2009.) 3/26/2016: Committee composition modified from 13 members to 11 members with changes in position titles per ORD-16-00034, file id# 41218.
  • Madison Cultural Arts District Board - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.20 and State Statutes Chapter 229, Subchapter V. (NOTE: Appointment listing shows only those appointment(s) made by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council.
  • Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) Board -  Wisconsin State Statutes requires that the BID Board be composed of at least five members and that a majority of the Board members shall either own or occupy real property in the District. If the actual property or business owner is an entity, that entity shall designate a representative to act on its behalf. The Board is responsible for the implementation of the operating plan. This requires the Board to negotiate with providers of services and materials to carry out the operating plan; to enter into various contracts; to monitor the effectiveness of the District's activities; to aid compliance with the provisions of applicable statutes and regulations; and to make reimbursements for any overpayments of District assessments.
  • Monona Terrace Booking Event Assistance Advisory Committee - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.21(19) - Considers funding requests from the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau for event assistance funding for conventions and conferences. The committee rules on funding requests by following the Fund Policies and Guidelines approved by the Common Council.
  • Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Board - Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.21 - The City and Dane County, by an agreement under Sec. 66.0301, Wis. Stats., have created a Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Board. The board shall have broad authority and latitude to make decisions to operate a successful convention and community center. It shall establish all policies, rules and regulations governing Monona Terrace and oversee its operation, subject to the limitations set forth in the Agreement.
  • Room Tax Commission - Madison General Ordinance 33.29 - Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 66.0615, a Room Tax Commission is authorized by state law to use room tax revenue it receives from the City for tourism promotion and development. Creating Ordinance ORD-16-00024, File ID# 40611 (effective date 3-8-2016)
  • Vending Oversight Committee - Administer Section 9.13 of the Madison General Ordinances, the regulations promulgated under Sec. 9.13 and any other regulations or procedures relating to vending within the city; ensure a venue for public input into vending regulations within the city; and conduct investigations, hearings and miscellaneous proceedings as required by Sec. 9.13. The Director of Planning and Development, or designee, a non-member, shall act as Executive Secretary to the Committee.

City of Stoughton

City of Verona

Towns and Villages info coming soon

 

Open and Clean Government (Lobbying, Ethics, Clean Campaigns) & Redistricting

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

  • Ethics Board  - Ordinance 15.22holds hearings to determine the validity o fcomplaints against elected officials,m appointees to admin agencies or dept heads.  Hasn't met since 11/20/15 according to legistar.  (Click calendar, then date)
  • Executive Committee - Redistricting Subcommittee - Created to make recommendations for the 2021 redistricting More... 2016 OA-032 11 Citizen Members who are residents of DC. Appts made through application process. Board chair shall appt a resident of C-Madison, a resident of a Town, a resident of a city of village other than C-Madison. Board Chair and Clerk shall ea appt 4 add'tl citizen members. Members serve from time of appt until completion of redistrcting process. A vacancy will be filled consistent with this section. Members must follow criterea: NOT be on the Board, and Employee of DC or a contract consultant NOT be a Lobbyist registered with the Board CANNOT hold or have held an official position w/ a political party or partisan organization w/in the year prior to appt. CANNOT have participated in the WI partisan redistricting process Must be impartial including from refraining from engaging in any political party activity or supporting the election or defeat of any candidate or referendum, etc. Have familiarity with maps Disclose conflict of interest per s.9.60 - Doesn't appear to have met since 12/18/15 according to legistar.  (Click "calendar" and then "date")
  • Executive Committee - Review of Boards and Commissions Subcommitee - Created by Executive Committee 7/16 to review the number, purpose and activities of current DC boards and commissions.

 

City of Madison

 

City of Monona

  • Community Media Committee - This committee facilitates and regulates the smooth and effective development and operation for the city's Charter & AT&T Uverse PEG channels, more generally, Monona Community Media .The committee makes its recommendations to the City Council in matters pertaining to Community Media, resolves disputes relating to its operation, conducts periodic evaluations of the operation, and manages its facilities for use by the citizens of Monona.

City of Stoughton

City of Sun Prairie

  • Cable Access Telecommunications Commission - The duties of the cable access telecommunication commission include: 
    • Advising the City Council on applications for and compliance with franchise agreements.
    • Facilitating the resolution of disagreements among franchisees, subscribers, and public and private users of the telecasting facilities.
    • Advising the City Council on the regulation of rates. 
    • Encouraging use of access channels among the widest range of institutions, groups and individuals within the City.
    • Making an annual report to the council, including an account of franchise fees received and distributed, the total number of hours of utilization of public channels, and hourly subtotals of various programming categories, and a review of any plans submitted during the year by the franchisee for development of new services. 
    • Conducting periodic evaluation of the system, make recommendations to the council for amendments to this chapter or the franchise agreements. 
    • Being responsible for the overall regulation of the cable provider and the operation of the City's public access channels (KSUN and KIDS-4).
    • Managing and supervising the daily operation of the public access channels and keep the common council advised of the status of the public access channels (KSUN and KIDS-4).
    • Safeguarding, maintaining and supervising the operation of City-owned equipment entrusted to its care. 
    • Providing equitable access to public access channels and facilities for all Sun Prairie citizens seeking access. 
    • Developing programs to increase the public's knowledge and use of the community access channels which are made available under the franchise. 
    • Developing an annual fiscal budget and submit it to the City of Sun Prairie each year.  
    • Accepting monetary donations and gifts of equipment in the name of the City. These funds shall only be expended with the approval of the Commission.
    • Entering into cooperative agreements with other governmental, educational and public service groups in order to produce appropriate community television programs.
    • Allocating an appropriate share of the franchise revenues received from the operation of the cable system to support programming for children.
    Read the full description of the Cable Access Telecommunications Commission in Chapter 2.44 in the Sun Prairie Municipal Code of Ordinances.

Towns and Villages info coming soon

 

Transportation/Bicycling/Pedestrian Safety/All other modes of transportation

Dane County (Descriptions are directly from the website, will update with better information)

City of Edgerton 

City of Fitchburg 

  • Board of Public Works - The Board of Public Works shall superintend all public works, keep the streets and public works in repair, and determine the schedule of using streets for the laying or changing of water or gas pipes, electric light and telephone poles. Additionally, to superintend the city's refuse collection, recycling programs, and yard waste, the restoration of streets, alleys and sidewalks, to oversee all municipal buildings and manage all city utilities, maintenance and engineering activities within the city.
  • Mayor Ad Hoc - Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee - No description
  • Transportation and Transit Commission - In addition to the duties set forth in Wis. Stats. §66.1021, the Transportation & Transit Commission shall assist in developing the transportation component of the comprehensive plan, develop and maintain a mass transit plan, integrate city mass transit plans with county, state, federal, and other local transit plans and address any other transportation concerns as the common council may deem necessary.

City of Madison

 

City of Middleton

  • Airport Commission - The Airport Commission advises the council regarding the planning, development, and operation of the airport. It consists of four citizens, each with a three year term, two alderpersons, and the mayor / designee.
  • Pedestrian, Bicycle & Transit Committee - The Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Transit Committee researches, investigates, and advises on pedestrian safety, on-street and off-street bicycle accommodations, transit operations and potential service changes, and the implementation of and updates to the City of Middleton Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The committee consists of two citizens with two year terms, one alderperson with a one year term, one Plan Commission member with a one year term, one Public Works Committee member with a one year term, one Committee on Aging member with a one year term, and one member of the MCPASD (school district).
  • Public Works Committee - The Public Works Committee supervises all public works and keeps the streets, alleys, sewers, and public works and places in repair. Consists of five citizens (two year term), two alderpersons (one year term), and one alternate (city engineer).

City of Monona

  • Mass Transit Commission - The Mass Transit Commission develops and recommends to the City Council policies on the various elements of public transportation and transportation facilities. The purpose of the Mass Transit Commission is to provide for the safe and efficient transport of persons and goods within the community.   View the public transportation options for Monona residents.
  • Public Works Committee - The Public Works Committee has the duty, under the direction of the City Council, to superintend the construction and maintenance of streets, alleys, sidewalks, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water system, and other public works projects. The committee reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on amendments or other revisions to the official map of the city, and the general operation of all municipal utilities.

City of Stoughton

  • Public Works - The oversight responsibilities of this committee include street department, streets and alleys, signing of streets, sidewalks, disposal of stormwater, maintenance of municipally owned property, permits, installation and maintenance of traffic signs, public transportation, tree commission, planning department, Main Street enhancement committee, cemetery board, and all ordinances and policies concerning or affecting these subjects.

City of Sun Prairie

  • Transit Commission - Duties of the Commission include, but are not be limited to: 
    • Act as the oversight authority for the taxi service and make recommendations for changes to the taxi service as may be necessary on topics such as rate structure, expansion of service and hours of operation. This includes the City's shared-ride taxi program.
    • Review and make recommendations for future transit alternatives. 
    • Review and respond to customer complaints. 
    • Review and make recommendations regarding alternative revenue options, including intergovernmental agreements and grant applications.
    Click here for a full description of the Transit Commission in Chapter 2.68 of the Sun Prairie Municipal Code of Ordinances.
  • Transportation Committee - no description but lots of info on their site.
  • Board of Public Works - The Public Works Committee has oversight over the following areas:
    • Review and recommend policies regarding public works issues.
    • Award contracts as authorized by state statutes.
    • Acceptance of public improvements (both privately-developed and city-contracted).
    • Review and recommend approval of development agreements.
    • Review easements and right-of-way acquisition and changes.
    • Review traffic-related matters.
    • Review and recommend the granting of variances for driveway openings.
    • Serve as the forum to discuss concerns raised by citizens regarding public works issues.
    • Consider other matters which are referred by council or committee of the whole.
    The Public Works Committee's duties can be found under Section 2.08.050 of the Municipal Code.

City of Verona

 

Towns and Villages

 

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