articles tagged "City of Madison"
Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | buzz
On Tuesday, January 8, our host Aaron Perry spoke with Enis Ragland, honored with the Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award, presented by Mayor Paul Soglin. Enis, raised in Milwaukee, has worked for the city of Madison for eighteen years at the Mayor’s Office, the Affirmative Action Department and the Office of Community Services. He encourages young people to participate in politics and be involved with decision making processes that will affect the community. He also speaks about his experiences working for Senator Coggs’ Office and other elected officials. Listen to the full interview here: more »
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Molly Stentz
The City of Madison has passed new capital and operating budgets for 2013. On Tuesday, just before Council members convened to begin their final budget deliberations, In Our Backyard caught up with a few alders to learn where they stood. Common Council President Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, who represents the near west side, and Bridget Maniaci, who represents the Tenney Lapham area of the Isthmus, spoke to WORT. Listen to the story: This story was reported by Hayden Marx, produced by Tom Powell, and read by Kate Golden. It originally aired Tuesday, November 13, 2012 during In Our Backyard. more »
Thursday, 18 October 2012 | buzz
On Thursday October 18, our host Tony Castaneda spoke with Bill Scheer, one of Madison’s golf professionals. The City of Madison has decided to end the contracts of four of the Professional Golf Associations (PGA) of America professionals at the end of this year “to capture the extra revenue that can be used to upgrade golf facilities,” says city parks spokesperson Laura Whitmore. The city will be ending the contracts of Yahara Hills Golf Course pro Mark Rechlicz; Odana Hills Golf Course pro Tom Benson, Monona Golf Course pro Rob Muranyi and Glenway Golf Course pro Bill Scheer. Bill Scheer explains his take on the situation, “The idea that this is going to save money for us is an opinion, and that is the biggest thing in question right now. Our golf courses have been manned successfully for a long time, and it’s a very difficult time in the industry…the economy has hit us very hard. Right now nobody is making much money at all in the golf industry. So [the idea] that money is going to be saved, I think is just an opinion, because the loss of customer service, and the loss of golfers could potentially be disastrous for the city golf program.” Bill stresses that the golf operation is not tax-payer funded; rather, it is considered an enterprise department within the city, and is a self sustaining organization. The PGA professional’s salary does not come from taxes, instead the money comes from the sales generated from the rentals and concessions. During peak season, the golf courses open fifteen hours a day, every day of the week. The PGA professionals are responsible for facilitate the daily functioning of their course, and for bringing in all of the revenue that comes into the golf courses. They also implement all tournaments and leagues, manage all of the golf lessons in the city, and also manage the concessions operations, for which they employee eighty people – none of which come from tax dollars. These employees are paid by the golf professionals from the money made from the carts and food and beverage operations. Now, after the golf professionals’ contracts end, the city of Madison will have to assume the responsibility of licensing and paying these employees. Bill explains that as a result of this, there is the possibility that the city will end up paying more because of the responsibilities it will be taking on. Bill comments, “All that we’ve asked for …. more »