City to convert nearly half of median plant beds to turf, concrete

Cuts to the city of Madison’s operating budget will impact the maintenance of 208 median plant beds, prompting the conversion of nearly half of the beds to stamped concrete or turf, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal. The budget was cut from $165,000 in 2021 to $86,422 this year and the city is moving to take 110 beds out of contracted maintenance and covert 89 of those beds to turf or concrete. Sixty-two of the plant beds will be converted to grass, mostly in locations where the beds are surrounded by turf that requires mowing. Twenty-seven beds in narrow medians or high-traffic areas will be converted to colored, stamped concrete. Twenty-one beds will be transferred to maintenance from the Park Divisions and funding in the 2023 budget. The removal of shrubs but not trees is planned.

The City Council has approved advertising for bids to convert 25 beds to concrete at an estimated cost of $92,000 and a separate resolution would transfer $265,000 in borrowing from reconstruction to landscaping to convert the 62 beds to turf and two more to concrete.