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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

Capitol lawn repair bill

Madison, Capitol, lawn, Ron Blair,

Having attended a number of rallies in Madison in the past couple of months and contributed to damage to the lawn around the Capitol (not deliberately, mind you, but just because the crowd was so huge, it was impossible to stay on the sidewalks and be able to move, and because the largest rally occurred when the ground was exceptionally wet), I wanted to continue in the spirit the rally organizers established and do what I could to clean up after myself.

So, given the muddy state of my boots when I got home after the March 12 rally, I started checking to see if and how I could make a contribution dedicated to repairing the Capitol lawn.

I was directed to the Ron Blair, Facilities Group 1 director of the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Division of State Facilities, who said that such expenditures usually come out of general facilities funds. No estimate had been made at that point on the cost to repair the lawn damaged by ralliers, and may never be. That's because a certain amount of restoration is done every spring to restore the grounds after winter weather damage.

Mr. Blair appreciated, however, that I wanted to contribute to restoring what I may have had a hand (or two feet) in damaging and would see what he could find out.

Today, he let me know.

Donations toward the lawn repairs can be sent by check to 101 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53707 to the Attention of Ms. Claire Franz, Mr. Blair wrote in an email.

Make the check out the Department of Administration and on the note line designate, 'Lawn Repair.'

Should anyone care to contact him, he can be reached at:

Ron.Blair@wisconsin.gov

O 608-266-3660

C 608-206-2580

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