MADISON (WKOW) — Satya Rhodes-Conway was sworn in today as Madison Mayor, taking over for longtime mayor Paul Soglin, and quickly got to work fulfilling one of her campaign promises.
A new city council also was sworn in, with Alder Shiva Bidar voted in as council president.
Minutes after taking the oath of office, Rhodes-Conway held a joint news conference with Dane County Executive Joe Parisi to announce an agreement between the city and Dane County over maintenance and reconstruction on Buckeye Road.
Parisi and Soglin had been unable to work out an agreement on how to pay for the project.
“I think it’s also important to signal to our entire community that we are operating under a new spirit of collaboration between the city and the county and between the city and many other bodies in our community,” Rhodes-Conway said.
Dane County will continue snow plowing this coming winter and Madison will take over the following year.
Rhodes-Conway also announced the city and county will work together on widening and improving Cottage Grove Road between the Interstate and Sprecher Road.
The new mayor has said she is also eager to work with city council, including new alders who were sworn in alongside her.
“The list is long and I’m really excited to move into the office and get to work,” she said.
Although the road projects were her first actions taken, she plans to fulfill her campaign promises.
“We need to work on affordable housing, we need to work on our transit system, we need to be ready for the impact of climate change and we’re going to do all of that through a lens of racial-equity,” she added.