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Soglin sworn in as Madison Mayor


MADISON (WKOW) -- It's official: there's a new and familiar face behind the mayor's desk in Madison.

Paul Soglin was sworn in for his third time as Madison's mayor Tuesday.

Six new city alders were also sworn in at the special afternoon meeting of the city's common council.

Outgoing Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said his goodbye as well, and alders gave him a tearful farewell.

Cieslewicz said, "I want wish Mayor Paul Soglin well on his new administration. If he succeeds so does our city, so I want to wish him well, and all good things."

He added, "I was never more proud to be the mayor of Madison than I was in the last several weeks of which I held this job."

With that, the city's new mayor takes over. With new administration comes change, specifically to two major projects the council worked on under Cieslewicz: building a new central Madison library, and the Overture Center ownership. Soglin says he wants to ensure the city has- in hand- $8 million in private fundraising before proceeding with the building process.

Mayor Soglin said, "I don't understand how people could be surprised. We're not going to bid without the money. I don't know what kind of government would go to bid without having the $12 million dollars at hand."

City alder Larry Palm says he hopes the project moves forward; saying he's confident the private funds can be raised as the building proceeds.

Palm says he understands the mayor's concern, but, "No one donates to a 'pie in the sky' type project. They want to see bricks moving.. to see the physical shape."

Palm also says now is the time to buy, with the market and construction costs the way they are.

Soglin says as far as the Overture Center, he wants to have a study done on the Overture Center before its privately owned by the non-profit entity "201 State Foundation." That ownership is set to begin January 1.

Former Council President Mark Clear says there is a strict timeline to the change of hands. He says he hopes the mayor moves along with that project as well.

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