MADISON (WKOW) -- Lawmakers get set to tackle the budget as Walkerville gets its camping permit extended. Walkerville has taken over 4 blocks of the Capitol square and few complaints mean they'll be sticking around.
The biggest issue the residents of Walkerville have had to deal with is Mother Nature. They had to deal with the extreme heat earlier this week and then major thunderstorms Thursday and more rain Friday morning, but other than that Walkerville seems to be in good graces with most of downtown Madison.
Walkerville was granted two different permits last week, one from the city and the other a "special events" campsite permit only good for seven days.That though has already been extended.
Walkerville organizer Peter Rickman says, "We've been working with the city throughout the process addressing concerns as they come up and one of things we identify that we needed to do is address the camping permit that we needed and we got that taken care of no problem and it's because we've worked with the city throughout."
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has been a supporter of Walkerville and the message they want to send to the Capitol by camping out 24/7. It's something he never thought he'd experience, but says he's happy with how smoothly things have gone. He only has two complaints.
Mayor Paul Soglin says, "I would say if there are two improvements I'd like to see it's the people who are obligated to remove their tents to take them down on time and the noise level in the evening and if you think about it, those two things are done, it doesn't compromise the Walkerville protest , it doesn't loose its effectiveness."
Coopers Tavern is in the midst of Walkerville, but the manager says so far, they have no complaints.
Adam Ginsberg says, "Overall, it hasn't affected business too much negatively or positively."
Adam Ginsberg is a bartender and manager at Coopers Tavern. A spot right next to the restaurant is one of three permanent locations where tents can be up 24/7. Originally there were concerns of how the tents would impact the outside patio, but he says so far so good.
Ginsberg says, "Everyone is following the rules nicely it seems nobody is bothering people on our patios and it seems so far people are behaving in a civil way and is not affecting us too badly in that way."
Walkerville organizer Peter Rickman says they've worked with the city, business owners and residents to address any noise complaints or other concerns because they don't want what's happening here to affect the message their trying to send over here.
Rickman says, "Especially working with the city staff that we can take them on and figure out what the right solutions are going to be to keep Walkerville going because the focus here isn't on what concerns are raised in downtown Madison, it's about what's happening in the Capitol."
Saturday the farmers market will take over the square. Walkerville tents will have to be down by 4:30 Saturday morning to allow farmers to set up.
Organizers though say Walkerville will be right back here Saturday night and they will stay on the Capitol square as long as the budget process takes.
The Assembly is planning to start debate on the budget next Tuesday.
As for other planned events next week, a spokesperson with the Department of Administration says Wisconsin wave has requested a permit to hold a rally Saturday night from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the State Street entrance and every night next week from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.