Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates
District 1 Priority Events - Week of 11/9/2015
HIGH PRIORITY EVENTS
I WOULD APPRECIATE HEARING FROM YOU ON ISSUES THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT YOU.
The Amendment to remove the Jeffy Trail Expansion from the 2016 Capital Budget and establishes a Jeffy Trail workgroup. This amendment as approved by the BOE removes the Jeffy Trail expansion from consideration in the 2016 Capital Budget and requires planning and traffic engineering, the District Alder and representatives both for and against supporting the project to form the workgroup to engage in a comprehensive evaluation of the expansion. This action effectively returns 510,000 to the 2016 Capital Budget.
Midtown Station - Not just BRICKS AND MOTAR!
Why Should this be a priority for the city?
Serves a population of 83,000 people (about 1/3 of the population of the entire city).
Not over policing, but focused attention to developing a consistently applied community policing model across the decentralized network.
3) It is about people.
4) 1996 Money Magazine identified Madison as the best place to live in the United States. It was consistently ranked near the top of the best place list in subsequent years.
5) 2013 Race to Equity Report unfolded a different reality.
6) Moving forward in 2016 with the construction of the Midtown Police Station is more than just about Bricks and Mortar. This is about the city's investment in a better quality of life for all people as a first priority. It is also about community oriented policing that focuses on building ties and working closely with all members of all communities. It is about Community policing being more than reactive policing, where merely responding to police calls for service can result in a disconnection from some communities being served, insufficient contact and interaction with some communities being served and a perception of distrust by some communities served who are confronted with fears of being over policed. It is about all communities feeling that public safety and quality of life for all citizens should be a first priority for the city just as fire protection should be. The Midtown Police Station is not only about public safety, but it is about quality of life for people being served. When what is seen are abandoned vehicles, trash, destruction of property, or deplorable property the assumption is that no one cares and no one will take active approaches to correct the problems in these areas. The Midtown Police Station is also about reframing the narrative of a community policing system focusing on proactive problem solving to address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder and fear of crime. Moving forward with construction and staffing of the Midtown Station supports a system of reallocating police resources into smaller and more efficient geographic areas where best practices supports the physiology that proactive policing actually does address public safety concerns. The Midtown Station is about people not just bricks and mortar. When the decision whether or not to support the Midtown Police Station becomes solely based upon a discussion about overcrowding and bricks and mortar, crime reduction and the need for increased policing in targeted areas on the southwest side, we lose the vision of the need for sound investment in strong viable community partnerships across the city which ultimately increases public safety for all citizens. Police can't solve public safety problems alone and strong community partnerships are critical to the goal of building a healthy and prosperous community for all citizen. It should be the responsibility of the city to take the lead in supporting solution driven problem solving goals to enhance public safety; an added cost to an already strained budget would be another analysis/assessment of police service delivery leading to the same outcomes. If public safety is the primary responsibility of city government, it must be given a priority in our budget decisions. A strong, viable, decentralized community policing network (Central, East, North, South and West Districts) is important across all sectors of our city and should not be viewed as a southwest problem. It has been well documented by many why the Midtown Station is important and should move forward in 2016 and not later. We must also be very transparent and recognize that the need for increased public safety as viewed by the larger communities is viewed quite differently by some communities of color. Let's admit the fact that the MMPD has some relationship building to do in communities of color. Please do not define the southwest side as a brewing hot spot of crime and violence, we do not and will not accept such labeling. Such fear based drivers is a divisive strategy for our city and our communities. The southwest side does have its challenges, let's work on them rather than merely displacing the real root causes. The Midtown Police Station spreads community policing across five policing sectors which equals better quality of life opportunities and better service to all our citizens. Please support the construction of the Midtown station.
Fact Sheet Supporting Midtown Station
Register to Speak; http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/meetings/Register.cfm. Agenda: https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=339235&GUID=C9041810-E663-4AFE-B68B-D4488F349C46.
Open letter from:
HIGH POINT ESTATES
P.O. Box 44094 Madison, WI 53744? firstname.lastname@example.org? www.HPEHOA.com
November 7, 2015
To:?City of Madison Alders
Re:?Support of Midtown Police Station in 2016 budget
The High Point Estates Home Owners Association, with unanimous support by all Board members, is writing to express its deep concern with the prospective delay of the Midtown Station and its related increase in officer staffing. The defunding of these projects from the 2016 budget and delaying them to 2021 is unacceptable.
The current West Police District office on McKenna Blvd. is currently at overcapacity with growth from an initial 50 officers to 90+. There are not enough interview rooms, secure holding cells or administrative space to conduct work effectively. This creates waste, delay and inefficiency for police officers which means less time on the street serving our community. The lack of adequate space and insufficient staffing results in our West Police District officers becoming a reactive force rather than an effective and proactive organization. There is little time for true and effective community building with such a model. This puts our families, homes and schools at risk now, and for the next 5 years. The residents of High Point Estates have recognized this situation for several years and authorized the Board to contract for private security services to patrol our neighborhood. Due to the number of thefts and burglaries in High Point residents have asked us to evaluate additional measures to help make our families safe. Protecting residents should not be an HOA's obligation but the basic mission, charter and obligation of our city government.
We ask you to support the Midtown Police Station and the additional officers to properly staff it in the 2016 budget. The proposed delay is unacceptable and puts your constituent's safety and security at risk.
David Handowski, President, Board of Directors
High Point Estates Home Owners Association
P.O. Box 44094 Madison, WI 53744? ?
Monday, November 9
Board of Estimates - 4:30 p.m.
Room 260 Madison Municipal Building
The agenda including issues scheduled for discussion at the BOE meeting set for Monday, November 9 @ 4:30 in Room 260 of the Municipal Building is ready for your viewing pleasure by going tom: https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=331039&GUID=717B2B1B-9D66-4ED0-897E-B256616139B0
Tuesday, November 10
5:30 p.m. - Public Testimony
Common Council Meeting Re: 2016 Budget Room 201, City Council Building Rm 201.
Wednesday, November 11
Common Council Meeting Re: 2016 Budget Room 260, Madison Municipal Building, if needed.
Thursday, November 12
Common Council Meeting Re: 2016 Budget Room 260, Madison Municipal Building, if needed.
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