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Alder Sara Eskrich

Alder Sara Eskrich

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Madison , WI 53711

Phone: 608-669-6979
district13@cityofmadison.com

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Meetings of Interest to District 13 this Week
Posted June 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM

Meetings of Interest to District 13 this Week – Plan Commission, Monroe Street Reconstruction, and ALRC

 

Monday, 6/13

  • Plan Commission, 5:30pm in Rm 201 City County Building (210 MLK Blvd)
    • 6. 42303 Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a single-family residence and construct a new single-family residence at 3303 Gregory Street; 13th Ald. Dist.
    • 8. 42307 Consideration of a conditional use to construct an outdoor recreation area, expand the parking area, increase the capacity and modify the floorplan for approved outdoor eating area, and approve a parking reduction, all for a restaurant-tavern at 1313 Regent Street and 7 S. Randall Avenue; 13th Ald. Dist.
    • 12. 42745 Consideration of a conditional use for an outdoor eating area for a restaurant-tavern at 2701 Monroe Street; 13th Ald. Dist.
    • Unfortunately, I have two conflicting meetings on Monday night, so I will not be able to attend the Plan Commission. Please view my memo to Commissioners here.
  • Monroe Street Reconstruction (Re)Kick-Off Meeting, 7pm at Wingra School
    • The City of Madison is holding a Monroe Street Reconstruction Kickoff Meeting on June 13, 2016 from 7:00 -9:00 PM in the Wingra School Gymnasium (2nd floor).  At this meeting you will have the opportunity to:
      • Review a summary of the Monroe Street Reconstruction Project and community input to-date
      • Learn about the public engagement and planning process timeline through 2017
      • Engage in community visioning for the future of Monroe Street
      • Discuss current project plans, issues and opportunities with City of Madison staff
    • Please see the attached letter I sent with more details on the reconstruction process.  letter RSVP encouraged but not necessary

 

Wednesday, 6/15

  • Alcohol License Review Committee, 5:30pm in Rm 354 City County Building (210 MLK Blvd)
    • 69. 43115 Separated Entertainment Renewal Lucky's Madison LLC • dba Lucky's Bar 1421 Regent St 21+ Entertainment Aldermanic District 13 (Alder Eskrich) • Police Sector 303 Separation requested by Alder Eskrich
      • Update on this item: I requested separation of these licenses due to the neighborhood feedback and complaints regarding noise from the premises. The ALRC made clear at the separation meeting a couple weeks ago that they will not be re-granting this entertainment license for this operator in this location, and this is not expected to be contested by the applicant. The alcohol license renewal went through Council last week with a condition prohibiting live entertainment.
    • 80. 42992 Public Hearing - New License Knickerbocker Restaurant LLC • dba Verdant & Miko Poke 2701 Monroe St • Agent: Caitlin Suemnicht • Estimated Capacity: 155 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 25% alcohol, 75% food Aldermanic District 13 (Alder Eskrich) • Police Sector 302
      • This is the tandem item to Plan Commission Agenda Item 12. Please view my memo to the ALRC here.
Public Meeting Tonight - Please Join!
Posted June 6, 2016 at 6:39 AM

PUBLIC MEETING: VERDANT & MIKO POKE

LIQUOR LICENSE AND CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATIONS

Monday, June - 7:00 p.m.

2701 Monroe Street (former Bluephies)

Knickerbocker Restaurant LLC, dba Verdant & Miko Poke, has applied for a Class B Combination Liquor & Beer license and a conditional use permit for the construction of an outdoor eating area at 2701 Monroe, site of the former Bluephies.

Please attend this meeting or email me to ask questions or share thoughts on these applications with the owner. You can find their applicaiton and plans here.

Monroe Street Mtg
Posted June 1, 2016 at 8:16 PM

The Monroe Street Reconstruction Kickoff Meeting will be held on Monday, June 13th, 2016 from 7:00–9:00 PM in the Wingra School Gymnasium (2nd floor).

Please click here for more information and to RSVP: https://monroestreconstructionkickoffmeeting.eventbrite.com

Light refreshments will be provided. To help us plan accordingly, please register/RSVP for free using the link above. Those who are unable to RSVP are still welcome to attend. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to:

  • Review a summary of the Monroe Street Reconstruction Project and community input to-date
  • Learn about the public engagement and planning process timeline through 2017
  • Engage in community visioning for the future of Monroe Street
  • Discuss current project plans, issues and opportunities with City of Madison staff

To stay updated on this project, visit the City of Madison Engineering website:
http://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/monroe-street.

Jade Garden Redevelopment Neighborhood Mtg
Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:26 PM

Please join me for a meeting to learn about the proposed redevelopment of the Jade Garden site at 1109 South Park Street. The development team will outline their plans for the site, to accommodate the new City of Madison zoning code to comply with the City's Comprehensive Plan, as well as attempt to incorporate the desires and feedback from the immediate neighbors. The meeting will include time for Q&A and neighborhood feedback.

Tuesday, May 31st at 7:30pm

Madison Water Utility Conference Room

119 E. Olin Street

I will post the plans on the District 13 website when they are available. 


Thanks,
Sara

Plan Commission and ALRC This Week
Posted May 22, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Meetings of Interest to District 13 this Week – Plan Commission and ALRC

Monday, 5/23

  • Plan Commission, 5:30pm in Rm 201 City County Building (210 MLK Blvd)
    • 11. 41731 Consideration of a conditional use for limited production and processing at an existing coffeehouse in TSS (Traditional Shopping Street District) zoning at 961 S. Park Street; Urban Design Dist. 7; 13th Ald. Dist.
      • This item will be referred to September 19 at the request of the applicant and the neighborhood. Barriques will be installing new equipment to help mitigate impacts of roasting on surrounding homes. If you have feedback about these improvements (over the next few months – once implemented), please reach-out to me directly.
    • 15. 42307 Consideration of a conditional use alteration to construct an outdoor recreation area and expanded parking area for a restaurant-tavern and increase the capacity for a previously approved outdoor eating area at 1313 Regent Street and 7 S. Randall Avenue; 13th Ald. Dist.
      • This item will be referred to the June 13 Plan Commission meeting. If you have feedback in advance of that meeting, please email me. Note: the applicant is requesting outdoor volleyball courts.
    • 21. 42565 Consideration of a demolition permit and conditional uses to allow demolition of a multi-tenant commercial building and single-family residence and construction of a mixed-use building with approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial space and 48 dwelling units at 1603-1609 Monroe Street; 13th Ald. Dist.
      • This item will be heard before the Plan Commission tomorrow night. My comments on the project are linked here.

Tuesday, 5/24

  • Alcohol License Annual Renewal Separations, 5:30pm in Rm 354 City County Building (210 MLK Blvd)
    • 14. 43114 Separated Liquor License Renewal Lucky's Madison LLC • dba Lucky's Bar • Capacity: 160 1421 Regent St • Agent: Rodney Ripley Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 66% alcohol, 33% food Aldermanic District 13 (Alder Eskrich) • Police Sector 303 Separation requested by Alder Eskrich
    • 15. 43115 Separated Entertainment Renewal Lucky's Madison LLC • dba Lucky's Bar 1421 Regent St 21+ Entertainment Aldermanic District 13 (Alder Eskrich) • Police Sector 303 Separation requested by Alder Eskrich
      • I requested separation of these licenses due to the neighborhood feedback and complaints regarding noise from the premises. I hope to limit live entertainment in line with the recently approved new license (Sconnie Bar), which is limited to 4 nights per month (as well as football Saturdays).
Barriques Park Street Conditional Use Referral
Posted May 18, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Barriques Conditional Use at Plan Commission – Referral until September

At the request of the applicant and the neighborhood association Planning and Economic Development Committee, the Plan Commission hearing on the conditional use request for Barriques' coffee roasting on-site (at 961 S. Park St.) will be referred until September 19. It was scheduled for this coming Monday, May 23. This referral will allow time to install a new, larger catalyst in the existing afterburner and pursue modifications to the exhaust stack to further mitigate impacts on neighbors. The conditional use request to continue roasting will be evaluated and formally either permitted or denied in September.

Please feel free to continue to send me any comments on this conditional use request directly (district13@cityofmadison.com) and indicate if you would like me to share your comments with the Plan Commission. All feedback that has already been submitted will be shared with the Plan Commission in September. 

Monroe Street Mtg and Dogs in Parks Survey
Posted May 8, 2016 at 7:08 PM

MONROE STREET PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 PM HotelRED, 1501 Monroe Street Madison, WI 53711

The City of Madison is proposing to reconstruct Monroe Street in 2018. Funding is included in the 2016 budget for improvements to pedestrian crossings within the Monroe Street corridor. Presentations will be made followed by discussion on the following two topics:

  1. Proposed 2016 pedestrian crossing improvements along Monroe Street
  2. Presentation of upcoming planning and engagement process for the proposed 2018 Monroe Street reconstruction project

The meeting will include representatives from City of Madison Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Planning and Metro Transit.

If you have questions or concerns related to this project, you may contact Christy Bachmann, of the City of Madison Engineering Division. Christy Bachmann ? (608)266?4095 ? cbachmann@cityofmadison.com


DOGS IN CITY PARKS SURVEY

Please find out more information on Madison Parks pilot program to allow dogs on-leash in certain parks and take the Dogs in Parks Survey here.

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete.

Wingrat Park in District 13 is part of the Dogs in Parks Pilot Program.

In August 2015, Madison Common Council approved the Dogs in Parks Pilot Program allowing licensed and permitted dogs, on-leash (6' or less), on paths in the following parks:

Acewood Park, Baxter Park, Blackhawk Park, Door Creek Park, Garner Park, Greentree - Chapel Hills Park, High Point Park, James Madison Park, Norman Clayton Park, North Star Park, Richmond Hill Park, Walnut Grove Park and Wingra Park.

Barriques Park Street Conditional Use Mtg
Posted March 23, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Barriques Public Information Meeting

Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm
Water Utility Conference Room, 119 E Olin Ave

Barriques is applying for a conditional use permit to continue coffee roasting operations on-site. You can find their application and information here. Please note the Plan Commission review date has been moved to April 18 to accommodate this public information meeting.

 

Here is some background information, as well as the formal channels for providing input to the Plan Commission (the decision making body for this application):

  • In the city's zoning codes, there are certain "permitted uses" and "conditional uses" of property based on the type of zoning district. Permitted uses may occur without special permission. Conditional uses require approval from the city's Plan Commission.
  • When the city adopted new zoning codes in 2012, much of Park Street, including Barriques, was zoned as a Traditional Shopping Street (TSS) district. This zoning did not include limited production and processing of food as either a permitted or conditional use. This oversight put many operating businesses in the TSS out of compliance with the zoning code. Barriques has been roasting on-site since they opened in April 2011.
  • In 2015, the city amended the code to allow for conditional small scale food production permits in the TSS. The information on this change can be found here.
  • In December 2015, Barriques notified me and the neighborhood association that they intended to file for such a conditional use permit to come into compliance with the zoning code. You can find their application and information on the city approval process here.
    • Comments to be included in the staff report should be sent to Tim Parks.
    • There will be a public hearing at the Plan Commission on April 18 prior to their deliberations on the application. Please attend and share your thoughts directly with the decision-makers.
  • I will continue to review feedback from neighbors until the April 18 Plan Commission meeting to ensure all relevant feedback is taken into consideration by the Plan Commission.

Please feel free to send me any comments on this conditional use request directly (district13@cityofmadison.com) and indicate if you would like me to share your comments with the Plan Commission.

3.13.16 Update
Posted March 13, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Neighbors –

Please see below for updates relevant to our district.

Events

ZuZu Café Expanded Liquor License                     

Neighborhood Public Information Meeting: Tuesday, March 15, 7pm at ZuZu

  • I will not be able to attend the neighborhood meeting, as I have a Council meeting on Tuesday night. However, if you have thoughts on this request, please feel free to email me directly (district13@cityofmadison.com).

City Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) Public Hearing and Recommendation to Council: Wednesday, March 16, 5:30pm at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Room 201 (City-County Building)

  • ZuZu is requesting a change of liquor license conditions to remove conditions prohibiting sale of beer or alcohol on-site. You can find their application and meeting information here.
  • Letter from the Applicant:

Dear Neighbors,

When ZuZu opened almost 11 years ago, we aimed to promote neighborhood happiness through unique, local, fresh food, made from scratch, and served in a homey, welcoming environment. We wanted a place where friends, neighbors, and colleagues could gather for both inspired thought as well as to relax and enjoy each other's company.  At the time, we self-restricted our liquor license and only offered beer and wine.  Our experience serving beer and wine has been entirely positive, and we have never had any alcohol-related disturbance.

Over the last 11 years, while our goals have remained the same, our menu has expanded to include special breakfasts, tapas, and dinner specials.  To complement this, we have now decided to change our license to offer a well-defined menu that includes other types of alcohol. For example, we want to offer Mimosas and bloody Marys with weekend brunches, hot toddies on chilly afternoons, and specialty treat drinks drawn from local distilleries to accompany dinner and tapas.  In fact, we would love your creative ideas for yummy drink concoctions, and we'd like names drawn from neighborhood characters and lore.

ZuZu will never turn into a loud sports bar or crazy drinking bar, or stay open too late.  We only hope to improve upon what we have built.

Thank you as always for your support.
Sincerely,

Bobby, Kate and Sabri

 

There are other events on the events tab.

Updates

Emerald Ash Borer: I am sad to report that further infestations of EAB have been confirmed in neighborhoods previously not impacted – it is clear that we need to assume now the entire city is impacted. See the press release, infestation map, and mitigation plan here.

South District MPD: Captain John Patterson, our new South District Police Captain, has been doing a great job of providing updates through their email list. You can sign-up here. The linked update provides incident data for our area.

Wingra School Construction Update: The summary of work in February and update for March can be found here.

UW Master Plan: The updated Master Plan newsletter can be found here. The next public open house to present the 'Revised Preliminary Master Plan' is scheduled for April 13, 2106 in the Signe Skott Cooper Hall (School of Nursing) auditorium.

Spruce Street Reconstruction: This work is scheduled to begin in late March. The letter to affected property owners, linked here, provides information on project scope and project contacts.

That's all for now. Please stay in touch!

Best,

Sara

Public Meeting - 3/10 Liquor License
Posted March 1, 2016 at 9:05 PM

PUBLIC MEETING: SCONNIE BAR LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION

Thursday, March 10 - 7:00 p.m. Big 10 Pub (back room) - 1330 Regent Street

Sconnie Bar LLC, dba Sconnie Bar, is applying for a Class B Combination Liquor and Beer License and Entertainment License at 1421 Regent Street. This license will eventually replace the current Class B Combination Liquor and Beer License and Entertainment License No. 76559-88479 held by Lucky's Madison LLC, dba Lucky's Bar & Grille.

Please join me to hear from the applicants, ask questions, and share thoughts/concerns. Thanks!

2.8.16 Update
Posted February 8, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Neighbors –

As always, there is a lot happening in the city. Please see below for updates relevant to our district.

Events

1603 – 1609 Monroe Street Redevelopment Meeting

Wednesday, February 10, 7pm at HotelRED

  • The proposed 1603-1609 Monroe Street redevelopment project will consist of demolition of the current office building at 1603-1605 Monroe Street and a residential rental house at 1609 Monroe Street. The proposed structure will include first floor retail/office/ commercial use; three floors of upscale residential apartment homes; and top floor of owner-occupied condominiums. Parking will be underground and consist of 1:1 ratio of parking for apartments, 2:1 parking condominiums, and 14 stalls of public parking. The anticipated time frame is to begin demolition and construction in early summer 2016 with completion in spring/summer 2017.

 

Alcohol License Review Committee, Tobacco Plus

Wednesday, February 17, 5:30pm at the City-County Building rm 201

  • As I have shared on the listserves, the owners of Tobacco Plus have applied for a license to sell beer and cider. You can view their application here. Please note that the application makes it seem that there will be a restaurant on premise, but they are not proposing food. The ALRC is a public hearing. Please feel free to come in person to share your feedback with the committee or share it with me directly and I will convey it to the commission.

There are other events on the events tab.

 

Updates

Polling Location Change: Remember that there is an election on February 16, 2016. If you live in Dudgeon-Monroe and usually vote at Wingra School, you will be across the street at the Glenwood Moravian Community Church, 725 Gilmore. This change is due to construction at the school.

Neighborhood Grants: Madison is now accepting applications for 2016 neighborhood grants. Find out more here.

 

More updates another time. Please stay in-touch and stay warm!

Best,

Sara

Thefts from Autos - Lock Cars!
Posted February 1, 2016 at 9:04 PM

Neighbors - There have been many reports of thefts from automobiles throughout District 13 over the past few weeks - in almost every neighborhood (most recently Dudgeon-Monroe). Please remember to lock your cars and hide/remove valuables. Here are some tips from our South District Captain on how to prevent this from happening - they will also be increasing patrols through the neighborhoods overnight as possible:

Theft from Auto Prevention

January 26, 2016 4:34 PM

There have recently been a number of overnight thefts from autos in the South District and a majority of the incidents have involved cars that were left unlocked.  Crime prevention requires a team approach with efforts from both the police and the community.  Please consider the following:

  • Always lock your car doors and keep the windows closed.
  • Never leave your vehicle running if unattended.
  • Limit the amount of personal information kept in the glove box or console to avoid identity theft.
  • Remove, or at a minimum, conceal anything of value in your car.  Popular items stolen are – purses, wallets, loose change/money, CD's, radar detectors, portable GPS units.  Please - never leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Never leave your keys in your car.
  • If you park outside of your house and garage, don't leave a garage door opener in your car (this is essentially a key to your home).
  • Back into a parking space if possible.
  • Lighting in general may help deter people.  Motion lights are a good deterrent.
  • Keep your garage door closed even when you are home.

 

Please report all thefts, attempted thefts and suspicious behavior. This type of information can really help guide our efforts and it gives our officers more ability to be "surgical" with their patrols.  People can never overload us with information on what is occurring and what they are seeing!

Thefts from cars are difficult to investigate.  Often our best opportunities emerge with tracking stolen goods.  Please record your model numbers and serial numbers of valuable items.  We use LeadsOnline to track pawned items and have had success with locating stolen goods.  Citizens can enter information about their property to the database as well, which can assist police with recovery efforts.  Please take a look at the link here: https://www.reportit.leadsonline.com/

Gregory Street Area Street Reconstruction Update
Posted January 25, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Neighbors - many in the Gregory Street area have asked about reconstruction timeline. The image below details the current plans from City Engineering. As always, residents are informed prior to street reconstructions and there are multiple opportunities to learn more and have questions answered.

Gregory Street Reconstruction Map

Monroe Street Alcohol and Development Project Public Meetings
Posted January 19, 2016 at 9:54 PM

Neighbors – A couple meetings regarding proposals for Monroe Street are coming up. Please attend to share your input or feel free to email it to me directly if you are not able to attend.

 

1935 Monroe Street Alcohol License Application for Tobacco Plus

Tuesday, January 26, 7pm at HotelRED

  • The applicants are applying for an off-premise consumption license for beer and cider. You can find their application in the city file here. At the meeting they will be able to describe their application and answer any questions. I am also looking for neighborhood feedback at this meeting.

 

1603 – 1609 Monroe Street Redevelopment Meeting

Wednesday, February 10, 7pm at HotelRED

  • The proposed 1603-1609 Monroe Street redevelopment project will consist of demolition of the current office building at 1603-1605 Monroe Street and a residential rental house at 1609 Monroe Street. The proposed structure will include first floor retail/office/ commercial use; three floors of upscale residential apartment homes; and top floor of owner-occupied condominiums. Parking will be underground and consist of 1:1 ratio of parking for apartments, 2:1 parking condominiums, and 14 stalls of public parking. The anticipated time frame is to begin demolition and construction in early summer 2016 with completion in spring/summer 2017.
1.12.16 District Update
Posted January 12, 2016 at 7:26 AM

Neighbors – Happy New Year! I hope your 2016 is starting out well!

As always, there is a lot happening in the city. Please see below for updates relevant to our district.

 

Events

8Twenty Park

Wednesday, 1/13, 4:30pm: Urban Design Commission

  • Seeking Final Design Approval

 

Tuesday, 1/19, 6:45pm: Common Council

  • Seeking Final Approval

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance

City-County Observance, 5:00pm Sing-Along, 6:00pm Event

  • Rotunda and Overture Center's Capital Theater

 

1603 – 1609 Monroe Street Redevelopment Meeting

DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm at HotelRED

  • The proposed 1603-1609 Monroe Street redevelopment project will consist of demolition of the current office building at 1603-1605 Monroe Street and a residential rental house at 1609 Monroe Street. The proposed structure will include first floor retail/office/ commercial use; three floors of upscale residential apartment homes; and top floor of owner-occupied condominiums. Parking will be underground and consist of 1:1 ratio of parking for apartments, 2:1 parking condominiums, and 14 stalls of public parking. The anticipated time frame is to begin demolition and construction in early summer 2016 with completion in spring/summer 2017.

 

There are other events on the events tab.

 

Updates

Snow: It's always a challenge to predict snow and the city street crews do their best to keep up. Learn more about our plowing, salting, and sanding policies here.

We can all do our part for our lakes this winter as well - use less salt!  Most people use five times the amount of salt needed to be effective.  Using more salt doesn't make your sidewalks safer.  Once used, salt doesn't go away it accumulates in our freshwater.  One 12-ounce container, like a coffee cup, is all you need.  That amount is sufficient to salt 60 to 70 feet of sidewalk. Wisconsin Salt Wise Partnership, which is a new coalition of cities, including Madison, county agencies, educators and environmental groups, is working to get the word out about responsible salt use.  For helpful tips on reducing sidewalk salt and strategies for combating slippery walkways, residents are encouraged to check out the Homeowners Handout on Wisconsin Salt Wise's web site, Wi.SaltWise.com

Salt Image

 

Public Safety: Many of you may have heard about an armed robery that happened over the holidays on Emerald Street. This was initally reported in the media as a random act, but Madison Police confirmed that it was a targeted, drug related robbery. You can stay informed from the Madison Police Department by signing up for the south district alerts and reporting any non-emergency crime information on their website. Additionally, welcome to our new South District Police Captain John Patterson! And happy next stage in retirement Captain Joe!

Neighborhood Grants: Madison is now accepting applications for 2016 neighborhood grants. Find out more here.

Capital Region Values Survey: Please take this survey from the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission to share your opinion about growth and priorities for our region.

Smart Transportation: Madison is competing for a $50 million smart transportation prize – find out more and share ideas here.

Green Madison Multifamily Energy Audits: 4+ units are being offered free energy audits through 2016 by Green Madison, flyer and info sheet linked.

Alder Chris Schmidt Resigns, District 11 Vacancy: I am very sad to report that my colleague has resigned, effective January 31. He has served the city for the past six years as a strong, smart, and talented leader. We will miss him greatly. We will need to fill his seat and more information on the vacancy and appointment process will be made available soon. Here is the council press release. If you have friends in the 11th district who would be interested in serving, please encourage them to apply.

 

General City Highlights

  • Last week, the Council approved a family-supportive housing project on Tree Lane that will provide housing and supportive services for homeless and formerly homeless families, by Heartland Housing and the YWCA. I'm proud that we continue to support this needed housing development in our city.
  • Congratulations to everyone – Madison's annual water usage was below 10 billion gallons for the first time in 47 years! Here is the press release. Keep up the conservation work.
  • I am proud to serve on the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District as a new commissioner. We are moving forward on adaptive management, which is a collaborative, watershed-based approach that allows phosphorus sources to work together to achieve the phosphorus water quality criteria in the most economically efficient manner, taking into consideration the contributions of phosphorus from point and nonpoint sources in a watershed. The city and other parties are now signing a memorandum of understanding with the Sewerage District. See the resolution here and a Powerpoint outlining the strategy here.

 

More updates another time. Please stay in-touch and stay warm!

Best,

Sara

Get City Legislative Alerts
Posted December 13, 2015 at 1:50 PM

The city uses Legistar, a legislative records management system for committees, agenda, legislation, and more. You can sign-up for alerts if you are interested in particular actions. Find out how through this step-by-step guide.

2016 Budget Update
Posted November 15, 2015 at 10:26 PM

Neighbors –

This past week we passed the city budget. As you know, city budgets are tight. My priorities were: 1. passing a budget that maintains basic city services, including public safety and infrastructure, and 2. ensuring that the budgetary road forward is realistic, sustainable, and accountable.

I serve on the Board of Estimates (BOE), the city budget committee, and was privileged to be a part of a comprehensive budget process led by our Council President Denise DeMarb. Over the summer, the BOE took a "deep dive" into our capital budget (Capital Improvement Plan, CIP) to ensure that we have a five-year plan for capital projects that is achievable and spreads out the costs-impacts to taxpayers. The projects prioritized by this process were part of the final adopted budget.

The final $290.1 million budget requires a tax increase on the average value home in Madison of 3.49 percent. There are items in this budget that I did not vote for, urging my colleagues to lessen the impact on taxpayers, but overall I believe that the passed budget represents many compromises and is likely the best outcome I could work for in my first year on BOE.

Here is an update on some of the key projects in the budget:

  • Monroe Street: Back into the CIP, scheduled for reconstruction in 2018 and pedestrian improvements in 2016.
    • The Mayor's proposed budget moved Monroe Street reconstruction from the scheduled 2017 out of the five year CIP, with only $200,000 for patchwork in 2016. I am committed to a path forward for Monroe Street that can be achieved, providing residents and businesses the opportunity to plan for the impacts of reconstructing the major artery of our neighborhood. This meant proposing pedestrian improvements in 2016 and reconstruction in 2018. I also passed a resolution calling for the planning process to start now for the "Greening of Monroe Street." This directs staff to work with the many stakeholders, including neighbors, on planning so that we do not continue to push the schedule for this critical project. This CIP and resolution was passed unanimously by Council. I will be in-touch in early 2016 with more on this planning process – please stay tuned!
  • Midtown Police Station: Back on-schedule for construction in 2016 and 2017. The final amendment shifted out some operating costs to save money in the 2017 budget. This station will help with capacity to adequately meet the demands of our growing city. It will be located on Mineral Point Road, right outside of District 13.
  • Neighborhood Traffic Management: The Council restored this funding to just above the 2015 level. This is important funding for neighborhood-driven traffic calming investments and major street improvement's for enhancements of pedestrian infrastructure and safety. Learn more about this program here.
  • Pinney Library: This relocation of the Pinney Branch library in the Royster Corners development is back on-schedule for 2016 and 2017 construction.
  • Downtown Park: The funding for land acquisition for a downtown park on Mifflin Street was originally in the BOE budget, but was removed due to potential alternatives for land acquisition. I voted against this proposal to condemn apartments for a new park downtown. We have ample open space downtown for public enjoyment, so this was not a use of city funds that I could support.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Council is back to RFP responses on Judge Doyle Square, due to Exact Sciences' decision to expand at Research Park. The funding for a development, including the reconstruction (underground) of Government East Parking Ramp and a hotel, at this location remains in the 2016 capital budget. I will keep you informed as this project progresses.
  • Public Market: With the Mayor's urging, the Council voted to move the public market back into the budget, after the Mayor excluded it from the CIP in his original executive budget proposal. This project includes moving city fleet services, fire maintenance, and the radio shop from First Street in 2017 and 2018, with design work in 2016. The $14 million public market funding includes both city and anticipated other funding sources. The Council passed an amendment on the floor making city funding contingent on receipt of other funding sources. I voted against the proposal to put the public market and other associated project expenses back into the early years of the CIP. Though I am generally supportive of the idea behind a public market, this funding is not essential to city services and I do not believe that it is a project that the city can afford.

The operating budget also included key decisions, including:

  • City Staff Pay Increase: 1.15 percent pay increase for all city employees (except the bargaining units) effective July 1, 2016. City employees are critical to city operations, and they overwhelmingly do an exemplary job serving our city. Though this raise is small, considering general costs of living and health care increases, it is important to support the work of our city staff.
  • Day Resource Center Support: The city has committed $80,000 annually to support the operations of the County Day Resource Center. Prior to opening the center, the funding will be used for gap services for homeless residents in our city.
  • Youth Jobs: The Council added $125,000 to the youth jobs program, bringing the city support to $200,000. This is an evidence-based strategy to engage youth in productive summer employment, particularly targeting youth from the Neighborhood Intervention Program of Dane County.
  • Various Community Services Contracts: The Council funded additional "B List" contracts as recommended by the Community Development summer funding process. One agency, the Tenant Resource Center, came to us at Council for an additional $50,000. This particular request was not one I could support because it was outside the city process for funding. It failed. The Tenant Resource Center receives funding from the city for their critical services, and I believe that adding to their funding outside of our process would be unfair and inequitable.
  • Housing First Street Team: This initiative passed the Council. I did not support this item, as I believe that that the services as outlined by the Mayor in the funding proposal are duplicative. As a city, we have limited resources and have to leverage funding from other sources, including county and federal funds. Housing First is a successful program because it focuses on housing, knowing that individuals often cannot take advantage of services until they are stabilized in housing. It is housing that Madison is struggling with and we need to continue to fund and build housing as a city, not more services with city-specific funding at this time.

There were many other important decisions, projects, and programs funded in the 2016 budget. However, this update was long enough, and I hope it provided you with some helpful additional information.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have further questions. I do my best to balance the challenges inherent in budget decisions that impact us so directly.

Thanks again for the opportunity to represent you on the Council. I am privileged to serve.

Best,
Sara

 

11.1.15 Meeting Update
Posted November 1, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Neighbors –

There are many items of interest on the city calendar this week. Please note the selected district-related items below:

Monday, Plan Commission at 5:30pm

  • Double SS BBQ Conditional Use: Please find my comments to Plan Commission here. The city staff report and the Public Health memo are also in the record and hyperlinked in this update.
  • The Green Project, 1906 Monroe Street: This project, as previously proposed, has been cancelled. The application for conditional use on the Plan Commission agenda will be placed on file without prejudice at the request of the applicant. This means that it will not be discussed on Monday night.

Tuesday, Common Council Meeting at 6:30pm

  • Please note that the 11/10/15 Council meeting will include a public hearing on both the Capital and Operating Budgets. The Council will be voting on the budget the evening of 11/10, or 11/11 and 11/12 if needed.

Thursday, 820 South Park Street Neighborhood Meeting at 6:30pm at Neighborhood House (29 South Mills Street)

  • If possible, please review the revised submitted plans, linked on my development website prior to the meeting. This will allow us more time for Q&A and feedback.

There are other events on the events tab.

Week of 10/19 Meetings of Interest
Posted October 19, 2015 at 6:39 AM

Greetings Neighbors –

This week has many potential meetings of interest to residents of District 13. Here are my notes and updates on items that I believe are particularly relevant:

 

Monday: Plan Commission, 5:30pm

  • 8. 40231 Creating Section 12.138(14) of the Madison General Ordinances to reduce commuter parking impact and promote the use of off-street parking.
    • I am happy to be sponsoring this ordinance change that would update the parking standards such that multi-family units would not be eligible for residential parking stickers. This has been a condition of approval of many projects in our district, due to the parking impact and need to ensure that multi-family building residents are making use of provided on-site parking to mitigate the impact on the street parking.
  • 10. 39089 REVISED - Consideration of a conditional use to allow an auto repair shop at 1313 Regent Street; 13th Ald. Dist. to be converted into a restaurant-brewpub and reception hall with outdoor eating area and a conditional use parking reduction.
    • I have been working with staff and the applicant to draft conditions of approval that address many concerns regarding the use of this facility. Please see the full description in the staff report. They include:
    • • Parking facilities must be available at all times, and shall not be shut down for any events. • Limit the hours of operations of the reception hall/room to closing at midnight. • Maximum capacities to be approved by the Director of Building inspection but shall not exceed: - 208 for brewpub (number of available seats, plus staff, plus a reasonable number of people waiting for seats) - 58 for patio (chairs & tables-drive capacity number) - 155 for reception hall/room when furniture, tables and chairs are present (fixed-seat capacity) - 450 for reception hall/room when no tables or chairs present (general assembly capacity) • The reception hall/room may be used with the general assembly capacity for Wisconsin Badger Home Football games, capacity will be limited to 155 all other days/events (fixed-seat capacity). • The reception hall space shall not be used as expanded capacity for the brewpub. In no event shall the reception hall be used as a music venue other than music provided in conjunction with private events such as weddings, receptions, private parties (retirement, birthday, holiday, reunion, or other special occasions including private events hosted related to Kohl Center and Camp Randall sporting events and concerts). The doors are required to be closed and locked to reception hall space but for when it is being used for separate events.
  • 14. 40042 Consideration of a demolition permit and conditional use to allow demolition of offices in a converted residence and construction of a mixed-use building with 6,500 square feet of commercial space and 2 apartments at 1906 Monroe Street; 13th Ald. Dist.
    • The project architect will be making slight adjustments to the building to meet the requirement for the "rear yard height transition" to the residential property behind the site. With a reconfiguration of the square footage of the building, expected changes will include the loss of one parking stall, a slightly smaller third floor, and a smaller fourth floor resulting in a change in one of the apartment units from a two-bedroom to a one-bedroom unit. Staff anticipates receiving revised plans on October 19, and will make the plans available at this link: http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/1906-monroe-street/1717/. The proposal is now scheduled to be heard by the Plan Commission on Monday, November 2.

 

Tuesday: Common Council, 6:30pm

5pm Tennant Association Voting

  • Residents of the Triangle Neighborhood, 755 Braxton Place

 

Wednesday: Alcohol License Review Committee, 5:30pm

  • New Alcohol and Entertainment License for Lucky's 1313 Brewpub
    • Based on the conditions approved at the Plan Commission on Monday, I will recommend that appropriate and associated conditions of use are applied to these licenses.
  • Three of the applications for alcohol licenses in my district on Wednesday night have not reached out to discuss their application with me or hold a neighborhood meeting for public input. Due to this process issue, I have requested referral of these applicants until such outreach has happened. They include:
    • 40244 Hong Kong Chili
    • 40245 Tobacco Plus
    • 40250 Ramen Station

 

Thursday: Double SS BBQ Demonstration and Public Neighborhood Meeting, 7:30pm

  • The applicants will be demonstrating use of their BBQ Pit in the alley behind their restaurant at 1835 Monroe Street. They will be cooking meat all day and neighbors are welcome to walk by to view the smoker in action. However, please note that the operators will be cooking meat for consumption, so they will not be able to talk with neighbors at the smoker during the day. Please bring questions to the meeting at 7:30pm.
  • Meeting Agenda
    • Welcome: Objectives and Ground Rules
    • Applicants Outline Proposal
    • City Staff Outline Process, Zoning, Public Health Impacts
    • Q&A: Clarifying Questions First, Issues/Concerns/Support Second
    • Next Steps/Timeline
  • This proposal will be before the Plan Commission on 11/2.
10.5.15 Updates
Posted October 5, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Neighbors –

Happy fall! Budget season has hit the city. Below you will find an update on the budget and on development projects in the district.

 

Capital Budget

  • Monroe Street: The Mayor's proposed budget cut Monroe Street reconstruction from the capital improvement plan (CIP), and instead includes $200,000 in 2017 for patchwork to give the street an estimated 6 more years of life in fair shape, according to the City Engineer. I proposed an amendment at the Board of Estimates that was supported by my colleagues to move Monroe Street back on scheduled for 2017 full reconstruction. I also proposed two back-up amendments that would improve key pedestrian crossings and move full reconstruction of the Leonard to Regent portion (the section in worse shape) of Monroe to 2019.
    • Road reconstruction is a basic city function that you should be able to count on the city to fund with our tax dollars.
    • Please email the Mayor and All Alders to share your opinions on the budget decision.
  • Operating Budget: The Mayor's proposed operating budget will be released this week. The Board of Estimates will review it on 10/12.
  • At the Capital Budget deliberations of the Board of Estimates, I stated that as a Council I do not believe that we have fully done our work on the budget. The city addresses the capital and operating budgets sequentially in committee, rather than finding savings and addressing the budgets together. Therefore I consider my votes on Capital Budget amendments at the Board of Estimates to be priorities for funding in the CIP, knowing that my votes may change when we get to the Council vote.  I look forward to working with my colleagues and Council leadership to have a comprehensive budget plan prior to that Council vote in November, one that considers the need to put back in the five year Capital Budget key infrastructure projects, like Monroe Street and the Mid-Town Police Station, while balancing the overarching debt load of the city.

 

Development Projects

  • Wingra School: The school is proposing a new entrance and renovation, which requires an amendment to their current Planned Development Zoning. They will be before the Plan Commission on 10/5 and the Common Council on 10/20.
  • The Green Project, 1906 Monroe Street: The project proposes a four story building that steps back from Monroe Street on the fourth floor. It includes an Underground Food Collective concept, The Fit, The Knight Foundation, and apartments. The public neighborhood meeting on the project generally displayed support, though concerns about four stories on Monroe were also expressed. The Plan Commission public hearing and decision on approval of this project will take place on 10/19.
  • Lucky's 1313 Regent Street: The project has changed from the original proposal. It sill includes renovation of the Foreign Car Specialist building into a brew pub and banquet hall space, but at this time no longer includes apartments on Bowen Court. The Plan Commission will be reviewing outdoor patio space and a parking waiver on 10/19 and the Alcohol License Review Committee will be reviewing the liquor license proposal on 10/21. I have concerns about the large space and capacity, and will be proposing conditions of approval that will limit the capacity and hours and total days of operation of the banquet facility.
  • Double SS BBQ: This restaurant has proposed use of an outdoor cooking smoker behind their restaurant at 1835 Monroe Street. There will be a public meeting and demonstration of the cooking operation on 10/22. The applicants will be smoking meat during the day, welcoming neighbors to come by and experience the cooking, and the public meeting will begin at 7:30pm in their restaurant. The Vilas Neighborhood Association will be promoting an online survey to help provide feedback on this proposal. They will be before the Plan Commission for a public hearing and requesting approval on 11/2.
  • JTK Affordable Housing Project (820 South Park Street), Next Neighborhood Meeting: Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8:30pm
    • The current development proposal has been amended from the original proposal. You can view the new plans on my development website. It includes:
      • A 5-story affordable housing property on the church supply store site and extending back along Delaplaine Ct.;
      • A 4-story affordable housing property along Haywood St. behind the auto repair shop;
      • The 5 single-family homes along the 800-block of S. Brooks will remain, though the current homes on Delaplaine and perhaps Haywood will replace 2-4 of the homes to preserve the highest quality homes, and an alley with surface parking will be constructed behind those homes;
  • The developer is aiming to submit applications this week in hopes of having the project approved before the end of January to submit for affordable housing tax credits.
  • Judge Doyle Square: On September 29, the City Council voted 12 to 6 to invest in the proposed Judge Doyle Square development project, which includes a headquarter office building for Exact Sciences, a replacement public parking ramp for Government East, and a new hotel. After lengthy and informative debate, I voted for this project because previous investments of this kind have demonstrated success in increasing our tax base to stem the tide of increasing residential property taxes, rejuvenated our downtown, and brought well-paying jobs to Madisonians who need them. This project will do the same.

    Some argue that the funding that we are reinvesting from the healthy Tax Increment District should be used to pay for immediate needs. While that may bring some short-term relief, this project looks strategically to the future to correct the root causes of those more immediate needs and resolve them for future generations.

    I appreciate all the information and opinions you shared with me on this project. We are better by being an active and engaged city with diverse opinions. This project will continue to move through the city land entitlement process over the next few months.

 

Events

I have a new intern from UW helping me to populate an events tab on my site that will keep you informed as city permits are granted for events impacting our district. Thanks in advance to Kara and the UW for this partnership! In the meantime...

  • Play Cool Choices! It's an easy way to play a game online that helps promote sustainability and further Madison's chances of winning the Georgetown Energy Challenge. GreenMadison.org
  • Attend the Monroe Street Festival on Saturday 10/10
  • Fall Leaf Collection begins today

 

Thanks!

10.5.15 Updates
Posted October 5, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Neighbors –

Happy fall! Budget season has hit the city. Below you will find an update on the budget and on development projects in the district.

 

Capital Budget

  • Monroe Street: The Mayor's proposed budget cut Monroe Street reconstruction from the capital improvement plan (CIP), and instead includes $200,000 in 2017 for patchwork to give the street an estimated 6 more years of life in fair shape, according to the City Engineer. I proposed an amendment at the Board of Estimates that was supported by my colleagues to move Monroe Street back on scheduled for 2017 full reconstruction. I also proposed two back-up amendments that would improve key pedestrian crossings and move full reconstruction of the Leonard to Regent portion (the section in worse shape) of Monroe to 2019.
    • Road reconstruction is a basic city function that you should be able to count on the city to fund with our tax dollars.
    • Please email the Mayor and All Alders to share your opinions on the budget decision.
  • Operating Budget: The Mayor's proposed operating budget will be released this week. The Board of Estimates will review it on 10/12.
  • At the Capital Budget deliberations of the Board of Estimates, I stated that as a Council I do not believe that we have fully done our work on the budget. The city addresses the capital and operating budgets sequentially in committee, rather than finding savings and addressing the budgets together. Therefore I consider my votes on Capital Budget amendments at the Board of Estimates to be priorities for funding in the CIP, knowing that my votes may change when we get to the Council vote.  I look forward to working with my colleagues and Council leadership to have a comprehensive budget plan prior to that Council vote in November, one that considers the need to put back in the five year Capital Budget key infrastructure projects, like Monroe Street and the Mid-Town Police Station, while balancing the overarching debt load of the city.

 

Development Projects

  • Wingra School: The school is proposing a new entrance and renovation, which requires an amendment to their current Planned Development Zoning. They will be before the Plan Commission on 10/5 and the Common Council on 10/20.
  • The Green Project, 1906 Monroe Street: The project proposes a four story building that steps back from Monroe Street on the fourth floor. It includes an Underground Food Collective concept, The Fit, The Knight Foundation, and apartments. The public neighborhood meeting on the project generally displayed support, though concerns about four stories on Monroe were also expressed. The Plan Commission public hearing and decision on approval of this project will take place on 10/19.
  • Lucky's 1313 Regent Street: The project has changed from the original proposal. It sill includes renovation of the Foreign Car Specialist building into a brew pub and banquet hall space, but at this time no longer includes apartments on Bowen Court. The Plan Commission will be reviewing outdoor patio space and a parking waiver on 10/19 and the Alcohol License Review Committee will be reviewing the liquor license proposal on 10/21. I have concerns about the large space and capacity, and will be proposing conditions of approval that will limit the capacity and hours and total days of operation of the banquet facility.
  • Double SS BBQ: This restaurant has proposed use of an outdoor cooking smoker behind their restaurant at 1835 Monroe Street. There will be a public meeting and demonstration of the cooking operation on 10/22. The applicants will be smoking meat during the day, welcoming neighbors to come by and experience the cooking, and the public meeting will begin at 7:30pm in their restaurant. The Vilas Neighborhood Association will be promoting an online survey to help provide feedback on this proposal. They will be before the Plan Commission for a public hearing and requesting approval on 11/2.
  • JTK Affordable Housing Project (820 South Park Street), Next Neighborhood Meeting: Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8:30pm
    • The current development proposal has been amended from the original proposal. You can view the new plans on my development website. It includes:
      • A 5-story affordable housing property on the church supply store site and extending back along Delaplaine Ct.;
      • A 4-story affordable housing property along Haywood St. behind the auto repair shop;
      • The 5 single-family homes along the 800-block of S. Brooks will remain, though the current homes on Delaplaine and perhaps Haywood will replace 2-4 of the homes to preserve the highest quality homes, and an alley with surface parking will be constructed behind those homes;
  • The developer is aiming to submit applications this week in hopes of having the project approved before the end of January to submit for affordable housing tax credits.
  • Judge Doyle Square: On September 29, the City Council voted 12 to 6 to invest in the proposed Judge Doyle Square development project, which includes a headquarter office building for Exact Sciences, a replacement public parking ramp for Government East, and a new hotel. After lengthy and informative debate, I voted for this project because previous investments of this kind have demonstrated success in increasing our tax base to stem the tide of increasing residential property taxes, rejuvenated our downtown, and brought well-paying jobs to Madisonians who need them. This project will do the same.

    Some argue that the funding that we are reinvesting from the healthy Tax Increment District should be used to pay for immediate needs. While that may bring some short-term relief, this project looks strategically to the future to correct the root causes of those more immediate needs and resolve them for future generations.

    I appreciate all the information and opinions you shared with me on this project. We are better by being an active and engaged city with diverse opinions. This project will continue to move through the city land entitlement process over the next few months.

 

Events

I have a new intern from UW helping me to populate an events tab on my site that will keep you informed as city permits are granted for events impacting our district. Thanks in advance to Kara and the UW for this partnership! In the meantime...

  • Play Cool Choices! It's an easy way to play a game online that helps promote sustainability and further Madison's chances of winning the Georgetown Energy Challenge. GreenMadison.org
  • Attend the Monroe Street Festival on Saturday 10/10
  • Fall Leaf Collection begins today

 

Thanks!

Capital Budget and Development Meeting This Week!
Posted September 7, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Neighbors –

A special update on the Mayor's Proposed Capital Budget and a development meeting this week:

Capital Budget

  • Monroe Street: The Mayor's proposed budget cut Monroe Street reconstruction from the capital improvement plan (CIP), and instead includes $200,000 in 2017 for patchwork to give the street an estimated 6 more years of life in fair shape, according to the City Engineer.
    • Road reconstruction is a basic city function that you should be able to count on the city to fund with our tax dollars. I will question this decision and look for funding that can be trimmed to keep the CIP sustainable, while funding commitments that neighbors and businesses have been counting on – like Monroe Street reconstruction in 2017.
    • Please email the Mayor and All Alders to share your opinion on this decision.
  • Timing of other key projects has been pushed, both to trim the high-cost plan in past year budgets and to account for project timelines changing. You can read more about the proposed budget here. There will be many questions and discussions about what we need to prioritize and where we can account for needed savings.
  • Board of Estimates Meetings: The city's finance committee, on which I serve, will be meeting at 4:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday evening to review the entire capital budget with staff from departments. You are welcome to attend, send me your questions to ask, and/or watch online/on City Channel. There will be public hearings on the capital budget on 9/15 at the Council. The calendar can be found here.

 

JTK Low-Income/Senior Housing Project (820 South Park Street)

  • Neighborhood Meeting: Thursday, September 10th from 6:30-8:30pm, Bolz Auditorium, across Brooks Street from Meriter Hospital's Main Entrance
  • The current development proposal calls for two buildings on the site:
    • A 5-story affordable family housing property, 76 units, on the church supply store site and extending back along Delaplaine Ct.
    • A 5-story affordable senior housing property, around 40 units, along Haywood St. behind the auto repair shop
    • 5 single-family homes along the 800-block of S. Brooks will remain; an alley with surface parking will be constructed behind those homes
  • The developer is aiming to submit applications within the next month or so in hopes of having the project approved before the end of January.
  • Please join us to have your questions answered and share your thoughts!
FYI - JDS Decision Delayed 2 Weeks
Posted September 1, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Tonight's discussion about Judge Doyle Square/Madison Municipal Building/Exact Science/Government East Parking Ramp is anticipated to be delayed until September 15 (the next Council Meeting).

 

From Denise DeMarb, Council President:

At tonight's council meeting, I will ask for direct referral of items # 43 and 60 for JDS.  Direct referral is without debate or testimony.  We still have moving parts.  The 5 items that BOE ask for substance/clarification have not been fully vetted.  These are important items and we can't debate what we don't know. 


I understand there will be residents who intend to come to tonight's meeting to speak on this issue.

Please let people know about the referral to 9/15.  I am very sensitive to the public and those who show up to help us make good decisions.  I want to reach as many of them ahead of time.
 

Memo from the Judge Doyle Square Negotiation Team to the Common Council:

As of 3 pm on Monday, August 31st, agreement hasn't been reached by the parties to all of the items included in the August 24, 2015 Board of Estimates motion. While agreement has been reached by the parties on Issues (3) and (4) below, Items (1), (2) and (5) below remain open. Since these matters are not satisfactorily resolved and consistent with the Board of Estimates adopted motion, the Mayor has recommended referral of the matter to the September 15, 2015 meeting.
_____________________________________________________________
On Monday, August 24, 2015, the Board of Estimates considered the Report of the Judge Doyle Square Negotiating Team, the draft Amended and Restated Development Agreement and a Common Council Resolution, Legistar No. 39800. The Board of Estimates recommended approval of the resolution with the addition of the following language:
"The BOE recommends approval of the resolution, subject to satisfactory resolution of these issues prior to September 1:

Language on a Labor Peace Agreement;
Language on the timing and nature of reacquisition by the City of the hotel condominium unit and the future office expansion condominium unit;
Completion of the Real Estate Purchase Agreement;
Removal of the Developer's right of first refusal on leasing of parking utility spaces; and
More information on the TIF jobs grant and the other questions of the TIF Coordinator.

If these matters are not satisfactorily resolved, the BOE recommends referral of the resolution to the Council's September 15 meeting."


Subsequent to the Board of Estimates meeting, the City Negotiating Team conducted an additional negotiating session on Wednesday, August 26 to address the five areas identified in the motion.


A brief summary of the items is provided below.

(1) Labor Peace Agreement
The Developer has engaged in discussions to enter into a Labor Peace Agreement (LPA) with Unite Here, a labor union representing hotel employees. Due to both legal and practical issues, the Developer must negotiate directly with Unite Here in coming to the final terms of the agreement. Unite Here is the only interested union in representing hotel employees and have negotiated LPAs with developers and hotel operators around the country.


While the Developer has provided a workforce development agreement which asserts that it will enter into a LPA with hotel employees, as of 3 pm on August 31st, Unite Here does not find the agreement to be adequate. The agreement permits the Developer to enter into a LPA after the Project Commencement closing. However, this leaves the City with limited ability to enforce the agreement since the City's financing will have already been spent on the Project. Normally, the City could withhold its financing in order to enforce the agreement, but that will not be possible here.

(2) Reacquisition of Block 105 Condominium Units

Hotel Unit
One of the City's high priorities in pursuing the Judge Doyle Square development is to add additional hotel rooms adjacent to Monona Terrace with a room-block agreement to support Monona Terrace. The City and the JDS Development LLC agree that construction on the hotel must commence by May 1, 2017. It is the most efficient timing for the hotel since the construction team will already be mobilized on site and the hotel tower construction can continue without interruption or re-mobilization at a later date. Further, the developer will have posted approximately $17.5 million in equity capital with the commercial lender at the Project Commencement closing in December, 2015. That equity capital isn't in a productive use until the hotel is completed and is operating, which is a significant motivation for JDS Development to move forward on the project in a timely manner.


To the extent that market or financial conditions prevent the hotel project from proceeding by May 1, 2017, there will be an agreement between the parties to permit the developer to extend its deadline and for the City to reacquire the hotel unit in order to complete the hotel if the developer does not.
As of 3 pm on August 31st, there wasn't satisfactory resolution of the preceding provision.
The cost for reacquiring the Hotel Unit is $232,000 which is the proportionate share of the actual price the Developer will pay for the land.


Exact Sciences Office Expansion Unit
The Exact Sciences office expansion site is the third and final phase of the Judge Doyle Square development. Based on the underwriting analysis, the completion of the office building is targeted for 2023 with the property tax payments on the completed facility commencing in 2024. The Amended and Restated Development Agreement provides that in addition to expansion space for Exact Sciences, the site could also include another office tenant, additional hotel capacity or residential use (Section 5.4 (a) of the Amended and Restated Agreement). Given the development schedule to start construction in 2022, the multiple land uses that can be developed on the site and the fact that the site will have the authorized zoning and approvals in place and available parking to support those uses, the City Negotiating Team did not seek a reacquisition option for this development site.

(3) Real Estate Purchase Agreement
At the time the Negotiating Team Report was submitted to the Board of Estimates on August 21, 2015, the Real Estate Purchase Agreement wasn't finalized. That has now been completed and is provided as Exhibit B to the Amended and Restated Development Agreement.


(4) Developer's Right of First Refusal on Leasing Parking Utility Spaces
The Lease Term Sheet included a provision to give JDS Development a right of first refusal (ROFR) on any blocks of spaces in the Public Ramp that the City may wish to make available to any third parties on a long-term basis (e.g. for a year or longer) along with an option to acquire any stalls in the public portion of the ramp that may become available during the lease term in the event the City constructs or secures other stalls for public use in the downtown and no longer desires to maintain all 600 stalls within the ramp.


This provision has been removed from the Lease Term Sheet.


(5) Additional TIF Jobs Grant and Related TIF Questions
JDS Development forwarded additional financial information to the Negotiating Team and City's TIF Coordinator on Thursday, August 27th. One piece of new information presented to the City was an enumeration of the extraordinary costs of locating Exact Sciences at this downtown location. The information provided note that these costs total $12.1 million.


JDS Development also provided revised financial information for the parking structure, office building, and hotel. Of note is a budget of $14,126,000 for Tenant Improvements by Exact Sciences. This is in excess of the $12 million negotiated for Exact Sciences Tenant Improvements. The Negotiating Team wants to insure that the $12 million TIF investment to Exact Sciences is only used for their Tenant Improvements, and as such, is recommending a change within the Restated Development Agreement to protect the City's interest in this regard.


As of 3 pm on August 31st, additional analysis is still being completed.

TIF Grant
There has been debate about the jobs–based TIF grant to Exact Sciences. TIF policy and state TIF law interpretation defines the TIF support as a grant where the property tax increment generated by the project, and by the increment guarantee, will be insufficient during the life of the TID to recover that cost.


Due to the fact that TID 25, the source of the funds, will close in 2023 or 2024 (prior to the recovery of the cost) renders the Exact Sciences financial support a grant. Regarding the guarantee of the property tax increment, the Amended and Restated Development Agreement seeks to address this issue in three ways:

By requiring a corporate jobs guarantee for the Jobs TIF subsidy, rather than a personal/corporate guarantee on the property tax increment (the developer would not agree to the latter).
By requiring a modified corporate property tax guarantee for the $20.8 million TIF subsidy provided for the private accessory parking. That guarantee is a $6.8 million net worth requirement of the JDS LLC along with a property tax increment test in 2032, with any shortfall either being made up by the developer through a cash payment or through assignment of all of the revenues from the private accessory parking to make up the shortfall.
By requiring a $115,000 annual lease payment for the private accessory parking, and a $4 million acquisition payment after 27 years, which offsets some of the $20.8 million in TIF subsidy.


The estimated property taxes generated by the project are projected to cover the entire $42.8 million contribution from TID 25, within approximately 20 years. Those taxes are being paid directly to the taxing jurisdictions rather than TID 25, because TID 25, similar to a sinking fund concept, paid those amounts in advance in lieu of issuing debt and repaying with interest through a new TID. The end result is the same; the project recovers the subsidy within the usual maximum statutory lifespan of a TID. The net effect on the taxing jurisdictions is a net positive – the property value is placed on the tax rolls in 2023/2024 rather than 2037 (or later), interest costs are avoided, and a portion of the parking revenues, including sale of the ramp, are returned to the City.

8.30.15 Update
Posted August 30, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

Updates on in-district projects:

 

  • Project at 820 Park Street: J.T. Klein Company is proposing an affordable housing development on the block bounded by Delaplaine, S. Brooks, Haywood, and South Park Streets – including market rate, low-income, and senior housing.
    • Neighborhood Meeting: Thursday, September 10, from 6:30-8:30pm at Bolz Auditorium, Meriter Hospital Education Center (McConnell Building) at 124 S. Brooks Street.
    • The development team hopes to submit their application to the city on October 7, to trigger the formal city review process and meet the January 31 deadline for the WHEDA tax credit application.

 

  • Double S BBQ: The owners of the Double S BBQ at 1835 Monroe Street have notified me, city staff, and the neighborhood association of their intent to file an application for conditional use to approve an outdoor smoker/BBQ pit behind their restaurant. The soonest they could formally file an application with the city is September 2, which correlates to an October 19 Plan Commission meeting for formal city review and approval/disapproval.
    • I will be helping to organize a demonstration of the smoker/pit in the location that they hope to operate. We have gained city permission for a one-day demo, however, we need to wait until their kitchen is completed – so the date is still TBD. There will be formal, written notice of this public meeting/demonstration mailed to immediate neighbors and I will send the date in my update as soon as it is scheduled. It will be an opportunity to see what the owners are proposing and provide feedback.

 

  • 1906 Monroe Street/The Green Project: The development team intends to submit their proposal for a four story building this week. The updated plans are on my developments page.

 

  • Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub and Banquet Facility: I held a public meeting on this 25-unit apartment development project and proposed alcohol license for the Brew Pub in June. The applicant, Rod Ripper (current manager of Lucky's Bar and Grille), intends to appear for approval of the class B liquor license at the Alcohol License Review Committee meeting on September 16 and has submitted plans for the conditional use approvals to go before the Plan Commission on September 21. Please email me any questions or concerns.

 

 

  • Weeds in Monona Bay: Apologies to all regarding the weed cutting situation in Monona Bay. The City and County staff are working together to try to resolve the access issues for the weed cutters in the main part of Monona Bay – as to not block the bike path when loading/unloading weeds. I am working with County Supervisors and staff to be sure that access is planned and complete well-before the weed cutting is needed again next season.

 

 

Highlighted City Business:

 

  • Judge Doyle Square: Many of you have contacted about the current negotiations and final development agreement with JDS Development for their proposal with Exact Sciences at Judge Doyle Square. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The Council will be voting on this item at our Tuesday evening meeting. This is a public hearing, where you are welcome to come testify. At the Board of Estimates meeting, I voted to recommend approval of the development agreement pending satisfactory resolution of five important issues, including more information on the TIF jobs grant and other questions presented by our city TIF coordinator. While I believe that the opportunity to bring a biotech firm like Exact Sciences downtown is a great opportunity for our city, I still need to be convinced that the investments of our city funding is necessary and setting appropriate policy precedent before I can vote to support the agreement on Tuesday night. I will keep you informed about my final vote and rationale after Tuesday's Council meeting.  

 

Other in-district events:

  • Alliant Energy Center Events
  • The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board's draft Bicycle Transportation Plan for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County and draft Public Participation Plan, are now available for review and comment. Click here for more information on the bicycle plan, including ways to provide feedback, and to view the draft plan report. Click here to view the draft public participation plan. A public hearing on the draft public participation plan is scheduled for the Board's Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 354.
  • 9/7 Safe Harbor's Labor Day Dash at Vilas Park
  • 9/13 Dog Paddle
  • 9/15 and 9/16 UW Master Plan Public Open Houses: The consultant team will be presenting their analysis information as well as the framework plan which will guide alternative development of the 2015 Master Plan Update. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions of the consultant team.  Refreshments will be provided.
    • September 15, 2015 7-9PM, Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) Room 1325
    • September 16, 2015 7-9PM, Gordon Commons, Sonata Room
  • 9/19 Edgewood Hosting Game Day Tailgate from 11am-2pm (same day as Badger Game)
  • 9/29 - 10/3 World Dairy Expo at Alliant Energy Center
  • 10/7 at 5pm: Madison Policy Department Community Corral (Police Horses) at Midland Park, 1005 Midland Street
  • 10/10 Monroe Street Festival
  • 10/10: Aruna 5K Run for their Freedom at Vilas Park
  • 10/24 from 8am-12pm: Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive
  • MG&E Community Conversations: Please check out their webpage and take part in our community's energy future!

Congrats to St. James School on the opening of their new Early Care and Education program. They had a great ribbon cutting event this past week. And best wishes for a great school year to all students, parents, and teachers in Madison!

St. James Ribbon Cutting
St. James Ribbon Cutting Event

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

 

8/3/15 Updates
Posted August 3, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

 

Updates on in-district projects:

 

  • Project at 820 Park Street: J.T. Klein Company is proposing an affordable housing development on the block bounded by Delaplaine, S. Brooks, Haywood, and South Park Streets – including market rate, low-income, and senior housing. There will be robust opportunities for public input in coming months. A project steering committee of neighborhood residents has been convened to help guide the process and provide feedback. This will not replace the public meetings related to the project, but Urban Assets has been hired to convene this group for more robust feedback from the Greenbush and Bay Creek Neighborhood Association. If anyone wants to attend these meetings, as they are open to anyone, please contact Zia at Urban Assets.  I will be participating in this Steering Committee.
    • The development team hopes to submit their application to the city on October 7, to trigger the formal city review process and meet the January 31 deadline for the WHEDA tax credit application.

 

  • Double S BBQ: The owners of the Double S BBQ at 1835 Monroe Street have notified me, city staff, and the neighborhood association of their intent to file an application for conditional use to approve an outdoor smoker/BBQ pit behind their restaurant. The soonest they could formally file an application with the city is September 2, which correlates to an October 19 Plan Commission meeting for formal city review and approval/disapproval.
    • I will be helping to organize a demonstration of the smoker/pit in the location that they hope to operate. We have gained city permission for a one-day demo that will take place in September. There will be formal, written notice of this public meeting/demonstration mailed to immediate neighbors and I will send the date in my update as soon as it is scheduled. It will be an opportunity to see what the owners are proposing and provide feedback.

 

  • 1906 Monroe Street/The Green Project: The development team is currently working on their proposal and they will keep me updated on the plans. I will share when they are updated. The overall concept remains the same, in terms of participating businesses, as originally proposed.

 

  • 101 South Mills: This project was approved by the Plan Commission on 7/27. In response to neighborhood and city Traffic Engineering concerns, tenants will not be eligible for RP3 permits for on-street parking.

 

  • Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub and Banquet Facility: I held a public meeting on this 25-unit apartment development project and proposed alcohol license for the Brew Pub in June. The applicant, Rod Ripper (current manager of Lucky's Bar and Grille), intends to appear for approval of the class B liquor license at the Alcohol License Review Committee meeting on August 19. Please email me any questions or concerns for the applicant.

 

 

Highlighted City Business:

 

  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. A development agreement has been signed. It will come to the council for approval after further issues are worked out by September 1. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.

 

  • Homelessness and the Downtown: Many of you may have seen news reports regarding the Mayor's proposal to limit time spent on city benches/sidewalks in the downtown. A group of Alders and some business representatives had a productive conversation with the Mayor about this proposal on Friday afternoon. We discussed one key concern I have at this meeting; that this ordinance does not address the root cause of the Mayor and many resident's concerns regarding some behaviors downtown. The ordinance does not provide housing or supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse issues. This is an issue that we must work collaboratively with Dane County on addressing- we cannot have wait lists for human services and opening day shelter is only part of the solution. I am in favor of expecting and enforcing respectful, lawful, and safe behavior in our city. However, I am not in favor of penalizing individuals for being on the streets when we do not have alternatives to offer them, in the form of supportive services to help them get back on their feet. We need to call on all partners, including the city, county, business community, and service providers, to come together to solve the root causes - and we must do so with haste. It's already been far too long. I'm getting involved in ensuring that this collaboration happens.

 

 

Other in-district events:

  • Alliant Energy Center Events
  • 8/3 – 8/13 Community Walks, 12-1pm: Meet at the South Madison Public Library (Goodman) to take an informational lunchtime walk around Park Street to discuss the history and talk about the future. Questions can be sent to Tom Pearce.
  • 8/5 Our Lady Queen of Peace, 6-7:30pm: Community Meeting on the Design of the Midtown Police Station
  • 8/8 South Campus Madison College Open House, 10am-2pm
  • August Moving Days: City Streets has information on this annual event on their website, with great resources for donation stations.
  • 8/16/15 DMNA Nature and History Trail Event, 6-8pm: Start at either Dudgeon Monroe Prairie at Odana or Prospect Ramp Gardens
  • 9/13 Dog Paddle
  • The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board's draft Bicycle Transportation Plan for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County and draft Public Participation Plan, are now available for review and comment. Click here for more information on the bicycle plan, including ways to provide feedback, and to view the draft plan report. Click here to view the draft public participation plan. A public hearing on the draft bicycle plan is scheduled for the MPO Board's Wednesday, August 5 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Water Utility, 119 E. Olin Avenue, Room A-B. Depending upon comments received prior to and at the August 5 hearing, the MPO Board may take action on the plan at the August meeting. A public hearing on the draft public participation plan is scheduled for the Board's Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 354. Depending upon comments received prior to and at the September 2 hearing, the MPO Board may take action on the public participation plan at the September meeting.

 

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

7/18 Updates
Posted July 18, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

 

Updates on in-district projects:

  • Project at 820 Park Street: There will be a new development proposal for the blocks of Delaplaine, Brooks, Haywood, and South Park Streets – including low-income and senior housing. There will be robust opportunities for public input in coming months. A project steering committee of neighborhood residents is being convened. Please let me know if you are interested in serving.

 

  • Street Reconstruction Update: I have been receiving questions from neighbors in the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood about pavement marking on streets. I met with City Engineering staff this week to get an update on their process. The areas that are being considered for reconstruction in future years are being surveyed now – that's the marking you're seeing. You can find the DMNA schedule map here.
    • When this construction season winds down, engineering staff will look at street survey results and make a recommended plan for reconstruction for streets scheduled in 2016. Those plans will be reviewed with residents for feedback in a neighborhood public information meeting – I will notify you of those here and you will receive a mailing if you live on an affected street. If you have particular questions about streets affected, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Christy Bachmann in engineering.
    • Spruce Street residents should have been notified by mail, but reconstruction has been pushed back to spring 2016 due to bidding timelines and contractor schedules. Here is a copy of the notice.

 

  • 101 South Mills: This project will be before the Plan Commission on Monday, July 27th. The updated plans are on my development website. The development team is looking for support of RP3 permits for this location – this means that tenants would be eligible for residential parking stickers. Please let me know if you have reactions to this project generally or to this specific request for residential parking permits. I have also asked City Traffic Engineering make a recommendation regarding RP3 permits.

 

  • 1906 Monroe Street/The Green Project: A neighborhood meeting was held with about 30 people on Thursday evening. The development team plans will be on my site ASAP. This project includes: 1st floor Underground Food Collective, 2nd floor The Fit, 3rd floor The Fit/The Knight Foundation, and 4th floor set-back apartments. They are aiming for a Plan Commission date the week of September 19th. Please email me your questions/concerns and I will share them with the development team.

 

  • Brittingham Park: Parks staff provided this lengthy update:
  • The Brittingham Park playground replacement project has included a lengthy public meeting process beginning back in November with our first meeting at the city's Water Utility Building.  This meeting had just 4 attendees, which was surprising given that we worked with both Alder Verveer and Alder Dailey to schedule and promote the meeting in addition to mailing over 4300 postcards to residents within a 1-mile radius of the park.   At that meeting, we presented information regarding the proposed improvements at Brittingham Park playgrounds – to expand the play area at Brittingham Beach (where the boat rental operation is located) and provide what would be Madison's first fully accessible playground in the main park area.  At this meeting we discussed what would be our standard playground options for the Beach Park location and explained how the fully accessible playground would differ in both equipment type and surfacing.  Feedback that we received from attendees at this meeting included a strong preference for holding subsequent meetings at a location within the Triangle Neighborhood so that residents there would have easier access to the meetings, providing interpretive services in Hmong and Spanish languages and expanding our meeting notification outreach to attract more attendees.
  • Our second meeting, in January 2015, was held at the Bayview Center and had at least 27 people attend per the sign-in sheet.  We worked with the Bayview Center to help promote the meeting and met in advance with Andy Heidt, who recommended physical flyer locations within the Triangle and also recommended contacting Officer Kim Alan and Sally Spaeni to assist with posting them in the lobbies of surrounding buildings.  Additionally, we worked with Jason Glozier, the city's Disability Rights Specialist, to conduct a site visit to the park and discuss the Disability Pride event at Brittingham and gaps in accessible playground offerings in the area.  At this meeting a vote was held for the equipment to be installed at the Brittingham Beach location and the concept for the accessible playground area was presented.  Following the meeting discussion and subsequent communications we received via email and phone, Parks staff recognized that the attendees were interested in seeing a revised concept at the next meeting to discuss the project – particularly one which addressed the concerns of keeping the playground area away from the bike path and shoreline.  Additionally, it seemed that there was concern that a plan for the area where the main playground is currently located was called for – attendees did not want to see this area vacated after the playground equipment was removed.
  • At the 3rd meeting on April 20th, also held at the Bayview Center, we utilized the same approach for promoting the meeting but had just 8 attendees– although many more "regrets" from folks who knew that they would be unable to attend were very interested in receiving updates.  Several families associated with the Disability Pride event typically held at Brittingham Park were able to attend and they provided valuable insight on what works and what doesn't in accessible equipment. We also had many of the attendees from the original meeting at this last session so it was nice to see that continuity and ongoing commitment to the project from the neighborhood.  At this meeting, staff presented a revised concept for the accessible playground including a new location proximate to the parking lot off of W. Washington Avenue.  This concept (which is attached for your reference) includes significant changes to the layout of the current lot, offering the opportunity to open access between the east and west sides of the park while creating a space for the playground that provides visibility from the existing shelter in response to interest expressed at previous meetings to establishing site lines between the shelter and play area.  The revised concept also keeps the playground off of the commuter bike path and away from the shoreline.  We also presented a concept for the future of the current playground area next to the community gardens after the equipment is removed that will include earthen mounds, pea gravel, boulders and low-mow turf, offering an addition to the park landscape that would provide a different opportunity for play.  We received very positive feedback on the concepts at the meeting including requested changes and additions to the accessible equipment shown to the group (also attached) – primarily to make the offerings even more universally accessible, which we are working with the manufacturer on now.  The information from this meeting and the others that we have held to-date is up on our Parks website at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/park.cfm?id=1139.
  • After the third public meeting the Parks Division was contacted by representatives of Freedom Inc. regarding the proposed park improvements. The group's primary concern is the project's potential impact on minority families that live adjacent to the park. The Parks Division is currently working with the Department of Civil Rights and the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiatives Team to begin the equity analysis process of this project as a whole.  More information regarding the project's next steps will be provided as the process continues; improvements to the playgrounds at Brittingham Park are on hold pending the outcome of this process.

 

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • South Madison Planning Council: Monday 7/20 at 6pm: Village on Park St Community Room: Our presenter for Monday's meeting is Mary Solinger and Greg Banks. They will update us on Nehemiah's Field of Dream project located on the former car wash property. Bring your questions and comments regarding this project to the meeting. 

 

Highlighted City Business:

  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. A development agreement has been signed. It will come to the council for approval after further issues are worked out by September 1. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.

 

  • Capital Budget: The Board of Estimates (the City's finance committee on which I serve) has taken the time in a series of extra meetings to deep dive into the capital budget.  We understood at the end of 2014 the capital budget was inflated, too many projects that couldn't be completed because of time and money constraints.  The charge of the BOE was to unravel the budget by large projects and then make recommendations to the Mayor based on the BOE priorities on what to move out in years and/or taken beyond the years of the capital budget.  The capital budget is the plan for City spending on projects from streets to fire stations; it looks out 5 years. The BOE has finished our special meetings and has prioritized recommendations for continuing basic city services to the Mayor. There is more work to do this fall.  The Council is scheduled to receive the Mayor's capital budget for 2016 on September 1st. The work also positions the BOE to take on a new way of budgeting.  In January we are scheduled to start working on Priority Based Budgeting.  I am excited to begin this work. More to come on this update item!

 

  • Greenbush Vilas Partnership: The first loan of our Small Cap TIF program in the Greenbush neighborhood is being utilized! See information on the program here, and the loan resolution here.

 

Other in-district events:

  • Alliant Energy Center Events
  • 7/25 Brittingham Park: Disability Pride Festival
  • 7/25 Capital Square to Goodman Park for Pool Party, 6:30-9PM: Capital City 5K for Organ, Tissue, and Eye Donation 
  • 8/5 Our Lady Queen of Peace, 6-7:30pm: Community Meeting on the Design of the Midtown Police Station
  • The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board's draft Bicycle Transportation Plan for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County and draft Public Participation Plan, are now available for review and comment. Click here for more information on the bicycle plan, including ways to provide feedback, and to view the draft plan report. Click here to view the draft public participation plan. A public hearing on the draft bicycle plan is scheduled for the MPO Board's Wednesday, August 5 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Water Utility, 119 E. Olin Avenue, Room A-B. Depending upon comments received prior to and at the August 5 hearing, the MPO Board may take action on the plan at the August meeting. A public hearing on the draft public participation plan is scheduled for the Board's Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 354. Depending upon comments received prior to and at the September 2 hearing, the MPO Board may take action on the public participation plan at the September meeting.

 

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

 

Reminder Thursday Evening: The Green Project Informational Mtg
Posted July 15, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, July 16th at 7pm at HotelRED 

From the development team, "It is the intention of The Green Project to build a state of the art construction at 1906 Monroe Street.  The project will combine the best of current green technology, materials reclaimed from the deconstruction of the current building and an innovative schematic design into a building that houses two great business, a foundation with a sustainability mission and three high-end neighborhood residences.  Although the footprint will be small and the building will only encompass 12,000 square ft., we plan to replace what is currently an easy to miss building and plot of land with a more noticeable and appropriate building for the location. The building will have commercial space for current Monroe Street entities, the Knight Foundation, and The Fit.  It will also house a lunch counter/ butcher / bakery proposed by the underground food collective.   The apartments will be comfortable fourth floor dwelling with sett backs that overlook Monroe St. and the adjacent commercial space."

Please join us tomorrow night to learn more.

7/1/15 Updates (Many Updates!)
Posted July 1, 2015 at 10:41 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

Updates on in-district projects:

  • Regent Street Road Work: Capitol Underground will replace mainline sanitary sewer on Regent Street between Monroe Street and Randall Street.  The work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6th, and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12th. 
    • During this time, both directions of traffic will be in the existing westbound lanes of Regent Street.  As this will cause significant travel time delays especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.
  • Wingra Point II: The Council approved this project with a multitude of conditions. You can find detailed comments on the ways that the conditions accommodated requests and concerns of the neighborhood on my development page, along with a copy of my email to Bay Creek post-approval.
  • Rockhound Brewing Company: The city approved a liquor license for the commercial space in the former Lane's Bakery building on South Park Street. This brewpub is anticipated to open in early 2016.
  • Olin Park and Brittingham Park: Parks staff have not had the capacity to initiate future planning this year for Olin Park. I will post updates as we have them on this comprehensive process as it begins. Brittingham play structure improvements have been put on hold while an equity analysis is done about uses in the park – including the current play structures by the community gardens and the desire to locate a fully-accessible playground in the downtown.
  • Project at 820 Park Street: There will be a new development proposal for the blocks of Delaplaine, Brooks, Haywood, and South Park Streets – including low-income and senior housing. There will be robust opportunities for public input in coming months.
  • Pilot Dogs in Wingra Park Program: City Parks Staff is moving forward a pilot program until April 15, 2016, to evaluate and inform future policy decisions about policy around dogs in city parks. Wingra is the only D13 park on the pilot list (survey results showed that 82% of people who took the survey selected Wingra as a park most of interest for the pilot). Dogs will only be allowed on-leash in designated areas (paved trails or within six feet of them). There will be a communications, signing, and monitoring plan from the Parks operations staff team prior to implementation.
    • The plan is to have the pilot program introduced at the Council meeting on 7/7, reviewed at the Board of Parks Commissioners meeting on 7/15, and then come back to Council with a recommendation on 7/21.  If you have comments, please share them with me and let me know if you would like me to share them with the Board of Parks Commissioners.
  • Edgewood High School Parking Lot: The Edgewood Liaison committee has been discussing parking concerns in the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood, brought by residents on Keyes Ave. The High Schools has responded with a plan to add 50-60 spaces (about half of which are currently approved in their master plan). Further developed plans will be reviewed by the liaison committee and then go to the neighborhoods and city for approval of a master plan amendment to build the extra spots. We are hopeful that this process will be resolved this summer while construction is already happening at Edgewood. (Updates on that work at edgewood.edu/construction.)  
  • Street Reconstruction Update DMNA: I have been receiving questions from neighbors in the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood about pavement marking on streets. I will be meeting with Traffic Engineering for a full update on street reconstruction planning in D13 in the next few weeks and will provide further updates or neighborhood meetings as needed. For now, you can find the DMNA schedule map here.

 

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • Upcoming Public Meetings on Water Quality Improvement Initiatives for Lake Wingra Watershed: The Lake Wingra Watershed in collaboration with Friends of Lake Wingra have developed initiatives to improve water quality in Lake Wingra. Efforts include: reducing the amount of phosphorus reaching the lake; reducing road salt reaching the lake; and increasing opportunities for rainwater infiltration. Public meetings will be held to discuss the initiatives and solicit feedback. Info here.
    • Tuesday, 7/14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., UW-Madison Arboretum, Visitor Center-Auditorium
  • The Green Project: July 16th at 7pm at HotelRED: From the team, "It is the intention of The Green Project to build a state of the art construction at 1906 Monroe Street.  The project will combine the best of current green technology, materials reclaimed from the deconstruction of the current building and an innovative schematic design into a building that houses two great business, a foundation with a sustainability mission and three high-end neighborhood residences.  Although the footprint will be small and the building will only encompass 12,000 square ft., we plan to replace what is currently an easy to miss building and plot of land with a more noticeable and appropriate building for the location. The building will have commercial space for current Monroe Street entities, the Knight Foundation, and The Fit.  It will also house a lunch counter/ butcher / bakery proposed by the underground food collective.   The apartments will be comfortable fourth floor dwelling with sett backs that overlook Monroe St. and the adjacent commercial space." Please join us in July to learn more.

 

Highlighted City Business:

  • Billboards: After much discussion last session, the Mayor and Alder Schmidt have introduced a revised billboard "cap and replace" ordinance to allow existing billboards to be removed for the purposes of redevelopment and replaced on another site. New advertising signs are still prohibited by ordinance in the city of Madison.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.
  • Capital Budget: As a member of the Board of Estimates (the city budget committee), our board is undergoing a comprehensive review of the Capital Improvement Plan to work on sustainability and realistic expectations for our capital budget into the future. We will be formulating recommendations to the Mayor and city staff prior to the normal BOE and Council approval process in the fall.
  • Metro Audible Alerts: Will be discontinued as staff identify alternative methods to ensure safety. Their press release explains in more detail.

 

Other in-district events:

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch and have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!

Thanks,

Sara

6/14 Update
Posted June 14, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

A few updates on in-district projects:

  • Wingra Point II: The most updated plans are now on the Development page of the District 13 website. These were updated and presented to the Urban Design Commission on 5/20, where they received initial approval. They will have to return to UDC for final approval. The Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval of this project to the Council, with conditions. My comments for the Plan Commission can be found here, and my comments to colleagues on the Council can be found here, along with the survey results summary and neighborhood advisory paper. Then the final approval vote will take place at the Common Council meeting on Tuesday evening 6/16. Public comment will be accepted, but are limited to 3 minutes. You can send comments to all alders in advance at allalders@cityofmadison.com
  • Rockhound Brewing Company: A public information meeting was held for Rockhound Brewing Company at 444 South Park Street (Lane's Bakery Site) on 6/4 with many neighbors present. The applicant anticipates opening in December or January. They will be before the ALRC on 6/17, where there will be a public hearing on the new alcohol license. You can send comments to licensing@cityofmadison.com for inclusion in the ALRC packet. The applicant has provided this information sheet for your reference.

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • 1313 Regent Street: Monday, June 15th at 6:30pm at 1313 Regent Street, Foreign Car Specialists site: This public meeting will introduce plans to redevelop the current Foreign Car Specialists site into Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub and banquet facility. The applicant is also proposing to redevelop the parking lot into a 25 unit apartment building facing Bowen Court. This is an early meeting on these plans, as they will require multiple city permit, including conditional use approvals and a liquor license. Please join us to learn more.
  • Upcoming Public Meetings on Water Quality Improvement Initiatives for Lake Wingra Watershed: The Lake Wingra Watershed in collaboration with Friends of Lake Wingra have developed initiatives to improve water quality in Lake Wingra. Efforts include: reducing the amount of phosphorus reaching the lake; reducing road salt reaching the lake; and increasing opportunities for rainwater infiltration. Two public meetings will be held to discuss the initiatives and solicit feedback. Info here.
    • Wednesday, 6/24, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sequoya Library, Rooms A&B
    • Tuesday, 7/14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., UW-Madison Arboretum, Visitor Center-Auditorium
  • The Green Project: July 17th at 7pm at HotelRED: From the team, "It is the intention of The Green Project to build a state of the art construction at 1906 Monroe Street.  The project will combine the best of current green technology, materials reclaimed from the deconstruction of the current building and an innovative schematic design into a building that houses two great business, a foundation with a sustainability mission and three high-end neighborhood residences.  Although the footprint will be small and the building will only encompass 12,000 square ft., we plan to replace what is currently an easy to miss building and plot of land with a more noticeable and appropriate building for the location. The building will have commercial space for current Monroe Street entities, the Knight Foundation, and The Fit.  It will also house a lunch counter/ butcher / bakery proposed by the underground food collective.   The apartments will be comfortable fourth floor dwelling with sett backs that overlook Monroe St. and the adjacent commercial space." Please join us in July to learn more.

Highlighted City Business:

  • Billboards: After much discussion last session, the Mayor and Alder Schmidt have introduced a revised billboard "cap and replace" ordinance to allow existing billboards to be removed for the purposes of redevelopment and replaced on another site. New advertising signs are still prohibited by ordinance in the city of Madison.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.

Announcements:

  • Common Council Presentation on the Transportation Improvement Plan: Tuesday 6/16 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers (Rm 201 City-County Building). Agenda here.
  • Bicycle Transportation Plan: The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board is updating the bicycling transportation plan. The survey and dates for meetings can be found here.
  • Madison Economic Strategy: Public input meetings on 6/10 at the Villager on Park Street and 6/15 at the Warner Park Community Center. Info here.
  • Chief Koval Community Forums: June quarterly forums. Info here.
  • Romnes: Congratulations to the residents of Romnes for being recognized by the CDA as an official resident association, providing access to HUD Resident Participation funds.

Other in-district events:

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

6.7.15 Update
Posted June 7, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

A few updates on in-district projects:

  • Double S BBQ: As mentioned in my last update, the ALRC approved a beer and wine license for Double S BBQ at 1835 Monroe Street. Due to the great concerns of neighbors concerning the original intent of the restaurant to cook outdoors behind the restaurant with a smoker, the approval at ALRC included a condition that prohibits outdoor smoking on the premises. Note that the process for outdoor cooking requires a conditional use zoning amendment, regardless of the action at ALRC. The applicant has not initiated this process at this point, if that happens we will hold subsequent meetings and I will notify the email lists right away.
    • The applicants have agreed to hold a neighborhood meeting to check-in on operations three months after opening. I will work with them to arrange this. They currently expect to open in mid-July.
  • Wingra Point II: The most updated plans are now on the Development page of the District 13 website. These were updated and presented to the Urban Design Commission on 5/20, where they received initial approval. They will have to return to UDC for final approval. Meanwhile, Plan Commission will review this project on 6/8 at 5:30pm in Room 201 of the City-County Building. My comments for the Plan Commission can be found here, along with the survey results summary and neighborhood advisory paper. Then the final approval will take place at the Common Council meeting on 6/16.
  • Rockhound Brewing Company: A public information meeting was held for Rockhound Brewing Company at 444 South Park Street (Lane's Bakery Site) on 6/4 with many neighbors present. The applicant anticipates opening in December or January. They will be before the ALRC on 6/17, where there will be a public hearing on the new alcohol license. You can send comments to licensing@cityofmadison.com for inclusion in the ALRC packet. The applicant has provided this information sheet for your reference.

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • 101 S. Mills: Thursday, June 11th at 7pm at Arboretum Co-Housing at 1137 Erin Street: The public meeting on the plans for a proposed four-unit multi-family building will be reviewed. As soon as I have updated plans, I'll post them on the development page of the District 13 website.
  • 1313 Regent Street: Monday, June 15th at 6:30pm at 1313 Regent Street, Foreign Car Specialists site: This public meeting will introduce plans to redevelop the current Foreign Car Specialists site into Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub and banquet facility. The applicant is also proposing to redevelop the parking lot into a 25 unit apartment building facing Bowen Court. This is an early meeting on these plans, as they will require multiple city permit, including conditional use approvals and a liquor license. Please join us to learn more.

Highlighted City Business:

  • Homelessness as a Protected Class: After review by the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Council unanimously passed a resolution that added homelessness as a protected class in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
  • Billboards: After much discussion last session, the Mayor and Alder Schmidt have introduced a revised billboard "cap and replace" ordinance to allow existing billboards to be removed for the purposes of redevelopment and replaced on another site. New advertising signs are still prohibited by ordinance in the city of Madison.
  • Officer Involved Shooting: The Common Council passed a resolution "declaring intent to review policies, procedures, culture and training of the Madison Police Department..." I was a sponsor of this resolution because I believe that it is important that the city does what it can to continuously be sure that we are the best city we can be – this includes this first step in response to the tragic death of Tony Robinson. The resolution includes the appointment of an ad-hoc citizen committee. If you are interested, please review the resolution regarding membership of this ad-hoc committee and let me know directly if you have suggestions of individuals who would be well-situated to serve our city in this capacity.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.

Announcements:

  • Bus Audible Alerts: 6/10 at 5pm, Transit and Parking Committee: The committee will be taking up an item I have heard about from residents – the noise alerts/beeping of the Madison Metro Busses. The agenda is here, and the committee will be taking public comment. Please feel free to email me directly if you have any feedback on this item that I can share with members.
  • Bicycle Transportation Plan: The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board is updating the bicycling transportation plan. The survey and dates for meetings can be found here.
  • Madison Recycling Program Expanded: Now including cardboard sided cans and metal bottle caps. Details here.
  • Madison Economic Strategy: Public input meetings on 6/10 at the Villager on Park Street and 6/15 at the Warner Park Community Center. Info here.
  • Chief Koval Community Forums: June quarterly forums. Info here.

Other in-district events:

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

5/26 Updates
Posted May 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

It has been a busy past few weeks on the Common Council.

A few updates on in-district projects:

  • Double S BBQ: The ALRC approved a beer and wine license for Double S BBQ at 1835 Monroe Street. Due to the great concerns of neighbors concerning the original intent of the restaurant to cook outdoors behind the restaurant with a smoker, the approval at ALRC included a condition that prohibits outdoor smoking on the premises. Note that the process for outdoor cooking requires a conditional use zoning amendment, regardless of the action at ALRC. The applicant has not initiated this process at this point, if that happens we will hold subsequent meetings and I will notify the email lists right away. The beer/wine license approval also included the following conditions: limit hours of operations to closing at 9pm Sunday-Thursday and 10pm Fri/Sat.; food will be served during all hours of operation; parking plan should include promotion via social media and business internal signage of off-street public parking structures; deliveries will abide by city standards; and no outdoor smoker.
    • The applicants have agreed to hold a neighborhood meeting to check-in on operations three months after opening. I will work with them to arrange this. They currently expect to open in mid-July.
  • Wingra Point II: The most updated plans are now on the Development page of the District 13 website. These were updated and presented to the Urban Design Commission on 5/20, where they received initial approval. They will have to return to UDC for final approval. Meanwhile, Plan Commission will review this project on 6/8 at 5:30pm in Room 201 of the City-County Building.
  • Bernies Beach Playground Improvements: New play equipment will be installed starting in late July, with completion around 10/15/2015. Non-construction areas will still be available for resident usage.

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • Edgewood Regina Hall Expansion: Wednesday, May 27th at 6pm in Edgewood's Predolin Humanities Center in Room 115A: The college will preview their upcoming construction in Regina Residence Hall. They will also maintain a construction e-newsletter at www.edgewood.edu/construction.
  • Open House Greenbush Housing Renovation Program: Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm at HotelRED: Come hear and ask questions about a program that helps people buy and renovate homes in the Greenbush Neighborhood. More on the website here.
  • Rockhound Brewing Company: Thursday, June 4th at 6:30pm at Arboretum Co-Housing at 1137 Erin Street: A proposed brewpub at 444 S Park St - the corner of Park and Drake formerly occupied by Lane's Bakery - is applying for a class B beer and liquor alcohol license. The owner, Greenbush neighborhood resident Nate Warnke, will be on hand to discuss the proposed business and answer questions. The applicant goes before the Alcohol License Review Committee on June 17th, at 5:30 pm, rm 201 in the City-County Building.
  • 101 S. Mills: Thursday, June 11th at 7pm at the Village Co-Housing at the corner of Mound and Mills: The public meeting on the plans for a proposed four-unit multi-family building will be reviewed. As soon as I have updated plans, I'll post them on the development page of the District 13 website.

 

Highlighted City Business:

  • Officer Involved Shooting: The Common Council passed a resolution "declaring intent to review policies, procedures, culture and training of the Madison Police Department..." I was a sponsor of this resolution because I believe that it is important that the city does what it can to continuously be sure that we are the best city we can be – this includes this first step in response to the tragic death of Tony Robinson. The resolution includes the appointment of an ad-hoc citizen committee. If you are interested, please review the resolution regarding membership of this ad-hoc committee and let me know directly if you have suggestions of individuals who would be well-situated to serve our city in this capacity.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.
  • TID 33 Affordable Housing: A closer to home project, the Tax Increment District (TID) that contains Trader Joe's is expected to fully repay the increment to the city in 2015. Due to an option, the city will continue to collect increments for one additional year to dedicate that funding to affordable housing. The Community Development Division considers this to be a very successful TID for the city.

 

Other in-district events:

 

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

A Few Updates
Posted May 19, 2015 at 11:06 PM

Neighbors –

A few quick updates:

  • Small Cap TIF Open House Date Updated: Now Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm at HotelRED.
  • Mattress and Box Spring Recycling is back. Details linked here.
  • Flower Pot Recycling and On Line Plant Exchange. Details linked here.
  • FYI – Planning & Community & Economic Development Newsletter.
  • Last May FOOT Free Concert at Olin-Turville Park May 26th at 6pm.
  • Please take the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment survey.

Thanks!

Sara

Double S BBQ Update
Posted May 16, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Neighbors –

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the new BBQ restaurant on Monroe Street. Please see below for updates on process:

  • Alcohol License: As noted in my previous email, the applicants will be going before the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) to request a beer and wine license on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm in room 201 of the City-County Building. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for comment. You can also send written comments to the committee at licensing@cityofmadison.com.
    • The purview of the ALRC is: Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.02 - Guiding Values: Fair, Consistent, Proactive, Balanced, Cooperative, Efficient, Preventative, Inclusive, Deliberative. Mission: Serve city's residents, businesses & visitors by thoroughly & conscientiously reviewing license applications, establishing & maintaining standards, addressing violations, developing alcohol-related policies & making recommendations to the Common Council. Goals: Promote responsible alcohol-selling -serving practices; enhance public safety & quality of life; consistently apply pertinent laws & conditions; educate citizenry/business community about the ALRC mission & processes; modernize existing business & governmental systems and reduce expenditures on alcohol-related issues; improve overall service delivery.
    • The applicant could open and operate after health department approval of their restaurant operations, as they are zoned TSS. However, they will not be able to cook outside without a conditional use permit or serve alcohol without a license.

 

  • Conditional Use Permit for Outdoor Cooking Smoker: Much of the concerns being raised have to do with the applicant's plan to smoke meat in the alley behind the restaurant space in a ~20ft traditional Texas BBQ wood-fired smoker. The video showing this in operation is linked here. City staff has advised that this will require further permitting and approval through a conditional use zoning process.
    • The applicant will need to provide 30 day notice to myself and the neighborhood association president of their intent to pursue a conditional use. They intend to do this soon.
    • I will help the applicant to organize a demonstration of the smoker, hopefully in the alley behind Monroe Street as a publicly noticed meeting. Neighbors will be able to come see this in action and ask questions/share any concerns.
    • The Plan Commission will have to review the conditional use permit request. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for individual public comments. Neighbors within 200 feet of the restaurant will be noticed with postcards. I'll send reminder emails as well when this date is set.
      • City staff will review the applicant's plans and advise the Plan Commission on their options: approval, approval with conditions of use, or rejection of the conditional use. They will consider many factors when making their recommendation and have many departments review factors including quality of life from impacts like potential smoke and smell, safety concerns, and more.
      • If the applicant notices the alder and neighborhood soon, this Plan Commission review could take place as soon as mid-August.

More information will be coming on this process and timeline as formal requests are filed. Please know that I will keep you informed and I take your comments and feedback very seriously. You have many opportunities to formally share feedback, particularly at the time of committee and commission reviews.

The applicants can be reached at doublesbbq@gmail.com and you can reach me at district13@cityofmadison.com.

Thanks,

Sara  

Open House - Greenbush Housing Renovation Program
Posted May 15, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Open House 
Greenbush Housing Renovation Program

UPDATED DATE: Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm
HotelRED


Come hear about and ask questions regarding an exciting new program to help people buy and renovate homes in the Greenbush Neighborhood. The city of Madison's Greenbush Housing Renovation Program offers $80,000 to $100,000 to potential home owners who will buy and restore a rental property and live in the home. Representatives from the city, the Greenbush-Vilas Partnership, contractors and those who have already used the program will be available to answer your questions. 
 

Double S BBQ
Posted May 13, 2015 at 10:26 PM

Neighbors –

Double S BBQ has applied for a beer and wine license for 1835 Monroe Street (the J. Kinney space). There was a public hearing at HotelRED on Wednesday evening, May 12. Many neighbors came to ask questions and express their opinions. The applicants will be going before the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm in room 201 of the City-County Building. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for comment. You can also send written comments to the committee.

The restaurant will likely require further city review through a conditional use zoning process. This is triggered by their intention to smoke meat in an outdoor smoker behind the restaurant. There will be further public meeting and comment opportunities with regard to this request. I will be in touch as I learn more. Here is some information provided by the applicant:

  • Video of smoker operating (https://youtu.be/yfVKH-5k9MA)
  • We are also working to provide neighbors with a demonstration of the smoker in operation in the alley.

You had requested that we follow up with further information that may have not come out in the meeting and address some comments that were made in meeting. I have listed below several issues that were raised:

  1. One person brought up that Austin was having ordinances put in place due to BBQ smoke? Here is a link to google maps that shows every BBQ establishment in the Austin area which are indicated in red dots. As you can see there are well over 25 BBQ establishments in the downtown area and way more if you include the outskirts. So we do not believe this is a reasonable comparison as we would be the only one in our vicinity. https://www.google.com/maps/search/bbq+austin/@30.4064123,-97.7523714,10z
  2. Concern over meat waste: We use Sanimax as our grease disposal. We also put all meat waste in a 55 gallon drum sealed with a lid to eliminate odors and pests. I would like to add that Sanimax recycles all of our waste for bio diesel and animal feed. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me or the applicant (Sarah and Shon) with further questions or comments. Again, more information and process will be coming with regard to this restaurant.

Best,

Sara

5.3.15 New Alder Update
Posted May 3, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

I am honored to serve as your alder here in District 13. I know that we all appreciated the positive local election with many residents engaging deeply in the electoral process. Thank you.

Please stay in touch with me through my alder email account (district13@cityofmadison.com) and at the district webpage (www.cityofmadison.com/council/district13). As you all know, since you're on the list, you can sign up for my email updates, which I plan to send regularly, at that website. Please forward this on to your friends and neighbors so that they can sign-up. Also, remember that you can use "Report a Problem" to get assistance from city departmental staff on specific issues.

There are many upcoming events and meetings regarding District 13. Please find highlights below:

  • Monday 5/11, 6:30pm, Baha'i Center: Bay Creek Neighborhood Association Meeting, Wingra Point II development project will be on the agenda
    • If you are a neighbor, and have not yet taken the survey regarding this development, please do so here.
    • Revised dates for Wingra Point II project city review process: 5/20 Urban Design, 6/8 Plan Commission, 6/16 Common Council
  • Tuesday 5/12, 7:00pm, HotelRED: Public Meeting on Double S BBQ, proposed alcohol license applicant at 1835 Monroe Street
    • Double S BBQ intends to go before the ALRC on 5/20, application here
  • Spring 2015 Dogs in Parks Pilot Program Survey: please share your thoughts via this brief survey

Other updates and events:

Thanks,

Sara

2014 South District Community Survey
Posted November 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM

by Alder Lucas Dailey

It's that time of year when each of the Madison Police Department districts seeks feedback from residents. Below is a link to this year's online survey. Please take a moments to click on the below link and let us know how you feel about the quality of life in your neighborhood.

Read More or Take Survey

City to Offer Four Installments for Payment of Property Taxes
Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Today the city announced its ability to allow residents to pay their property taxes in four installments. You can learn more about the program at http://www.cityofmadison.com/treasurer/propertytax/fourInstallment/

 

 

Moving Monroe Reconstruction Back to 2016
Posted September 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Gang,

I've submitted an amendment to the capital budget reinstating the reconstruction of Monroe for 2016. We all know the many reasons for the reconstruction: create safer crossings, fix the gaping holes in the roadway (the pavement rating is 3.69 out of 10; under 5 triggers resurfacing), fix the failing sections of water and sewer main, improve the lighting, and improve the overall pedestrian experience.

The move to change the date to 2017, as I'm told, is primarily to prevent the compounding of city-wide traffic problems that will be caused by the reconstruction of monroe at the same time as the reconstruction of the beltline and Verona road which is slated to be complete in 2016. Apparently this is based on a lesson city engineers learned from the the reconstruction of Johnson/Gorham. I certainly don't doubt that there will be some compounded traffic but I'm not yet persuaded that it will be sufficient to justify pushing back this important project.

I asked the city engineer to provide data to back the claim, ideally with some traffic modelling. If the data make a strong case for very significant additional city-wide traffic disruption I will most likely withdraw the motion and let the 2017 date stand. But until then I believe the best direction for the area and city is to move forward with an amendment to restore the 2016 date.

This mirrors the feedback I've received from residents but if you think I'm off-base let me know!

cheers,
Lucas
district13@cityofmadison.com

Monroe Street Reconstruction Meeting 9/15 Cancelled
Posted September 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

As many of you have heard the Mayor has proposed pushing the reconstruction of Monroe street back to 2017. I'm gathering information and exploring options to determine the best course of action to take to insure the improvements we need on Monroe are built. In the meantime, the Engineering dept is suspending it's work on the redesign, so the meeting scheduled for 9/15 at Edgewood is cancelled.