Alder Marsha A. Rummel,
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Rummel’s Updates
Executive Capital Budget 2015
The Executive Capital Budget was introduced September 2. The Board of Estimates amended it on September 30. The Executive Operating Budget will be introduced October 7. Amendments to the Operating budget will be made by the Board of Estimates October 27. Alders will also have the opportunity to make amendments during final budget deliberations November 11-12.
The proposed Executive Capital budget proposes to borrow $132M and with the addition of other sources of funding totals $247,629,155. The highlights in the proposed Executive Capital budget of interest to District 6 residents are described below.
The Mayor has allocated over $8M for the Public Market District to pay for land acquisition, planning, design, site preparation and construction of a Market to promote the use of local foods and products as part of our economic development strategy. On October 7, the Council will take action on the preferred (E Wash and 1st St) and alternate sites (S Park and North side) as recommended by the Local Food Committee. ($8.25M GO/3M other)
The historic Garver Feed Mill rehabilitation project will be reauthorized in the 2015 budget. An RFP has been issued to seek a development partner to rehab the building for mixed uses compatible with the nearby Olbrich Botanical Gardens, the North Plat and adjacent neighborhoods. ($1.825M GO)
Quiet Zones have been reauthorized for QZ #6 (Johnson St to Baldwin) in 2015 and QZ #7 (2nd St to Baldwin) in 2016. Quiet Zone #4 (Corry and Waubesa) was inadvertently left out of the 2015 budget and a budget amendment I introduced with Mayor Soglin's sponsorship was approved by the Board of Estimates for funds to be in the 2017 Capital Improvement Plan. Earlier this year, the city has approved a contract to install signals and crossing gates at Baldwin, Dickinson and Thornton and construction will be completed this year. Once the improvements are installed, the city can apply to the Federal Railroad Administration for a Quiet Zoned designation.
Street construction projects for 2015 include Center Ave and Sommers (Division to Dunning), Rogers St (Rutledge to Morrison), Hermina St (Marquette to Clyde Gallagher), Wirth Court (Milwaukee St to St. Paul), and Jenifer St (Livingston to Few), S Paterson St (Williamson to Spaight), and S Brearly St (Williamson to Jenifer). Engineering staff will hold meetings for affected property owners next year. It will be an opportunity to look at traffic calming if there is interest. Also Metro will be relocated from Jenifer to Wlliamson St temporarily during the Jenifer St reconstruction. I will be working to set up a neighborhood meeting with Metro staff to discuss reconstruction impacts on their service.
The City has reauthorized funds to respond to the Office of the Railroad Commissioner ruling to close the intersections at S Livingston and S Brearly to motor vehicles, bikes and people. ($900K)
Street construction projects for 2016-2020. Atwood Ave from Rusk to Cottage Grove Rd and the Blair/Nolen/Willy/E Wilson intersection are in the Capital Improvement Plan for 2020 and 2018 respectively. The Schenks Corners to 1st St reconstruction is still scheduled for 2016.
Bike and pedestrian path linking the Capital City Path to the Goodman Bike Path from St Paul to STH 30 are in the 2015 budget. The project includes a bridge over Starkweather at Milwaukee St (see below). This is part of a larger effort to develop a major commuter oriented bike path generally following the east branch of Starkweather Creek and the railroad corridor extending northeast to I-39 and beyond. ($1.7M GO/$385K private contributions)
Reconstruct the Milwaukee St Bridge at Starkweather and improve the Fair Oak/Milwaukee St intersection. Bike lanes will be added on the bridge. Federal funds are available to pay for over half of the project costs. ($2.4M) Several neighborhood meetings with Engineering and Traffic Engineering have already been held to gather input.
Constructing a new street to connect Darbo to Webb is scheduled for 2015. ($760K) The connection is in accordance with the adopted Schenk Atwood Starkweather Worthington Park Master Plan and was recommended by the Darbo Neighborhood Resource Team staff.
The Water Utility has budgeted over $8M over the next several years to construct a new facility that will house a filter at Well 8 to address water quality issues due to iron and manganese levels that exceed EPA secondary standards (Olbrich sledding hill). Once the structure is constructed and the filter installed, the Water Utility proposes to run the well year round. The project was delayed while the impact of Madison Kipp Corporation PCE spill was investigated and the movement of underground pollutants modeled to insure that water quality of the well would not be compromised.
The Water Utility's Paterson St Operations building remodel is back in the budget for 2015. A plan was originally adopted in 2006 but it was delayed for many years. The building will be updated to provide safe working conditions and improved air quality. Utility staff has been working with City Planning to look at options for a parking structure to facilitate the development in the Cap East District but the Ops site was ruled out based on cost.
The Council recently adopted a 2014 budget amendment to purchase a filter in order to continue and expand to 1600 households the organic composting program in the Streets Division. I worked with Council President Chris Schmidt and Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann to keep this popular and innovative project moving forward. Thanks for all the emails from supporters and participants in the pilot. At the Board of Estimates September 30, BoE voted to reauthorize the funds in the 2015 budget. The Mayor has the construction of the biodigester in 2017; it will cost approximately $17M to build and require additional funds to the purchase new equipment and staff the facility.
The Emerald Ash Borer was detected in Madison in 2013. The invasive beetle is expected to decimate much of our urban forest especially in the central city over the coming years. $1.4M is allocated in 2015 and a $1M/year through 2020 to remove and replace trees in the street terrace and parks. Treatment for selected trees will be in the operating budget. Funds are being accepted to Adopt-A-Park tree, contact email@example.com. I have been working Streets staff to establish a program to reclaim some of the wood for re-uses.
Central Park improvements will continue in 2015 including reauthorization of the city's commitment to the Skate Park and ongoing park development for Brearly Square.
The parking garage for Judge Doyle Square ($11.9M) and renovation of the Madison Municipal Building were included in the budget ($4M in 2015, approximately $30M total through 2019) but there is no TIF allocation for a hotel that serves Monona Terrace in the 2015 budget.
New initiatives in the Mayor's budget include the creation of an Affordable Housing fund 4.25M in 2015 and $24.25M over 5 years using resources from general obligation borrowing, the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and WHEDA tax credits. Tax Incremental Financing may be available based on a new state law that allows municipalities to extend the life of a TID for one year after obligations are paid with the funds available for affordable housing anywhere in the city. The TID extension for one year does not require Joint Review Board approval. Currently TIDs #27 and #33 are projected to have recovered their costs and may be considered for closure. The goal is to build 100-200 units annually.
The Mayor has allocated $1.5M to support the effort to create a home for Starting Block, the entrepreneurial hub and co-working space with Sector 67 and Gener8tor as future tenants. Funding is for land acquisition or construction related costs. The borrowing is TID 36 eligible. A recent deadline for an RFP for the 800 Block South E Washington Ave. had one applicant, Otto Gebhardt who proposes to build a home for Starting Block and develop a 1500 seat performing arts venue. The site is the last parcel of the Don Miller land banking purchase made by the city. An ad hoc committee has been formed to review application(s).
The Executive Capital budget is making a big investment in Neighborhood Centers ($4M GO/$4.3M private contributions) to support capital costs associated with design work, property acquisition and construction of new or existing centers. One project identified is the potential purchase of the Salvation Army site in Darbo-Worthington.
Funding for consultants to assist the city to complete a Historic Preservation Plan, including researching and potentially nominating properties identified as "potential landmarks". ($100K)
Finally, Alder Maurice Cheeks and I offered an amendment at the Board of Estimates September 30 to initiate a Participatory Budgeting process to issue an RFP to select a consultant to work with city Neighborhood Resource Team and Racial Equity and Social Justice staff and other community partners to engage low income communities. The Board of Estimates adopted our amendment for $100K. This project is anticipated as a first-year start-up budget to support a participatory budgeting effort that fosters resident participation in local government by offering residents an opportunity to propose and vote on neighborhood programs and projects. Participatory budgeting is a method to improve transparency in government, increase accountability of elected officials and build civil society while empowering neighbors to determine public investments. Check out www.participatorybudgeting.org for more information.
Please contact me at district6@cityofmadison,com with your comments.
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