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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

WELCOME: Captain Corey Nelson - New West District Captain

January 12, 2017 2:41 AM


January 18, 2017 1:48 PM

I want to take a moment to introduce myself to all of you.  I was recently promoted to Captain by Chief Koval and I have now taken over as the West District Captain as of January 1, 2017.  I am replacing Capt. Vic Wahl who was also promoted to Asst. Chief in charge of Investigative Services.  I wish him the very best of luck in his new assignment! 

I am  a Madison native and grew up on the east side so I have a vested interest in the safety of this city.  I am in my 28th year with MPD and have worked in a number of different assignments including; 9 years in patrol, 14 years or so as a Detective, working mainly person crimes and drug investigations, and my last 4 years as a Lieutenant. I have been a SWAT team member and commander, a firearms instructor, member of the Fire Investigation Team, the Special Events Team, the Cold Case Team and  the Officer Involved Critical Incident Team. 
As a Lieutenant, I was the Officer in Charge of 3rd shift for a year, the commander of the Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Unit for 2 years and was the Lt. of Investigative Services last year.

I am very excited to be assigned to the West District, I have a lot of learning to do and people to meet.  I have spent the past couple of weeks meeting the West District Alders, community leaders and have spent some time visiting some of the businesses, shopping centers and malls in the district.   I have attended a number of community meetings and am excited to hear about the Urban League's plan for the job training center in the old Griffs building near Elver Park.   I think this will prove to be a fantastic resource! 

We will be prioritizing community engagement in the West District this year.  We will do our best to ensure officers are attending community meetings and neighborhood events. I would ask that if you would like an officer to attend a meeting or event, please let us know several days ahead of time and if you are looking for information, please let us know what topic you will be asking about.  

I am amazed at the support and engagement the West Side currently has with the MPD and I hope to continue to strengthen that all important bond, to assist us in better policing our community.    

I hope you all realize how lucky you are to have the high quality of officers you have working not only in the west district, but city wide as well.  Our officers are highly educated, they have a great deal of life experience and many of them are deeply involved in our community, volunteering, mentoring and coaching.  The MPD  are all people just like you who all want the same things for our community.  We want to feel safe in our homes and feel safe in allowing our children to play outside.  We want to see our youth succeed in school and life and grow up to be our future leaders.  We look forward to working with all of you to achieve these goals.

I am new to blogging/social media use, and hope to learn more about it in the coming year.  We also recently learned to use Twitter so stay tuned for some interesting Tweets!  I am excited to meet as many of you as I can in the coming year!

Captain Cory Nelson



Updates - District 1

Snow Plowing Updates
by Chris Kelley, Streets Superintendent

 Sleet and freezing rain will create icy patches on the roads, paths, and sidewalks, so be sure to give yourself extra time to get to your destination. And be sure to allow for extra stopping distance. Salt routes are the major thoroughfares, Madison Metro bus routes, and roads around schools and hospitals. While there will be trucks available to spread sand for traction on residential streets that do not receive salt, slick conditions should be expected in those areas. All roadway users are reminded to make good choices by driving slow, staying alert, and being patient.
MLK Holiday Observance 
12:00 noon 
Annual State MLK observance noon at the State Capital. Ceremony at the Capital is free.

5:00 p.m.
201 State Street 
Capitol Theatre, Madison, WI
"Freedom Songs Sing-in" from 5:00 to 5:30 pm in the Rotunda of the Overture Center. The City-County Observance will then take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Overture Center's Capitol Theater. 
Justice & Opportunity in the 21st Century: Power, Legalities & Realities
Keynote Speaker: Mary Frances Berry, former Chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission
 She is known fogr challenging and inspiring people to stand up, stand tall and to never give up the fight. She served over the course of four Presidential administrations as chairperson of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.  

The King Coalition Congratulates the 2017 City of Madison & Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awardees:
Rev. Carmen Porco & Rev. Everett D. Mitchell
 The new Parkedge Parkridge  Employment & Training Center 

The City in partnership with the Urban League, selected as the operator,  will renovate the former Griff's Restaurant located at 1233 McKenna Blvd.  The roughly 4,000 square-foot facility will primarily serve as a venue for adult and youth employment services and as a gathering space for neighborhood residents.  Captain Corey Nelson, the new police chief for the West District attended the third public meeting on the renovation project held at the Crossings  Apartment in Elver Park.  I have known Captain Nelson from our work together with the Special Investigative Unit of the MPD.  The West District continues to be under excellent command as Capt. Nelson replaces Capt. Wahl who was promoted to Asst. Police Chief.  Safe neighborhoods and public safety is best supported when police officers and neighbors work together to build a safe and vibrant community for all of us. Captain Nelson wants his officers engaged in community activities and opportunities that positively engage neighbors in the community.  Public safety is an important issue not only for District 1, but a concern for citizens across our City.  

Positive Solutions 
The employment & training center will be a positive addition to providing family supporting resources for residents in our community.  After school activities that engage youth will also be a positive solution.  Neighbors and police working together: positive solutions to support a safe vibrant community where all citizens have equal opportunity to live, work and play.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
2:00-5:00 pm
Monona Terrace 

For More Information: Masood Akhtar:
For Immediate Release: January 9, 2017
United We Stand: A Community Gathering in Support of Our Neighbors Subject to Deportation or Discrimination
A city-wide gathering to support our community's immigrant residents in the face of potential attacks by the next administration will be held on Sunday, January 29th (2PM-5 PM) at Monona Terrace Conference Center.
United We Stand, organized by a committee of community leaders, Madison Alders led by Samba Baldeh and Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders, will provide information on the legal rights of immigrants, the perspectives of local, state and national elected officials and how we can help each other in the difficult times ahead.
Speakers include Mayor Soglin, representatives of the Latino and Muslim civil rights organizations, the ACLU and faith leaders. The afternoon meeting will be moderated by Rev. Everett Mitchell, Dane County Judge and Pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Church.
"This effort is in response to unprecedented attacks and threats by the President-elect against millions of Americans. Despite the fact that I am an elected official and American citizen, I feel that my safety and that of my family and the immigrant community is in jeopardy. I know that thousands of other area residents are quietly living in fear and that this is inconsistent with what I believe to be American values." said Ald. Samba Baldeh, who emigrated from Gambia 18 years ago and is Muslim.
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim shared a different perspective. "Many members of the Jewish community have a strong commitment to stand with our Muslim and Latino neighbors.  We grew up learning about the Nazi persecution of Jews, as well as the imperative of protecting the most vulnerable among us.  We fear the increasing power of white supremacists and know that communities must stand together, speaking out against hatred and injustice."
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who will provide opening remarks to the meeting said, "Many Madison residents have contacted me who are not personally endangered by the threats of deportation or registration. But they know that their neighbors, friends and colleagues may be targeted and they want to know how they can help. We want to gather these folks together and give them practical answers."
Date: February 2
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: TBD

 High Point Park Neighborhood  Meeting with Madison City Parks

Topic:  A Neighborhood meeting scheduled for residents to discuss with Park staff concerns over usage of High Point Park as a soccer field. 
Parks Community Meetings:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Alicia Ashman Library
733 N. High Point Rd.
Madison, WI 53717

Community Visioning 
Session #4
What do you love about Madison's parks and open spaces? What would you like to improve? What you like to change? Help us define what the community values in its parks. Register to attend a Community Visioning Session.  

The City of Madison Parks Division is excited to announce the dates and locations for Five Community Visioning Sessions!  These meetings will provide valuable opportunities for community members to help define the community values, vision and goals that will guide the next phase of Madison's Park and Open Space Plan.
Register for any or all of these free meetings at EVENTBRITE.

The Park and Open Space Plan (POSP) is updated every five years to stay current with changing recreational trends, demographics, park needs, and to reflect integration with the planning efforts of complementary City agencies, as well as county and statewide efforts.  The Park and Open Space Plan examines overall park growth, land development, and is used as a planning document by City Boards & Commissions, City agencies and staff, other governments and agencies, and interested citizens and volunteers. 
This plan seeks to be evidence-based and, as such, utilizes extensive public input, census data, park use records, geographic information systems mapping and other data informing databases. It is subject to public review and hearings and is adopted by the Board of Parks Commissioners and Common Council.  

The POSP satisfies DNR Chapter NR 50 and NR 51, which is the  Wisconsin administrative code requiring local municipalities to adopt a local comprehensive outdoor recreation plan to be eligible for several DNR administered funding programs.  On May 15, 2012, the City of Madison Common Council adopted the 2012- 2017 Park and Open Space Plan. 

January 12, 2017 12:05 AM
The freezing rain and snow that started to fall on Wednesday afternoon, January 11, 2017 stopped before midnight. All snow and ice that accumulated from this event shall be removed from the public sidewalks by 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Ice that cannot be removed shall be treated with sand and/or salt to provide traction. Free sand can be found at the locations contained in the following link: 

Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment Center:
A reminder that the next input session for the renovation of the old Griff's, TODAY Thursday, January 12, again at The Crossings Apartments. We are also pleased to share a few exciting additions to Thursday's program:
4:30 PM 
Teen Employment Center information and enrollment thanks to our partners at Briarpatch Youth Services.

5:30 PM
Showing the updated concept designs based on prior community feedback sessions, the architects from Dorschner will also solicit some feedback on color and material concepts for the building renovation.

6:00 PM
Launching after school program for youth. Demonstration: The new "Learning for Kicks" martial arts program that will be offered at The Crossings Apartments beginning later this month. Sponsors: Neighborhood Officer Theresa Magyera, Alder Barbara McKinney and Deb Nemeth, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin. 

WELCOME / New MPD - West District Police Captain

Captain Corey Nelson is the new Captain for the West Police District, Captain Nelson brings over 23 plus years of policing to his new position. Congratulations also to Captain Vic Wahl, promoted to Assistant Police Chief.

Public Safety Review Committee (PSRC) referred the Mayor's Ordinance on prohibiting the sleeping on public side walks to the February meeting. Mayor to present a broader plan to include revitalization of the area at the top of State Street. Mayor Soglin, Alders and business owners met to discuss less punitive solutions to the area. The meeting was sponsored by DMI._____________________

Planning Commission 
Authorizing the execution of a Release of a Platted Public Utility Easement as located in the Plat of High Point Estates, for the property located at 10 Elver Court.
The Robert J. Tyler Trust, being the owner of the property located at 10 Elver Court, has requested the release of a portion of a platted public utility easement reserved across said property by way of the plat of High Point Estates; said release would allow the construction of a new home on said property; and
the north 6 feet of Lot 44, except the west 6 feet thereof, and the south 6 feet of Lot 45 except the west 6 feet thereof, High Point Estates recorded in Vol 56-43B of Plats on Pages 121-123 as Document No. 2079351, Dane County Registry.


MLK Holiday Observance 
January 16, 2017
201 State Street 
Capitol Theatre 
Madison, WI
Justice & Opportunity in the 21st Century: Power, Legalities & Realities
Keynote Speaker: Mary Frances Berry, former Chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission

The Madison/Dane County King Coalition is pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual City of Madison & Dane County observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday will feature author, educator, and historian Dr. Mary Frances Berry as the keynote speaker. She is known for challenging and inspiring people to stand up, stand tall and to never give up the fight. She served over the course of four Presidential administrations as chairperson of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Despite spending a portion of her childhood in a orphanage and attending segregated schools in Nashville, TN, she went on to be the first woman of any race to head a major research university. Dr. Berry was instrumental in raising global awareness and helping to end over 40 years of apartheid. This year's observance continues the popular tradition of kicking-off with a "Freedom Songs Sing-in" from 5:00 to 5:30 pm in the Rotunda of the Overture Center. The City-County Observance will then take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Overture Center's Capitol Theater. The Observance will also feature presentation of the Madison-Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Deputy Mayor of Madison Gloria Reyes. Rev. Carmen Porco will serve as M.C.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Madison and the capstone of a series of events hosted by the King Coalition to commemorate the King Holiday.

The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observances of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Coalition brings people from all walks of life together in the spirit of true brotherhood and sisterhood to commemorate the life and accomplishments of this renowned leader of the civil rights movement. King Coalition events encourage the people of Dane County to reaffirm their commitment to building a just community out of our racial, religious and economic diversity.

Update from Madison West Neighborhood Association 

The MWNA is making strides to start the first community garden in our neighborhood, our pilot site we are aiming for is High Point Park (with success/lessons learned more areas after). We are in the final stretch of gaining acceptance by city.  We are looking for neighbors to help with designing, grant writing and project management. We are looking at this as a food, arts & social Issue in our district, and hope to accomplish stellar results in all three areas!
Joe Ryan, President MWNA

Dear Neighbors:

The next few postings will give you insight into how the City of Madison's Long Range Plans Are Developed. This may be helpful to give neighbors a better understanding of the decision making process, where community engagement is most effective and how 


Madison implements our plans through our land use development process. The City's Zoning Ordinance establishes the permitted land uses, as well as design and development standards such as height and density. Wisconsin state law requires that zoning must be consistent with adopted plans. Many development proposals are permitted under the Zoning Ordinance. These permitted uses do not require any type of public review. In such instances, the property owner, developer or builder submits plans to the City. If the proposal complies with all applicable codes and ordinances, it may be approved administratively and construction may begin following the issuance of building permits.

Other new developments in the City of Madison require approvals by City boards (i.e. Plan Commission, Urban Design Commission, Landmarks Commission) and/or the Common Council. Such proposals may include subdivisions, rezonings or conditional uses. Development proposals of this nature require consistency with adopted plans, review by several City departments, a public hearing, and involve neighborhood input. To determine what level of permitting and reviews a project needs, visit the City of Madison's Development Services Center.

Common Council Special Presentation

Elizabeth Katt Reinders, senior campaign representative with Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign provided a briefing to Council members on how cities can lead on solutions to climate change and Madison's opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and create a clean energy economy that addresses social equity and public health. The presentation focused on the electricity sector, how cities across the country are committing to 100% clean energy and how Madison is poised to be a leader in these efforts. 

Following the Ms. Reinders presentation, Raj Shukla, chair of Sustainable Madison Committee (SMC), presented  background, context and intent of the 100% clean energy resolution that passed the SMC and introduced at the Common Council meeting for referral. 

Panhandling Items on Agenda:

Declaring the City of Madison's intent to investigate day jobs as an alternative for panhandlers and those in need.(#77). Requests Community Development Division staff to review effective programs like Albuquerque NM "There's a Better Way" and prepare a report and implementation plan for a similar program in Madison to provide day jobs and other supports to panhandlers and those in need. (No budget impact)

Repeal and recreate Section 12.325 of the Madison General Ordinances to limit persons entering or staying on highways (#78). The third substitute has a revised list of street medians to include in the ordinance. The ordinance does not explicitly identify panhandling as the rationale for prohibiting lingering in street medians, it is framed as a public safety measure.

PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURE: From the drafter's analysis: This is a public safety measure that limits persons from entering a highway and approaching a vehicle that is in operation. It also limits a person from staying upon the median of the highway longer than it takes to cross the highway. This ordinance also applies to vehicle operators who stop for a person violating these two prohibitions. The ordinance provides exceptions for crossing at crosswalks, getting into or out of a vehicle, highway maintenance and othersThe ordinance will apply only to such activities taking place on what are defined as "covered highways." These are "arterial" streets, which is a classification based on heavier traffic levels, and on certain portions of some streets intersecting with arterial streets. A list of each street considered "arterial" is provided in the text of the ordinance. These are the streets with the greatest danger of injury to pedestrians, as has occurred in other cities. Because of their high traffic, these streets also present the greatest danger of distractions to drivers by persons in the median or the highway, resulting in higher risk of car crashes and potential injuries. The ordinance is narrowly tailored to cover those parts of the city with the greatest safety risks. It does not, for example, cover sidewalks, where both pedestrians and drivers are accustomed to seeing persons.

Lengthy discussion on this item. Item referred to the February Council meeting. Sponsors (Soglin, McKinney, Baldah, Cheeks, Phair) will meet with City Attorney May to review the Ordinance, amendments and address   additional questions raised by Alders.


The High Point-Raymond Neighborhood Development Plan update will be a topic of discussion at the City's Long Range Transportation Planning Committee meeting.  We will be asking the committee to provide initial input on transportation related issues, which will be used to guide the development of the draft plan.  The meeting is open to the public and those interested are encouraged to attend.  The meeting materials and agenda will be posted to the High Point-Raymond website when they are available (typically one week before the meeting).

All meeting materials from the December 15th Public Open House are on the website, including the presentation and results from the interactive polling exercise.  Approximately 100 people attended the meeting. you have any questions please contact Dan McAuliffe, City of Madison Planning Division, at dmcauliffe@cityofmadison.comor (608) 261-9676.

The meeting with the City's Long Range Transportation Planning Committee scheduled for Thursday, January 26 was cancelled and will be rescheduled. If you have any questions please contact Dan McAuliffe, City of Madison Planning Division, at dmcauliffe@cityofmadison. com or (608) 261-9676.

January 3, 2017
Chris Kelley, Streets Superintendent 
Conditions turned icy this morning, and the Streets Division was ready. Commuters will likely encounter slippery patches, so everyone is encouraged to make good winter driving choices - drive slow, brake early, and be patient. Crews have been out since 4am to maintain the salt routes, and additional sanding trucks have been deployed to residential areas. All told there are 38 crews out working right now to keep the roads safe.
Commuters should anticipate slick roads at intersections, hills, curves, and secondary and residential streets. Everyone should be cautious on their commutes today.
Crews will remain on the salt routes, which are the main thoroughfares of Madison, throughout the day. Streets Division staff will continuously review conditions, and further updates will be provided if conditions merit.

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