Skip to main content

District 1

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Image of Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
WI Relay Service

Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Ordnance Prohibiting Standing on the Mediums

February 9, 2017 12:33 PM

I think it only fair to hear from your Alder why I voted for the Ordnance prohibiting individuals from standing in the islands. It strongly felt that it was a public safety issue. 

I attach the posting from Brenda Konkel following the Council's vote. I have received several emails criticizing the vote in favor of the Ordnance. We do have a serious problem with how we treat our most vulnerable population and how we address solutions to these challenges. Madison has a serious challenge with providing services to our homeless population. As your Alder; I am very concerned about these issues. The percentage of children attached to these families is staggering. I ask that you support me as I wrestle with the problems of lack of security in housing. Because I am concerned about those who are marginalized takes nothing away from my commitment to serve as your Alder. I value and care about what matters to you. Compassion is not weakness and I work to have all voices heard and represented.  I am so very honored to serve as Alder for District 1 and want to continue to serve you. I am asking you to consider becoming more engaged in making our neighborhoods, our communities and our City a great place to live, work, play and raise our families; I believe these opportunities should be available for all to choose. It does take a community to change the direction and voice opinions about the priorities for our City. Alders are part-time. However we are fully engaged daily in the issues of public safety, education, training and employment, long range economic development and growth, transportation, re-development, population growth into 2050. Keep informed. Contact me when there are issues you are concerned about. I need to hear from you. What are your thoughts about this Ordnance? We have been working on this Ordinance for several months, it had gone through 4 revisions to make it equitable. My work with passing this Ordnance was for pubic safety:  for those standing on the islands, good fokes stopping the  traffic to give money and for the aggravated drivers aggressively blowing their horns. As a member of the Public Safety Review Board we will continue to work on how to inform individuals on how to connect with community resources. 

 Ms. Konkel has been a strong advocate for the homeless for many years. Before being elected an Alder, I also was a member of the Consortium as Associate Director of Madison Urban Ministry. 

The Text:
So, one of my jobs today is to report back to the Homeless Services Consortium about how the council voted on the panhandling ordinance last night/early this morning. The news is bad - the council voted for it 12 - 8, against our wishes. 

I testified at the council on behalf of the consortium last night indicating the concerns that were expressed at the meeting yesterday about the difficulties in understanding the ordinance, and indicating that we have a strong desire to be a part of these conversations early on instead of always responding to solutions that did not have our input.  I also read portions of the letter we sent last July  regarding this ordinance.  (see below)

The eight people who voted against the ordinance were 
Amanda Hall
Rebecca Kemble
Larry Palm
Matt Phair
Marsha Rummel
Shiva Bidar
Maurice Cheeks
Mark Clear.

Those voting for the ordinance were:
Barbara McKinney
Steve King
Paul Skidmore
Mike Verveer
Zach Wood
Ledell Zellers
David Ahrens
Samba Baldeh
Sheri Carter
Denise DeMarb
Sara Eskrich
Tim Gruber

The ordinance implementation is being delayed for 60 days while they come up with plan to educate the people in violation of the ordinance.  When that plan gets filed, I will send it to the group.

If you are wondering how you inform people about what their rights, I guess you have to give them this list and then tell them that they also can't panhandle within 200 feet of any intersection of these streets as well, so you can get tickets even if you aren't on this list of streets if you are within 200 feet of them.  
Aberg Ave
Allen Blvd
Agriculture Dr
American Pkwy
Anderson St
Atwood Ave
Bassett St
Beltline Hwy
Blair St
Brandt Rd-CTH AB
Broom St (Between John Nolen Dr & Gorham St)
W Broadway
Buckeye Rd
Campus Dr
Commercial Ave
Cottage Grove Rd
Dayton St (Between N Hamilton & State St)
Doty St
Dutch Mill Rd
E & W Johnson St
E Springs Dr (Between E Washington & High Crossing Blvd)
E Washington Ave
Eastwood Dr
Fair Oaks Ave
Fairchild St
Femrite Dr
First St
Fish Hatchery Rd
Fordem Ave
N & S Gammon Rd
Gorham St
Hamilton St (Between Wilson St & Doty St)
Highland Ave
High Crossing Blvd
Hoepker Rd
I 39-90-94
International Ln
John Nolen Dr
Junction Rd
Lien Rd (Between Theier Rd & Thompson Dr)
Little St
Maple Grove Dr
Marsh Rd
McKee Rd
McKenna Blvd (Between Gammon Rd & Putnam)
Midtown Rd (Between S Gammon Rd & Woods Rd)
Midvale Blvd
Milwaukee St (Between E Washington & Swanton Rd)
Mineral Point Rd
Monona Dr
Monroe St
Moorland Rd
Nakoma Rd
Nelson Rd
North Shore Dr
Northport Dr
Odana Rd
Old Middleton Rd
Old Sauk Rd
Olin Ave
Packers Ave
Park St
Pennsylvania Ave
Pflaum Rd (Between Monona Dr & Agriculture Dr)
Pleasant View Rd
Proudfit St
Putnam (Between McKenna Blvd & Maple Grove Dr)
Randall (Between Monroe & University)
Raymond Rd
Regent St
Reiner Rd
Rimrock Rd
Schroeder Rd
Seminole Hwy
N Sherman Ave (Between Fordem & Northport Dr)
Siggelkow Rd (Between Stoughton Rd & Holscher Rd)
South Towne Dr
Speedway Rd
Sprecher Rd
STH 30
Stoughton Rd
Theier Rd (Between E Washington & Lien Rd)
N Thompson Dr (Between Swanton and East Washington)
University Ave
Verona Rd
Vondron Rd (Between Agriculture Dr & Buckeye Rd)
W Washington Ave
Watts Rd (Between Gammon & Junction)
W Wilson St (Between Bassett & Hamilton)
Webster St
Whitney Way
Williamson St
Winnebago St
Wisconsin Ave (Between Gorham & Dayton)
Wright St (Between E Washington & Anderson St)
Zeier Rd

Homeless Services Consortium Opposes Proposals Criminalizing Homelessness

The Homeless Services Consortium (HSC) writes to register its strong opposition to Mayor Paul Soglin's latest efforts to criminalize homelessness and poverty in Madison.  The Mayor has proposed two troubling pieces of legislation: 1) an ordinance prohibiting individuals from lying down or sleeping on public sidewalks in the Downtown Madison during daytime hours (Section 23.60) and 2) an amendment to Section 12.325 and 1.08(3)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to remove references to the purpose for approaching a vehicle and making it illegal to approach the front or side of a vehicle in operation on the highway for any purpose. This amendment is a thinly veiled attempt to criminalize individuals seeking support from their community through panhandling on local roadways.  We oppose both of these ordinance amendments and request the Mayor withdraw them. Alternatively, we ask each of the committees to which they have been referred and the city council to vote them down.

As a community, Madison and Dane County have been making some important strides toward ending homelessness.  We applaud the City's stated commitments to housing as a human right, Housing First, and new funding commitments and strategies to spur affordable housing development.  We celebrate the opening of Rethke Terrace and the street outreach team that efficiently moved so many chronically homeless into permanent housing.  It is especially frustrating to see criminalization proposals come from an administration that knows that the real solution to homelessness is permanent housing.

Guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) compels us to reject criminalization and pursue lawful, effective, and compassionate solutions to homelessness.  HUD has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program which awards competitive funding for homeless services in communities throughout the nation. HUD's funding application awards points to communities working to prevent the criminalization of those experiencing homelessness.  Moving forward with this punitive legislation puts federal homeless services funding--which is desperately needed in our community--at risk.


In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a statement of interest in federal court arguing that it is unconstitutional to criminalize sleeping in public places without providing adequate shelter space in the area.  Regarding the DOJ filing in Bell v. City of Boise, DOJ Access to Justice Director Lisa Foster explained: "No one wants people to sleep on sidewalks or in parks, particularly not our veterans, or young people, or people with mental illness.  But the answer is not to criminalize homelessness.  Instead, we need to work with our local government partners to provide the services people need, including legal services, to obtain permanent and stable housing."

The people most likely to experience homelessness in our community are disproportionaly people of color--particularly African Americans--and our community's most vulnerable populations such as disabled persons and unaccompanied youth, who are disproportionately LGBTQ. We feel strongly that these proposed ordinances would not hold up under the analysis of the Equity Tools developed by the City of Madison to examine policies for unintended inequitable consequences.


People experiencing homelessness have no other place to go, and often must live in public places. The fact that some of our neighbors are relegated to methods of survival such as sleeping outside or panhandling is an indication of the need for more robust outreach services, as well as enhanced services and housing opportunities.  The consortium has been working diligently to continue to identify and implement solutions.  We seek to work with you on effective, lawful strategies to end homelessness. Criminalization policies are costly, ineffective, and contrary to our efforts to realize the right to housing for all Madison residents.  Please reject them.

Email to a friend Email to a friend

Subscribe to Email List

Subscribe to the District 1 – Alder McKinney email list:

By participating on this list the Wisconsin Public Records Laws may subject your email address to disclosure to third parties. By selecting "Yes" you are requesting that we treat your email address that you have provided to this list as confidential and you are also stating that you would not participate in this service if the City is obligated to release your email address to such third party requesters.

Recent Entries




Aldermatic District 1
City Meetings,District1 & Community Updates


100 Black Men of Madison  1000 Friends of Wisconsin  2016 Elver Park Community Day  2017 Westfest  2018 Westfest  2019 Westfest  Addiction  African American  Aging  Alternate Side Parking  Announcement  Application  Art  Ash tree  Assessment  Attachment  Auto  Back to school  Badger Mill Creek  Bench  Bike  Black History  Body worn cameras  Bridge Replacement  BRT  Brush  Brush collection  Brush Pickup  Budget  Burglary  Burn  Bus  Bus Rapid Transit  Business  Byrne Criminal Justice Innovaton Grant  Cable  Car  Car theft  Cardboard  Career fair  Census  Challenge  Chickens  Christmas tree  City Clerk's Office - Election Information  City Committee  City Engineer  City Governance  City of Madison Comprehensive Plan  Coding  Cold  Collection Schedule  Committee  Common Council  Community  Community Bond  Community Building  Community Events  Community partner  Complete count  Conference  Construction  Conversation  Coronavirus  County HWY M  County HWY PD  COVID-19  Crime  Criminal justice  Dallas  Dedication  Development  Dinner  Disaster Assistance  Disc golf  District 1 -  Dogs  Dohm  Downtown  Dream Bus  Drop-off sites  Earth Day  Election  Elver Park  Elver Park Community Recreation Center  Employment  Employment center  Engineering  Equity  Event  Evergreen  Eviction  Exact Sciences  Expansion  F-35A  Fiber  Flooding  Flu  Food  Food access  Freakfest  Frequent City Contact Information  Gaming  Gammon Lane  Grants  Hawks Landing  High Point  Highlights  Historic Preservation  HIV  Hope and A Future  Housing  Ice  Imagine Madison  Invasive Elongate Hemlock Scale  Jeffy Trail Expansion  Job fair  Jobs  Judge Doyle Square  Juneteenth  Justice  Kids  Kwik Trip  Leaf Collection  Leaves  Lewis  Library  License  Listening Session  Lock It or Lose It  Madison Common Council  Madison Community News  Madison Fire Department  Madison Living History Project  Madison Mallards  Madison Metro  Madison Police Department  Make Music Madison  Mayor  Mayor Rhodes-Conway  Mayor Soglin  Mayor's Neighborhood Conference  McKenna Boulevard  Meals  Meeting  Mentor  Metro  MGE  Mid Town Road  Midtown Road  MLK  MMSD  Mobile Resource Trailer  MPD  Mulch  Municipal ID  Natural Lawn  Neighborhood Employment Center  Neighborhood information  Neighborhood Meeting  Neighborhood Traffic Management Program  Olbrich Gardens  Operation Clean Sweep  Opioid  Optic  Park Edge  Park Ridge  Parking  Parks  Petition  PFAS  PFC  Phairs  Plan Commission  Playground  Pleasant View Road  Police  Police and Fire Commission  Poll  Poll Workers  Power outage  Press conference  Property tax  PSC  PSRC  Public Health  Public Health Announcemrnts  Public Market  Public Safety  Race  Race 2 Destiny  Racism  Raymond Road  Read  Recycling  Repairs  Report  Roosters  RSVP  Safer at Home  Safety  Salt  Sand Bags  Sanitary Sewer  School  Severe weather  Shots fired  Shredding  ShredFest  Snow  Snow Plow Updates  Spring  State Street  Storm Sewer  Stormwater  Street closures  Street sweeping  Streets Division  Streets/Transportation/Roads  Summer  Summer Strategic Plan  Survey  Sustainability  Task Force  Teen employment  TFOGS  Thanksgiving  Traffic  Traffic calming  Training  Training center  Training/Employment Opportunities  Transportation  Trash  Tree  Triad  Tutor  Urban League Greater Madison  Utilities  Vacancy  Valley View Road  Vehicle Registration Fee  Vendor  Verona Road (US 18/151) Project  Violence  Volunteer  Vote  Water Utility  Watershed  Weapons  Weather  West Fest  West Police District  Westfest  Westside  Winter  WisDOT  Women's History Month  World AIDS Day  Wreath  Yard Waste  Youth  Zoning