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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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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
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

D1 Updates - Week of 2-20-2017

February 17, 2017 6:59 AM


Many items this week of interest to D1.
1. Joint Meeting of the Plan Commission and Long Range Transportation Planning Committee on Proposed High Point/Raymond Road Neighborhood Plan. Amendment to the High Point-Raymond Neighborhood Plan. 2. July flooding in District 1 - Update. 3. West District Police Update. 4. High Point Road Bridge Closure -  Update. 5. Biergarten Update: The proposal for a biergarten in Olbrich Park. 6. Pet Licensing7. Vending Machine Input8. Primary Election Update - Tuesday, April 21.

High Point Road Bridge Closure
Night-time construction noise
Monday, February 20 and February 21, expect  excessive loud noise. Jack-hammering of large segment of concrete. Expect lane closures. 
Flooding UpDate:

Attached is a list of flood problems that occurred last year, with one or more on the list within respective Districts.  As a result there was a late amendment to the Capital Budget to address these problems.  That Budget Amendment discussed the possible need for additional staffing to implement these Capital Improvements to address the flooding.
Now, Engineering has determined the need to add a staff to specifically  concentrate on these problems.  The 2nd attachment is a draft resolution to add an Engineer and I respectfully request your sponsorship.  Please advise if you are willing to co-sponsor. 

Flood Mitigation  issues as a result of July 21, 2016 Storm water flooding. 
1) Reetz @ Black Oak – ALDER CHEEKS – District #10
2)?Mckenna @ Elver – ALDER MCKINNEY – District #1
3) Park Edge @ Falmouth Ct – ALDER MCKINNEY – District #1
4) Hawks Landing West Pond – ALDER MCKINNEY – District #1
5) Critchell Terrace  - ALDER GRUBER  - District 11
6) Westmorland Blvd @ Mineral Pt – ALDER GRUBER – District 11
7) Village on the Park (Park @ Hughes)  -  ALDER CARTER  - District 14
8) 5 Celia Ct – ALDER PHAIR – District 20
9)  Dunn's Marsh Treatment Structure – ALDER CHEEKS – District 10
10) Cannonball @ SW Bike Path  - ALDER CHEEKS – District 10
11) Bram St Flooding – ALDER CARTER – District 14
12) Stone Creek @ East Pass – ALDER KING – District 7
13) Tree Lane @ Westfield – ALDER SKIDMORE – District 9
Recent Police Incident Reports
Social Media - Parent Alert
 An inappropriate relationship, that was fostered through social media, has ended with the arrest of a 33-year-old Madison man. The suspect is accused of having a sexual relationship with a child over the age of 16, and exposing her to harmful materials. The victim, who is 17, said sex acts with the suspect took place earlier this month. He was arrested yesterday following an investigation by the MPD's Special Victims Unit.

Witnesses Assist Police Arrest - Neighbors please be cautious when encountering suspects 
The MPD arrested a suspected bank robber in the past hour after Old National Bank, 5750 Raymond Rd., was hit around 2:30 p.m. The criminal indicated he had a weapon, but none was seen. After getting cash, he fled, with witnesses - who had been in the bank - following a safe distance behind. The MPD's West District station is very close to the crime scene, and officers were in the area extremely quickly. Their arrival, coupled with witnesses being able to point to the area where the suspect had run, led to the immediate apprehension. It took place in a parking lot across from the bank. There were no injuries. The suspect has been detained and taken to the MPD's West District station.

West Side Boxing Club 
Boys and Girls, grades 4-7: 4:30-5:15 pm.; grades 8-12: 5:15-6:30 pm.
Elver Park Neighborhood Center, 1209 McKenna Blvd. USA Boxing Certified Program. West Side Boxing Club is operated by Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation. Learn the sweet science of Boxing and have the opportunity to spare and compete.

Starts February 21. Tuesday and Thursday.  
Contact West District Police Officer Justice be Nelsen
Biergarten Update: 
The proposal for a biergarten in Olbrich Park was approved by the Parks Commission and the Alcohol License Review Commission. The Parks Commission approved the contract which allows the biergarten to operate on city property in the park, fees paid to the city for the site as well as the payments to rehab the decrepit beach house. The Alcohol License Review Commission approved the license with many additional conditions including requiring only single servings per customer, a reduced capacity limit, no amplified sound two days per week and a security perimeter. The biergarten will operate under the strictest conditions of any alcohol serving establishment in the city, if not the state. Overall approval will go to the Council on March 7th.
Licensing Your Pet
Do you wonder why you need to license your pet?  Public Health's Animal Services Officers see lost pets every day, and say that your pet's license is their ticket back home.   
If your pet gets lost, if it is wearing its license and ID tags, it can be reunited with you more quickly.  Microchips are not foolproof and should not be the only method used to identify your pet. The license also proves that your dog is vaccinated against rabies in case an incident should occur. By renewing your dog license every year, you can then apply for a dog park permit, so you can enjoy time together in our parks. Part of your license fee pays for helping lost, unwanted, injured, abandoned and mistreated animals.
Thursday, February 23
City Seeks Input on Street Vending
The City of Madison is releasing an online survey and hosting a community meeting to gather ideas and input to improve the City's Street Vending Program. Madison's nationally recognized street vending scene includes unique food carts, talented artists and craftspeople, outdoor merchant vending, and vibrant sidewalk cafes. These activities are overseen by the City's Vending Oversight Committee and managed by the Street Vending Coordinator, based within the City's Office of Business Resources.

The City is looking for input to make street vending in Madison even better. The first way to provide input is to complete a brief online survey by following the link below. It should take about 5 minutes. By clicking this link, you will be leaving the City of Madison website.

The next way to give input is to attend a community meeting that will take place on February 23 from 6pm to 8pm at the Central Library Room 301. This will be an engaging and interactive discussion covering a variety of topics.

Primary Election: 
Candidates in this primary election are vying for the position of State Superintendent of Schools and Madison School Board. These are important policy and operations positions at the state and local level on educational services. Until Saturday, you can vote at local libraries and at your polling place on Tuesday, Feb.19th.

City Breaks February Absentee Voting Record
This afternoon Madison voters broke the city's record for the number of absentee ballots cast in-person for any February Primary, including Presidential Primaries held in February.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 1,822 City of Madison residents had voted absentee at Madison Public Library locations, the City Clerk's Office, Streets East, UW-Madison's Student Activity Center, or Edgewood College. 
The previous record for February in-person absentee ballots was set in the Presidential Primary of 2008, when 1,777 City of Madison residents cast absentee ballots in the City Clerk's Office.
In-person absentee voting continues through Sunday, February, 19.  Voting registration will not be available on Saturday and Sunday, in accordance with state law, but will be available at the polls on Tuesday.

Election Equipment at Polls on Tuesday
City of Madison election equipment will have a new look when voters go to the polls to vote on Tuesday.
The city has replaced the DS200 tabulators that were destroyed by a flood last summer with the same technology.  The new machines are capable of displaying more graphics than the machines voters have used at City of Madison polling places in the past. 
After inserting a ballot, the voter should wait for the screen to display "Thank you for voting.  Your ballot has been counted."  If the DS200 reads that the ballot is blank, or that too many candidates have been selected for an office, the screen will give the voter an opportunity to retrieve the ballot.
The city's AutoMark Voter Assist Terminals, which were also destroyed by flooding, have been replaced with the ExpressVote.  Any voter is welcome to use this accessible ballot marking device.  Using a touch screen, a sip-n-puff device, or a Braille keypad with audio headphones, the voter indicates how the ExpressVote should mark his or her ballot card.  The ballot card marked by the ExpressVote is then fed into the DS200 tabulator to be counted.
The ExpressVote is also available at all City of Madison absentee voting locations.

Earlier this week, the City of Madison held a public test of election equipment to verify that its ExpressVote machines will accurately mark ballot cards, and that its tabulators will accurately tally the February 21 Primary Election results.
Friday. February 17 and Saturday, February 18
Winter Festival at Elver Park
9:00 - 5:00 p.m
Monday, February 20
City/County Bldg, Room 201
5:30 p.m.

Approve the Connect Madison Economic Development Strategy as the City's Economic Development Plan and to direct City Staff and the Economic Development Committee to move forward with implementation.
Thursday, February 23
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Room 357, City-County Building

Joint Meeting of the Plan Commission and Long Range Transportation Planning Committee on Proposed Amendment to the High Point-Raymond Neighborhood Plan. Important meeting for District 1 constituents. 

Thursday, February 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Madison West District Police Department
1710 McKenna Blvd, Madison, WI 53711
Natural Lawn Application review. 

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