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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney,
Council Vice President

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1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

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

Issues of interest to D1

March 8, 2017 4:23 PM

Three issues  this week:

The High Point Road/Raymond Road Neighborhood Plan: specifically the Jeffy Trail Road extension came before the Planning Commission Monday night. There were very engaged, robust and sensitive discussions in the Planning Commission meeting on Jeffy Trail. The Chair of the Planning Commission was direct in his instructions to the Commissioners to comment on Jeffy Trail and give direction to City staff.  Planning Staff was given instructions to review all aspects of the Jeffy Trail extension and to submit concrete concept plans to the commission showing inclusion of the road as well as alternative connectivity, preserving green space and expanded bike path.  The time-line for Planning Staff completion of concept plans should be late May or early June.  I reviewed the emergency response time data with Chief Davis and his report will be included in the final report to the Planning Commission. 

  Olbrich Park beer garden.  ALDER ACTION: I will request that Common Council Executive Committee form a Council workgroup to  review RFP standards and practices. 
4Please let me know your feedback about either of these three  items. 

Madison City Council approves Olbrich Park beer garden in 12-7 vote after long debate

M.P. KING, State Journal archives
Last night after  more than six and a half hours of public comment and discussion, the Common Council approved a liquor license and a use agreement for BKM Group to run a privately owned outdoor drinking establishment near the shoreline of Lake Monona. Over 50 residents participated in a robust discussion through public comments, letters, emails. 
both for and against the liquor license. 

After more than 6 1/2 hours of public comment and discussion, council members approved  the liquor license and a use agreement for BKM Group to run a privately owned outdoor drinking establishment near the shoreline of Lake Monona. Council Members voted 12-7 to pass the plan at about 1:45 a.m.

Strong opposition followed the project as it made its way through city committees, with concerns being raised about safety, noise and the appropriateness of returning alcohol to a park in which it's been banned without a permit since 2015. Opponents showed up in force at the council's Tuesday meeting, asking either for complete rejection of the plan, or for more restrictions.

"This project has divided the Eastmorland neighborhood," said Eastmorland Community Association President Kathy Soukup. "It doesn't seem responsible to intentionally add alcohol to the park if there are not enough safety resources in place."

The neighborhood association, which represents parts of Olbrich Park, took a neutral position in the topic.

Mike Bare, a BKM investor, said "significant adjustments" have been made in response to input by neighbors, city staff and committees. The divisive proposal, ironically, is about bringing people together to make the most of an underutilized space, Bare said. 

As divisive as the plan was for Eastmorland residents, Common Council members were also split. Some touted the plan as a "great public-private partnership" and a "real concept of change." Other members criticized the process that led to the selection of BKM's beer garden proposal and expressed uncertainty whether zoning laws allow parks to be used as a drinking establishment.
Mayor Soglin said he didn't know yet if he would veto the license or agreement.

Under the proposal, both the city and BKM will pay for upgrades (cost of the upgrades will be reimbursed by BKM) to the Olbrich Park Beach House to allow BKM to serve beer, soft drinks and snacks for up to 51 hours a week. The German-style beer garden will feature a cordoned-off seating area for 240 people at communal picnic tables.
BKM hopes to have the operation open by May.

The Olbrich Park beer garden is on the east side not on the southwest side, not in District 1. District 1 does not sit on an isolated island. We are engaged in what impacts our City. District 1 is 1/20th of a population of almost 300,000 people. One Alder = One Vote. 
I voted against the resolution. I felt the City followed a flawed RFP process. My vote was about the lack of a transparent RFP process and not against young entrepreneurs. 

I will post this: 
Barbara Harrington-McKinney
Alder, District 1
Cell: 608-205-8682

On Mar 8, 2017, at 1:55 PM,  

Should we contact you?: Yes
Guns on Madison Buses
Dear Alder McKinney,

It was such a pleasure to meet you in person recently. I am writing to voice my opposition to Madison Metro passengers being allowed to carry weapons onto Madison Metro buses. The children of Madison use the buses to travel to and from school each day and it is unthinkable that they could find themselves surrounded with loaded guns. I strongly urge you to work with Mayor Soglin to do everything in your power to protect our children from this wholly unnecessary and unacceptable danger. Thank you for your time
Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Thank You
It is an Honor to Serve As the Alder of District 1
Alder Harrington-McKinney 

The basic job of an Alder is to conduct yourself in a professional manner. Attend and participate at Council meetings. Be available to constituents. Follow all Ethics rules and other applicable standards of conduct. Common Council City's Ethics Code

The core Alder Job
Advocate for your district and your constituents in the City process. Serve on City committees as appointed and be an active, prepared and equal participant. 

Communicate actively with your constituents in multiple ways (listservs, newsletters, website, meetings) about City resources and issues, policy debates, development proposals, and other relevant information.

Participate fully in the process of developing and approving the annual city Budget. Communicate the needs and views of your constituents to City staff, committees and the Council. Prepare and educate yourself and your constituents on city-wide and/or controversial policy topics or issues that come before the Council. Engage in the debate and decision making process around them.

Advance policy issues important to your district and the City. HELP MAKE CITY GOVERNMENT ACCESSIBLE AND WELCOMING TO ALL MADISON RESIDENTS.


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