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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

March 13, 2017 11:46 AM

Snow Advisory for our area. Drive safely. Roads are slippery, caution to on the Beltline. All city snow equipment is out. Secondary streets will not be until primary roads are cleared. 

Snow Plowing Updates
by Chris Kelley, Streets Superintendent
posted March 12, 2017 1:34 PM
Madison, just when we thought we were out, winter pulls us back in. The winter storm forecast to hit Madison Sunday evening should impact the Monday morning commute. All roadway users should plan on needing extra time to get to their destinations safely tomorrow. Everyone is reminded yet again to keep making good choices on the roads - be cautious, be slow, and be alert. And don't forget to allow for extra stopping distance as slick spots may develop as the roads become snow covered.

The Streets Division will dispatch 32 crews to maintain the salt routes when the storm begins tonight. Salt routes are the major thoroughfares of Madison, Metro Bus routes, and roads around schools and hospitals. The salt routes will be continuously maintained throughout this storm.

Forecasts show that this could be another long-duration storm, not too unlike the other snow events we've all endured this winter. This means everyone should also plan for challenging road conditions throughout the day on Monday including the evening commute. 

Residents are reminded that the Streets Division does not plow all residential streets until the storm is at or near its end and three or more inches of snow have accumulated on the roads. During the storm, everyone should anticipate residential areas being snow covered and potentially slippery. 

Streets Division staff will monitor conditions throughout this storm, and operations will adjust as conditions merit. Future plow updates will also be provided.

Wednesday, March 15
8:30 AM
Early Childhood Care and Education Subcommittee
30 W Mifflin St, Room 1002, 10th Floor
Madison, WI 53703r

Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Ad Hoc Committee
Thursday, March 16
5:30 PM Urban League of Greater Madison 2222 S Park St

Presentation by UW Professors Herman Goldstein and Cecilia Klingele on "Refining the Police Function in a Democratic Society" including question and answer with committee members

Update from OIR, Michael Gennaco and staff, on meetings with community groups, city agencies, data gathered and on future work processes, priorities, and time line

Court Rules City Cannot Ban Guns on Public Buses; May Go Further
By Daniel Olson, Assistant Legal Counsel, League of Wisconsin Municipalities 

A state law that preempts Wisconsin municipalities from enacting gun ordinances or resolutions that are stricter than state law also prohibits enacting rules that prohibit guns on public transportation, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 5-2 decision, the Court conservative justices overturned an appeals court decision that allowed a Madison Metro Transit rule to ban firearms on Madison city buses.
The city asserted that the Metro rule was not the same as an ordinance or resolution imposing stricter local gun controls. But the majority determined there was no action the city or a sub-unit could take that would not be considered an ordinance or resolution.

Email From Constituents - last week Alders received over 272 mass emails related to one city issue. Please note that all 20 of us read every email about ALL issues to help us be better informed. If you did not receive a response from an email you sent - please re-send, please do not automatically assume that you are not being heard. I have shared a few related to current issues. When there are issues of interest to D1 residents I do want to hear from you AND take your comments into strong consideration. 

Dear Alder McKinney,

 I just wish to let you know I also am against allowing guns on the city buses.  It just seems like a disaster waiting
to happen.  I appreciate your updates to all of us in your district.  Thank you
(Name Withheld)

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.

(Name Withheld)

Subject: Fwd: Jeffy Trail - Neighborhood Needs Your Action
Alder McKinney,

I am feeling a variety of emotions on this topic: disappointment, bewilderment, and irritation to name a few.  I've heard an assortment of reasons why the city feels it's important to connect Jeffy Trail to Raymond Road. It ranges from improved emergency response time, to improving the neighborhood, to the need to finish a 20 year old infrastructure plan.

Regardless the reason, I can assure you that Jeffy Trail is not set-up for a main road.  My wife and I have called this small west side community home since 2001.  We have witnessed first hand the increase in traffic flow that has occurred.  I see how irresponsible drivers use Mica Road as a main drag.  They have no concern for the safety of the community, specifically small children.  It is not uncommon to have a car travel at 50+ MPH through our neighborhood.  It is currently happening on Jeffy Trail now, connecting it to Raymond Road will make it more prevalent.  Unfortunately one pedestrian death has already occurred on the bike path; please help us avoid another.

I'm typically proud to be a City of Madison resident. I feel it is a community that listens to their constituents, has vision, and is flexible enough to understand current community needs, even if that requires us to change course and go a different direction than originally planed.  I'm surprised that I have not seen that hold true in this specific situation.

If I were in your shoes I would voice that it is in the best interest of the City of Madison to NOT connect Jeffy Trail to Raymond Road.  Doing so creates more safety risks to the community, increases the cost to provide more law enforcement patrol, and has the potential of reducing the income stream by lowering property values in the neighborhood.

I ask you, as our representative on City Council, to support us in the effort to permanently block the construction of Jeffy Trail for the foreseeable future.  Re-purpose the funding to improve other higher need infrastructure projects or to fund efforts that focus on the improvement of community race relations.

Thanks for listening.
(Name Withheld)

Interested in serving on a city committee? 
The Affirmative Action Commission of the City of Madison is recruiting for vacancies. This Commission is made up of City of Madison residents who are committed to equal employment opportunities and representative of the affected and/or underrepresented groups within the city. The Commission represents the City's interest in providing equal employment and promotional opportunities and equal access to public service for all persons. Some of the work entrusted to the Commission includes: advising the public of their rights, making recommendations on affirmative action policies, fair contracting requirements, and advising the Mayor and Common Council. To get more information or apply to be on the Affirmative Action Commission, please visit the Mayor's website:
You'll be prompted to fill out an application ( and submit a Statement of Interests form (
Feel free to contact the Department of Civil Rights at (608) 266-4910 for more information!


Looking for a new or better job, or know someone who is? Urban League has several upcoming workshops and academies available at no cost. Learn more by calling 608.729.1200 or attend an upcoming informational session for an overview of employment services offered by the Urban League, including upcoming Customer Service Academy, Insurance Academy Training, START, and Trades programs.

Upcoming informational sessions: 

Monday, March 13 | 5pm to 7pm 
Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment and Training Center, 658 S. Gammon Rd., Madison
Tuesday, March 14 | 5pm to 7pm
Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park Street, Madison
Wednesday, March 15 | 12pm to 2pm
Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park Street, Madison

Thursday, March 16 | 12pm to 2pm
Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment and Training Center, 658 S. Gammon Rd., Madison

Saturday, March 18 | 10am to 2pm
SS Morris Community AME Church, 3511 Milwaukee Street, Madison

Friday, March 24 | 9am to 11am
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Avenue, Madison

Advance Employment Services Courses-enroll soon!
Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment and Training Center Open
ULGM is currently staffing a temporary location to get training and programs up and running in this Southwest Madison neighborhood before the center moves to its permanent home at the site of the former Griff's Restaurant in 2018. Visit us at the Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment and Training Center (PEPR) at 658 S. Gammon Road, Suite 204 in Madison.

(Temporary Location until The Griff's Location is completed in early 2018)
Please join us for an open house
Tuesday, March 28 | 5pm to 7pm

Drop by our new facility and learn more about how our employment services can help your career! Meet the ULGM team, tour our new facility, get information on ULGM programs/training and Youth Job Club (Briarpatch). Refreshments will be provided. 

Services offered:
Job Readiness Classes
Job Leads    
Career Academies
Computer Lab    Application Assistance    
On-site Job Specialists
Job Club (new!):
Meets every Monday and Wednesday at PEPR from 5pm - 7pm. 
Job leads, resume and cover letter help, mock interviewing, and open computer lab.

Monday & Wednesday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 7:45am to 5pm
Thursday & Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 12pm

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