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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

Information of Intetest to D1

May 22, 2017 12:59 PM

Meetings of Interest to D1 this week

5:30 PM

Plan Commission, City-County Building 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 200

Planning Commission 

The function and duty of the Plan Commission is to make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of Madison. The Plan Commission meets twice a month.

High Point-Raymond Neighborhood Development Plan. The initial draft concept for the High Point-Raymond Neighborhood Development Plan update will be discussed. There will be other items on the Plan Commission's agenda so we aren't able to provide a precise start time for this item.

MPD Awards Celebration, Monday, May 22, 6:00 p.m. Monona Terrace 

I would like to invite you to attend the MPD Awards Ceremony that will be taking place on May 22nd at 6pm at the Monona Terrace. Commissioned and Civilian MPD employees will be receiving awards as well as many citizens from our community. I hope you are able to join us. Thank you.

Sue Williams, Assistant Chief of Police. City of Madison Police Department, 211 S. Carroll St, Madison, WI 53521, (608) 266-4076

4:30 p.m  

Wednesday, May 24, Room 354, CCB

The  Finance Committee makes recommendations regarding budget amendments and other matters with significant fiscal implications during the year.

511 Travel Information 

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STAY INFORMED: Verona Road Project website | Project Facebook page | Stage 2 Construction Schedule


Work this week – Currently in Stage 1 Traffic Control

    •    Grading for temporary asphalt pavement in the median at Meriter Way, South High Point Road and Maple Grove Drive.

    •    Grading for temporary asphalt pavement widening on the south side of existing roadway, multiple locations.

    •    Asphalt paving in the median at Meriter Way, South High Point Road and Maple Grove Drive and on the south side of existing CTH PD at multiple locations.

    •    Temporary traffic control at Meriter Way, South High Point Road, Maple Grove Drive.

    •    Sanitary utility work

Work scheduled for the next week -

    •    Traffic switch

    •    Grading on the north side of CTH PD, for the new westbound lanes.

    •    Box culvert extension at Muir Field Road

  Traffic impacts -

    •    Possible flagging for short durations at Meriter Way and South High Point Road for median work.

    •    Traffic Switch Monday May 15th. Switch to Stage 2/2A/2B Traffic Control

    •    Blasting Rock May 22nd through June 16th - EXPECT DELAYS- Traffic will be stopped for short periods

CTH PD (McKee Rd) from CTH M to Maple Grove Rd

Schedule April 2017 through October 2017

Plans:  Cth PD Plans PDF Details

The CTH PD project includes reconstruction of CTH PD to a 4 lane divided urban arterial street with bike lanes, curb & gutter, sidewalk and a curbed, grassed median.  Street Lighting, Traffic Signals, Storm sewer, Water Main and Sanitary Sewer are included in the project also.  A pedestrian and bicycle overpass for the Ice Age Junction Path is proposed just west of High Point Road.

Public Information Meetings

Public Information Meeting #1

The City and County held a public information meeting for this project on August 18, 2015 at the Meadowwood Neighborhood Center (5750 Raymond Rd. Madison, WI).  The presentation and plans can be viewed below:

Presentation PDF 

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Public Information Meeting #2

The City and County are held a 2nd Public Information Meeting on June 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM at Chavez Elementary School (3502 Maple Grove Rd. Madison, WI).  Staff provided a presentation and answered questions about the project.  The presentation and plans can be viewed below:

No Refuse or Recycling Collection on Memorial Day

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:50am. Drop off sites also closed

There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The yard waste drop off sites will also be closed.

Madison residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Mondays should instead place their carts to the curb for collection by 7am on Tuesday, May 30. Only residents within the Monday district will have their collection of refuse and recycling delayed due to the holiday.

Refuse and recycling for the Tuesday district will also be collected on May 30.

Since the Streets Division will be collecting refuse and recycling from both the Monday and Tuesday districts on May 30, it is imperative that residents in these areas place their carts curbside prior to 7am on that day. Carts set out late may not be able to be collected by our crews until the next scheduled collection day.

Also, since Streets Division crews will be diverted from their normal tasks in order to collect refuse and recycling from the Monday and Tuesday districts on May 30, other services, such as brush and large item collection, may be temporarily delayed.

The City of Madison drop off sites will be open the following hours:

May 27, Saturday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

May 28, Sunday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

May 29, Monday Closed

May 30, Tuesday 8:30am until 8:00pm

The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and 4602 Sycamore Av. on the east side. The yard waste only site at 402 South Point Rd will also be open as noted above.

Information about all of the Streets Division's recycling and solid waste services is available at our website.


    •    Bryan Johnson, 608-267-2626,

Issues from last week. 

Voting 19-1, the  Council passed the recommendations from the President's Work Group -

Three Citizen Responses:

Dear All Alders, 

Please pass the recommendations of the President's Work Group on Police & Community Relations, as is. The recommendations cover concerns voiced by communities across the city for the past 4 years.

These recommendations serve as a compliment to the work of OIR and the CCEC. In fact, a member of OIR stated that they do not at all find this action to impede on their progress - it is normal in their experience.

The President's Work Group did extensive research and much of the contents in their recommendations are endorsed by other law enforcement groups across the state and/or nation in addition to various advocacy groups and task forces across Dane County. It is critical that these recommendations/orders remain as is and are not watered down or presented as "ideas" or "suggestions" as doing so will make them ineffective. The details matter so much. 2 departments can have mental health crisis de-escalation programs with variations that look slight to us and those variations can and do lead to vastly different outcomes.

A city council's statutory right to issue orders to a police chief is codified in many Wisconsin city policies. In some cities, there are meeting notes demonstrating directives given by council members to police departments. 

Progressive change never comes easy and rarely is it endorsed by the majority . If anyone knows this well, it's Chief David Couper who was nearly run out of the department and town for being the first to hire women in general and People of Color. He brought in social workers to work with officers and steered the police department away from violent clashes with protestors. His supporters were a small, vocal minority. Through the dissonance, he got the job done and so can you!  Most officer-involved fatalities in the past several years involve victims that were incapacitated and in the cases of Paul Heenan, Tony Robinson and Michael Schumacher, the first officer on the scene failed to utilize their back up and therefore limited their own sense of safety and options. Every single recommendation made by the President's Work Group is relevant to these cases and could prevent future deaths under similar circumstances. These recommendations, as is, will undoubtedly increase community trust in police officers. There is no objective source of evidence that suggests the recommendations would increase risk to police officers.

Since 2012, this city has paid $6 million in settlements, greatly impacting insurance premiums for the city with one if not two more suits pending. Ashley DiPiazza's suit is going to trial on May 15th. For those that don't know, Ashley was a young woman, suicidal, crying in her room with a gun to her head. MPD officers ordered her out of her room, she opened the door with the gun to her head and officers fired 13 bullets into her, killing her. She needed time and she needed help, from multiple agencies yes but, in that moment, she needed the police to help her and they didn't. They rushed her to her death.

To fail to take action would be fiscally irresponsible but lives lost matter most. Sincerely, (name redacted for privacy).

To All Alders:
Madison is now on the verge of becoming the next Baltimore due to the lax approach by the City Council in addressing the issues of crime in our city leaving all citizens vulnerable. Your 1960's approach has not and will not work as statistics have recently revealed in the ever increasing number of crimes occurring in our city. Those that want to commit crimes are only swayed by tough laws and sentences that might be applied should they decide to do so ... you know Madison has a problem when you see Madison Police Officers patrolling the insides of East and West Towne Malls. You will be held accountable by all citizens in Madison for the current nightmare that we are living under. (Name redacted for privacy)

To All Alders

In what was likely the most animated and politically charged topic of last year, Common Council approved the additional funds to hire an outside entity to provide a fair and balanced review of MPD policy and procedures. I have followed with some interest the ongoing committee work to come up with a separate and independent set of recommendations for MPD.  

For as much debate and animation that was created by the effort that OIR now leads I would have thought that the findings of that neutral body would have at least been considered first, PRIOR to any consideration of other recommendations to law enforcement guidelines. It is especially alarming that the body providing the recommendations has no formal alignment to federal, state or county organization whose mission it is to create a set of standards for law enforcement policy and guidelines.  

It may be that some of the recommendations make sense, but the fact that this is being decided on prior to the study sets bad precedent and is bad policy. What happens if or when OIR recommendations differ from policy recommendations you agree to now? What sets precedent? What are the legal and financial implications to our insurance coverage when Madison no longer follows standard and accepted federal or state doctrines? Who pays for the additional training of officers or how cooperative agreements with other law enforcement agencies when they 'assist' Madison MPD (state troopers, county sheriff, Verona, Middleton, etc Police Departments)? What happens to liability on those cooperative agreements? Will we lose those agreements because our policies and doctrines differ from theirs and they do not want to accept liability, training costs for non-standard policies? 

It is just mind boggling that this is coming to fruition prior to any in depth findings, recommendations or discussions with the organization whose mission that Common Council gave to formally undertake similar study.  This is bad precedent and bad policy. At worst, the two sets of recommendations (CCOC and OIR) should be compared, discussed and analyzed by law enforcement and a cross section of citizens prior to any implementation or decisions are made regarding law enforcement policy.   (Name redacted for privacy)

D1 Listening Sessions & Activities held this week.

Thank you for those attending the four community Listening Sessions last week. Excellent presentation information was provided by City/County staff. I will publish  endnotes to summarize each session and post. 

Neighborhood Development Plan - Presentation by staff specific to Jeffy Trail expansion.
Street Department Snow Removal Policy- Southwest Side.
Traffic/Streets - issues related to traffic and street Calming.
Pubic Safety and Community Issues of Concern

This has been a very busy week for all Alders. Our City is  facing great opportunities along with great challenges.  It is very important that residents join Alders in the work to make our communities a great place to live, work and play. We can be stronger - TOGETHER!

Thank you to those who coordinated the Appreciation event for our police officers at the West District Police Station. Also, the State recognition of fallen officers at the Capitol on Friday was quite moving. 

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