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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

Updates: Public Safety, Pancake Cafe Liquor License and Community Opportunities

February 26, 2018 3:28 PM


I have received several calls from residents expressing their public safety concerns. My thoughts are to coordinate a public safety listening session with Captain Nelson for District 1 residents. Please email me with topics you want discussed.

7400 block of Timber Lake Trail
Odor Complaint/Assist MFD – 10:28 a.m. Officers assisted MFD in investigation of noxious odors emanating from an apartment in the 7400 block of Timber Lake Trail (a multi-unit apartment complex). Subsequent investigation lead to a multi-agency callout for additional resources as well as a complete evacuation of the apartment building. Investigation continuing.  

From Captain Nelson, West District: The DA's office has asked that we not comment on the investigation.  We are still in the early phases and there is still a lot of analysis to do.  The EPA and Public Health are involved in cleaning everything up and that there are no current health concerns according to those agencies.  Residents will hopefully be able to return to their homes by 7pm.

Alders Update on Public Safety
West District Alders met with sergeants at MPD's West District, (attended by Alders Skidmore, McKinney, Clear and Kwasi Obeng, Council Chief of Staff) as an update on public safety topics in the southwest District.  It was an interactive discussion with topics ranging from car thefts and the increase of violence in schools and the role of EROs (Education Resource Officers) to the strain on the Mental Health Officers and the number of hours it takes to sit with people in crisis in the ER before transporting them to the Winnebago Mental Health Hospital. Choke points include sitting with patients who refuse to provide blood or urine samples; waiting for patients and waiting for the private hospitals to make determinations about whether they will admit a patient prior to having them transported to Winnebago. Typically, MPD will spend 96 hours in a 24-hour period at the hospital.  This accounts for two officers per shift on three shifts or more. Concerns were raised about the increase in shots fired on the southwest side and interest in body cameras to protect both officers and residents during potential escalating situations. Alders expressed support of the police by the entire Council and encouraged the sergeants to keep lines of communication open.

Valuables in Cars
Madison Police Department is seeing a number of theft from auto cases in which windows were broken out of cars and purses or bags that were left in plain view were stolen.  Now, not only are these victims potentially the subject of other victimization by criminals using their credit cards or ID's, they also have hundreds of dollars of damage to their vehicles.  Again, a reminder to keep your purses/bags/valuables out of sight.  Take it with you or lock it in the glovebox.

I have had much interest in the application from PANCAKE CAFE, 724 S. Gammon Road for a new application to sell beer and wine at that location. This application will be on the agenda for the Council Meeting Tuesday evening. I am in support of the license application for the following reasons:

  1. The application is a license to sell beer and wine.
  2. There is no intent to expand into a full liquor license.
  3. The breakfast menu for the Cafe will remain unchanged.
  4. The hours of operation for the Cafe will remain unchanged: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The application is a license to sell beer and wine only.
  5. There is no intent to expand to a full liquor license.
  6. The breakfast menu for the Café will remain unchanged.
  7. The hours of operation for the Café will remain unchanged: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  8. The Café will rent their small meeting room space for special events offering a breakfast menu from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  9. There is no intent to hire additional staff. Existing employees will to staff the cafe seven (7) days per week.
  10. There will be NO BAR. The expected sales are to come from "mimosas", rather than beer, as the breakfast menu will be retained.
  11. Concerns by residents, both attending the February 15, 2018 neighborhood meeting and those sending comments electronically, were related to the negative behaviors that generated numerous police calls for service by the previous bar located at 724 S. Gammon Road. Residents were very vocal against having another bar located at 724 S. Gammon Road.
  12. THERE WILL BE NO BAR, NOR WILL THERE BE EXTENDED EVENING HOURS AFTER 5:00 P.M.The Pancake Café will close at 2:00 p.m.When reserved for special events the establishment will close at 5:00 p.m.

I have met with Gary Tierman, the owner/manager of the Pancake Café franchises, and am confident that the Pancake Café will continue to be the good neighbor they have been for the last six years.


Hope & A Future
Join me in congratulating Hope & A Future for being included by Madison Magazine in the Home & Lifestyle section as one of three recognized in the Assisted Living/Retirement Community category in THE BEST OF MADISON 2018 edition. Hope & A Future is officially located in the town of Middleton but with the support of her Board of Directors, Karin, the Executive Director, is painstakingly preparing for the preliminary process for becoming a part of the City of Madison. A major undertaking.

Who Has Contributed Countless Volunteer Hours into Our Community?
Nominate someone for the 2018 Community Volunteer Awards
Nominations for the 2018 Community Volunteer Awards are open through February 28! These awards recognize our community's volunteers – take a moment to think about those who dedicate their time and talent to make our community a better place for all. For more information and to nominate someone who makes a difference in Dane County, visit United Way's website at:

The Dane County TimeBank and Community Co-Sponsors are proud to present...
A screening of CIRCLE UP,  Julie Mallozzi's award winning documentary on the topic of justice, forgiveness, and building relationships as a way to stop the cycle of violence.

The director will be available for Q & A after the event followed by a panel discussion with individuals involved in restorative justice initiatives locally.  This event will provide a public forum to focus on and continue the community dialogue on this crucial topic.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
2:00 pm
Discovery Building, 330 N Orchard St

For more information visit Dane County Timebank's website:

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