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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

Outcome Budgeting - What Is IT/

November 13, 2018 6:52 PM

 What Is Outcome Bugeting?  

OUTCOME BUDGETING: A budget process that aligns resources with results that matter most to citizens. It's a budgeting tool that integrates strategic planning, long range financial planning, and performance management.

According to the Center on Priority Based Budgeting, Priority Based Budgeting is a unique and innovative approach being used by local governments across the Country to match available resources with community priorities, provide information to elected officials that lead to better informed decisions, meaningfully engage citizens in the budgeting process and, finally, escape the traditional routine of basing "new" budgets on revisions to the "old" budget. 

It is prudent as we go through the budgeting process that funds are matched based on city wide and district priorities rather than pet projects or anecdotal concerns. Departments seeking funding should be challenged to provide information that will allow Alders to make priority decision based on need as identified by the experts, data and robust community engagement.  Increased funds should be coupled with evidence of a track record of success and the capacity to accomplish the said purpose.

Dear Neighbor-

 In the past two weeks I have attended two community meetings where critical discussions about public safety, increased juvenile property crime, car thefts, home invasions. These community meetings have been well attended to hear presentations from Juvenile Judges, Police and speciality units,  D.A., Sheriff, Mayor. Many in the community have been very vocal and frustrations have run high. There is no quick fix or quick solution to these challenges we face as a community. In the area of public safety our goal must be to build a workable foundation that is Proactive vs heavily reactive. The process by which we allocate the City's scarce resources is daunting.  Community Building is where the work is done. Unfortunately, too often the right people who are doing the work and understands the work to be done are not heard. Our communities are  experiencing frustration over the increasing serious offenses committed by a group of juveniles. However,  processing juveniles through the juvenile justice system does more harm than good by perpetuating delinquency through labeling and fast tracking juveniles into adult correctional institutions that become furtail training grounds. 

Recent studies of juvenile delinquency and justice system involvement have increasingly examined the impact of positive factors on youths ability to overcome challenges and thrive. 

Where are the Community Resources? There is a lack of community-based services and supports, especially in impoverished and often minority communities. Where do these young people go? There are community centers and neighborhood centers due to budget constraints close at 6 pm, and are not open on Saturdays? I am sponsoring Amendment #4 to support Strong Healthy Neighborhoods. The amendment will direct the Community Development Division to bring together the community and neighborhood centers that We Are Already Funding to collaborate on programs and funding needs that supports behavioral change as a detergent for all youth as well as those who are at risk AND those juveniles already disconnected.  I encourage you to become actively engaged in our budgeting process. 

2019 Operating Budget: Proposed Common Council Amendments

Amendment No. 4

Amendment Title: Agency: Sponsors: Co-Sponsor (s):

Peer Support Funding-Neighborhood Centers Community Development Division

Amendment No. 4

Amendment Narrative

Transfer $250,000 from violence prevention funding in the Community Development Division to purchased services in the Strong Healthy Neighborhoods service to increase funding for neighborhood center support in 2019. The remaining $50,000 in violence prevention will be used for case management services as part of the peer support contract.

Staff from the Community Development Division will develop a methodology for allocating the increased neighborhood center support funding across the existing centers. Staff will report back with their recommendations to the Common Council by the end of the 1st Quarter of 2019.


Call for Volunteers to Tutor

Call for volunteers to tutor and coach our youth in math and literacy.

Urban League of Greater Madison

2222 S. Park Street, Suite 200Madison, WI 53713


Dear Barbara,

A couple weeks ago we put out the call for volunteers to step up and help support the youth in our community through tutoring and academic coaching. We truly appreciate all of you who answered that call.

As we enter the second quarter of this school year, we are renewing that call. We are looking to recruit 50 more volunteers by the end of this month to help students finish this semester on a strong note.

We ask for just one hour each week of your time, and we have openings at various times to fit your schedule and at 12 different middle schools in the Madison, Sun Prairie, and Oregon school districts.

With your help, we can make sure that every student in the Greater Madison Area are high school, college, and community ready!

Dr. Rubin Anthony, Urban League


Budget Amendment for 2019 Citywide Flood Mitigation

November 12, 2018 2:04 PM


Alders Martin, Carter, McKinney, Furman and Phair, are sponsors of a budget amendment for the 2019 Capital Budget to help start the long process of implementing flood mitigation.

This amendment addresses some of the infrastructure deficiencies that have been brought to light after flooding in June and August of this year.  This certainly doesn't address all the deficiencies, but does start necessary planning and funds some important projects.  With climate change, we know that the potential for larger storms loom large, and we need to prepare our infrastructure to handle storm events. 

If you were affected by the flooding this summer, and are able to attend either budget meeting on Tuesday, November 13 or Wednesday, November 14 to speak out in favor this amendment, it would be incredibly helpful. The Council will be meeting to deliberate on the budget on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30 in room 201 of the City County Building. Should deliberations last longer than one night, we will meet again on Wednesday, at 5:30 in room 354 of the City County Building.

The impact of this amendment will potentially be an 8% increase on your Stormwater Utility bill.

More details on what this amendment will help fund, according to our Engineering Department:


Watershed and Flood Studies and Planning

Because the issues in our watersheds are systemic, we plan on doing watershed and flood studies that will encompass much of the near west and far west sides. This will help us to better identify the deficiencies to get a more holistic view of what will be needed to fix the issues we have identified.  The studies will be used to further help Engineering prioritize and budget for them appropriately in the future.  All the watersheds that are identified had significant public and private damages reported. In order to get these studies done in a timely manager, Engineering will engage outside resources to help. This help will cost $775,000 for the following watershed /flood studies to be completed by consultants:

Strickers Pond/Tiedeman's Pond watershed -this is on the far west side that impacts the Wexford neighborhood. The watershed overlaps in Middleton but also impacts the portions of Stonefield and Spring Harbor.
Mendota-Spring Harbor watershed – this watershed is large and includes Odana Rd and the West Town detention area, passes through the area near Regent and Kenosha and eventually flows through Crestwood and discharges to Spring Harbor
Odana Pond/Nakoma – this watershed includes the areas near Odana golf course, Nakoma and eventually drains to the Arboretum
Additional funding will be used to help in data gathering such as flow monitoring, rain gage monitoring and complete other related studies

As an FYI, Engineering is also planning on doing the following watershed and flood studies with in-house resources:

University Ave and the Sunset Village neighborhoods
E Mendota - Pheasant Branch – this is the area that includes the Tamarack neighborhood, Sauk Creek, Walnut Grove, Wexford, Sauk Trails Business Park and Blackhawk
E Lower Badger Mill Creek – this is the area that includes the greenway that flows from Country Grove Park through Meadowood and includes the areas near Pilgrim Park and Frisch Rd

Land Acquisitions

Prior to the flooding, the City was already working on some flood studies and had identified areas that needed further analysis.  As the flooding occurred this summer the modeling for some of the areas was accelerated to help us identify issues to work on solutions that could be implemented faster than initially planned.  Acquiring the lands will allow us to construct stormwater management to better manage flooding.  $1,170,000 is being requested for funding for the following land purchases:

Hawks Landing Pond – this is the lands in the Town of Middleton directly north of Hawks Landing.  Preliminary pond design has started and construction could begin in 2019
Voss/Dregger land acquisition and acquisition of the lands owned by EDD -  this is for the Lower Badger Mill Creek Pond expansion – these lands had been identified in the 2003 Lower Badger Mill Creek Watershed plan and further identified in the Lower Badger Mill Creek Impact Fee district. Stormwater management and ponds will be constructed at this location which is generally north of Mid Town Rd and east of Meadow Rd.
Bram Street acquisition – the City has been working with the property owners at 201 and 221 Bram street to acquire their properties for expansion of the stormwater management.  The properties have historically flooded because they are built in very low lying lands and the issues cannot be solved with a public solution


Public Works Projects

These are projects that are a direct result of the August flood or projects that have been identified as priorities. Other public works contracts related to the flooding will also proceed however we have already identified funding to help cover those costs.  $5,025,000 is being requested for funding for the following public works projects:

Spring Harbor Retaining wall – this is a project that was a direct result of the August flooding. The wall undermined during the flood and failed.  Temporary and permanent repairs are needed. We will be requesting reimbursement through FEMA.
Fitchburg/Dane County/Madison MOU – this is a project that was a direct result of the August flooding.  The flooding undermined uplifted a storm culvert. We will be requesting reimbursement through FEMA
McKenna / Park Edge Park Ridge Flood Mitigation – this project was already in the design phase when the extreme flooding brought more issues to light.  A more robust design will be completed to help alleviate flooding further upstream.
Hawks Landing Farm Pond – this is a pond to be constructed north of Hawks Landing to help the flooding to the south


Budget transfers

Engineering is proposing $1,200,000 of funding from the Starkweather Coagulant Project  be transferred to help offset the Budget request. The Starkweather project has been delayed due to issues related to the environmental investigations and land acquisition. Funding for the construction of the project can be delayed for 2019 so that the project construction can start in until early 2020.  The funds will need to be reallocated in the future for the construction of the project.


**It should be noted that Engineering is actively work with FEMA on reimbursement for the flooding impacts. We will also be actively seeking other grant opportunities as they come up through various agencies such as FEMA, Dane County and the WDNR to help offset the costs for the planning, acquisitions and public works projects identified above.

You can read more about the 2019 Capital and Operating Budget here.



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