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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

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

Mayor's COVID-19 Update, Voting, Virtual Council Meeting, F-35s

March 31, 2020 2:01 PM

Mayor's COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Satya: The Mayor gave an update on voting, homeless population, economic impact and more.

Get Your Ballots In On Time: The Clerk's Office must receive your ballot by April 7. Because we don't have much time for ballots to arrive in the mail, the Library is opening up three book drops just for voters returning their absentee ballots (sealed in their certificate envelopes).  The Clerk's Office will retrieve ballots from these locations daily.  You may drop off your ballot at one of these locations beginning Wednesday, April 1, and by noon on Election Day, Tuesday, April 7:
•        Pinney Library drop box – 516 Cottage Grove Road
•        Sequoya Library drop box – 4340 Tokay Boulevard
•        Central Library drop box – 201 W Mifflin Street

Madison Common Council to Conduct First Virtual Meeting on March 31, 2020
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Madison Common Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting virtually in response to COVID-19. The City's IT Team has been working to adapt technology to conduct meetings similar to in-person meetings. The City has selected video and audio-conferencing software Zoom, which will be used by Alders, staff, and members of the public wishing to testify in front of the Council.

March 31, 2020, Common Council agenda:
Watch Common Council at 6:30 p.m. LIVE: 

March 31, 2020, Common Council Executive Committee agenda: 
Watch Common Council Executive Committee at 4:30 p.m. LIVE:

For members of the public wishing to watch the meeting, we highly recommend watching via the Madison City Channel website, City of Madison YouTube Channel  or on television (Charter Digital 994 and AT&T U?Verse 99). Audio listening via phone is available by calling: (312) 626-6799, and typing: 531 697 510

You can watch the meeting using the Zoom app, but we recommend using one of the above methods if you won't be speaking on an agenda item. Find how to watch the meeting via Zoom at:

For those who wish to provide input on items on the agenda, we recommend sending in comments or registering to speak as soon as possible.

  1. Written Comments: You can send comments on agenda items to
  2. Register but Do Not Speak: You can register your support or opposition to an agenda item without speaking at
  3. Register and Speak: If you wish to speak at the virtual meeting on an agenda item, you must register to speak at When you register to speak, you will be sent an email with the information you will need to join the virtual meeting.

"This will be a new experience for all Alders, staff, and the public. We ask for patience while we navigate challenges related to this new technology," said Council President Shiva Bidar.

The public is encouraged to share feedback on their experience by e-mail to, subject line: CC Virtual meeting.

F-35 Debate
The Common Council received the following email from Adam Barr, Public Policy Manager for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:

From: Adam Barr
Date: March 31, 2020 at 10:12:20 AM CDT
To: All Alders
Subject: Now isn't the time to revisit the F-35 debate

In the midst of an unprecedented public health emergency, we are all assessing what is essential. For the Chamber, we are working directly with the city around the clock to assist our community's response.

Supporting our businesses and their employees during this challenging time of uncertainty is essential. Providing immediate relief to help businesses survive this pandemic is essential.

A few Alders have decided that a resolution opposing the selection of Truax Field for next generation aircraft is essential, and that opposing the continuation of $100 million in annual economic impact when our economy is taking such a devastating hit should be the city's priority. This, after bypassing the committee process, and after the public comment period closed more than 150 days ago.

The resolution would have you believe that nothing has changed since the Draft EIS. In fact, there have been significant updates since the end of the public comment period. See attached.

In a time when we look to our local leaders to unite us, a few are working to cause deeper division and distract from the urgent priorities facing our city. At best, this resolution is a disparaging statement to the hundreds of Guardsmen assisting our communities with essential supplies and services. At worst, this is a political maneuver to force a vote at a time when residents cannot easily be a part of the process.

Please send a message to your constituents about what is essential by opposing this resolution. If you feel the need to continue to create additional process on this matter, please put this debate on hold until a time when the public can fully participate, and so leaders can get back to the essential work of supporting our community during this crisis.

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