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Madison

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District 10

Alder Zachary Henak

Alder Zachary Henak

Alder Zachary Henak

Contact Information

Home Address:

4030 Council Crest
Madison , WI 53711

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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 Henak’s District 10 Updates

Select Neighborhoods Receiving Power Line Tree Maintenance

Hello Neighbors,

Please provide feedback on the proposed pruning areas in the form of an email or a phone call to Forestry by 3 pm, Tuesday, May 26th.  Folks may call the general forestry line at (608) 266-4816 or email the Forestry Program Assistant Aaron Leair at aleair@cityofmadison.com to provide feedback on the proposed permit for MG&E.

Also, Forestry has a website that has the proposed pruning areas by aldermanic districts and an email link to provide feedback.  The link for this website is: https://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/forestry/HighVoltagePruning2020.cfm

Finally, if you have any questions about your own private trees as it relates to MG&E lines they can contact them at:   https://www.mge.com/our-environment/trees-and-landscaping/tree-pruning

Tree Trimming Map

A quick map key:

Thick black line = highest voltage (feeds entire neighborhood)

Blue, Red, Green line = high voltage (feeds blocks of houses)

Thin grey line = low voltage 

White circle = pole

Odana Area Plan

I want to highlight next weeks discussion sessions as they pertain directly to the Odana area. This is how you can have inpute into how planning sees an area and what you feel the future should bring. Planning is a long road but this is the time to really have a say in the future of the area. 

View details at https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/odana-area-plan/3296/

Schedule of Engagements:


Week 2:  Case Studies - Mall & Office Redevelopment Examples
Monday May 11th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 14, 5:15- 6 pm
Week 3:  Odana Area Plan Focused Discussion
Monday May 18th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 21th 5:15-6 pm

Week 4:  Greater East Towne Area Plan Focused Discussion
Monday June 1st 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday June 4th 5:15-6 pm

 

Odana Area Plan

 

The City of Madison Planning Division is continuing digital engagement for the Greater East Towne and Odana Area Plan with a series of virtual lunch and learns and evening engagements.  This follows up on Mall Madness PDF , a tournament style bracket used to better understand the public's thoughts and preferences PDF  about how these areas could transform in the coming years.
The weekly series of virtual brown bags and evening engagements will discuss different aspect of plan development.  The first week's engagements will focus on issues associated with malls and large commercial areas.  It will also provide an opportunity to discuss how Covid19 presents new challenges for these areas.  The second week will highlight mall redevelopment examples from around the country, and how those efforts activated stagnant, dead or declining commercial areas.  Subsequent weeks will take an in depth look at the Greater East Towne and Odana Area Plan boundaries and the unique issues and opportunities present.
These webinars will use Zoom and are accessible via computer, smart phone or phone (audio only).  Advance registration is required.  Sign up here to participate. 

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The City of Madison is planning for the future of the city's malls! To kick-off the Greater East Towne and Odana Area Plans, we used a tournament style bracket to better understand thoughts and preferences about how the areas could transform in the coming years. Each "team" represents a potential component of a comprehensive redevelopment vision.  Teams in each bracket region represent a different focus: Things to Do, Places to Live and Work, Getting Around, and Design and Character.  Results can be found here.

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The Odana Area Plan boundary encompasses 1,044 acres – that's 73% larger than Downtown Madison.  The area is primarily made up of concentrations of single-use office development and single-use retail development surrounded by large parking lots.  This style of development, primarily constructed from the 1970s through the 1990s, increases traffic, decreases pedestrian and bicycle activity, reduces the effectiveness of transit, and increases stormwater runoff, amongst other negative impacts. 

The 2018 Comprehensive Plan significantly increased the amount of planned mixed-use development in the area, but also noted that redevelopment that includes substantial residential components should be preceded by adoption of a detailed City plan that addresses connectivity improvements, more parks and open space, and other amenities and infrastructure necessary to support residential development.  The overall goal for the Odana Area Plan process is to create a plan that addresses those elements to facilitate redevelopment within an area that has, thus far, not seen as much redevelopment as many other areas of the city that are between West Towne and East Towne.  The Plan will also look to prepare the area for future Bus Rapid Transit service.   

The Odana Area Plan creation, combined with the concurrent Greater East Towne Area Plan process, represents a new type of undertaking for the City: large-scale plans to guide redevelopment of predominantly commercial areas into mixed-use Activity Centers. 

Last Updated: 05/08/2020

5567 Odana Road -Recording of Virtual Neighborhood Meeting Video and Presentation

This is an exerpt from Alder Furman's Blog but it is close to District 10 so I wanted to push it out to all of you.

5567 Odana Road - Virtual Neighborhood Meeting Video and Presentation

https://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district19/blog/?Id=22358

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Alder Furman and Alder Henak hosted a virtual neighborhood meeting where we heard about McGrath Property Group's redevelopment proposal for 5567 Odana Road, site of the former BMO Bank drive-up banking branch. McGrath proposes to demolish the existing building and drive-up structure and construct a new, five-story, mixed-use project that would consist of first-floor parking and retail/commercial space and four stories of residential (79 units).

You can view the project application here.

The video from 4/23 is available to watch.

You can also download the presentation.

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, feel free to reach out: district10@cityofmadison.com

Westgate Mall Zoom Neighborhood Meeting

This is the postcard which has been sent out to the Midvale Heights Neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to join and participate. Please reach out to me and the development team with any questions or comments before the meeting. 

The Agenda will go as follows:

-Welcome by District Alder

-Introduction and meeting instructions from City Staff

-Presentation by Development Team

-Question and Answer session with Development Team and City Staff

-Closing by District Alder

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Please join us for a Zoom Neighborhood Meeting of JT Klein Company's redevelopment plans for Westgate Mall. The Westgate Mall redevelopment, located at the corner of Whitney Way and Tokay Boulevard, will include affordable and market rate housing. A future phase may include office or medical uses. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Zoom Link: https://madisonwi.link/0513westgate
Meeting ID: 817 1576 9318 Password: 007626 Phone: +1 312 626 6799 US 

Additionally, the following two opportunities are available to review the plans and share input:
1. Project website: jtkwestgate.com The site contains plans (after May 13), Public 

Comment, and up-to-date presentation material. A recording of the May 13 

Zoom meeting will also be posted on the project website.
2. Plans posted at Westgate Mall (after May 13, entrance closest to Hy-vee). Please 

stop by to review the plans, comment cards are available in the brochure box. Comments and questions may be submitted to urbanassetsmadison@gmail.com. 

 

Looking forward to the Zoom meeting! 

Alder Zachary Henak district10@cityofmadison.com (608) 471-2900 

Alder Keith Furman district19@cityofmadison.com (608) 912-0000 

 

First Ever Virtual Council Meeting Going on Now

This is the notification sent out on our meeting tonight through the My Account List Serve (City Of Madison News list) you can sign up for Here

 

Madison Common Council to Conduct First Virtual Meeting on March 31, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 2:08pm

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, agenda: www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meeting-schedule/common-council-86

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: www.cityofmadison.com/virtual-common-council.

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.

Written Comments: You can send comments on agenda items to allalders@cityofmadison.com.
Register but Do Not Speak: You can register your support or opposition to an agenda item without speaking at www.cityofmadison.com/comment-common-council.
Register and Speak: If you wish to speak at the virtual meeting on an agenda item, you must register to speak at www.cityofmadison.com/comment-common-council. 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 it@cityofmadison.com, subject line: CC Virtual meeting.

Hannah Mohelnitzky, Public Information Officer

Engineering Division , City-County Building, Room 115

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703

'Cell: 608-669-3560

'Desk: 608-242-6003

*hmohelnitzky@cityofmadison.com

COVID-19 Update

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you are doing well and finding positives in our current situation. Things will continue to change rapidly for the foreseeable future, and I hope we will have the grace to give those around us (now on a very consistent and prolonged basis) the space, trust, and comfort they need to maintain a supportive environment.

If you are looking for ways to volunteer your time, The United Way Dane County is coordinating the volunteer effort. You can contact Morghan Vélez (morghan.velez@uwdc.org) or visit their website at https://www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/united-way-of-dane-county-covid-19-response/ 

-The Orchard Ridge Neighborhood Association has also established a volunteer list for anyone needing assistance.

If you would like to donate funds, there are a number of local charities collecting funding, including the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and the United Way Dane County.

There is a lot of information out there so I want to direct you as concisely as possible to a few websites updated often for topics you will need to stay informed on. 

  1. The City's homepage, where general city developments are posted at https://www.cityofmadison.com/
  2. If you would like an email with each City topic update, please sign up for a free My Account, which is just used for email subscriptions, at https://my.cityofmadison.com/register.cfm .
  3. To filter other information out, you can visit the CIty's COVID-19 specific page at https://www.cityofmadison.com/health-safety/coronavirus
  4. The City's homepage also links to the Public Health Madison and Dane County website, which provides updates from the County at https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus

 

To give you an idea, current updates include:

  • How the parks department is responding
  • Voting, the Election, and COVID-19
  • Child Care Guidance
  • Public information meetings to be rescheduled
  • Updated Metro Transit Protocols 
  • Water Utility Exempting Late Payment Fees
  • Mayors message on local business
  • No Unloading Assistance at City Drop Off Cites

I also recieved the following from West District police station. Please execute an evening routine of locking and securing your residence. 

West Dist.

Stay Calm, Carry On, and put your garbage out a half hour earlier.

Dear Neighbors, 

I know most are inundated with information about COVID-19. It has been a crazy and anxiety ridden week. Please take a little bit of time and breathe. Remember to take care of yourself. We can only help others if we are healthy ourselves. In chaotic times such as these I try to alleviate some stress by remembering the basics.

-Healthy eating habits

-Good, quality, scheduled sleep

-Exercise-move your body

Keeping some elements of a normal routine can work wonders, especially for kids. 

My Neighborhood Meetings Have Now Been Canceled Till Further Notice-

CMNNA Pedestrian safety Meeting on the 19th Canceled-

Westgate,

We were all set to send out postcards for a meeting on the 23rd but decided to postpone for obviouse reasons. At the next meeting the developer will have renderings, building massing, and updated plans. 

 

Update from streets,

The Streets Division will start refuse and recycling collection services at 6:30am beginning on March 16, 2020.

All residents should have their carts out to the curb ready for collection by 6:30am on their normally scheduled collection day. Carts set out late may not be collected.

The 6:30am start time is a slight adjustment to the traditional 7:00am start time for these services. This earlier start time will be in place until further notice.

Residents may need to adjust their trash and recycling collection routines in order to have their carts out and ready for collection by the earlier start time.

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-City crews are examining their work flows to create resiliency through Social Distancing, Staggering Start times, compartmentalizing crews as to not have large morning updates or information sessions, and instead have smaller team updates. 

-An overview and in depth information on State and Local mandates and suggestions can be found on the Cities home page at:https://publichealthmdc.com/health-services/partners-providers/resources-by-disease/coronavirus

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There are many groups organizing to support the needs of our community. Think about contacting your local school or their PTO as many are organizing to fill the voide of food and other services schools provide as they close. Neighborhood centers are also stepping up as well as food banks to fill the voide. Please consider how you can keep an eye on your neighbors and connect them to help if they need it. 

If you cant figure out were to go for a service or problem, please don't hesitate to reach out and I will do the best I can to connect you. 


Alder Zachary Henak
District 10
Cell: 608-471-2900
Common Council Office
 

Meetings in Review

Reminder, if you want to receive notifications like the following snow removal please sign up for them at https://my.cityofmadison.com/register.cfm 

I do not forward all of these but will continue to give a sample in my updates and urge you to sign up on your own as you can then curate the content you want to receive.

The snow that started to accumulate overnight on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 and continued on Thursday, February 13, 2020 must be cleared from public sidewalks by 12:00 (noon) on Friday, February 14, 2020. Ice that cannot be removed must be treated with sand and/or other suitable substances in order to prevent the ice from being dangerous. Free sand is available at the following locations: http://www.cityofmadison.com/residents/winter/SnowIce/sand.cfm 

Monday the 3rd

CMNNA Board Meeting-

The Board has been looking at a number of complaints from residents about pedestrian safety particularly at intersections with over grown city foliage and is making a proposal to the city they requested my comment on.

Tuesday to 4th

Common Council-

-The highlight of the meeting which stood out was the discussion around a street reconstruction right down the road from us in district 13 where sidewalks had been proposed consistent with the city planning documents but there was a disagreement between residents on weather the sidewalks should go in. The residents opposed to the project appealed to the Board of Public Works and got an approval to significantly decrease the sidewalk proposal. The discussion at council was as to why the appeal of the project hadn't gone to the Transportation Commission or even been reviewed by transportation or pedestrian safety staff. The Council made significant noise that this is often the practice and should be made standard.

Thursday the 6th

CDBG- Recommended approval of two Affordable Housing Projects, Find details in the agenda at https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=737925&GUID=4D772702-5E24-40A2-898F-6EE96704215A

Tuesday the 11th -

Thoreau PTO Meeting-could not Attend due to illness

Wednesday the 12th-could not Attend due to illness

Park Commission-I did not attend but have been working hard to find the right balance of dog access and enforcement as we do have problems with off leash dogs and cleaning up after dogs. I really hope we as dog owners can come together and hold each other accountable.

-I am also working on a legislation change to take the current penalty for an off leash offense from 4 tiers down to 2 and eliminate the use of warnings. This is a very large expansion of dog friendly space in madison and there need to be some tools put in place to recognize the significant concerns of community members who experience the negative outcomes of people deciding to operate outside of the agreed upon rules. 

My Hopes-

-Dog owners License their dogs and if you are taking your dog to the park with you, make sure they have a Park Pass-This is how I am hoping to pay for dog clean up stations at all dog friendly parks. So please pay for your license and pass, and make parks more inviting for everyone. Find fee information at https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/play/dogsInParks.cfm 

The site has not been updated for the upcoming change, but you will need a dog park permit as well as Dog License to take your dog to the park.

-Don't let your dog off leash outside of designated off leash parks-this is big!

-Pick up after your dog

 

Thursday the 13th-could not Attend due to illness- I have basically been bed ridden for three days

-Stay Healthy and take care of yourself and your family.

Flad Park Basketball court replacement public meeting-

Public Test Of Election Equipment

I want to highlight the open and transparent methods we use to maintain confidance in our elections here in Madison.

The City of Madison Clerk's Office invites the public to observe its public test of election equipment this weekend. The City of Madison conducts its public test on a Saturday in order to make the process as accessible to the public as possible.

Prior to each election, the Clerk's Office staff tests its DS200 tabulators to make sure they will accurately count votes on Election Day.

After testing each machine for accurate vote tabulation, Clerk's Office staff secure the ballot box and scanner with tamper evident seals that are marked with unique serial numbers. The Clerk's Office staff documents these serial numbers at the public test, and election officials verify the serial numbers as they open the polls on Election Day.

The City of Madison public test of election equipment will be held at 2713 E. Washington Ave. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 8, and on Monday, Feb. 10. The Clerk's Office staff will break for lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm each day.

Contacts

Maribeth Witzel-Behl(608) 266-4601clerk@cityofmadison.com

Rest of last week

Thursday-

Coffee W/ A Cop-

9-10:30AM Steep and Brew on Mineral Point Rd. 

Joel DeSpain presented and had a great conversation on Public Information Officers and the in's and out's of his roll at MPD.

 

Coffee w/ The Mayor and Area Alders

4:30-6PM-3809 Mineral Point Rd.

 

Salt Wise Presentation and Discussion-

7-8:30AM-Sequoya Library-This is an event put on by Friends of Lake Wingra-

 

Friday

Allied Drive Community Meal

6:30-8PM at the Allied Boys and Girls Club

-Great Turn out with over 25 adults and 22 Kids!

Thank you and let me know if you have topics you would like more depth of information on.

Municipal Golf

Wednesday- Municipal Golf Task Force

The Task Force had its first evening of really discussing and debating all the information which has been presented to it up to this point. The task force asked Parks to look at three scenarios to see what kind of impacts they would have. These are not recommendations but only scenarios to model and give the task for an idea of the impacts. 

The three big questions we seem to be looking at are:

-What is the purpose/Mission of Madison Municipal Golf

-How many holes of golf should Madison be providing

-Where should those holes be located

-Should it remain an Enterprise Fund or be shifted to a Special Revenue fund housed in Parks

 

The three scenarios The Task Force asked Parks to consider all included transferring Golf back to Parks as part of a Special Revenue Fund.

 

Operate:Odana, Glenway, and 27 holes at Yahara

    Close:Monona and 9 holes at Yahara

Operate:Odana, Glenway, and Monona

    Close:Yahara

Operate:Odana, Monona

    Close:Yahara, Glenway

 

The Task force agreed that Madison should be in the business of municipal golf, and that it needs to reduce the number of holes by some number. We are making progress and I am very proud of the way everyone has come together to have open conversations. 

 

Westgate-Meetings Last Week

I have been trying to send out a summery of last weeks meetings, but it continuously got rejected and now looks like it is because there is a maximum word count on an update. Sorry for the delay. I am emailing out just on the Westgate meetings but if you visit the website I will have summarys of Municipal Golf and the rest of the week.

Monday/Tuesday-Westgate Mall Preliminary Planning Meetings

Between the two evenings we had over 260 residents come out offering up ideas and concerns for the project. I have provided a link to the presentation below as promised. 

/council/district/districtfiles/district10/documents/2020_01_27%20JTK%20Westgate%20PIM%201%20Presentation_final(1).pdf

 

The concerns and hopes I heard:

-Gateway to the area, make it a design we are proud of.

-Pedestrian Centric/Walkable

-Parking

-Parking

-Parking

-Traffic

-Preparation of the school district to accommodate students

-Concerns around ample green/park space

-Density and the light/shadow distribution between buildings

-Stormwater Management 

-Sustainable building practices and systems

-Making sure to get the mix of affordable, market rate, senior, and unit size right.

-Space for indoor walking

-Community space

-Restaurants 

-Phasing of potential project, will it happen at once or in a number of projects one after the other.

-How are city services impacted and consulted(Police, Fire, Streets)

-Site layout with respect to building heights and orientations

 

Lost and Found-If you lost a silver Fossil watch or found a black neck gaiter with a drawstring on one end. Please give me a call at 608-471-2900.

 

Please sign up for emails @ my.cityofmadison.com

There are many ways to get information from The City of Madison. The below is a Link to My.City of Madison Account. 

This is an account specificaly used to manage your email subscriptions. Many city departments and initiatives will develop an email list where they send out updates and information such as declared snow emergencies or beach closures. You can also get weekly meeting updates to let you know when meetings are happening, or project based emails such as Monroe Street Construction Last year. There are drop down lists by topic so you only get the information you are interested in.

Creat your account or log in at:https://my.cityofmadison.com/login.cfm

I will forward a few of these on and encourage people to sign up on their own as well. 

 

Have a great Monday,


Alder Zachary Henak
District 10
Cell: 608-471-2900
Common Council Office
 

2020-2021 Refuse, Recycling, and Large Item Schedule Calendars Now Available

The 2020-2021 collection schedule calendars are now available.

The collection schedule calendar shows what day refuse, recycling, and large items will be collected by Streets Division crews.

When placing carts and large items out for collection, be sure to have them out to the curb by 7:00am on the pickup day shown on your collection schedule calendar. 

To get the calendar, go to www.cityofmadison.com/collectionschedule and enter your address as directed. This will open a new tab in your web browser.  In the new tab, you will first see the 2019 collection calendar. When you scroll down, you will find the 2020 and 2021 calendars. 

Residents who prefer paper copies of the calendar mailed to them can contact the Streets Division office that services their home to receive their collection schedule calendar.  

If you live west of S. Park Street, you should call 608-266-4681.  If you live east of S. Park Street, you should call 608-246-4532.

Additional information about refuse, recycling, and large item collection can be found on the Streets Division's website, www.cityofmadison.com/streets.

2020 Census

The 2020 Census is coming in March.  The census is a count of all people living in the United States mandated by the constitution to occur every 10 years.  2020 is the first time that households will receive a letter invitation to reply online.  People will also be able to reply via smartphone, phone, or paper form.  The census usually takes 10 minutes or less to fill out for a household.  Non-responding households will be visited by Census Bureau personnel starting in May to answer census questions in person.  

The census count affects state and federal funding for our community over the next decade.  Distribution of $675 billion of annual federal funding is tied to data gathered in the census.  That means that every person not counted could lead to a loss of $2,000 per year for affordable housing, childcare, health care, education, transit, roads, and more.  Madison needs a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the city in order to receive our fair share of federal funding.  Documented or undocumented people, infants, children, teens, UW students – if you and your family live in Madison, make sure you are counted in Madison.   

The census is also important for representation – the population count is used to draw boundaries for aldermanic districts, county board districts, state assembly and senate districts, and federal house of representatives districts.  An undercount in a certain area can lead to underrepresentation for the next 10 years.  

Responses to the 2020 Census are confidential – Census Bureau staff are prohibited by law from sharing personal information with law enforcement, governmental agencies, landlords, credit agencies, or anyone else outside of the Bureau.  The 2020 Census will not ask about citizenship or immigration status.  

The City is actively publicizing the importance of the 2020 Census through a variety of channels, but we need your help – we hope you can reach out to your neighbors and friends to make sure everyone is aware of the 2020 Census and its importance.  Visit www.cityofmadison.com/2020Census to find out more about what the City is doing and learn about 2020 Census events and updates, or visit www.2020census.gov for more from the Census Bureau.  The City of Madison wants to ensure all residents are counted - help shape our future by completing the Census next year!

 

Happy New year and welcome to Updates

Hello District 10,

I am working on getting more information out, and wanted to switch to a more user friendly process. I am switching to this updates format and will be looking for your feedback. If you have any comments please email me at district10@cityofmadison.com.

We are kicking off the year with a combined listening session with a few Alders and the Mayor. Stop by and let us know your thoughts.

Be Well, 

Zachary Henak

Mayor Coffee