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Alder Grant Foster

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Alder Grant Foster

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Home Address:

3930 Anchor 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 Foster’s Updates

COVID Cases Rise, Protests Demand Justice - D15 Update 6/1/20

June 1, 2020 8:02 AM

This graphic is part of Japan's public messaging around how to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and has been a key component of their relatively low infection rate.

Last Week

  • Local Protests: The brutal arrest and detention that killed George Floyd has reignited a call for racial and social justice and for urgent action to address the violence and oppression that has continued to plague communities of color in our country and in Madison. While there has been a lot of attention to the property damage to businesses in the downtown area, we must keep our focus on the urgent need to reform and eliminate the systems of power, oppression, and theft that have created the conditions for the protests. The policy platforms of the Movement for Black Lives is a good place to ground our work as we refocus our efforts locally.

  • COVID-19 Infections Continue to Climb: In last week's update, I shared some concerns regarding the rapid reopening outlined in the Forward Dane initiative and corresponding public health order. On Monday, I joined 11 other local elected officials in a letter to Director of Public Health Janel Heinrich, Mayor Rhodes-Conway, and County Executive Parisi, sharing these concerns and asking for additional information. A response from Director Heinrich provided some additional details, but left many questions unanswered, including the criteria that we will use to determine when a retightening of restrictions may be needed. You can read our letter here and the response by Director Heinrich here

Just one week later, the rate of new COVID-19 cases in Dane County has doubled and is now higher than it's ever been with a 7-day average of 19/day (as compared to 8/day just one week ago and only 3/day in the beginning of May when things were under control). Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have also been continuing to increase in Dane County as a result of new infections.

On Tuesday of this week, Director Heinrich will attend the Common Council Executive Committee meeting for an update on our local public health response and I hope to get more information then.

In spite of the relaxed restrictions that were rolled out as part of the Forward Dane initiative, I continue to urge D15 residents to minimize the contacts you have outside of your household and, in particular, to limit the amount of time you spend inside of buildings other than your own home. 

  • D15 Alcohol and Adult Entertainment License Renewals: Two D15 establishments had their alcohol & adult entertainment licenses separated for review last week at the Alcohol License Review Committee. The actions recommended by ALRC will be in front of the Common Council on Tuesday for final action.

    • Jo Beck's: Last year the operator of Jo Beck's was called to a special ALERT meeting to discuss a number of issues and complaints. Subsequent to that meeting, additional issues have surfaced including a patron that needed to be taken to detox, opening contrary to the Safer at Home order, and an incident of verbal abuse to an MPD officer by the operator. There was also an issue with information contained on the renewal application itself that failed to disclose an OWI conviction. Based on these issues, I did not support renewal of their alcohol license. Unfortunately, due an issue with timing, ALRC was forced to recommend renewal. I did ask for, and the ALRC recommended, additional conditions be placed on the license temporarily and that the license be reviewed in more detail at the June ALRC meeting, including the potential for revocation. Additional conditions include:

  1. The owner shall appear at the June 2020 ALRC meeting.
  2. Owner and staff shall not consume alcohol while on duty.
  3. Shall meet with MPD on a monthly basis.
  4. Staff shall patrol the exterior every 15 minutes, until all patrons have dispersed upon closing.

If anyone has feedback they'd like to share about this establishment and their license, please send to me via email.

  • Visions: Visions nightclub had three licenses up for renewal including their alcohol, entertainment, and adult entertainment licenses. At a previous ALRC meeting, their request for a change of licensed premises to include private dance booths was denied. During the review of the renewal requests this year, it was determined that Visions failed to pay for and receive their adult entertainment license last year. As such, their adult entertainment license was void and was not recommended for renewal. Without an adult entertainment license, Visions cannot operate as an adult entertainment nightclub. In addition to not recommending renewal of the adult entertainment license, I also asked for an additional condition to be placed on their alcohol license that requires them to remove the private dance booths that were installed without permits or ALRC approval.

  • Library Returns Now Accepted: The library has begun to accept returns during their curbside pickup hours. Due dates for materials checked out before the closure have been extended to August 1. You can read the details here

This Week

Save the Date

  • **Date Change** The virtual public information meeting that was originally planned for June 4th has been moved to Monday, June 8th. I will share more details about how to join the meeting later this week. 

From the developer: Prime Urban Properties is proposing to redevelop the properties at 3900 Monona Drive, 109 and 209 Cottage Grove Road (Exhaust Pros, Former Jade Monkey, and Lakeside Shopping Center) in a two phase mixed-use development. The first phase would be a four-story building with approximately 2,900 sq.ft. of commercial space and 80 apartment units and the second phase would be a four-story building with 110 apartment units.  There will be a total of 191 apartment units, 193 underground parking stalls, and 42 surface parking stalls.

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