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Alder Patrick Heck

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Alder Patrick Heck

Contact Information

Home Address:

123 N. Blount St #303

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 Heck’s Updates

Updates & Week of June 24 Meetings of Interest for District 2

June 22, 2019 3:00 PM

District 2 Updates

Weekly Lake Level Updates from Engineering

The Engineering Division is monitoring lake levels and the potential to flood year round. To keep people informed, we're sharing a weekly update with you, and as frequently as needed, should a major rain event happen. We are not sending these to elevate concern, this is just a communication option for us to keep you informed as flooding deeply impacted our community last summer, and may be top of mind when rain moves through our area.

This week's update can be found here as well as links to other City flood resources.

City and County Statement on PFAS, PFOA, and PFOS.

The City of Madison Mayor's Office, Public Health Madison Dane County, and Madison Water Utility have issued a joint statement about the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommended groundwater standard for two types of PFAS compounds, PFOA and PFOS. You can find the statement at this link or below:

Find out more about PFAS in Madison at the following links:

Public Health Madison Dane County PFAS Information

Madison Water Utility PFAS Testing Results

Traffic Issues

District 2 residents continue to contact me with concerns about speeding, congestion, and rude driver behavior that reduces safety for pedestrians, children, and bicyclists. Many of these safety concerns result from cut-through drivers trying to avoid the E. Johnson Reconstruction project, while others are due the increase in traffic throughout the isthmus and downtown.

I have heard your concerns and continue to advocate for additional police enforcement activities, traffic calming measures, and longer-term solutions. MPD has been conducting speed and traffic enforcement in the vicinity of the reconstruction and recently deployed a "speed board" that displays car speeds. They plan to move the board around that area to educate speeders and hopefully slow them down. First reports are that the speed board is helping, but enforcement will continue. Traffic Engineering is considering additional signage and traffic calming efforts such as additional stop signs, speed humps, turn arrows, etc., but the process for installing calming features is rather slow by design and does need to be deliberate rather than piecemeal. There is an ongoing effort to streamline the deliberation of candidate solutions, so I will keep you posted. 

Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal

The Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Assocation is expected to soon start its steering committee process for the proposal and its proceedings will be housed here. Meeting notes, developer materisals, and meeting notices will be posted there, sent to the TLNA listserv, etc. I encourage all who are interested to participate in these meetings to discuss and evaluate the proposal.

Proposal for Lights on Reynolds Park Courts

I have heard from many neighbors regarding the proposal for athletic or security lighting atop the water reservoir in Reynolds Park. More info is available here. In consultation with the Parks Department and taking into consideration the good input from neighbors, I hope that we can find a way to expand the usage of the tennis and bike polo courts without nearby neighbors needing to sacrifice too much of their night sky.


City Meetings of Interest to District 2

Below are some pertinent agenda items from various city committees that are meeting this week.

The city meeting agenda items are open for testimony from the public should you be interested in weighing in. I also appreciate hearing from you on any items on which you have a particular interest or concern so please send me an email or give me a call.

Also, committees and commissions have an opportunity at the beginning of each agenda for Public Comment on items not on the agenda. If you have something you want to share with a committee or commission, you can use the Public Comment time to do so.

Finance Committee: Agenda

4:30pm, Monday, June 24, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 1
Submitting the appointment of Michael P. May for confirmation of a five-year term as the City Attorney. 
Agenda Item 6
Amending the 2019 Metro Transit Utility Capital Budget to add $825,000 GO Borrowing for three (3) electric bus battery packs and a 6-year extended warranty for a total warranty time of 12 years and authorizing the noncompetitive purchase of more than $50,000 in goods from Proterra, Inc. 
Agenda Item 9
Authorizing the Mayor, Police Chief and the City Clerk to sign a contract with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) to provide School Resource Officers for the four MMSD high schools for a three-year term, beginning August 1, 2019 through June 15, 2022.


Sustainable Madison Committee: Agenda

4:30pm, Monday, June 24, 2019
Rm 207 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 1
Possible LaFollette Capstone project. 
Agenda Item 4
Update: RESJI / Equity Lens for 100% Renewable Energy Plan 

Landmarks Commission: Agenda

5:00pm, Monday, June 24, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 1
121 Langdon St - Demolition by Neglect of a Designated Madison Landmark in the Mansion Hill Hist. Dist. (Suhr House); 2nd Ald. Dist.
Note this agenda item has been considered at several past Landmarks Commission meetings. Due to there not being sufficient time for required repairs to be completed by the court-ordered agreement date of August 24, 2019 and because the building continues to deteriorate, the 6/24/2019 staff report for this item now states that "Staff recommends that the Landmarks Commission makes a finding of demolition by neglect, per the recommendation of the Building Inspection Division"  and that "the Landmarks Commission's finding serve to support actions taken through the Building Inspection Division and the City Attorney's Office to remediate the physical condition of 121 Langdon Street." I agree with this recommendation.
Agenda Item 2
34-140 S Blair St and 506-518 E Wilson St - Mixed-Use Development in the First Settlement Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist 
Note: This item is in regard to the McGrath redevelopment proposal for the Essen Haus block.
Agenda Item 4
15 E Gilman St - Exterior Alteration in the Mansion Hill Hist. Dist. - Replacement of windows; 2nd Ald. Dist.
Note: Item 4 was referred to June 24, 2019 at the request of the applicant


Plan Commission: Agenda

5:30pm, Monday, June 24, 2019
Rm 201 City-County Building
Zoning Text Amendments
Agenda Item 8
Amending Section 28.127(4) of the Madison General Ordinances to extend the effective period of the Alcohol Overlay District.
Note: The Alcohol Overlay District that limits non-restaurant alcohol licenses and pertains to parts of the State Street to University Avenue area, expires on July 1, 2019. This change would extend the District's existence until Dec. 31, 2019, which is after an ongoing study of the alcohol license density in the State Street/campus area is expected to be completed by which time its recommendations considered.


Water Utility Board: Agenda

4:30pm, Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Madison Water Utility- 119 E. Olin Ave. Conference Room A&B 
The Water Utility Board may convene in closed session pursuant to Wis . Stats. §19.85(1)(c) when considering the following item, for the purpose of "considering [the]... performance evaluation data of..." the Water Utility General Manager, a "... public employee over which the [Board] has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility." If the Water Utility Board does convene in closed session as described above, upon completion of the closed session, notice is hereby given that it may reconvene in open session without waiting 12 hours, pursuant to Wis. Stats. Sec. 19.85(2).

Agenda Item 11

Annual Review of the Madison Water Utility General Manager 


Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee: Agenda

5:30pm, Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building

Note: This committee is continuing its work to review and rewrite the ordinances related to local historic districts, including the Mansion Hill Historic District in District 2 and the four other local historic districts, three of which are in District 6. The committee includes several new and returning members, including Alder Rummel and me. The agenda linked above details the committee's upcoming plans.


Street Use Staff Commission: Agenda

10:00am, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Parks Conference Room, Rm 108 City-County Building
Agenda Item 4
Sat, 12/8/2019 / 11am - 6:30pm
Start and Finish: Capitol Square
Route: 100-500 block of E. Mifflin - rolling closure starting at 2:50pm Discuss location/route, schedule, set-up and activities.
Race Day Events, LLC. / Lucas Molloy


Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee: Agenda

3:00pm, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
1402 Wingra Creek Parkway Goodman Maintenance Facility
Agenda Item 5
Review of Policies Regarding Dogs in Parks 
Agenda Item 6
Political Rallies in Parks 


Urban Design Commission: Agenda

4:30pm, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 2
216 S. Pinckney Street - Comprehensive Design Review for Judge Doyle Square, Block 88, First Floor Commercial Spaces. 4th Ald. Dist. 
Agenda Item 6
1314, 1318, 1326 East Washington Avenue - New Development of a Mixed-Use Building Containing Ground Floor Veterans Service Provider with 59 Apartments Above Located in UDD No. 8. 2nd Ald. Dist. 
Note: This is likely the final UDC approval of the Valor proposal for affordable housing apartments for veteran-led families on the Messner site. Obtaining building permits and satisfying conditions of approval are the likely last steps before construction begins. Approval was referred from the June 12 UDC Meeting.
Agenda Item 9
200 N. First Street - Public Building, Madison Public Market Located in UDD No. 4. 12th Ald. Dist. 

Transportation Commission: Agenda

5:00pm, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item F.1
Amending the 2019 Metro Transit Utility Capital Budget to add $825,000 GO Borrowing for three (3) electric bus battery packs and a 6-year extended warranty for a total warranty time of 12 years and authorizing the noncompetitive purchase of more than $50,000 in goods from Proterra, Inc. 
Agenda Item G.1
Parking: Judge Doyle Updates Customer Service Ambassador Positions 
Memo on Government East Demolition Schedule/Block 88 Development
Agenda Item G.2
Parking Garage Safety Update
Agenda Item G.3
Taxi Permit Denial Appeal Subcommittee Report


Urban Forestry Task Force: Agenda

12:00pm June 27, 2019
Rm GR27 (City-County Building) 
Accepting the Final Report and Recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force 

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