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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 July 22 Meetings of Interest for District 2

July 20, 2019 9:40 AM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

Disability Pride Festival July 27 in Tenney Park

Every year communities in Madison and the surrounding area come together to celebrate disability pride at this festival by and for people with disabilities -- one of very few such festivals in the entire country! On Saturday, July 27 from noon to 5pm in Tenney Park there will be music and other performances, artists' and makers' exhibitions, and good times with friends. People of all dis/abilities are welcome to attend, and the festival is free of charge. Info on the Facebook event page and Disability Pride's website.

Traffic Issues - Additional New Stop Signs Coming

District 2 residents continue to contact me with concerns about speeding and congestion that reduces safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and children. In the Tenney Park area many of these safety concerns result from cut-through drivers trying to avoid the E. Johnson Reconstruction project. Traffic Engineering (TE) has agreed to place a temporary 3-way stop sign at the corner of Elizabeth and N. Baldwin Streets during the reconstruction due to many cut-through drivers speeding on Baldwin, particularly given the large number of children living in that area. These should appear shortly.

The Police Department continues to conduct enforcement efforts as they can and TE will consider additional signage and traffic calming in the reconstruction area (via Jeremy Nash of TE). This past week, TLNA Council Members Jonny Hunter and Patty Prime; District 15 Alder Grant Foster, and I met with City TE and Transportation staff to discuss both short and long term solutions, as well as city processes for addressing traffic problems. TLNA and I will keep you posted.

Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal

The Urban Design Commission had its first look at the proposal on July 17 in an informational-only presentation. UDC and several other city bodies will formally consider the proposal in the future, but no meeting schedules have been announced. The Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association's steering committee will continue meeting to evaluate and provide input on the proposal, but as of publication of this update, no date has been announced for their next meeting.

Maxwell Street Days July 19-21, 2019

State Street's 2019 Summer Sidewalk Sale continues this weekend! Info here.

Survey Available: Parks Department Seeks Input on Dogs in Parks

The Parks Department is now conducting a survey as they continue to engage the public concerning their policies on dogs in public parks. I encourage you to weigh in and participate in the public meetings where the options will be discussed. The closest meeting to District 2 is Thursday, July 25, 6:30pm, at Madison Public Library Central Branch, 201 W Mifflin St, Room 302. More info here.

More on Madison's Preparation for Small Cell Infrastructure

The City has created a website for information on the deployment of Small Cell Infrastructure as the implementation of 5G technology approaches. There are a host of concerns about the technology and deployment, including impacts on street aesthetics, potential vegetation/tree removal, interference with weather and research instruments, and potential health impacts. The federal and state governments have so far not left much room for municipalities to regulate the new infrastructure, but there are opportunities as detailed on the website. Your participation is encouraged.

Public Meeting on Potential Madison Beltline Improvements 

WisDOT is holding a public involvement meeting on proposed beltline improvements on Wednesday, July 24, 5pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room at The Village on Park (2300 S. Park Street). Proposed improvements include upgrading the inside beltline shoulders to accommodate rush hour traffic. The public involvement meeting will include brief, formal presentations at 5:15pm and 7pm. More proposal, meeting info, and contacts for your input here.

Will safety be compromised should the beltline be effectively expanded to accommodate rush hour traffic? Will adding another traffic lane, even though utilized only during rush hours, induce more demand? If we continue to expand our highways and streets to accommodate more cars, will the demand for additional capacity ever cease? Would our efforts and dollars be better spent on boosting mass transit or alternative forms of transportation? Do those who utilize the beltline for commuting and the businesses who use it for commerce need a larger highway for our fast growing area? There are no easy answers to these questions, particularly since the source of most highway funding is the state and federal governments that can't easily be redirected to local priorities/projects. All aspects of the proposed beltline improvements need resident input/engagement. 


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.

Special Note: Due to Friday's power outages, some committee agendas scheduled for later in the week were not available as of publication of this update. Eventually, you should be able to find those via the City Clerk's meeting schedule page.


Finance Committee: Agenda

4:30pm, Monday, July 22, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 7
A Resolution authorizing a non-competitive selection contract with the Madison Northside Planning Council for the continuation of the MarketReady Program, which is a business training and micro-grant program designed to help prospective Public Market vendors become ready to start their business and operate within the Madison Public Market when it opens in 2021. (12th A.D.)

Agenda Item 10
Authorizing the City of Madison to accept ownership of (3) three art sculptures from the Friends of Sid Boyum, to be located in a portion of the public right-of-way of E. Wilson Street, as well as a portion of a City Engineering parcel located at 320 Division Street, in exchange for maintenance by the Marquette Neighborhood Association. (6th A.D.)
Agenda Item 11
Resolution approving up the Scope of Services for the Cooperative Enterprise Loan Fund for 2019, creating a "community impact loan" designation and allowing for $50,000 to be allocated to WWBIC for a KIVA loan fund matching grant for Madison Cooperative Development Coalition endorsed Kiva loans.

Sustainable Madison Committee: Agenda

4:30pm, Monday, July 22, 2019
Rm 207 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 7
Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force.


Agenda Item 9
Update: Solar Zoning and Permitting Fees and Process Working Group

Agenda Item 10
Update: RESJI / Equity Lens for 100% Renewable Energy Plan

Water Utility Board: Agenda

4:30pm, Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Madison Water Utility - 119 E. Olin Ave. Conference Room A&B


Agenda Item 3
Update and Discussion of State Proposed Groundwater Standards (including PFAS)

Public Market Development Committee: Agenda

5:00pm, Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building


Public Market Discussion
- Public Market Design Presentation by MSR Design and City Staff - Public Market Foundation Updates
- MarketReady Update

Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee: Agenda

3:00pm, Wednesday, July 24, 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




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