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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 August 12 Meetings of Interest for District 2

August 9, 2019 8:50 PM

District 2 Updates & Meetings of Interest

Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K to Affect Traffic Aug. 17

Madison is hosting the 11th Annual Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K on Saturday, August 17. The event starts at 7:00am will wrap up by 11:00am. Expected road closures and times are listed here. The route maps for the 5k race (Park Street and points west/south) and the Mini-Marathon (Wisconsin Avenue and points west/south) are also available. A field of over 4,000 participants is expected.

August 10 Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Yard Sale

Shop local and shop 'til you drop, Saturday, August 10! It's the Tenney-Lapham Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale, 8 am - 3 pm. Bargains and neighbors galore! View and download the map - happy shopping!

Traffic Safety Tip: Free SLOW DOWN Signs Available

Slow Down

Here's an easy way to combat aggressive and rude car drivers - pick up a free SLOW DOWN yard sign at any Madison Police Department District location, thanks to the Safer Communities' Slow Down Campaign. The North District might be easiest for folks nearer to the Tenney Park area, but the Central District also has signs. Give them a call at the phone numbers listed on the district links to make sure they still have signs.

Public Hearing for 2020 Street Reconstruction on N. Ingersoll & Elizabeth Streets

City Engineering is currently mailing assessment and project notices to property owners on the 400 North block of Ingersoll Street and the 1100 block of Elizabeth Street for the street reconstruction project scheduled for April to July 2020. The Board of Public Works will also hold a public hearing on August 21 at 5:30pm, in Room 108 of the City-County Building, 210 MLK, Jr., Blvd. where input will be heard and any objections filed. Project details are also open to inspection in the office of the City Engineer, Room 115, City-County Building, between 7:30am and 4:00pm through August 19. For more info visit the project website.

Madison Parks News

Madison Parks and Forward Madison Football Club are partnering to bring you Learn to Play Soccer and 3 vs. 75 Scrimmage! Forward Madison player coaches will run a fun-filled clinic that works of shooting, passing and dribbling skills. Test your new soccer abilities in the 3 vs. 75 scrimmages where 3 Forward Madison players will get 30 minutes to try to score against you and 74 other participants!

DATE: Tuesday, August 13

TIME: 5:30-7:30pm 

  • Clinic 5:30 - 6:30pm
  • 3 vs. 75 Scrimmage 6:30 - 7:00pm
  • Pictures and signing with the players 7:00 - 7:30pm

LOCATION: Breese Stevens Field, enter through Gate 1
COST: Free, advanced registration requested 
REGISTERonline or by calling (608) 266-4711 

These events are free to attend. The clinic and scrimmage are appropriate for grades 6 and higher and all skill levels. The photo op and signing are open to all ages. All equipment is provided. Bring your soccer ball, if you have one and bottled water. MORE INFO

Saturday, August 10: Back to School Celebration

100 Black Men of Madison's Back to School Celebration is happening Saturday, August 10, from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Madison College (Truax Campus), 1701 Wright Street. The event involves involves free backpacks, school supplies, health screenings, books and more. A parent or an adult guardian MUST accompany their child(ren) to the event.

E. Johnson Reconstruction Update

The East Johnson and First Streets reconstruction project continues into mid-November. Please visit the project website to stay up to date. Jeremy Nash at City Traffic Engineering continues to address issues related to signage and traffic calming measures during reconstruction while MPD continues to do spot enforcement to discourage cut-through drivers and to encourage them to slow down and stick to the main arterials. Please contact the Traffic Enforcement Safety Team if you have particular concerns about speeding and driver behavior. As we get closer to school starting, I'll pass on the pedestrian and bike routes that will be available for getting to and from schools.

New Stop Signs at N. Baldwin & Elizabeth Streets


The temporary 3-way stop signs at the corner of Elizabeth and N. Baldwin Streets are now in place. Traffic Engineering (TE) agreed to install these to slow down and dissuade cut-through drivers trying to avoid the E. Johnson reconstruction project. These should have additional benefits once school starts after Labor Day given that many children bike and walk to school through this area. Thanks to TE and to neighbors who advocated for these signs.

Temporary Ban on Alcohol in Reynolds Park

At their August 8 monthly meeting the Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association voted to support another temporary 90-day ban on alcohol consumption at Reynolds Park. This was due primarily to input from neighbors living near the park who reported an increase in illegal behavior often associated with the over-consumption alcohol. MPD Central District and I both support this as a temporary solution; it may take a week or more to enact as the Parks Division considers the request. TLNA is expected to continue evaluating the situation, as will other stakeholders, including neighbors, MPD, the Parks Division, and park users.

4th Annual Black Restaurant Week: August 11-18

The fourth annual Black Restaurant Week will take place Aug. 11-18, 2019. Each participating food vendor will have a special during the week. The theme this year is "Harnessing the Power of Black Excellence." The Madison Black Chamber of Commerce promotes Black Restaurant Week as one way of actively supporting Black businesses. More info here.

Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal Update

The Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association Steering Committee, TLNA Council, and city committees will consider the proposal in the future, but no meeting schedules have been set. Contact TLNA via their website to participate in the neighborhood evaluation process.

Repeat: August Moving Days 2019

On August 14th and 15th leases for most downtown area apartments end. That means that thousands of residents will be moving out of their old apartments and into new ones. In 2018, Madison's student moving days put over 1 million pounds of material into the landfill. That's so much stuff. We can do better than that! Before you landfill it, donate it, or sell it, or best yet, move it with you.

See this website for resources to help reduce the amount of your stuff going to the landfill during these moving days. It is crucial to follow the rules and regulations so Streets Division crews can collect all that waste material as quickly and safely as possible.


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.

Note: Several committee agendas were not yet available at publication of this update. Check here for updates.

Finance Committee: Agenda

4:30pm, Monday, August 12, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 1
Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force
Agenda Item 2
Submitting the appointment of Eric M. Knepp for confirmation of a five-year term as the Parks Superintendent.
Agenda Item 7
Authorizing the Transit General Manager to enter into an agreement with the State of Wisconsin and required terms to accept the Volkswagen Mitigation Program/Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program Award of funds not to exceed $4,798,800 to purchase 10 replacement diesel buses and dispose of the corresponding older fleet in 2020.

Agenda Item 16
Approving Facade Improvement Grant to DRS Holdings, LLC (DBA Baldwin Street Grill) for a project located at 1304 E. Washington Ave. (2nd A.D.)
Note: This grant is for the exterior facade component of the Baldwin Street Grille's planned remodeling.

When the Finance Committee considers the following matter, it may go into closed session pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(e), Wis. Stats., which reads as follows:

Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.

If the Finance Committee does go into closed session, notice is hereby given pursuant to sec. 19.85(2), Wis. Stats., that it may reconvene in open session without waiting 12 hours as specified in the statute.

Agenda Item 20
Block 88 Development Agreement Negotiation Status Report


Landmarks Commission: Agenda

5:00pm, Monday, August 12, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 4
16 E Gilman St - Exterior Alteration in the Mansion Hill Hist. Dist. - Replacement of lobby door, canopies, and front walk; 2nd Ald. Dist.

Agenda Item 6
15 E Gilman St - Exterior Alteration in the Mansion Hill Hist. Dist. - Replacement of windows; 2nd Ald. Dis

Agenda Item 8
Landmarks Commission Historic Preservation Plan Status Report

Plan Commission: Agenda

5:30pm, Monday, August 12, 2019
Rm 201 City-County Building
Agenda Item 5
Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force.

Zoning Map Amendment & Related Requests

Note: Items 16-19 are related and should be considered together.

Agenda Item 16
2ND SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 28.022 - 00390 of the Madison General Ordinances to amend a Planned Development District Specific Implementation Plan at property located at 223 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Aldermanic District.

Agenda Item 17
223 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish the Government East parking garage.

Agenda Item 18
223 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use pursuant to MGO Section 28.134(3) for projections into the Capitol View Preservation Limit to allow construction of a 13-story, 253-room hotel.

Agenda Item 19
Approving a Certified Survey Map of property owned by the City of Madison Parking Utility located at 223 S. Pinckney Street; 4th Ald. Dist.

Zoning Text Amendments

Note: Item 20 should be referred to August 26, 2019 at the request of staff

Agenda Item 20
Amending Sections 28.098(6), 28.151 and 28.183(8) and (10) of the Madison General Ordinances to exempt the installation of solar energy systems from the conditional use and planned development alteration requirements.



Task Force on Structure of City Government: Agenda

6:00pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 5
a. Discussions pertaining to a possible Office of the Resident Engagement and Neighborhood Support (ORENS); and
b. Discussions pertaining to possible alternative structures for the City's Boards, Commissions, and Committees.
Agenda Item 6
a. Status of resident surveys, including an update on the total number of surveys received from each community liaison and whether to allow liaisons to exceed 200 surveys; and
b. Preparations for the August 28, 2019 Open House at the Atrium on South Park Street, including an update on providing transportation, childcare, and food for participants.
Public Safety Review Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 1
Establishing a Glass-Free Zone for the State Street area from 9:00 p.m. on October 25, 2019 to 5:00 a.m. on October 26, 2019 and from 9:00 p.m. on October 26, 2019 to 5:00 a.m. on October 27, 2019
Note: This item is for the annual FreakFest event.


Agenda Item 2
Discussion on committee expectations from the Police and Fire reports.

Agenda Item 3
Discussion on the Common Council Executive Committee Recommendation to the PSRC on Action Item 13


Transportation Commission: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item F.1.
Authorizing the Transit General Manager to enter into an agreement with the State of Wisconsin and required terms to accept the Volkswagen Mitigation Program/Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program Award of funds not to exceed $4,798,800 to purchase 10 replacement diesel buses and dispose of the corresponding older fleet in 2020.


Agenda Item G.2.
Safe Routes to School Presentation
Intercity Bus UW Campus Boarding Relocation Update Update on MPD Quarterly Traffic Safety Report

Agenda Item G.3.
Intercity Bus UW Campus Boarding Relocation Update

Agenda Item G.4.
Update on MPD Quarterly Traffic Safety Report

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