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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 26 Meetings of Interest for District 2

August 23, 2019 3:57 PM

District 2 Updates & Meetings of Interest

Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal Update

As anticipated, the Salvation Army has filed an application for demolition and for conditional uses for their site and adjacent parcels on the 600 block of E. Washington. They are expected to re-file their application by Aug. 28, hence the earliest dates that city committees will consider the proposal are:

  • Oct. 16* - Urban Design Commission
  • Oct. 28* - Plan Commission

* revised dates

Note that these dates are tentative. Other committees and Common Council will also consider any affordable housing fund award that is proposed for the Salvation Army project; those dates are TBD. The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association steering committee has not completed their evaluation of the proposal, nor has TLNA Council voted on any measure of support or opposition, but the Salvation Army has recently reached out to TLNA to schedule a steering committee meeting. That meeting date should be announced by TLNA next week. Visit the TLNA Development website to stay up to speed.


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Meeting 3
Public Meeting #3 – Join us!
When: Thursday, August 29, 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street

For more information, please check out the Facebook event page or the Madison BRT website. The meeting will include a presentation and open house with more information about the draft recommended route and stop locations including additional analysis of costs, ridership, and design.

Temporary Ban on Alcohol in Reynolds Park

At the request of TLNA Council and me, the Parks Division has enacted another temporary 90-day ban on alcohol consumption at Reynolds Park. This was due primarily to an increase in reports of illegal behavior often associated with the over-consumption of alcohol. MPD and Park Rangers are now able to issue citations to those in violation, although education is their primary focus.

The park picnic tables have also been removed, although that could be a temporary measure since the tables are an amenity that the Parks Division and many neighbors would like to see return if possible. Over the winter TLNA and other stakeholders, including neighbors, MPD, the Parks Division, and park users, are expected to continue evaluating the situation, explore a permanent alcohol ban, and consider other issues, e.g., the return and placement of picnic tables.

N. Baldwin Street Closure & Traffic Shifts on E. Johnson

According to a press release from City Traffic Engineering, the ongoing E. Johnson reconstruction project will necessitate closing northbound Baldwin St. between Dayton and East Johnson Streets from 8/26/19 to 8/30/19. Southbound traffic on Baldwin will not be impacted, although southbound left turns from Johnson to Baldwin will be prohibited 8/23 through 8/30. Additionally, eastbound Johnson St. traffic will be shifted to the north side of the median along Johnson. From noon on 8/30/19 to 9/2/19 traffic will be as it is today.

From 9/3/19 to 9/7/19 eastbound Johnson St. traffic will be again be shifted to the north side of the median and left turns onto southbound Baldwin prohibited, however Baldwin otherwise will be fully open.

Jeremy Nash at City Traffic Engineering continues to address issues related to signage and traffic calming measures during reconstruction while MPD will be doing more spot enforcement to discourage cut-through drivers and to encourage them to slow down and stick to the main arterials. MPD is also working to get the speed board placed in the area again. Please contact the Traffic Enforcement Safety Team if you have particular concerns about speeding and driver behavior. Note that Traffic Engineering is also considering putting message boards up further out and closer to Camp Randall on home UW football game days to discourage out-of-towners from attempting to use E. Johnson during the reconstruction.

Get Current Info on Public Beach and Lake Water Quality

Although summer is winding down, many folks want to take a dip in our lakes. Unfortunately, many of our beaches have been closed off and on due the presence of blue-green algae. Be to sure to check Public Health Madison & Dane County's page for water quality information and beach closures. Your pets can also be impacted by water quality and algal blooms, so be sure to keep them out of the water as needed.

Parking Enforcement For August 25 Breese Stevens Concert

Attendance at the August 25 Hall & Oates concert at Breese Stevens is expected to be similar to that of large concerts earlier this summer. City Parking Enforcement Officers will again be conducting proactive patrol operations in the vicinity of the stadium and in parking ramps such as Festival Foods. Note that the Parking Enforcement Officers will be patrolling, but it is very important to call the non-emergency MPD number (608-255-2345) to report blocked driveways and similar infractions. The PEOs will issue citations, but infractions that require towing should always be phoned in.

Repeat Call for Input: Task Force on Government Structure

The Task Force on the Structure of City Government has prepared a resident survey to assist in its public engagement effort. Please visit the Task Force website, watch the video, and take the survey, which is in a link right below the video. 

Do you know when the City is making key decisions that will impact your neighborhood? Or who is making those decisions? Do you have the time, resources, or know how to voice your opinion to City Government? The Task Force on Government Structure is asking these questions and others to find out if changes to city government structure could help make the City work more effectively for all of its residents, and, particularly, for residents of color and low income.

The Task Force wants your help to find out if this current city government structure works for all Madison residents --- or if changes could help make city government work better. 

  1. Take a moment to fill out the Resident Survey.
  2. Join TFOGS at an Open House on August 28, 2019 from 5:00-8:00pm at The Atrium, 2300 S. Park St.
  3. Finally, join the Task Force at an upcoming meeting - schedule here.

Call for Volunteer Drivers to drive Madison Seniors and Veterans

Urgent Need for Volunteer Drivers to drive Madison Seniors and Veterans

Like all Dane County communities, Madison has a growing senior population, and a large veteran population as well, many of whom no longer drive. Losing personal transportation is a hurdle that leads many seniors and veterans to turn to volunteer drivers registered with Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County to get to the medical appointments that are so important to maintain their health.

RSVP's Driver Escort volunteers drive seniors to medical appointments and Vets Helping Vets volunteers drive veterans and their families to important appointments. Madison has a serious need for more drivers to make sure both of these programs can serve the growing requests from passengers.

The position is very flexible volunteers choose the rides they take during the service hours Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and they receive mileage reimbursement and extra liability insurance. Please consider volunteering -- pay it forward now, so it's there for you later! For more information about driving for seniors or veterans contact Mary Schmelzer at 608-441-7896 or


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.


Urban Forestry Task Force: Agenda
12:00pm, Monday, August 26, 2019
Rm 103A, City-County Building


Review Final Report and Recommendations Feedback from City Committees, Commissions, and Boards
Note: This is a review of feedback on the Task Force's Final Report
Finance Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, August 26, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


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 1
Block 88 Development Agreement Negotiation Status Report

Sustainable Madison Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, August 26, 2019
Rm 207 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 4
Integrated Pest Management Policy Review Task Force Meeting Materials
Up for discussion.

Agenda Item 5
Update: RESJI / Equity Lens for 100% Renewable Energy Plan
Up for discussion.
EOC Executive Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Monday, August 26, 2019
Rm 523 City-County Building
Agenda Item 6
Discussion: Discuss Fair Housing Council article addressing changes that HUD is attempting to make in regards to discrimination complaints
Landmarks Commission: Agenda
5:00pm, Monday, August 26, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 2
514 N Carroll St/103 Langdon St - Exterior Alteration to a Designated Madison Landmark in the Mansion Hill Hist. Dist. - Installation of fence; 2nd Ald. Dist.

Agenda Item 6
Buildings Proposed for Demolition - 2019
-630 E Washington Avenue
Staff Findings: The preservation file for this property indicates that the building was constructed in 1959 as St. Patrick's Roman Catholic School. In 1987, the Preservation Planner described it as "a simple, institutional-type building of little architectural interest."
Note: This item pertains to the Salvation Army's demolition request that will be considered by the Plan Commission, likely on Oct. 28.
Plan Commission: Agenda
5:30pm, Monday, August 26, 2019
Rm 201 City-County Building


Zoning Text Amendments

Agenda Item 9
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.

Agenda Item 10
2nd SUBSTITUTE Amending Sections 28.097(2) and (3) of the Madison General Ordinances to require conditional use approval in the Campus-Institutional District for the establishment, improvement, or modification exceeding 4,000 square feet in area on a zoning lot of any primary use and to require conditional use approval for the establishment, improvement, or modification of identified secondary uses.

Zoning Map Amendments & Related Requests

Agenda Item 14
Repealing Section 28.022 - 00117 of the Madison General Ordinances adopting the Campus Master Plan for Edgewood College, Edgewood High School and Edgewood Campus School.
Note: Item 14 has generated a significant number of public comments related to the request. Due to the volume of comments, copies of those comments have not been provided to the Plan Commission with their printed materials for this meeting. However, all of the comments received may be found under the "Public Comments" attachment in the legislative file (ID 56839). The Plan Commission is encouraged to review those comments in advance of the meeting.


- Upcoming Matters - October 14, 2019

- 630 E Washington Avenue - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish mission house building and auto sales facility to construct five-story building with a mission house, rooming house, counseling services, health services and place of worship, and a separate three-story, 40-unit apartment building
Note: This matter is expected to be delayed until the Oct. 28, 2019, Plan Commission Meeting.


Water Utility Board: Agenda
4:30pm, Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Madison Water Utility, 119 E. Olin Ave. Conference Room A&B


Agenda Item 5
Update regarding poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)
Will include a discussion of Well 15 and an update on the PFAS Task Force resolution.
Agenda Item 11
Financial Update including Rate Case


Joint Meeting of Transportation Commission & Transportation Policy and Planning Board: Agenda

5:00pm, Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item D.1.
Review/Discussion of the Transportation Ordinances and Roles of the Bodies.
Vending Oversight Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 2
Creating Sections 9.13(1)(c) and 9.13(13) and amending Section 9.13(4) of the Madison General Ordinances to create a process for full-sized Food Trucks to participate in street vending, adding a subsection for definitions, and amending existing provisions to allow for Food Trucks.
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer and Christian A. Albouras

Agenda Item 3
Discuss "extended delivery" in and around State St. Mall and Southeast Campus.

Agenda Item 4
Review viability of businesses around the Capitol Square holding both a Merchant Vending and a Sidewalk Cafe license.

Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee: Agenda
5:30pm, Thursday, August 29, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 1
Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance
- Standards for Maintenance - Standards for Repairs
- Standards for Alterations
- Standards for Additions
- Standards for New Structures

Agenda Item 2
Discussion of Madison Alliance for Historic Preservation's "Proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance"

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Liquor License
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