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Alder Patrick Heck

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Alder Patrick Heck

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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 Sept. 23 Meetings of Interest for District 2

September 21, 2019 7:00 PM

District 2 Updates & Meetings of Interest

Hint for Contacting Alders

Many of you have emailed me in my first 5+ months in office - thanks! I appreciate your insights, your ideas, and your offers of assistance and practical solutions to the many issues that are important to the City, District 2, and your slice of the neighborhood. This past week, alders received well over 1,000 emails concerning the proposed stationing of F-35s at Truax Field. It is fantastic to see this level of involvement and concern, but I estimate that 95% of these emailers did not give their street addresses.

A Common Council tradition holds that alders often write back only to those who live in their districts since we don't have the capacity to answer the hundreds (or thousands!) of emails that go to all alders at the same time. I try to read all emails that come my way, but if you'd like a response from me and you live in District 2, please leave your street address so I will know that you are a constituent; I can then connect with you. Thanks!

Sept. 26 TLNA Steering Committee Meeting on Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal

The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association steering committee for the Salvation Army redevelopment proposal on the 600 block of E. Washington/E. Mifflin will meet Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6pm, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham Street. All are welcome to attend. Visit the TLNA Development website to stay up to speed. So far, these city committees are scheduled to consider the redevelopment:

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

Other committees, Common Council, and the Dane County Board will also consider any affordable housing fund awards that are proposed for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit apartment building that is part of the proposal.

From what I understand, TLNA will focus the Sept. 26 meeting on evaluating the proposal should it move forward. I agree with this approach because opportunities for the neighborhood to help shape the proposal are dwindling and because UDC and Plan Commission need neighborhood input if the proposal proceeds in city processes. Those who want to weigh in on whether or not the shelter and housing components should be sited elsewhere will have their voices heard, including through opportunities for written comments at the steering committee meeting. I plan to share all input with my fellow alders, the Mayor's office, and city departments.

Proposed F-35 Deployment 

As you have likely heard, this week Common Council approved a resolution asking that the Air Force reconsider Truax Field's selection as a preferred location for F-35s

"...until and unless the findings of the EIS are shown to misrepresent the significant environmental impacts to those living, working, and visiting the north and east sides of Madison".

I agree with that excerpt from the resolution because I remain concerned about the potential impacts of the F-35s in the areas near Truax, as detailed in the Air National Guard's Draft Environmental Impact Statement's Executive Summary and city staff's report on the matter. I also strongly agree with this portion of the passed resolution:

"NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Madison Common Council recognizes that the impacts described in the Draft EIS would substantially reduce the quality and quantity of current affordable housing stock, decrease the value of the property tax base, reduce opportunities for Transit-Oriented Development, disproportionately affect residents who are low income and people of color, and children, and are contrary to the City of Madison's values of equity, sustainability, health and adaptability as codified in our Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2018 the City's Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative, and undermine multiple long-term goals of City policy makers and; and,".

A resolution that did not pass contained this clause:

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that based on the significant, negative impacts highlighted in the Draft EIS that will disproportionately impact children and residents with low-incomes and communities of color, and given that there is no guarantee that sound mitigation or abatement will take place and that the City of Madison would have no official role in any potential mitigation program, the Madison Common Council does not support the selection of Truax Field as a preferred location for the 5th Operation Beddown; and"

I cosponsored and voted for the resolution that included this clause, but it was defeated on a 10-10 vote with the Mayor breaking the tie and sending it to defeat. Eventually, Council passed a similar resolution (16-3-1), but without that stronger clause. Given the Draft EIS' projected impacts on communities of color, children, schools, daycare centers, and lower income neighborhoods, I still prefer the resolution with the stronger clause, but I supported the approved version because it does a good job of laying out the case for the Air Force to rethink Truax's ranking as a preferred location if the Draft EIS findings are indeed correct or if the impacts are even worse than the Draft EIS indicates. Those true impacts are currently not well-known, but a group of activists, Alders, County Supervisors, and neighbors continue to research these matters.

It is important to be reminded that the F-35 beddown is not a City or County decision; the Secretary of the Air Force with input from a federal committee will make the decision in early 2020. That said, those who have concerns should make their voices heard, by contacting our federal and state elected officials. Public comments can be still submitted via the Air National Guard's official public comment channels through Sept. 27th and can be made online or by mail. The link for public comments can be accessed here.

Reminder: Final Sandbag Collection Opportunity Ends Sept. 22

The final opportunity for curbside sandbag collection ends on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. In order for residents to have their sandbags collected efficiently, residents must first visit the City of Madison Flooding website to find out if they live in the "Flood Zone" or "Request Pickup" areas. Those not in the Flood Zone will need to request sandbag pickup. More details here with the main city flooding info site here.

Sept. 24 Open House: Task Force on Government Structure

The City of Madison Common Council created a Task Force on Government Structure ("TFOGS") in 2018 to ask whether changes to city government could help the City work more effectively for all residents, specifically including residents of color and low income. This committee has been discussing questions related to the powers and duties of the Mayor's Office, the Common Council, and the City's Boards, Commissions, and Committees.  Additionally, the TFOGS is looking very closely at whether the city's current processes for obtaining resident engagement and participation effectively solicit and encourage resident input on city decision making. 

As it prepares to issue a final report the TFOGS is holding a series of resident open houses. The last open house will be held:

Tuesday, September 24, 2018, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Warner Park Community Center
1625 Northport Drive

Childcare and dinner will be provided. Help shape Madison's government by joining TFOGS at this exciting event where you can provide your ideas for ways that Madison can improve resident engagement and city decision making.


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Meeting #4 on Sept. 26

Join Metro Transit for a brief presentation and open house to learn more about the draft recommended routes and station locations. In addition to the exhibits previously presented at the August 29 Public Meeting at the Senior Center, new exhibits will be shared illustrating a variety of BRT station types and transit amenities. Please attend and share your input!

BRT uses modern stations, larger specialized buses, dedicated lanes where feasible, and other enhancements to provide fast and affordable service to jobs, entertainment, and schools. BRT will complement existing Metro Transit routes and be our city's next big step toward a more sustainable local transit system.

Meeting Details:

       Thursday, September 26, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
       Madison College - Truax - 1701 Wright St. 

More information: Visit
What about the Square and State Street Route?
Madison Metro is planning a public meeting that will focus on the proposed routes that BRT might take through the area near and around Capitol Square. That meeting could take place in October, so I'll be sure to publicize it once it is scheduled.


Sept. 24: A Non-Partisan Celebration of Democracy
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the City of Madison will join hundreds of communities nationwide in celebrating National Voter Registration Day. Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is a non-partisan celebration of democracy focused on facilitating the right to vote.

Voters who have moved and have updated their name and address with the Division of Motor Vehicles have a convenient option for celebrating National Voter Registration Day at home: they can completely register online at

Voter registration drives will be held throughout the city on Tuesday, Sept. 24. All locations can be found here, but some near or in District 2 are listed below:

  • 8:00 am – 4:30 pm City Clerk's Office, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Rm. 103
  • 9:00 am - 8:30 pm Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
  • 12:00 - 2:00 pm Ian's Pizza - Frances Street, 319 N. Frances St.
  • 12:00 - 2:00 pm Ian's Pizza - State Street, 100 State St.

Additional voter registration drives will be held at the following locations:

  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 10:15 am - 1:15 pm The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Rd.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5:00 - 8:00 pm Madison Children's Museum - Free Family Night, 100 N. Hamilton St. (Mock Election)

Information on needed Proof of Address to register is also found here.


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, Sept. 23, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 5
Amending Section 12.1335 of the Madison General Ordinances to expand the boundaries of the "Snow Emergency Zone."
Agenda Item 6
Amendment from the 2019 Streets Division - Emerald Ash Borer Capital budget to transfer $197,022 in existing budget authority to Traffic Engineering to provide additional funding to expand the Clean Streets Clean Lakes (CSCL) zones.
Note: Items 5 and 6 are described in an earlier D2 alder update.


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 8
Judge Doyle Square Negotiations Update and Potential Action by the Finance Committee


Agenda Item 9
2020 Executive Capital Budget
Note: This item will include the committee's vote on the Mayor's Capital Budget and amendments to that budget.
Water Utility Board: Agenda
4:30pm, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019
Madison Water Utility- 119 E. Olin Ave. Conference Room A&B


Agenda Item 1
Approval of Water Utility Board position on F-35 Environmental Impact Statement
Task Force on Structure of City Government: Agenda
5:00pm, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019
Open House - Warner Park Community Center 1625 Northport Drive
Note: This item is detailed in my updates above.
Committee on Aging: Agenda
2:30pm, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019
Madison Senior Center 330 W. Mifflin St.
Agenda Item 4
Director's Report- Sally Jo Spaeni
New Senior Housing Developments in Madison Capital Budget
MSC Strategic Planning Update
Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee: Agenda
3:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019
1402 Wingra Creek Parkway Goodman Maintenance Facility


Agenda Item 5
Review of Policies Regarding Dogs in Parks


Transportation Commission: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item F.1
Amending Section 12.1335 of the Madison General Ordinances to expand the boundaries of the "Snow Emergency Zone."
Note: This item is detailed in an earlier D2 alder update.

Agenda Item F.2
Relocation of the Intercity Bus Stop Location from Langdon Street to One of
Two Lake Street Locations
Note: This item is a consideration of Transportation Dept. staff recommendations for an interim Intercity Bus Stop location that could be used until a more permanent location is found/built. The City is considering adding a permanent location to the Lake Street parking garage when it is rebuilt in several years. The recommendations in this item's report for a temporary location:
Recommendation: Lake Street (Dayton – Johnson Street)
Alternate Recommendation: Lake Street (University Ave to Johnson St)
Second Alternate Recommendation: Monroe Street (west of Randall Ave) 
Vending Oversight Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 1
Creating Section 9.13(1)(b)5. of the Madison General Ordinances to define and prohibit the practice of Extended Delivery, where food and beverage are sold to more than 5 customers via delivery occurring on public streets and sidewalks, and amending Sec. 9.13(1) to make housekeeping changes.
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer
Agenda Item 2
Review viability of businesses around the Capitol Square holding both a Merchant Vending and a Sidewalk Cafe license.
Task Force on Structure of City Government: Agenda
6:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 5
Agenda Item 6

A. The BCC structure and the use of resident, alder, and staff members.
B. The scope and nature of the powers of the BCCs, such as how they report to the Common Council and how their recommendations are received.
C. The frequency and time of day of both Common Council and BCC meetings.

Note: These were the original questions posed in the resolution creating the Task Force. In discussing these issues throughout the previous two years, the Task Force noted additional issues related to these issues as highlighted in the BCC Subcommittee Report submitted on March 12, 2019.

Decisions about recommendations raised in the BCC Subcommittee report will also be made at this and the next Task Force Meeting on October 2.

Community Development Authority: Agenda
4:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 7
CDA Resolution #4347 - Authorizing the signing of a contract for Tenney Park Apartments Parking Lot Improvements.
Complete Count Committee: Agenda
4:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Rm 202 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 2
- Future CCC tasks (~15 minutes)
- Coordination with non-City paries on the 2020 Census (~15 minutes)
- Reaching populations not covered by current Community Partners (~15 minutes)

Agenda Item 3
- Community Partners (~5 minutes)
- 2020 Census video (~15 minutes)
- Workplan (~5 minutes)
Housing Strategy Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Rm 302 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 6

Agenda Item 6a
Accepting the white paper titled "Equitable Development in Madison: An assessment of factors contributing to displacement and gentrification"
Disability Rights Commission: Agenda
5:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 1
Creating Section 23.61and amending Section 1.08(3)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to regulate the distribution of plastic straws in the City of Madison and establish a bail deposit for violation thereof.
Note: I am a co-sponsor of this proposed ordinance, along with Alders Abbas, Foster, Reddy, and Lemmer. Under this ordinance, restaurants would be prohibited from providing plastic beverage straws to dine-in customers unless the dine-in customer requests a plastic beverage straw. Also, under this ordinance, restaurants may still provide plastic beverage straws to take-out customers, including those using a drive-thru window. Some in the disability rights community are reportedly concerned about equity matters with respect to the proposed ordinance, so I look forward to hearing how this Commission discussion goes. The WI Restaurant Association opposes the ordinance.


Agenda Item 2
Access Madison: Accessibility Campaign
Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Review Ad Hoc Commission: Agenda
6:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Rm 103A City-County Building


Agenda Item 1
Discussion of draft report sections and recommendation rationales

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