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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 Oct. 21 Meetings of Interest for District 2

October 19, 2019 5:25 PM

District 2 Updates & Meetings of Interest

BRT Capitol Loop Options

BRT Downtown Route Options Public Involvement Meeting

Please attend a public information meeting to learn more about the downtown route options for the City's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. City project leaders will be in attendance to present details about the overall BRT project, and more specifically, will review BRT station locations and route options for the downtown portion of the service. Members of the public, especially downtown stakeholders, will be encouraged to provide feedback at the meeting.
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 p.m.
Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin Street

Please contact David Trowbridge with any questions or comments: (608) 267-1148 or Additional information is available at

Oct. 21 Neighborhood Meeting on Langdon Street Development Proposal

As District 2 Alder, I am hosting a neighborhood meeting to discuss a development proposal on Langdon Street. All are invited to attend, including nearby District 8 neighbors. Core Spaces (formerly Core Campus) is proposing an apartment building on the site of the recently demolished "The Langdon" apartments at 126 Langdon St. The proposed building will have 5 stories along Langdon with 7 stories behind. The Langdon Street section would extend into the former parking lot that was between The Langdon and Alpha Chi Omega while the taller rear section would be approximately in the footprint of the demolished building. Plans are for about 124 apartments with 300+ beds and 5th floor rooftop amenities, including a swimming pool. There would be parking for 20 cars underneath. Meeting details:
Monday, Oct. 21, 7:00-8:30pm
The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street


Downtown Madison Family Halloween on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

An afternoon of Halloween family fun and free/low cost activities for kids 12 and under! Trick-or-Treat at nearly 70 Downtown Locations and spend time visiting YOUR City. This event is present by Madison's Central Business Improvement District.

All activities are from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, free, and include trick-or-treating unless otherwise noted at the Event Facebook page.
Update on Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal
At their Oct. 16 meeting, the Urban Design Commission gave their initial approval to the Salvation Army's redevelopment proposal for the 600 block of E. Washington/E. Mifflin. Some relatively minor design changes were required and other suggestions were made. UDC is not likely to give final approval until 2020 after exterior design details are finalized and after other approvals and funding are obtained.
The Plan Commission is expected to consider the proposal's requested Conditional Uses and Demolition Permit at their Oct. 28 meeting. The agenda for that meeting will not be published until Oct. 25, so I'll include that in next weekend's Alder Update. As with all city public meetings, residents are welcome to attend and give input. Those who want to testify need to sign up to do so at the meeting and are given 3 minutes to express their thoughts to the Commission. If you want to email the Plan Commission, you can send emails to Tim Parks (, the city planner for the project, asking him to pass your comments on to Plan Commissioners.
Visit the TLNA Development website for neighborhood association info on the proposal, including meeting notes and developer presentations. 
Later in November/December, Common Council and committees are expected to consider the requested $1 million award from the City's Affordable Housing Fund that would support the affordable housing component of the proposal. The Dane County Board of Supervisors is also expected to consider funding for the affordable housing component through their budgeting process.

How to Comment Effectively on the F-35s (Nov. 1 Deadline)

The public comment deadline on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the F-35 beddown at Truax Field is Nov. 1. The National Guard Bureau prepared a Draft EIS to evaluate the potential environmental consequences from the proposed stationing of 18 F-35A aircraft at both Madison and Montgomery, Alabama. If you want to comment on the Draft EIS, keep in mind that the Air Force will consider only "substantive" comments. Voicing your opposition (or support) as a general matter will have little impact.

What Are Substantive Comments?
Please visit this site: where advice is offered on how to form a substantive comment. There you will also find links for submitting those comments. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a comment is substantive if it points out deficiencies in the Draft EIS. Safe Skies Clean Waters Wisconsin provides a number of pointers on how to do that and how to comment effectively.
Note that NEPA doesn't forbid agencies from engaging in environmentally harmful actions. It just requires that the EIS fully explores those effects, which is why comments in this context should focus on inadequacies in the EIS. You also should contact our federal and state political representatives.
Fall Leaves/Yard Waste Collection Continues

Curbside leaf and yard waste collection is ongoing. Details can be found here. Residents have two options to learn when they should place yard waste to the curb for pick up.

Option 1: View the Map
The online map is updated at the end of each workday. Residents who use the map should check it regularly to learn when to place material out for collection.
Option 2: Call the Hotline
A recorded hotline is available to hear collection time estimates to determine when to place yard waste to the curb. The recording also details leaf and yard waste collection rules. The number is 608-267-2088. The hotline is updated weekly.

More Details on How to Place Yard Waste for Collection can be found here. Please separate yard waste & leaves from brush. They will not collect mixed piles.

Keep Streets Leaf-free
Leaves and yard waste contain phosphorus. When it rains, water flows through leaf piles in streets creating a phosphorus rich "leaf tea" that travels through storm drains to our lakes. The excess phosphorus leads to toxic algae blooms, low oxygen levels, and green murky water in our lakes - none of which are good for animals living in the water or those who use our lakes for recreation. Plus, leaf and yard waste piles can wash into the storm drains and clog them, which can lead to street ponding. 
Additional Information 
There are multiple opportunities to learn more about proper yard waste management. Residents can consult this brief guide about other ways to protect our lakes by keeping the streets leaf-free. The Ripple Effects website has detailed information about leaf management and other important storm water issues.  On the Ripple Effects website, you can sign up to receive text or email alerts on when the street gutter should be raked in advance of a rainstorm to prevent a releasing nutrients into the storm water system.

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, Oct. 21, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 5
A resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Wisconsin -Madison to allow the UW Police Department to write certain citations as City of Madison ordinance violations to be processed in Madison Municipal Court.


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 6
Judge Doyle Square Negotiation Progress Update


Agenda Item 7
2020 Executive Operating Budget
Agenda Item 8
Creating Sec. 12.177 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a City of Madison motor vehicle registration fee.
Water Utility Board: Agenda
4:30pm, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019
Water Utility Conference Room A&B 119 E Olin Avenue


Agenda Item 5
Update regarding poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)
Will include a discussion of how the board prefers to receive information about PFAS from different entities.
Common Council Executive Committee: Agenda
5:15pm, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building

SPECIAL CCEC MEETING - Aldermanic District 8 Applicant Interviews & Recommendation to Common Council

Agenda Item 4
Agenda Item 5
- Interview Questions will be asked by members of the CCEC.
- Each applicant will be allotted 15 minutes (total) to answer questions. - Applicants will be interviewed in alphabetical order.
Interview Aldermanic District 8 Applicants
Note: see Agenda for Applications
Agenda Item 6
Agenda Item 7
Alcohol License Review Committee: Agenda
5:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
Rm 201 City-County Building
Final report of the Alcohol Outlet Density Analysis City of Madison Finance Department
Note: This is a report of a city staff committee that per Common Council instructions has been studying the density of alcohol licenses in the State Street/University Avenue area and considering policy recommendations for addressing the demands on police resource and behavioral problems related to alcohol over-consumption in the area.
Board of Health for Madison and Dane County: Agenda
5:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
The Atrium Community Rooms; Villager Mall 2300 S Park St

Agenda Item 5


City of Madison General Ordinances Amendment

5.a. Amending Sections 7.07(8)(g), (10), 7.08(7)(b), 7.15(6)(e)1., 7.50(1), (4), (6), (7), (9), 7.51(3), 7.52(4), and 7.53(4) of the Madison General Ordinances to increase various fee schedules

County of Dane Code of Ordinances Amendments

5.b. Amending Chapters 45, 46 & 47 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, adjusting fees charged by Public Health and correcting administrative code references

5.c. Amending Chapter 46 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, regarding Public Health permit fees

5.d. Amending Chapter 48 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, regarding Tattoo and Body Piercing License Fees


Education Commission: Agenda
5:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 1
Discuss Renaming Committee
Agenda Item 2
Discuss Committee Membership
Agenda Item 3
Review and discuss values, parameters for identifying Education Committee work and priorities including review and discussion of previously identified list of priorities by the committee


Housing Strategy Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 24, 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, Oct. 24, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building
SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 23.62 and amending Section 1.08(3)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to regulate the distribution of plastic straws and plastic stir sticks in the City of Madison and establish a bail deposit for violation thereof.
Note: I am co-sponsoring this proposed new ordinance along with Alders Abbas, Foster, and Lemmer. 
From the Drafter's Analysis: This ordinance is not meant discourage restaurants from having straws on site for customers who may wish to use them, including specifically for individuals with disabilities who may depend on straws to consume a beverage. To that end, this substitute clarifies that this ordinance does not prohibit restaurant staff from asking if dine-in customers want a plastic straw or stir stick or from leaving those items out for dine-in customers to take voluntarily. This substitute also reduces the fine for violations of this ordinance. Finally, this substitute delays the effective date of this ordinance to three-months after the enactment date in order to give restaurants time to implement any changes that may be required by the ordinance. 

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