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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 Oct. 28 Meetings of Interest for District 2

October 25, 2019 6:32 PM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest


Freakfest Traffic Detours on Saturday
Multiple streets around State Street will be closed on Saturday, Oct, 26 for the 14th annual Freakfest event. Streets crossing State Street will begin closing at 5:00pm. Streets will be closed until approximately 3:00am on Sunday, Oct. 27.

West Dayton, West Johnson and North Lake Streets will close at 5:00pm. West Gorham St. will stay open until 6:00pm. Two earlier closures are required for the construction of concert stages. West Gilman will be closed between State and North Henry starting at 8:00 a.m. West Mifflin St. will be closed at Wisconsin Ave. starting at 2:00pm.

A map of the street closures (with times) is available here. Metro Transit detours affecting several routes will begin on Friday, October 25 at 6:00pm. Specific details and maps are available here.

All parked bicycles will be removed from the entire length of State Street and some side streets on Saturday. State Street event gates will be enforced from 7:00pm until 1:30am. During this time, an event ticket will be needed to cross or enter State Street.

East Johnson Street to Close for Four Days

A full traffic closure of East Johnson Street (inbound and outbound) from N. Baldwin to First Street is planned for Thursday, October 31, through Sunday, November 3, for surface paving and pavement marking. Detours for inbound and outbound Johnson, Fordem, and N. Baldwin will be posted. Additional lanes will be open on First Street to accommodate the detours. As always, weather could impact the closure schedule. More details on detours, etc., are forthcoming.

Yahara River Bike/Pedestrian Underpass to Close for Up to Four Days

From Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 2, the Yahara River bike/pedestrian path that goes under E. Johnson Street will be closed as part of the E. Johnson reconstruction project. If weather cooperates, it is possible that the closing will end on Nov. 1. During the underpass closing, the sidewalk on the Tenney Park side of the E. Johnson bridge will be open for pedestrian and bike traffic and will have fencing and barriers for protection from any car traffic. Those pedestrians and cyclists traveling across the bridge will need to cross Johnson at Fordem or Baldwin.

With the full closure of East Johnson for most of these days (all except for Oct. 30), crossing the East Johnson bridge and East Johnson itself should be quite safe for those not able to use the underpass. However, please be safe crossing or driving on E. Johnson and on our neighborhood streets.

-- Visit this website for information on the project where you can obtain project info, including a map of the current project stage (Stage 4), although the temporary closings of the bridge and underpass are not indicated on the map.

-- If you have concerns or questions about pedestrian, bicycle, or car traffic routes/safety during the project, email Jeremy Nash in the city's Traffic Engineering Division.


City Capital and Operation Budget and Processes Explained

You have likely heard a lot about the City's ongoing budget process. You have also likely been slightly confused about the differences between the Capital and Operating Budgets, how the process works, and where to find out about budget issues that are important to you and how to weigh in on those matters and when.

My colleague, District 19 Alder Keith Furman, recently posted a detailed explanation of the budget process that can answer many of those questions. I recommend checking out his very informative update here, but do drop me an email if you have questions and/or input on the budget. Many thanks to Alder Furman for writing such a thorough summary.

Proposed Vehicle Registration Fee
I agree with the many folks that have contacted me with concerns that the proposed motor vehicle registration fee of $40 is regressive. It particularly hits those on fixed incomes and lower income folks. This approach to funding our city services and needs is not a good option, but it seems to be the only one available to us given the restrictions forced upon Wisconsin municipalities by our state legislature. Much of the money raised by the fee frees up other revenue that will support the Police and Fire Departments and other key services. Please contact me with your concerns and if you have ideas for how to fund our city's needs.
Langdon Street Development Proposal at UDC on Oct. 30
Core Spaces' proposal for redeveloping 126 Langdon Street will be considered by the Urban Design Commission (UDC) on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The meeting begins at 4:30pm in Room 153 of the Madison Municipal Building. The agenda can be found here. Note that this meeting is for informational purposes only; UDC will not be voting on the proposal, but will give feedback. Those who wish to give public testimony should register to speak at the meeting.
The developer's submitted application materials for what they are calling Hub II can be found here.
Core Spaces (formerly Core Campus) is proposing an apartment building on the site of the recently demolished "The Langdon" apartments. The proposed building would 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. 

Note that formal consideration of the proposal by the city is expected in January/February of 2020.

BRT Square 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

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

2019 Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable - Nov. 2

The City of Madison Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable 2019 will bring together hundreds of the most thoughtful, conscious, and caring people involved in neighborhoods across our city. Residents, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, faith-based leaders and local elected officials will all be under one roof.

REGISTER HERE, spots are limited!

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Madison Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street
9:00 a.m. to Noon

* Free of charge * Childcare, Language Interpretation and Light Refreshments

  • Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway Q&A
  • Affordable housing 101, what's happening in Madison, and ways neighbors/neighborhoods can help with affordable housing initiatives
  • Community-based organizations' successful neighborhood engagement efforts, and how neighbors/neighborhoods can make it happen in their areas
  • Small table conversations on working with elected officials, transportation, parks, food deserts, and much more!

If you have questions, please email or call (608) 267-8727. PARA ESPANOL 608-267-8649.

Nov. 4 Public Meeting on US 151 (E. Wilson to Blount) Reconstruction

All are invited to attend a Public Involvement Meeting for two upcoming projects along US 151 that are scheduled to be constructed concurrently in 2022:
Intersection Project:
Reconstruction of the John Nolen Drive, S. Blair St., East Wilson St, and Williamson St. intersection.
Pavement Replacement Project:
Replacement of the existing pavement, curb and gutter, plus utility replacement as needed and curb ramps along S. Blair St. and along E. Washington from Blair to Blount Streets.
Meeting Details:
Monday, Nov. 4, 6:30-8:00pm
Rm 153, Madison Municipal Building
215 MLK, Jr. Blvd
If you are unable to attend but have questions or comments, please contact Michael Bie, WisDOT Southwest Region at 2101 Wright St., Madison, WI 53704 ( or 608-246-7928)
Update on Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal
This week the Salvation Army asked that Plan Commission move consideration of their redevelopment proposal from Oct. 28 to Nov. 11. Consideration of their demolition permit and conditional uses will move to the Nov. 11 Plan Commission meeting when public testimony will be welcome, city staff will present a report on the proposal, and commissioners will ask questions and discuss the item. Note that the item will remain on the Oct. 28 Plan Commission meeting agenda, but commissioners only action at that time will be to formally refer the agenda item to their Nov. 11 meeting.
Note that on Oct. 24, the County's Health and Human Needs Committee approved a capital budget amendment that would provide $1.3M to the Salvation Army's redevelopment. That will need to pass the full County Board. The City's consideration of affordable housing funds for the proposal is likely to take place later in November/early December.

The proposal's application materials and future staff reports, etc., are housed here. TLNA's materials on the proposal can be found here. Feel free to email me with input. If you want to contact Plan Commissioners, you can send emails to Tim Parks (, the city planner for the project, asking him to pass your comments on to the Commissioners.

Nov. 1 Deadline For Commenting on the F-35s

The public comment deadline on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the F-35 beddown at Truax Field is Friday, 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: for advice on how to form a substantive comment and for 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.
Streets Division
Leaf/Yard Waste Collection Continues, Brush Collection Has Ended
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.

Curbside Brush Collection Is Over For 2019
Residents should not place brush to the curb again until regular curbside collection resumes in the spring of 2020. Residents with brush for disposal should take the material to one of the City of Madison drop-off sites.
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

Sustainable Madison Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, Oct. 27, 2019
Rm 207 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 4
Statement on F-35s at Truax


Agenda Item 5
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.
Excerpt from the Drafter's Analysis: This ordinance is not meant to 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.


Agenda Item 6
Update: RESJI / Equity Lens for 100% Renewable Energy Plan
Landmarks Commission: Agenda
5:00pm, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 2
402 N Thornton Ave - Exterior Alteration to a Designated Madison Landmark (Tenney Park) - Shoreline restoration; 2nd Ald. Dist.
Note: Due to the flooding of Tenney Park in 2018, the Parks Division is restoring the Tenney Park shorelines and planting more flood resistant species. Because Tenney Park is designated as a local landmark, the Landmarks Commission needs to grant a Certificate of Appropriateness for the project. City staff supports this COA as do I.
Plan Commission: Agenda
530pm, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Rm 201 City-County Building

Zoning Map Amendments

Agenda Item 3
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 3 should be referred to November 11, 2019 at the request of the applicant.

Conditional Use & Demolition Permits

Agenda Item 9
630-648 E Washington Avenue and 12 N Blount Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish an existing mission house building and auto sales facility; consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Employment (TE) District for a mission house; consideration of a conditional use in the TE District for community/counseling services; consideration of a parking reduction; and consideration of a conditional use in the TE district for multi-family dwellings, all to allow construction of a five-story building with a mission house, counseling services, health services and a place of worship along E Washington Avenue, and a separate three-story, 40-unit apartment building along E MIfflin Street.
Note: Item 9 should be referred to November 11, 2019 at the request of the applicant.
Complete Count Committee: Agenda
4:00pm, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 2  DISCUSSION
- Future CCC tasks (~15 minutes)
- Coordination with non-City parties on the 2020 Census (~15 minutes)
- Reaching populations not covered by current Community Partners (~15 minutes)
- Census jobs publicity (~5 minutes)
- Community Partners (~5 minutes)
- 2020 Census video (~10 minutes)
- Workplan and staff publicity efforts (~10 minutes)
Common Council: Agenda
4:30pm, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
Rm 201 City-County Building
Special Meeting - Vehicle Registration Fee Ordinance
Agenda Item 1
SUBSTITUTE Creating Sec. 12.177 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a City of Madison motor vehicle registration fee.
Recent Legislative History:
Task Force on Structure of City Government: Agenda
6:00pm, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 5
Agenda Item 6
Agenda Item 7
A. A Motion on this issue was made and tabled on October 2, 2019 and that motion has not been taken off the table.
Agenda Item 8
Agenda Item 9
Urban Design Commission: Agenda
4:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 4
126 Langdon Street - New Development of The Hub II. 2nd Ald. Dist.
Owner: Rodney King, Core Campus Manager, LLC
Applicant: Brian Munson, Vandewalle & Associates
Informational Presentation
Note: See my update on this agenda item above.
Agenda Item 5
216 S. Pinckney Street - Judge Doyle, New Development 9-Stories Containing 161 Apartment Units above the Podium with Ground Floor Retail. 4th Ald. Dist.
Owner: Rich Arnesen, Stone House Development
Applicant: Duane Johnson, Knothe & Bruce Architects, LLC
Informational Presentation
Note: This is the apartment building proposed for Judge Doyle Square atop the city's new underground parking structure and podium with parking.
Board of Public Works: Agenda
4:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 5
BPW comments on the Air National Guard Environmental Impact Statement for placement of F35 Aircraft at Truax Field 115th Fighter Wing
Joint Campus Area Committee: Agenda
4:45pm, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
WARF Building Room 132 610 Walnut Street


Agenda Item 1
Intercity Bus UW Campus Boarding Relocation Update
Project update.

Agenda Item 2


Agenda Item 4
UW Campus Master Plan Amendment
Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to Plan Commission and the UW Design Review Board concerning an amendment to the UW Campus Master Plan to clarify how building height limits are listed in the Plan.


Agenda Item 6
City of Madison Project Updates
- Mifflandia Special Area Plan
- Hilton Garden Inn, 760-780 Regent Street
- 616-632 W. Wilson St. redevelopment
- 636 W. Washington Ave. redevelopment
- 126 Langdon St. redevelopment
Note: See 126 Langdon St. update above.
Agenda Item 9
Capitol Neighborhood Association Updates
- Downtown public safety issues.
- RED application to add amplification to outdoor patio at 316 W. Washington Ave.
Transportation Commission: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item G.5.
To Approve Possible Budget Amendment to Advance the Implementation of Vision Zero
Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee: Agenda
6:00pm, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 1
Discussion of Window Maintenance and Replacement
Agenda Item 2
Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance
- Standards for Maintenance
- Standards for Repairs
- Standards for Alterations
- Standards for Additions
- Standards for New Structures

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