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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 Dec. 16 Meetings of Interest for District 2

December 14, 2019 9:17 AM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

Dec. 14 Fireworks Display Offshore of the Edgewater Hotel
On Saturday, Dec. 14, between 6:00pm and 6:30pm fireworks will be launched offshore of the Edgewater Hotel for a private event. The fireworks display is expected to last 10 to 12 minutes. The city allows these types of fireworks displays via application that includes a $250 City application fee, a $250 permit fee and application to the Fire Department, at least a $1 million liability insurance policy, and several other requirements.
Public Market Holiday
Dec. 14: Future Public Market Hosts Holiday Event
This holiday season, the Madison Public Market team is opening the doors of the future home in the Fleet Services Building for a special holiday event! Saturday, Dec. 14th they are hosting a festive holiday market from 11am – 3pm. Not only will you get a look inside the Market's future home, but you'll also have a chance to meet many local merchants, musicians and more.

This free event will feature holiday-themed performances, crafts for the little ones by Madison Public Library, and a special visit from our favorite sleigh-rider. Stop by to mingle with your Madison neighbors, stock up on last-minute gifts, and warm up with some of Madison's one-of-a-kind lunch and snack items for purchase. We hope to see you there! For more event details and updated information, join us on Facebook.
Madison Police Department Community Survey Deadline Dec. 15
MPD has launched a community survey and the deadline for participating is Dec. 15. MPD asks that you take a few minutes to complete the survey. In order for the City of Madison Police Department to improve their service(s) to the community, they need and value your feedback. One of MPD's core values is a commitment to continuous improvement and your insights will aid them as they consider ways in which they can modify or enhance our service model(s). The survey can be found here
Dec. 16 Steering Committee Meeting Continues Evaluation of 126 Langdon Street Proposal

The second steering committee meeting of neighbors evaluating Core Spaces' proposal for an apartment building at 126 Langdon St. will be held Monday, Dec. 16, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Kennedy Manor, 1 Langdon St. At this meeting, the development team will be presenting their latest concepts and taking input from the steering committee that was formed at their Dec. 2 meeting.

The proposed building includes 88 apartments with a total of 373 beds and 21 parking spaces, all contained in a 5-story building along Langdon with 7 stories in the rear. An outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and deck is proposed atop the 5th floor building section. 

The developers presented their latest renderings and concepts at the Dec. 11 Urban Design Commission meeting. This was their second informational presentation to UDC with formal consideration by UDC and Plan Commission expected in February. The city staff report to UDC for the Dec. 11 meeting is here; a article on the proposal is here, and an Isthmus article can be found here.

Understanding the Impacts of PFAS

The Madison Water Utility has published an informative discussion on the dangerous chemicals known as PFAS that are threatening our surface and ground water, as well as the environment in general. You can read it here: "We'll be doing this forever." Understanding the impact of PFAS.

The article also touches on Well 15, drinking water and waste water testing, and fish advisories in Starkweather Creek. An article about some local concerns can be found here; the state government's most recent actions are detailed here, and the latest federal Environmental Protection Agency information and considerations are here.

Parks Department Winter

Are you eager for winter recreation to begin in Madison Parks? We are too! While ice rinks and cross-country ski trails remain closed (except for a portion of the machine-made snow loop at Elver Park), we know winter fun will be here before we know it. You can find updates to all your favorites on our Winter Fun webpage. This is the best way to know if your favorite rink is open or trail is groomed. 
Please Note: If you have previously subscribed to the Ice Skating and/or Cross-Country Skiing email status updates, we are no longer emailing updates. The website is the most accurate and timely place to find updates to both ice skating and cross-country skiing. Please bookmark Winter Fun for quick access. Some important direct links follow:

Information on all ICE RINKS

Information on all SKI TRAILS

Information on all WINTER EVENTS*

Pet Licensing Helps All Animals: Public Health Urges Owners to License Their Pets

Public Health Madison & Dane County is reminding residents to purchase their annual pet licenses. The 2020 pet license year runs from January 1 to December 31. In Madison and in Dane County, it is the law that all dogs five months and older be licensed. In Madison and many cities and villages in Dane County, cats must also be licensed. More information in English here and in Spanish here.

To get a dog or cat license in Madison, visit the Public Health website. Dog owners who license their pet are able to purchase a dog park permit to enjoy the 17 off-leash dog parks in Madison and Dane County.

Note that the Parks Department continues to explore new policies related to having dogs in public parks. At this point, the most likely proposed change will be to allow dogs on leash in some or all city parks, but with restrictions near playgrounds and athletic fields. In District 2 dogs are currently allowed on leash on sidewalks/paths in James Madison Park, Burr Jones Park, and on the Yahara River Parkway, but are not allowed at all in Reynolds or Tenney Parks. I'll keep you posted on the proposed changes as they are percolate their way through the system eventually to appear on the Board of Park Commissioners agenda.

2019 Property Tax Bills

The City of Madison Treasurer's Office is now accepting 2019 property tax payments. 2019 property tax bills have been mailed and are now available online here.

As mentioned on the Treasurer's Office tax payment website, there are several methods of payment. With Enrolled Payments you may pay online using your checking/savings account. Another option is payment by phone. Property owners are also able to make a onetime payment by credit or debit card or accessing a checking or savings account. There is a fee for using a credit or debit card but none for using a checking or savings account. Residents are able to submit their payments by mail.

All tax payments postmarked on or before December 31, 2019 will be processed as having been paid in 2019.

Dec. 23 and 24 Lane Closure on 1000 Block of E. Mifflin St.

On Monday 12/23 and Tuesday 12/24, CG Schmidt and Dawes Crane will be erecting a tower crane on the Lyric II construction site in the 1000 blocks of E. Mifflin Street and E. Washington. For these 2 days they plan to close the 1000 block of E. Mifflin to through vehicle traffic for the crane installation but leave a 10' wide lane on the north side of the street to maintain two-way bike traffic. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on the north side of the street. Once the crane is erected, bike and car traffic should return to its current state.

Jan. 6 Informational Meeting on Liquor License Application at Dark Horse

Please join me and the owners of Dark Horse for a meeting where we will hear about their application for a Class B Beer & Liquor license. The proposed license will be at their new restaurant at 10 N. Livingston (formerly Sujeo). Patrick DePula of Salvatore's Tomato Pies is proposing Dark Horse as a full-service restaurant. The projected hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11am until 2pm and 4:30 to 10pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 2pm and 4:30pm until 12am, and Sunday from 4 to 9pm. Dark Horse may also ask for extended hours on evenings when there are concerts at the Sylvee. At the informational meeting you will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback, see their facilities, and learn about their business.

Meeting Details:

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, 5:30pm
10 N. Livingston Street

If you are unable to attend, please email me with your thoughts and input or consider attending the Jan. 15 Alcohol Licensing Review Committee meeting when they will consider the Dark Horse application.


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


Committee on the Environment: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019
Rm 108 City-County Building

Discussion Items
Agenda Item 1
Committee on the Environment Statement of Purpose
Members to discuss and draft letter to mayor regarding the mission of COE and recommendations for the committee going forward.
Agenda Item 2
Small Engine Tool Emissions and Lawn Tool Exchange Program
Continued discussion of steps of what an electric lawn tool incentive program would look like.
Sustainable Madison Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019
Rm 207 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 1
Orientation / History of Madison Sustainability.


Agenda Item 3
Update: City/MGE Agreement and Working Group
Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee: Agenda
5:30pm, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 2
Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance
- Standards for Maintenance
- Standards for Repairs
- Standards for Alterations
- Standards for Additions
- Standards for New Structures


Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee: Agenda
3:00pm, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
1402 Wingra Creek Parkway Goodman Maintenance Facility


Agenda Item 5
Public Art in Parks


Agenda Item 8
Political Rallies in Parks
Economic Development Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda item 1
Update Regarding Kiva Madison Program by EDD Staff
Agenda item 3
Connect Madison Economic Development Strategy Implementation
Reporting and Discussion Regarding Work Priorities:
1)  Equity Lens (Sabrina Madison)
2)  Business Assistance Team (Susan Bulgrin)
3)  Development Districts (Craig Stanley)
4)  Business Retention and Expansion (Frank Staniszewski)
5)  Business Coalition for Transportation (Grant Foster)
6)  Youth Work-Based Learning Opportunities (Seth Lentz)
Alcohol License Review Committee: Agenda
5:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
Rm 108 City-County Building
18+ Center for Visual & Performing Arts License
Agenda Item 12
18+ Center for Visual & Performing Arts License
BK Madison Investments LLC • dba Luchador Tequila & Taco Bar
Capacity: 150
558 State St • Agent: Brano Kruger
Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 30% alcohol, 70% food
Aldermanic District 2 (Alder Heck) • Police Sector 403

Recessed Public Hearing

Agenda Item 14
Public Hearing - New License
BK Madison Investments LLC • dba Luchador Tequila & Taco Bar
58 State St • Agent: Brano Kruger • Estimated Capacity: 150
Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 30% alcohol, 70% food
Aldermanic District 2 (Alder Heck) • Police Sector 403
Agenda Item 15
Public Hearing - New License
Grace Coffee East• dba Grace Coffee
1216 East Washington • Agent: Nicole Bloomer
Estimated Capacity (In/Out): 30-50/10-20
Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 20% alcohol, 80% food
Aldermanic District 2 (Alder Heck) • Police Sector 407
Discussion Items

Agenda Item 22
Discussion as a Result of Alcohol Density Study

• Handling of capacity numbers for alcohol licensees.
• Discuss City staffing resources related to issuance, monitoring, and enforcement activities associated with Alcohol Licenses.
• Policy for high density areas anywhere in the city (not just in the current overlay district).
• Discussion and potential adoption of recommendations to the Common Council arising from the results of the Density Study and related aspects of Alcohol licensing and monitoring.
Agenda Item 23
Discussion regarding operator license equity analysis, including possibly creating subcommittee for operator license approvals between regular ALRC meetings.
Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee: Agenda
5:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 1
Draft Historic Preservation Plan
 -Approve Draft Plan
Urban Forestry Task Force: Agenda
12:00pm, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019
Rm 151 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 5
Review of Urban Forestry Task Force Subcommittee Recommendations
Agenda Item 6
Review Final Report and Recommendations Feedback from City Committees, Commissions, and Boards
Agenda Item 7
SUBSTITUTE - Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force.
Agenda Item 8
Discussion of Organizational Changes
Housing Strategy Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019
Rm 302 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 6a
Housing Snapshot Presentation
Landlord Tenant Issues Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019
Rm 010 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 2
Update on new members

Agenda Item 3
Landlords and Voter Registration Information Rent Abatement Accessibility

Agenda Item 4
Landlord Retaliation and Evictions

Agenda Item 5
Add to List of Best Practices in Response to Changes in Law

Zoning Board of Appeals: Agenda
5:00pm, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019
Rm 013 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 2
Cindy Sullivan and Alan Mross request front and rear yard setback variances to allow for additions to the existing two-story three family dwelling as follows: a 3rd level elevated deck at the front of the structure; a 3rd level elevated deck, reconstructed and expanded porch, and new 1st level elevated deck/landing at the rear. Alder District #2

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