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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

District 2 Updates for Dec. 20

December 20, 2019 4:47 PM

District 2 Updates

Due to the holidays there are no official city meetings scheduled until Monday, January 6. I won't be publishing my usual (and sometimes exhausting) list of meetings until the first weekend in January. Unless something important comes up, you may not hear much from me as I take some time off.

Happy Holidays and if you are traveling, stay safe!

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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.

Streets Division

Tis the Season for Trash and Recycling Schedule Changes! 

News from Streets & Recycling:

Tuesday, December 24: Get the scheduled carts to the curb - normal collection occur. But, the carts *must* be out by 7:00am. We try to wrap up curbside collections by 11:00am, so we increase the solid waste collection staff. This means we get to some neighborhoods earlier than what some residents may expect. If the carts are out by 7:00am (as they should always be) then no one will miss their collection. The drop-off sites close at 11:00am.

Wednesday, December 25: No curbside collections. No drop-off sites.

Thursday, December 26: We collect from people with a Wednesday & Thursday pickup day. These folks must get the carts to the curb by 7:00am. Since we double-up the staff to perform two days' worth of collection in a single shift, crews might be in some neighborhoods at different times than what some residents expect. If the carts are out by 7:00am (as they should always be) then no one should miss their collection. Drop-off sites resume normal winter hours. 

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Clerk's Office Encourages Voters to Verify Registration

In response to last Friday's court ruling regarding the inactivation of voter registrations, the Madison City Clerk's Office strongly encourages voters to verify their registration status.

Voters with online access may verify their registration by visiting Toward the top of the webpage, they may select "Search by Name" or "My Voter Info" to search for their voter registration. The website will prompt the voter to enter their name and date of birth.

Once the voter's registration information appears on the screen, the voter should look for a status of "You are Registered to Vote!" and should verify that the current address listed is accurate. If the voter sees a green button that says, "Click Here to Confirm Your Address," that means the voter was included in the mailing the Elections Commission recently sent to all voters it believed may have moved. It is imperative that these voters click the green button to confirm their address, if accurate, or click the gray "Update Address" button to update their voter registration online.

Voters without access to the internet are encouraged to contact the City Clerk's Office to verify their voter registration status.

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 request 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 the Dark Horse application will be considered.

Jan. 9 Steering Committee Meeting Continues Evaluation of 126 Langdon St. Proposal

The third steering committee meeting of neighbors evaluating Core Spaces' proposal for an apartment building at 126 Langdon St. will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Kennedy Manor, 1 Langdon St. Please take note of the new start time.

As currently proposed, the building includes 88 apartments with a total of 373 beds and 20 parking spaces, all contained in a 5-story building along Langdon with 7 stories in the rear. A large outdoor hot tub and deck are proposed atop the 5th floor building section. 

The developers has submitted their application for Conditional Use permits; plans to support the application are here. The proposal could change in the future as result of neighborhood input, Urban Design Commission feedback, city staff input, and/or Plan Commission consideration, but that is TBD. The developer's first formal appearance at UDC could come as early as Feb. 12 with consideration by Plan Commission as soon as Feb. 24.

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Image from the City of Madison Fire Department Facebook page

Madison Fire Department Makes Switch to PFA-Free Foam

The Madison Fire Department has acquired and placed into service a brand of firefighting foam shown to be PFA-free, according to manufacturer claims and an independent test of the product. 

Effective Dec. 13, 2019, all Madison Fire Department rigs were equipped with National Foam brand's Knockdown Class A Foam Concentrate. This foam was independently tested by the University of Notre Dame to verify the fluorine levels in the product. Results of the test showed fluorine levels at 1 ppm with a margin of error of 6 ppm. Fluorinated firefighting foam products typically contain around 5,000-7,000 ppm total fluorine. 

Knockdown Class A Foam Concentrate was chosen following internal functional testing of multiple products marketed as PFA-free. In addition to its extremely low concentration of fluorine, it was selected by the Madison Fire Department for its ability to perform effectively in a wide range of temperatures, which is especially important during Wisconsin's frigid winter months. 

The Madison Fire Department has contracted with a licensed disposal company to responsibly dispose of the fluorinated foam that was previously used by the department. This switch allows the Madison Fire Department to effectively fight fires while potentially reducing the risk of environmental contamination brought forth by PFAs. 

The Madison Fire Department shares the community's concerns about the health and cleanliness of the environment. They recognize that the test results cited above are according to today's testing standards. They will continue to monitor this product as industry standards change and testing methods evolve. 

Very High PFAS Levels Detected in Starkweather Creek Foam

While the Fire Department's switch to PFAS-free foam is encouraging news for the future, the current situation on Starkweather Creek to the east and north of District 2 is quite disturbing. As reported in this article in the Wisconsin State Journal, DNR testing of creek foam in October has revealed exceptionally high levels of PFAS. As you know, many people live, recreate, and fish along Starkweather Creek, which flows directly into Lake Monona. It is clear that PFAS and PFOS contamination has the potential to become an environmental nightmare.

Mayor Rhodes-Conway latest statement on the PFAS detection can be found here, where she explains that PFAS concentrations measured in foam do not necessarily reflect the PFAS concentration in water. Given that PFAS-based fire suppression foams are still likely used at the Wisconsin Air National Guard site, that Truax Airfield is a documented PFAS source, and that the potential deployment of F-35s at Truax could result in construction projects that could disturb underground PFAS plumes, the city, county, and state, as well as the federal government, need to substantially step up monitoring, remediation, and planning for PFAS impacts.

Results of Alcohol Outlet Density Study

In October, the city's Finance Department and Public Health Madison & Dane County released a study that provides important data, analyses, and some recommendations related to the impacts of alcohol licenses throughout the city. I suggest you at least read the one-page executive summary from the report. An excellent story map of report data and highlights can be found here, which is a great tool for visual learners and those who want something easier to digest. The full report, entitled "Impacts of Alcohol Outlet Density on the Provision of City Services", can be found here.

Many thanks to former District 2 Alder Ledell Zellers, District 4 Alder Mike Verveer, and former District 8 Alder Zach Wood for their leadership in advocating for this study to be undertaken. It has already provided impetus for a proposed ordinance change and more changes could come after the report and its findings are carefully considered. The expansion of the Downtown Alcohol Overlay District that would prohibit new liquor stores and taverns in much of the western half of the State Street area is up for approval at the Jan. 7 Common Council meeting. Alders Verveer and Rohrer are sponsoring this change as am I.

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