City of
Madison

District 2

Alder Patrick W. Heck

Alder Patrick W. Heck

Alder Patrick W. Heck

Contact Information

Home Address:

123 N. Blount St. #303
Madison , WI 53703

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 Feb. 17 Meetings of Interest for District 2

February 14, 2020 5:59 PM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

Vote

You Can Register to Vote on Election Day - Tuesday, Feb. 18

Although voter registration is not available the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before an election, voters are able to register at the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 18. This important primary election includes races for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Madison Metropolitan School Board District. To obtain a sample ballot visit this site.

Polls are open on Election Day from 7:00am to 8:00pm. Voters may verify their registration here and more information on what identification is required to register on Tuesday is here.

Anyone who moved prior to Feb. 9 – even to a new apartment in the same building – will need to update their voter registration. Voters who moved within 10 days of the primary will not have been at their new address long enough to establish residency for voting purposes, and will only be eligible to vote at the polling location for their previous address.

Feb. 19 Steering Committee Meeting For Proposed Redevelopment on 400 Block E. Washington

The James Madison Park District, part of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., is forming a steering committee to review the LZ Ventures redevelopment proposal for the north side of 400 block of E. Washington Ave. All are invited to participate. CNI President Eli Judge is organizing the committee, so if you'd like to participate and/or stay informed contact Eli at president@capitolneighborhoods.org.
 
Steering Committee meeting details:
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:00-8:00pm
Central Library, Room 301, 201 W. Mifflin Street
 
The developer presented their proposal at a Jan. 30 neighborhood meeting. Concerns were raised about the displacement of current residents in affordably priced rental units, demolition of historic homes, and the proposed building's scale compared to the homes nearby/behind. Some thought that the increase in housing density could help to address Madison's housing shortage and found the scale/design appropriate.
 
The proposal includes demolition of the Klinke Cleaners building, 3 houses, and 2 single-story commercial buildings, all between 402 and 414 E. Washington, as well as houses at 9 N. Hancock, 8 N. Franklin, and 12 Franklin. The developer then proposes a 10-story market rate apartment building on E. Wash dropping to 8 stories in the rear with several levels of parking underneath. A commercial space is planned on E. Washington on the first floor with a smaller commercial space at the corner of E. Washington and N. Franklin.
 
The Urban Design Commission considered an informational presentation of the proposal at their Jan. 29 meeting. The developer's slides and the city staff report for that meeting can be found here. Note that the proposal is expected to evolve as the developer receives input.
 

Census Workers

Good Paying Census Jobs Right Here in Dane County!

Carrying out the 2020 Census is a massive operation, with more than 500,000 temporary and part-time federal jobs nationwide. That means people are needed to work in their local communities to make sure there is a complete and accurate count.

Right now, only 40% of the needed 2020 Census positions in Dane County have been filled. Census jobs start at $22/hour, with flexible hours and paid training. Everyone who's 18 or older and has documentation to work in the US is encouraged to apply. Madison needs census-takers that are reflective of our diverse population.  People can earn extra money with a good-paying job while also participating in an effort that supports our democracy and leads to a stronger community. Applications and more information are available on the Census Bureau's website at 2020census.gov/jobs.

Coronavirus

Update from Public Health on the Novel Coronavirus

Dane County currently has one case of coronavirus. The risk of coronavirus to the public remains lows. More details from Public Health Madison & Dane County can be found here and on PHMDC's Facebook page.

Officer Lema Hernandez

UWPD Announces New Downtown Liaison Police Officer

The UW-Madison Police Department has announced its first Downtown Liaison Officer. Police Officer Diego Lema Hernandez was selected from a handful of internal candidates.

Similar to other Community Officers, the Officer Lema Hernandez will work to engage with students and other campus partners, connect students with necessary resources, and provide a link between UWPD and MPD police response in the Langdon and State Stree areas. While the primary jurisdiction and call-for-service response for these areas will remain with the City of Madison, the UWPD Downtown Liaison Officer will have the ability to exercise specific enforcement authority as appropriate – but will primarily focus efforts on building relationships, providing advocacy, and serving as an additional resource dedicated to promoting safety in the off-campus community. More details here.

Plastic Straw Regulations Pass Common Council

On Feb. 4, the Common Council passed a new ordinance that prohibits bars and restaurants from distributing plastic straws and plastic stir sticks unless a customer wants one. Reduction of single-use plastic should be a priority at the state and federal levels and is of tremendous global concern, so I was happy to sponsor this new ordinance along with Alders Abbas, Foster, Rohrer, and Lemmer.

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. It also does not prohibit bar and 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. The ordinance will not take effect until May of 2020 to give establishments time to implement any changes that may be required by the ordinance. 

While plastic straws are a small component of overall single-use plastic usage, the State of Wisconsin prohibits municipalities from regulating the use of containers, e.g.., plastic grocery bags, beverage containers, etc., so regulating plastic straws is about the only option for reducing plastic usage through regulation. Hopefully, educational efforts will help reduce other single-use plastic usage until the state legislature addresses this important environmental issue.

Dogs on Leash

Parks Commissioners Endorse Allowing Dogs On-Leash in Parks

The Board of Parks Commissioners has endorsed a proposed ordinance change and new policies that will allow on-leash dogs in most city parks. Dogs will not be allowed on or near playgrounds, athletic fields when activities are occurring, conservation parks, and in several other locations/circumstances. The proposed policies can be found here. The Board of Public Works will consider this ordinance change on Feb. 19 (see meeting details below) and the Common Council is expected to vote on the changes at our Feb. 25 meeting.

Most city residents will have a designated dog-free park within a reasonable distance from their homes. Designation as a dog-free park will be made by the Parks Division in concurrence with the Parks Commissioners. Modifying the list of dog-free parks will not require an ordinance change, so I anticipate that the list could change if, in the future, the community expresses a strong desire to have dogs at a particular dog-free park or vice versa. In District 2, the proposed dog-free list includes only Period Garden Park and the closest dog-free parks are in the Marquette neighborhood.

126 Langdon

126 Langdon St. Redevelopment Proposal On Hold
 
Core Spaces' proposal for an apartment building at 126 Langdon St. was considered by the Urban Design Commission on Feb. 12. Although UDC's input in this situation was advisory only, they voted 5-0 not to recommend the approval of two bonus floors of height that would allow the rear section of the proposed building to be 7 stories rather than the 5 allowed by right in the zoning district for the site.
 
Since the UDC meeting, the development team has indicated that on Feb. 24 they will ask Plan Commission to refer the proposal to an unknown future meeting "to allow additional evaluation of the development options for the site". If the proposal comes forward in the future, I'll be sure to notify stakeholders.
 
The development team, neighbors, and the city have worked many hours on the proposal and I thank them all for their efforts. The proposal did improve as a result of the neighborhood process, but appears to need additional changes if it is to move forward.

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City Meetings of Interest to District 2

Below are some pertinent agenda items from various city committees that are meeting this week. If you click on a meeting agenda below, then click on an agenda item of interest, you will see all documents that have been submitted on that item.

The city meeting agenda items are open for testimony from the public should you be interested in weighing in. Also, committees and commissions have an opportunity at the beginning of each agenda for Public Comment on items not on the agenda. I also appreciate hearing from you on any items on which you have a particular interest or concern.

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Transportation Policy and Planning Board: Agenda
5:00pm, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building
 
Agenda Item E.1.
Metro Network Structure Study RFP Review (10 minutes)
 
Agenda Item E.2.
FTA Small Starts Overview (Tom Lynch, 20 minutes)
Note: This is the federal grant program that the City is applying for in order to fund the majority of capitol costs for the East-West BRT route.
 
Agenda Item E.3.
Update on MPO Transit Development Plan and TPPB Involvement Options (10 minutes)
 
Agenda Item E.4.
BRT Routing - Downtown and West Side Route Recommendations (15 minute update, 45 minute discussion)
 
Agenda Item E.5.
BRT Routing Resolution
 
Agenda Item E.7.
Complete Streets RFP Update and Review (5 minutes, Tom Lynch)
 
Agenda Item E.8.
MOAPS Extension Resolution (10 minutes)
Note: This resolution would extend the deadline for a final report of a Staff Team studying parking policies to be issued by April 30, 2021 rather than April 30, 2020, and also extends the deadline for ordinance and policy changes from Sept. 30, 2020 to a time determined by TPPB. These changes are requested primarily because projects and studies associated with Bloomberg Harvard Learning are expected to continue through the second quarter 2020, and the research and innovation techniques learned will be valuable to the Staff Team's work toward developing policy options related to parking.
 
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Integrated Pest Management Policy Review Task Force: Agenda
3:00pm, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Rm 202 Madison Municipal Building
 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Pesticide Applications for CDA Housing Sites (Liz Yszenga, CDA Housing)

PUBLIC INPUT PLANNING PROCESS

REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON CITY IPM POLICY

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Complete Count Committee: Agenda
4:00pm, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building
 
Agenda Item 1
STAFF UPDATE ON CITY 2020 CENSUS ACTIVITIES
a. 2/10 Census Bureau Madison Office Open House
b. 2/17 City of Madison Census Press Event
c. Community Partners Update
d. Census Events Calendar
e. Census Jobs Publicity
 
Agenda Item 2
COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE CENSUS OUTREACH DISCUSSION
a. Dane County and State of Wisconsin Complete Count Committee Updates
b. CCC member updates on outreach to community groups, business groups, and other organizations
c. Strategies/coordination on further 2020 Census outreach, and needed staff support for outreach

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Board of Public Works: Agenda
4:30pm, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Rm 108 City-County Building
 

ITEMS REFERRED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL

Agenda Item 9
Creating Sec. 8.195 and amending Sections 8.19, 23.32 and 1.08 of the Madison General Ordinances to create Dog Recreation Areas and to reorganize and recreate a unified ordinance relating to dogs on City property and dog recreation areas.
Lead agency is Board of Park Commissioners with additional referral of the Board of Public Works.
REPORT BY CITY PARKS RECOMMEND TO ADOPT
Note: See Updates above for more details on this proposed ordinance.
 
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Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks: Agenda
6:00pm, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Goodman Maintenance Facility 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway
 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Agenda Item 5
Community Engagement and Input
 
Agenda Item 6
Task Force Deliberation, Discussion, and Possible Recommendations
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Homeless Services Consortium Board of Directors: Agenda
11:00am, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 South Park St, Rm 101
 
Agenda Item 5
Review and Approval of EHH Application Materials – Melissa Mennig (30 minutes)
 
Agenda Item 6
Review and Approval of Compensation Policy – Liz Duffie (20 minutes)
 
Agenda Item 7
Update from Shelter Provider's Committee – Liz Duffie (10 minutes)
 
Agenda Item 8
Update from Board Workgroup on Committees – Natalie Deibel (5 minutes)
 
Agenda Item 9
Review and Approval of updates to Written Standards: Emergency Transfer, Weather Policy and Disposal of Possessions Policy – Melissa Mennig (25 minutes)
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Plan Commission: Agenda
5:00pm, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building
 
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE PLAN COMMISSION

SPECIAL ITEMS OF BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 1
Legal Framework for Sustainability in Ordinances
 
Agenda Item 2
Overview of the draft changes to the City of Madison Stormwater Ordinance (MGO Ch. 37)

Agenda Item 3
Potential Zoning changes related to the Urban Forestry Task Force Report
 
Agenda Item 4
Informational Presentations on Bird-Friendly Glass
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Public Safety Review Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
Rm 204 Madison Municipal Building

Note: The agenda for this meeting was not available at publication, but can later be found here.

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