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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 March 2 Meetings of Interest for District 2

March 1, 2020 9:18 AM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

Bus Stop Changes

Metro Proposes Changes along Johnson and Gorham Streets

On Wednesday, March 11, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. to discuss potential service updates proposed to go into effect in August. In District 2, the biggest impacts of the proposed changes would be a reduction in the evening and late night service area on the current Route 81. The proposal includes ending service at N. Franklin St. rather than N. Ingersoll St. The proposal would also close some stops along Johnson/Gorham and open others.

Meeting details can be found here, as well as how to weigh in via mail or email.

Steering Committee Meeting Date TBD for Proposed Redevelopment on 400 Block E. Washington

The James Madison Park District steering committee that is reviewing the LZ Ventures redevelopment proposal for the north side of 400 block of E. Washington Ave has not yet set its next meeting date and location. Those details should be announced in the coming week. Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., President Eli Judge is organizing the committee, so if you'd like to participate and/or stay informed contact Eli at
Note that on March 11, the Urban Design Commission is expected to see a second informational presentation on the proposal. As always, all are welcome to attend; meeting details will be published in next week's Alder Updates.
126 Langdon Proposal
126 Langdon St. Redevelopment Proposal Still On Hold
As mentioned in my Feb. 17 Alder Update, on Feb. 12 the Urban Design Commission voted not to recommend the approval of two bonus floors of height for Core Spaces' proposed apartment building at 126 Langdon Street. On Feb. 24, the Plan Commission voted to refer the proposal to an unknown future meeting "to allow additional evaluation of the development options for the site", per the request of the developer. If the proposal comes forward in the future, I'll be sure to notify stakeholders.

City Proposes Two Options for an Off-Leash Dog Park 

The City of Madison is seeking public input on the location of a future off-leash dog exercise area on the city's east side. Two potential locations are under consideration, one will be selected:

A public meeting will be held at the below time and location where city staff will present the proposed options and seek input.

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Commons Room, 3330 Atwood Ave.

If you are unable to attend and would like to comment on the proposed options, please contact Mike Sturm at (608) 267-4921 or More info here.

Final Environmental Impact Statement for F-35's at Truax Released

The United States Air Force has released the Final EIS for the F-35 installation. The Final EIS is substantially similar to the Draft EIS that was released in August of last year and still predicts the significant and disproportionate negative impacts to those living closest to the airport. A final record of decision is expected following a 30-day waiting period (no sooner than March 30, 2020). For analylsis and ways to express opposition to the F-35 installation, visit Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin.


Community Input Requested for City of Madison Golf Courses

Madison has a unique opportunity to evaluate both the golf and non-golf uses for its four golf courses through the work of the Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks. Madison Parks is hosting two community engagement meetings and offering an online survey to gather public input for the purposes of informing the Task Force. Information gathered at the community engagement meetings and through the online survey will be considered by the Task Force.

The survey is open February 28 - March 31, 2020. Take ONLINE SURVEY

The Public Input Meetings are:

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Evjue Commons, 3330 Atwood Ave.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Goodman Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway

More info here.

Parks In Winter

ICE SKATING - End of Season
Some facilities are still open, but not staffed. Take advantage of these last days! LEARN MORE

All trails are currently open, but facility openings vary. LEARN MORE 


Voter ID Requirements for the Presidential Primary

With the Presidential Primary only six weeks away, the City of Madison Clerk's Office asks voters to help make sure their friends and family are prepared to vote with an acceptable voter ID. Wisconsin law specifies the forms of identification that can be used for voting purposes - details here.


Metro Transit Now Accepting Bus Lines Poetry Submissions

Attention all area residents, students, transit riders and writers: Metro Transit and Madison's Poet Laureate invite you to send short poems, haiku, prose poems, or excerpts from longer poems, 3–15 lines total, to the 2020 Bus Lines open call for poetry. This year's theme is "How riding the bus is good for us and the planet."

Submissions can be made in any language. Poems in a different language must include an English version in order for full consideration. Selected poems will be transformed into moving art by Edgewood College Graphic Design students. The final designs will be approved by the Edgewood College Graphic Design Professor with consultation with the Poet Laureate and Metro Transit. More information here - entries are due on Friday, March 6.


Update from Public Health on the Novel Coronavirus
Dane County currently has no cases of coronavirus. The risk of coronavirus to the public remains low. More details from Public Health Madison & Dane County can be found here and on PHMDC's Facebook page.
Cookies with Cop
A Rendition of "Coffee with a Cop", CNI brings "Cookies with a Cop"!

Join downtown area neighbors and Police Officer Kraig Kalka for a conversation about safety in Madison's downtown neighborhoods. Bring your questions, concerns, and thoughts. 

The event will be held on Thursday, March 5th at the Kennedy Manor Dining Room (1 N Langdon). Doors open at 5:45pm. Discussion will begin at 6pm. Parking is permitted on Wisconsin Ave and Gilman St. Attendees cannot park in the Kennedy Manor parking lot. Topics that will be addressed through a facilitated discussion include: 

  1. An update on crime in downtown Madison 
  2. Personal safety for residents
  3. When to call 911? When to report a crime?
  4. Steps to take to keep your neighborhood safe 
  5. Resident Q&A  

Cookies will be provided! To learn more about Capitol Neighborhoods, please visit their website or their Facebook page.

Dog on Leash

Update: Dogs On-Leash Policies in City Parks

As reported earlier, the Board of Park Commissioners has endorsed a proposed ordinance change and new policies that will allow on-leash dogs in most city parks. Under the new policies, 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 as currently written can be found here.

The proposed policies and ordinance have been updated over the past weeks and more tweaks could be proposed, but the changes are now expected to be considered by the Common Council at our March 3 meeting. See that meeting's agenda below in Meetings of Interest. At this time, it is expected that the only totally dog-free park in District 2 will be Period Garden Park, but per the proposed new ordinance and policies, the list of dog-free parks can be altered in the future with consent of the Parks Superintendent and the Parks Commissioners; future changes do not have to be approved by Common Council.

City Asks for Public Feedback on New Stormwater Guidelines

Over the past 3 years, Madison and surrounding areas have experienced a large number of extreme storm events. When the stormwater system is overloaded with too much storm or rainwater, either in heavy rainstorms or multiple heavy rainstorms in a short amount of time, flooding happens.

Madison ordinances include requirements for water quality, water quantity and erosion control design standards for anyone who wants to build in the City of Madison. City engineers reviewed the current ordinance and standards. Based on the recent heavier rainfall the area is experiencing, City engineers updated the standards to support expected larger and more intense rain storms.

The proposed changes have been posted and are ready for review and feedback. A series of public meetings are scheduled to take feedback on the proposed changes. Meeting details and contact info here. Note that the March 5 meeting will be presented from a more public perspective, which will include background, general overviews and proposed changes to the ordinance. Emailed comments should be sent to by April 10, 2020.

Madison Arts Commission Annual Arts Grants Opportunity 2020-2021

The City of Madison distributes funds to Madison artists and non-profit organizations through the Madison Arts Commission's annual grant programs. The updated guidelines and application for 2020 are now published on MAC's website. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2020. More details and info on Grant Writing Workshops and assistance here.


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.


Committee on the Environment: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, March 2, 2020
Rm 103A City-County Building
Agenda Item 1
Sustain Repealing Section 33.11, amending Sections 33.23(2) and 33.31 of the Madison General Ordinances to eliminate the Committee on the Environment.

Agenda Item 2
Small Engine Tool Emissions and Lawn Tool Exchange Program
Transportation Policy and Planning Board: Agenda
5:00pm, Monday, March 2, 2020
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item E
MPO Transit Development Plan and TPPB Involvement (10 minutes, Bill Schaefer)
Agenda Item F
Proposed Bike Registration Changes (10 minutes Renee Callaway)
Agenda Item G
Complete Streets RFP (10 minutes, Renee Callaway)

Agenda Item J
MOAPS Resolution (10 minutes, Tom Lynch)
Title: Amending the timeline for final Staff Team recommendations on parking policies as adopted by
Agenda Item K
Regional Transit Subgroup (33.55(6)(g) (10 minutes, Board Chair)
City-County Homeless Issues Committee: Agenda
6:00pm, Monday, March 2, 2020
Rm 204 Madison Municipal Building
1. Discussion and Possible Recommendations Regarding Review of 2019 City of Madison and Dane County Affordable Housing Development Fund RFPs


City-County Homeless Issues Committee: Agenda
6:30pm, Monday, March 2, 2020
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building


Summary of the Martin v. Boise case and potential implications for the City of Madison - City of Madison Attorney's Office
Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Summary of the Martin v. Boise case and potential implications for the City of Madison


Public Safety Review Committee: Agenda
6:30pm, Monday, March 2, 2020
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building


Note: See Agenda Items Above
Common Council Executive Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 6
Presentation: External Funding Sources Available for Affordable Housing Development & Preservation - Linette Rhodes, Community Development Division
Agenda Item 7
Amending Section 8.41(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to modify the number of resident members of the Downtown Coordinating Committee to include one (1) student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Agenda Item 9
Creating the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Structure of City Government (TFOGS) Final Report Implementation Work Group.


Agenda Item 10
Update: President's Work Group on Council Communication Tools & Processes (3/3/20) - Ald. Grant Foster, Chair
Agenda Item 11
Update: President's Work Group to Review Applicable APM's (3/3/20) - Ald. Marsha Rummel, Chair
Agenda Item 12
Update: Common Council Chief of Staff (3/3/20) - Kwasi Obeng
- March 5th, Civic Health Report of the State of Wisconsin
- Civic Engagement with Dr. Todd Newman's class, Dept of Life Science Communication (through UW Morgridge Center for Public Service)
- Building connections May Beth Collins, Executive Director, Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies
- April 9 getting work done, Center for Community and Non-profit Studies annual event
Common Council: Agenda
6:30pm, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Rm 201 City-County Building




Agenda Item 13
Creating Section 28.022 - 00420 of the Madison General Ordinances to amend a Planned Development District at property located at 216 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Aldermanic District, to approve an Amended General Development Plan, and creating Section 28.022 - 00421 to amend a Planned Development District to approve a Specific Implementation Plan.
Recent Legislative History
- On a motion by Sundquist, seconded by Ald. Lemmer, that the applicant work with staff to explore improving the bird strike performance of the proposed building. The motion to add the condition passed by voice vote/ other.
The main motion to recommend approval with the additional condition passed by voice vote/ other.
Note: This item is the Judge Doyle Square apartment building to be constructed by Stonehouse Development on top of the new E. Wilson parking structure podium
Agenda Item 14
Creating Sections 28.022 - 00426 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 202 North First Street, 12th Aldermanic District, from TE (Traditional Employment) and CN (Conservancy) Districts to PD(GDP) Planned Development (General Development Plan), and creating and 28.022 - 00427 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of same from PD(GDP) Planned Development (General Development Plan)District and PD(SIP) Planned Development (Specific Implementation Plan) District.
- On a motion by Rewey, seconded by Ald. Rummel, the Plan Commission added a condition by voice vote/ other that the four "green parking" spaces be converted to four Level 2 electric vehicle charging spaces.
- On a motion by Rewey, seconded by Ald. Lemmer, the Plan Commission added a condition that some covered bicycle parking be provided; the amount and location of these stalls would be determined by staff prior to final plan. The motion to amend the conditions to add the covered bike parking passed by voice vote/ other, with Cantrell voting NAY.
- The Plan Commission reiterated its support for a minimum eight (8)-foot sidewalk to be built along N FIrst Street with the project consistent with condition #5 of the Planning Division staff report.
- Members of the Plan Commission also encouraged relocation of the City's fuel facility off the subject site as soon as possible.
The main motion to recommend approval with the additional conditions and comments passed by voice vote/ other.
Note: This item is for the Public Market to be located at E. Johnson and First Streets.



Agenda Item 17
Modification of prior Common Council Proceedings of February 4, 2020 - Legistar File No. 59274 (Breese Stevens Field Informational reports regarding the 2020 Fan Access Plan and Neighborhood Impact Plan) and Legistar File No. 59428 (Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an amendment to the contract with AVA Civil Enterprises, Inc. as a sole source for Project Director Services for the private development phase of the Judge Doyle Project (Blocks 88 and 105) through December 31, 2020 (4th A.D.)).
Legislative History:
2/25/20 Attorney's Office    RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS



Agenda Item 29

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.
Sponsors: Paul E. Skidmore, Patrick W. Heck, Grant Foster, Samba Baldeh and Zachary Henak
Recent Legislative History:
2/25/20 COMMON COUNCIL    Refer to a future Meeting to Adopt to the COMMON COUNCIL
Adopt 3/3/20
Note: See Alder Updates above.


Agenda Item 54
Don Millis, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., attorney for Veritas Village, LLC, 110 N. Livingston St. - excessive assessment - $318,584.00.
Recent Legislative History:
Agenda Item 74
SUBSTITUTE - Accepting the Final Report of the Task Force on the Structure of City Government and Making Referrals to City Committees and Departments for Determination of Next Steps.
Recent Legislative History:
Agenda Item 75
Informational Report - City of Madison Workplace Climate Survey Report, prepared by the Multicultural Affairs Committee and Women's Initiatives Committee.
Recent Legislative History:


Agenda Item 77
Authorizing the City to execute an agreement with CrossFit, Inc for the temporary closure and private use of the Olin Park Boat Launch for the production of the CrossFit Games for the years of 2020-2023.
Recent Legislative History:
2/12/20 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS    Return to Lead with the Recommendation for Approval to the FINANCE COMMITTEE



Agenda Item 82
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a sole source Purchase of Services Contract with Simon and Company, Inc. for federal lobbying services for two years with the option of a two-year renewal.
Recent Legislative History:
2/25/20 COMMON COUNCIL    Refer to a future Meeting to Adopt
Adopt 3/3/20


Agenda Item 86
Supporting an application to WisDOT for Federal funding under the 2020-2024 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
Legislative History:
2/24/20 Engineering Division    Referred for Introduction
Board of Public Works (3/18/20), Transportation Commission (3/11/20)
Agenda Item 87
Authorizing the Mayor, Police Chief and the City Clerk to sign an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Milwaukee to provide law enforcement services during the 2020 Democratic National Convention for a 10 day term, beginning July 10, 2020 through July 20, 2020
Legislative History
2/25/20 Police Department    Referred for Introduction
Finance Committee, Public Safety Review Committee
Agenda Item 92
Accepting the 2020 Early Childhood Plan for Madison
Legislative History
2/26/20 Community Development    Referred for Introduction Division
Finance Committee (3/9/20), Community Development Block Grant Committee (3/5/20)
Agenda Item 93
Approving $900,000 in Federal HOME funds to provide additional support for the City's Deferred Payment Loan (DPL) homeowner rehab program and the
"Home Buy the American Dream" (HBAD) down payment assistance program.
Recent Legislative History:
Agenda Item 95
Adopting the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan.
Legislative History
2/26/20 Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development    Referred for Introduction 
Plan Commission, Board of Park Commissioners, Transportation Policy and Planning Board, Sustainable Madison Committee, Housing Strategy Committee, Urban Design Commission


Board of Health for Madison and Dane County: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, March 4, 2020
The Atrium Community Rooms; Villager Mall 2300 S. Park St



Agenda Item 6a
SECOND SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 9.29, amending Section 28.151, amending and creating portions of Section 28.211 of the Madison General Ordinances to create an annual permit for tourist rooming houses, to amend the supplemental zoning regulations applicable to tourist rooming houses, amend the definition of Tourist Rooming House and Bedroom, and create a definition for Primary Residence.


Agenda Item 6b
Board of Health-Madison & Dane County Resolution #2020-05 Authorization of Transfers for COVID-19 Response
Community Development Block Grant Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Thursday, March 5, 2020
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building

Agenda Item 1
Authorizing an allocation of up to $300,000 in Federal Community Development Block Grant Program funds to acquire and rehabilitate a site for childcare services by the Dane County Parent Council, Inc.
Agenda Item 2
Approving $900,000 in Federal HOME funds to provide additional support for the City's Deferred Payment Loan (DPL) homeowner rehab program and the
"Home Buy the American Dream" (HBAD) down payment assistance program.

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