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Alder Patrick W. Heck

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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 March 23 Meetings of Interest for District 2

March 21, 2020 2:29 PM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many canceled/postponed events and meetings. That will be the situation for some time. The information in this post is subject to change, so please use the links provided to get updated information. For an updated list of city meetings, visit the City Clerk's Meeting Schedule Page.

The Downtown Coordinating Committee held one of the first virtual city meetings on Thursday evening and, as a member of that body, I participated. There are some kinks still to be worked out, but it appears that there are tools to enable public participation and effective communication. Certainly, those without internet access and those who are not somewhat tech-savvy will potentially be disenfranchised in virtual meetings, but solutions to those problems continue to be explored. I hope we can get to the point that most city committee meetings can occur on schedule, but it appears that will take a while for those capabilities to ramp up.

City staff across all departments, especially those in Information Technology, are working long hours to enable these meetings - we owe them a great deal of gratitude, as we do the hundreds of city staff who are still working with the public and/or are unable to telecommute.

I encourage all to continue practicing social distancing, to stay calm, and to reach out virtually to those who might need help or just some company. If you need some assistance or information, please send me an email if you can't find resources below, on social media, news sites, television, or otherwise.

Where to Get COVID-19 Information

Visit this city site to get the latest information on the city's responses and services. I will post information as I can, but I recommend visiting that website to stay up to date. Some recent items posted there and elsewhere are linked below.

- Public Health Madison and Dane County Website: https://www.publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus

- TLNA list of some area restaurants that are offering to-go or delivery: http://www.tenneylapham.org

- City of Madison Engineering Division News Release: No such thing as a 'flushable' wipe.

- City Clerk News Release: City of Madison to Offer Curbside Voting for high-risk voters.

- Metro Transit bus service is running. Buses are limited to 15 passengers plus the driver. Starting Monday, March 23, Metro will be running reduced service.

- Many polling places for the Spring Election have changed. Make sure to check your polling place before voting, or request an absentee ballot.

- City of Madison news releases can be found here.

- Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway's news releases are here.

- For information on UW's response to the pandemic, visit this site.

- Madison Metropolitan School District info, including their offering Free Health Meals can be found here.

- Information about Downtown Madison's businesses during the pandemic can be found here.

- Some ways to get or offer help were mentioned in an earlier alder update here.

400 E Wash Proposal
 
Canceled: March 26 Steering Committee Meeting for Proposed Redevelopment on 400 Block E. Washington
 
The March 26 James Madison Park (JMP) District steering committee meeting for reviewing the LZ Ventures redevelopment proposal for the north side of 400 block of E. Washington Ave will not take place. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that future meetings are on hold, but any rescheduling will be noticed in my updates and the steering committee will distribute that information via their email list.
 
If you'd like to participate and/or stay informed contact Eli at president@capitolneighborhoods.org or Joe at jmartino@isi360.com
 
Note that the March 16 Landmarks Commission meeting was canceled, so they did not consider the proposed demolitions of the current structures on the site. Analyses of the properties from local preservationist Gary Tipler and from a firm hired by the developers can be found here. It is unclear when Landmarks will meet again. The developers' application and presentation to UDC from Wednesday, March 11, including both a previous and current design, can be found here.
 
Eviction Hearings On Hold Through April 17
 
This information is from District 2 County Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner - Dane County Judge Bailey-Rihn has suspended eviction hearings from 3/16 to 4/17. Heidi has also asked Sheriff Mahoney to suspend executing eviction writs, but he reportedly has not committed to that yet. State law prohibits local government from enacting or enforcing a moratorium ordinance for evictions, sadly.  If the suspension is lifted as planned, it will be a very busy May-November for evictions due to the lost income from COVID-19.
 
Please note that landlords can still file eviction cases, try to get tenants to sign bad deals, and evict tenants if they default during the current "moratorium". THERE IS NO GOOD REASON TO SIGN AN EVICTION STIP DURING THIS TIME unless you are sure you can comply and need the case closed/resolved ASAP. You can still get help from the Dane Co Eviction Defense Project for new cases by calling Heidi at 608-620-2002 or emailing hmw@legalaction.org.
 
More good information on evictions at Forward Lookout here.
 

Census 2020 Is Here!

While public events and gatherings are on hold due to COVID-19, it has never been easier to fill out the census from the safety of your own home. Visit www.my2020census.gov today to complete the census. More information on the census and why it is so important is available here.

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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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Finance Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, March 23, 2020
Room 215 Madison Municipal Building
 

Some or all of the members of the body may participate in the meeting remotely by teleconference or videoconference.

Members of the public may participate in person by attendance at the noticed location or by sending an email to members of the body at financecommittee@cityofmadison.com. Overflow rooms for the meeting are in Madison Municipal Building Room 202 and 206.

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED

Agenda Item 8
Submitting the appointment of George C. Hank III for confirmation of a five-year term as the Building Inspection Division Director.
 
Agenda Item 9
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into agreements with Abby Vans, Inc., Badger Bus Lines, Inc., and Transit Solutions, Inc. for the purpose of providing Paratransit Services to Metro Transit for a term of three (3) years from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023 with two one-year options, exercisable by the City, to extend the term. If so exercised, option year one would be from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, and option year two would be from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025. Each option shall be exercised in writing by the Metro Transit General Manager at least ninety (90) days prior to the end of the original contract term.
 
Agenda Item 10
A RESOLUTION authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a three (3) year, competitively selected service contract with the option for one (1) additional two (2) year term with Galls, LLC for the uniform management program for Fire and Police.

Agenda Item 11
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a service contract with RENEW Wisconsin, Inc. to administer the three annual MadiSUN solar programs for residential, business and a Backyard solar installations, through 2022.
 

Agenda Item 12
The proposed resolution authorizes the reallocation of up to $110,738, of funds awarded to the City of Madison by the U.S. Department of Justice under an "Our Neighborhood - A Safe and Beautiful Place" grant, to seven community agency contracts to support the goals of the grant to provide youth mentoring, safe passages and support to families programming on Madison's South West side.

Agenda Item 13
Amending the Police Department's operating budget, and authorizing the Mayor and Chief of Police to accept a Project Safe Neighborhoods grant award from the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice in the amount of $15,642 and a Dane County Narcotics Task Force subaward of $20,000 for overtime to address violence

Agenda Item 14
2019 Police Department Donation Report

Agenda Item 16
Amending the 2020 Adopted Budget to transfer the Sustainability program (operating and capital components) from the Engineering Division to the Mayor's Office.

Agenda Item 17
Supporting Madison Metro's 5339b Grant Application to Federal Transit Administration for articulated buses and bus priority measures.

Agenda Item 18
Approving Madison Metro's application for Wisconsin's Volkswagen Mitigation Program/Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program funding.

Agenda Item 19
Amending the 2020 Operating Budget and Setting the 2020 Rates for the Sewer, Stormwater and Landfill. (City Wide ADs)

Agenda Item 20
Discussion Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on City's Budget

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Board of Public Works: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, March 23, 2020
Room 108 City-County Building
 

Some or all of the members of the body, or members of the public, may participate in the meeting remotely by teleconference or videoconference.

ITEMS REFERRED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL

Agenda Item 7
Supporting an application to WisDOT for Federal funding under the 2020-2024 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). (4th, 9th, 15th & 17th AD)
Lead agency is Board of Public Works with additional referral of the Transportation Commission (3/11), Transportation Commission returned to lead with the recommendation of approval.
RECOMMEND TO ADOPT
 
Agenda Item 13
Amending the 2020 Operating Budget and Setting the 2020 Rates for the Sewer, Stormwater and Landfill. (City Wide ADs)
Lead agency is the Finance Committee (3/23) with additional referral of the Board of Public Works this item will be taken out of order due to time constraints.
REPORT BY CITY ENGINEERING
RECOMMEND TO ADOPT
 
RESOLUTIONS APPROVING THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS

Agenda Item 25
Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for 2020 Parking Garage Maintenance (2nd and 4th ADs)
This is for on going maintenance of Capitol Square North, State Street Capitol, Overture Center, State Street Campus (Lake), and State Street Campus (Frances)parking garages. Work includes concrete repair of slabs, columns. and beams, joint repairs, pour strip replacement, CMU crack repair, brick masonry repair and sealing, sealant replacement at slab cracks and joints, epoxy injection crack repair, expansion joint replacement, membrane repair and placement, powerwash, prime, grit-blast and paint steel and concrete, and repair cracked stair treads.
REPORT BY PARKING UTILITY ESTIMATED COST: $526,752
 

CHANGE ORDERS TO PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS

Agenda Item 27
Change Order No. 11 to Contract No. 8290, Judge Doyle Podium. (4th AD)
This item is being placed on the agenda by title only. The change order has not been finalized. The timing for this change order is critical in order to prevent further delay in opening the parking ramp. The completed change order will be provided once available.
REPORT BY CITY ENGINEERING
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