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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 July 6 Meetings of Interest for District 2

July 4, 2020 11:07 AM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

City meetings remain online only with details on agendas listed in Meetings of Interest below; all have virtual public participation options.

Stay in touch with your neighbors through either Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. or Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association.

Stay healthy, stay home, stay in touch, and please practice physical distancing whenever outside your home. Using a face mask is advised in indoor shared spaces, as in outdoor spaces without at least 6 feet between you and those not in your household or closed circle.

There are four sections to this week's update:
  1. Protests and Resources
  2. COVID-19 Updates
  3. Other District 2 Updates
  4. City Meetings of Interest to District 2


Links to a few resources and articles:
A presentation on MPD's budget from the June 22 Public Safety Review Committee's Budget Workgroup is here.
From the MPD Policy & Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee. Their Final Report


Where to Get COVID-19 Information
- For information on Madison's responses visit the City's Coronavirus Website. There you will find links to City Service Updates, Resources for Businesses, and much more.
- Another key site is Public Health Madison and Dane County and their Data Dashboard.
- Español: COVID-19 and Hmoob: COVID-19.
- Public Health also is publishing COVID-19 updates. Subscribe to the City's COVID-19 email updates and/or text alerts here.
- Public Health's recommendations and guidance for ways to stay safe and healthy. Their FAQ page has additional information for common questions and ways to help.

Other COVID-19 Resources and Info

From Public Health Madison & Dane County: Dane County Issues New Order Limiting Gatherings, Bar and Restaurant Activity

City, County and Healthcare Leaders Address Recent COVID-19 Surge: Video

Current Public Health Order FAQ

From Public Health Madison & Dane County: Free COVID-19 Community Testing Site - open at least until Aug. 31.

A new Community Resources section has been added to the city's COVID website. You'll find information on jobs, housing, food, internet access and more.

WI Dept. of Health Services Cases by Neighborhood (Census Tract)

From the City: State Street Streatery Program to begin Friday, July 3


The Governor's Office compilation of all COVID-19 resources and information from state agencies, including the State Dept. Public Health.

From the City's Economic Development Division: Business & Non-profit Information Covid-19.

From Public Health Madison & Dane County: Public Health Tips for Properly Re-Opening Your Business.

All City of Madison news releases are here.
TLNA list of some area restaurants and retailers that need your business and support.
Information on UW-Madison's response to the pandemic at this site.
Streatery Program News
Buses Diverting from State Street on Weekends
Due to the State Street Streatery Program, Routes 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 detour from State St. starting at 6:35 p.m. on Friday, July 3 through the end of service on Sunday, July 5. The entire length of State St. will be closed. Board buses on the Capitol Square, W. Washington Ave. or University/ Johnson streets. This weekend detour will continue every weekend through August 23. More details here.
Support Our Businesses!
Please support our local restaurants, bars, and retail outlets. Many restaurants are open with 25% indoor capacity with physical distancing, distanced outside seating, and/or takeout and delivery services. At this time, bars can only offer physically distanced outside seating or pickup services. Several District 2 restaurants and bars are taking advantage of the City's Streatery program and have expanded or will soon be expanding outside seating areas.
Suspension of Some Parking Enforcement Extended Again - Through July 12
The Parking Division is continuing the current suspension of some posted restrictions in non-metered areas through Sunday, July 12. This includes the areas with daytime 2-hour parking limits without a Residential Parking Permit and the once per week street sweeping restrictions. Read full news release.
My Vote
Voter Registration Deadlines For Aug. 11 and New Residency Requirements
From the City Clerk's Office:
Per the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Monday, Wisconsin voters need to establish residency 28 days prior to an election instead of 10. For the Aug. 11 Partisan Primary, that means a voter must begin to establish residency by July 14.

By way of example, say you move into a new apartment today, July 1. You will have lived there for at least 28 days before the Aug 11 primary, so you're able to register to vote from your new address and vote from that address. What if you move into a new place on July 15? Well, the 28 day residency requirement means you won't have lived at your new place long enough to vote from that address. So, what do you do? If you move within the 28 days before an election you are able to vote from your previous address.
Voters who need to register can do so at You will also find voter registration deadlines and deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot here.
414 E Wash
400 Block E. Washington Proposal at Plan Commission on July 13
At their July 13 meeting, Plan Commission will consider the various requests related to LZ Ventures proposal for a 10-story apartment building along E. Washington with two commercial spaces on the ground floor. The building would step down to 6 stories in the rear with rooftop amenities atop the 6th floor and contain 152 apartments with underground parking.
The Urban Design Commission (UDC) considered the proposal at their July 1 meeting and determined that the proposal conformed to the Urban Design District 4 design standards and guidelines. UDC also gave addtional design feedback and advised Plan Commission that the proposed two bonus stories on the E. Washington side of the building met Conditional Use standards of approval.
Plan Commission will consider four requested approvals needed for the proposal to move forward:
(1) a demolition permit to allow five residential structures and a commercial building to be demolished (402-414 E Washington Ave., 8-12 N Franklin St., and 9 N Hancock St.);
(2) a conditional use in the Urban Mixed-Use (UMX) District for a multi-family dwelling with more than eight (8) dwelling units;
(3) a conditional use in the UMX District for outdoor recreation; and
(4) consideration of a conditional use to construct two additional stories in Area H of the "Additional Heights Area Map" in MGO Section 28.071(b), all to allow construction of a ten-story, mixed-use building containing 3,300 square feet of commercial space and 156 apartments.
Materials from UDC's consideration can be found here, including the developer's submittals, staff reports, a neighborhood steering committee report, emails from supporters and opponents, and a petition submitted by neighbors opposing the proposal. Materials submitted so far for Plan Commission's upcoming consideration can be found here.
The proposed demolitions of the existing homes and commercial buildings on the site were reviewed by the Landmarks Commission at their May 4 meeting. In its advisory recommendation to Plan Commission, Landmarks found that "... the building(s) has historic value related to the vernacular context of Madison's built environment, or as the work/product of an architect of note, but the building itself is not historically, architecturally or culturally significant."
Some neighbors are concerned about the loss of these buildings that contribute to the fabric of the James Madison Park neighborhood and contain affordably priced apartments while others see the need for more housing and density downtown and along what is expected to be Madison's first Bus Rapid Transit route. Many neighbors have concerns about the height and scale of the proposed building negatively impacting their quality of life and not respecting the existing neighborhood.
If you would like to give input to the Plan Commission, you can email Tim Parks ( of the Planning Division and ask that he forward them to commissioners (please copy me) and/or you can give public comment at the meeting. Participation details will be available in next weekend's City Meetings of Interest.
James Madison Beach Closed Due to Water Quality
The beach in James Madison Park is still closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria tested on 6/30/2020. The beach will reopen when bacteria levels are acceptable. Information on water quality and the updated status of each beach is here.
Gates of Heaven

Gates of Heaven Exterior Restoration Project Delayed

Because Dane County is "open", the Parks Division has reservations for the indoor space at Gates of Heaven that are being honored through the end of the year. Since the exterior restoration project is going to be disruptive and the window sashes are going to be removed, City Engineering has decided to delay the project until spring of 2021. This way, Parks can block out the reservation schedule March-June 2021 so that they do not have to work around reservations. If you are going to reserve Gates of Heaven outside that period, you should be able to enjoy it for its full beauty and not have scaffolding or boarded windows in your photos or your memories.

July 7 Capitol Neighborhoods Virtual Forum with MPD Representatives

From Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc.:
Join your neighbors, Madison Police Department Captain Kelly Donahue, and Police Officers Kraig Kalka and Kenneth Brown for a conversation about recent events in Madison's downtown neighborhoods. The event will be held on July 7th, via Zoom. Discussion will begin at 7:00 PM and conclude at 8:30 PM.

The event will begin with brief introductions of the police representatives, then proceed to questions submitted to the organizers prior to and during the meeting. Attendees will be able to submit questions to the organizers by email at before the meeting or through the Zoom chat feature during the event. Attendees are strongly encouraged to email questions or concerns prior to the event in order to help facilitate a more productive meeting. If we have extra time after our submitted questions are answered, we may open the event to follow-up Q&A from attendees. In that event, we will ask that folks limit their questions and comments to three minutes per person in order to ensure that other neighbors also have the opportunity to speak.

We hope you can join us! Email for Zoom meeting instructions.
Now more than ever, parks and open spaces play a critical role in our mental and physical wellbeing. In addition to Public Health Madison & Dane County recommendations, help us keep parks open by following these precautions.
  • Plan ahead. Use the restroom before you leave your home and bring your own water.
  • When at the park, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from people outside of your household.
  • After touching common surfaces, use hand sanitizer or when available, wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid crowded locations. Consider an alternate entrance, if available or another park.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces and objects, such as picnic tables, before using.
  • As always, do not litter. Put trash in a receptacle, when available or take it with you.
The following facilities and park amenities are open with adjustments. Plan your visit by selecting the provided links for further information.
View Forward Dane for more information.
Reynolds Park Alcohol Ban at Board of Park Commissioners Meeting
The permanent ban on alcohol at Reynolds Park and on the adjacent Water Utility property, requested by many nearby neighbors, by the Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association Council, and by me is finally moving through the city approval process. On Wednesday of this week, the Board of Park Commissioners will consider the proposed ban (see agenda and virtual attendance instructions in City Meetings of Interest below). I don't anticipate opposition, but it is always helpful to attend the meeting if you are interested. Assuming the ban is approved on Wednesday, it will then move on to Common Council, likely at our July 14 meeting. Note that alcohol will be allowed in the park only during special events with a permit.
Hub II

Hub II Proposal Expected to be Referred to a Future Plan Commission Meeting

At its July 13 meeting and per the developer's request, Plan Commission is expected to refer the proposal by Core Spaces for an apartment building at 126 Langdon St. with 107 units, 373 beds, and 20 parking stalls to a future meeting. I anticipate that the consideration will occur at the Commission's July 27 or August 10 meeting.

The Urban Design Commission considered the proposal at their July 1 meeting and provided advisory feedback to Plan Commission. The latest proposal plans, the neighborhood steering committee report, the city staff report, and materials submitted to the UDC are housed here. Plan Commission materials  are available here. Note that the plans are expected to evolve based on the latest UDC feedback, but to what degree is unknown.

In May, the Plan Commission effectively approved the two additional stories that the developer is seeking for the rear section of the building, but delayed full approval until after they obtain more advisory input from UDC about the building's front massing and facade, as well as about circulation concerns (pedestrian, moped, delivery vehicles, etc). I will summarize UDC's input in next week's update, but generally UDC seemed to prefer a February version of the front facade design and had remaining concerns about circulation matters.

Census 2020

Complete the 2020 Census ASAP!
Census data determines how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed to communities across the country for healthcare, affordable housing, childcare, education, transportation, and more. That's over $2,000 per person for Madison and Dane County every year. In fact, public health experts, government officials, and first responders all rely on population data to make critical decisions in crises like the one we are currently experiencing.

Madison residents can fill out the census over the phone, by mail or online at

Below are some pertinent agenda items from 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 via teleconferencing or email (details included on agendas). Committees also 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.
Transportation Policy and Planning Board: Agenda
5:00pm, Monday, July 6, 2020
Virtual Meeting
The City of Madison is holding the Transportation Policy and Planning Board meeting virtually to help protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Note: Virtual attendance instructions in the agenda linked above.
Agenda Item 3
Adopting and endorsing a Vision Zero policy to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries that are a result of crashes on streets and paths within the City of Madison by 2030.
Title: Adopting and endorsing a Vision Zero policy to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries that are a result of crashes on streets and paths within the City of Madison by 2030.
Agenda Item 4
Amending the 2020 Adopted Capital Budget to appropriate $3.0 million in GO Borrowing for the East-West Bus Rapid Transit project in the Transportation project in order to comply with FTA funding requirements necessary to enter project development. Being accepted by FTA into Project Development is a prerequisite for FTA's Small Starts project evaluation.
Agenda Item 5
Madison Ordinance Analysis of Parking Strategies (MOAPS) Transportation Demand Management (TDM) 
Room Tax Commission: Agenda
4:00pm, Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Virtual Meeting
The City of Madison is holding this Room Tax Commission meeting virtually to help protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Note: Virtual attendance instructions in the agenda linked above.
Agenda Item 1
Amending the 2020 Adopted Room Tax Commission Budget
Discussion and decisions on amending 2020 budget allocations in response to room tax revenue reestimates due to COVID-19 economic impacts.
Madison Arts Commission: Agenda
6:00pm, Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Virtual Meeting
Some or all members of the Madison Arts Commission or members of the public may participate in the meeting remotely by teleconference or videoconference.

Note: Virtual attendance instructions in the agenda linked above.
Agenda Item 4
BLINK Proposal Review
- Bethany Jurewicz Update
- Review New BLINK Proposals

Agenda Item 5
MAC Annual Grant Review
Staff Report
Agenda Item 6
Review of Arts Budget
- Room Tax Funding Update - 2021 Budget
Agenda Item 7
Art in Public Places
- Update Leopold Project
- Update on Shift
- Update Teresa Terrace
- Resolution - Looks Forward
- Application
- Staff Report, Projects To Date
- Downtown Street Art and Murals
Agenda Item 8
Poet Laureate Program & Initiatives
6 Month Report of Poet Laureate
Agenda Item 9
Madison Music City Initiatives
Make Music Madison Town Hall Meeting and MAMA Cares
Agenda Item 10
Percent for Art Report Staff Report
Agenda Item 11
Utility Box Art Staff Update
Agenda Item 12
Artists Spaces
- Art + Literature Lab Report
- Madison Youth Art
- Thurber Park
Board of Public Works: Agenda
4:30pm, Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Virtual Meeting
The City of Madison is holding the Board of Public Works meeting virtually to help protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Note: Virtual attendance instructions in the agenda linked above.
Those numbers with an asterisk are consent agenda items
Agenda Item 14*
Subcontractor List for Contract No. 8893, Gates of Heaven Floor Replacement, to Joe Daniels Construction Co., Inc. for 48.93%. (2nd AD)

Agenda Item 28
Awarding Public Works Contract No. 8349, E Dayton Street Assessment District - 2020. (2nd AD)
Public Safety Review Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Virtual Meeting
The City of Madison is holding the Public Safety Review Committee meeting virtually to help protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Note: Virtual attendance instructions in the agenda linked above.
Agenda Item 1
Creating Section 3.03(4) of the Madison General Ordinances entitled Police Auditor.
Agenda Item 2
Amending the 2020 Mayor's Office and Direct Appropriations Operating Budgets and creating of the position of Independent Police Auditor, in the Mayor's Office as a 1.0 FTE in CG21, Range 18, in response to the recommendations of the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee.

Agenda Item 3
Updates from budget and protest policies workgroups
Agenda Item 4
Data on police impact on jail population
Agenda Item 5
Mayor's request for us to review "8 can't wait"
Agenda Item 6
Our response to other community demands and initiatives (Breonna's law, 8 to abolition, NAACP and WSJ article)
Agenda Item 7
Setting committee priorities. What role should the Public Safety Review Committee play in this moment? What are your priorities? 
Madison Food Policy Council: Agenda
5:30pm, Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Virtual Meeting
The City of Madison is holding the Madison Food Policy Council meeting virtually to help protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Note: Virtual attendance instructions in the agenda linked above.
Those numbers with an asterisk are consent agenda items
Agenda Item 1
Discussion on COVID-19 Structure - Discuss/Approve Work Group Charters (MFPC-DCFC)
1. Pandemic Food Access
2. Food Relief
3. Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
4. Food Recovery and Resilience
Agenda Item 2
Food Policy Director Update July 2020
Agenda Item 3
Public Health Madison & Dane County July 2020
Agenda Item 4
Extension Dane County - UW Madison July 2020
Agenda Item 5
Community Gardens July 2020
Agenda Item 6
Dane County Food Council July 2020
Agenda Item 7
Madison Metropolitan School District July 2020
Agenda Item 8
Public Market Development Committee July 2020
Board of Park Commissioners: Agenda
6:30pm, Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Virtual Meeting
The City of Madison is holding the Board of Park Commissioners meeting virtually to help protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Note: Virtual attendance instructions in the agenda linked above.
Those numbers with an asterisk are consent agenda items
Agenda Item 10 NEW BUSINESS
Agenda Item 11
Commending and Recognizing Kay Hellenbrand Rutledge, PE, Assistant Parks Superintendent with the City of Madison Parks Division, upon her retirement after 11 years of dedicated service.
Agenda Item 12
Creating Sec. 8.24(1)(ff) of the Madison General Ordinances to ban alcohol from Reynolds Park and the Well 24 Property.
Common Council Executive Committee: Agenda
6:30pm, Thursday, July 9, 2020
Virtual Meeting
The agenda for this meeting was not available at the time of this update, but should be available at the Agenda link above.
Finance Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Friday, July 10, 2020
Virtual Meeting
The agenda for this meeting was not available at the time of this update, but should be available at the Agenda link above.

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