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Alder Patrick Heck

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Alder Patrick Heck

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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 27 Meetings of Interest for District 2

July 26, 2020 7:30 AM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

City meetings remain online only with details listed in City 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. Details on face mask requirements are below.

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


Several city meetings listed below include items that are being put forward in response to the protests or are related to law enforcement. See the agenda listings below for the Finance Committee, Public Safety Review Committee Policy Subcommittee, Alder Workgroup to Develop Logistics & Operational Details For MPD Independent Civilian Oversight (2 meetings), Public Safety Review Committee Budget Subcommittee, and Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee.
Links to a few resources and articles:
From the The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America: WHAT IS REPARATIONS


COVID-19 Stats for the Week

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.
From Public Health Madison & Dane County: The latest data snapshot and a blog post with data notes. Our data and metrics page always includes our latest data.
From Public Health Madison & Dane County: Free COVID-19 Community Testing Site - open at least until Aug. 31. Details on the online registration system that has dramatically improved wait times. 

Current Public Health Order Frequently Asked Questions

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

From the City: Community Resources Section added to the city's COVID website.

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

From Madison Public Library: Current Availability of Library Services
The Governor's Office compilation of all COVID-19 resources and information from state agencies, including the State Dept. Public Health.
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.
126 Langdon Proposal
Hub II Proposal at July 27 Plan Commission Meeting
Plan Commission will again consider the proposal by Core Spaces for an apartment building at 126 Langdon St. with 107 units, 373 beds, and 20 parking stalls on Monday, July 27. 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 the Urban Design Commission about the building's front massing and facade, as well as about circulation concerns (pedestrian, moped, delivery vehicles, etc).

UDC took up the proposal and Plan Commission's requests at their July 1 meeting. The UDC's input included their general preference for an earlier version of the front facade architecture and a lengthy discussion of the circulation concerns. 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. Per UDC's recommendation, the development team has reverted to a February front facade version. UDC did not recommend that the Plan Commission approve the site circulation as proposed and requested that the applicant provide better guest and resident bicycle, moped, and vehicle parking, as well as a better design to accommodate their pick-up and drop-off (delivery vehicles).

Core Spaces is requesting approval of a demolition permit and the following conditional uses:

1) A multi-family dwelling with more than eight (8) dwelling units;
2) Outdoor Recreation (rooftop hot tub and amenity space); and
3) Two additional stories in Area F of the "Additional Heights Area Map" in MGO §28.071(b), all to allow construction of a seven-story, 107-unit apartment building in the Downtown Residential – 2 (DR-2) Zoning District.
If you have input on this proposal, you can send an email to Sydney Prusak of the Planning Division ( who, if you request it, can make sure your email is included in the materials that Plan Commissioners will read and discuss. Please feel free to copy me (
Census 2020
Low Response Rate in District 2 for 2020 Census
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the deadline for filling out the 2020 Census has been extended to Oct. 31. That is a good thing for District 2 because we are lagging compared to most of Madison. Check out this map and website to see how we need our response rate to go up.
College Students Can Use Madison Residency For the Census
Census Bureau officials say students living away from home should be counted at their on-campus or off-campus college address, even if coronavirus has temporarily sent them to stay with their parents or elsewhere. Where you lived on Census Day, April 1, 2020, is what counts, so if you had a dorm room or apartment in Madison on Census Day, even though you may have temporarily been staying elsewhere, your census residence is Madison. 
Fill out the census over the phone, by mail or online at
The Beacon Virtual Community Meeting on July 29
The homeless day resource center at 615 E. Washington is hosting their second community meeting of the year on July 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm via Zoom. According to The Beacon, their staff will be providing a Beacon COVID-19 update, discussing community engagement, and address any concerns that are presented.

If there are any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have, please feel free to email Michael Moody at or John Adams at, or call either at 608-590-3072. The meeting ID and password for the Zoom meeting are below.

Meeting ID: 812 7351 5760
Passcode: 085614
Phone-Only Access: +1 312 626 6799
Streets Division
How to Have a Fast & Safe Move Out: Madison Moving Days
From Streets and Recycling Division:
On August 14th and 15th leases for most downtown area apartments end. That means thousands of residents will be moving all at the same time. Every year, the August move out generates over 1 million pounds of material into the landfill. We can do better. Before you landfill it, donate it, or sell it online, or best yet, move it with you. Watch this video for more information about Moving Days.
The Streets Division will empty refuse and recycling carts in the downtown moving area every day between August 3 through August 14. The downtown moving area includes all of District 2 west of the Yahara River.
Salt on Street

Reduce, Plan Winter Salt Use, Hire a Salt Certified Applicator

Salt Certification Registration is now open for late summer/early fall 2020. Free virtual workshops are open to all winter maintenance professionals/contractors in Dane County. The City encourages anyone who professionally applies salt to earn certification. The City also encourages residents to choose salt certified applicators.

What residents can do
This certification may be for contractors in Dane County and municipalities to get certified, but there are a couple things residents can do to be more conscious of winter salt use:

Why everyone should care about salt
Salt is important to clear roads, parking lots and sidewalks to keep the community safe. However, overuse of salt is harming the environment. It only takes one teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water to a level that is toxic for freshwater life. Salt washes into the waters, putting aquatic plants and animals at risk. Once salt gets into the water, it's very costly to remove. Salt weakens and damages the concrete, brick and stone that makes up homes, garages, bridge and roads.
E. Gorham Street Sewer Replacement Project to Start This Week

Construction for this project is scheduled to start around July 27. The project spans East Gorham Street between N. Butler and N. Livingston Streets. Vehicular traffic on Gorham may shift and the bike lane could be closed at times during portions of the project. This project is necessary because the sanitary sewer is old and is undersized for today's design standards. See Project information and contacts. Note that the City plans to resurface E. Gorham Street in 2021, but most of the underground infrastructure will have already been replaced by then so 2021 will primarily see a resurfacing effort with few opportunities for street redesign.

Reminder: Some Parking Restrictions Remain Suspended
The Madison Parking Division is continuing the current suspension of some posted restrictions in non-metered parking areas and fee reductions in City parking garages, but will evaluate all changes on a week-by-week basis, making adjustments to best meet the needs of the community.
Mon-metered parking restrictions temporarily suspended citywide:
  • Street sweeping (Clean Streets-Clean Lakes Program) restrictions, including on Thursday & Friday mornings downtown
  • 1-hour and 2-hour time-limits in non-metered areas
  • Residential Permit Only areas

$5 daily maximum fee in all City-owned public-parking garages:

  • Temporary $5 daily maximum fee in all City-owned public parking garages and Brayton Lot.
  • The first hour of parking is free on Saturdays.

All other on-street metered and non-metered parking restrictions are in effect and enforceable. Current information about Madison parking and any future service changes can be found here.

Lifeguard Chair on Beach

Reminder: Check Status of Beaches
According to Public Health Madison & Dane County, you should observe water conditions before you or your pet enter the water and avoid contact with algal blooms. Information on water quality and status of each beach is here and information on how water quality monitoring reduces risk of illness for people and pets is here.
Below are some pertinent agenda items from city committees that are meeting this week. If you click on meeting "Details" below, you will find participation and viewing options, and a link to the full meeting agenda. If you click on a item of interest from within an agenda, you will see all documents that relate to that item.
I appreciate hearing from you on any items on which you have a particular interest or concern.
Alder Workgroup to Develop Logistics & Operational Details For MPD Independent Civilian Oversight: Details
12:00pm, Monday, July 27, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
The agenda for this meeting was not available at publication time, but should be available at Details linked above.
Sustainable Madison Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, July 27, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Agenda Item 2
Budget Process Overview
Agenda Item 3
Update: City/MGE Agreement and Working Group
Agenda Item 4
Working Group Updates
2. Update: RESJI / Equity Lens for 100% Renewable Energy Plan
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, July 27, 2020
Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Agenda Item 16
A RESOLUTION authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into an 18-month competitively selected service contract with Toole Design for Complete Streets consulting services.
Agenda Item 17
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign a five (5) year non-competitive service contract for up to $60,000 annually with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Inc. for the Law Enforcement Advocate Partnership (LEAP)

Agenda Item 20
Supporting the application by the City of Madison to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for an Our Town grant to be used to help fund the consultant Sound Diplomacy in creating the "Greater Madison Region Music Strategy" and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a contract with the NEA to receive and use these funds should they be awarded.
Agenda Item 21
Approving a Substantial Amendment to the City's FY19 Annual Action Plan to include supplemental CDBG-CV and ESG-CV grant funds awarded to the City of Madison by HUD as part of the 2020 CARES Act; amending the adopted 2020 Operating Budget of the Community Development Division to recognize the additional grant revenue and commensurate expenditures; and authorizing the CD Division to issue one or more RFPs to allocate the funds.
Agenda Item 22
Amending the Public Health-Madison and Dane County Operating Budget to Increase Staff Due to COVID-19 Health Emergency and Add Funding to Support Testing Efforts
Agenda Item 23
Initial Resolution Authorizing Not to Exceed $22,600,000 Bonds by City of Madison for Streets and Facilities Improvements
Agenda Item 24
Creating Section 3.03(4) of the Madison General Ordinances entitled Police Auditor.
This agenda item will be referred to a future FC meeting
Agenda Item 25
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.
This agenda item will be referred to a future FC meeting
Agenda item 26
Creating Section 5.18 of the Madison General Ordinances to prohibit the Madison Police Department from obtaining any property from the Defense Logistics Agency under the 1033 Program.
Agenda Item 27
Economic Update (7/27 FC Meeting)
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, July 27, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Agenda Item 2
Authorizing the City's execution of an Access Easement Agreement between the City and Madison Gas and Electric Company for access to an electric vault in the Capitol Square North Parking Garage located at 218 E. Mifflin Street. (2nd A.D.)
Note: This new easement would grant MG&E access to an underground vault that they own via a new doorway inside of the Capitol Square North Parking Garage.

Conditional Use & Demolition Permits
Agenda Item 20
REVISED - 126 Langdon Street, 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of final plans for a site previously approved for demolition of a residential building with no proposed use; consideration of a conditional use in the Downtown Residential 2 (DR2) District for a multi-family dwelling with more than eight (8) dwelling units; consideration of a conditional use to allow outdoor recreation; and consideration of a conditional use to construct two additional stories in Area F of the "Additional Heights Area Map" in MGO Section 28.071(2)(b), all to allow construction of a seven-story, 107-unit apartment building.
Note: See more details in Other District 2 Updates above.
Executive Committee - Board of Health Madison and Dane County: Details
5:30pm, Monday, July 27, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Dane County Board Resolutions
Agenda Item 5.a
Creating a Project Position to Provide Project Management for the "Pathways to Recovery Madison & Dane County" Initiative to Combat Opioid Abuse
Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Agenda Item 6
Review and take action on revised Rent Abatement ordinance draft, which will add mold and lead as rent impairing violations.

Agenda Item 7
Building Inspection Division Head George Hank will present possible percentages for the rent impairing list for mold and lead items.
Agenda Item 8
Center racial equity and social justice in the process of revising the Rent Abatement impairing list percentages located in MGO 32. Committee will identify organizations and/or individuals who can inform the process.
Agenda Item 9
Evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic: how can the committee respond within state law
Public Safety Review Committee Policy Subcommittee: Details
6:00pm, Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.

Agenda Item 1
Acting Police Chief Wahl to go over the remaining questions from the subcommittee on the following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) –News Media Relations, Mutual Aid, Use of NonDeadly Force, Special Events Team Grenadiers, and Special Events Team Field Extrication Team.
Agenda Item 2
Additional policies that should be reviewed by the committee
Alder Workgroup to Develop Logistics & Operational Details For MPD Independent Civilian Oversight: Details
12:30pm, Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
The agenda for this meeting was not available at publication time, but should be available at Details linked above.
Joint Campus Area Committee: Details
4:45pm, Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Agenda Item 1
University of Wisconsin-Madison Project Updates
Note: This item includes the following -
- N. Frances Street Parking Facility
Agenda Item 2
City of Madison Project Updates
Note: This item includes the following -
- 126 Langdon Street (Legistar #58786)
Public Safety Review Committee Budget Subcommittee: Details
6:00pm, Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Agenda Item 1
Presentation from Finance Manager Teague Maurer and Laura Larsen on staffing numbers
Agenda Item 2
Discussion on Community Policing Team data - specifically on foot patrol time, traffic enforcement time, coffee with a cop, etc.
a. A suggested pre-read could be the Etico staffing study on the MPD website
Agenda Item 3
Discussion on cost of services or quantitative data in attrition
Plan Commission: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, July 30, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Agenda Item 2
Potential Zoning Code Changes to Support Additional Housing
- Promote multi-family residential development through zoning changes
- Accessory dwelling units
- Potential new zoning districts
- City-funded affordable housing
- Demolition ordinance
Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee: Details
5:30pm, Thursday, July 30, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
The agenda for this meeting was not available at publication time, but should be available at Details linked above.
Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks: Details
6:00pm, Thursday, July 30, 2020
Note: Virtual attendance and viewing instructions in Details linked above.
Agenda Item 5
Task Force Deliberation, Discussion, and Possible Recommendations

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