Alder Patrick W. Heck
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Heck’s Updates
Updates & Week of August 10 Meetings of Interest for District 2
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.
There are four sections to this week's update:
PROTESTS & Resources
COVID-19 Resources & Information
Other District 2 Updates
City Meetings of Interest to District 2
- Finance Committee
- Police and Fire Commission
- Public Safety Review Committee
- Board of Park Commissioners
- Public Safety Review Committee Budget Subcommittee
- Community Development Authority
- Equal Opportunities Commission
- Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee
From the City: Community Resources Section on the city's COVID website
From the Downtown Madison Business Improvement District: Updates From Downtown Businesses
WI Dept. of Health Services Cases by Neighborhood (Census Tract)
Yes, I'm also tired of the nightly noise and dangerous driving, which sometimes extends to other District 2 streets such as E. Gorham and E. Johnson. MPD and other alders whose districts include portions of East or West Washington Avenue are well aware of the issues.
- In April and May, law enforcement agencies did conduct coordinated and targeted enforcement along E. Wash., but that fell by the wayside as MPD refocused on protest-related matters.
- MPD is often overburdened with more substantial calls, particularly in the evening and at night.
- From the surge in gun violence, to protests, to traffic control related to protests, and other matters, MPD is not able to devote many resources to traffic enforcement.
- Some suggest that MPD could be using their lack of response to apply pressure on Common Council to provide more police funding - I do not know if that is true, but I do know that there are not patrol officers just sitting around.
- Data clearly shows that traffic enforcement efforts disproportionally impact drivers of color - do we want to promote this?
Traffic calming is another option. Fortunately, the upcoming reduction in speed limit on E. Washington to 25mph should help. Traffic signals will also be re-timed and crosswalks enhanced. The Traffic Engineering Division is exploring other ideas, but it is clear that aggressive drivers are likely to find ways to get around many such solutions, including perhaps just relocating to nearby streets. A longer term solution could involve some roadway redesign when the Bus Rapid Transit line is installed on E. Washington.
I am open to any ideas you have since we obviously need better options. In the meantime, I encourage you to call the non-emergency number (608-255-2345) or 911 if appropriate to report noise and dangerous driving concerns. The more data and reports that are collected, the more likely it is that MPD and the City in general will devote time and resources to the problem.
Register to Vote at the Polls on Tuesday and More Voting Info
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, August 11).
Voters may verify their registration at https://MyVote.wi.gov. Anyone who moved after July 14 – even to a new apartment in the same building – will need to update their voter registration. Voters who moved within 28 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. More info here.
Information on determining where to vote for the Partisan Primary is here.
In District 2, ward numbers and voting locations are:
44: Tenney Park Pavilion, 402 N Thornton Ave
45: Lapham Elementary, 1045 E Dayton St
46: Gates of Heaven, 302 E Gorham St
47, 48: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St
Options for voters with absentee ballots to return is here. You can no longer return your ballot by mail and expect it to be counted!
Mayor Rhodes-Conway's Statement on Gun Violence
Even as our City grapples with the effects of a national pandemic, and strives to come to grips with the scourge of systemic racism and inequality within our community, we face yet another critical challenge – the rising incidence of gun violence on our streets. Like many cities across the country, we have seen a disturbing increase in these violent crimes over the last month.
Gun violence in Madison is not confined to, or rooted in, any one neighborhood or community. It affects the entire City, fueled by reckless and dangerous acts by a few individuals, intent on settling scores and willing to endanger their neighbors or innocent bystanders in the process. Full statement here.
Emails to Alders and to District2@CityofMadison.com
In recent months I've received many thousands of emails from concerned residents, both in and out of District 2. While I try to respond to those who live in District 2, a few have likely fallen through the cracks, so please email again if I didn't respond. It is sometimes difficult to keep up with the email traffic, particularly since many folks are now emailing all alders with their concerns rather than focusing on the alder that represents them. Some thoughts on effective emails to your alder:
- If you do not provide your address or mention that you live in District 2, I generally do not have the capacity to respond.
- Emails to email@example.com are not ineffective, but most effective are emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, assuming you live in District 2.
- Cut/pasted mass emails are not ineffective, but most impactful are emails with a personal touch.
Alders have no staff to assist with communications and we also have non-alder jobs to attend to, so I ask for your patience with my sometimes slow responses. Despite being overwhelmed with email at times, I really do appreciate hearing from you. District 2 folks have provided many great ideas for tackling today's complicated issues and have also given me excellent constructive criticism - thanks!
S. Blair and E. Washington Reconstruction Update
The proposed design of the Blair St. project will be before the Transportation Commission on August 12 (see details in City Meetings of Interest below. This 2021 project will include the intersection of Blair/John Nolen/Williamson/Wilson along with the pavement replacement portion on S. Blair St. and E. Washington Avenue between Blair and Blount Streets. The project geometrics will also be on the agenda for the August 19 Board of Public Works meetings. Project info and contacts here.
Madison Water Utility Finds Trace Amounts of PFAS in All City Wells
Madison Water Utility has completed its annual comprehensive testing for a class of chemicals known as PFAS in the city's drinking water wells. Results show at least some PFAS are present in every Madison well, with total amounts ranging from 2.5 to 47 parts-per-trillion. All wells tested show PFAS levels far below the proposed safe drinking water limit that is being considered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). PFAS chemicals are not yet regulated in drinking water, but a regulatory limit could be announced by the DNR as early as next year. More information here.
City of Madison and Dane County Fleets Convene to Talk Sustainability
Construction for this project is now scheduled to start this coming week. 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.
More info about large item pickup and other Moving Days Info is here.
The proposed amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #39 (Stoughton Road) will increase total project costs by $601,000 from $8,390,000 to $8,991,000. The proposed project plan amendment authorizes TID #39 to pay for $8,363,000 of the total project costs and includes a donation of $1,700,000 from TID #39 to TID #42 to be paid in 2020. No additional City appropriation is required with the approval of this resolution.
The proposed amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #42 (Wingra) will increase total project costs by $2,415,000 from $14,160,000 to $16,575,000. The proposed project plan amendment authorizes TID #42 to pay for $16,073,000 of the total project costs and includes a donation of $1,700,000 from TID #39 to TID #42 to be paid in 2020. No additional City appropriation is required with the approval of this resolution.
Agenda Item 10
Amending the 2020 Adopted Capital Budget to transfer the remaining funds from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) project to other current needs within the Streets Division.
A RESOLUTION authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a two-year competitively selected service contract with Jarrett Walker and Associates for Metro Transit Network Design Study consulting services.
Amending the 2020 Adopted Capital Budget of the Economic Development Division to appropriate $750,000 for a Small Business Equity and Recovery Program (SBER).
- Midtown Police Station: $250,000
- North Side Public Safety Campus Planning: $197,000
Agenda Item 1
Input from Professor Keith Findley and Co-Chair Tom Brown of the Ad Hoc Committee to assist the committee with reviewing "8 can't wait" and also input on the items from the Police Chief's report that were marked complete but are items the Ad hoc committee believes needs more work.
"8 can't wait policy review"
Report from Anglim and Amoah on further research efforts - Our response to other community demands and initiatives (Breonna's law, 8 to abolition, NAACP and WSJ article)
Creating Section 3.03(4) of the Madison General Ordinances entitled Police Auditor.
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.
Madison Police Department's Response to OIR/Ad Hoc Committee Reports (7/13/20) - Interim MPD Chief, Vic Wahl
Amending the 2020 Operating Budget, creating the Office of the Independent Police Monitor and creating of the position of Independent Police Monitor as a 1.0 FTE position in CG21, Range 18, and other positions, providing funding for a Police Civilian Oversight Board, and establishing funding support for individuals bringing complaints before the Police and Fire Commission in response to the recommendations of the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee.
Agenda Item 17
Presentation on Police Operating and Capital Budget requests for 2021 (Finance Committee Hearings September 8 and 9, Finance Committee Amendments due Week of September 14-18)
Agenda Item 20
Emergency Operations Center presentation and debrief. Is there a need for an office of Emergency Management?
Recent gun violence
Police Officer Emily Samson from the Madison Police Professional Officer Association to share the climate of the Police Department.
Agenda Item 12
Community Development Authority: Details
Agenda Item 4
CDA Resolution #4404 - Extending the suspension of late lease payments for residential tenants.
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