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 31 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:
- Racial Equity & Policing
- COVID-19 Resources & Information
- Other District 2 Updates
- City Meetings of Interest to District 2
From Mayor Rhodes-Conway: Update on City Work Related to Criminal Justice Reform, Crime Prevention, and Racial Disparities
From the City: Community Resources Section on the city's COVID website, including housing and eviction information
From the Downtown Madison Business Improvement District: Updates From Downtown Businesses
WI Dept. of Health Services Cases by Neighborhood (Census Tract)
- 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.
Reminder: Webpages for Ongoing Street Construction Projects
Click on the projects below for information:
Board Buses at the Front Door
Also starting on September 1, passengers are directed to board at the front of the bus to access the farebox. A plexiglass shield has been installed to help prevent virus spread between the driver and passengers when boarding.
Bus Capacity Remains at 20
To help prevent virus spread, Metro continues its riding rule of only 20 passengers allowed on each bus.
Masks Required to Ride
As according to existing public health orders, all riders must continue to wear a mask when on the bus.
City of Madison Continues Pilot of Pedal-Assist Cargo Bikes
Police and Fire Commission Seeks Input on Choosing New MPD Chief
The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison (PFC) continues to gather public input in its search for the next Chief of Police for the City of Madison.
The PFC recently launched a community input survey. To participate, visit this site.
The PFC will be conducting virtual town hall meetings on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 12 and the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. For more information, visit www.cityofmadison.com/PFC.
- The PFC is working with Local Voices Network (LVN) to guide small group conversations. For dates and information, visit https://lvn.org/PFC.
- Members of the public may submit written comments to the following e-mail address: email@example.com.
- The PFC will be engaging with community members through call-in discussions on local radio shows, such as WORT (Sept. 1, from Noon to 1:00 P.M.) and LaMovida (August 31, from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M.)
- The PFC continues to obtain public input at its meetings from individuals and organizations. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Community members may leave a voice message with their input (which will be transcribed). To leave a message, call: (608) 266-6574.
- Community members may provide written input via U.S. Mail to the following address: Attorney Jenna E. Rousseau, 205 Doty Street, Suite 201, Green Bay, WI 54301.
- For information and updates, visit the PFC's webpage: www.cityofmadison.com/PFC.
The virtual town hall meeting on Sept. 17 will be the final opportunity for the public to provide guided general input through interactive discussions with the PFC regarding the qualities and characteristics that the PFC should consider for the next Chief of Police. The PFC will continue to receive general input via e-mail, telephone message, and U.S. Mail. The PFC anticipates that once it identifies finalists for the position, it will re-engage the public in the process.
Updates on Voting in the November Election
The City Clerk's Office will mail ballots to all voters with requests on file by Sept. 17. It may take up to one week for a ballot to reach a voter through the mail. Voters may request an absentee ballot and track the status of their ballot at https://MyVote.wi.gov.
Additionally, here's some Recent news releases from the Clerks Office:
- Voter ID Requirements for the Presidential Election
- Moved? Update Your Voter Registration
- Options for Returning Absentee Ballots
Voters are encouraged to return their absentee ballots to the Clerk's Office without delay. Beginning Sept. 22, The Clerk's Office will have poll workers stationed throughout the city for curbside ballot drop-off (locations and hours coming soon)
Dane County Regional Airport Creates PFAS Informational Web Page
Current public health safety guidelines do not allow for an in-person public information meeting, so DCRA created the web page to provide information and updates to the public on PFAS at the airport. The question submission form, which will be turned into an extensive FAQ section, will be open to the public through Sept. 2.
Finally, the Census Bureau has moved the deadline for responding – either via self-response or nonresponse followup – from October 31 to September 30. City staff has concerns that this will decrease responses from traditionally undercounted people, such as populations of color, renters, and immigrants. A complete count is critical for equal representation in elections and to receive our fair share of federal funding for the next 10 years for transportation, healthcare, COVID recovery, affordable housing, and more.
Draft 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Available
The draft document has been posted on the TIP page of the MPO's website at this link. A summary listing and maps of the major programmed projects along with a table with the approved Surface Transportation Block Grant Program priority project listings has also been posted at this link.
If you have comments or concerns regarding the federally funded projects or any of the other listed projects, the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB) will accept all input. Please email comments to MATPB staff at email@example.com. by Sept. 18.
A Sept. 2 Public Hearing on the TIP also provides an opportunity to provide oral comments to the board:
When it comes to easy, cost-effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, rain barrels and compost bins provide an eco one-two for your home! Harvesting rainwater for your plants saves money and reduces stormwater run-off into local waterways.
It is estimated that our urban communities contribute about 30% of the total phosphorus that enter in lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra from runoff. And rather than sending more stuff to the landfill, compost bins will help you create nutrient rich soil by turning yard waste and food scraps into organic fuel for the garden.
Compost bins and 50 and 100 gallon rain barrels with diverters are available at discounted prices. Pre-orders before Oct 2nd receive an additional $10 off. Supplies are limited and due to Covid restrictions, pre-ordering is strongly recommended. For more information visit this site.
Agenda Item 18
A Resolution authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to execute an Amendment to the Annual Performance Contract between the City of Madison and Overture Center Foundation, Inc.
Recent Legislative History
8/19/20 BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - REPORT OF OFFICER
Note: This item is awarding a contractor the Tenney Park Pavilion Acoustical Plaster Ceiling project. A sound absorbing acoustical plaster system will be installed on the existing gypsum board ceiling at the Tenney Park Pavilion meeting room.
REPORT OF COMMON COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Note: On 8/28/20, the Common Council Executive Committee did recommend this item to Common Council. See my note on Item 85 above.
- Midtown Police Station: $250,000
- North Side Public Safety Campus Planning: $197,000
- $32,929 for a radio base station, monitors and chairs
- $30,000 for strategic planning
REPORT OF PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE
Authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to enter into an agreement with Dane County for the provision of access by employees to Metro Transit fixed route and ADA paratransit services, with reimbursement by Dane County to the transit utility for rides taken by Dane County employees for three years from and including the date the agreement is executed by the Mayor. This agreement will automatically renew for an additional two years under the same terms and conditions unless amended or terminated by either party.
Agenda Item 126
Amending the 2020 Adopted CDA Housing Operating Budget to accept $286,245 as awarded to the CDA by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Amending the Economic Development Division's 2020 Adopted Capital Budget and Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a development agreement to fund a $200,000 grant to the Urban League of Greater Madison ("ULGM") to assist lower income households to acquire homes within the geographic areas of Tax Incremental Financing District ("TID") #42 (Wingra) and within a half mile of TID 42, as shown on the attached map.
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into various master license agreements using the standard master license agreement ("Standard MLA") with telecommunication providers ("Licensees") allowing for the use of City-owned traffic signal poles and street light poles within the City's right-of-way for the attachment of small cell infrastructure equipment providing small cell communications service.
Determining a Public Purpose and Necessity and adopting Relocation Orders for the acquisitions of land interests required for the construction of improvements for the reconstruction of S. Blair Street and the S. Blair Street Intersection with John Nolen Drive. Located in part of the SE ¼ of the SW ¼ (Government Lot 4) of Section 13, T7N, R9E, in the City of Madison. (2nd, 4th and 6th AD's)
Modifying Res 20-00439 (Legistar 60695) to extend the end date of the Streatery program from October 25, 2020 to April 14, 2021.
Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks.
Authorizing staff to apply for and accept Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding to support the construction of the Madison Public Market and if awarded, committing city matching funds for the construction of the Madison Public Market and draw down funding from TIF District 36.
2021 Executive Capital Budget
BOH Resolution #2020 -19 Authorization to Accept Additional Funds from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Perform Budget Transfer to Support the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
BOH Resolution #2020 - 20 Authorization of Budget Transfer of Overdose Fatality Grant Funds
Agenda Item 3
Agenda Item 6
Review of Section 5310 Program (Enhanced Services for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) Grant Project Applications for 2021 and Preliminary Approval of Draft Project Funding Recommendations
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