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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 Sept. 7 Meetings of Interest for District 2

September 5, 2020 7:59 PM

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. Racial Equity & Policing
  2. COVID-19 Resources & Information
  3. Other District 2 Updates
  4. City Meetings of Interest to District 2
Black Lives Matter
Several city meetings listed below include items that are related to racial equity, are being put forward in response to the protests, or are related to law enforcement. See the agenda listings below for:
  • Public Safety Review Committee Budget Subcommittee
  • TIF Review Board
  • Public Safety Review Committee Policy Subcommittee
  • Finance Committee
  • Community Development Authority
  • Equal Opportunities Commission
  • Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee

As you've likely heard, at Tuesday's lengthy Common Council meeting we passed the enabling ordinances and funding for the Police Citizen Oversight Board and the Police Independent Monitor. While this is worth celebrating, there is still a lot of work to do. One first step is this: Call for Nominations for the At-Large Seats on Police Civilian Oversight Board, part of forming the new Oversight Board.

From Mayor Rhodes-Conway after Tuesday's success: Statement of the Mayor on the Passage of Police Monitor and Civilian Oversight Board.

In other less encouraging and disturbing news, are the right-wing threats of shooting protesters that have surfaced in Madison: From the Capital Times - Calls for shooting 'rioters' show up on pro-Madison police Facebook group.

There is also controversy over the behavior of an alder who used a misogynist profanity that was apparently targeted at a woman who was making public comment on one of Tuesday's agenda items. I was proud to sign onto a letter condemning the name-calling and questioning an earlier response (From WI State Journal - 14 Madison City Council members say person responsible for derogatory profanity should admit it).

Hopefully, alders will put aside our differences and focus on what matters. None of our considerations related to racial justice and policing will be easy and some will be controversial, so Common Council, the Mayor, members of city staff (including MPD), and the community will need to focus on what should be our goals - reducing racial disparities, finding pathways to reparations, and building/funding community capabilities for alternate responses to police calls.


COVID-19 Cell

From Public Health Madison & Dane County: The Alliant Energy Center testing site is now open until at least Oct. 3, but the Public Health WIC Clinic at Village on Park testing site will be open at least through Dec. 30. More testing sites and info here, including free testing for UW students and employees.
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.
Current Public Health Order FAQ is here
From the City's Economic Development Division: Business & Non-profit Information Covid-19, including Streatery Program

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)

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.
Info on UW-Madison's response to the pandemic at this site.
- Links of the Week -
From District 2 County Supervisor Wegleitner: Federal Eviction Moratorium Announced
A federal Eviction Moratorium went into effect Friday and is effective through 12/31/20. It protects all residential tenants who provide their landlord with the required declaration regarding their inability to pay rent, risk of homelessness, income, and attempts to obtain resources and make partial payments. It does allow some evictions for non-rent issues.
The moratorium will cover tenants who fall into one of these categories:
  • expect to earn less than $99k individually or $198k as a household this year;
  • received a stimulus check; OR, 
  • were not required to report income in 2019.

Tenants must declare their inability to pay via a CDC form to their landlord. The form as well as a fact sheet about the order can be found here. Individuals must demonstrate that they have taken best efforts to get state rental assistance/support, that they can't cover rent payments, and show eviction would cause them to become homeless if kicked out of property. As you can see, this process places a large and entirely new burden on tenants.

The moratorium DOES NOT protect tenants from:
  • being evicted for reasons "other than nonpayment of rent"
  • being charged "fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis."

And nothing in this order stops collection of these fees, penalties, or interest during this time.

The moratorium covers all housing owners, not just those with federal mortgages. This is an emergency health order, not an agency rule, so there's no notice or comment. It will be effective immediately upon publishing in the Federal Register.
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UW Announces Medical Amnesty Program for Students

After a night out, you notice your friend has had too much to drink. Their condition reaches the point where they've become unresponsive and they need medical attention. You're both underage, and you're concerned about getting yourself and your friend in trouble. But you know your friend needs help -- you do the right thing and call for help. You cooperate with first responders.

In the past, campus guidelines (called Responsible Actions Guidelines) would give you -- the caller -- a sort of "amnesty." Because you did the right thing and called for help, and you cooperated with first responders, no police or student conduct action would be taken against you. Police citation(s) and/or student conduct disciplinary action would have been taken against your friend who needed medical help.

New campus guidelines, called Medical Amnesty Through Responsible Actions, would pass along that same "amnesty" to your friend who needed help. More details here.

Democracy in the Park Event Planned for Sept. 26 & Oct. 3

Many Madison voters have been contacting the City Clerk's Office to ask about options for returning their absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election in person. In response to these questions, the Clerk's Office is partnering with the City of Madison Parks Division to allow City of Madison voters to return their absentee ballots to poll workers stationed in more than 200 City of Madison parks.

The Democracy in the Park event will be held 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 3. More details here. Participating District 2 parks will include James Madison, Reynolds, and Tenney Parks.

2021 Capital Budget Timeline

Mayor Releases 2021 Executive Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Plan

On Tuesday, the Mayor released the 2021 Executive Capital Budget and 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The Capital Budget and the Operating Budget, which will be released in October, will comprise the Mayor's full budget proposal for 2021. More info on the Mayor's Budget here and the entire budget to date can be accessed here. Note that the Finance Committee Agenda Item 22 listed below in Meetings of Interest also has more on the 2021 budget.

Reminder: Webpages for Ongoing District 2 Street Construction Projects

Also, a reminder that N. Ingersoll between E. Washington and Curtis Court will remain closed until approximately Friday, Sept. 11, at 5:00 p.m. for street work related to the Arden Apartment building construction. The work includes installing a dedicated left turn lane onto E. Washington. More info here.

Verify Voter Registration

3 Steps You Can Do Now to Make Sure You're Ready for the Nov. 3 election

1. Check your voter registration at
If you've moved – even to a different unit in the same building – you'll need to update your registration. You can register online if your address is up-to-date with the Wisconsin DMV, or you can register by mail or in-person at the City Clerk's Office.

2.  Make sure you have the ID you need to vote.
Voters in Wisconsin have to present photo ID for their vote to count. Election officials look at the name, expiration date, and ID type when they check a voter's ID; they do not look at the address on the ID. Need help getting an ID? The Dane County Voter ID Coalition assists voters fill out the necessary paperwork for free and can help arrange free transportation to the DMV. Call (608) 285-2141 for assistance getting an ID you can use for voting. The Coalition is a partnership between the Dane County NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Dane County.

3.  Act now to vote absentee!
Are you planning to vote absentee (also known as vote-by-mail)? Get your application for an absentee ballot in as soon as you can. You can request your absentee ballot at, email the Clerk's Office, or send a letter via mail to the Clerk's Office. If you have never voted absentee by mail before, you will need to provide a copy of the photo ID you use for voting when you make your request.

Census 2020

There's Still Time to Complete Your 2020 Census!

  • Complete the 2020 Census online or by phone
  • If you have not completed the census for your household, expect a Census Bureau worker to knock on your door to do the survey in person. Workers carry an ID and follow public health guidelines.  Please work with them to complete your census.
  • Census responses are confidential and protected by law – no personal information can be shared with anyone outside of the Census Bureau. 
  • There are no questions about citizenship or immigration status on the 2020 Census. 
  • Census data informs the drawing of electoral districts and the distribution of hundreds of billions in Federal funding every year.  For example, census data was recently used to distribute funds to state and local governments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.  Having a complete count will be critical for the next 10 years. 


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 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.
Public Safety Review Committee Budget Subcommittee: Details
8:00am, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Go over draft report
Agenda Item 2
Determine date for public hearing
TIF Review Board: Details
12:00pm, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020


2020 Annual TIF Report to the Joint Review Board
Note: These items include "donations" from TID 39 to TID 42 for the purposes of land acquisition, land banking, and establishing a home ownership program for Black families and individuals administered by the Urban League, all in the South Madison area. 
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020
Agenda Item 6
Approving funding recommendation of the Madison Arts Commission for a total of $5,000 in public art funding from the Municipal Art Fund for Alicia Walter's Black Thought Wall installation at the Village on Park and authorizing the Planning Division Director to execute the contract. 
Agenda Item 7
Resolution approving up to $10,000 in cooperative in development funds for Get It Right Educators Cooperative.
Agenda Item 9
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).

Agenda Item 11
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.
Note: The Public Market's proposed usage of $7million from TID 36 was included in the recently submitted 2021 Mayor's Capital Budget. All of the Capital Budget will need to be approved by Common Council and that process starts with Agenda Item 22 of this meeting, wrapping up in November.
Agenda Item 12
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.
Note: See TIF Review Board agenda above for more on this item.
Agenda Item 19
Approving an intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Madison for the City to provide fire protection and prevention services, emergency medical services, and building inspection services for the Town and to enter into severance agreements with former Town firefighters. 
Agenda Item 20
Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks.
Agenda Item 22
2021 Executive Capital Budget
Note: This item will consist of presentations by City Departments detailing their Capital Budgets as submitted by the Mayor. Finance Committee members and other alders will be able to ask questions and, as always, public comment will be accepted on each agenda item. The Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, will continue these departmental presentations (see agenda below). Note that the Executive Operating Budget will not be released until Oct. 6 and then considered by the Finance Committee on Oct. 12-13.
Public Safety Review Committee Policy Subcommittee: Details
5:00pm, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Subcommittee to vote on recommendations from draft report 
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
Agenda Item 1
2021 Executive Capital Budget
Note: See above note from Finance Committee meeting of Tuesday, Sept. 8, Agenda Item 22.
President's Work Group to Review Council Communication Tools & Processes: Details
12:0=30pm, Thursday, Sep. 10, 2020
Agenda Item 6
Discussion Item: Public Comment - All Alder Email Account & Via Virtual Meeting Registration
Agenda Item 7
Discuss latest Draft of the Social Media Policy for Facebook & Twitter Accounts
Early Childhood Care and Education Committee: Details
2:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Community Services Committee Information

Agenda Item 2
Report from staff on the current state of school-age care for the fall school year 
Agenda Item 3
Tuition Assistance Report (1st and 2nd quarters) 
Agenda Item 4
Child Care Budget Request Overview
Community Development Authority: Details
4:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
Agenda Item 5
CDA Resolution #4411 - Approval to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with RENEW Wisconsin
Agenda Item 6
CDA Resolution #4412 - Authorization to participate in the MGE Shared Solar Program and execute Cs-1 service agreements
Agenda Item 9
CDA Resolution #4406 - CDA's Role in Addressing Systemic Racism and Inequality in Housing and the Community.
Equal Opportunities Commission: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
The Agenda for this meeting was not available as of publication time and should later be available by clicking "Details" above. It is expected that one agenda item will be the proposed ban on tear gas:
Prohibiting the use of tear gas as of November 17, 2020 and requesting a study of alternatives by the Madison Police Department.
Sponsors: Patrick W. Heck, Shiva Bidar, Keith Furman, Marsha A. Rummel
Madison Public Library Board: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Revisiting file 60707 granting the Library Director discretionary powers to suspend or make small modifications to existing policy due to COVID-19. 
Agenda Item 4
Application to the Dane County Board for exemption from Dane County Library tax levied under Section 43.57(3) and 43.64(2) Wisconsin Statutes.
Agenda Item 6
Approval of Madison Public Library In-House Printing Price Increase.
Traffic Calming Subcommittee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Current City of Madison Traffic Calming Programs and Ranking Systems
Agenda Item 3
Traffic Calming Programs in Other Cities 
Agenda Item 4
Early Program Recommendations and Presentation to TC/TPPB Joint Meeting
Community Development Block Grant Committee: Details
5:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
Agenda Item 3
Presentations from Applicants in the 2020 Affordable Housing Fund RFP Process
Note: This item includes a presentation from The Salvation Army (TSA) concerning their application to the City's Affordable Housing Fund. This application is for the apartment building that is slated to be along the 600 block of E. Mifflin at N. Blount St. that will have 44 units, 37 of them for residents with 50% to 60% of Dane County Median Income or less. 11 of those 37 would be supportive housing and reserved for those with 30% or lower of CMI and 7 would be market rate. TSA was awarded these funds last year, but has to recompete this year because they did not proceed with this project in 2020 due to their not receiving WHEDA tax credits. They anticipate reapplying with WHEDA again and the announcement of chosen tax credit projects should be made in the spring of 2021. If TSA receives both City funds and WHEDA tax credits, it is expected that the apartment building's construction would begin in late summer or early fall of 2021. From what I understand, the demolition of the current shelter and construction of a replacement shelter is temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the housing-stressed population and associated public health orders/concerns.
Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee: Details
6:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
The Agenda for this meeting was not available as of publication time and should later be available by clicking "Details" above. 

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