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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. 21 Meetings of Interest for District 2

September 19, 2020 10:18 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. Racial Equity & Policing
  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 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:
  • Finance Committee (Capital Budget Amendments)
  • Police and Fire Commission
  • Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee
  • Community Services Committee
  • Public Safety Review Committee Budget Subcommittee
  • Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee

On Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6pm, the Public Safety Review Committee's Budget Subcommittee will be holding a virtual public hearing to take input on the Police Department's budget. The subcommittee, on which I sit, will be publishing a report early in the week that details the various services and positions in MPD, as well as the approximate expenditures required for each. That report will provide extensive information to both the public and alders concerning the MPD budget. The report should be available here early in the week. Note that the long list of documents linked at that site are items considered by the subcommittee and have informed our forthcoming report.



TESTING: Both the Alliant Energy Center testing site and the Public Health WIC Clinic at Village on Park will be open until at least 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.
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 MMSD: Neighborhood Food Sites 

From the City: Community Resources Section on the city's COVID website, including housing and eviction information

From Community Action Coalition: Dane County Food Pantry Network

From the Downtown Madison Business Improvement District: Updates From Downtown Businesses  

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

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
Info on UW-Madison's response to the pandemic at this site.
- Links of the Week -

Learn about the MMSD 2020 School Referenda, on the ballot on Nov. 3

Democracy in the Park Event Planned for Sept. 26 & Oct. 3. These events include absentee ballot drop-off sites that will be in Tenney, Reynolds, and James Madison Parks.

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day 2020. Includes info on a Registration Drive at Breese Stevens Field on Friday, 5-7pm.

From the City Clerk's Office: Voter Registration Questions Answered

Announcing the Brand New Yard Waste Collection Schedule for 2020

Final Round of Brush Collection Begins Monday, September 21

Downtown Madison Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Clean Streets/Clean Lakes Parking Enforcement Resumes October 5. Note that Residential Permit Only parking enforcement is still suspended.

Reminder: Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Truckload Sale Oct. 10

From Metro: Oct. 14 Public Hearing Scheduled - Give Feedback on Service Changes & Network Design Plan

Road Closed Sign

N. Ingersoll To Remain Closed at E. Washington until Oct. 1

The contractor working on the new configuration and paving of N. Ingersoll St. between E. Washington and Curtis Court recently informed City Engineering of a mistake that was made with an incorrectly poured light pole base. They had to remove the new base and start over, which in combination with delays due to recent wet weather, has significantly delayed the reopening date. Reopening is now expected to take place around Wednesday 9/30 to Thursday 10/1. Next week's weather forecast looks promising, so let's hope the schedule holds.

Update on E. Washington Speeding and Noise

According to MPD, their enforcement efforts along E. Washington will continue this weekend. Those efforts are grant-funded and are typically available only when officers are not busy with other work, so it is uncertain if/when the enforcement activities will occur. Depending up on those variables, MPD expects to conduct enforcement for the coming weekends. All engineering and education measures are also expected to continue, including lane closures, message boards, speed boards, and signal timing changes.

Census 2020

Low Response Rate to Census in District 2 Continues
The deadline for filling out the 2020 Census is Sept. 30, 2020. District 2's response rate has lagged compared to most of Madison - Check out this map and website to see how we need our response rate to go up in every neighborhood.
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 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 or have moved, your census residence is Madison. 
Fill out the census over the phone, by mail or online at
414 E Wash Proposal

Oct. 1 Neighborhood Committee Meeting For Proposed Redevelopment on 400 Block E. Washington

LZ Ventures has submitted a new application to the city for redevelopment of the 400 block of E. Washington Avenue. Neighbors will learn about their new proposal at an Oct. 1 virtual neighborhood meeting hosted by me and Alder Rummel. To register for the neighborhood meeting, visit this website. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link and call-in information.
After the Oct. 1 meeting the James Madison Park District, part of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., will again be forming a steering committee to review the new proposal. I will publishing any future meeting dates and other information in my regular updates.
By a one-vote margin at Plan Commission's July 13 meeting, LZ Ventures' earlier proposal was not approved. Because commissioners placed the proposal on file "without prejudice", the developers are able to submit this new application. As before, this proposal includes demolition of the Klinke Cleaners building, 3 multi-flat housers, and 2 single-story commercial buildings, all between 402 and 414 E. Washington, as well as multi-flats at 9 N. Hancock, 8 N. Franklin, and 12 Franklin. The developer now proposes a 9-story (rather than 10-story) market rate 146-unit apartment building on E. Wash dropping to 6 stories in the rear along Hancock with 5 stories along Franklin. Several levels of parking would be underneath. One commercial space is planned at the corner of E. Washington and N. Franklin. Project plans and other materials can be found here.
It is likely that the proposal will be before the Urban Design Commission on Nov. 4 and Plan Commission on Nov. 9. They will be seeking one bonus floor along E. Washington (down from two) and, as before, various conditional use permits. Compliance with Urban Design District 4 guidelines will also be considered.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Downtown is running from Sept. 15 through Oct. 18. This celebration will include a variety of elements including a fun, safe way to shop and to enjoy downtown while celebrating Latinos. People will be invited to explore art installations, enjoy street music, visit local shops, and be introduced to the Latino Chamber of Commerce as they explore, celebrate, and enjoy Latino heritage and culture in Downtown Madison. Due to Covd-19 restrictions, most of these special features will be posted online and shared via social media. Further information here.


2021 Budgeting Process Continues

Common Council's consideration of the 2021 Executive Capital Budget and 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) continues at the Finance Committee meeting on Monday (see agenda and details below in City Meetings of Interest). Committee members will evaluate and vote on alder amendments to the Mayor's Executive Capital Budget and the CIP. Amendments that pass will subsequently be considered by the full Common Council on Nov. 10 and 11. Amendments offered from the floor will also be possible at the Nov. 10/11 meetings.

The Mayor will submit her Executive Operating Budget on Oct. 6. The Operating Budget will also be finalized on Nov. 10 and 11 at the same meetings as the Capital Budget. Both the Capital and Operating Budgets for each city department throughout the budgeting process can be accessed here.

Learn more about the Capital Improvement Plan and view a map of all Capital projects that are location-specific.

Reminder: Webpages for Ongoing District 2 Street Construction Projects

Click on the projects below for information:


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.
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020


Agenda Item 1
Creating a Deputy Director position in Public Health Madison-Dane County due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
Agenda Item 2
Creating a Project Position to combat opiod abuse in Public Health Madison-Dane County.
Agenda Item 7
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute the Second Amendment to the Use Agreement with the Northwoods League Inc. and the Madison Mallards LLC for nonexclusive use of Warner Park Stadium. (AD#12)
Agenda Item 8
Discussion: City Financial Support for 4% Tax Credit and Other WHEDA Funded Housing
Agenda Item 9
2021 Executive Capital Budget
Note: See Other District 2 Updates for more information on the Capital Budget
Complete Count Committee: Details
4:00pm, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Updates from State and County Complete Count Committees.
Agenda Item 3
a. Response rate and census timeline update
b. UW census publicity
c. Community partners; "Census couch party"
d. Apartment outreach
e. Press releases and articles in community publications
f. Mobile Questionnaire Assistance
g. Absentee ballot insert
Police and Fire Commission: Details
5:30pm, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Report of Commissioners and Staff on community input 
Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee: Details
3:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
Agenda Item 5
Embedding Racial Equity
Agenda Item 6
Public Art in Parks
Agenda Item 7
Bird and Bat Houses in Parks
Agenda Item 8
Reviewing Neighborhood Plans/Special Area Plans
Community Services Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Recovery Dashboard Demonstration - Ellie Anderson, City of Madison
Agenda Item 3
Gun Violence Prevention Update - Public Health Madison and Dane County
Housing Strategy Committee: Details
4:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Requesting the Wisconsin State Legislature pass a bill to create a refundable tax credit for home improvements to residents near Truax Field necessitated by the placement of F-35 fighter wing aircrafts.

Agenda Item 3
Update on Affordable Housing Fund Seeking WHEDA Low Income Housing Tax Credits RFP
Agenda Item 4
Update on Housing Forward RFP
Public Safety Review Committee Budget Subcommittee: Details
6:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Public Hearing on Draft Budget Report
Note: See discussion above in Racial Equity & Policing.
Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee: Details
6:00pm, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Discussion: Milwaukee Police Department Body-Worn Camera Program and Relevant State Statutes
Agenda Item 3
Updates from Captain Brian Austin

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