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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. 28 Meetings of Interest for District 2

September 26, 2020 12:03 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
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
  • Joint Campus Area Committee
  • Public Safety Review Committee
  • Transportation Commission & Transportation Policy and Planning Board (Joint Meeting)
  • Public Safety Review Committee Policy Subcommittee
  • Common Council Executive Committee
On Wednesday at 5pm, the Public Safety Review Committee will be considering the report of our Budget Subcommittee (meeting details below in City Meetings of Interest). This report details the various services and positions in MPD, as well as the approximate expenditures required for each, and will provide information to both the public and alders concerning the MPD budget. The report can be found here.

On Thursday at 6:30pm, the Common Council Executive Committee will consider the slate of proposed appointments to the new Police Civilian Oversight Board (meeting details below). The list of appointees can be found here.


Public Health Graphic

From Public Health Madison & Dane County: How We're Assessing if UW Cases have Spread Beyond Campus
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.
Public Health's Mask page and Governor Evers Emergency Order #1 extending the statewide mask requirements until Nov. 21.
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: The latest data snapshot.
Current Public Health Order and FAQ are here

From MMSD: Neighborhood Food Sites and from Community Action Coalition: Dane County Food Pantry Network

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

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
From the Downtown Madison Business Improvement District: Updates From Downtown Businesses 
Info on UW-Madison's response to the pandemic at this site.
- Links of the Week -

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, James Madison, and Giddings Park, as well as Breese Stevens Field.

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

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

The new yard waste schedule begins October 11, 2020

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

Last Weekend's Gunfire Near Lapham School

As many have heard, there was an exchange of gunfire between two speeding vehicles last Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of Lapham School. One parked vehicle was struck and we were lucky that no neighbors were injured despite the busy location. MPD tells me that they have no information to release at this time other than that their Violent Crimes Unit is investigating. This is not atypical when they do not want to compromise an ongoing investigation. MPD added that several neighbors provided valuable observations of the incident.

The recent incidents of gun violence in Madison are frightening and worrisome for us all. If you must own guns, I encourage you to keep them under lock and key in locations that burglars cannot find. Do not keep guns in vehicles that are themselves subject to theft. Crime rates and gun violence are highly correlated with times of economic stress, so I also encourage you to support efforts that can increase opportunities for the disenfranchised and disadvantaged. There are ongoing efforts by members of the Black community and others to connect with what are thought to be the primarily younger perpetrators of these incidents who are generally not thought not to be members of traditional gangs. Let's hope these efforts are successful.

400 E Wash Proposal

Oct. 1 Neighborhood Committee Meeting For Proposed Redevelopment on 400 Block E. Washington
As mentioned last week, 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 additional information in my regular updates.
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 various other conditional uses. Compliance with Urban Design District 4 guidelines will also be considered.
126 Langdon Proposal

126 Langdon Appeal Referred to Dec. 1 Common Council Meeting

Core Spaces, the developers of the proposed Hub II development at 126 Langdon Street, has asked that their appeal of Plan Commission's July 27 denial of their Conditional Use Permits be referred until the Dec. 1, 2020, Common Council meeting. This means that no consideration of the appeal will occur until then. The developer may choose to submit a new application with a revised proposal rather than pursue their appeal, but that is to be determined.

Road Closed Sign

N. Ingersoll To Remain Closed at E. Wash until About Oct. 1

The contractor working on the new configuration and paving of N. Ingersoll St. between E. Washington and Curtis Court expects that the reopening will take place around Wednesday or Thursday of this week. There are some chances of rain in next week's weather forecast, so let's hope that wet weather does not cause further delays.

Vision Zero

Vision Zero Implementation Lowers Speed Limits on E. Washington

Starting on Monday, Sept. 28, speed limits will be lowered as follows:

  • Pinckney St. to Baldwin St. from 35 mph to 25 mph
  • Baldwin St. to Marquette Ave. from 35 mph to 30 mph

In addition to posting new speed limits, Traffic Engineering will update traffic signal timing, improve the visibility of the crosswalks between Pinckney and Baldwin Streets, and install bollards along the median on East Washington at Livingston St. to improve safety for people crossing the street. Digital signboards will be placed temporarily to alert drivers of the speed limit changes. MPD will also provide some education and enforcement support on the changes.

These 2020 projects are part of the City's adoption of Vision Zero - a data driven strategy intended to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on City streets by 2030 while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. For more information about the City of Madison's Vision Zero initiative and to sign up for Vision Zero news updates, please see You can can also read about other locations in the city where Vision Zero projects will be implemented this year.

I remain strongly supportive of these speed limit reductions and other traffic calming and safety measures on all city streets, not just E. Washington. While they are not expected to eliminate the noise and illegal driving behavior on E. Washington and other nearby streets, it is expected to supplement the other traffic calming strategies that Traffic Engineering has been employing to make E. Washington less attractive to these rude drivers. Similarly, MPD will continue to conduct enforcement activities as their funding and capacities allow.

Census 2020

City of Madison Issues Plea for All to Complete the Census Despite Confusion

The deadline for completion of the 2020 Census count remains uncertain as a federal judge's temporary restraining order directs the bureau to pause plans to complete the count by September 30. The Trump administration had extended the deadline to October 31 in April, then rescinded the extension in July. A group led by the National Urban League challenged the Trump administration to allow the Census Bureau time to complete the count fairly and honor the October 31 deadline. A court decision just this week could extend the deadline again, but it is not certain, so please fill out census this coming week and encourage others to do the same. More info here, but go online at  or call 844-330-2020 to complete the Census.

Halloween Information

Public Health guidance for Halloween and other information:

Kids on Bike Trail

Madison Biking Adventure Project Cycles to Community Engagement

To respond to the demand for and plan the addition of natural surface bike facilities, such as single track and pump tracks, Madison Parks has been conducting planning efforts that have yielded a rough draft of what they are preliminarily calling the Madison Bicycle Adventure Trail or MadBAT. MadBAT is a natural surface trail, optimized for biking yet allows for walking and running. It will be a citywide network of nodes and arms connecting parks and greenways to neighborhoods.

The City Parks Division is hosting three community engagement meetings for master plan development of this network. Prior to the meeting and providing feedback, please review the online project Story Map.

Each of the meetings will be held virtually, from 6:00 – 7:30pm on the following dates.

More info here.

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.
Public Safety Review Committee Budget Subcommittee: Details
8:00am, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020


1. Recap public hearing
2. Input public comments into the report
3. Receive guidance from Attorney Haas on Council's role in the budget
4. Final edits to the report
5. Next steps
Task Force on Structure of City Government Ad Hoc Final Report Implementation Work Group: Details
3:30pm, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Planning for Council Committee of the Whole meeting on October 8th
Agenda Item 3
Discuss research on other cities' offices of resident engagement
Facilities Programs and Fees Subcommittee (Parks): Details
4:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
Agenda Item 5 NEW BUSINESS
Agenda Item 7
Proposal to provide an application process for small, park events (without a shelter reservation) to allow events that comply with Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) Orders in regard to gathering restrictions and guidelines during COVID-19. If successful, the program may be extended when guidelines are no longer required.
Agenda Item 8
2021 and 2022 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Shelters
Agenda Item 9
2021 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Mooring; Watercraft Storage; Violation Ranges; Disc Golf, Dog Park, Lake Access, and Cross Country Ski Permits
Agenda Item 10
2021 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Athletic Fields
Agenda Item 11
2021 and 2022 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Agenda Item 12
2021 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Forest Hill Cemetery
Agenda Item 13
2021 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Goodman Pool
Agenda Item 14
2021 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Special Events, Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Resource Team and Inter-Agency Reservations
Agenda Item 15
2021 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Warner Park Community Recreation Services (WPCRC)
Agenda Item 16
2021 Proposed Parks Division Fees - Recreation Services
Joint Campus Area Committee: Details
4:45pm, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020


Agenda Item 3
Football Gameday COVID Policy Review/Discussion
Agenda Item 6
Capitol Neighborhood Association Updates
- Resolution adopted by Capitol Neighborhoods calling for reprioritization of Madison Police funding to social services
Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
Agenda Item 1
PSRC to honor the PSRC Budget Subcommittee's Budget Report 
Transportation Commission & Transportation Policy and Planning Board: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Metro Transit Network Redesign Study Overview
45 mins
Agenda Item 4
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Challenges for the TC/TPPB
15 mins
Agenda Item 6
Early Program Recommendations from the Traffic Calming Subcommittee
30 mins
Vending Oversight Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Discuss possibility of suspending Camp Randall High Density Vending and Football Game Day site assignments for the remainder of the season, due to COVID-19.
Public Safety Review Committee Policy Subcommittee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Subcommittee to vote on the revised policy recommendations and the corrected police department policies to the recommendations placed in the draft report. 
Common Council Executive Committee: Details
6:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
The agenda for this meeting was not available at publication, but should be found at the Details link above.
At this special session, the Common Council Executive Committee will consider the slate of proposed appointments to the Police Civilian Oversight Board.

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