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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 Oct. 12 Meetings of Interest for District 2

October 10, 2020 10:35 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.Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association, or Campus Area Neighborhood Assoc.

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
  • Finance Committee
  • Police and Fire Commission
  • Public Safety Review Committee
  • Public Safety Review Committee Policy Subcommittee
  • Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee 

Common Council Confirms Appointments to Police Civilian Oversight Board

PSRC Budget Subcommittee's Madison Police Department Budget Roadmap Draft


COVID-19 Data Snapshot

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 (including winter updates to the Streatery Program) and much more.
Español: COVID-19 and Hmoob: COVID-19.
From Public Health: The latest data notes.
Current Public Health Order FAQ is 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 -

Some Nov. 3 District 2 Polling Places on the Move

The City Clerk's Office tells me that due to concerns about COVID-19 and other factors, Wards 46, 47, and 48 will not be voting in their usual locations on Nov. 3. Wards 44 (Tenney Park Shelter) and Ward 45 (Lapham School) voting locations will not change. Here are the location changes:

  • Ward 46 (Gates of Heaven) moves to Wisconsin Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave
  • Ward 47 (Lowell Center) moves to Hillel at UW, 611 Langdon St.
  • Ward 48 (Lowell Center) moves to Below Alumni Center, 650 N Lake St.

Note that in the April Primary Election, Wards 47 and 48 voted at the Pyle Center, but the Clerk's Office will be splitting those to two different locations to reduce the number of voters who will be in the facility at one time in order to promote physical distancing. Campus wards tend to have a lot of in-person voting and election day registrations. The Clerk will be sending postcards to all voters in these wards, and every registered voter in Madison whose polling place has changed since April. If you are unsure of your Ward, visit

400 E Wash Proposal

JMP Neighborhood Steering Committee For Proposed Redevelopment on 400 Block E. Wash. Meeting Oct. 15

The James Madison Park District steering committee that will be evaluating the new LZ Ventures proposal for the 400 block of E. Washington Ave. will be meeting virtually on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30pm. Please email me at if you'd like to participate.

As before, this proposal includes demolition of the Klinke Cleaners building, 3 multi-flat houses, 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 Streets. The developer now proposes a 9-story (rather than 10-story) market rate 148-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.
The proposal is expected to be before the Urban Design Commission on Nov. 4 and Plan Commission on Nov. 9,. The developer 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.
More Gun Violence in District 2
According to MPD, on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 8, gunfire was reported in the Sherman Terrace area. There were no initial reports of anyone being shot, and no property damage was observed - more details available here.
As I mentioned after the September gunfire exchanged between two cars near Lapham School, 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.

Budget 2021

2021 City Budgeting Process Continues

The Mayor released her Executive Operating Budget on Oct. 6. Common Council's consideration of the 2021 Executive Operating Budget will start at the Finance Committee meetings of Oct. 12 and 13 with Finance Committee amendments to the Operating Budget offered on Oct. 26. The Operating Budget will 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. See the Oct. 12 Finance Committee Meeting Agenda Item 12 in City Meetings of Interest below for more details.

Tenney Shelter Acoustic Ceiling Project Starting After Election Day

So as not to interfere with Ward 44 voting on Nov. 3, a project to install an acoustical plaster ceiling system at the Tenney Park Pavilion will begin on about Nov. 5. The system will reduce the substantial echoing noise inside the shelter that often make it difficult to hear even at small events. More project details, contact info, and email list signup available here.

Metropolitan Planning Org

Metropolitan Planning Organization Rebrands as Greater Madison MPO
The Greater Madison Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the policy body responsible for cooperative, comprehensive regional transportation planning and decision making for the Madison Metropolitan Planning Area. As a member of the recently rebranded Greater Madison MPO, I encourage you read their latest newsletter. and visit the MPO's website.
The primary responsibilities of the MPO include:
  1. Carrying out cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive planning processes for making transportation investment decisions in the metropolitan area with program oversight from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
  2. Preparing and maintaining a long-range multi-modal transportation plan. Regional Transportation Plan 2050
  3. Preparing a transportation improvement program to provide for transportation investments to meet metropolitan transportation needs. Transportation Improvement Program
These responsibilities may sound technical and even uninteresting, but the MPO has the power to shape our area's future transportation system for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, and to shape the future of mass transit. Accomplishing those tasks while addressing sustainability and our climate crisis requires balancing the needs and influence of many stakeholders, so I urge you to learn about the MPO's work.
Census 2020

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

The deadline for completion of the 2020 Census count has again been extended to October 31, so please fill out census ASAP and encourage others to do the same. More info here, but go online at  or call 844-330-2020 to complete the Census.
Reminder: New Tourist Rooming House Rules Now in Effect
The new rules governing tourist rental housing (AKA Airbnbs, etc) went into effect Oct. 1. As of this past spring, a City Zoning Tourist Rooming House Permit (ZTRHP) is required in addition to the Public Health TRH license. The implementation date was pushed out to allow time to acquire that permit. As of 10/1/20, all TRH operators are required to have obtained a valid Zoning Tourist Rooming House Permit (ZTRHP) and that permit number must be displayed in all advertisements. Operators must first possess a Public Health TRH license before applying for the ZTRHP permit. The TRH must be the primary residence of all hosts and cohosts listed in any ad postings. All hosts and cohosts must each submit a separate residence affidavit. Call 608-266-4551 or email if you have additional questions. Tourist Rooming House FAQ

Oct. 28 Neighborhood Meeting for N. Few Street Redevelopment Proposal

A new redevelopment proposal is being explored by SEA Design for the current site of Scooter Therapy at 12 N. Few St. I am hosting a virtual neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7pm, to hear from the developer about their proposal. After Oct. 28, TLNA is likely to form a steering committee to work with the developer and evaluate the proposal. The developer has not submitted any materials to the city, so their schedule and full design is unknown at this time. If you'd like to attend the Oct. 28 virtual meeting, register here.
The developer is proposing to retain the bulk of the Scooter Therapy building and demolish a smaller and shorter section on the N. Few Street side. The owner proposes to construct a new building addition in the current parking lot area. Eight one-bedroom apartments would fill the second floor. The first floor would contain 8 garages, one for each apartment, and would be designed to promote live-work arrangements for those tenants who might choose to have a small business that could operate directly below their residence.  Alternatively, the first-floor spaces could perhaps be leased to a small business separately. The layout and provisions for driveway access for the 8 garages is to-be-determined.

Halloween Information

Public Health guidance for Halloween and other information:

Reminder: Webpages for Ongoing District 2 Street Construction Projects


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
2:00pm, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Subcommittee to go over draft report with revisions made from the October 5, 2020 meeting.
Agenda Item 2
Discuss next steps on the recommendations. 
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
Agenda Item 6
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements, on behalf of the Dane County Continuum of Care (CoC), for up to $1,472,134 Emergency Solutions Grant Program Supplemental Funds (ESG-CV) allocated to the State of Wisconsin by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Agenda Item 7
Authorizing the allocation of up to $1,943,882 in Emergency Solutions Grant Program Supplemental Funds (ESG-CV) granted to the City of Madison from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to community agencies; and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements with those agencies to implement the designated programs. 
Agenda Item 8
Awarding up to $5.77 million from the Affordable Housing Fund to support five affordable housing development projects, selected through a City Request for Proposals (RFP) process, that will support construction of approximately 320 units of new rental housing in Madison, about 240 of which will be affordable, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute loan agreements with the developers of those projects.
Note: This item includes a $500k award ($800k was requested) to The Shield, the Salvation Army's already approved apartment building that is expected to be constructed along E. Mifflin at N. Blount Street beginning sometime in 2021. The timing of the their new shelter component of the project is still to-be-determined.
Agenda Item 9
Amending the 2020 Adopted Operating Budget for the Golf Enterprise to transfer expenditure authorization between major objects of expenditure.
Agenda Item 10

Amending the apportionment policy for the State Street Mall/Capitol Concourse Special Charge to approve the schedule of Special Charges for the State Street Mall/Capitol Concourse for 2019/20 Maintenance Charges.

Agenda Item 11
Creating Section 4.33 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a Small Business Equity and Recovery COVID Grant Program Ordinance.
Agenda Item 12
2021 Executive Operating Budget
Note: Each City agency will make a 2021 Operating Budget presentation to Finance Committee at this meeting and at the subsequent meeting on Oct. 13. The schedule of presentations is here and other meeting materials are available here.
Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee: Details
5:00pm, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
Agenda Item 1
Water Utility Board Fluoridation Policy Review
Police and Fire Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Update on the Town of Madison Annexation/Hiring Process and Request for Approval of the Fire Chief's Hiring Recommendations from the Special Eligibility List
Agenda Item 7
Update on 2021 Police Department Pre-Service Academy Hiring Process Timeline
Agenda Item 9
Report on community input gathered to date and discussion of process going forward
During closed session, Zoom participants will be moved to a virtual waiting room. When the Commission reconvenes into open session, all participants will be readmitted to the meeting.
Agenda Item 11
Contemplated closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 19.85(1)(c) to discuss and take action, if appropriate, regarding employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility; specifically: Review and discussion of applicants for the position of Police Chief.
Agenda Item 12
Reconvene into open session to consider any remaining agenda items and to take action, if appropriate, regarding the items discussed in closed session.
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Agenda Item 1
2021 Executive Operating Budget
Note: See Agenda Item 12 for the Oct. 12 Finance Committee meeting above.
Transportation Commission: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020
Agenda Item 3
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Enter in a City-Sponsored Bicycle-Sharing Program Operating Agreement with B-Cycle LLC (2021-2040)
Agenda Item 9
2021 Public Works Transportation Projects Review and Feedback Gorham Street (Butler to Baldwin), Odana Road (Whitney Way to Research Park Blvd), Nelson Road (High Crossing Blvd to Felland Rd), East Johnson Street (Third to North)
Note: This item includes the proposed resurfacing of E. Gorham St. between Butler and Baldwin. The current project on E. Gorham between Franklin and Livingston is a sanitary sewer replacement project and does not include an overall resurfacing.
6:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING: Metro Transit to obtain input regarding current service 
Agenda Item 10
Metro Transit Public Hearing to obtain input regarding current service
Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020
The agenda for this meeting was not available as of publication, but should be available later at the Details link above.
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
The agenda for this meeting was not available as of publication, but should be available later at the Details link above. It is expected, however that the second item will be continued discussion of "City Financial Support for 4% Tax Credit and Other WHEDA Funded Housing"
Zoning Board of Appeals: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
Agenda Item 3
Patrick Whitty, representative for the owner of the property at 102 N Brearly Street, requests accessory building placement, setback and Usable Open Space variances to construct a detached garage with a second-level open deck. Alder District #2.
Public Safety Review Committee Policy Subcommittee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
The agenda for this meeting was not available as of publication, but should be available later at the Details link above.
Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
Agenda Item 6
Review and take action on revised Rent Abatement ordinance draft, which will add mold and lead as rent impairing violations.
Agenda Item 7
Center racial equity and social justice in the process of revising the Rent Abatement impairing list percentages located in MGO 32. Committee will identify organizations and/or individuals who can inform the process.
Agenda Item 8
Evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic: how can the committee respond within state law
Agenda Item 5
Housing Forward RFP
Downtown Coordinating Committee: Details
5:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Report of Mall Maintenance and Special Events
Agenda Item 3
Downtown Police Update
Agenda Item 4
Amending the apportionment policy for the State Street Mall/Capitol Concourse Special Charge to approve the schedule of Special Charges for the State Street Mall/Capitol Concourse for 2019/20 Maintenance Charges.
Agenda Item 5
Approving the 2021 Operating Plan for Madison's Central Business Improvement District.

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