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Alder Patrick W. Heck

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Alder Patrick W. Heck

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Home Address:

123 N. Blount St. #303
Madison , WI 53703

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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. 26 Meetings of Interest for District 2

October 25, 2020 10:48 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.
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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
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1. RACIAL EQUITY & POLICING
 
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:
 
  • Sustainable Madison Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Humanitarian Award Commission, Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Water Utility Board
  • Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee
2. COVID-19 RESOURCES & INFORMATION
 
Free hotline to be connected with a "Financial Navigator".
 

The Tenant Resource Center has developed an online app to help renters determine if they qualify for the CDC moratorium on residential evictions. Read more about the temporary halt in residential eviction.

 
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 and 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
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3. OTHER DISTRICT 2 UPDATES
 
Useful Links Image
 
 
MyVoteWI.gov
 

Reminder: Some District 2 Polling Places Have Changed for Nov. 3

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. Here are the 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 registered voters in these wards and UW will be emailing all students. If you are unsure of your ward, visit myvote.wi.gov.

Wards 44 (Tenney Park Shelter) and Ward 45 (Lapham School) voting locations will not change.

Update: E. Washington Speed and Noise Reduction Efforts

A city staff team reports that all engineering and education measures to reduce the problems on E. Washington will continue, including lane closures, message boards, speed boards, and signal timing changes. MPD has continued to work hard to find resources for continued enforcement on E Washington. Enhanced enforcement was scheduled for Friday night and Saturday night, barring any significant developments that came up such as protests and other events.  Keep in mind, UW football games and Halloween require additional officers in other parts of the City, so MPD is making adjustments from week to week, depending on staff availability and funding.

The past experience from the team is that racing activities tend to reduce as weather becomes cold. They hope that would be the case for this year as well. Staff plans continuing the lane closures for as long as possible, but the devices have to be removed before it snows so that we are not creating issues for snow removal and other safety issues.

Reminder: Oct. 28 Neighborhood Meeting for N. Few 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.
 
City Budget
 
2021 Operating Budget To Considered by Finance Committee on Monday
 
The Mayor's 2021 Executive Operating Budget will be considered by the Finance Committee meeting on Oct. 26 (see details below in City Meetings of Interest). Twenty-five amendments submitted by Finance Committee members and the Mayor will be voted upon - those can be found here. They run the gamut and include reversing the proposed layoffs of Parking Utility employees (and finding the subsequent funding); a large increase in Residential Parking Permit annual fees (from $42 to $105); increasing funding for the proposed Crisis Response Team that will divert some calls for service away from MPD; accepting a grant to partially fund four new MPD patrol positions, and restoring funding for a proposed reduction in downtown Mall Maintenance.  All Operating Budget items, including proposed amendments, can be found here.
 
The Operating Budget will be finalized on Nov. 10 and 11 at the same Common Council meetings as the Capital Budget. Both the Capital and Operating Budgets for each city department throughout the budgeting process can be accessed here. Note that when Common Council considers both budgets next month, amendments to both will be allowed from the floor. Those amendments that pass Finance Committee will also be in the mix.
 
BRT Stop

Miss the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Kick-Off Meeting?

Watch the recorded Oct. 22 Project Kick-Off Meeting here. The presentation slides are also available at that link, www.MadisonBRT.com. Attendees asked many good questions and the answers provided by city staff clarified many of BRT's objectives, plans, and options. Topics included BRT routes, station design and locations, service plans, and improvements to existing North-South Metro routes. One important topic discussed is Metro's recent move to having stations in the center of the E. Washington along the isthmus rather than on the sides, so watch to recording to hear and see more on that.
 

Freakfest 2020 Canceled, Residents Reminded to Avoid Halloween Gatherings

The City of Madison, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Public Health Madison & Dane County are strongly recommending that people celebrate Halloween with members of their household and avoid holding or attending gatherings. Parties and gatherings that are part of Halloween in a normal year pose a risk to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Madison's largest Halloween event, Freakfest, has been cancelled. More information here.

Reminder: Webpages for Ongoing District 2 Street Construction Projects

Click on the projects below for information:

400 E. Wash Proposal

JMP Steering Committee Forming Input on 400 Block E. Washington Proposal

The James Madison Park District steering committee that is evaluating the new LZ Ventures proposal for the 400 block of E. Washington Ave. is currently forming input for the Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission. The proposal will be considered by UDC on Nov. 4 and Plan Commission on Nov. 9. Please email steering committee chair Bob Klebba (bob.klebba@gmail.com) if you have input for the committee or contact me at district2@cityofmadison.com.
 
This week, city staff determined that the new proposal is again classified as 10-stories tall despite the removal of a floor of apartments along E. Washington and along E. Franklin. Height-wise, the E. Washington section is a full floor shorter than the earlier proposal that was not approved by Plan Commission, but because there is now an indoor common room atop the 9th floor, the building is still classified as a 10-story building. As a result, the developer is expected to seek two bonus floors along E. Washington and various conditional use permits. Compliance with Urban Design District 4 guidelines will also be considered. Materials for the UDC's consideration of the proposal will be housed here while project plans and other materials for Planl Commission's consideration can be found here
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4. CITY MEETINGS OF INTEREST TO DISTRICT 2
 
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.
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Sustainable Madison Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
 
DISCUSSION ITEMS
 
Agenda Item 2
Update: RESJI / Equity Lens for 100% Renewable Energy Plan
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Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED
 
Agenda Item 1
Amending the 2020 Public Health Operating Budget to Accept $3,653,125 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program for COVID-19 Testing at the Alliant Energy Center
 
Agenda Item 4
A resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a competitively-selected, 2-year service contract with two optional 2-year renewal terms with Dean Health Systems Inc. for occupational health services.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a competitively-selected service contract with Dean Health Systems Inc. for occupational health services. Exams are offered for 384 commissioned staff and flu shots for all MFD staff. The cost of an annual exam ranges from $437 to $722. There were 187 exams in 2019 and 115 are anticipated in 2020. The Fire Operations service's 2021 Executive operating budget includes funding for the services provided under this contract (MUNIS #54525). The estimated cost is $75,000 to $90,000, depending on the number of employees receiving medical exams.
The initial term of the contract is two years, with two optional renewal terms of two years each. The cost proposal includes a 0-5% increase for the renewal periods. At the renewal time, Dean will submit an updated fee chart for the City to consider.
 
Agenda Item 6
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)
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes the Second Amendment to the Use Agreement with the Northwoods League Inc. and Madison Mallards for non-exclusive use of Warner Park Stadium. This amendment extends the term of the initial agreement through 2028, subject to one-year renewal terms. Under this amendment, the Northwoods League and Madison Mallards would not be subject to a 2020 rental payment, and would pay a 2021 rental payment that is tied to attendance at games. The proposed schedule of payments for the agreement terms is as follows:
2021: $1, with a $1 per ticket payment to the City for all tickets sold in calendar year 2021 in excess of 125,000 tickets for games at the Ballpark.
2022: $65,000
2023: $65,000
2024: $70,000
2025: $70,000
2026: $75,000
2027: $75,000
2028: $80,000
The Madison Mallards LLC would retain responsibility for day-to-day maintenance of the stadium and field.
The 2021 Parks Operating Budget request assumed $67,195 in revenue, as agreed to under the terms of the previous agreement. If the proposed resolution is approved, the 2021 Parks Operating Budget will be updated to reflect revised revenue estimates.
 
Agenda Item 12
Amending the Economic Development Division's 2020 Adopted Capital Budget (TIF District #42) by $101,148 and authorizing the execution of a contract with the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health ("UW PHI") for the purposes of beginning a Census to Census study of impact of the City's investments in South Madison. (14th A.D.)
 
Agenda Item 13
Adopting and confirming modifications to the Employee Benefits Handbooks for the General Municipal Employees, the Madison City Attorneys' Association (MCAA) and the Madison Professional and Supervisory Employee Association (MPSEA) for the period January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, and forwarding the CER's recommendations for achieving wage equity for all General Municipal Employee groups.
Partial Fiscal Note
The overall impact of the proposed wage pay outlined in this resolution is $16.6 million, the General Fund share of this increase is $10.8 million. See the Legistar file for more information.
 
Agenda Item 14
SUBSTITUTE - 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 15
Substitute: Authorizing the Community Development Division to plan and implement a Homeless Shelter project.
Fiscal Note
The substitute amendment authorizes Engineering to issue an RFP to hire an architectural/engineering firm to prepare plans for renovation/conversion or construction of a Men's Shelter. The resolution anticipates adoption of an amendment to the 2021 executive capital budget by the Common Council to create a Men's Shelter capital project funded with $3 million GO borrowing. Dane County has proposed including $3 million in its 2021 capital budget for a Men's Shelter project, in partnership with the city
Note: This item replaces an earlier resolution that would have authorized the purchase of 4111 East Towne Blvd for the creation of a men's homeless shelter. The property owner has backed out of that transaction.
 
Agenda Item 16
2021 Executive Operating Budget
Note: See 2021 Operating Budget To Considered by Finance Committee on Monday in Other District 2 Updates above.
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Humanitarian Award Commission, Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.: Details
6:00pm, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 1
Review & Finalize: All application forms and flyers. 
 
Agenda Item 2
Finalize: Timeline to review nominations, select awardee's and event date of award presentation in January 2021.
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Water Utility Board: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 2
Recruitment and selection process for Water Utility Financial Manager and General Manager positions
 
Agenda Item 3
Board Education and Discussion of Environmental Justice
Stacie Reece, the City of Madison's Sustainability Program Coordinator, will be presenting to the Water Utility Board.
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Task Force on Structure of City Government Ad Hoc Final Report Implementation Work Group: Details
3:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
 
DISCUSSION ITEMS
 
Agenda Item 2
Discussion of Draft Resolution on Referendum Items
 
Agenda Item 3
Discuss Position Description for Director of Resident and Community Engagement
 
Agenda Item 4
Continue Discussion of TFOGS Recommendations
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Transportation Commission: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED
 
Agenda Item 6
Metro Transit requests to hold a public hearing at the December 9, 2020 meeting to hear feedback and comments on proposed March, 2021 service change
5 mins
 
Agenda Item 7
Update on Shared Streets
15 mins
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Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee: Details
7:00pm, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
 
Agenda Item 1
PUBLIC COMMENT (10/28/2020 meeting)
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Joint Campus Area Committee: Details
4:45pm, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 2
University of Wisconsin-Madison Football Gameday Debrief 
 
Agenda Item 3
UW Madison Campus Master Plan Status Report
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Plan Commission: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
 
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE PLAN COMMISSION
 
SPECIAL ITEM OF BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 2
Initiatives Linking Land Use and Transportation
- MPO Remote Work Survey
- Transportation Demand Management Ordinance
- Overview of On-street Parking Restrictions and Potential Changes
- Potential Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay
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Common Council Executive Committee: Details
4:30pm, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
 
The agenda for this meeting was not available at publication time, but should be found at Details above. However, at this meeting CCEC will be interviewing the applicants for the District 7 Alder vacancy and make a final recommendation to the Council for appointment at the November 17, 2020 Common Council Meeting. The list of applicants can be found here.
 
Note: Donna Moreland resigned from the District 7 Alder position in late September to take a job in Gov. Evers' administration. I will miss Alder Moreland's dedication and thoughtful approach to being alder. She contributed to moving Council forward in many ways, including by chairing the Alder Workgroup to Develop Logistics & Operational Details For MPD Independent Civilian Oversight.
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