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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 Nov. 23 Meetings of Interest for District 2

November 21, 2020 4:30 PM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, there are not many city meetings scheduled this week. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home as you can, and please follow the Public Health Orders.

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.


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
  • Police and Fire Commission (two meetings)
  • Sustainable Madison Committee

From Public Health Madison & Dane County:

Read about the temporary halt in residential evictions from the Tenant Resource Center

For information on Madison's responses visit the City's Coronavirus Website. There you will find links to City Service Updates, Resources for Businesses.
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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E. Gorham Repaving Project
Did You Miss the E. Gorham Repaving Public Information Meeting?
You can view the Nov. 16, 2020, Virtual Public Information Meeting Recording and Meeting Presentation on the project website here. You also sign up for project email notifications there, as well as get contact info. The meeting presentation and recording include many project details, including some of the options that staff is reviewing for extension of the bike lane on Gorham between Few and Brearly Streets to connect to Tenney Park. There are also several options being discussed for installation of traffic calming measures along Gorham as part of this 2021 project, but because this is a repaving project rather than a full reconstruction project, it is not certain that all of the project area (N. Baldwin to N. Butler Street) will see such changes. Many residents have gave good input at the public meeting and have contacted me and city staff with ideas and input, which is much appreciated and helpful.

At their Nov. 18 meeting, Transportation Commission approved an option that included reducing on-street parking spaces between Few and Brearly and adding a bike lane. It is expected that the Board of Public Works Public Hearing on the project will be on Dec. 16 followed by Common Council consideration on Jan. 1. Both will provide opportunities for public comment. I'll publish the agendas and participation details for those meetings the weekends prior.

Neighborhood Meeting for New Alcohol License

On Monday, December 7, 2020, at 6:00pm, there will be a virtual neighborhood meeting to discuss an application for a new Class B Liquor & Beer License at 708 1/4 E. Johnson Street, formerly the location of Forequarter. Michael Parks is opening Hone, a contemporary American restaurant with comfort food to-go and an elevated dining room experience. He proposes a liquor license for 7 days per week with hours from 5am to 4am with 50% of sales coming from food and 50% coming from alcohol with alcohol. Liquor could be served only when legally allowed, ending at bar time of 2am. Neighbors are invited to attend the virtual meeting via Zoom at the link below. If you have input and cannot attend the meeting, feel free to contact me.
Meeting ID: 549 275 3957
Passcode: 1
Shared Streets Sign
Shared Streets Survey Open Until December 1
City Traffic Engineering will be using the winter to evaluate the Shared Streets Program to determine how to best move forward in 2021. The City is reaching out to the public to help gather information on the current program, so residents are encouraged to complete the Shared Streets Survey by December 1. The program included limiting non-residential motor vehicle access to streets such as Sherman Ave. and E. Mifflin to open the them to physically distanced walking and biking during COVID-19. More information on the suspension of Share Streets for the winter is here.

Update on E. Washington and Traffic/Speeding

Traffic Engineering and MPD report that they are continuing their speed reduction and traffic enforcement efforts on East Washington Ave. They will continue the deployment of traffic calming devices, but that will be weather dependent as it would interfere with proper plowing in case of snow. The equipment will also be taken down over Thanksgiving weekend because of staffing issues. MPD also indicates that they are likely to have the staffing capacity to conduct additional traffic enforcement on either Friday or Saturday evenings from now until Christmas, barring unforeseen circumstances.

12 N Few St Proposal
TLNA Steering Committee for N. Few Proposal to Meet Dec. 10
The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association steering committee for the proposed redevelopment at 12 N. Few St., currently the site of Scooter Therapy, will hold its first meeting the evening of Dec. 10, starting at 6:00pm. TLNA Development Chair Meghan Conlin and Andrew Horn will be leading the steering committee process. Contact Andrew or Meghan if you'd like to participate or stay informed.

SEA Design proposes retention of the bulk of the Scooter Therapy building; demolition of a smaller and shorter section, and the construction a new building addition in the current parking lot area. Eight one-bedroom apartments would fill the second floor and with 8 garage spaces underneath that would be designed to promote live-work arrangements or be leased to a small business separately.

The biggest concern that neighbors have expressed so far is the relatively small amount of on-site parking and the potential impact on street parking on nearby streets. The steering committee will be discussing this and other observations with the developer starting at the Dec. 10 meeting.
A Letter From Madison Area Coordinated Outreach Teams
November 16, 2020
Dear Madison Community Members,
The outpouring of community support for our friends experiencing homelessness during the pandemic has been overwhelming. While your generosity of time and donations are greatly appreciated, we have noticed that a lot of supplies are being collected and dropped off at select encampments and there is a lot of food and supplies going to waste. On behalf of Madison Area Coordinated Outreach, we ask the community to consider connecting their donations to organizations who have built relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness and who employ case managers who can connect necessary
services and housing.
Moving forward, we ask community groups who would like to donate to the growing crisis for unsheltered individuals to contact Friends of the State Street Family. FSSF will help to coordinate donations to be distributed throughout Madison's encampments, shelters, and individuals who are housed in hotels because of health risks. Please email or call our Outreach line 608-535-9394 to arrange a supply drop off or to learn where your group projects could service the most
people experiencing homelessness.
The Madison Coordinated Outreach Teams hope to shift our focus to monetary donations. Donations will help us with car repairs, gas cards and car maintenance for friends sleeping in their cars. We hope to be able to support individuals who do not qualify for the Dane County hotel programs to stay in hotels when the weather turns frigid. In addition, monetary donations will allow our groups to coordinate and provide the most essential resources equitably throughout the Madison area.
In friendship,
Madison Area Coordinated Outreach Teams
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.
Police and Fire Commission: Details
12:00pm, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020
Special Meeting - Working Session
Agenda Item 1
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:
to discuss candidates for the position of police chief who participated in first round interviews; and to discuss follow up interview questions/process for the candidates who will advance in the appointment process. 
Agenda Item 2
Reconvene into open session to consider any remaining agenda items and to take action, if appropriate, regarding the items discussed in closed session.
Sustainable Madison Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Update: RESJI / Equity Lens for 100% Renewable Energy Plan
Agenda Item 3
COE – PFAS Presentation
Agenda Item 4
MadiSUN Presentation
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020
Conditional Use Requests, Demolition Permits & Related Requests
Agenda Item 17
619-621 N Lake Street; 8th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to allow two fraternity houses to be demolished; consideration of conditional use in the Downtown Residential 2 (DR2) District for a multi-family dwelling with greater than eight (8) dwelling units; and consideration of a conditional use in the DR2 District for a fraternity, to allow construction of an eight-story residential building containing 20 apartments and a fraternity.
Note: This redevelopment proposal is in Alder District 8, yet is located in the Langdon Street National Historic District that includes all of Langdon Street and the area between Langdon and Lake Mendota in District 2. Materials for Plan Commission's consideration can be found here, including the Campus Area Neighborhood Association Steering Committee Report that mostly supports the demolition request and conditional use and the Planning Staff report recommending that Plan Commission deny both the demolition permit and conditional use.
Madison Arts Commission: Details
12:00pm, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an Amendment to the Structural Agreement with Overture Center Foundation, Inc. and an Annual Performance Contract for the 2021 operations of the Overture Center, and providing for a grant from the City.
Agenda Item 3
Public Art Approval
- State Street
- Winter Is Alive
Agenda Item 4
MAC Annual Grant Review
2021 Annual Grant
Police and Fire Commission: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020
Special Meeting - Working Session
Agenda Item 1
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:
to discuss candidates for the position of police chief who participated in first round interviews; and to discuss follow up interview questions/process for the candidates who will advance in the appointment process. 
Agenda Item 2
Reconvene into open session to consider any remaining agenda items and to take action, if appropriate, regarding the items discussed in closed session.
Common Council Executive Committee: Details
6:30pm, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020
Agenda Item 4
Council Chief of Staff: Exit Interview Results (from Harper Donahue) and Possible Updates to Position Description

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City Meetings of Interest
Liquor License
Neighborhood Information
Neighborhood Meeting
Redevelopment/Development Proposal Meeting


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