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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 Dec. 14 Meetings of Interest for District 2

December 12, 2020 4:05 PM

Special Note: Due to a State law, alders running for reelection in the April 2021 election are forbidden from using city resources to communicate with constituents using mass emails and posts. For that reason, I am sending this update from my personal email and via non-city social media. Until this interpretation of the law changes or I am re-elected, I'll be sending mass communications via these means. Please continue to use to contact me with input and questions on city issues.

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.

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
  • Humanitarian Award Commission, Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Community Services Committee
  • Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee (2 meetings)

Supporting Greater Madison's Recovery Across Music, Equity, And Economic Development

City Hires Kristy Kumar to Head New Equity Division

From the Police and Fire Commission: Process for Evaluating Finalists for the New Police Chief
The next regular meeting of the PFC is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2020, at 5:30 P.M., and will include a public comment period. If there is insufficient time available on Dec. 14 to hear oral comments from those members of the public who have registered, the PFC will likely set aside additional time after Dec. 14, so that any member of the public who wishes to offer public comment regarding this process can do so. Members of the public who wish to offer comment during the public comment period must register in advance using the City of Madison's Registration Statement Form available on the PFC's webpage: Once completed, the Form must be submitted to the following e-mail address: The order of speakers will be based on the order of submission of the completed Registration Form. Based on the PFC's standard practice, each speaker will be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes. The PFC is also receiving written feedback at
Note: the PFC website also has video recordings of Q&A sessions with each of the four finalists.
COVID Update

From Public Health Madison & Dane County:

Free hotline to be connected with a "Financial Navigator".
COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard that tracks Madison's long-term community and economic recovery from COVID-19.

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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Where to Get Info on Winter Streets, Parking, Plowing, and Snow

When should sidewalks be cleared? Are snowplows out? Is there a Declared Snow Emergency? Where can I park during a Snow Emergency? The City of Madison winter website has a plethora of useful winter information on these subjects and more. You can learn the locations of where to get free sand for your sidewalks and driveways. You can learn about winter recreation opportunities like ice skating and snowshoeing. And you can learn about the proper way to spread salt to help minimize the effect it has on our environment and drinking water. The City's winter website is

Recording Available of Neighborhood Meeting on First St. Men's Shelter
At a Dec. 9 neighborhood meeting, hosted by Alder Abbas, Alder Rummel and I, attendees heard from City Community Development Division staff and from Porchlight as they presented the plan for temporarily locating the overnight shelter for men who are experiencing homelessness at the Fleet Services Building, also the future home of the Public Market. The shelter could open as soon as this coming week, which is fortunate given that winter weather is upon us. Transportation will be provided for guests to/from the Beacon since the shelter will be open only from 5pm to 8am each day. A recording of the meeting can be watched here. The meeting included Q&A, COVID protocols, services, how to help, and how to contact the shelter.
2020 Property Tax Bills In the Mail

It is that time of year again to expect your City of Madison property tax bill and the City Treasury Office is now accepting 2020 property tax payments. 2020 property tax bills have been mailed and are now available online here.

Payment options are detailed on that website, including various electronic payment methods and payment by phone. Residents are still able to submit their payments by mail to the City Treasury Office. All mailing information is included in the tax bill. You may also use the drop box in front of the City-County Building. Due to the pandemic, in-person payments at the City Treasury Office are not available this year.

All tax payments postmarked on or before December 31, 2020 will be processed as having been paid in 2020.

Everyday Engineering Podcast
New Podcast: Out with the Old, In with the New: Fleet Gets a Brand New Home!

A fun conversation with great energy, full of new information from City Engineering's Jon Evans and Fleet's Mahanth Joishy! Listen now all about the City's newest building, plus more:  See more about this building in photos on the project page.

12 N Few St Proposal
Update: TLNA Steering Committee for N. Few Proposal
The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association steering committee for the proposed redevelopment at 12 N. Few St., met this past week. 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.
If you'd like to keep up with the steering committee's activities and/or participate contact TLNA Development Chair Meghan Conlin ( or Andrew Horn ( The proposal has not yet been formally submitted to the city, so it is anticipated that some aspects could change as the developer moves closer to submittal. As currently proposed, it would be considered by the Urban Design Commission with a demolition permit being considered by Plan Commission. A possible zoning text amendment could be considered by UDC, Plan Commission and Common Council if the footprint of the proposed building extends into the required setbacks from the sidewalk on Curtis Court.
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.
Facilities Programs and Fees Subcommittee (Parks): Details
4:00pm, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
Agenda Item 5 NEW BUSINESS
Agenda Item 6
Fee Structure for Athletics
Agenda Item 7
Fee Structure for Shelters
Police and Fire Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
The Board will receive oral comments from members of the public regarding any matter within the statutory authority of the Board. Each speaker will be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes. Members of the public who wish to offer comment during the public comment period must register in advance using the City of Madison's Registration Statement Form available on the PFC's webpage. Once completed, the Form must be submitted to the following e-mail address:
Agenda Item 1
Public Feedback and Registration for December 14, 2020
Note: See Agenda under "Details" above for more information on either of these agenda items. More information also available above in "Racial Equity & Policing".
Agenda Item 2
Public Input Received to date
During Closed Session, attendees are placed into a virtual waiting room. All attendees will be readmitted to the meeting at the end of the closed session.
Agenda Item 14
Contemplated closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 19.85(1)(c) to discuss and take action, if appropriate, regarding considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility; specifically:
to discuss the qualifications of the final candidates for the position of police chief.
Agenda Item 15
Reconvene into open session to consider any remaining agenda items and to take action, if appropriate, regarding the items discussed in closed session.
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
Agenda Item 14
Planning Division presentation of a potential new framework for land use/ sub-area plans.
Note: This item concerns establishing a planning framework and discussion of Plan boundaries, Comprehensive Plan Generalized Future Land Use (GFLU) Map update process, and Plan retirement protocol. Presentation is here.
Humanitarian Award Commission, Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.: Details
6:00pm, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Update: Nominations Received. 
Agenda Item 3
Finalize: Timeline to review Nominations and select Awardees.
Agenda Item 4
Update: 2021 King Coalition Program.
Vending Oversight Committee: Details
5:00pm, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020
Agenda Item 1
2020 Street Vending Coordinator's Reports, including enforcement activity, licensing and permitting numbers.
Agenda Item 2
Preview and discussion of the 2021 vending season.
Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee: Details
5:30pm, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance
-Discussion of Options to Finalize the Historic District Standards
Agenda Item 3
Additional Public Engagement
-Format for Public Meetings
Board of Public Works: Details
4:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020


Agenda Item 8
Authorizing a non-competitive service contract with Destree Design Architects, Inc. for professional architectural and engineering consulting services for the Tenney Park Beach Shelter. (2nd AD)
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck and Tag Evers
Lead agency is Finance Committee with additional referrals of Board of Public Works.
Note: This item refers to continuing design services for a Prototype Park Shelter/Restroom building which will be built in various park locations throughout the City and, for this item in particular, for the Tenney Park Beach Shelter that will also house the mechanicals for a new beach enclosure system that will improve water quality for swimmers. That enclosure is expected to be installed later in 2021.
Agenda Item 9
Adopting the recommendations for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) east-west corridor described in the report entitled "Revised Locally Preferred Alternative".
Lead agency is Transportation Policy and Planning Board with additional referral of Board of Public Works.


Agenda Item 27
Awarding Public Works Contract No. 8480, Tenney Park Lagoon Biostabilization. (2nd AD)
Note: This item refers to restoration of the Tenney Park lagoon shoreline and vegetation that was damaged in 2018 flooding. Vegetation will be supplemented/replaced with species that are more flood-tolerant.
Plan Commission: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Coordinating Zoning and Historic Preservation Policy
Economic Development Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Economic Development Division Staff Update regarding Downtown Recovery Program
Agenda Item 3
Economic Development Division Staff Update regarding Small Business Equity & Recovery Program (SBER) 
Agenda Item 6
Equitable Economic Response and Recovery
- City efforts underway
- Economy and Culture Recovery Team
- Open discussion regarding Economic Development Committee and Economic Development Division related goals and work
- Data review
Alcohol License Review Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Public Hearing
Agenda Item 9
Public Hearing - New License
Hone LLC • dba Hone
708 1/4 E Johnson St • Agent: Michael Parks • Estimated Capacity (in/out): 40/20
Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 50% alcohol, 50% food
Aldermanic District 2 (Alder Heck) • Police Sector 407
Note: A neighborhood meeting was hosted by the applicant this week. Neighbors have been supportive of the new business with some questions about the proposed hours of operation, 5am until 4am, although alcohol could only be served until bar time. TLNA Council has voted to send a letter of support to ALRC with a condition that alcohol be served only until midnight. I tend to agree with this recommendation as the new business establishes itself as restaurant and meets the requirement that at least 50% of sales must come from food. If this condition is approved by ALRC, the applicant can return to ALRC in the future if he so desires to ask for extended hours.
Community Services Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Agenda Item 2
 COVID Relief Fund RFP and Update on the Violence Prevention Plan Priority Areas as it Relates to the RFP
Agenda Item 3
Committee Reports
-Early Childhood Care and Education Committee
-Committee on Aging
Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee: Details
7:00pm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Discussion of Draft Policy on Body-Worn Cameras
Agenda Item 3
Discussion of Final Recommendation and Report
Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee: Details
6:00pm, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
Agenda Item 2
Discussion of Draft Policy on Body-Worn Cameras
Agenda Item 3
Discussion of Final Recommendation and Report

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