City of
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District 2

Alder Patrick W. Heck

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Alder Patrick W. Heck

Contact Information

Home Address:

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

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 April 12 Meetings of Interest for District 2

April 10, 2021 5:41 PM

Now that the spring election is over, alders who had opposition in their re-election campaigns are again able to use city resources to disseminate information to constituents. I will no longer be using my personal email address to send city-related info. As always, please contact me at district2@cityofmadison.com.
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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.
 
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There are three sections to this week's update:
  1. COVID-19 Resources & Information
  2. Other District 2 Updates
  3. City Meetings of Interest to District 2
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COVID Update
 
1. COVID-19 RESOURCES & INFORMATION
 
 

Dane CORE Rental Assistance Program 

Read about the temporary halt in residential evictions from the Tenant Resource Center - extended through June 30, 2021.

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.

For information on Madison's responses visit the City's Coronavirus Website. There you will find links to City Service Updates, Resources for Businesses.

Donate Food to Second Harvest Food Pantry

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

The Governor's Office compilation of all COVID-19 resources and information from state agencies, including the State Dept. Public Health

From the Downtown Madison Business Improvement District: Ways to Support Downtown Madison 

From Alder Prestigiacomo: COVID-19 Campus Resources, including Housing & Eviction Protection and Financial Resources.

Info on UW-Madison's response to the pandemic at this site

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2. OTHER DISTRICT 2 UPDATES
 
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From MPD Central District Blotter: All Things Automobile

MPD Central District Captain Kelly Donahue published this blotter earlier in the week. Included are updates on recent car thefts, catalytic converter thefts in the Tenney-Lapham and Sherman Ave. areas, and her thoughts on traffic enforcement in the E. Washington, E. Johnson, and Willy Street corridors.

720 E. Dayton Parking Lot at Plan Commission on Monday

Veritas Village has applied for a Conditional Use Permit for a proposed surface parking lot at 720 E. Dayton. If approved, the existing lot would be removed and replaced with a code-compliant asphalt lot for 22 vehicles with landscaping, appropriate drainage, a bio-retention area for stormwater and 5 stalls with permeable pavers. Wooden fencing would be required on the sides and rear while a gate would be installed on E. Dayton to control access to the lot. City staff is also recommended lighting be included for security and safety.

TLNA Council voted at their April 8 monthly meeting not to support the proposed lot due to not wanting to facilitate more car ownership/driving and because they prefer that housing occupy the site. City staff has recommenced that the proposal be approved, although it is noted in the Zoning Memo that the existing lot's compliance is in dispute. Project Plans, staff reports, and other materials are available here. See the Plan Commission agenda below in "City Meetings of Interest" for participation details and ways to provide input.

 

MYAC Tour

April 14 TLNA Virtual Meet & Greet for Youth Arts Center

From Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association - Have you been curious about what's happening across from Lapham School? Join us for a virtual meet and greet April 14th at 6:30pm to learn more about Madison's Youth Arts Center and see a sneak peek inside the building. The Center leaders will take neighbors on a guided virtual tour of the building and answer your questions about the neighborhood's newest community space. You'll also see the designs for the exterior murals on the building along Ingersoll, creating a vibrant gateway to the neighborhood.

Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Virtual Tour
April 14, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Register here to obtain a Zoom link
 
East Johnson Community Fridge in Peril
 
As you may have heard in media reports, the Community Fridge in the 1000 block of E. Johnson Street was recently inspected by city staff and notified that their operation was not in compliance with city zoning ordinances. From what I understand, city staff did not conduct a proactive inspection, but was instead reacting to complaints about the site. It is unfortunate that some felt the need to report the site given that the Madison Community Fridges volunteers have been providing an important food resource for some of those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. This location had been operating since August 2020 with no concerns or complaints, from what I know, and has been a prime example of how mutual aid efforts can build community and do good.
 
Working with zoning staff, I facilitated a 30-day extension so that the organizers have until May 8 to find a path forward. It may be that organizers could modify the operation to be more compliant with city ordinances, but more likely is that they will search for a new and nearby location that is not in a residential zoning district and also has easy access for its customers. Another option could be changing zoning code to allow such a use in this residential zoning district, but my impression is that there would likely be substantial hurdles to doing so (based on additional concerns related to public health and building inspection). Changing zoning code and other ordinances and/or regulations would also take many months. I am already working with all parties involved to explore the various options and hopefully find a resolution quickly.
 

New Property Assessments Arriving Soon

According to the City Assessor, new property assessments will be mailed on Friday, April 16, 2021. As you may remember, assessments for last year were delayed due to the pandemic's impact on city staff's work hours and because housing inspectors were not comfortable entering people's residences when a property's details needed to be updated. The new assessments, which value property as of Jan. 1, 2021, will provide the basis for property taxes that will be due beginning in January 2022. The amount of taxes will not be determined until the various taxing entities, including the city, complete their 2022 budgeting processes later this year.

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3. 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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Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee: Details
5:00pm, Monday, April 12, 2021
 
NEW BUSINESS 
 
Agenda Item 1
Water Utility Board Fluoride Review Update & Discussion
 
Agenda Item 5
PFAS Update and Discussion
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Police and Fire Commission: Details
5:00 pm, Monday, April 12, 2021
 
POLICE DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION ITEMS
 
Agenda Item 10
Update on 2021 Police Department Town of Madison Hiring Timeline/Process
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Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, April 12, 2021
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 2
Accepting the report titled "Comprehensive Plan - 2021 Progress Update" 
 
Conditional Use Requests & Demolition Permits 
 
Agenda Item 12
720 E Dayton Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Residential-Varied 2 (TR-V2) District for a non-accessory parking facility to allow a vacant lot to be improved as a parking lot for a nearby residential development.
Note: See "Details" just above for the meeting agenda, including participation options and input options. Also, see "Other District 2 Updates" above for more details.
 
SECRETARY'S REPORT
 
- Upcoming Matters – May 10, 2021
- 1046 E Washington Avenue - Conditional Use - Establish restaurant-tavern tenant in mixed-use building with outdoor eating area
Note: This item is consideration of Conditional Use Permits for the proposed restaurant on the ground floor of Arden. I will publish more details as the date draws closer. but the application and project plans can be found here.
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Police Civilian Oversight Board Equitable Hiring Tool Taskforce: Details
5:30pm, Monday, April 12, 2021
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED 
 
Agenda Item 2
Apply Equitable Hiring Tool to Independent Police Monitor description and note any recommended changes
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Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Tuesday, April 13, 2021
 
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 1
Direction of the Public Safety Review Committee/2021 PSRC Workplan/Meeting Rules
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Task Force on Structure of City Government Ad Hoc Final Report Implementation Work Group: Details
3:00pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED
 
Agenda Item 2
Advisory Referenda Results and Next Steps 
 
Agenda Item 3
Planning Schedule and Topics for CCEC and Committee of the Whole Discussions
 
Agenda Item 4
Discussion of Next Steps on the Administrative Services Staff Team
 
Agenda Item 5
Continue Discussion of TFOGS Recommendations
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Madison Food Policy Council - Food Plan Work Group: Details
3:30pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021
 
DISCUSSION ITEMS
 
Agenda Item 1
Discussion of regional food systems planning process
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Urban Design Commission: Details
4:30pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021
 
SPECIAL ITEM OF BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 2
Presentation by Assistant City Attorney John Strange on the UDC's Authority on Sustainability
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Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021
 

POLICE REPORT

Agenda Item 4
Recent gun violence
 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Agenda Item 5
Creating a listening session of the Madison Fire Departments Crisis Response
 
Agenda Item 6
Report: 2020 Chronic Nuisance Premises Ordinance Summary - Madison Police Department
 
Agenda Item 7
Direction of the Public Safety Review Committee/2021 PSRC Workplan/Meeting Rules
 

NEW BUSINESS

Agenda Item 8
Safety Strategies Project Background - Presentation from Karalyn Kratowicz and Matthew Mitnick
 
Agenda Item 9
Establishing a Glass-Free Zone for the West Mifflin Street area from 6:00 a.m. on April 24, 2021 through 6:00 a.m. on April 25, 2021.
 

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS/UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Agenda Item 11
Report from the Budget Subcommittee
 
Agenda Item 12
Policy Subcommittee Report

Agenda Item 13
OIR Subcommittee Report
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Transportation Commission: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED
 
Agenda Item 3
Amending the 2020 Capital Budget to transfer $170,000 of existing borrowing authority between major program for Wayfinding Signage and major program for the Monona Terrace/John Nolen Drive Lighting Study project, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a competitively-selected contract for Purchase of Services (Engineering) with KL Engineering to provide professional traffic engineering consultant design services for the Monona Terrace/John Nolen Drive Lighting Study project. 
 
Agenda Item 4
Request from Central Business Improvement District (BID) to close State Street on Weekends over the Summer.
Excerpt from materials submitted with the application:
OVERVIEW Dates: May 1 – August 22*
Selected dates provide open roads for new buses schedules at the end of August.
Times: Weekends only Saturday at 6am – Sunday at Midnight
Program would NOT operate on dates reserved for special events such as Cars on State, Maxwell Street Days, Art Fair on the Square or Taste of Madison, partner programs and events would be given special priority
Locations: 100-600 Blocks of State Street
 
Agenda Item 5
Interim High Injury Network map review and acceptance
 
Agenda Item 6
2021 Vision Zero Projects review and approval
 
Agenda Item 8
Staff Update on Special Pedestrian Phase Recall Timing Installed at Various Signalized Intersections during the COVID Pandemic and Plan to Revert to Normal Timing in Phases
Note: The crossings of E. Washington Ave. in District 2 are not proposed to revert to pre-pandemic timings, i.e., the crossing times will remain the same as they are now.
 
Agenda Item 9
Draft Request for Proposals - Racial Equity, Bias, and Inclusion Training
From the Draft RFP:
As with other City Committees and Boards, obtaining the voice of all Madison residents is a challenge for the TPPB and TC. Historically under represented neighborhoods, low income, and communities of color often do not have the same access, agency, or bandwidth to engage in City government. Recruitment of commission and board members that represent these groups is often challenging. These issues are pervasive and serve as background for this RFP. 
 
Agenda Item 11
Update on Traffic Calming Subcommittee
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Education Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Agenda Item 2
Follow up discussion on Digital Inclusion Summary document and Education Committee recommendations
 
Agenda Item 3
Discussion on youth (re)engagement in MMSD and Out of School Time programs
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Board of Park Commissioners: Details
6:30pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021
 
REPORTS
 
Agenda Item 7
Superintendent of Parks
 
Agenda Item 8
April 2021 Superintendent's Report
RECOMMEND APPROVAL
 
Agenda Item 22
Authorizing the Park Superintendent to Approve Certain Park Event Permits Temporarily Due to COVID Restrictions That Will Allow Events and Encourage Use of Park Spaces for Economic Recovery
RECOMMEND APPROVAL
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Police Civilian Oversight Board: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, April 15, 2021
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED
 
Agenda Item 2
Equitable Hiring Tool Taskforce Update (Progress, Timeline)
 
Agenda Item 3
Next Steps in Process for Hiring the Independent Police Monitor
 
Agenda Item 4
NACOLE Training Session II:
-Effective, Location-Based Community Outreach and Engagement
-Developing Policies and Procedures
-Conducting Evaluations
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Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, April 15, 2021
 
DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS
 
Agenda Item 5
Review recommendations that came out of the equity analysis and plan for follow up. 
 
Agenda Item 6
Discuss options for recruiting property owners to our Gold Star program.
 
Agenda Item 7
Discuss criteria for distributing future rent assistance funds and possible recommendations.
 
Agenda Item 8
Discuss how the City can discourage property owners from implementing late fees due to the COVID-19 crisis. 
 
Agenda Item 9
Discuss tenant protections from Associated Students of Madison recommendations. 
 
Agenda Item 10
Discuss new State law changes related to tenant rights and if the Committee has a potential mitigating role.
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Downtown Coordinating Committee: Details
5:30pm, Thursday, April 15, 2021
 
Agenda Item 2
Report of Mall Maintenance and Special Events 
 
Agenda Item 3
Downtown Police Update
 
Agenda Item 4
Downtown Recovery Discussion
a. State Street / Downtown Programming
b. Update on DCC's motion to Explore State Street Closure 
 
Agenda Item 5
Streatery Discussion Committee Ideas, Issues, and Concerns on potential permanent program
 
Agenda Item 6
Library Mall Redesign
City Staff update only
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