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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 June 7 Meetings of Interest for District 2

June 5, 2021 7:01 PM

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 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
COVID Update

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.

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

Dane County Small Business Grants

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

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Slow Down Signs

TLNA Party in the Park Returns On June 6
From Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association: Party in the Park will take place on Sunday, June 6, from 4-7pm in Reynolds Park. Annually, this marks the start of summer, and creates a moment and space for gathering with friends and neighbors in a park in the heart of your neighborhood. Originally hosted by Cork 'n Bottle many years ago as a fundraiser for the local public elementary schools, we have carried that tradition forward and with gratitude for the big-hearted souls at CNB then and now. 
When you come to Reynolds Park on Sunday June 6, you can expect a low key gathering with fence decorating, participatory mural happenings, a place to name your wishes and dreams, and plenty of space to stretch out and play. While the county shifts their recommendations for our safety in the time of COVID, we will follow their guidance but will continue to NOT offer shared food and drink. Sadly, that means no beer on tap, no ice cream on scoop. Please bring your own. Our party permit allows for alcohol to be consumed in the park on the day of the Party, so stop by CNB on your way to the park.
NEW THIS YEAR: Beautiful yard signs designed by the legendary Kelly Maxwell are also available. The signs say "Slow Down", and are ostensibly for yard use to slow traffic as the city rolls out their new "Twenty is Plenty" on some streets in the Tenney Lapham neighborhood. These beautiful signs share a deeper message across the neighborhood, reminding us to take the time to slow down just as the world around us wants to speed back up. Check out this link to pre-order for pick up at the Party in the Park, or plan to buy and pick up at the Party in the Park.

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New CNI and DMI Event Series - First is June 8

From Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc.: Virtual "Downtown Partnerships" 
June 8th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
CNI and DMI have partnered to bring you a new event series!
"Downtown Partnerships: Talking about Downtown with Friends, Neighbors, and Partners" is focused on bringing users of downtown Madison together to discuss quality of life challenges our community faces and identify opportunities and synergies as well as strategies for improvement. Events will be scheduled quarterly with a variety of panelists. Topics will reflect existing issues and concerns facing downtown Madison and highlight success stories regarding homelessness, mental health emergencies, safety, urban design, equity and inclusion, affordable housing, and sustainability and resiliency.
Please join friends, neighbors, and partners on June 8th, 7:00- 8:00 PM for the first discussion regarding homelessness in downtown Madison and mental illnesses in our community. 
Topic: Homelessness and mental health emergencies
Panelists include: 
  • Michael Moody, Catalyst for Change
  • John Adams, Catalyst for Change
  • Anna Moffit, NAMI
  • Officer Kraig Kalka, Madison Police Department
  • Officer Kenneth Brown, Madison Police Department

Facilitators are: 

  • Jason Ilstrup (DMI) and Jacqueline Freidel (CNI)

Register for the event here

Attendees are strongly encouraged to email questions or concerns prior to the event in order to help facilitate a more productive meeting. Questions can be submitted to the organizers by email at There will be time for Q&A from attendees at the end of the discussion as well. 

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More Breese Stevens Concert Series Dates

Big Top Events will be at the Street Use Staff Commission this Wednesday morning to discuss their requests to partially or fully close some streets immediately adjacent the stadium at various times in association with several concert events this summer. Note that when the 900 block of E. Mifflin is closed to vehicular traffic for these events, bicycles will typically be allowed to use the bike boulevard.

Partial or full street closures are requested for portions of or all these dates/times:

  • Friday, July 2  to Saturday, July 3, 11:59pm (concert/fireworks - July 3)
  • Friday, Aug. 7, 8am - Saturday, Aug. 8, 11:39pm (concert - Aug. 8)
  • Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, & Aug. 4, 11am-10pm

Details for attending the Street Use Commission at 10:00am on Wednesday are available below in "City Meetings of Interest". Click "Details" there to get more information on watching, giving public comment, or emailing the commission. You can read the application materials here.

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City Preparing to Absorb Town of Madison

The City of Madison will absorb the Town of Madison Oct. 31, 2022. The communications team for the attachment process wants to hire community navigators to connect with Town of Madison residents, business owners and property owners, especially non-English speaking communities. The application to become a community navigator is now open. Learn more here. Information in Spanish can be found here.

Note that a small portion of the Town (see blue area in map above) is located adjacent to District 2 to the north of Sherman Terrace Condominiums, so we will be welcoming new neighbors from that area in 2022.

Face Masks

Reminder: The CDC Still Requires Masks on Public Transit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an Order that requires all passengers to wear face masks on all forms of public transit, including on Metro Transit buses, and at transfer points and shelters. It is federal law that masks must be worn when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. The law remains in effect until September 13, 2021.

Zoning Changes

Changes to Zoning Code Pass Common Council

The set of proposed zoning code changes related to easing some Conditional Use Thresholds and facilitating some increased multi-unit housing densities passed at last Tuesday's Common Council meeting by an 11-9 vote. As a cosponsor of these changes, I was supportive and believe they have the potential to increase our much-needed supply of housing in what is referred to as the "Missing Middle" - new construction and additions for developments ranging from a few units up to several dozen.

While public comment at the Council meeting was mostly opposed to the changes, I did not receive a lot of input from District 2 residents. Some folks both in favor and opposed did contact with me with good input and I appreciated hearing such thoughtful points from all as this was a complex matter. As was discussed at length at the Council meeting, the changes are not expected to result in facilitating the building of affordable housing but will instead provide some opportunities to increase our very low housing supply in some multi-family zoning districts. They also could potentially slow the rapid increase in apartment rents, although the changes are not expected to provide enough new housing to decrease or even stabilize rents in our overheated housing market.

Many alders, including me, who supported these zoning code changes have stated that we must continue and greatly boost our many efforts to increase affordable living options for all residents. When more than 50% of residents are paying more for their homes than their incomes allow, we must find ways to boost our affordable housing fund; employ our new land banking policy to strategically take parcels off the market and build deeply affordable housing; grow the capabilities of community land trusts and other non-profit affordable housing developers; quickly open a permanent men's shelter for those experiencing homelessness; support other shelters and options for houseless folks, and provide incentives for home ownership for those who need it. Here's what the Mayor had to say shortly after the vote: Mayor Statement Regarding Council Action on Housing-Related Zoning Amendments.

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CNI Community Engagement Forum on June 16: YWCA, Madison

On Wednesday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m., Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. invites downtown residents and guests to a virtual conversation with the CEO of YWCA Madison, Vanessa McDowell. Get to know the programs, mission and advocacy of YWCA Madison, our downtown neighbor, which has been in existence since 1908.

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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.
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, June 7, 2021
Agenda Item 7
Authorizing an amendment to loan term awarded in RES-21-00153 that committed about $1.2 million from the Affordable Housing Fund to support owner-occupied development to Madison Area Community Land Trust, Common Wealth Development and Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development to ensure longer term affordability of property.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes amending the loan terms adopted by RES-21-00153 (File #63936) to allow for some of the funds originally awarded to be in the form of a forgivable loan in exchange for a 99 year Land Use Agreement to ensure future sales of the properties benefit low to moderate income households. There are no proposed changes to the level of funding originally awarded. No additional city appropriation is required.
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, June 7, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Amending the 2021 adopted operating budget for the Planning division ($110,000), Economic Development Division ($100,000), and Department of Transportation ($80,000), authorizing the Transit General Manager to file an application for a Section 20005(b) Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Discretionary Grant with U.S. Department of Transportation, and authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to execute the associated grant agreement with USDOT and the 13 (c) agreement with Teamsters Local No. 695.
Conditional Use Requests & Demolition Permits
Agenda Item 11
1344 E Washington Avenue; 2nd Ald. Dist.; Urban Design Dist. 8: Consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Employment (TE) District for food and related good sales in an existing restaurant-tavern.
From the Staff Report: Proposal Summary: The applicant proposes to reallocate space within the existing restaurant-tavern (Pasqual's Cantina) for a local marketplace (considered "food and related good sales" by the Zoning Administrator). No exterior changes to the building are proposed. 
Note: this item is expected to be on the meeting's consent agenda so would be approved with no discussion unless a member of the public registers to make public comment (see "Details" above to do so) or a commissioner wishes to remove the item from the consent agenda. Materials for the item can be found here that detail Pasqual's plan to convert their main dining area to a market while retaining their current bar area and outdoor patio configuration and function. There would no external changes to their historict building. I am supportive of their proposal and have heard no concerns.
- Recent Common Council Actions
- Amending various sections of Subchapters 28C and 28D of the Zoning Code to increase allowable densities and decrease conditional use thresholds in certain multi-family residential, mixed-use, and commercial districts - Adopted substitute ordinance at June 1, 2021 meeting
- Upcoming Matters – June 21, 2021
- 204 N Few Street - Conditional Use - Convert accessory building into accessory dwelling unit
- 824-826 E Johnson Street - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Partial demolition of residence to expand and convert existing commercial and residential buildings into restaurant-tavern
- Resolution regarding temporary permissible encampments (TPEs) in public parks
- Upcoming Matters – July 12, 2021
- 849 E Washington Avenue - Demolition Permit, Conditional Use and Certified Survey Map Referral - Partial demolition of commercial building to construct a 14-story mixed-use building with 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 226 apartments on one lot
City-County Homeless Issues Committee: Details
5:30pm, Monday, June 7, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Doubled up families in Dane County 
Outside of Madison perspective Presentation from:
-Kristin Aasen-Gowan (Cambridge school district);
-Keli Melcher (Stoughton school district); and
-Catherine Reierson (Sun Prairie school district)
Agenda Item 3
Emergency shelter options for parenting minors
Presentation from:
-Shannon Wienandt (House of Hope, Green Bay, WI); and
-Allie Grant (HSC Committee to End Youth Homelessness)
Agenda Item 4
Developing housing access for doubled up homeless population
Presentation from:
-Members of the HSC doubled up workgroup
Agenda Item 5
Establishing Purpose Built Fulltime Men's Shelter Search Criteria 
Agenda Item 6
Men's shelter update
Agenda Item 7
COVID-19 response updates
Common Council Executive Committee: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Agenda Item 2
COVID-19 Update
Agenda Item 3
Restoring In-Person Services
Agenda Item 4
Management Team Updates
Agenda Item 5
In-Person, Hybrid, and Virtual Meetings
Madison Food Policy Council: Details
6:00pm, Tuesday,  June 8, 2021
Food Access Relief and Econ Support Work Group - June 2021
Food Plan Work Group - June 2021
Regional Ag and Food Sovereignty Work Group - June 2021
Business Development Specialist, Food Systems - June 2021
Public Health Madison & Dane County - June 2021
Extension Dane County, UW-Madison - June 2021
Community Gardens - June 2021
Madison Metropolitan School District - June 2021
Public Market Development Committee - June 2021
Street Use Staff Commission: Details
10:00am, Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Fri., July 2 - Sat., July 3, 11:59pm (concert/fireworks - July 3)
Fri., Aug. 7, 8am - Sat., Aug. 8, 11:39pm (concert - Aug. 8)
Wed., July 7, 14, 21, 28, & Aug. 4, 11am-10pm, parking only on 900 E. Mifflin
900 E Washington Ave., 900 E. Mifflin, 100 block Patterson, 100 block Brearly
See attached for parking and street closure details
Concert staging and parking areas. Discuss location and schedule.
Big Top Events LLC / Trygve Chinander
Note: Application, more details, and parking/street closure details can be found here.

Agenda Item 7
Thu., Aug 12, 2021 / 3pm-8pm
Street Closure: 100 East Mifflin (In front of the YWCA).
YWCA Annual Cookout.
Discuss location, schedule, set-up, closure, and activities.
YWCA Madison / Vanessa McDowell
19, Sat., 9am-11am, Paddle & Portage, start: Tenney Park beach, 1300-1500 Sherman Ave.
21, Mon., 9am-9pm, Make Music Madison, no street closure, various locations
23, Wed., 8am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, 200 MLK Jr. Blvd
Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, June 9, 2021
CARES listening session to take place on June 22, 2021 at 7:00pm. Registration to be posted at a later date.
Agenda Item 2
Report from the Madison Fire Department
Agenda Item 3
For Information Only - Chief Barnes Quarterly Report and MPD Statement on Anniversary of GF
Agenda Item 4
Police Department Report
Agenda Item 5
Report on Recent Gun Violence
Agenda Item 6
Police Department - Capital budget presentation if available. Overview of operating budget highlights on what the department can share to allow future conversation. Attachments: 2022 MPD Capital Budget Summary.pdf
Agenda Item 7
Fire Department - Capital budget presentation if available. Overview of operating budget highlights on what the department can share to allow future conversation. 
Agenda Item 8
Amending the Fire Department and Public Health Madison Dane County 2021 Operating Budgets to add 1.0 FTE Public Health Specialist in Public Health funded by the Madison Fire Department to Support the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) Team.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution amends the Fire Department and Public Health Madison Dane County 2021 Operating Budgets to add 1.0 FTE Public Health Specialist in Public Health funded by the Madison Fire Department to Support the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) Team. The estimated cost of the position in 2021 is $46,350 including benefits. The estimated annual cost is $92,700. Additional supplies and services related to the position are estimated to cost $9,300.
The 2021 Fire Department operating budget includes $250,000 for the CARES Team (previously referred to as the Crisis Response Team) that can be used as required based on the final model of the program. No additional appropriation is required.
Agenda Item 9
Presentation from Civil Rights on using the RESJI tool
Agenda Item 10
Mifflin Street Block Party debriefing and strategy
Agenda Item 11
Chronic Nuisance Reports & Potential Recommendations for Changes to the Chronic Nuisance Ordinance
Education Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Agenda Item 6
Discuss next steps on City, County, MMSD collaboration on federal and state COVID relief and stimulus funding
Board of Park Commissioners : Details
6:30pm, Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Agenda Item 7
June 2021 Superintendent's Report
Note: The report can be found here and includes the items below. The bicycle parking racks that are mentioned will memorialize the late Richard Linster and will be paid for by donations from the many Tenney-Lapham neighbors and others who wanted to honor Linster's decades of community service.
Tenney Park
  • The bridge at Johnson Street will have its retaining walls rebuilt in the coming months.
  • The T. Wall Shelter is getting a new acoustic ceiling, which will solve the acoustic issues.
  • Parks and Facility Engineering continue to work on the design for the new beach shelter.
  • Tallgrass Restoration has an active contract to replace the native plantings along the lagoon shoreline that were damaged in the flood of 2018.
  • The basketball court will be replaced later this year or early next year.
  • Three bays of bicycle parking racks will be installed in the next few weeks, thanks to a kind donation by a park neighbor. 
Agenda Item 9
Agenda Item 13
Authorizing the establishment of Carts in Parks, a food vending pilot program in Madison Parks for the summer and fall of 2021, to aid City Licensed food carts' economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agenda Item 15
SUBSTITUTE: Updating TPE criteria and permitting the continued use of Reindahl Park until a suitable alternative site is established. Prohibiting the eviction of temporary encampments in Reindahl Park.
Police Civilian Oversight Board: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, June 10, 2021
Debrief CCEC Discussion & Vote on Recommended Edits to Independent Police Monitor Class Description
Recruitment & Stakeholder Engagement Strategy
a. Review Updated listed of Community Partner Organizations
b. Finalize Board Member Liaison Assignments
c. Next Steps

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