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Alder Patrick W. Heck

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Alder Patrick W. Heck

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

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Alder Heck’s Updates

Updates & Week of June 21 Meetings of Interest for District 2

June 19, 2021 6:01 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.
 
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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.

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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2. OTHER DISTRICT 2 UPDATES
 
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June 24 Neighborhood Meeting on Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Proposal
 

As detailed in media reports, including this Wisconsin State Journal article, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra is proposing a redevelopment on a portion of the 1100 block of E. Washington (between N. Ingersoll and N. Few Streets). They will present a first look at their concept and take questions/input at a virtual neighborhood meeting on Thursday, June 24, 6:00pm to 7:30pm. All are invited to attend.

I believe that the redevelopment includes the parcels that currently contain the Avenue Club, its parking lots, and the Budget Car Rental. Generally, Urban Design District #8 for this block allows for up to three floors in height and zoning seems to allow the type of usage proposed. I don't yet know all the details, so we will all learn together about their proposal on June 24. I anticipate that after the 24th, the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association will decide how to take neighborhood input, evaluate the proposal, and work with the development team.

Below are details for joining the virtual June 24 meeting:

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras – Neighborhood Meeting
6 PM to 7:30 PM, Thursday, June 24th
Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/s/84489495434
 
Or join by phone: +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 844 8949 5434
 
June 22 Public Info Meeting on Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services
 

In its ongoing efforts to reimagine public safety, the City of Madison is planning a virtual public information session to seek public input on an innovative new pilot program called CARES. The City's Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services (CARES) program will address mental health 911 calls for service through an innovative new mobile unit patterned after the CAHOOTS program of Eugene, Oregon and the STAR program of Denver, Colorado.

The CARES team will consist of a community paramedic and a crisis worker who will undertake continuous education for cultural competency and de-escalation best practices on top of their ongoing professional development in their respective areas.

On Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m., the City will host a virtual public information session to present updates on and get community feedback about the coming CARES program. This public information session will be an opportunity for residents to learn the details of the initiative before the program launches and give feedback for program development.

REGISTER TO PARTICIPATEYou will receive an email with the Zoom link to the meeting.

Shared Streets Program Installation Now Expected in July

The much-anticipated rollout of the 2021 version of the Shared Streets program has been delayed until later in July. City Traffic Engineering reports that their heavy workload has not allowed them to deploy the improved barriers and improved signage, but expect to get most of them deployed in mid- to late July. In District 2, both E. Mifflin St. and Sherman Avenue should have Shared Streets for the remainder of the summer and the fall once the barriers and signage is installed.

Both the Transportation Commission and the Transportation Policy and Planning Board have been studying various options related to more permanent sharing of streets to make pedestrian and bicycle activities safer for all. Key components of any proposed permanent changes will be neighborhood engagement by Traffic Engineering and following a data-driven process that will assess all potential impacts, including on nearby streets. I'll be sure to keep you posted as any proposals are developed and studied. 

East Johnson Family Restaurant

New Restaurant-Tavern on E. Johnson at Plan Commission on Monday

A new restaurant-tavern named East Johnson Family Restaurant is proposed for 824-826 E Johnson Street by Gwen Shales and Kyle Johnson of Johnson Public House. At their Monday, June 21 meeting Plan Commission will consider the proposal's requested demolition permit to allow partial demolition of a single-family residence; and consideration of a conditional use in the Neighborhood Mixed-Use (NMX) District for a restaurant-tavern to allow an existing commercial building and residence to be converted into a restaurant-tavern. The application and staff report for this item can be seen here. If you'd like to watch or participate in Monday's Plan Commission meeting, instructions are at "Details" for that meeting below in "City Meetings of Interest to District 2."
 
The TLNA Council voted unanimously to support this application at their June monthly meeting. I also support this application. The new restaurant should activate and revitalize the E. Johnson Street building. They have also found a clever way to re-purpose a portion of the historic home behind that seems to be otherwise unusable and unable to be salvaged. I toured the buildings and agreed that the small historic home was not useable without spending an unreasonable amount of money and that the applicants had explored every reasonable method for saving it after they purchased the property. This item is likely to be on the meeting's Consent Agenda, meaning that it will not be discussed unless a member of the public registers to speak or a commissioner wishes to discuss it.
 

Construction News from Valor at 1322 E. Washington

- We have a side walk closure along E. Washington scheduled starting June 21st through July 31st - to excavate, pour retaining walls, and replace sidewalk
- Exterior façade in progress, should wrap up mid-July
- Construction fence coming down along Pasquale's and new parking lot being installed next week
- New temporary construction fence between lot lines and building will be installed for safety and security
- MG&E will be starting to install power from the North in early July and will be making contact and sending out notifications soon
- The parking lot, site concrete, playground, and landscaping will start late July and finish up in some time in August, new permanent wood fence included

Announcing the Dane County COVID Recovery Grant Program for Non-Profits

Many nonprofits have faced reduced revenue and increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dane County has been allocated federal grant funds under the State and Local Government Assistance Program included in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help address this. Dane County has selected Madison Community Foundation to develop a $5 million grant program for local nonprofits who have experienced a financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Dane County public 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply, and MCF anticipates that grants will range from $2,500 to $50,000 for unrestricted use, depending on revenue losses and COVID expenses in 2020. MCF has created a web site, FAQ sheet and online application portal, which you can find at madisongives.org/DaneCountyRecovery

The application portal will go live on June 25 and close July 19. The application itself is short (one page), primarily contrasting annual organization budget figures from 2019 and 2020 and asking about COVID-related expenditures. 

MCF also will host an informational webinar for grant applicants on June 30 at 10:00 a.m. You can register here

Pedestrian Safety Measures to be Installed on West Gorham St
 

According to City of Madison Traffic Engineering, improvements to the crossings of West Gorham Street at both Henry and Carroll Streets have ranked high enough to be funded through the City's Pedestrian Bicycle Enhancement Program. The funding includes a rapid flashing beacon light at each of those intersections and higher visibility crosswalk markings at Carroll St. The projects are currently under design but they anticipate installation by the end of the year.

If you have specific questions regarding either project, please contact Gretchen Aviles-Pineiro, the Traffic Engineer assigned to design and oversee the projects. Gretchen's email is gavilespineiro@cityofmadison.com. If you would like more information on the Pedestrian Bicycle Enhancement Program, including the criteria used to select projects and information on the other 2021 projects, please visit the Pedestrian Bicycle Enhancement Program website.

Those who are interested in requesting analogous treatments of dangerous pedestrian and bicycle locations can contact me or Traffic Engineering staff. Each year's locations for these enhancements are chosen in a competitive process that uses a points system and the competition is quite stiff. The Henry and Carroll crossings are heavily used by pedestrians due to their proximity to downtown and campus, so they were more highly ranked compared to some other Gorham and Johnson crossings, for instance. Fortunately, the E. Gorham resurfacing project includes a rapid flashing beacon at the N. Blair intersection, as well as new curb bumpouts and enhanced crosswalks at several other intersections.

The implementation of Phase I of 20 is Plenty, including in a portion of the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood, is expected later this summer. Traffic Engineering is planning new signage and a public education/engagement effort to announce the implementation. 20 is Plenty will lower speed limits on those residential streets to 20mph. Note that arterial streets such as E. Johnson, E. Gorham, and E. Washington will not be included. Hopefully, we will continue to find additional ways to slow traffic down on all District 2 and city streets. 

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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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Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, June 21, 2021
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED
 
Agenda Item 1
Submitting the appointment of Heather E. Stouder for confirmation of a five-year term as the Planning Division Director. 
 
Agenda Item 5
Authorizing the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and Parkwood Partners, LLC, for the City's acquisition of the property located at 1901 and 1915 South Park Street for land banking purposes. (14th AD)
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes the $1.5 million acquisition of property located at 1901 and 1915 South Park Street. The estimated acquisition cost for the property is $1,440,000 plus $40,000 in additional real estate costs for environmental site assessment, title work, and miscellaneous closing costs. Additionally, an estimated $20,000 for property holding costs are needed. Funding for the purchase of the property and associated holding costs are to come from the Land Banking Fund, which has approximately $4.1 million in available budget authority. No additional City appropriation is required.
 
Agenda Item 7
Authorizing the City of Madison to accept an allocation of 2021-2023 Housing Cost Reduction Initiative (HCRI) funds from the State of Wisconsin DOA's Division of Housing in the amount of $286,666 to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to low and moderate-income homebuyers.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes acceptance of a $286,666 Housing Cost Education Initiative (HCRI) award from the State of Wisconsin. This funding is included in the Community Development Division's 2021 adopted capital budget and does not require a budget amendment. No additional City appropriation is required.
 
Agenda Item 9
Authorizing a Grant Commitment to Luna's Grocery and amending the 2021 Adopted Capital Budget to transfer six hundred and ten thousand dollars ($610,000) from the Economic Development Division's Small Business Equity and Recovery Program to the Healthy Retail Access Program and to establish an additional one hundred seventy thousand dollars ($170,000) of budget authority from the Madison Capital Revolving Loan Fund to the Healthy Retail Access Program to fund the total seven hundred and eighty thousand dollar ($780,000) Grant Commitment.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes a $780,000 grant to Luna's Grocery to assist with the owner's financing for a grocery store at the redevelopment of 1402 South Park Street, pursuant to the development agreement adopted by RES-19-00819 (File 58251). The proposed grant will be funded by transferring $610,000 from the Small Business Equity and Recovery (SBER) capital program to the Healthy Retail Access Program and by establishing an additional $170,000 of budget authority to the Healthy Retail Access Program from available fund balance in the Madison Capital Revolving Loan Fund. The SBER capital program has $1.1 million in remaining budget authority and the Madison Capital Revolving Loan Fund ended fiscal year 2020 with $344,000 in unassigned fund balance.
 
Agenda Item 17
SUBSTITUTE: Accepting and allocating American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for the City of Madison and amending the 2021 Adopted Operating and Capital Budgets to appropriate $4,995,000 of ARPA aid to the operating budget and $3,265,000 to the capital budget.
Fiscal Note
This resolution describes the allocation of the $47.2 million of local government aid the city will receive under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Of the $47.2 million, $22.8 million will be allocated toward community investments as described in the resolution. The remaining $24.4 million will be appropriated in subsequent legislation in 2021, as well as the 2022 budget, to maintain government services in response to revenue losses experienced due to the economic effects of the pandemic.

The resolution amends the 2021 adopted operating and capital budgets to appropriate a total of $8,260,000 for immediate community needs. The remaining approximately $14.3 million will be appropriated in the 2022 budget.

Local government aid under the American Rescue Plan Act can be used for COVID-19 response costs, including responding to the negative economic effects in the community, premium pay to essential workers, maintaining government services up to the amount of revenue losses from the pandemic, and for water, sewer and broadband infrastructure. Under the US Department of Treasury interim final rule, the city's revenue losses total over $44 million in 2020, with further losses expected in 2021 through 2024. The ARPA local government funding is primarily for costs incurred after March 3, 2021, through December 31, 2024.
 
Note: See full resolution and proposed ARPA aid funding in the body of the resolution here and staff presentation here.
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Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, June 21, 2021
 
Conditional Use Requests & Demolition Permits 
 
Agenda Item 9
204 N Few Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Residential-Varied 1 (TR-V1) District for an accessory dwelling unit to allow an existing accessory building to be converted into an accessory dwelling unit
Note: This item proposes a Conditional Use Permit for an existing backyard structure that contains a one-bedroom area. No exterior changes are proposed. This item is likely to be on the meeting's Consent Agenda, meaning that it will not be discussed unless a member of the public registers to speak or a commissioner wishes to discuss it. I do not anticipate any questions or opposition.
 
Agenda Item 13
824-826 E Johnson Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to allow partial demolition of a single-family residence; and consideration of a conditional use in the Neighborhood Mixed-Use (NMX) District for a restaurant-tavern to allow an existing commercial building and residence to be converted into a restaurant-tavern
Note: See "Other District 2 Updates" above for more on this item.
 
- Upcoming Matters – July 12, 2021
- Zoning Text Amendment to amend Section 28.071(2)(a) to amend the Downtown Height Map.
- 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
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Street Use Staff Commission: Details
10:00am, Wednesday, June 23, 2021
 
STREET USE PERMITS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
 
Agenda Item 2
DESIGN WISCONSIN
Fri. Aug. 13, 12pm - Sat. Aug. 14, 5pm
Street Closure: 10 block of N. Brearly
Discuss setup, location, schedule
UW Stout School of Art & Design / David Richter-O'Connell
 
Agenda Item 3
WILLY STREET FAIR
Sat. Sept. 18, 9am - 10:30pm & Sun. Sept. 19, 2021, 8am-10:30pm
Street Closure: 800-1000 Williamson St./ portions of 300 S. Paterson & S. Brearly
Annual Street Fair
Discuss location, schedule, parade, site map
Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center / Gary Kallas
 
Agenda Item 4
WISCONSIN SCIENCE FESTIVAL SCIENCE ON THE SQUARE
Fri. Oct. 22, 2021 / 2pm - 11pm
Street Closure: 100 State St & Y-Closure on the Square
The Grove, The Forum
Science festival activities
Discuss location, setup, activities, schedule
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation / Sam Mulrooney
 
UPCOMING EVENTS JUNE
23, W, 8am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, 200 MLK
23, W, 11am-2pm, Summer in Your City Cafes, The Grove, Lisa Link, Rotary Plaza
24, Th, 11am-2pm, Summer in Your City Cafes, The Grove, Lisa Link, Rotary Plaza
25, F, 11am-2pm, Summer in Your City Cafes, The Grove, Lisa Link, Rotary Plaza
25, F, 7pm-9pm, Classic Guitar Night, Lisa Link Peace Park
26, Sa, 5pm-9pm, Stuart, The Confluence at Library Mall (amp permit)
26, Sa, 6:30am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, Capitol Square
27, Su, 5pm-9pm, Garcia, The Forum (amp permit)
28, M, 11am-2pm, Summer in Your City Cafes, Rotary Plaza
28, M, 12pm-1pm, Lunchtime Live, Rotary Plaza
29, T, 11am-2pm, Summer in Your City Cafes, The Grove, Lisa Link, Rotary Plaza
30, W, 11am-2pm, Summer in Your City Cafes, The Grove, Lisa Link, Rotary Plaza
30, W, 6pm-9pm, Concerts on the Square, Breese Stevens
30, W, 8am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, 200 MLK
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Transportation Commission: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, June 23, 2021
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED
 
Agenda Item 6
Annual B-Cycle Update
 
Agenda Item 8
Update on Traffic Calming Subcommittee
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Police Civilian Oversight Board: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, June 24, 2021
 
ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED
 
Update, Next Steps: Recruitment of Independent Monitor
 
Stakeholder Engagement Plan
- Local Voices Network, Scope of Work
- Next Steps: Completion of Board member liaison (point of contact) assignments
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