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Alder Patrick Heck

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Alder Patrick Heck

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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 28 Meetings of Interest for District 2

June 27, 2021 7:22 AM

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 July 31, 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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East Washington Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Fatality

Early in the morning of Saturday, June 26, a 30-year old man was hit and killed by a dark-colored sedan near the intersection of Paterson St. and East Washington Ave. The vehicle did not stop and fled the scene. As of publication of this update, no other information had been released by MPD.

Anyone with information about the incident should the Madison Police Department at 608-255-2345, or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014 (or

While other details of this tragic incident are currently unknown, it is clear that East Washington Avenue continues to be a dangerous roadway for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicular traffic. The City's recent efforts to slow traffic have seen some success, but East Washington's status as Federal Highway 151 limits some of what can be done. The state and federal standards for highways limit some of what changes can be made to the infrastructure, but the cumulative impact of many decades of road design that has promoted higher vehicular volumes and speed, rather than safety, results in these terrible incidents. I will continue to advocate for slowing and decreasing vehicular traffic as well as changing our road, path, and sidewalk infrastructure to promote safety. 

Breese Stevens Field

Reminder: Fireworks at Breese Stevens on July 3

As many read in this Wisconsin State Journal article, a fireworks show will be included in an event at Breese Stevens Field the evening of July 3. From what I understand and as not detailed in the article, the fireworks are not expected to be nearly as powerful and lengthy as those used at Shake the Lake or similar events. According to Big Top, who manages Breese Stevens, the fireworks are the type that are used in arenas and stadiums, so they do not go as high and are not as loud. That said, there is no doubt that fireworks of any type can be disturbing to some pets and some humans, so I hope that folks can prepare. The fireworks should last 15 to 20 minutes and start around 9:30pm.

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More Traffic Enforcement Activities on E. Washington Ave.

From MPD: On Friday, June 18th, from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., Officers from the Madison Police Department conducted an enhanced enforcement project in the area of E Washington Ave and Ingersoll St, focusing on OWI and other hazardous driving behaviors.

During this project a total of 15 stops were conducted, 11 of which were for speeding.  All speeding violations were for at least 15 MPH over the speed limit with 53 MPH being the highest recorded speed. More enforcement took place on June 11 - details of that are here.

Please slow down, buckle up, and drive sober. These additional enforcement efforts are made possible through traffic overtime grants provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Redevelopment Proposal

On June 24, a virtual public informational meeting was cohosted by the development team for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra proposal and me. A recording of the meeting is available here. (passcode is T@5BT+4V). According to WYSO, they do not yet have building renderings or building massing available, but expect to start working on those soon.

As detailed in media reports, including this Wisconsin State Journal article, WYSO is proposing new rehearsal and educational spaces, as well as their offices, on a portion of the 1100 block of E. Washington (between N. Ingersoll and N. Few Streets. At the June 24 meeting, we learned that the redevelopment includes the parcels that currently contain the Avenue Club and its parking lots. The Budget Car Rental parcels are not included, nor are the businesses and homes along N. Ingersoll, the Scooter Therapy parcel, or the homes on E. Washington near N. Few Street. 

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 anticipate the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association will shortly decide how to take neighborhood input, evaluate the proposal, and work with the development team. I'll keep you posted of future meetings.


Recording of June 22 Public Info Meeting on Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services

The June 22 Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) public information session was recorded, including many excellent questions and answers. Click here to view the recording.

The CARES program will address mental health 911 calls for service through an innovative new mobile unit modeled 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 deescalation best practices, on top of their ongoing professional development in their respective areas.

If there are follow up questions or concerns please email Deputy Mayor Reuben Sanon at


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.
Sustainable Madison Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, June 28, 2021
Agenda Item 4
Citizens' Climate Lobby
Agenda Item 6
Draft Food Waste Resolution
Transportation Policy and Planning Board: Details
5:00pm, Monday, June 28, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Working Draft Vision Zero Action Plan
Agenda Item 4
Metro Transit Fare Study - Introduction Summary
Agenda Item 5
Parking Ordinance Changes update - Presentation by Chris McCahill and Grant Foster
Board of Health for Madison and Dane County - Budget Committee: Details
5:30pm, Monday, June 28, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Authorization of Budget Transfer of Acute and Communicable Disease Grant Funds
Agenda Item 4
2022 Operating Budget
Urban Design Commission: Details
4:30pm, Wednesday, June 28, 2021
Agenda Item 4
849 E. Washington Avenue & 14 S. Paterson Street - New Development of a Mixed-Use Building with approximately 226 Dwelling Units and 10,000 Square Feet of Commercial Space in UDD No. 8. 6th Ald. Dist. Owner: Bakers Place, LLC
Applicant: Matt Brink, Matt Brink Consulting
Initial/Final Approval is Requested
Agenda Item 5
115 W. Doty Street/114 W. Wilson Street/215 S. Hamilton Street - Public Building, Amended Planned Development (PD), New Addition and Renovation of the Existing Public Safety Building. 4th Ald. Dist.
Owner: Dane County
Applicant: Jan Horsfall, Potter Lawson, Inc.
Initial/Final Approval is Requested
*The UDC is an advisory body on the PD Zoning request and is an approving body regarding the plans for public buildings*
Note: This item is the proposed addition and renovation of the existing Public Safety Building that would consolidate Dane County's jails in one location. Plans, public input, staff reports, etc., will be located here.
Public Market Development Committee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, July 1, 2021
Note: This agenda was not available as of publication of this update, but should at "Details" above this week.
Madison Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Task Force: Details
1100am, Friday, July 2, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Contracts, MOUs and Scopes
Agenda Item 4
MGIPP Timeline - City Staff 
Agenda Item 5
IRP Staffing Updates
Recruitment and Hiring Process

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