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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
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Alder Heck’s Updates

Updates & Week of July 12 Meetings of Interest for District 2

July 10, 2021 3:36 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 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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Street Construction

Latest Update on E. Gorham Street Resurfacing
From City Engineering: 7/9/2021 Update:
The concrete work has been completed on the northerly side of Gorham between Brearly St. and Baldwin, and they're currently working on the new parking lane area on the southerly side of Gorham between Ingersoll and Few. During the week of 7/12, the new curb will be poured early in the week, and the remaining pavement and driveway aprons are planned to be poured before the end of the week. Gorham St. remains open to a single lane of traffic within the project area. See more about the project and sign up for updates here.
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Suspect in Custody from Incident Near James Madison Park
From MPD:
On July 7, MPD was dispatched to the area of E. Gorham St. and N. Blount St. for a report of a subject that was shot. Officers arrive and located a male with a gunshot wound to his arm. The subject was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. Working off an anonymous tip from the community, Amanda K. Lenti, 32 years old, was taken into custody with the assistance of Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reference this case. More information here.
More Traffic Enforcement Activities on E. Washington
Also From MPD: Speed Enforcement - E Washington Ave
July 6, 2021 4:57 PM: This afternoon an Officer from the Traffic Enforcement and Safety Team (TEST) monitored speed in the 800 block of E Washington Ave - the same location of the fatal MV/Pedestrian crash last week. During the short enforcement period the officer made three stops for vehicles traveling at least 20 MPH over the posted speed limit. The same Officer attempted to stop a fourth vehicle for running a red light at the same location. That vehicle fled from the traffic stop.

Last week there were two fatal crashes on E Washington Ave - please slow down.

RP3 Permit

Discussion of Street Parking Policies at TLNA Council Moved to August

Due to a packed agenda and competing meetings, Thursday's planned presentation and discussion of city street parking policies was moved to the August 12 TLNA Council meeting. I'll be sure to update you as that date approaches. No parking policy changes have been devised or proposed, but I am hoping that the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood will engage on this subject since it sees a fair amount of competition for street parking spaces and could perhaps benefit from some policy changes.

Body Worn Cameras and Reindahl Park
The council voted on Tuesday to accept the Final Report and Model Policy from the Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee. I appreciate the work of the committee that created the report and voted to accept the report, but do not support further action on body-worn cameras. I am concerned with the costs to implement and maintain the cameras and have not seen sufficient evidence that they will make much of a difference. The City continues to face severe budget shortfalls which make our budget choices difficult. My colleague, Alder Jael Currie (District 16), posted her thoughts earlier this week on Body Worn Cameras (and the situation at Reindahl Park). I strongly support and agree with the sentiments in her post and suggest you check it out.


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, July 12, 2021
Agenda Item 1
Submitting the appointment of David P. Schmiedicke for confirmation of a five-year term as the Finance Director.
Agenda Item 3
A Resolution authorizing a sole source contract authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a service contract with Sustain Dane to administer the Energy Efficiency in Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing project that is being reimbursed through a WI-PSC Office of Energy Grant.
...Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes a sole source contract with Sustain Dane to administer the Energy Efficiency in Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing project. In April 2021, the Public Service Commission (PSC) announced that the City of Madison was awarded a $246,595 WI-PSC Office of Energy Grant which will fund this project. Under the terms of the grant, expenses will be reimbursed at the end of the grant period in 2022. Costs will initially be covered by the Sustainability Improvements capital project. Staff are still working out contract terms with the grantor at which time a budget amendment resolution will be put forward to add funding to the Sustainability Improvements project.
Agenda Item 6
Authorizing the City to execute an operating agreement with The Madison Ultimate Frisbee League use of certain athletic fields in City parks as set forth in the Agreement for MUFA's ultimate leagues, and continue contributions to established segregated non-reverting fund and a fee structure that supports the shared goals of supporting the volume use of the City's park space and providing quality maintenance of the City's athletic fields for the years of 2021-2025.
Agenda Item 7
Authorizing the City of Madison, on behalf of the Dane County Continuum of Care (CoC), to accept an aggregate EHH grant award of up to $650,000 from the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration; authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements with specific Dane County CoC agencies selected by the CoC Board of Directors to receive the EHH funds; and amending the Community Development Division's 2021 Adopted Operating Budget to reflect receipt of the funds.
Agenda Item 9
Approving the allocation of funds authorized by the Common Council in the 2021 Adopted Operating Budget for use in expanding housing-focused street outreach services and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements with Catalyst for Change and MACH OneHealth to provide those services.
Agenda Item 10
Approving submission of the City of Madison's required 2021 Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Agenda Item 11
Approving and authorizing the submission, to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, of a second Substantial Amendment to the City's FY19 Annual Action Plan necessary to reflect receipt of additional supplemental CDBG-CV grant funds awarded to the City of Madison through the 2020 CARES Act; and amending the adopted 2021 Operating Budget of the Community Development Division to recognize the additional grant revenue and commensurate expenditure authority.
Agenda Item 14
Approving the Creation of and the Project Plan and Boundary for Tax Incremental District (TID) #48 (Regent St), City of Madison.
Agenda Item 15
Approving the Creation of and the Project Plan and Boundary for Tax Incremental District (TID) #49 (Femrite Dr), City of Madison.
Agenda Item 16
Approving the Amendment to the Project Plan and Boundary for Tax Incremental District (TID) #46 (Research Park), City of Madison.
Agenda Item 17
Dissolving Tax Incremental District (TID) #35 (West Beltline Highway).
Agenda Item 18
Dissolving Tax Incremental District (TID) #25 (Wilson Street Corridor)
Agenda Item 19
Amending Section 8.075 of the Madison General Ordinances to incorporate equity concepts, and economic feasibility review.
Agenda Item 20
Amending Section 2.01(4), Section 3.32(7)(b), Section 3.32(9)(b) and (c), and Section 3.38(b)5.a. and Section 12.01 of the Madison General Ordinances to add June 19 (Juneteenth Independence Day) to the list of City paid holidays in recognition of the date on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States and to rename the day after Thanksgiving as Ho-Chunk Day.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution adds Juneteenth Independence Day to the list of City paid holidays and renames the day after Thanksgiving as Ho-Chunk Day. The fiscal impact of an additional paid holiday will be most influenced by pay to essential workers such as fire and police who work the holiday. The labor contracts for these employees supersede the ordinances. The additional holiday would be considered in future bargaining agreements with represented fire and police employees. Most general municipal employees would receive paid leave based on their normal rate, which will not directly impact the budget. However, to the extent that the time off impacts the workload of these employees, overtime could increase. Any additional overtime costs would need to be accommodated within existing budget.
Agenda Item 21
A resolution to provide a plan for wage increase parity to general municipal employees.
Note: Resolution text and fiscal note are here.
Agenda Item 22
Establishing rules and procedures for Common Council deliberations on the City of Madison's 2022 Capital and Operating Budgets.
Police and Fire Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, July 12, 2021
Agenda Item 4
Update on the 2021 Fire Department Hiring Process
Agenda Item 5
Update on Fire Department Recruitment
Agenda Item 6
General status update on pending Fire Department personnel investigations
Agenda Item 7
Update on Fire Department Class 7
Agenda Item 8
Presentation of Madison Fire Department 2020 Annual Report
Agenda Item 10
Consideration and potential action related to approval of the 2021 Police Department Accelerated Academy Hiring List
Agenda Item 11
Update on the 2021 Police Academy
Agenda Item 12
Update on the 2021 Police Department Accelerated Process
Agenda Item 13
Update on the 2022 Police Department Hiring Process
Agenda Item 14
General status update on Police Department personnel investigations (if any)
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, July 12, 2021
Zoning Text Amendments
Agenda Item 3 
Amending Section 28.071(2)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to amend the Downtown Height Map.
Sponsor: Patrick W. Heck
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  This proposed amendment to the Downtown Height Map implements the viewshed preservation goal expressed in the 2014 Report of the Lamp House Block Ad Hoc Plan Committee, but does so using updated elevation data not available at the time the report was published. That new data found the viewshed to be narrower than originally believed, resulting in the proposed amendment differing from original recommendation in the Lamp House report.
Staff has included a subarea map in the attachments to the Legistar file to zoom in on the downtown areas affected by this amendment.
Note: The proposed map, staff memo, and other materials for this item are here. If you would like to make public comment or submit email comments on this matter, or watch the meeting, instructions are on the agenda available at "Details" above.
Agenda Item 4
Amending Section 28.084(3) of the Madison General Ordinances to set the rear yard setback in the Traditional Employment (TE) District for corner lots where abutting property is nonresidential.
Sponsors: Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance amendment sets the rear yard setback in the Traditional Employment (TE) for corner lots where all abutting property is in a nonresidential zoning district. In those instances, the required rear yard setback shall be the same as the required side yard setback.
Note: The staff memo on this and Agenda Item 3 is here. Also, this item is expected to be on the meeting's consent agenda.
Zoning Map Amendment & Related Requests
Note: Item 5 should be referred to September 20, 2021 at the request of the applicant and pending a recommendation by the Urban Design Commission
Agenda Item 5
Creating Section 28.022 - 00452 of the Madison General Ordinances to amend a Planned Development District at property located at 115 West Doty Street, 4th Aldermanic District, to approve an Amended General Development Plan, and creating Section 28.022 - 00453 to amend a Planned Development District to approve a Specific Implementation Plan.
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: To rezone property at 115 W. Doty Street and Amend a General Development Plan and approve a Specific Implementation Plan to renovate the Dane County Public Safety Building and construct an eight-story addition.
Conditional Use Requests, Demolition Permits & Related Requests
Note: Items 10 - 12 are related and should be considered together
Agenda Item 10
Amending the East Washington Avenue Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan to revise the land use recommendation for the block bounded by E Washington Avenue, S Livingston Street, E Main Street, and S Paterson Street from "Employment" to "Employment/Residential."
Agenda Item 11
849 E Washington Avenue and 14 S Paterson Street; Urban Design Dist. 8; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to allow the partial demolition of a commercial building; consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Employment (TE) District for dwelling units in a mixed-use building; consideration of a conditional use in the TE District for a building exceeding five stories and 68 feet in height; and consideration of a conditional use for a parking reduction of more than 20 automobile spaces and 25 percent or more of the required parking, all to allow the construction of a fourteen-story mixed-use building containing approximately 10,000 square feet of commercial space and 225 apartments.
Agenda Item 12
Approving a Certified Survey Map of property owned by Bakers Place, LLC located at 849 E Washington Avenue; 6th Ald. Dist.
Agenda Item 14
828 E Main Street; Urban Design Dist. 8; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Employment (TE) District for a nightclub.
Note: This item is expected to be on the meeting's consent agenda.
- Upcoming Matters – July 26, 2021
- Zoning Text Amendment - Creating Section 28.134(6) to create the Williamson Street Maximum Building Heights.
City-County Homeless Issues Committee: Details
5:30pm, Monday, July 12, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Directing City Staff to Enforce Ordinances Within Reindahl Park
Agenda Item 3
Establishing Housing People: Alternative Emergency Sheltering
Agenda Item 4
Men's Shelter Update
Agenda Item 5
COVID-19 response updates
Common Council Executive Committee: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Update
Agenda Item 3
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Update
Agenda Item 4
Wisconsin State Budget Update
Agenda Item 5
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Update
Police Civilian Oversight Board Executive Subcommittee: Details
10:00am, Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Discussion / Finalization of Independent Police Monitor Recruitment Plan & Timeline
IPM Job Description w/Supplemental Essay Questions
Position Close Date: August 1, 2021
Application Review Process: HR's check for minimum qualifications
Supplemental Questions Review Panel
Interview Process 
Agenda Item 3
Discussion / Finalization of Community Engagement Plan & Timeline (in partnership with LVN)
Liaison List
Community Engagement Plan
Note: LVN is Local Voices Network
Agenda Item 4
LVN Scope of Work
When the Police Civilian Oversight Board Executive Subcommittee considers the following matter, it may go into closed session pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(c), Wis. Stats., which reads as follows: Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. If the Police Civilian Oversight Board Equitable Hiring Tool Taskforce does go into closed session, notice is hereby given pursuant to sec. 19.85(2), Wis. Stats., that it may reconvene in open session without waiting 12 hours as specified in the statute.
Agenda Item 5
Finalizing Benchmarks for Supplemental Essay Questions
Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Agenda Item 2
For Information Only - Chief Barnes Quarterly Report
Agenda Item 3
Report from the Madison Police Department
Agenda Item 4
Report on Recent Gun Violence
Agenda Item 5
Report from the Madison Fire Department
Agenda Item 7
Referred from the April 2021 PSRC meeting.
Direction of the Public Safety Review Committee/2021 PSRC Workplan/Meeting Rules
Discussion on what the PSRC wants to receive from the Police and Fire Department 
Agenda Item 8
Chronic Nuisance Reports & Potential Recommendations for Changes to the Chronic Nuisance Ordinance
Assistant City Attorney Zilavy to provide any chronic nuisance ordinance letters to the PSRC. Letters received would be looked at through the lens of racial equity.
Agenda Item 10
Adoption of an updated Emergency Management Plan for the City of Madison
Agenda Item 11
The Police and Fire Department share how RESJII is utilized within their departments. 
Education Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Update on MMSD Big Idea funding including list and summary of applicants - MMSD Staff
Agenda Item 4
Update and discussion of potential collaboration on unfunded proposals - Bayrd
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, July 14, 2021
Agenda Item 7
July 2021 Superintendent's Report
Note: The report can be found here.
Agenda Item 9
Agenda Item 13
Creating Subdivision 8.24(1)(jj) of the Madison General Ordinances to Ban Alcohol at Reindahl Park.
Agenda Item 15
Authorizing the City to execute an operating agreement with The Madison Ultimate Frisbee League use of certain athletic fields in City parks as set forth in the Agreement for MUFA's ultimate leagues, and continue contributions to established segregated non-reverting fund and a fee structure that supports the shared goals of supporting the volume use of the City's park space and providing quality maintenance of the City's athletic fields for the years of 2021-2025.
Agenda Item 16
Authorizing B-Cycle LLC to install two new bicycle sharing stations at Breese Stevens Field, located at 917 E Mifflin St.
Note: This item is expected to be on the meeting's consent agenda.
Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, July 15, 2021
Agenda Item 5
Review recommendations that came out of the equity analysis and plan for follow up.
Agenda Item 6
Discuss criteria for distributing future rent assistance funds and possible recommendations.
Linette Rhodes from the CDD will be joining us.
Agenda Item 7
Discuss tenant protections from Associated Students of Madison recommendations.
Agenda Item 8
Discuss new State law changes related to tenant rights and if the Committee has a potential mitigating role.
Downtown Coordinating Committee: Details
5:30pm, Thursday, July 15, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Streatery Discussion
Discussion and Idea Sharing about the future of outdoor dining.
Agenda Item 3
400 Block of Gilman Street
Discussion regarding benches

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