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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 July 26 Meetings of Interest for District 2

July 24, 2021 4:40 PM

** Please note that I will be out of town on Monday, July 26 through Thursday, July 29 and unlikely to have access to email or phone service **


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
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Dane CORE Rental Assistance Program 

Read about the temporary halt in residential evictions from the Tenant Resource Center - extended through July 31, 2021.

From the WI State Journal: Madison and Dane County launching new efforts to distribute millions more in federal rent help

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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12 N Few Street Proposal

12 N Few Proposal at Urban Design Commission on July 28

The redevelopment project proposed for 12 N. Few Street, the current site of the Scooter Therapy building, will be up for final Urban Design Commission approval at their Wednesday meeting. If you'd like to give input on the proposal, you can give public comment at the virtual UDC meeting (see "Details" below in "City Meetings of Interest") or email your input to

UDC gave initial approval to the proposed redevelopment in May, but Commissioners had some concerns, particularly with regard to access and circulation for both commercial and residential units, so they did not grant final approval in judging the proposal's conformity with Urban Design District #8 standards and guidelines. On May 24, the application for a demolition permit for a portion of the Scooter Therapy building was referred to a future Plan Commission meeting. Plan Commission asked then that the UDC first provide final approval the proposal before it comes back for Plan Commission. If the proposal is given final approval by UDC, I anticipate that the demolition permit will be back at Plan Commission in August.

The proposed redevelopment consists of 8 ground floor commercial spaces with 8 one-bedroom apartments above. The UDC application, staff reports, and public comments are posted here. Note that in response to UDC's input, the developer altered the proposal to remove 4 residential parking spaces and is now proposing no parking stalls for the residential or commercial spaces. The site is zoned Commercial Corridor-Transitional which requires no onsite parking, but some neighbors have expressed concerns about added pressure on street parking.

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Slow Streets Program Expected to Roll Out in Next Two Weeks

After unanticipated delays, Traffic Engineering reports that the new and improved signage and flexible barriers for the Slow Streets program (formerly known as Shared Streets) on Sherman Avenue and E. Mifflin Street have finally been delivered to the City. TE expects to start rolling out the program during the next two weeks in various places across the city now that they have the needed equipment. While many were understandably anxious for the diverters to be in place earlier in the summer, we can be glad that we still have several months of good weather to take advantage of improved access and safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Thanks to Traffic Engineering for adding this program to their already full plate.

Note that the Vision Zero "20 is Plenty" implementation in a portion of Tenney-Lapham is also expected in August. TE will be doing some media and social media work to raise awareness along with new signage to inform drivers of the new 20mph speed limit. This implementation will be for the neighborhood streets between E. Washington and E. Johnson between N. Blair and the Yahara River. E. Washington, E. Johnson, and N. Blair are arterial streets whose speed limit will remain at 25mph.

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From the Streets Division: Student Moving Peak Approaches

It's that time of the year - students (and many others) in the campus and downtown areas are moving with the peak being on August 14/15. Please visit this website to get information on schedules, policies, and fees for trash collection, large item pickup, electronics recycling, and general recycling in these areas:

Disposal of Items that Are Free (Furniture, Mattresses, Etc.)
If you live in the student move out area, you are not required to submit a work order to have furniture, mattresses, or other free large items collected at the curb. Crews will be rotating through these neighborhoods during the move-out process as they have in years past.
Disposal of Items that Require a Fee (Microwaves, Air Conditioners, Etc.)
If you are disposing of an item that has a special recycling fee charge, for example a microwave or air conditioner, you will need to use the work order form to pay those fees.

Students (and others) still have to pay for items that require a fee, like microwaves and air conditioners. They can use the work order system to do that. The only real difference will be for those folks who have to pay for an item and they want to set it out to the curb, they will be given a date when to set it out instead of getting a sticker sent to them. During the move out period, there will be extra set-out dates available to accommodate the move out, too.

And, as in years before, we will still rove through these student areas every work day during the first two weeks of August (and maybe longer) picking up what students push out to the curb.  We are not expecting them to use the work order system – just like how they didn't have to buy fee stickers for items that didn't require them in the years past.

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Announcing Carts in the Parks 
The City of Madison Parks Division & Economic Development Division are excited to announce the launch of the Carts in Parks Vending Pilot Program this summer into fall! This program will provide daily food cart vending in 20 parks around Madison, support community-driven micro vending markets, reduce the barriers to vending in city parks, provided greater food access, and enhance our community gathering spaces. 

In and near District 2, James Madison, Tenney, and McPike Parks will have either special or Daily Park Vending (on a regular schedule). For Daily Park Vending, food carts/trucks will be assigned shifts Monday - Sunday from 6a-10a, 11a-2p, 3p-7p and/or 7p-10p.  A weekly schedule wil be posted here and shared on the Madison Parks Facebook Page and @streetvendingmadison on Instagram.

Save the Date: Aug. 5 Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Neighborhood Meeting

Mark your calendars - on Thursday, August 5 starting at 7pm, I will host a virtual neighborhood meeting to kick off Tenney-Lapham's consideration of the proposed redevelopment of a portion of the 1100 block of E. Washington (between N. Ingersoll and N. Few Streets). The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra proposes to redevelop a portion of that block that includes the parcels currently owned by the Avenue Club and its parking lots. The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association will be forming a steering committee for the project after the Aug. 5 meeting. From what I understand, the development team will have initial building renderings and a more developed concept compared to their June 24 presentation. I'll publish the Aug. 5 meeting participation details as the date draws nearer, as well as a link to the recorded meeting if you are unable to attend.

From Why Are Pedestrian Deaths at Epidemic Levels?

This article from has a lot of good information that the city and residents should digest and consider in light of the recent traffic violence and unsafe driving on our streets. The article starts "While the rest of the developed world has made progress in reducing the number of pedestrians killed by vehicles, America continues to move in the wrong direction. Author Angie Schmitt talks about root causes and solutions."

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More Traffic Enforcement Activities on E. Washington and Surroundings
From MPD: Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement - E Johnson St
This morning, 7/20/21, Officers from the Madison Police Department conducted an enhanced enforcement project on E Johnson St near one of the pedestrian crosswalks by Tenney Park. Officers focused on speeding and other hazardous driving.
Officers conducted a total of 26 stops.  All stops made for speeding violations were for vehicles traveling at least 13 MPH over the speed limit (25 MPH), with 60 MPH being the highest speed stopped.  One vehicle was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Please slow down and make sure you are yielding to pedestrians and bicyclists.

From MPD: Dangerous and Reckless Driving Downtown Madison
On June 5th, 2021, thirty-eight motorcycles rode through the City of Madison, lapping Gorham Street, University Ave, Johnson Street, and East Washington Ave; running red lights, popping wheelies, completing illegal u-turns, and riding in the bicycle lanes.  Additionally, this group eluded two separate traffic stops, and nearly all failed to display any registration tags.  This driving behavior yielded multiple citizen complaints for reckless driving and noise issues.

The Central Community Policing Team's review of traffic cameras resulted in over four hundred documented traffic violations. Utilizing open sources, multiple motorcyclists were identified and contacted. As of today's date, 161 citations have been issued for the dangerous driving behaviors. There have also been several instances where officers attempted stops and the drivers fled. In one case, the driver of the motorcycle has fled from officers on multiple occasions. We are asking for assistance in identifying several motorcyclists who were engaging in this reckless behavior. Please see the images here. If you are able to provide identification of any of these drivers, please contact Crimestoppers at 608/266-6014.

This investigation, in part, is the result of the Central District strategic plan aimed at reducing dangerous driving behaviors in downtown Madison.

These additional enforcement efforts are made possible through traffic overtime grants provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Virtual Town Hall on the American Rescue Plan Act and 2022 Budget

July 27, 4:00-5:30 pm

How to Participate: Virtual Town Halls will be livestreamed. You do not need to register in advance. Go to for a link to the livestream.

More Information: Please join the Mayor and key City staff for a virtual town hall on the City's budget process and the allocation of ARPA funds. The town hall will be an opportunity to learn how Madison develops its annual budget, financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the role of ARPA funding in recovery. The session will include participant surveys to understand your priorities for ARPA funds.

Questions: Submit your questions about the City budget and ARPA funding through this link.

Civilian Oversight Board Seeks Applicants for Madison's First Independent Police Monitor

From the Police Civilian Oversight Board: Our goal in sharing this information is to ensure that we attract a diverse pool of candidates to apply to be our City's first Independent Police Monitor. The position is currently posted here, closing at 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 1, 2021.


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 26, 2021
Agenda Item 6
Authorizing an amendment to the contract between the City of Madison and Benevate Inc., which governs the use of Benevate Inc.'s Neighborly Software system in administering Federal Emergency Rental Assistance funds provided to the City, to also make that system available for use by Urban Triage Inc. to administer Emergency Rental Assistance funds provided to Dane County.
Agenda Item 7
Initial Resolution Authorizing Not to Exceed $17,805,000 Bonds by City of Madison for Metro Transit Bus Storage and Maintenance Facilities
When the Finance Committee considers the following matter, it may go into closed session pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(e), Wis. Stats., which reads as follows:
Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.
If the Finance Committee 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 8
Bargaining Update
Agenda Item 9
Presentation and Discussion of Block 105 (Judge Doyle Project) Hotel Development
Sustainable Madison Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, July 26, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Madison Gas and Electric Company relating to a study of the Madison Water Utility's fleet for electric vehicle capabilities. 
Agenda Item 5
Citizens' Climate Lobby 
Agenda Item 6
Koshkonong Letter of Support & Presentation
Agenda Item 8
Draft Food Waste Resolution
Landmarks Commission: Details
5:00pm, Monday, July 26, 2021


Agenda Item 5
240 W Gilman St - Land Division of a Designated Madison Landmark site; 2nd Ald. Dist.
From the Staff Report:
Analysis and Conclusion (partial): The applicant is requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness to divide an existing lot at 240 W Gilman into two separate lots. The landmarked property would remain on a parcel approximating its historic dimensions and the current surface parking lot would again become its own parcel.
Recommendation: Staff believes that the standards for granting a Certificate of Appropriateness are met and recommends the Landmarks Commission approve the request as proposed.
Note: The full staff report and application are available here. In discussion with the city's Preservation Planner, I learned that this proposed lot division should not impact the integrity of the historic Woman's Building, which is a local landmark that currently houses Samba Brazilian Grill. While the motivation for requesting this lot division is unknown, it could be assumed that a future development proposal for the new lot that contains a parking lot could eventually be forthcoming.
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, July 26, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Discussion of Potential Demolition Ordinance Changes
Zoning Text Amendment
Note: Item 3 should be referred to August 9, 2021 at the request of the district alder 3. 65765 
Agenda Item 3
Creating Section 28.134(6) of the Madison General Ordinances to create the Williamson Street Maximum Building Heights.
Zoning Map Amendments & Related Requests
Note: Items 4 and 5 are related and should be considered together 4
Agenda Item 4
Creating Section 28.022 -- 00508 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 222-232 E. Olin Avenue, 14th Aldermanic District, from SE (Suburban Employment) District to TE (Traditional Employment) District.
Agenda Item 5
222-232 E Olin Avenue; Urban Design Dist. 1; 14th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish two restaurants; consideration of a conditional use in the [Proposed] Traditional Employment (TE) District for dwelling units in a mixed-use building, and; consideration of a conditional use in the TE District for a building exceeding five stories and 68 feet in height; all to allow the construction of a eighteen-story mixed-use building containing approximately 16,000 square feet of commercial space and 290 apartments.
Conditional Use Requests, Demolition Permits & Related Requests
Note: Items 10 and 11 are related and should be considered together
Agenda Item 10
1858-1890 E Washington Avenue; Urban Design Dist. 8; Ald. Dist. 12: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a multi-tenant commercial building and an auto repair station; consideration of a conditional use to construct a mixed-use building with greater than 60 dwelling units in the Commercial Corridor-Transitional (CC-T) District; consideration of a conditional use in the CC-T District for a building exceeding five stories and 78 feet in height; and consideration of a conditional use in the CC-T District for outdoor recreation, all to construct a six-story mixed-use building with approximately 15,000 square feet of commercial space and 290 apartments.
Agenda Item 11
Approving a Certified Survey Map of property owned by TDW Hartford, LLC located at 1858-1890 E Washington Avenue; 12th Ald. Dist.
Note: Items 10 and 11 are a the redevelopment proposed for the Fiore shopping Center at the corner of N. 1st Street and E. Washington Avenue.


Agenda Item 13
Staff Summary: Status of Hotel Development
- Recent Common Council Actions
- 849 E. Washington Avenue - Certified Survey Map - Adopted on July 20, 2021 subject to Plan Commission recommendation
- Downtown Height Map - Lamp House - Placed on File on July 20, 2021
- TE Rear Yard Setbacks - Approved on July 20, 2021
- Amendment to East Washington Avenue Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan - Approved on July 20, 2021
Committee on Aging: Details
2:30pm, Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Agenda Item 3
MSC Reopened 7/13/21
Agenda Item 6
Supplemental Budget Request for Older Adult Services
Agenda Item 7
Community Outreach and Engagement Plan Update
Urban Design Commission: Details
4:30pm, Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Agenda Item 4
12 N. Few Street - Addition and New Construction for 8 Commercial Spaces and 8 Residential Units Located in UDD No. 8. 2nd Ald. Dist.
Owner: Jeremy Knudson
Applicant: John Seamon, SEA Design
Final Approval is Requested
Note: The application, staff report, and other materials can be found here. See "Other District 2 Updates" above for more details. Also, see "Details" just above for meeting participation options.
Transportation Commission: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Relating to 2021-2023 Commercial Quadricycle Licensure of Capitol Pedicycle DBA Trolley Pub
5 mins 
Agenda Item 4
Annual B-Cycle Update
30 mins
Agenda Item 5
How to Incorporate Racial Equity and Social Justice into the TC Work Plan
20 mins 
Agenda Item 7
Crossing Guard Assignment Report and Modifications
20 mins 
Agenda Item 8
School Zone Safety Update
10 mins 
Committee on Employee Relations: Details
5:00, Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Agenda Item 2
A resolution to provide a plan for wage increase parity to general municipal employees. 

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