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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 Aug 16 Meetings of Interest for District 2

August 13, 2021 6:34 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


From Public Health Madison & Dane County:

Dane CORE Rental Assistance Program extended until Oct. 3, depending on COVID-19 community transmission rates. The Tenant Resource Center has a declaration tool you can use to determine whether you are eligible. Urban Triage is currently providing assistance to people in completing applications and will be administering rental assistance funds, as well, next month.

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 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

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

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Streets Crews Working Saturday & Sunday Collecting Material From Student Move-Out

The Streets Division will be starting collections on Saturday, Aug. 14, and Sunday, Aug. 15, at 6:00am with the work concluding sometime later each the morning, depending on conditions. Their goal is to collect as much as they can before traffic from movers intensifies. They also plan to be back at collecting from the move-out on Monday, Aug. 16, as well. Note that these special collection times are in the student move-out area only.

The student move website is Specific Moving Days info here:


Aug. 18 Neighborhood Meeting - St John's Church Redevelopment Proposal

On August 18 at 7pm, I will host a virtual neighborhood meeting to get a first look at early concepts that St. John's Lutheran Church is considering for redeveloping their property at 322 E. Washington. Reportedly, St. John's will have locations for worship and other services on the site, but plans to add affordable apartments above and underground parking. They are working with Mark and Brad Binkowski of Urban Land Interests for the redevelopment proposal. Neighbors from the James Madison Park District of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., will form a steering committee after the August 18 meeting to further evaluate the proposal and provide input to the development team.

More details are reported in this Wisconsin State Journal article: Downtown church wants to raze its building for new sanctuary, community space, housing

Register in advance for this virtual meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Concert at Breese Stevens Allowed To Go Until 11:30pm 

On Saturday, Aug. 7, the Willy Nelson and Avett Brothers concert at Breese Stevens started late due to severe weather that hit the isthmus. Originally scheduled to start at 6pm, the venue was evacuated due to lightning and high winds resulting in an approximately 7:30pm start time.

The Big Top contract with the City of Madison requires that all events end by 10pm at the latest, but the Parks Superintendent has the final say in park operations and granted an extension. I heard from Big Top in the mid-afternoon that they were hoping for an extension if the predicted storm forced them out of the stadium, but at that time the weather forecast was not certain so timing was unknown. I said then that I recognized that some neighbors might not appreciate the concert going past 10pm, but I did not object. 

Given that this event was the only large concert event for the past two years (no others are scheduled for 2021) and that Big Top and their employees have struggled for two seasons now, I thought it fair to let the concert go on even though technically I couldn't stop it if I had wanted to. My suggestion after the fact was that the Parks Division needs to develop a Breese Stevens-specific inclement weather policy and the Parks Division agrees. We need predictability for neighbors, Big Top, and Breese visitors for all events that might want to push past the 10pm stop time. I'm not saying that there shouldn't be some flexibility in situations like Saturday's, but we need both flexibility and predictability. I'll let you know how that discussion goes - no doubt the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association will be participating.

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Announcing Downtown Madison Night Markets for 2021

  • Thursday, August 19 - Click here for participating businesses and entertainment.
  • Thursday, September 16
  • Friday, October 22
  • Thursday, November 18
  • Thursday, December 16

The Market is presented by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Madison. From 4pm – 9pm everyone is invited to come downtown to shop and celebrate all things Madison. Learn more about the market at 

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From MPD: Speed & Seatbelt Enforcement - E Washington Ave

On Monday, 8/9/2021, Officers from the Madison Police Department conducted an enhanced enforcement project on E Washington Ave near East Towne Mall, focussing on speeding and other hazardous driving behaviors. From 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Officers conducted a total of 27 stops for speeding. The average speed of motorists that were stopped was 75 MPH (20 MPH over the posted 55 MPH limit). Tops speeds stopped were 81 MPH (2 stops), and 78 MPH (3 stops).

Please slow down, buckle up and drive sober.

From MPD: Speed & Seatbelt Enforcement - E Johnson St

On the morning of 8/12/2021, Officers from the Madison Police Department conducted an enhanced traffic enforcement project on E Johnson St along Tenney Park. Officers focused on speeding and other hazardous traffic violations. During the project officers conducted a total of 30 stops. The average speed stopped was for 42 MPH in the 25 MPH zone. The highest speeds stopped were for 54 MPH, and two (2) for 48 MPH.

Please slow down - this area is heavily used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Note: the E. Johnson enforcement effort extended into the 1100 and 1200 blocks of E. Gorham Street.

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20 is Plenty – Neighborhood Street Speed Reduction Program In Place

This past Monday, the City of Madison launched Phase 1 of its new program, 20 is Plenty, including in a portion of Tenney-Lapham. The area in which the speed limit is now reduced to 20mph in Tenney Lapham is bound by E. Johnson and E. Washington between N. Blair and the Yahara River. This program applies only to residential streets, so on bordering arterial streets (E. Johnson, E. Wash, and N. Blair) speed limits will remain at 25mph. Additional information about the program may be found on the 20 is Plenty webpage, or under projects on the Vision Zero website. Many thanks to City Traffic Engineering for the new signs and media work to raise awareness of the program.

Shared/Slow Streets Update:

Note that the Shared/Slow Streets Program implementation on Sherman Ave. and E. Mifflin St. has continued to be delayed. While I understand the frustration of all who want safer areas for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Traffic Engineering Division has taken on a lot of special projects with limited staffing. I hope they will soon roll out this program that was so popular in 2020.

Vaccination Clinic

From Public Health Madison & Dane County: Two opportunities (details in the above image) to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at Breese Stevens Field at Forward Madison FC games on either Aug. 14 or Aug. 18. Note that these two vaccination clinics are for those with tickets to the matches.

Not going to either match? Information on all pop-up and ongoing vaccination sites.

District 2 Liquor License Application at ALRC on Wednesday

The French House's application for a Class C Wine license will be considered at Wednesday's Alcohol License Review Committee meeting, starting at 5:30pm. The French House at 633 N. Frances Street seeks to allow sales of wine by the glass at their longstanding Wednesday dinners and on Friday evenings at some special events. If you have questions or input, you can email French House Director Anne Theobald (, but you are also welcome to email me at Materials for the application can be found here. If you'd like to watch the meeting, give public comment, or email commissioners, instructions are below in "City Meetings of Interest" (click on the "Details" link for the ALRC meeting).


From Madison Metro: August Service Updates

The following changes will be implemented on Sunday, August 22.

  • Route 10 - Route suspended
  • Route 27 - Route suspended
  • Route 28 - modified Route 28 will serve Eken Park residents.
  • Route 38 - weekday route restored with added mid-day service.
  • Routes 8, 12, 15, 70 & 72 - moved from State St. to W. Washington Ave.
  • Route 6/ 26 - schedule adjustment for transfer at East Towne
  • Route 81 - Bus stop shifted from Franklin to Blair
  • Various Bus Stop Changes

TLNA Steering Committee for Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Proposal

On Thursday, August 5, I hosted 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. A recording of the meeting is available here. Those who attended this meeting and/or the previous meeting hosted by WYSO seemed generally supportive of the proposal, but some wanted more details, particulary about parking and traffic, as well as the building's massing and design.

The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association is now forming a steering committee for the project. If you'd like to participate, please email or you can email me and I'll forward your info to TLNA. No applications have been filed with the city, but I'll keep you posted on the proposal's status, city meetings, and TLNA steering committee meetings.


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Draft Transportation Improvement Program Available

The Draft 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County is now available for review and comment. The TIP lists major transportation improvements and studies anticipated to be undertaken during the next five-year period. The complete draft document has been posted on the TIP page of the MPO's website

If you have comments or concerns regarding the federally funded projects, including the MPO funded projects, or any of the other listed projects, the Greater Madison MPO asks that you please submit them in writing by Friday, September 24.  Please address written comments to the MPO office or email them to MPO staff at There will also be a Virtual Public Hearing on the TIP on Wednesday, September 1 at 6:30pm, details to follow.


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.
President's Work Group on Environmental Justice: Details
3:30pm, Monday, August 16, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Update Item: Sustainable Madison Committee (SMC)
Agenda Item 4
Discussion Item: F-35 Overlay Zoning District: Sound Modeling, Etc. 
Agenda Item 5
Discussion Item: PFAs
Transportation Policy and Planning Board: Details
5:00pm, Monday, August 16, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Complete Green Streets - Update on Let's Talk Streets
Agenda Item 4
Adopting Fare Policy Recommendation
Agenda Item 5
BRT Update - Financial plan update
Street Use Staff Commission: Details
10:00am, Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Agenda Item 4
Fri. 9/24/21, 3pm - Sun. 9/26/21, 9:30pm
Streets Closed: Capitol Square, 100 Blocks of State Street, E & W Washington, MLK Jr. Blvd, N & S Hamilton, E & W Mifflin, King Street, N & S Pinckney, N & S Carroll, and Wisconsin Ave
Annual Art Fair - Discuss location, schedule, setup
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art / Annik Dupaty
Agenda Item 5
- Expo / Triathlon Expo: Wednesday, September 8 - Monday, September 13, 2021 / 200 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Triathlon: Sunday, September 12- see attached run and bike routes
Triathlon - Discuss locations, routes, setup, closures
World Triathlon Corporation / Ryan Richards
18, W, 8am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, 200 MLK
W, 2pm-8pm, Jazz On State, The Forum/100 State St
19, Th, 5:30-7:30p, Live & Local, Lisa Link Peace Park
19, Th, 2p-12a, Madison Night Market - On State, 100-600 State St., 200-400 W. Gilman St., 400 N. Broom St.
20, F, 6pm-7pm, Lenser, Amplification Permit, Lisa Link Park
21, Sa, 6:30am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, Capitol Square
25, W, 8am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, 200 MLK
27, F, 4pm-2am, Mad Lit, 100 State Street
27, F, 7-9, 7-9p, Friday Evening Classic Guitars, Lisa Link Peace Park
28, Sa, 6:30am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, Capitol Square
1, W, 8am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, 200 MLK
Economic Development Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Equitable Economic Response and Recovery
- Pop Up Shop Program
Alcohol License Review Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Agenda Item 21
Public Hearing - New License
French House Inc • dba The French House
633 N Frances St • Agent: Anne Theobald • Estimated Capacity (in/out): 50/0
Class C Wine • 20% alcohol, 80% food
Aldermanic District 2 (Alder Heck) • Police Sector 403
Note: See more on this agenda item in "Other District 2 Updates" above. Also, this item could appear on the ALRC Consent Agenda. The items on the consent anenda are moved first thing in the meeting with the recommended action, or to grant with any recommended conditions if no action is recommended for each item EXCEPT: 1) items which have registrants opposed wishing to speak 2) items which members have seperated out for discussion/debate purposes 3) items recommending ordinance changes 4) operator license applications
Items Referred from Alcohol License Review Committee Operating Practices Subcommittee
Agenda Item 29
Discussion regarding operator license equity analysis, including possibly creating subcommittee for operator license approvals between regular ALRC meetings.

Report of Madison Police Department

Agenda Item 33
Summary of Recent Calls for Service
Note: Recent Summaries for Calls for Service at entities with liquor licenses can be found here.
Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, August 19, 2021
Agenda Item 5
Urging Landlords to Forgive Penalties and Late Fees
Agenda Item 6
Rent abatement ordinance changes
Agenda Item 7
Review recommendations that came out of the equity analysis and plan for follow up. 
Agenda Item 8
Discuss tenant protections from Associated Students of Madison recommendations

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