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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 Oct. 25 Meetings of Interest for District 2

October 23, 2021 10:59 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


From Public Health Madison & Dane County:

Dane CORE is a partnership between Dane County, the City of Madison, Urban Triage, Tenant Resource Center, Community Action Coalition and other community partners. The goal is to assist eligible households in need of rental and utility assistance with funding to ensure those bills can be paid.

For information on Madison's COVID responses and resources, visit the City's Coronavirus Website.

From Community Action Coalition: Dane County Food Pantry Network

State of Wisconsin 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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UW Homecoming Parade & Fireworks on Friday, Oct. 29

The UW-Madison Homecoming Parade is returning to campus on Friday, October 29. The route will be the same as in past years with the parade lining up on Langdon Street beginning at 4pm. The parade begins at 6pm and will be done by 7:30pm. The route includes Wisconsin & Gilman to Gilman & State and State to Lake Street, so traffic on those streets will be closed or traffic diverted at times.

Later that same evening, a homecoming fireworks show will take place from about 8:45pm to 9:00pm. The fireworks will launch from north of the Wisconsin Union for viewing from the Union Terrace. Get more information on UW Homecoming here.

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Bus Rapid Transit Meeting on Oct. 28

City staff will be discussing the Downtown BRT line and station locations at a public information meeting on Thursday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. Information on the meeting:

You can also view recordings of past meetings that reviewed and discussed other portions of the East-West BRT route:

  • October 7th - 30% Eastside East-West Line Routes & Stations
  • October 14th – 30% Westside East-West Line Route & Stations
WYSO Proposal Rendering

Summary of Neighborhood Meeting on Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Proposal

On Oct. 20, a second virtual neighborhood meeting was held to discuss the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra's proposal to redevelop the current Avenue Club parcels in the 1100 block of E. Washington Avenue. If approved, this redevelopment will include demolishing the Avenue Club building and constructing a new building with rehearsal and studio spaces, offices, practice rooms, and spaces for community gathering. The meeting slides presented by WYSO can be found here.

At the neighborhood meeting, WYSO reported that they plan to submit their land use application to the city in late October or early November. Both the Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission will eventually need to approve various aspects of the proposal. There will be opportunities for the public to give comment at UDC and PC meetings, as well as to provide input via email to both committees. So far, most neighbors have expressed support for the proposal, but those who live closest to the site have registered concerns about increased traffic on Curtis Court, traffic flow, saving street trees and those on the site, reasonable exterior lighting levels, and addressing construction impacts.

WYSO plans to break ground in the late spring of 2022 and open in the fall of 2023 if they obtain the necessary approvals. Note that the development team is planning to make a presentation at the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association Council meeting on Nov. 11, so that is another opportunity to give input and ask questions, although neighbors are always welcome to contact me ( or WYSO (

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Finance Committee to Consider Amendments to the 2022 Operating Budget

At their Oct. 25 meeting, the Finance Committee will consider amendments to the Executive Operating Budget that are offered by committee members. Both the Executive Operating and Capital Budgets, as amended by the Finance Committee, will later be considered and possibly amended further by Common Council on Nov. 9, 10, and possibly 11. See "City Meetings of Interest" below for more details on the Oct. 25 Finance committee meeting, including links to the agenda (under "Details") with participation and viewing options.

See the City's full budget process and the Mayor's Executive Operating Budget. The Mayor's Operating Budget, as proposed, has expenses of more than $358 million from the General and Library Fund. The property tax levy is the source of most of those funds. I recommend reading the Mayor's Executive Summary of the Operating Budget to learn more about the proposed expenses and revenue, as well as agency budgets. The Executive Capital Budget was earlier amended by the Finance Committee - materials for that are here.

The nineteen proposed amendments to the Executive Operating Budget that will be considered by the Finance Committee Oct. 25 can be found here. The total additional expenses proposed via those amendments is about $1.8 million with a net cost of about $0.5 million. While that amount is quite small compared to the overall Operating Budget ($1.8 million compared to the total of ~$358 million), important policy decisions are sometimes wrapped up in these amendments.

This year, the amendments include adding more funding for the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services program of the Fire Department that diverts some police calls for service to mental health-based responders; reducing some funding for the Police Department; increasing Public Health's anti-violence budget; increasing the ambulance conveyance fee by $135 to fund 10 new MFD paramedic positions to staff a new ambulance at Fire Station 14; adding hours at the Monroe Street Library, adding a Community Engagement position to the Common Council Office, and restoring funding for the Streets Division drop-off site on E. Olin Ave.

While I am not a member of the Finance Committee, hence cannot vote on Oct. 25, I can fully participate in the meeting and have cosponsored several of the amendments. If you have input on any of these amendments or on the budget in general, please let me know (


MPD Fall 2021 Community Academy Starts Nov. 1

The Madison Police Department is offering another Community Academy. Programming is scheduled for Mondays in November from 5p - 7p and will occur in-person, with masks required, but could shift to Zoom if needed. According to MPD, The Community Academy is a program designed to give the public a working knowledge and understanding of the values, goals, and operations of the Madison Police Department. The objective of the Academy is to help build a positive relationship between the Madison Police Department and the community, while improving the lines of communication with the members it serves. Check out this link for more information, including the required application and waiver forms.

In 2018, prior to being elected District 2 Alder, I attended an extended version of the Community Academy and found it to be a valuable experience that I would recommend to all. Learning about MPD policies, internal affairs, training, and hierarchy gave me a much better understanding of how MPD works and who our officers are. In the Academy, trainers were willing to answer tough questions from participants, along with sometimes over relying on MPD's reputation as a progressive police department. I was pleased to learn that officers are genuinely motivated by the desire to serve and to help residents, as well as have a commitment to the concept of continuous improvement.



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, Oct. 25, 2021
Agenda Item 9
SUBSTITUTE Resolution authorizing a $1,450,000 sub-award of American Rescue Plan Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Public Health Madison Dane County as a subrecipient, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign a subrecipient agreement with the Board of Health for Madison and Dane County for such purposes, which include implementing programs for violence prevention and emerging needs, as described in Legistar file 65935.
Fiscal Note
This resolution approves Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC) as a subrecipient of $1,450,000 of the City's allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). PHMDC is a joint City-County agency that is a separate legal entity from the City of Madison and as a separate legal entity, a subrecipient agreement is required to transfer funds from the City's ARPA SLFRF allocation to PHMDC. No additional City appropriation is required for the proposed resolution.
On July 6, 2021, the Madison Common Council adopted RES-21-00487 (File ID 65935), accepting and allocating a portion of the first tranche of ARPA SLFRF awarded to the City. That resolution outlined a plan for community investments, which included funding for PHMDC for the following: violence prevention initiatives ($1,200,000), Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services (CARES) Support and Evaluation ($150,000), and PFAS Education, Outreach, and Coordination ($100,000). RES-21-00487 allocated $360,000 to PHMDC for these initiatives in 2021, and the 2022 Executive Operating Budget allocates an additional $1,090,000 to PHMDC.
Agenda Item 12
To approve the schedule of Special Charges for the State Street Mall/Capitol Concourse for 2020/21 Maintenance Charges.
Agenda Item 13
SECOND SUBSTITUTE - Amending the 2021 Adopted Parks Division Capital Budget and Authorizing the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and Cherokee Park, Inc. for the City's purchase of approximately 22 acres located at the southeast corner of N. Sherman Avenue and Wheeler Road for the expansion of Whitetail Ridge Park and the preservation of urban forest canopy. 
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution amends the 2021 Parks Division Capital Budget by appropriating an additional $2,100,000 in Citywide Parkland Impact Fees to the Whitetail Ridge Expansion Project (Munis No. 13849). This resolution also authorizes the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and Cherokee Park Inc. for the City's purchase of the property located in City of Madison at the southeast corner of Wheeler and Sherman. The total acquisition costs are estimated to be $2,100,000 broken out as follows: $2,061,500 for the purchase price of the Real Estate, $25,000 for demolition costs, and $13,500 for miscellaneous closing costs (prorated taxes, filling fees, etc.) and Real Estate staff costs.
Agenda Item 15
SUBSTITUTE. Authorizing an Agreement to Support Low Cost Student Housing between the City and Core Campus Manager, LLC
Fiscal Note
No additional City appropriation is required with the approval of the proposed resolution. City costs associated with urban development in this area will be included in future operating and capital budgets subject to Common Council approval.
Note: This item would apply to the proposed redevelopment that would front parts of the 300 block of State Street and parts of W. Johnson, W. Gorham, and N. Broom Streets. The contents of this unique agreement are here
Agenda Item 16
BY TITLE ONLY: Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into an agreement with Dane County for the City's use of non-congregate hotel sheltering as part of the City's efforts to provide alternatives to unsheltered homelessness.
Agenda Item 17
2022 Executive Operating Budget
Note: Proposed amendments to the Mayor's Operating Budget are here and will be voted upon by the Finance Committee. Those that pass the Finance Committtee will be considered by the Common Council's at our Nov. 9, 10, and possibly Nov. 11 meetings. See more details in "Other District 2 Updates" above.
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 18
Update on Site Search for Permanent Men's Shelter
Common Council Executive Committee: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
The agenda for this meeting was not available as of publication, but should later be at "Details" above.
Street Use Staff Commission: Details
10:00am, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
29, F, 5:30pm start, UW Homecoming Parade, Langdon-WI-Gilman-State-Lake
30, Sa, 6:30am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, Capitol Square
6, Sa, 6:30am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, Capitol Square
13, Sa, 6:30am-2pm, Dane County Farmers' Market, Capitol Square
13, Sa, 8am, Madison Marathon - setup, 100 Wisconsin & E. Washington, 200 MLK
14, Su, 7am-2pm, Madison Marathon - 100 Wisconsin & E. Washington Ave, 200 MLK, Capitol Square (MLK to W. Washington Ave.)
18, Th, 4-9pm, Madison Night Market, 100-600 State St., 200-400 W Gilman St
5, Su, 3:10pm start, Run Santa Run 5K, Capitol Square
16, Th, 4-9pm, Madison Night Market, 100-600 State St., 200-400 W Gilman St
Vending Oversight Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Streatery review and discussion
Transportation Commission: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
Agenda Item 5
Amending Subsection 8.14(2)(d)3. and creating Subsection 8.14(2)(k) of the Madison General Ordinances to Allow the Placement of Storage Lockers in City Parking Facilities, and Amending other provisions of Section 8.14 to correct existing errors and oversights.
15 mins
Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
Agenda Item 3
Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance
-Discussion of New Construction Standards

Agenda Item 4
Additional Public Engagement
Community Services Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Crisis Intervention and Prevention RFP Applicant Presentations
Madison Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Task Force: Details
3:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

DISCUSSION ITEMS 2. 67473 3. 67474  4. 67475  5. 67476 I

Agenda Item 2
Benefits Strategies and Counseling Updates 
Agenda Item 3
Collaborative Agreement and MOU Updates
Agenda Item 4
Naming Finalization - MGIP Program
Agenda Item 5
IRP Updates and Program Manager and Research Fellow Hiring Process

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