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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 Nov. 22 Meetings of Interest for District 2

November 20, 2021 12:13 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 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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Tenney Park and James Madison Park Courts Set for 2022 Resurfacing

Each year the Parks Division bids a "sport courts" maintenance contract for the resurfacing/repair of our color tennis/pickleball and basketball courts - which includes crack/depression filling, new color and striping.

In 2022, this work is proposed to be performed at several parks around the city, including 

  • James Madison Park basketball courts
  • Tenney Park tennis courts (will also receive dual striping for pickleball)

A Parks Projects website has been created to share information about all the resurfacing projects, which are anticipated to be bid in early 2022 with work beginning in May 2022. Before the projects start, Parks facilities reservations staff will ensure that courts are adequately posted (and reservations closed) when they have finite dates for the proposed work at each location.

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Proposed Zoning Changes to Support Accessory Dwelling Units at Plan Commission

As mentioned in past Alder Updates, I have been working with other alders, as well as city staff, on updating our ordinances to support the building of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs are second dwelling units on properties with single-family homes and can be a great opportunity to provide additional housing options in neighborhoods across our growing city. The proposed changes will be discussed and voted upon by Plan Commission at our Monday, Nov. 22 meeting. 

ADUs have been allowable in Madison since 2013, and many growing cities across the U.S. are beginning to allow them or to relax zoning regulations to promote more of them. Based on recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan, recent housing reports, and the Mayor's 2021 Housing Forward Initiative, alders, the Mayor, and staff have proposed changes to the City's Zoning code to help make the construction of ADUs easier as another housing choice in Madison (please see Legislative Item 68079).

To find out more about the scope of the proposed changes, please review one or both of these focused resources:

  • Brief memorandum from Planning & Zoning Staff, dated Nov. 2, 2021
  • 15-minute video of Staff Presentation to Plan Commission on Nov. 8, 2021 (starts at Minute 9:30 in video)

If you have questions and/or comments on these proposed changes, please feel free to submit questions for staff or written comments for consideration by Plan Commissioners and members of the Common Council to:, with "ADUs" in the subject line. You are also welcome watch and/or give public comment on Monday (see participation options on the Plan Commission meeting agenda available below in "City Meetings of Interest". You are also welcome to email me at

Common Council is expected to consider the proposed changes at our Tuesday, Dec. 7 meeting. I'll list options for watching and participating for that meeting in my weekend Update published the weekend prior.

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Reduced Metro Bus Service Over Thanksgiving

Due to reduced ridership over Thanksgiving, Metro's service is reduced on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.

On Thursday, November 25, buses follow HOLIDAY schedules on the following routes:

On Friday, November 26, buses follow SATURDAY schedules on the following routes:

Metro's customer service center will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Metro's administration office will be closed. For more information, contact Metro's customer service center at (608) 266-4466 or email

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New episodes on City Engineering's podcast, Everyday Engineering, including "Thank you, John Nolen!"

As the City works to plan reconstruction on an iconic passage into the City of Madison, so many people and ideas contributed to the current skyline and beautiful drive into the heart of the city on John Nolen Drive. Everyday Engineering podcast host and Engineering Public Information Officer Hannah Mohelnitzky hosts Madison historian and author David Mollenhoff to talk about what ideas and designs were initially planned for the city's most well-known street, the vision of John Nolen, collaboration with American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (among many impressive others, too!) and the lasting legacy that may have you saying "Thank you, John Nolen!" the next time you drive downtown. Download/share/listen link.

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Speak Up for Clean Water this December!
DNR to Hold Public Hearings on Regulating PFAS in Drinking Water, Groundwater & Surface Water

(From Midwest Environmental Advocates)
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking input from the public on the development of rules to regulate PFAS, the toxic chemicals found in Teflon and other products. You can exercise your rights and help protect your community by engaging in this important rulemaking process.

What is a rulemaking process?
Administrative rules are written and enforced by state agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources. Rules have the force of law. They are used to implement, interpret or clarify statutes passed by the legislature. The DNR is currently drafting new rules that will set limits for PFAS levels in drinking water, groundwater, and surface water. 

Is public participation an important part of the rulemaking process?
Yes! Before the DNR can make a new rule, it must hold a public hearing. This is your chance to share your thoughts with decision makers and to let them know that you support efforts to protect public health by regulating toxic PFAS chemicals. 

Do I need to be an expert on PFAS in order to get involved?
No! Your feedback can be as simple or as detailed as you want. The rulemaking process faces strong opposition from industry and lobbying groups such as Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, so it's important that the DNR hear from people like you who support the proposed rules and want the process to move forward.

What are the opportunities to get involved?

  • Provide feedback on setting limits for PFAS in drinking water
    Attend the public hearing at 10 a.m. on December 1st. If you prefer, you can submit your feedback in writing by December 8th. (Learn more here.)
  • Provide feedback on setting limits for PFAS in surface water
    Attend the public hearing at 1 p.m. on December 10. If you prefer, you can submit your feedback in writing by December 15. (Learn more here.) 
  • Provide feedback on setting limits for PFAS in groundwater
    The DNR has not yet set a date for a public hearing. We will provide additional details as they become available.



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 agenda items on which you have a particular interest or concern.
Finance Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021
Agenda Item 13
SUBSTITUTE: Approving the allocation of up to $500,000 of additional Affordable Housing Funds to Movin' Out Inc.'s Red Caboose housing development and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to amend the City's contract with Movin' Out Inc. to reflect that change.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes awarding an additional $500,000 in affordable housing development loans to Movin' Out, Inc. to allow their Red Caboose housing development to proceed on schedule. The proposed $500,000 will be funded by the estimated $2.19 million of remaining budget authority not yet committed to specific housing projects within the Affordable Housing-Development Projects capital program. No additional City appropriation is required with adoption of this resolution.
Agenda Item 14
SUBSTITUTE: Authorizing the acceptance, from the U.S. Treasury, of a direct obligation to the City of Madison of Emergency Rental Assistance Funds, in the amount of $35 million, made available under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (HR 133); amending the City's 2021 Adopted Operating Budget to reflect $10 million of that total which represents new funds not previously offered to and accepted by the City; and authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to sign any amendments to contracts with Benevate Inc, Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin and the Tenant Resource Center necessary to utilize these funds.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution re-authorizes the $25.3 million of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) awarded to the City of Madison and authorizes an additional $10 million of ERA directly from the U.S. Treasury Department. The $25.3 million was originally authorized by adopted RES-21-00371 (Legistar File #65271) and adopted RES-21-00557 (Legistar File #66681), which was pass-through funding from the U.S. Treasury Department through the State of Wisconsin to the City of Madison. This resolution voids the contract between the State of Wisconsin and City of Madison for the $25.3 million and replaces it with a contract between the U.S. Treasury Department and the City of Madison for the same $25.3 million already authorized and appropriated in CDD's 2021 operating budget. This resolution also authorizes an additional $10 million of ERA funding from the U.S. Treasury Department, for a total of $35.3 million, and amends the Community Development Division's 2021 adopted operating budget to appropriate the additional $10 million for ERA.
Agenda Item 15
Authorizing the allocation of up to $ 2,055,004 among 21 non-profit agencies to help finance the provision of an array of Crisis Intervention and Prevention services beginning January 1, 2022, as the result of a competitive RFP process conducted by the Community Development Division; and authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to enter into agreements with those agencies to implement the designated programs and services
Agenda Item 20
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an Amendment to the Structural Agreement with Overture Center Foundation, Inc. and an Annual Performance Contract for the 2022 operations of the Overture Center, and providing for a grant from the City.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes the 2022 contract between the City of Madison and the Overture Center. The 2022 budget to be adopted by the Common Council in November 2020 [sic], includes $1,600,000 as the City's subsidy to support Overture operations, a $100,000 increase from the $1.5 million subsidy provided in 2021. The City's contribution is authorized by the Room Tax Commission and fully funded through the Room Tax Fund.
Agenda Item 22
Approve the 2022 Urban Forestry Special Charge.
Fiscal Note
The City of Madison's 2022 Adopted Operating Budget anticipates $5,982,113 in revenue from the Urban Forestry Special Charge, an increase of $275,309 (4.8%) over the 2021 budgeted revenue of $5,706,804. The 2022 rate recovers the City's costs associated with its urban forestry services. These expenditures are budgeted in the 2022 Streets Division operating budget. Activities supported by these services include stump removal, tree removal and replacement, and general maintenance of the City's urban forest.
Agenda Item 23
2021 Year-End Appropriation Resolution Amending the 2021 Adopted Operating Budget by appropriating a net amount of $1,000,000 from the General Fund balance to agency budgets, making transfers between funds, and making transfers of appropriations between and within agency budgets.
Sustainable Madison Committee: Details
4:30pm, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) 
Agenda Item 4 Madison: Buildings Program Report 
Agenda Item 5
Update: City/MGE Agreement and Working Group
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021
Note: Items 15-17 are related and should be considered together
Agenda Item 15
SUBSTITUTE - Creating Section 28.022-00515 of the Madison General Ordinances to rezone properties located at 341 State Street, 317-321 West Gorham Street and 322 West Johnson Street, 4th Aldermanic District, from UMX (Urban Mixed Use) and DC (Downton Core) Districts to PD(GDP) Planned Development (General Development Plan) and creating Section 28.022-00516 to approve a Specific Implementation Plan.
Agenda Item 16
341 State Street, 315-321 W Gorham Street, and 322 W Johnson Street, 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish four commercial buildings as part of a proposed mixed-use redevelopment in the [proposed] Planned Development District.
Agenda Item 17
Approving a Certified Survey Map on lands owned by Urban Land Interests, 322 W Johnson Street, LLP, and McCaughey Development Associates, LLP located at 341 State Street, 315, 317 and 321 W Gorham Street and 322 W Johnson Street; 4th Ald. Dist. 
Zoning Text Amendments
Agenda Item 18
SUBSTITUTE - Amending Table 28I-1 of Section 28.132 of the Madison General Ordinances to add bicycle parking as allowed in front, side and rear yard setbacks, and uncovered decks allowed in permitted setback encroachments.
Sponsors: Grant Foster, Patrick W. Heck, Michael E. Verveer, Syed Abbas
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:   MGO 28.132 is amended to include bicycle parking as allowed in the front, side and rear setbacks. By adding bicycle parking to Table 28I-1, bicycle parking will become a permitted setback encroachment in the three categories of yard setbacks.
MGO 28.132 is also amended to allow for uncovered decks to be atop permitted setback encroachments in Table 28I-1. This change will fix inconsistencies in the zoning code that allow for porches and accessory structures in the setback encroachment but does not allow construction of uncovered decks on top of these permitted encroachments.
Agenda Item 19
SUBSTITUTE - Amending Tables 28C-1, 28D-2 and 28E-2 to change Accessory Dwelling Units ("ADU") from a conditional use to a permitted use on all districts; Amending Table 28 G-1 to allow ADUs in Agricultural District; Amending MGO 28.151 to change required standards for ADUs; Amending MGO 28.131 to change the maximum area per lot and maximum size of ADUs; Amending MGO 28.211 to clarify the definition of ADUs; Repealing MGO 29.26(1) allowing attached ADUs to be smaller than 500 square feet.
Note: See more on this item above in "Other District 2 Updates"
- Upcoming Matters
– December 13, 2021
- 1017 N Sherman Avenue - IG to CC-T - Rezone portion of property to allow addition to commercial building
- Upcoming Matters – January 10, 2022
- 504-524 W Johnson Street, 308-312 N Bassett Street, 505-527 Conklin Place - Demolition Permit, Conditional Use and Certified Survey Map Referral - Demolish eight residential buildings to construct 12-story, 144-unit apartment building on one lot
Note: This address will be in the redrawn District 2 as of Jan. 1, 2022.

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