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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 Jan. 27 Meetings of Interest for District 2

January 25, 2020 11:09 AM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

Jan. 30 Neighborhood Meeting on Redevelopment Proposed for 400 Block E. Washington

LZ Ventures is proposing to demolish the Klinke Cleaners building, a house, an apartment building, and two single-story commercial buildings, all between 402 and 414 E. Washington, as well as three houses at 9 N. Hancock, 8 N. Franklin, and 12 Franklin. The developer proposes a 10-story market rate apartment building on E. Washington dropping to 8 stories in the rear with several levels of parking underneath. A commercial space is planned on E. Washington on the first floor.
District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel and I are hosting a Jan. 30 neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposal. Please email me if you have input and/or are willing to join a neighborhood steering committee that will form after the neighborhood meeting.

     St. John's Lutheran Church
     322 E. Washington Ave.
     Thursday, Jan. 30,  6-7:30pm

The Urban Design Commission will see an informational presentation of the proposal on Jan. 29 (meeting details listed below). The developer's slides and the city staff report for that meeting can be found here. Note that on Jan. 29 UDC will provide initial feedback on the proposal; no votes will be taken and public testimony will be welcomed.

Co-op Conversion Proposed for N. Franklin Street Home

Madison Community Cooperative has submitted a Conditional Use application to the city for the conversation of a 3-flat house at 19 N. Hancock Street into a housing cooperative. A Conditional Use Permit is required partially because they plan to increase the number of bedrooms from the current 9 to 11. They also propose building renovations, including a ramp in the front for accessibility purposes, 2 small dormers added to the side roofs, 2 parking stalls in the rear, and bike parking.

If you have input on the proposed conversion, feel free to contact me and/or provide public or written testimony at the Jan. 27 Plan Commission meeting (meeting details listed below). The site plan and city staff report for the proposal can be found here.


Madison School Board Candidate Forum on Feb. 4

Grandparents United for Madison Public Schools (GRUMPS) is hosting a pre-primary forum for the school board candidates. It's an important year for the school district with a new superintendent starting and the possibility of 2 referenda on the November ballot. Please come and hear the thoughts of the candidates!

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6:30-8:00pm
Christ Presbyterian Church
944 E. Gorham St.

The Facebook event page is here.

Oscar Mayer

Jan. 30 Open House for Draft Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan

The City is holding a public open house on Jan. 30 to discuss the recently released draft of the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan PDF . The plan provides an exciting vision and a framework to guide the evolution of the Oscar Mayer site and surrounding area into a unique and vibrant northside destination. Meeting details:

Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:00 pm
910 Oscar at OM Station (910 Oscar Avenue)

More information here.

College Students -  2020 Census: Your Chance to be Counted

The 2020 nationwide census count is based on where you live on April 1, 2020, so most UW–Madison and Madison College students are counted at their campus-area addresses. The census count will begin in March of 2020 with a mailed invitation to respond online or by phone.

The census helps inform how $675 billion in annual federal funding – an average of over $2,000 per person – is allocated for things like housing, education, and transportation. More information for students can be found here.

PFAS Water

Understanding the Updated Fish Consumption Advisory for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona

Last week the Wisconsin DNR updated the fish consumption advisory for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona. DNR updated the advisory after testing for fish in these areas and learning they had elevated levels of PFOS. 

In this updated advisory, people can eat up to one meal of bluegill fish per week. People can eat largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch from these two bodies of water up to one meal per month. For example, if you caught and ate a yellow perch, do not eat walleye, northern pike, or any other fish for a month.

To learn more about this updated fish consumption advisory, the community is invited to two public meetings at East Madison Community Center at 8 Straubel Court:

  • February 8 from 10:30–11:30 AM
  • February 12 from 6:30–7:30 PM
  • Facebook events for February 8 and February 12

Both meetings will be the same and will focus on the new fish consumption advisory and coming in contact with the water/foam. We will have Spanish and Hmong interpreters available, and one of the meetings will be recorded for anyone who misses it.

For the most up-to-date information on PFAS in Dane County, visit

Green Check

Requesting Absentee Ballots for 2020

The City of Madison Clerk's Office is accepting absentee ballot requests for 2020 elections, including the upcoming Feb. 18, 2020 primary election. State law allows voters to submit absentee requests for up to one calendar year at a time. Voters who are confined to their home due to age or disability may submit a permanent absentee request covering all future elections. More information available here.


City Meetings of Interest to District 2

Below are some pertinent agenda items from various city committees that are meeting this week.

The city meeting agenda items are open for testimony from the public should you be interested in weighing in. I also appreciate hearing from you on any items on which you have a particular interest or concern so please send me an email or give me a call.

Also, committees and commissions have an opportunity at the beginning of each agenda for Public Comment on items not on the agenda. If you have something you want to share with a committee or commission, you can use the Public Comment time to do so

Committee on the Environment: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
Rm 103A City-County Building

Agenda Item 1
Small Engine Tool Emissions and Lawn Tool Exchange Program
Continued discussion regarding shaping the program and funding with Alder Foster. Discussion on Future of COE
Agenda Item 2
Discussion on Future of COE
Review of letter sent to Mayor and Mayor's response
Agenda Item 3
Repealing Section 33.11, amending Sections 33.23(2) and 33.31 of the Madison General Ordinances to eliminate the Committee on the Environment.
Finance Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 12
Submitting the appointment of Robert F. Phillips for confirmation of a five-year term as the City Engineer.
Agenda Item 13
Submitting the appointment of Matthew R. Wachter for confirmation of a five-year term as the Director of Planning and Community and Economic Development
Agenda Item 16
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a parking lease agreement with Hovde Building, LLC, for 20 - 75 parking stalls at the State Street Capitol parking garage.
Agenda Item 18
Amending the 2020 Stormwater Utility Operating Budget to fund additional watershed studies for the Willow Creek Watershed and the Yahara River/Isthmus Watershed.
Sustainable Madison Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 1
100% Renewable Update - Facilities


Agenda Item 2
Repealing Section 33.23 of the Madison General Ordinances to eliminate the Solid Waste Advisory Committee.
Landmarks Commission: Agenda
5:00pm, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building
Special Meeting of the Landmarks Commission
Agenda Item 1
Draft Historic Preservation Plan
Plan Commission: Agenda
5:30pm, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
Rm 201 City-County Building

Zoning Text Amendments

Agenda Item 3
Amending Sections 28.072(1) and 28.127(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to add tasting room as a conditional use under the use group "Food and Beverages" in the DC (Downtown Core), UMX (Urban Mixed Use), and as a prohibited use in the Alcohol Overlay District.
Agenda Item 4
Amending Section 28.067(3)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to exempt principal buildings from the Front Yard Set Back requirement as long as other buildings occupy 30% of more of each street frontage on the lot.
Agenda Item 6
SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 9.29, amending Section 28.151, amending and creating portions of Section 28.211 of the Madison General Ordinances to create an annual permit for tourist rooming houses, to amend the supplemental zoning regulations applicable to tourist rooming houses, amend the definition of Tourist Rooming House and Bedroom, and create a definition for Primary Residence.
Note: This new ordinance would require a new permit for those operating Tourist Rooming Houses such as Airbnb rentals. Some TRHs do not know about or follow current TRH regulations and some have negative impacts on their neighbors, so this new permit will facilitate regulation and enforcement measures. Public input will be taken at the Board of Health for Madison and Dane County meeting, the Plan Commission meeting, and the Common Council meetings when they take up this item. You are also welcome to email me with input.

Conditional Use & Demolition Permits & Related Requests

Agenda Item 13
19 N Hancock Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Downtown Residential 1 (DR1) District for a housing cooperative.
Note: See Updates above for more information this item.


Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee: Agenda
4:00pm, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
Goodman Maintenance Facility 1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy.


Agenda Item 5
Public Art in Parks


Agenda Item 6
Bird and Bat Houses in Parks
Urban Design Commission: Agenda
4:30pm, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
Rm 153 Madison Municipal Building
Agenda Item 8
414 E. Washington Avenue - New 8-10-Story Mixed-Use Building Containing 4,000 Square Feet of Commercial Space, 152 Dwelling Units and Underground Parking in UDD No. 4. 2nd Ald. Dist.
Owner: John Leja, LZ Management
Applicant: Duane Johnson, Knothe & Bruce Architects, LLC
Informational Presentation
Vending Oversight Committee: Agenda
5:00pm, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building


Review requirements for raw agricultural products sold on Saturdays during Dane County Farmers' Market hours of operation.

Allowing Mobile Retail in Madison outside the high density vending areas.


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City Meetings of Interest
Liquor License
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Neighborhood Meeting
Redevelopment/Development Proposal Meeting


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