Alder Patrick Heck
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Heck’s Updates
Updates & Week of Sept. 5 Meetings of Interest for District 2
There are three sections to this week's update:
- District 2 Updates
- COVID-19 Resources & Information
- City Meetings of Interest to District 2
No Streets Division Collections on Labor Day, September 5, 2022 - The Streets Division will not perform refuse, recycling, brush, or large item collections on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The drop-off sites will also be closed.
Administrative offices are closed on Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day. Emergency services will be open; please call 911. You may use Report a Problem for non-emergencies.
Emergency water issue: Call Madison Water Utility, 608-266-4665, 24/7.
Sanitary sewer backup: Call 608-266-4430. An emergency crew will respond to your call.
Report a Problem: Report non-emergencies that can wait until the next City working day.
From Madison Metro: Labor Day Changes
Route 80 operates a shortened weekend recess schedule, final scheduled trip departs Memorial Union at 9:15p. Routes 81-84 will not operate.
ParaTransit Standing Ride Canceled - All standing paratransit rides will be canceled on Monday, September 5. Paratransit passengers must schedule casual rides to travel on this date. Rides are eligible according to Holiday schedules.
- City and County Announce Additional $9 million Investment in Men's Homeless Shelter
11th annual 9/11 'Never Forget' Blood Drive - Donate blood with the Red Cross, Madison Fire and Police Departments
From City Engineering: Since the 2018 flood, the Engineering Division has done much to improve flooding issues, including updating the Stormwater Ordinance – important for anyone planning to build or redevelop in the Madison community. The latest blog in Engineering's "Since 2018" series focuses on the Stormwater Ordinance.
The latest updates on the Madison Public Market Project.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Police Civilian Oversight Board At-Large Seats - Deadline to apply is Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022
Madison Fire Department Announces Recruitment Open Houses - starting on Sept. 7
This THURSDAY! Madison Night Market, State Street, Thursday, Sept. 8
Save the Date: State Street Campus Garage Virtual Public Information Meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4pm.
Sept. 8 Neighborhood Meeting for Redevelopment Proposal for 668 State St.
On Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30pm, join me for a virtual neighborhood meeting to take a first look at a proposed redevelopment of 668 State Street. The property owner, 668 State LLC, is seeking approvals to construct a four-story addition atop the existing two-story commercial building at 668 State Street. The proposed addition will contain 24 student-oriented apartments on floors 3-6 with floors 5 and 6 set back approximately 30' from the front façade. The existing commercial space on the two lower floors and in a finished basement will largely remain. No automobile parking is proposed; parking for 24 bicycles will be provided inside the building with 2 additional outdoor bicycle stalls.
This proposal was submitted in 2017 and was fully approved, but the project did not move forward at that time. The property owner is submitting the same project as was approved in 2017. They anticipate submitting their city applications in September. The project will require approvals from the Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission.
After the Sept. 8 meeting, the Campus Area Neighborhood Association may form a neighborhood steering committee to further evaluate the proposal.
Registration for the Zoom meeting is required and can be found here.
State St-Campus Parking Garage Proposal at UDC on Wednesday
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, the proposed redevelopment of the State Street-Campus Parking Garage at 415 N. Lake Street will be considered by the Urban Design Commission. The UDC will be receiving an informational presentation and no votes will be taken. There won't be a formal UDC consideration until later this fall after the proposal's land use applications are filed with the city.
Mortenson Development has been chosen by the City as the developer of the student-focused apartments proposed for above a new city-owned parking garage that will include a new intercity bus terminal. The existing parking garage along Lake Street will be demolished and replaced while the garage section to the east of Hawthorne Court will remain. Some mixed-use space is planned for the first floor. Mortenson is proposing some beds with reduced rents, but the amount of those reductions and the number of affected beds is under negotiation with the city.
Details on the UDC meeting can be found below in "City Meetings of Interest" and materials for their consideration can be found here.
The Campus Area Neighborhood Association is forming a neighborhood steering committee to further evaluate the proposal. All are welcome to participate in that process and CANA suggests signing up via this form. Getting on the committee's email list via that form is a great way to stay informed about the project even if you can't attend all of the meetings.
Also note that city staff is hosting a State Street Campus Garage Virtual Public Information Meeting, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4:00pm, for those who want to learn more, particularly for those who work and live nearby.
Dane CORE 2.0 Portal for Pandemic Rental and Utility Assistance is Closing
In September of 2021, Dane County and the City of Madison launched Dane CORE 2.0, a federally funded emergency rental assistance program designed to help renter households struggling to meet their housing costs. The program has distributed nearly $40 million of rent and utility assistance to more than 6,300 households.
During the early days of the pandemic, Dane County and the City of Madison sought these federal funds to assist those in our community struggling to pay rent. While Dane CORE partners have distributed a tremendous amount of federal assistance, many in our community continue to struggle to meet their basic needs.
At this time, the federal funds available to Dane CORE 2.0 are nearly depleted. The County and City have already requested additional funding from the federal government through the U.S. Department of Treasury and are working with our federal Congressional delegation to advocate for additional funds. We are hopeful that more funding will be provided, but we don't yet know when that decision will be made or how much funding might be offered.
Many households already have requests for assistance pending. To better ensure funds are available to pay existing eligible claims, we have decided to close the Dane CORE 2.0 application portal as of 12:00 AM on Sept. 15, 2022. The Dane CORE 2.0 program partners will continue to process applications received prior to the portal closure at 12:00 AM on September 15.
Applications will be processed under existing program criteria, in the order in which they are received, until remaining funds are gone. To learn about program eligibility and apply for Dane CORE 2.0, please visit www.danecore.org.
If new federal funding is provided, important changes will be made regarding its use if applications are re-opened after September 15.
In addition to providing direct rent support for high needs households, the City and County also funds services through the Eviction Diversion and Defense Partnership. The Program provides legal representation to renters who face eviction actions, mediates disputes between tenants and landlords, and helps address other potential threats to housing stability. Services through the Eviction Diversion and Defense Partnership are currently available at no cost to eligible households, and they will continue after the Dane CORE application portal closes on Sept. 15.
- The New Vaccine on the Block: Novavax Now Authorized for Everyone 12+
- COVID still exists & I'm worried about my kid going back to school. What can I do?
- COVID-19 vaccine webpage
- Learn about the many testing sites in Dane County (in Spanish)
- COVID-19 Data Dashboard
- The latest Data Notes - including "Over the past four weeks, confirmed and probable cases decreased among ages 12-17, 18-22, 23-29, 30-39, and 40-49, and were stable among all other age groups."
Visit the City's Coronavirus Website for Madison's COVID updates, responses and resources.
Dane County Food Pantry Network from Community Action Coalition.
3. CITY MEETINGS OF INTEREST TO DISTRICT 2
The proposed resolution approves plans and seeks bids for improvements needed to implementing the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. Costs associated with these improvements are expected to be $50m to $60m. The 2022 capital budget included $142.5m for BRT including $115.8m in federal funding. The start of project construction activities will be contingent upon the execution of a grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration for capital grant funds.
The proposed resolution directs city staff to print and send neighborhood meeting notifications related to property development proposals, alcohol licenses, and other city business. The Common Council office coordinates the public notification of neighborhood meetings. This process may result in an increase in postage and printing costs, however, applicants are billed for postage. Costs are anticipated to be minimal and covered with existing resources. The Clerk's Office and the Planning Division do not anticipate any additional costs related to this resolution. No appropriation is required at this time.
The proposed resolution authorizes the acceptance of a Project Safe Neighborhoods grant award from the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice (WDOJ) in the amount of $13,343 and a WDOJ Dane County Narcotics Task Force sub-award of up to $31,433. The resolution also amends the Police Department's operating budget by increasing the budgets for overtime and related benefits funded by the grants. The overtime will be used for Project Safe Neighborhoods initiatives to address violence.
The proposed resolution approves changes to the City of Madison Façade Grant program including increasing grant amounts and expanding eligibility. This resolution does not change the current budget for the program of $125,000. Any additional funding for the program will be included in future Economic Development Division budget requests and subject to Council approval.
The proposed resolution authorizes an updated contracted between Dane County and the City of Madison for the reimbursement of costs and placement of staff for the Crisis Response Team. A five-year contract approved and signed by Dane County and the City of Madison in 2021 stipulated funding for two contracted mental health crisis workers and 25 percent of a mental health supervisor, reimbursable by the City to the County for allowable costs not to exceed $191,500 per year. The City of Madison 2022 Adopted Operating Budget included funding for two additional mental health crisis workers, totaling four mental health crisis workers and 25 percent of a mental health supervisor, bringing the total reimbursable costs to $355,500.
The proposed resolution amends the Public Health Madison and Dane County 2022 Operating Budget and increases staff to expand Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. Seven full-time positions will be created to support this expansion including a Public Health Supervisor, a Nurse Practitioner, three Public Health Nurses, a Public Health Aide, and a Clerk. The cost of these positions in 2022 is $129,133. Supplies necessary to expand the clinic have been identified as $101,700. The expansion will be initially funded in 2022 by Dane County at a total of $230,833.
The annual costs of this expansion are approximately $1.1 million and beginning in 2023, will be shared by the City of Madison and Dane County according to equalized value as defined within the Public Health Intragovernmental Agreement.
Transportation Commission (9/14/22), Finance Committee (9/13/22), Common Council (9/20/22)
8/31/22 Community Development Division Referred for Introduction
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