District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

City meetings continue to be mostly virtual with details listed in City Meetings of Interest below. Common Council meetings are hybrid so the public can attend in person or via Zoom.
Stay in touch with your neighbors through either Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. or Campus Area Neighborhood Assoc.

There are three sections to this week's update:
  1. District 2 Updates
  2. COVID-19 Resources & Information 
  3. City Meetings of Interest to District 2
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Common Council Spring Election Results

On April 4, City of Madison residents elected seven new alderpeople* and secured additional terms for 12 incumbents, seven of whom faced challengers. Results for District 14 will likely not be confirmed until an anticipated recount is held. New alders will be sworn in the morning of April 18. They will participate in their first Common Council meeting later that day at 6:30 p.m.

2023 Alder Election Results

In District 2, current District 8 Alder Juliana Bennett won the election. Alder Bennett will be leaving her District 8 seat and taking over the District 2 seat on April 18. Given that I chose not to run for re-election, I will step down on April 18, so next weekend's Alder Update will be my last.

Also on April 4, a majority of voters said yes to the municipal referendum to stagger alder terms. Alders in even-numbered districts (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20) will be up for election in even-numbered years and alders in odd-numbered districts (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19) will be up for election in odd-numbered years. The 2025 Spring Election shall include one-year terms for alders in even-numbered districts. In subsequent elections, the term for all alders shall be two years.


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From Madison Police Department

During the month of April, the Madison Police Department, in partnership with the Dane County Sheriff's Office, will be conducting extra patrols that will focus on enforcing Wisconsin's alcohol and seatbelt laws.  These additional enforcement efforts are made possible through traffic overtime grants provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 

The goal of these extra patrols is not only to enhance public safety, but to prevent needless tragedies.  Someone is injured or killed in an impaired driving crash every two hours in Wisconsin and thousands of unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants are killed every year in crashes throughout the United States.

The Madison Police Department needs your help to make our roads safer in 2023.  Please put your cell phone down, buckle up, slow down and drive sober.  If you have been drinking, please call a sober friend, a cab or a ride-share service to get you home safely.


April 9 Informational Meeting for Proposed Alcohol License at Frances Street Market

On Sunday, April 9, at 3:00pm, Frances Street Market at 438 N. Frances Street will be hosting an informational meeting for neighbors and others interested in their proposed Class B Beer and Liquor License. Their application is expected to be considered by the Alcohol License Review Committee on April 19.

The applicant, Adrian Holtzman, proposes to add beer and wine sales to their current offerings that includes snacks, sandwiches, non-alcoholic beverages, vapes, and items-to-go. The applicant proposes to sell beer and wine through the evening on Sunday through Wednesday and until later on Thursday through Saturday. I have not yet seen the application, so don't know the exact hours of operation that are being proposed, but the Market currently closes at 11:45pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and closes at 9:0pm other days of the week.

If the ALRC grants the license, guests would be allowed to consume purchased beer and wine in the shop and potentially in their rear yard patio area. Some suggestions from the applicant include limiting alcohol sales to only those who are also purchasing food and only those who are members of a guest club. Details on these items are TBD.

While the I am skeptical of new alcohol-focused outlets downtown, on April 9 I hope to learn more about the applicant's business model, their safety and security plans, and any proposed mitigation efforts if there is the potential for neighbors to be impacted. The Campus Area Neighborhood Association has indicated that they will also attend that meeting. If you have questions, please attend the meeting on April 9 or feel free to email me (district2@cityofmadison.com).

Because Juliana Bennett will be seated as the new District 2 Alder on April 18, I plan to give input to ALRC in writing prior to their April 19 meeting.


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Latest Update on the State Street Campus Parking Garage Redevelopment

According to city staff, a public information meeting is expected to be scheduled for this summer where residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to give further input on the redevelopment of the State Street Campus Parking Garage at 415 N. Lake Street. The meeting date and time has not yet been determined, but is intended to cover the mixed-use building, the redesign of Hawthorne Court, possible interactions with Bus Rapid Transit on University Avenue, and the incorporation of Percent for Arts funds.

The project received Urban Design Commission final approval on March 15, 2023. Eppstein Uhen Architects was awarded a contract to continue the design of the project through construction. The project has entered into the Schematic Design Phase. Drawing progression will continue this spring and summer and the bid set is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Stay informed by visiting the city's project website where you can also sign up to receive email notifications of meetings and project updates.

Given that Alder Bennett will be taking over the District 2 Alder seat on April 18, no doubt she will keep you informed about the date and time of the Public Information Meeting and related matters.



From Public Health Madison & Dane County:

Dane CORE - for rental and utility assistance.

Visit the City's Coronavirus Website for Madison's COVID updates, responses and resources.

Dane County Food Pantry Network from Community Action Coalition.

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.



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 an 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.
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, April 10, 2023
Development-Related Requests
Note: Items 9-11 are related and should be referred to a future meeting (no date specified) pending a recommendation by the Urban Design Commission
Agenda Item 9
428, 434 and 444 State Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to allow demolition of three mixed-use buildings.
Note: The appearance of Agenda Items 9, 10, and 11 are formalities and no discussion or consideration will occur until UDC makes a recommendation to the Plan Commission. See my April 3rd Alder Update for more information about UDC's actions on this proposal.
Agenda Item 10
428-444 State Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Downtown Core (DC) District for a new building; and consideration of a conditional use for nonresidential development immediately adjacent to the boundary of a City-owned public park, to allow construction of a six-story tall mixed-use building containing up to 6,445 square feet of commercial space and 26 apartments adjacent to Lisa Link Peace Park.
Agenda Item 11
Approving a Certified Survey Map of property owned by JD McCormick, LLC located at 428-444 State Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.
Lake Monona Waterfront Ad Hoc Committee: Details
6:00pm, Monday, April 10, 2023
Agenda Item 5
Urban Assets and EQT by Design outreach report

Agenda Item 6
Public Review and Comment Results
Agenda Item 7
Review of work plan and master plan scoring
Equal Opportunities Commission Ordinance Review Subcommittee: Details
2:30pm, Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Agenda Item 3
Outreach Update
Agenda Item 4
Review Protected Classes to Identify Potential Amendments(10 Min)
Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Monday, April 12, 2023
Agenda Item 2
Report from the Madison Fire Department/CAREs Unit Update

Agenda Item 3
For Information Only - Chief Barnes Quarterly Report 
Agenda Item 4
Report from the Madison Police Department including information on recent gun violence and an update on the strategic plan.
Agenda Item 5
Repealing Section 25.28 and amending 1.08(3)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to remove the penalty of possession of certain weapons.
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:    This ordinance eliminates the section regarding possessing, selling and manufacturing numchuks, churkins or sucbais. These weapons are regulated under other ordinance sections and state statutes. This section is repealed as it is not necessary and is part of an ordinance clean up process.
Agenda Item 6
A broader discussion on how to specify the roles and purpose of the PSRC and how to move forward