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District 6

Alder Marsha A. Rummel

Alder Marsha A. Rummel

Alder Marsha A. Rummel

Contact Information

Home Address:

1029 Spaight St # 6C
Madison , WI 53703

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 Rummel’s Updates

D6 Items of Interest Week of April 1, 2019

March 31, 2019 7:14 PM

Highlights: The nonpartisan spring election for Mayor, Common Council, School Board, Dane County Circuit Court, WI Court of Appeals, and Justice of the WI Supreme Court is the big news this week. Make a plan to vote on Tuesday! District 6 is always one of the high turnout wards and I hope our tradition continues to shape the future of our city and state. Read more about the candidates


Half of the Common Council is turning over and while I will feel sad to say goodbye to Alders Ledell Zellers, Steve King, Mo Cheeks, Larry Palm, David Ahrens, and Matt Phair, I look forward to meeting and working with the class of 2019. And I will work collaboratively with whoever is elected Mayor to promote policies that serve all residents.  


On Thursday, I am holding a neighborhood meeting at 6:30p in Plymouth Congregational Fellowship Hall (downstairs), 2401 Atwood Ave, so neighbors can hear more from the owners of the BP gas station about their application for a conditional use permit to allow a food truck on the property and to allow sales of wine.


Monday April 1, 2019


5p room 201 CCB


F.1. 54961 Convening a Staff Team that will address the issues of on-street parking in the City and policies that influence such parking.


F.2. 54914 Bassett Street Corridor Plan


G.1. 54769 Vision Zero Concepts


G.2. 55200 CIP/TIP presentations Engineering & Transportation


G.3. 55199 Paratransit Service Update and Boundary Discussion


G.4. 55202 Automated Transit and UW/Am Fam CapEast connection AV pilot project


In January 2017, the USDOT selected UW-Madison as one of ten national "Proving Grounds" to encourage testing and information sharing around automated vehicle technologies. In May 2017, former Governor Walker issued an Executive Order creating a Steering Committee "for the purpose of advising the Governor in a coordinated effort on how best to advance the testing and operation of autonomous and connected vehicles in the State of Wisconsin." On June 29, 2018, the Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment issued its report. The report includes descriptions and status of current technologies, potential impacts, and recommendations. The recommendations include suggestions related to licensing, registration, and law enforcement considerations, formally authorizing an AV testing framework in Wisconsin, and updating and clarifying state statutes and administrative rules related to AV operation and liability. The report also recommends recognizing reports on AV by the USDOT and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and suggests deferring to FMVSS for future AV equipment standards.


At least 29 states have enacted legislation related to AVs. Legislation related to federal primacy regarding AV testing and deployment was before Congress in 2018, although it failed to pass in the US Senate. This area of law is developing, and guidance on AVs and the City's ability to regulate aspects of AV operation will be largely dependent on future federal and state legislation.


CONCLUSION If an automated vehicle may legally operate under Wisconsin law, the City does not have the authority to prohibit the automated vehicle from operating on City streets. Some exceptions may apply based on factors such as fare collection or vehicle type, but these exceptions require further analysis on a case-by-case basis. This information and conclusion should be reevaluated as federal and state laws applicable to automated vehicles develop and change.


Monday April 1

City-County Homeless Issues Committee

6:30p room 357 CCB


1.55160 Update From the Committee to End Youth Homelessness-Robin Serano, Chair, Homeless Services Consortium Committee to End Youth Homelessness


Tuesday April 2

Election Day


Make a plan to vote if you haven't voted early.


Wednesday April 3

Street Use Staff Commission

10a room 108 CCB


1. 55045 EASTSIDE FARMERS' MARKET Tuesdays, June 4 - Sept. 10, 2019, 3pm-8pm 200 block of S. Ingersoll (McPike Park) Farmers' Market to close the street for customer safety Discuss schedule, location, set up Eastside Farmers' Market, Inc./ Mary White Attachments: 6.4-9.10 EFM - app.pdf


2. 55197 BREESE STEVENS CONCERT SERIES M, 6/3, 6am - W, 6/5/2019, 4am Th, 6/6, 6am - Sa, 6/8/2019, 4am Th, 6/20, 6am - Sa, 6/22/2019, 4am 900 E Washington Ave., 900 E. Mifflin, 100 block Patterson, 100 block Brearly See attached for parking and street closure details Concert staging and parking areas. Discuss location and schedule. Liz Kerns / Big Top Events LLC Attachments: 6.4 Breese Stevens concerts - online app.pdf


3. 55196 IRONMAN 70.3 WISCONSIN (SPRING) Sun, June 9, 2019, 4am- 6pm See attached for route details Triathlon Discuss locations, schedule, and any street setup Ryan Richards / USA Triathlon and World Triathlon Corporation


This event impacts D6 residents, check the attached map for route.


Wednesday April 3

Board of Public Works

4:30p room 108 CCB


9. 55055 Amending the adopted 2019 Stormwater Utility operating budget and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to apply for, accept and manage a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) invasive species management grant to assist City Engineering in the control of Japanese Knotweed existing in wetlands or other environmentally sensitive lands. (City Wide) Lead agency is the Finance Committee with additional referral of the Board of Public Works. REPORT BY CITY ENGINEERING RECOMMEND TO ADOPT


10. 55056 Amending Section 10.25 of the Madison General Ordinances to expand permissible terrace planting and to allow for raised beds and amending Section 1.08(3)(a) to modify the bond schedule. Attachments: Body Lead agency is the Board of Public Works with additional referral of the Madison Food Policy Council (4/3). REPORT BY CITY ENGINEERING RECOMMEND TO ADOPT


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance amends Sec. 10.25 to expand permissible terrace planting to all properties in the City and to allow for raised beds to be used in the terrace. Originally, when the terrace planting provisions were created in 2013 (file 29241), this ordinance was limited to residential properties since terrace planting has been more of a residential issue in neighborhoods, and non-residential properties were better able to obtain a privilege in street to make terrace plantings or to place landscaping features in the right-of-way. This ordinance would change this standard by treating non-residential properties the same as residential properties, with more extensive improvements, like concrete planters or irrigation systems, still requiring privileges. This ordinance change also specifically allows for raised planting beds. These beds have been utilized extensively but are not currently allowed and require a privilege in street. However, Wis. Stat. § 66.0425(1) does allow for obstructions beyond the lot line if done by a general ordinance affecting the whole public. This change, by expanding the ordinance to all properties, would have that effect and thereby allow for an exception to the privilege in street law for these common features. Because this ordinance would expand permissible terrace plantings to all types of properties, the terrace treatment policy may also be updated to address which terraces are now appropriate for such use, not to mention the standards that acceptable raised gardens must meet. This ordinance also makes it clear that landscaping features need to be removed at the end of the growing season--which has been a problem since the original ordinance change. Finally, this ordinance would create a specific penalty for non-compliance with the requirements of this section, including the terrace treatment policy, to make enforcement more straightforward, while also updating the bond schedule to be more consistent with the rest of the chapter. Contemporaneous with this ordinance, the Food Policy Council and the Board of Public Works will be considering an updated Terrace Treatment Policy that accounts for the changes to Sec. 10.25 being made by this ordinance.


13. 55079 Approving State / Municipal Financial Agreement for Project I.D. 5400-00-03/73/74 for the USH 151 (Blair Street and E. Washington Avenue) project and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute this agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation for construction cost sharing, plan development and State design review costs. (4th & 6th ADs) Lead and ONLY agency is the Board of Public Works. REPORT BY CITY ENGINEERING RECOMMEND TO ADOPT


Wednesday April 3

Madison Food Policy Council

5:30p Gordon Event and Dining Center - Symphony Room (Rm 215) 770 W Dayton St


SPECIAL PRESENTATION "Bringing Big Picture Thinking to Food Policy Council Planning," Dr. Kate Clancy


1. 54923 BY TITLE ONLY - Approving the allocation of $50,000 in previously authorized funds from Miscellaneous Appropriations to fund proposals received during the 2019 Madison Food Policy Council "SEED" Grants funding process, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into agreements with the associated agencies, organizations, groups, and individuals to implement the designated projects or programs.


2. 55056 Amending Section 10.25 of the Madison General Ordinances to expand permissible terrace planting and to allow for raised beds and amending Section 1.08(3)(a) to modify the bond schedule.


7. 55219 Pollinator Protection April 2019

The Work Group met on March 13th to identify a "top ten" topics to work on in 2019. The list includes a number of issues being addressed by the IPM Policy Review process, reviewing City planting lists, pollinator habitat map and data on protection efforts, engaging neighborhood associations and public institutions in education efforts, exploring "adopt-a" programs for public lands, and collaborating with the Gardens Network. The group also discussed planning for National Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2019. Olbrich Gardens will be leading walks and classes. The Gardens Network will be also be considering activities. Bee City signs should be installed soon after the ground thaws this spring, in time for Earth Day. The Wisconsin Monarch Coalition website can be found at


Wednesday April 3

Board of Health for Madison and Dane County

5:30p Hawthorne Public Library Community Room 2707 E Washington Ave


5.a. PFAS Overview - Doug Voegeli


6.a. 54777 SUBSTITUTE - Creating a special task force on PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination to review, analyze and provide recommendations for a comprehensive response to PFAS contamination in Madison.


6.b. 55019 Repealing Sections 25.225 of the Madison General Ordinances to delete the Dangerous Animal License ordinance.

DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  This ordinance repeals the requirement to obtain a Dangerous Animal License.  The City has never issued this license to any owner.


Wednesday April 3

Truman Olson Selection Committee

6p room 215 MMB


51510 Truman Olson Selection Committee - Public Comment


51466 Staff Report on Truman Olson Proposals


51275 Truman Olson Redevelopment Proposals


The proposal includes a future grocery store on S Park St.


Thursday April 4

Urban Forestry Task Force

12p room GR 27 CCB  (enter 211 S Carroll St)


53168 Formulating Recommendations, Action Plan, and Long-term Departmental Strategy DISCUSS DRAFT FINAL REPORT


Thursday April 4

Ethics Board

5p room 103A CCB


54707 Jurisdictional Hearing on Ethics Board Complaint:

Laura Doherty, Complainant

Paul Soglin, Subject of Complaint


Thursday April 4

Public Market Development Committee

5p room 207 MMB


27499 Public Market Discussion - Design/Development process update - Public Market Foundation Update - Funding Updates - MarketReady Update


Thursday April 4

Neighborhood meeting

6:30p Plymouth Congregational Fellowship Hall (downstairs), 2401 Atwood Ave.


Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about Felisa Forte's proposal to add wine sales to her Class A alcohol license for the BP gas station at 2801 Atwood Avenue.  Ms. Forte has also applied for a Conditional Use permit to allow free-standing vending (food truck/cart) in the parking lot.  The Alcohol License Review Committee will consider the alcohol license application at its April 17 meeting, and the Plan Commission will consider the conditional use application at its April 8 meeting.

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