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Alder Marsha A. Rummel

Alder Marsha A. Rummel

Alder Marsha A. Rummel

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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 22, 2019

April 21, 2019 11:13 PM

Highlights: I got my new committee assignments last week: Plan Commission, Public Market Development Committee, Historic Preservation Plan Committee and the Water Utility Board. I asked newly elected Common Council President Shiva Bidar and V-P Barbara McKinney to be reappointed to the Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee and Common Council Executive Committee.


At their last meeting, the Transportation Commission referred the public hearing about reconsideration of the Bus Stop Closure at Thornton Avenue and Rutledge Street, it's back on the agenda Wednesday. On Thursday I am holding a neighborhood meeting about the McGrath Group's proposal for the redevelopment of the Essen Haus properties, see more details below.


Thank you for emailing me in response to a Facebook post on the Madison Bikes community page about adding 4 cameras along the Capital City bike path between Blount and Brearly. I have received over 50 emails, the vast majority in support of installing cameras.


Last year, I amended the 2019 capital budget to add $24,000 to purchase and install four cameras. Earlier this month, I arranged to walk the bike path with MPD and Traffic Engineering staff and interested neighbors to finalize locations. I advertised the walk and received questions on the neighborhood list serve about the process, concerns about privacy and whether we want MPD to have this tool. The bigger issues of surveillance by government and private corps like Facebook and Google are important to our democracy and the equitable treatment of black and brown community members are legitimate concerns for the city. An ad hoc committee of the city council is working on a final draft for a city-wide surveillance policy. I will wait until the policy is adopted and follow new rules which will likely include holding a public meeting to inform people. There is also a chance that $24K is not enough money to install four cameras. If an amendment to the approved budget is needed, I may ask for support.


I prepared the following in response to questions I received: The camera footage will be retained for 2 weeks, then destroyed, unless there is a criminal investigation. The cameras are not publicly available, like DOT owned street cameras, which anyone can access on the city website in real time and watch traffic live. The bike path cameras would not accessible to the public in real time. Traffic Engineering manages the system but the Madison Police Department would monitor footage. MPD does not have the resources to actively monitor cameras. Any one could ask for footage under an open records request.


From the walk-about on April 9,  I learned from Officer Ken Brown and Brian Smith from TE that there are very few public cameras installed in the east isthmus right of ways, including traffic cameras at the notoriously dangerous intersection of First and E Wash. No public cameras on Willy St. The proposed locations for the four cameras would be at/near the intersections where the bike path crosses Blount, Livingston, Paterson, and Brearly and could do double duty to capture any vehicular/bike/ped crashes.


It weighs on me that the vicious and brutal assault that nearly left a woman dead in 2015 is still an open case. The assailant has not been apprehended. Would a strategically located camera on the bike path have made a difference? Maybe it would have captured information about the alleged perpetrator that could have helped the investigation.     


Monday April 22, 2019

Finance Committee

4:30p room 215 MMB


12. 55371 Approving the remaining Scope of Services for the Cooperative Enterprise Development Program for 2019.


The Cooperative Enterprise Development Program has had successes in the completion of its first fiscal year. These include working to establish worker cooperatives in the following fields: bookkeeping, commercial/residential moving, racial equity consulting, home health care, retail and restaurants, yoga studio and childcare. The Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) has also collaborated with community organizations including Centro Hispano and the Madison Public Library to hold workshops to educate community members on what a Worker Cooperative is, and how they can start a worker cooperative. This program has gained national recognition as a city-led effort to create an equitable economy through worker ownership. It is still an experiment and we are all learning how to work together every day. On February 5, 2019 the Common Council approved a work plan for 63% of the total funding for the technical assistance part of the Cooperative Enterprise Development Program for 2019. This Scope of Services covers the remaining 37% of the budget and the work that will performed for the rest of the 2019 Cooperative Enterprise Development Program.


13. 55372 Approving up to $10,000 each in cooperative in development funds for Madison Freewheel Bicycle Company, Soaring Independence Home Healthcare Cooperative and Roots4Change Cooperative.


14. 55422 Authorizing the Mayor to sign an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Memorandum of Understanding with Dane County annually, in order to expedite annual JAG grant applications.


15. 55094 Amending the Police Department's 2019 Operating Budget, and authorizing the Mayor and Chief of Police designee to accept a grant award from the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice in the amount of up to $17,285 to purchase a livescan fingerprinting system to increase operational efficiency and flexibility


18. 55352 Amending the Parking Division 2019 Adopted Capital Budget to increase funding authorization for the South Livingston Street Garage project by $120,000, and accepting and applying a $33,332.50 reimbursement payment from MGE to the project budget.


20. 55397 Amending the 2019 Engineering Major Streets Capital Budget to transfer $1,000,000 of existing GO borrowing authority between major program Monroe Street and major program Citywide Flood Mitigation. (City Wide ADs)


21. 55292 Seeking Common Council approval of the 2019-2020 Arts Grants awards funding as recommended by the Madison Arts Commission.


22. 55377 Amending RES-17-00961, Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a development agreement to fund a $322,000 Tax Incremental Finance Loan to 134 Fair Oaks, LLC or its assigns to assist in the development located at 134 S. Fair Oaks Avenue within the boundary of TID #37 (Union Corners)


The proposed resolution authorizes amending a development agreement with 134 Fair Oaks, LLC to extend the construction project completion date from June 30, 2019 to December 31, 2020 to match the requirements of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). No additional City appropriation is required.


Monday April 22

Landmarks Commission

5p room 153 MMB


2. 53000 121 Langdon St - Demolition by Neglect of a Designated Madison Landmark in the Mansion Hill Hist. Dist. (Suhr House); 2nd Ald. Dist.


On September 17, 2018, the Landmarks Commission held a public hearing on a notice of demolition by neglect. At that meeting, the Commission referred that matter "to a future Landmarks Commission meeting no later than December 3 with the stipulation that the applicant work closely with the Preservation Planner and other City staff to itemize work which can be done with and without tax credits and provide a timeline for addressing the work orders in a timely manner." On December 3, 2018, the Landmarks Commission approved a COA to complete the necessary work to stabilize and repair the building. The Landmarks Commission referred the Demolition by Neglect case to the April 22, 2019, meeting to have an update from the property owner regarding progress towards completing necessary work in order to meet the terms and deadline of the court-approved agreement to complete the items in the work order by August 15, 2019. The Landmarks Commission has not made a final findings on the Demolition by Neglect case


The Applicant has submitted quotes for the work, but the details in the scopes of work were minimal in detail and some of the methods described do not meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards. This includes pressure washing the building, mechanically cutting out mortar joints, sealing the masonry, etc. Staff provided feedback on the submission regarding our concerns for the proposed methods and lack of detail (correspondence is attached), but has not heard anything further. None of the conditions of the COA have been met at this time and staff has not approved any work. Based upon the level of detail provided, the abbreviated revised timeline, and lack of response from the property owner when staff asked for additional detail, staff is concerned about the progress of this project.


Staff recommends that the Landmarks Commission refer the finding that demolition by neglect is occurring until the May 6, 2019, meeting to review the signed contract for work and ensure that adequate progress is being made on making the required repairs by the court stipulated deadline of August 15, 2019.


3. Landmarks Commission Historic Preservation Plan Status Report


4. 54301 Secretary's Report - 2019 -Langdon Neighborhood Character Study and Mansion Hill Historic District Boundary Review -Windows Training -Planning Division 2018 Annual Report


Monday April 22

Plan Commission

5:30p room 201 CCB



7. 54482 929 E. Washington Avenue; Urban Design Dist. 8; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish commercial buildings at 945 E. Washington Avenue and 924 E. Main Street; consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Employment (TE) District to allow construction of a building exceeding five stories and 68 feet in height, both to allow construction of an eleven-story, 257,200 square-foot office building and 693-stall parking garage along E. Washington Avenue.


Note: Item 7 should be referred to May 6, 2019 pending an advisory recommendation by the Urban Design Commission and to allow staff time to review forthcoming revisions to proposed development. The UDC reviewed the proposed 929 E. Washington Avenue building at its April 10 meeting, but did not have enough information on the reflectivity of the building to advise the Plan Commission.


9. 55023 616-632 W. Wilson Street; 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish three (3) two-family residences and two (2) single-family residences, and consideration of a conditional use in the Downtown Residential 2 (DR2) District for a multi-family dwelling with greater than eight (8) units to allow construction of a five-story, 58-unit apartment building.


Staff report: On balance, Staff believes that the Plan Commission could find the demolition approval standards to be met. Further, Staff believes that the applicable conditional use approval standards can be found to be met. Staff believes the proposal's scale and use among its neighboring properties and the consistency with the Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Plan should be considered in relation to the standards. The letter to the Landmarks Commission regarding architects Claude and Starck and a letter of support from the Bassett neighborhood are included with the Plan Commission materials. At time of report writing, staff is unaware of any other public comment.


12. 55022 301 North Street; 12th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Neighborhood Mixed-Use (NMX) District for a restaurant-tavern; consideration of a conditional use for outdoor recreation in the NMX District; and consideration of a conditional use in the NMX District for an outdoor eating area, all to allow construction of an addition to an existing restaurant-tavern with outdoor recreation and eating.


Tuesday April 23

Water Utility Board

4:30p  119 E Olin Ave



3. 53582 2017-2018 Annual Report Attachments: 2017-2018 Water Utility Annual Report V03.pdf


5. 55482 Water Quality Monitoring Report 


8. 53585 Financial Update


13. 54829 Annual Review of the Madison Water Utility General Manager

This item is noticed to possibly go into closed session.


Wednesday April 24

Urban Design Commission

4:30p room 153 MMB


2. 54198 929 E. Washington Avenue - New Development of a Commercial/Office Mixed-Use Building Located in UDD No. 8. 6th Ald. Dist. Owner: Curt Brink, Archipelago Village, LLC Applicant: Doug Hursh, Potter Lawson, Inc. Final Approval is Requested (Previously Referred from Plan Commission)


Wednesday April 24

Transportation Commission

5p room 206 MMB


F.3. 55447 Adopting the Interim Recommendations for South Broom Street and the 300 block of West Wilson Street, contingent on a successful pilot in the spring of 2019.

F.4. 55268 Reconsideration of the Bus Stop Closure at Thornton Avenue and Rutledge Street


Wednesday April 24


6:30 room 215 MMB






Thursday April 25

Housing Strategy Committee

4p room 302 MMB


6 DISCUSSION ITEMS a. 2019 Housing Strategy Committee Work Plan b. Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Report


Thursday April 25

Neighborhood meeting

7p room 215 MMB 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard


Join Alder Mike Verveer and me to learn more about the proposal to redevelopment the Essen Haus block. The McGrath Property Group is proposing to construct a new mixed-use project called "The East End," which will be situated on most of the properties currently owned by the Essen Haus (with the exception of the Hotel Ruby Marie).  The proposed plan will create approximately 230 to 250 residential units, up to 340 covered parking stalls and 10,000 to 20,000 square feet of commercial space.  McGrath proposes to demolish the four existing homes on 112-120 S. Blair Street and the buildings housing most of the Essen Haus restaurant on E. Wilson Street.  Two existing buildings on E. Wilson Street (506 E. Wilson - Come Back In - and 518 E. Wilson Street) will be restored as part of this project.  McGrath intends to submit their formal Land Use Application for the project to the City on May 29, 2019.  Construction is projected to begin on October 1, 2019, with occupancy slated for April 1, 2021.


McGrath has worked cooperatively with me and First Settlement neighbors. They will not show renderings or a massing study so come prepared with your ideas for what a successful project needs to include.


Friday April 26


3:30p room 206 MMB


5. 55106 Discussion: Review of Draft Ordinance Language


Upcoming Meetings


Wednesday May 8

Public Market open house

5-8p Fleet building


Join the City of Madison and the Madison Public Market Foundation on Wednesday, May 8 to share feedback on updated designs for the Madison Public Market and to tour the building that will be the Market's future home. You'll get an update on the latest designs for the Market, a chance to sample tasty treats from a few potential Public Market vendors offering their products to give a "flavor" of the market experience, and a first look at the immense opportunity unfolding at the corner of First and East Johnson Streets.


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