Alder Marsha A. Rummel
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
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 July 8, 2019
Highlights At Plan Commission Monday, accepting three Sid Boyum sculptures to be located along the bike path between Livingston and Eastwood. At Landmarks Monday, buildings proposed for demolition include the c1922 terra cotta buildings at 119-125 W Mifflin. More details below. Also Monday, the Finance Committee will get an update on Block 88 negotiations for mixed use development adjacent to the Madison Municipal Building. On Tuesday, the Madison Arts Commission looks at several D6 and environs projects and selects an artist in residence for the Thurber Ave space. On Wednesday is my first meeting of the Historic District Plan Advisory Committee. On Thursday, the MPD Policy and Procedures Ad Hoc Review committee continues their work on their recommendations.
The neighborhood meeting for the Winnebago Arts Café has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 24 Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church at 7p. Jake and John DeHaven propose to increase their capacity from the current 99 to 225 and request a parking reduction of 25 stalls. They would also like to allow their patrons to take drinks outside onto the smoking/egress deck. Both of these proposals require conditional use approval from the Plan Commission.
Last week the McGrath Property Group announced their decision to terminate their offer to purchase the Essen Haus properties. This was disappointing news but not surprising based on the complexity of the site and the layers of regulations that affect it (Landmarks ordinance, First Settlement historic district standards, the Downtown Plan (as part of the comprehensive plan), FS neighborhood plan, and the National Register of Historic Places - E Wilson St District). The next step is to work with the property owner Bob Worm, First Settlement neighbors, other interested parties, and city staff to get an understanding of what an approvable project might look like. The idea of having a design charrette was initially raised and it has been raised again. According to Wikipedia a charrette is "The word charrette may refer to any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem. While the structure of a charrette varies, depending on the design problem and the individuals in the group, charrettes often take place in multiple sessions in which the group divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for further dialogue. Such charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people. Although the structure of charrettes may vary, the general idea of a charrette is to create an innovative atmosphere in which a diverse group of stakeholders can collaborate to "generate visions for the future".
Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks. If you are interested in serving on this committee, complete an application and submit it to the Mayor's office. There are six resident positions. Let me know (or your alder if your don't live in D6) if you are interested https://www.cityofmadison.com/CityHall/legislativeInformation/apply.cfm
Madison Water Utility files for possible rate increase. The Madison Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission to increase water rates. MWU is forecasting an eight percent overall increase, but it will fall to the PSC to determine the actual increase, if any. The commission takes an average of 200 days to process a water rate application. If approved, the increase could mean an additional $2.20 per month in water charges for a typical residential customer and would likely go into effect sometime next year. The Madison Water Utility charges represent about a third of all the charges and fees on the Madison Municipal Services bill, which also includes sewer, urban forestry, landfill and storm water. The utility's application will only affect the water portion of the bill. All Madison Water Utility operations and infrastructure investment are funded solely through water rates.
E-Scooters and E-Bikes. There was a lot of discussion on neighborhood social media recently about the use of shared pedestrian/bike paths by motorized vehicles. There are two different types of vehicles: electric scooters and electric bikes. The e-bikes introduced recently by B-Cycle can go up to 17 mph and riders report you can always switch to human powered pedaling.
Currently no motorized vehicles of any type are allowed on shared paths.
On Traffic Engineering's website I found the following info: https://www.cityofmadison.com/trafficEngineering/documents/ElecBikeLawsWeb20130520v.pdf "Electric Bicycles and Shared Use Paths. The most common question we receive is can electric bicycles be used on the city's shared use paths. Two state laws address this question. First, no motorized vehicles are allowed on paths. Another law specifically prohibits the operation of motor (including electric) bicycles on paths with the motor in operation. An electric bicycle is allowed on paths only when operated solely under human power, as a bicycle, without any motor assist. If the motor is off and it is being pedaled without any motor power, it is considered a bicycle and allowed on the paths. If the motor is on it is a motor vehicle and not allowed on the paths. It does not matter if the electric bicycle is pedal assist or power on demand, the motor has to be turned off when operating on a path. [340.01(5s), 346.79(5), 346.94(12)]
Electric Bicycles and Sidewalks and Crosswalks. No motor vehicle can be operated on a sidewalk, thus an electric bicycle cannot be operated on a sidewalk with the motor in operation. Bicycles can only be used on sidewalks where a local ordinance permits this. Madison does permit bicyclists to operate on sidewalks except where buildings abut the sidewalk. As with shared use paths, an electric bicycle can only be operated on permitted sidewalks in Madison if operated under human power, with the motor off. When operating on a sidewalk, bicyclists must yield the right-ofway to pedestrians and give an audible warning before passing.
Electric bicycles cannot be operated in crosswalks. Although state statutes treat bicyclists in crosswalks similar to pedestrians, and drivers on the street are required to yield to bicyclists in crosswalks the same as for pedestrians, electric bicycles are specifically not covered by these laws. [346.02(4)(b), 346.23, 346.24, 346.37(1)(a)2, (c)2 and (d)2, 346.38, 346.804, 346.94(1)]"
In early June, the state Senate passed SB 152 https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/proposals/reg/sen/bill/sb152 a bill that would allow local governments to regulate the use of electric scooters and potentially could change regulations for use of motorized vehicles on shared use paths. "This bill authorizes the use of electric scooters on highways. Under the bill, an electric scooter is defined as "a device weighing less than 100 pounds that has handlebars and an electric motor, is powered solely by the electric motor and human power, and has a maximum speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on a paved level surface when powered solely by the electric motor."... Electric scooters may be operated on most roadways, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and bicycle ways. However, a local highway authority may by ordinance regulate the rental and operation of electric scooters." The companion bill, AB 159, has been introduced to the state Assembly.
The city is contemplating a pilot program for e-scooters, legistar 55601, https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=7230944&GUID=52400267-75A6-4CD7-954E-25C316EB87F6 If state law is changed to allow e-scooters on shared bike/pedestrian paths, the proposed pilot would allow them in Madison. The tentative pilot program period is August 26 to November 30, 2019. Two or three companies would be selected through an RFP process to provide shared scooter programs. E-Scooters would be allowed on roadways with speed limits of 25 mph. They would be allowed in bike facilities on roadways with speed limits over 25 mph. And they would be allowed on multi-use paths. But e-scooters would not be allowed on sidewalks.
At the Common Council Executive Committee last week, Mayor Rhodes-Conway heard several alders (including me) share concerns we have heard from residents about proposed speeds of 25+ mph on shared paths (and motorized bikes in general on shared paths). The conversation did not address whether e-scooters should be permitted on shared paths, but I am sure that question will come up again. Across the country cities are engaging in pilot programs to test how they work and whether they meet mobility, equity, safety, and climate action goals. Chicago recently launched one https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp/provdrs/bus/news/2019/may/electricscooter.html. Chicago sets speeds at 15 mph. Reviewing news articles, the issues are vendor liability in case of injury and property damage and training riders to drive safely.
Monday July 8
4:30p room 215 MMB
3. 56457 Approving the provision of up to $120,000 from the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Community Building Crime Response (CBCR): Our Neighborhood -A Safe and Beautiful Place grant to support the development and execution of a Safe Passages program on Madison's South West side and authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to enter into agreements with selected agencies to implement the designated projects
Fiscal Note: The proposed resolution authorizes the allocation of $120,000 to The Mellowhood Foundation, Inc. as a purchase of service contract for expenses incurred in the execution of the Safe Passages Program on Madison's southwest side. Funding for the contract is provided by the USDOJ Community Building Crime Response: Our Neighborhood-A Safe and Beautiful Place grant. The original grant was awarded and accepted by adopted RES-17-00844 (File 49016) in 2017 as the USDOJ Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Implementation grant and totaled $850,000. The grant is for two years to address crime and socio-economic drivers of crime within the Raymond Road Corridor.
5. 56508 Amending the 2019 Adopted Operating Budget for the Economic Development Division - Office of Business Resources to accept a $300,000 EPA Brownfields Site Assessment Grant, authorizing Mayor and City Clerk to execute a grant agreement with the EPA, and authorizing staff to prepare and issue an RFP to hire an environmental consultant to complete the work contemplated by the grant.
The focus is environmental remediation of the South Park St corridor https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=7485859&GUID=C7C56FBD-1609-4DB4-9FBE-B2B6F20591B8
6. 56484 Amending the 2019 Adopted Operating Budget for the Community Development Division - Affordable Housing to accept, on behalf of the Dane County Continuum of Care (CoC), an aggregate EHH grant award of up to $639,750 from the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements with specific Dane County CoC agencies to provide services using the EHH funds.
Staff memo: Attached is the list of projects approved by the Dane County Continuum of Care (CoC) Board of Directors. Notable changes from the previous year include the following: 1) special allocation funding for a new rapid resolution (diversion) program at the Catholic Charities' Beacon targeting people who are newly homeless and currently do not have an access to diversion resources (primarily single men); and 2) increased funding for Tenant Resource Center's eviction prevention program. https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=7340456&GUID=C16362DB-3DE6-4916-A496-2F8D285D7194
7. 55938 Accepting the 2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) study
8. 56587 Block 88 Development Agreement Negotiation Status Report
Monday July 8
5p room 153 MMB
2. 47837 Landmarks Commission Historic Preservation Plan Status Report
3. 54301 Secretary's Report - 2019 -Wisconsin CLG Historic Preservation Commissions Report
4. 54302 Buildings Proposed for Demolition - 2019 -119 W Mifflin St -121 W Mifflin St -123 W Mifflin St -125 W Mifflin St -6226 N Highlands Ave -645 South Point Rd -2711 Waunona Way -30 Nob Hill Rd
Regarding proposed demolition of 119-125 W Mifflin:
Staff Findings: The preservation file indicates that the neo-classical revival terra cotta building was designed by architect Philip Homer. It was known as the Mifflin Arcade and was home to a variety of commercial uses in its early years. It was owned by Madison Realty, who intended to create "a high-class shopping district for women and to make the Mifflin Arcade one of the best known business blocks in the city," according to a 1922 Wisconsin State Journal article. The building was considered contributing to the potential State Street National Register Historic District.
The demolition of the W Mifflin properties may be the first step of a proposal to construct a new facility for the State Historical Society Museum which reportedly involves demo of the Churchill Building on N Carroll St.
Here is a clip from a March 2019 news story by former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz https://isthmus.com/news/cover-story/churchill-building-being-razed-for-historical-society-museum/
"The overall project is much more complicated than just a new building to house a new and expanded museum. The museum is part of an elaborate public-private project that would take about two-thirds of a city block and comprise not just a new bigger public museum but 200,000 to 250,000 square feet of private development, which could take the form of condominiums, apartments, office or retail space. The project could end up being the largest in city history.
The footprint for the museum and the private development includes the current museum building plus two buildings immediately to its east owned by lawyer and developer Fred Mohs, and the Churchill building, owned by Hovde Properties, which also owns the now vacant low-rise buildings on Mifflin Street between the Central Library and the current museum.
A fly in that ointment is the iconic dive bar, the Silver Dollar, which sits between the museum and Hovde's vacant buildings. The owner is holding out and some have suggested that the state may need to use its power of eminent domain.
[Former Alder Ledell] Zellers suggests that if the museum is unable to expand on a footprint that does not include the Churchill building, it look elsewhere downtown. She likes the Judge Doyle Square development across from the City County Building, which is still in flux.
Verveer said that he approached city staff with Zellers' proposal, but it was not met with support. "They felt it was kind of an 11th hour thing," Verveer says.
Mayor Paul Soglin did not respond directly to Zellers' idea, but says in a statement that he would "rely on the professional staff of the Planning Department's recommendation before making my own judgment."
Soglin's opponent in the April mayoral election, Satya Rhodes-Conway, says that she would be "open to" Zellers' idea.
The Historical Society's Overland seems a bit taken aback by the idea. He notes that the current site was selected several years ago after a study of the best possible location for an expanded museum because of its location right across the street from the Capitol, which places it at the official center of the state and is easily accessible to school groups. He also stressed the proximity to UW-Madison just at the other end of State Street.
Still, while locating at Judge Doyle Square was a new idea to him, he says, "If people want to talk to us we're open to a conversation."
I plan to make sure there is a conversation with the Historical Society and will work to find options to save the historic Churchill building and the W Mifflin buildings. Let Mayor Satya know what you think. Stay tuned.
Monday July 8
5:30p room 201 CCB
3. 56471 Authorizing the City of Madison to accept ownership of (3) three art sculptures from the Friends of Sid Boyum, to be located in a portion of the public right-of-way of E. Wilson Street, as well as a portion of a City Engineering parcel located at 320 Division Street, in exchange for maintenance by the Marquette Neighborhood Association. (6th A.D.)
4. 56436 Approving the Amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #35 (Todd Dr), City of Madison. (14th A.D.)
5. 56437 Approving the Amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #41 (University Whitney), City of Madison. (11th & 19th A.D.)
By statute, a TIF Joint Review Board, comprised of one representative each from the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), the City of Madison, Dane County, Madison College (MATC) and one public member, meets to review, and if acceptable, approve a proposed amendment to a Tax Incremental District (TID) Project Plan.
8. 56288 SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 28.022 - 00390 of the Madison General Ordinances to amend a Planned Development District Specific Implementation Plan at property located at 223 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Aldermanic District.
9. 55916 223 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish the Government East parking garage
10. 56121 223 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use pursuant to MGO Section 28.134(3) for projections into the Capitol View Preservation Limit to allow construction of a 13-story, 253-room hotel.
11. 55921 Approving a Certified Survey Map of property owned by the City of Madison Parking Utility located at 223 S. Pinckney Street; 4th Ald. Dist.
13. 56127 2262 Winnebago Street; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Neighborhood Mixed-Use (NMX) District for a nightclub; consideration of a conditional use in the NMX District for an outdoor eating area for a nightclub.
Note: Item 13 should be referred to July 29, 2019 at the request of the applicant and alder. I will be holding a rescheduled neighborhood meeting Wednesday, July 24 Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church 7p
17. 56372 2222 E. Washington Avenue; 12th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Campus-Institutional (CI) zoning district to allow construction of an addition to East High School exceeding 4,000 square feet of floor area.
Upcoming Matters - August 12, 2019
- 828 E. Main Street - Conditional Use - Convert warehouse into reception hall in Urban Design Dist. 8
Tuesday July 9
MADISON ARTS COMMISSION
5:30p The Salvation Army of Dane County 3030 Darbo Drive, Annex Lower Level
1. 55845 Accepting ownership of the artwork "Updraft" as well as the sculptural adornments of the fence that surrounds the garden and the bench by Michael Burns, a public art feature and placemaking project located in Brittingham Park, near Main Street and Brittingham Place.
2. 56471 Authorizing the City of Madison to accept ownership of (3) three art sculptures from the Friends of Sid Boyum, to be located in a portion of the public right-of-way of E. Wilson Street, as well as a portion of a City Engineering parcel located at 320 Division Street, in exchange for maintenance by the Marquette Neighborhood Association. (6th A.D.)
3. 45377 Artists Spaces - Select Artist for Thurber Art Residency - Parks East Garage Update
5. 47594 Public Art Approval - Pennsylvania Park Design Update - Art on Metro Transit East Washington Building
6. 23110 Endorsing Community Projects Dane Arts Mural Arts Summer Mural Installations. Sites include the Hawthorne tunnel under E Washington, Willy St Coop North, the Job Center at Aberg and the School Rd tunnel https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=7516516&GUID=B86B9F82-A021-44EE-853C-3AB2B9E09F6A
Wednesday July 10
Street Use Staff Commission
10a room 108 CCB
STREET USE PERMITS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS 1. 56411 SCHENK'S CORNERS BLOCK PARTY Fri., Aug 16, 4pm-10pm / Sat., Aug 17, 2pm-10pm / Sun., Aug 18, 10am-4pm Street Closure - 1900 Atwood Ave, Fri, Aug 16, 7am- Sun, Aug 18, 7pm Music/concert/block party. Discuss location, schedule, set-up and activities. Schenk's Corners Arts Society Inc. / Michael Randall & Dan Plourde
STREET USE APPLICATIONS FOR ROUTINE REQUESTS 5. 56590 STARKWEATHER CREEK MURAL PAINTING Sat. July 27, 2019 / 8am-4pm Street Closure: 2900 Commercial Ave (from bike path east to McCormick Ave.) Mural/Pavement Painting Discuss location, schedule Zach Johnson
UPCOMING EVENTS (summer is here!)
July 10, W, 4-8pm, Let's Eat Out!, 200 Jackson St.
July 11-13 La Fete de Marquette
July 12-13 Art Fair ON the Square
July 12-13 Art Fair OFF the Square
July 17, W, 4-8pm, Let's Eat Out!, 200 Jackson St.
July 20, Sa, 8a-6p, Maxwell Street Days, 100-600 State Street, 200 N. Henry St.
July 21, Su, 10a-5p, Maxwell Street Days, 100-600 State Street, 200 N. Henry St.
July 24, W, 4-8pm, Let's Eat Out!, 200 Jackson St.
Wednesday July 10
HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
5p room 206 MMB
1. 56574 Underrepresented Communities Historic Resource Survey Report (DRAFT) - Consultant's Presentation and Discussion
2. 56575 Strategy for Future Survey Work (DRAFT) - Consultant's Presentation and Discussion
Wednesday July 10
5p room 215 MMB
F.1. 55930 Approving Plans, Specifications, And Schedule Of Assessments For W. Wilson Street and S. Broom Street Assessment District - 2019. (4th AD)
G.2. 56563 Metro: The Role of the Union
Wednesday July 10
Board of Park Commissioners
6:30p Goodman Maintenance Facility 1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy
7 56567 Superintendent's July 2019 Report
July will be proclaimed as Parks and Recreation Month in the City at the July 2nd Common Council meeting. July 10th also marks the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association. The MPPDA was a driving force that provided the pathway to the praiseworthy park system the City operates today. Madison Parks and the Parks Foundation are both celebrating the Anniversary this month by focusing attention on all that is done by Parks for the betterment of our City. This includes a ribbon cutting at the Elver playground, public art dedications at both Elver and Marshall, a series of bird and nature walks, movie nights in the parks, teen nights at WPCRC, and more.
Future Commission Items
• Urban Forestry Taskforce – The Urban Forestry Taskforce's recommendations are being entered into the legislative process at the July 2nd meeting (File #55206). At this point, it is likely the report and recommendations will come to the BPC in September.
• IPM Taskforce – The IPM taskforce is working to extend its work throughout 2019 to better inform recommendations. Staff will present on the current status as a part of a land management update in October or November. [IPM = integrated pest management]
• Golf – The Common Council adopted a resolution (File #56004) to establish a Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks at its June 18, 2019 meeting. The membership appointments will be made in July with initial meetings anticipated in August. This Task Force will focus on making recommendations on the multiple systematic issues related to golf.
• Dog Policy – The Long Range Planning Subcommittee has started work on reviewing the policy related to dogs in parks. LRP and staff are working on hosting a series of public meetings in the next few weeks on this project.
• Off-Leash Dog Parks – Staff is continuing to work on potential off-leash improvements in the main remaining priority area (after West/Odana School and East/North Star projects) of Atwood/East Isthmus. This is a particularly challenging location and staff hopes to have additional concepts for discussion in the coming months.
If you are interested in serving as one of the six residents on the Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks appointed by the Mayor (to include representation of golfers, parks users, non-golfers, potentially impacted neighbors, and youth residents, if possible) apply here https://www.cityofmadison.com/CityHall/legislativeInformation/apply.cfm and let me or your alder know of your interest.
Thursday July 11
SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4:30p 1501 W. Badger Rd.
- 56569 Friends of Lake Wingra's Leaf Management Behavior Change Effort
- DISCUSSION ITEMS 37890 Source-Separated Organics Program Depackager Test.pptx. 2019 Food Scraps Recycling Guide for Trial. The "Oh No!" Letter for the 2019 Food Scraps Recycling Trial
Here is the Oh No list: • Meat & bones • Egg shells • Seafood shells • Food wrappers & packaging • Yard waste & brush • Pet waste • Diapers
Thursday July 11
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT COMMITTEE
5p room 153 MMB
1. 56484 Amending the 2019 Adopted Operating Budget for the Community Development Division - Affordable Housing to accept, on behalf of the Dane County Continuum of Care (CoC), an aggregate EHH grant award of up to $639,750 from the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements with specific Dane County CoC agenc
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