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Alder Brian Benford

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Alder Brian Benford

Contact Information

Home Address:

2722 Center Ave

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 Benford’s Updates

Week of March 14th

March 13, 2022 5:56 PM

I hope that you all are well and finding joy.  Spring is around the corner, and I am finding myself reflecting on hopes of warm weather, anguish around Ukraine; and prayers that we All can safely find a way to navigate life with Covid. 


There are so many things going on in the city.  First, here is a note from the Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association P&D chair regarding the 609 East Dayton Street Proposal.


We will not be meeting this Tuesday, but rather on Thursday 17 March at 6:00 pm.  I'm sorry for any inconvenience.  Zoom meeting invitation below.


You can see the developer's proposal here:


At the meeting on the 17th, we will be discussing the following items:

  • developer's changes since last meeting

  • items to suggest for a building management plan

  • items to emphasize in the steering committee report

    Many of you have shared your thoughts by email directly to me.  I am compiling them and sharing them with the steering committee.


    best, Bob


    Topic: Dayton Hotel Steering Committee
    Time: Mar 17, 2022 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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    Bob Klebba he him his

    TLNA Development Chair

    704 E Gorham St

    Madison WI 53703-1522



    Other Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of March 14, 2022



    Rent Abatement Policy

    The Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee will be continuing discussion on rent abatement at its meeting on Thursday.


     I can still hear the noise from East Washington Avenue International Speedway, some six blocks away.  Having lived on East Washington Ave. for decades prior to moving last August, on a daily basis, I have witnessed reckless driving and speeding escalate with devastating impacts to our neighborhoods, our safety.  While I did not personally know any of the people that were needlessly killed on East Washington Ave. over the last couple of years, there is one person that will always be in my heart because of speeding and unsafe roads. 

     Rosa was one of my favorite people over the course of my 62 years.  She was a beautiful, brilliant, spunky, middle school student at O'Keeffe Middle School, where I worked in 2002.  Rosa was part of the after school programming that I was part of, and despite her young age, she was what many would call, a wise soul with unlimited potential.  On the eve of her middle school graduation, she was tragically killed while crossing East Washington Ave.  I will never forget, through tears and grief calling my alderperson (different district) at the time- to ask how we could make East Washington Ave. safer for children living in Darbo trying to cross the avenue.  I was so deeply discouraged by their response that I felt like I had to "do something".

     That "something" was- despite not having a clue what an alderperson was, or did, with blind conviction, I decided to run for alderperson because as I looked at the Common Council at the time, I saw nobody that looked like me; or perhaps had the life experiences of a low-income-BIPOC father of four who served marginalized youth and their families.  After Rosa's death, I had learned that if the car that had hit Rosa, had been going- even 5 MPH slower, she would had most likely survived.  I implore you all to support the city's efforts around the Vision Zero Plan.  For more information see below. 

Vision Zero

The Transportation Policy and Planning Board will discuss adopting the Vision Zero Action Plan, at its meeting on Monday.


For additional information about additional meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting Schedule online here



  • Imprinted in Madison: Artists Making Their Mark features prints by contemporary artists whose paths brought them to or through Madison. The exhibition showcases a wide variety of prints and printmaking processes from internationally exhibited artists and locally celebrated printmakers alike. It will be on display in the Madison Municipal Building from February 25, 2022, through February 17, 2023. Learn more here.



  • Town of Madison Attachment - The next public information meeting involving the Town of Madison Attachment is scheduled for 6pm, March 16, 2022, via Zoom. The meeting will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and it will be streamed at the Madison Municipal Building room 153 (English) and MMB room 151 (Spanish) for those who do not have access to a digital device at home. Registration prior is required: March 16, 2022 Public Information Meeting.
  • On Monday, March 7, Governor Tony Evers announced the launch of the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH) program-- a $92 million statewide program. Eligible homeowners (with and without a mortgage) who have experienced financial hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic can now receive financial assistance with overdue housing-related bills like mortgage payments, local property taxes, utilities, housing counseling and legal services. Eligible households can receive a maximum award of $40,000. Total WHH monetary assistance below $10,000 will be structured as a grant. Assistance exceeding $10,000 will be provided as a 1-year, non-interest bearing, non-amortizing forgivable loan due in full upon sale, refinance, or transfer of ownership. If no resale, transfer, or refinance within 1 year and the homeowner remains in the home, the loan will be fully forgiven. You may qualify if you meet all of the following:
  • Homeowner whose primary residence is a single-family home, condominium, owner-occupied 2- to 4-unit properties, or a manufactured home (permanently affixed and taxed as real property)

  • Household income is at or below 100% Area Median Income

  • Experienced a qualified hardship after January 21, 2020

    Application is live and open on a first-come, first-served basis at To get additional information and assistance, call 1-855-2-HOME-WI (4663-94). Application portal and call center are available in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali in addition to English.

    If you are a renter or landlord in need of financial assistance as a result of the pandemic, you can still access financial assistance through Dane CORE 2.0 Emergency Rental Assistance.

  • Stay connected with Public Health Madison & Dane County by subscribing to The Pulse, their quarterly newsletter, and their blog.
  • On March 9, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and County Executive Joe Parisi announced the selection of a location on which to build a permanent shelter facility serving men experiencing homeless. The property, 1902 Bartillon Drive, is already owned by the City. The leaders committed to work together and with the network of local service providers and other community stakeholders to develop the shelter, secure needed resources, and ensure its successful operation. Read more here.


Save the Date

  • For more than 20 years, Madison Parks has honored Earth Day by recruiting volunteers for the Earth Day Challenge. This year, cleanup projects are available at select parks throughout Madison on Saturday, April 23, between 10am and 12pm. Madison Parks is seeking more than 850 volunteers at 50+ parks to assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, removing sticks, and more. All ages are welcome to participate. Advanced registration is required for anyone 10 years and older. Learn more and register here.



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