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Alder Brian Benford

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Alder Brian Benford

Contact Information

Home Address:

2273 E. Washington Ave #1
Madison , WI 53704

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

D6 Items of Interest Week of April 10, 2017

April 9, 2017 11:22 PM

Highlights- Thank you for re-electing me to another term. I am honored to serve one of the busiest and most engaged districts in the city. I am already diving in to plan a backlog of neighborhood meetings, see the end of this message for more details. 


Monday April 10, 2017

Street Tree Working Group, Sustainable Madison Committee

10a, Goodman Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway

The Sustainable Madison Committee has been doing cutting edge work for the city, recently updating our Energy Plan. The Street Tree subcommittee has compiled a lot of data in in one place, but to get a taste of next steps for tree preservation best practices, read their draft report


Monday April 10

Hail Mary Sports Grill information meeting

6p at Hail Mary 401 E Washington

Caleb Percevecz and Daniel Mijal applied for a Class B Beer and Liquor License on March 27. They were denied a license by the ALRC on Feb 15, 2017 based on concerns about the management of another establishment they own, the Tiki Shack on 124 State St. 

The applicants are holding the information meeting required by the ALRC. The license application is on the ALRC agenda for April 19. They propose 30% alcohol, 65% food, and 5% other. I will ask for referral in order to organize a neighborhood meeting which is TBD.


Wednesday April 12

Street Use Staff Commission

10a, room 108 CCB

Find out about upcoming events taking place on city streets


Wednesday April 12

Transit and Parking Commission

5p room 302, Downtown Library,

This is the final committee to review the proposed changes to restructure the Dept of Transportation.

F.2. 46249 SUBSTITUTE Recreating Section 3.14, creating Sections 33.55 and 33.56 of the Madison General Ordinances to update the Department of Transportation and create the Transportation Policy and Planning Board and the Transportation Commission. 


F.3. 46376 Repealing Sections 3.14(1) through (3) and 3.14(4)(k) through 3.14(11) of the Madison General Ordinances to update the Department of Transportation Department ordinance. 


F.4. 46377 CHARTER ORDINANCE - Repealing Section 3.14(4)(a) through (j) of the Madison General Ordinances to restructure the Department of Transportation.


G.3 46218 Adopting the Downtown Madison Bicycle & Moped Parking Study. 


G.4. 46739 Metro: Proposed revision to Metro Rules of Conduct related to weapons - TPC 04.12.17


H.1. 46741 Metro: Public Hearing 6p on proposed targeted service changes, effective August 27, 2017 - TPC 04.12.17 Members of the public are allowed five minutes to speak. Also please note: Action on this proposal will be taken at the May meeting of the Commission.


Wednesday April 12

CCOC Subcommittee on Police and Community Relations

7p room 201 CCB

5. Discussion and Drafting Report and Recommendations of the CCOC Subcommittee on Police & Community Relations.

• Link to Draft Report

6. Discussion: Scheduling Possible Additional Meeting(s) (if needed)


Wednesday April 12

Meet Central District Police Captain Jason Freedman

7:30-9p WilMar Neighborhood Center

Sponsored by MNA. A  potluck dinner will be organized by the Community Response Team. Join MNA in welcoming Capt. Freedman to the Marquette neighborhood.


Thursday April 13

Zoning Board of Appeals

5p room 357 CCB

2. 46724 Susan A Landsverk, 3614 Atwood Ave, requests an appeal to the Zoning Administrator's determination as it pertains to a use/activity at Olbrich Park, 3527 Atwood Ave. Ald. District 15?

Olbrich biergarten. The zoning code does not permit a tavern in the Parks and Recreation zoning, it is not a permitted or conditional use. At the Common Council meeting,  the Zoning Administer advised the Council that since the tavern was an accessory use, Plan Commission review was not required. Read the appeal for more details.


Meetings in the works:


Working Draft Beer Company (WDBC) is a brewery-in-planning proposed for 1129 East Wilson St. Working Draft will serve Underground Catering BBQ and sell house-made beer in the taproom. Ryan Browne, Ben Feifarek, J Bowen, Jonny Hunter, and Mel Trudeau own and will manage Working Draft. I will be scheduling a neighborhood meeting as soon as the new term begins and committee appointments have been assigned.


May 3 - CoHo Madison 6:30p at Trinity Lutheran


May 8 -  Darbo-Worthington-Starkweather neighborhood plan open house 5:30-8p at Hawthorne Library


801 Williamson - TBD


Mautz block hotel proposal for the 900 block of E Washington. Curt Brink will present the concept at the MNA Preservation and Development Committee Tuesday April 11 at 5:30 at WilMar Neighborhood Center


Red Caboose at Union Corners - TBD


1925 Winnebago, formerly known as Mermaid Cafe, Tom Cranley et al will be at the SASY Council meeting Thursday April 13 at 6:30, Goodman Community Center to present their concept. I will hold a neighborhood meeting in the next month




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