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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 May 1, 2017

April 30, 2017 6:35 PM

Highlights: On Monday, Imagine Madison Phase 2- the City seeks your input as we update our 10 year old Comprehensive Plan. On Tuesday, the Common Council will discuss the recent upsurge in gun shot incidents and armed robberies by convening a Committee of the Whole. The issue is how do we leverage our existing resources, both in the police department and with our contracted service providers, to effectively disrupt gun violence? Gun violence is considered by most experts to be a public health epidemic, not just a law enforcement issue.  We need to find ways to help young people resolve disputes without guns and show them their lives matter to us. The other major item on Tuesday's Council agenda is the resolution to reimburse Chief Koval for his legal fees after the Police and Fire Commission dismissed the charges against him. I am holding two neighborhood meetings this week. The first is a proposal to add a restaurant and brewery at the former home of RPs Pasta on E Wilson (Wednesday) and the second is to get input on a proposal to demolish 801 Willy and construct a 3-story mixed use building (Thursday). The latest plans for the Public Market will be discussed on Thursday with the architects the city hired.


Monday May 1, 2017

Landmarks Commission

4:45p room GR 27 CCB (enter on S Carroll St)


5. 46704 1106 Williamson St - Historic Ghost Sign in Third Lake Ridge Historic District; 6th Ald. Dist.?


I hope you have noticed the cool painted sign that appeared after the stucco was removed. 


Monday May 1

Imagine Madison Phase 2

3rd floor conference room, Central library


6:00--6:30: Open House, Refreshments 


6:30--7:45: Interactive Presentation and Small Group Activities 1. Overview of Imagine Madison--the City's Comprehensive Plan Update 2. Strategies: What steps should we take to achieve our shared community goals? 3. Future Land Use Map: How should the city grow and change?


Monday May 1

City County Homeless Issues Committee

6:30p room 357 CCB


47077 New Family Day Services - Jeanne Erickson, Project Babies 

47078 Family Shelter Update - The Salvation Army, The YWCA, The Road Home 

47079 Families Living in Hotels and Barriers They Face - Madison Metropolitan School District Transitional Education Program Staff 

47080 Day Resource Center Update 

47082 Messner Property 

47085 ETH State Funding Process Update 

47086 Built for Zero Update


Monday May 1

Presidents Work Group on Police and Community Relations

7p room 201 CCB


In order to complete the work of this committee in a timely way, as Council President I recreated the CCOC Subcommittee on Police and Community Relations as the Presidents Work Group. 


Tuesday May 2

Common Council 

6:30p room 201


1. 43879 Recognizing Madison Police Department Officers during National Police Week 2017 and to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy. 


2. 46927 Commending and honoring Cathy Dethmers on her dedication, leadership and success bringing live music to the City of Madison.


16. 46549 Creating Section 28.022 - 00280 and Section 28.022 - 00281 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 215 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Aldermanic District, from DC (Downtown Core) District to PD(GDP-SIP) (Planned Development (General Development Plan, Specific Implementation Plan)) District.

Judge Doyle Square projects moving forward


21. 46832 Authorizing City Traffic Engineering to perform a pilot study of an eastbound (contra-flow) bike lane on E. & W. Wilson Street between King Street and S. Hamilton Street. 

Note: There is no longer a sponsor for the Resolution. Recommended Action: Place on File.


22. 47060 Council Discussion on the Increase in Gun Violence in the City of Madison (Committee of the Whole).

CONVENE AS COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Speaking Guidelines: Public testimony will not be taken at the Common Council Committee of the Whole meeting. Notified Absences: Ald. Zellers


44. 46861 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Madison Central Park Sessions, Inc. Event Location: 202 S. Ingersoll Event Date: August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 and September 7, 2017 Aldermanic District 6 (Ald. Rummel)Police District: 408 Event: Central Park Sessions


45. 46862 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Friends of Wil-Mar Inc Event Location: S. Ingersoll - 210 S. Brearly Event Date: July 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2017 Aldermanic District 6 (Ald. Rummel) Police District: 408 Event: La Fete De Marquette 


46. 46863 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Friends of Wil-Mar Event Location: 800-1000 blocks of Williamson St Event Date: Sept. 16-17, 2017 Aldermanic District 6 (Ald. Rummel) Police District: 408 Event: Willy Street Fair 


47. 46864 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Friends of Wil-Mar Inc. Event Location: 2000 Block of Atwood Ave. Event Date: July 29-30, 2017 Aldermanic District 6 (Ald. Rummel) Police District: 410 Event: Atwood Fest


48. 46872 18+ Center for Visual & Performing Arts License High Noon Saloon, LLC • dba High Noon Saloon 701 E. Washington Ave • Agent: Fred Frank • Estimated Capacity: 400 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 94% alcohol, 3% food, 3% other Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408

63. 46877 Authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to execute an Amendment to the contract between Madison and Strand Associates, Inc. for additional design engineering services for the Blair/John Nolen Corridor Study. 

70. 46636 Amending the adopted 2017 capital budget to transfer $75,000 of general obligation borrowing authority from the Energy Improvements major program into the Park Facility Improvements major program to partially fund the Olbrich Solar Hot Water project within the Engineering-Facilities Management capital budget.

74. 46705 Amending RES-16-00536 Authorizing the Acceptance of an Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

The city is seeking to amend the WEDC grant to allow Baum Revision to use some of the funds to stabilize the roof of the Garver Feed Mill.

83. 46800 Amending the Police Department's 2017 Capital Budget to transfer $50,000 in GO Borrowing from the Building Improvements capital program to a capital project authorizing the purchase of a used Lenco Bearcat, and increasing the Police Department fleet vehicles by one.

MPD returned the MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected vehicle) to the federal government and wants to purchase a smaller armored vehicle the County is selling.

84. 46802 Approving the provision of up to $150,000 in 2017 Emerging Opportunities Program (EOP) funds to agencies and authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to enter into agreements with those agencies to implement the designated projects.

Darbo Collaborative (combined requests of Brothers Aligned, Carts for Community, Mentoring Positives): up to $25,000 for collaborative  youth and community engagement strategies in the Darbo-Worthington Park neighborhood. Red Caboose: up to $13,000 for The School Age Care and OST Job Training and Retention Pilot which will provide child care worker recruitment and training.? Tenant Resource Center: up to $10,000 for a shelter diversion pilot program offering assistance to primarily individuals facing eviction or loss of their home. The Salvation Army of Dane County: up to $10,000 for a shelter diversion pilot program offering assistance to families who might otherwise become homeless.

92. 46812 Amending the 2017 Adopted Capital Budget to increase the funding authorization for the Capitol East Parking Garage project by $1,890,465, and amending the Graef-USA, Inc design contract to increase the design fee by $45,600.

With the recent approval of the Cosmos office tower increasing in size, the parking ramp is increasing from 450 to 600 stalls and more funds are required to pay for the ramp.

93. 46836 Accepting a Permanent Easement for Public Transportation Purposes from 149 East Wilson, LLC across property located at 151 East Wilson Street and, in exchange, authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an Access Easement Agreement with 149 East Wilson, LLC across the City-owned rail corridor located behind 151 East Wilson Street.

106. 46571 Authorizing the City to reimburse legal fees to Chief Michael C. Koval, as allowed under Sec 62.09(7)(e), Wis. Stats., and, amending the 2017 Adopted Operating Budget to appropriate $21,953 from the Contingent Reserve to Direct Appropriations.

107. 46726 Accepting the report and recommendations of the Housing Strategy Committee - Student Housing Report.?

108. 46994 Creating Section 2.21(3) of the Madison General Ordinances to address a motion to reconsider after a change in position. 

109. 46996 Amending Sections 28.182(5)(c)4.of the Madison General Ordinances to change the deadline for filing, changing, and withdrawing a protest petition. 

128. 46995 Authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to execute an agreement with Mead & Hunt for an Existing Facility and Life Safety Assessment, including conceptual design documents, maintenance plan, upgrade plan, phasing and capital budget planning of the Metro Transit Bus Barn at 1101 East Washington Avenue. 

130. 47007 Executing a Purchase of Services contract with Legacy Architecture, Inc. to assist in the preparation of the Historic Preservation Plan and associated activities.

136. 47034 Authorizing (a vendor to be identified by May 2, 2017) to provide Housing-Focused Street Outreach Team services - that will include identifying, engaging and connecting chronically homeless persons to local support services and systems with the primary goal of facilitating their entry into stable housing. ?

137. 47037 Authorizing the City of Madison Engineering Division and Madison Water Utility to work cooperatively with the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and other stakeholders on means to reduce the impacts of Sodium Chloride on surface waters, drinking water, and the wastewater treatment plant.

141. 46895 Public Hearing - New License Bos Meadery LLC • dba Bos Meadery 849 E Washington Ave Ste 102 Agent: Colleen Bos Estimated Capacity: 99 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 99% alcohol, 1% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408


Wednesday May 3
Working Draft Beer Company neighborhood meeting
7:30p Luke House 310 S Ingersoll

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about a proposal to open Working Draft Beer Company (WDBC) at 1129 E. Wilson Street. WDBC would brew beer on-site and serve beer and a BBQ menu from Underground Food Collective in a 1,700 square foot taproom/dining room and 525 square foot outdoor patio. There would be no slow-cooking of food on the premises and no amplified music on the patio. Production brewery hours would be Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Hours of operation would be Monday-Thursday, 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. The proposal would require a Conditional Use permit from the City. 

Thursday May 3
Public Market Development Committee
4:30p room 108 CCB

The agenda hasn't been posted yet. The architects, Graham Baba, will be in town and they have a new site plan to present. The Washington Square shopping center owners will also attend with their architect. It should be an important meeting.

Thursday May 3
801 Willy St neighborhood meeting
7p Wil-Mar youth room (basement)

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about Brandon Cook's proposal to demolish the existing structure at 801 Williamson Street and build a three-story, mixed-use building on the site.  The new building would have commercial space on the first floor and residential space on the second and third floors, consisting of two studio units and two two-bedroom units.

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