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Alder Brian Benford

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Alder Brian Benford

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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 June 12, 2017

June 10, 2017 11:21 PM

Highlights: The Finance Committee will review CoHo Madison's request for HOME funds for 11 affordable owner occupied units as part of the Winnebago Street cohousing project on Monday. Finance will also discuss a contract with Nehemiah Community Development Corporation for peer support and crisis response services and the purchase and sale agreement with RDC Development for a gray box condominium for Pinney Library at Royster Corners and a Tax Incremental finance loan (TID 44) for phase 1 of Royster Corners. On Tuesday, the Public Safety Review Committee will discuss an ordinance that proposes new standards for reimbursing the legal fees of the police and fire chiefs in proceedings before the PFC and provides provisions to reimburse the legal fees of private individuals. There will be a joint meeting Wednesday between the Board of the Olbrich Botanical Society and the Board of Park Commissioners regarding the next phase of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens building expansion. See the end of the blog for upcoming neighborhood meetings for two proposed new developments.

Monday June 12

Finance Committee

4:30p room 354 CCB


10. 47337 Approving Facade Improvement Grant to FPB Enterprises LLC for a project located at 1402 Williamson Street.


19. 47537 2ND SUBSTITUTE - Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a loan agreement for up to $594,000 of HOME funds to Linden Cohousing, LLC to support the development of eleven units of affordable owner occupied housing as part of the CohoMadison Cohousing project; and amending the 2017 Adopted Operating Budget to appropriate $594,000 in program income from the 2016 HOME grant and commensurate expenditures. 


20. 47535 Authorizing Tenant Resource Center to provide tenant services in the City of Madison/Dane County 


21. 47574 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a $50,000 contract with Nehemiah Community Development Corporation for short term peer support and crisis response services, who shall subcontract with Focused Interruption Coalition, with Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Inc. as fiscal agent for the subcontractor.


23. 47499 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a contract for Purchase of Services (Architect) with OPN Architects, Inc. to provide professional architectural and engineering design services and construction administration services for the design and construction of the Pinney Neighborhood Library. 


24. 46226 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a one-year contract with one (1) one-year renewal with Host Compliance LLC for the purpose of locating and identifying dwelling units or portions of dwelling units in the city being rented to tourists or guests on web platforms such as Airbnb, Vacation Rental By Owner ("VRBO"), HomeAway, and other similar web platforms at a cost of approximately $24,900 per year. 




25. 47522 Authorizing the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and RDC Development, LLC for the acquisition of a gray box condominium unit for the relocation of the Pinney Library, and authorizing funds to pay for said unit. 


26. 47525 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a development agreement to fund a $820,000 Tax Incremental Finance Loan to Royster Corners, LLC or its assigns to assist in the development of the Project in Phase I of the Royster Corners development in TID #44 (Royster Clark) and amend the 2017 Capital Budget to authorize the expenditure.


Monday June 12

Madison Art Commission

5:30p room 108 CCB


2. 47594 Public Art Approval

- Review of Art Proposal for Capitol East Parking Garage 

- Review of Art Proposal for Judge Doyle Square


3. 21297 BLINK Proposal Review 


4. 47273 Creating Section 4.30 of the Madison General Ordinances to create a program for funding public art projects for certain public works projects.


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  This ordinance would create a program for funding public art projects whenever the City invests in a capital project meeting the criteria set forth in the ordinance. The ordinance would apply to certain enumerated public works projects whose anticipated construction costs exceed five million dollars.  The funding for the arts would be in addition to the project budget and would not come from nor reduce the original project budget itself. Project budgets would be increased under this ordinance. The ordinance requires that an additional one percent be added to an eligible project's budget (by GO funds) for expenditure on art development at the project. The ordinance would allow, with Common Council approval, the expenditure of such funds at a site other than the eligible project under certain limited criteria and it would allow for the deposit of some or all such funds into the Art Aggregated Fund (for new art projects) or the Art Maintenance and Conservation Fund (for conservation and maintenance of the City's Art).  These two segregated funds are established by this ordinance. The ordinance also allows the Common Council to reduce the amount of the arts funding under extraordinary circumstances but prohibits the complete elimination of this funding for the arts. The ordinance would also require that artists funded under this program waive any Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) applicability so that the City has complete ownership and discretion over the location, display and maintenance of artwork acquired under this ordinance. The Arts Program Administrator shall file an annual report, with the Capital budget, that addresses the implementation of this ordinance.  The ordinance would become effective beginning with eligible projects that are first let two years after the passage of the ordinance.


Tuesday June 13

Public Safety Review Committee

5p room GR 27 CCB (access from 211 S Carroll St)


2. 47143 Increase in gun violence in our community - Alder McKinney Chief Koval's Blog and response to Mayor and Alders from April 25, 2017.pdf Treating violence as a contagious health issue with link to access further on printout.pdf What Works Community Safety.pdf Attachments: 


3. 47423 Creating Sections 5.15 and 6.18 of the Madison General Ordinances to authorize the City to reimburse the legal fees of persons defending or prosecuting a claim before the Police and Fire Commission and repealing RES-16-00697, the City Police and Fire Chiefs Reimbursement Policy. Attachments: PFC Reimbursement Table


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  This ordinance repeals the resolution passed last year regarding reimbursement of legal fees and costs for the police and fire chief in proceedings before the Police and Fire Commission (PFC) and replaces it with the standards in this ordinance.  It provides for reimbursement of legal fees by the City when a member of either the police or fire department successfully defends a complaint before the PFC, and establishes standards for determining success in the proceeding. This ordinance also provides that private persons who successfully prosecute actions before the PFC will have their fees reimbursed by the City.  It similarly sets standards for measuring a successful prosecution.

 The ordinance also provides that the Council may make adjustments in the fees to be paid if some claims are successful and others are not, including if the PFC finds a violation of standards but imposes no punishment.  The ordinance does not affect reimbursement provisions in any agreements the City has with police or fire unions or employee associations, and it does not generally apply to court proceedings.  In all instances where the ordinance or an agreement does not apply, the City retains its rights and obligations under state law to reimburse.?


Tuesday June 13

CNI Annual Meeting

6:30p Monona Terrace


This year's Capitol Neighborhoods Annual Meeting will highlight the importance of the urban forest and will feature two forestry experts--Professors Richard Hauer and John Harrington--to discuss current urban forestry issues in Madison and other cities. There will be a cash bar and complimentary light refreshments.


Wednesday June 14

Joint meeting Olbrich Botanical Society and Board of Park Commissioners

5:45p Olbrich Botanical  Gardens 3300 Atwood Ave, upstairs conference room


2 47642 Olbrich Botanical Gardens Expansion - Project 1 Update INFORMATIONAL


Thursday June 15

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Board

4p, rooms KO, Monona Terrace


1. 47633 Nolen Waterfront Project Presentation: Doug Kozel, AIA LEED AP Architect, Dave Mollenhoff, Madison Historian and City Activist, Frank Klancnik, PE, F.ASCE Adjunct Professor, UW-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Thursday June 15

Downtown Coordinating Committee

5:30p room 108 CCB


4. 32598 State Street Report and Updates - Proposal to legally allow bicycles through Philosophers' Grove 


5. 46294 Accepting the report entitled, "Ensuring a Vibrant Downtown Retail Destination: A Retail Assessment and Strategy for Downtown Madison", directing staff to begin implementing key recommendations of the report, and repealing resolution RES-15-00206 (Legislative File # 36697) 

Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings


131 S Fair Oaks (Kessenich's site)

Demolish the existing building and construct a five story mixed use building with ground floor retail and 184 residential units

Thursday, June 22, 2017  7:00 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, lower level Fellowship Hall
2401 Atwood Avenue

2729 Hermina St (the accessory parking lot in back of the East Side Shopping Center)

Construct two 4-unit residential buildings with attached garages

Tuesday June 27, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Annex basement 
3030 Darbo Drive

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