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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 January 15, 2018

January 13, 2018 11:36 PM

Highlights: Monday is a city and state holiday and there are lots of events being held to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's contributions. In the last few years, the rose colored glasses of racial progress have been replaced with a new laser sharp clarity about the work that still needs to be done in Madison and this country to achieve racial justice. I hope you will join me to use this holiday to renew our commitment to racial justice and repairing the harm done by racism. I believe it is key work that progressives need to continually engage in. 


At Tuesday's Council meeting, the vote on whether to reallocate 2018 budgeted funds to hire 8 new patrol officers will require 15 votes to amend the budget. The OIR Group consultants did not make a staffing recommendation but the report does highlight the need for more data about the community policing part of MPD's 50/50 split between regular patrol duties and proactive problem solving policing.  A request for consideration will be before the Council to revisit the veto override of Taco Bell Cantina's liquor license from the last meeting, it will require 14 votes to override the Mayor's veto if the Council agrees to reconsider. 


On Wednesday, the Street Use Staff Commission will take up Plan B's application for Fruit Fest to be held June 2 but the Pursuit of Happiness application for June 2-3 is not on the agenda (also note the later meeting time). But the POH application for a temporary alcohol license for June 2-3 is on the ALRC agenda Wednesday. I advised one of the key organizers to use one of the Central Park Sessions to celebrate the contributions of the Crystal Corner and the east end of Willy St businesses and got a positive response, I will report back when I can confirm that they are pursuing Central Park/McPike Park for the Pursuit of Happiness event.


Monday January 15, 2018

Annual Madison Dane County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Observance

5-8p Overture Center


Freedom sing-in begins at 5p, the program starts at 6p. The guest speaker is Frank A. Humphrey, Wisconsin NAACP.  Gaddi Ben Dan and Ali Muldrow were chosen by the City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and will receive the City-County Humanitarian Award for their work promoting peace among various communities. More info at the end of the blog.


Tuesday January 16, 2018

Common Council Executive Committee

4:30p room 103A CCB

6. 50076 Presentation: Food Access Improvement Map (Legislative File No. 49578) - George Reistad, Food Policy Coordinator with Nick Heckman (Public Health) and Milena Bernardinello (Planning)


Tuesday January 16

Common Council Presentation

5:45p room 201 CCB


City Forester, Marla Eddy, will be providing the Common Council with an update on Madison's efforts to combat the Emerald Ash Borer. 


Tuesday January 16

Common Council

6:30p room 201 CCB


9. 50126 Report of the Mayor submitting committee appointments (introduction 1/16/2018; action 2/6/2018). Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin Legislative History 1/10/18 Mayor's Office Referred for Introduction Confirm 2/6/2018

Appointments to the Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee


10. 49261 Public Hearing - New License Bell Great Lakes LLC • dba Taco Bell #3004063 534 State St • Agent: Ramon Santana III • Estimated Capacity: 72 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer, Class C Wine • 105% alcohol, 9095% food Aldermanic District 2 (Alder Zellers) • Police Sector 403




44. 49715 Authorizing the allocation of up to $90,000 among 3 non-profit agencies to help finance the provision of an array of homeless services beginning in 2018, as the result of a competitive RFP process conducted by Community Development Division; and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into agreements with those agencies to implement the designated programs and services. 


45. 49719 Authorizing the execution of a First Amendment to Lease pertaining to a lease with Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Community Center, Inc. for a portion of the City's East Rail Corridor located adjacent to 214 Waubesa Street.


48. 49855 Amending the 2018 Adopted Operating Budget of the Police Department to authorize the addition of eight (8) patrol officer positions and the purchase of three (3) marked squad cars. Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Paul E. Skidmore, Mark Clear, David Ahrens, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Steve King, Michael E. Verveer and Matthew J. Phair   (15 VOTES REQUIRED) 


62. 49964 Amending RES-17-00539 authorizing the amendment 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 funding to pay for said unit.


63. 49965 Amendment to RES-17-00540 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.


66. 49578 Accepting updates to the Food Access Improvement Map and authorizing the Madison Food Policy Council to accept future Food Access Improvement Map updates.


71. 49691 SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 38.07(4) and renumbering Sections 38.07(4) through (21) to Sections 38.07(5) through (22) of the Madison General Ordinances to allow patrons to order alcohol sales online and pick up merchandise in a designated parking area of the store.


There will be an alternate or second substitute presented that clarifies the standards for offering a "click and collect" online ordering service for alcohol. Items 75 and 76 were also referred. The new version should be in legistar by Tuesday.


75. 48536 Change of Licensed Premise Wal-Mart Stores East LP • dba Walmart #2335 4198 Nakoosa Trl. Agent: Trenton K. Bee Class A Liquor & Beer Aldermanic District 15 (Alder Ahrens) • Police Sector 607 Expanding premises to include six (6) canopy parking spaces for online grocery pickup.


76. 48537 Change of Licensed Premise Ultimate Mart LLC • dba Pick 'n Save #8179 261 Junction Road Class A Beer, Class A Liquor Aldermanic District 9 (Alder Skidmore) Expand premises to include parking spaces for online grocery pickup.




77. 50052 Amending Sections 2.21(2) and 3.03(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to clarify that Common Council consideration of overriding a Mayoral veto must be acted upon at the meeting it is initially presented and shall not be referred.


98. 50110 BY TITLE ONLY - Establishing a moratorium on issuance of new alcohol licenses in a high density, high police call area in downtown Madison. Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin Legislative History 1/10/18 Attorney's Office Referred for Introduction Alcohol License Review Committee, Public Safety Review Committee, Common Council Executive Committee


99. 50123 Approving an extension to due date for submitting the Fiber-to-the-Premise implementation plan to the Common Council.


101. 50133 Approving the Developer's Selection of the Hotel Franchise Company and Hotel Operator for the New Hotel to be Built on Block 105 as a Component of the Judge Doyle Development Project.


Wednesday January 17

Paid Leave Study

1p room 108 CCB


Heather Allen, Common Council Legislative Analyst, has invited members of the Common Council to a preview by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Community & Environmental Sociology Department staff on the city's paid leave study.


Wednesday January 17

Board of Public Works

4:30p room 108 CCB


5. 50051 Approving Plans, Specifications, And Schedule Of Assessments For South Livingston Street Reconstruction Assessment District - 2018.


15.* 50066 Declaring the City of Madison's intention to exercise its police powers establishing the S. Bryan Street, Daley Drive, James Street and Thorp Street Reconstruction District 2018. 


20.* 50074 Declaring the City of Madison's intention to exercise its police powers establishing the Winnebago and Merry Street Retaining Wall Assessment District - 2018


22. 50092 Change Order No. 7 to Contract No. 7939, MMB Renovation Construction, to JP Cullen & Sons, Inc., in the amount of $91,413.55. 


23. 50093 Change Order No. 1 to Contract No. 7952, Judge Doyle Garage, to JP Cullen & Sons Inc., in the amount of $149,109.80. 


24. 50120 Change Order No. 3 to Contract No. 7951, Capitol East District Parking Structure, to Miron Construction Co., Inc, in the amount of $95,517.39 with a time extension of 27-days. 


Wednesday January 17

Economic Development Committee

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

1. 49850 Madison College South Campus Initiative Presentation Presentation by Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III


Wednesday January 17

Street Use Staff Commission

5p room 108 CCB


3. 50011 FRUIT FEST 2018 Sa, June 2, 2018, 7am-10pm 900 Block Williamson St Music/concert and festival. Discuss location, schedule, set-up, route and activities. Corey Gresen, Plan B


Next Street Use Meeting - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 / CCB Room 108?


Wednesday January 17

Alcohol License Review Committee

5:30p room 201 CCB


4. 49878 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Madison Central Park Sessions Inc Event Location: 1200-1300 Williamson St., Baldwin St. (see application) Event Date: June 2-3, 2018 Aldermanic District 6 (Ald. Rummel) Police District: 408 Event: Pursuit of Happiness Festival


12. 49898 21+ Entertainment License Prosit-To-You Inc • dba Essen Haus • Capacity: 240 514 E Wilson Street • Agent: Robert Worm Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 45% alcohol, 55% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 406


Thursday January 18

Plan Commission

5p room GR 27 (enter 211 S Carroll St)



44190 Planning Division staff update on Comprehensive Plan - Imagine Madison - Review community feedback regarding prioritization of the Draft Strategies - Review potential changes to the Draft Generalized Future Land Use Map

The Plan Commission has started to have special meetings on the update to the Comp Plan. They are taking public comments.


Road Salt - Help protect our aquifer and drinking water


We rely heavily on road salt during our Wisconsin winters, but it comes with an environmental price. Road salt is contaminating local water bodies and the aquifer, Madison's drinking water source.

The City of Madison is implementing a voluntary Winter Salt Certification Program, open to all in Dane County. This program encourages winter maintenance professionals to use the least amount of de-icing material necessary in order to keep parking lots, roads, sidewalks and driveways safe. Find out how to get certified and view upcoming trainings by heading to the Get Certified page.

Phil Gaebler, Water Resources Specialist
(608) 266-4059


Monday January 15- Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance: 5-8 pm,  Overture Center

Freedom sing-in at 5 PM. Program begins 6 PM. Program features keynote speaker Frank A. Humphrey, MLK Community Choir and presentation of the MLK Humanitatian Award by County Executive Joe Parisi and Mayor Paul Soglin.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Frank A. Humphrey, president, NAACP Wisconsin State Conference

Former Member, NAACP National Board & Executive Committee

Frank Humphrey has given a full life of service that spans over 40 years with the NAACP and other community service and civil rights organizations. He currently serves as President of the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference. He served on the NAACP National Board for more than a decade and as a member of the NAACP Executive Committee under the leadership of the legendary civil rights icon, Julian Bond. He has served as NAACP National Board Asst. Treasurer and on numerous national NAACP Committees including Audit, Advocacy & Policy, Budget & Finance, and Legal Resolutions and Membership Committees. He served as Vice Chair of the Convention Planning Committee and was instrumental in bringing the NAACP National Convention to Milwaukee in 2005. His service has also included being designated the National Board Appointed Administrator for NAACP branches in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Las Vegas, Nevada and Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2016, he was elected as a corporate board member of the $2.6 billion U.W. Credit Union Board of Directors.

The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observances of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Coalition brings people from all walks of life together in the spirit of true brotherhood and sisterhood to commemorate the life and accomplishments of this renowned leader of the civil rights movement. King Coalition events encourage the people of Dane County to reaffirm their commitment to building a just community out of our racial, religious and economic diversity.


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