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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 29, 2018

January 28, 2018 9:23 PM

Highlights: On Tuesday, the Landmarks Commission, Equal Opportunities Commission and the Board of Park Commissioners will hold a joint meeting to discuss the fate of the Confederate Monument in Forest Hill Cemetery erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. There is also a special meeting Tuesday of the Plan Commission on the Comprehensive Plan. Check out plans for the new Pinney Library on Wednesday. There are several upcoming meetings at the end of the blog about new developments and street reconstructions. 


Monday January 29, 2018

Landmarks Commission

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


2. 50157 1314 Jenifer - Exterior Alteration in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist. 

3. 50155 308 S Paterson - Exterior Alteration in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.

6. 50166 Annual Review of Landmarks Commission Policy Document 

7. 47837 Landmarks CommissMyion Historic Preservation Plan Status Report 

8. 49752 Landmarks Commission Review of Public Engagement Strategy for Ordinance Revisions


Monday January 29

Task Force on Equity in Music and Entertainment

5:30p Pinney Library 204 Cottage Grove Rd


1. 50142 Emerging issue: potential MPD involvement (10) 

2. 50143 Identification of root causes (35) 

3. 50144 Brainstorming possible solutions (35) 


Monday January 29


6p  Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave


At this session, Common Council members will: 1. Receive an overview and gain a basic understanding of the evolution, connection, and current status and future direction of Strategic Management. 2. Jointly set expectations for the Common Council in supporting Strategic Management. 3. Provide feedback about Strategic Management and Council Member expectations.


Tuesday January 30

Plan Commission - Special meeting

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


44190 Planning Division staff update on Comprehensive Plan - Imagine Madison 


Review community feedback regarding Growth Prioritization - Review draft language regarding flexibility for incremental development of areas that are recommended for mixed-use - Discussion on the relationship between the Generalized Future Land Use Map and older Neighborhood Plans - Discussion on mapping areas for urban agriculture - Brief overview of community suggestions for Actions to implement the Strategies 


Tuesday January 30

Joint meeting of Board of Park Commissioners, Equal Opportunities Commission, and Landmarks Commission

6p Warner Community Rec Center, 1625 Northport Dr


Establishing a Plan for the Confederate Monuments in Forest Hill Cemetery.

The Board of Parks Commissioners, through their authority under Madison General Ordinances Section 8.11, the Landmarks Commission, through its authority over Forest Hills Cemetery under Madison General Ordinances Chapter 41, and the Equal Opportunities Commission shall jointly meet to consider the following three options with regard to the two Lost Cause monuments in Forest Hill Cemetery:  whether to take down and permanently remove the two Lost Cause monuments, whether to leave the monuments in place but alter the messages contained therein, and whether to leave one or both of the Lost Cause monuments in the Cemetery but erect a new monument providing detail of the false narrative of the Lost Cause and the role these monuments play in that effort.

Click on the legistar link for 19 attachments that may be of interest.


Wednesday January 31

President's Work Group on Surveillance

5p room 103A CCB


This the first meeting of the committee which is comprised of all alders. This initiative comes from recommendations of the CCEC Presidents Workgroup on Police and Community Relations. It's mission is to develop a policy governing the purchase and use of all surveillance equipment employed by all City agencies.  


Wednesday January 31

View Preliminary Plans for New Pinney Library at Royster Corners

6:30-8p Pinney Library 204 Cottage Grove Rd


Thursday February 1

Public Market Development Committee

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


27499 Public Market Discussion -MarketReady Program Update -Operations & Governance -Fundraising Update -New Market Tax Credits Update -Project design and development agreement discussion


Upcoming Meetings


February 5 - Grandfamily Housing Neighborhood Meeting, 7p,  Carbon Apartments Community Room, 2418 Winnebago


Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will learn about the Union Corners Grandfamily project, the third phase of a master development on the Union Corners site by Gorman & Company. The Grandfamily project is a new construction development consisting of a mix of affordable and market-rate units for families. Specifically, this development will target grandfamilies (grandparents raising grandchildren) and kinship families (family members raising other family members' children). The project will include 60 units between two buildings, both three stories in height, with underground parking and apartments and community space above. Carbon Apartments Community Room - 2418 Winnebago Street, please enter through the leasing office entrance. The Community Room is located next to the office.


February 13 - Winnebago Public Information Meeting #2, 6p, Goodman Community Center-Merrill Lynch room, 149 Waubesa St


February 15 -  MPD Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee?, 5:30p, Urban League of Greater Madison 2222 S Park St. MPD response to the OIR Report will be available by January 30, they will present response to the Ad Hoc Committee


February 15 - Bryan St, Daley, James St Public Information Meeting, 6:30p, Goodman Community Center-Merrill Lynch room, 149 Waubesa St







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