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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 9, 2018

April 7, 2018 10:44 PM

Highlights: The second Atwood Reconstruction public information meeting is Monday. Staff will show revised plans after getting feedback from the public at the first meeting. Tuesday's Council meeting will decide the fate of the Confederate Monuments in Forest Hill Cemetery, see my comments below. The new playground equipment for Reger Park and Elmside Circle are going out to bid. We are naming the new street extension in Worthington after Richard Davis, a bassist and jazz legend of international renown. The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee meets for the second time on Wednesday. The city is holding the first public information meeting for the Milwaukee St Plan on Thursday. Check out upcoming meetings at the end of the update for neighborhood meetings.

Monday April 9, 2018

Police and Fire Commission

5:15p room GR 27 CCB (enter 211 S Carroll St)


6. OIR Report Informal discussion by Commissioners. May address status of consideration of Report by other bodies; implications of Report for PFC practices; inquiries and instructions to legal counsel; scheduling of further discussion


Monday April 9

Oscar Meyer Strategic Assessment Committee

5:30p Goodman South Madison Library 2222 S Park St


Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee Meeting Materials


Monday April 9

City County Homeless Issues Committee

6:30p room 357 CCB


1. 50298 Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness 

2. 50299 System Gaps Analysis and Recommendations (MUM Gaps Analysis from 2012 attached as reference for discussion) 

3. 50300 Discussion and Possible Action on Committee Quorum Rules 

4. 50776 2019 City and County Budget Recommendations 

5. 50777 2017 Eviction Report Statistics?


Monday April 9

Atwood Reconstruction Public Information Meeting #2

6:30p Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave


The project extends approximately 1.13 miles along Atwood Avenue from Fair Oaks Avenue to Cottage Grove Road.

The meeting will be conducted in an informal, open house format. A brief presentation will be given at 6:45 P.M. The city of Madison and design consultant representatives will be available to discuss the proposed project and address questions or concerns.

The proposed project will include reconstruction of the existing roadway from Fair Oaks Avenue to Cottage Grove Road. The proposed project includes pavement reconstruction, curb and gutter, existing sidewalk spot replacements and repairs, new multi-use path/sidewalk, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant curb ramps, storm sewer replacement, new street lighting, replacement of sanitary sewer and water main, new pavement marking, and new signs. The new bike path with adjacent sidewalk will primarily run parallel with Atwood Avenue with a portion that will continue along the existing path along Lake Monona and connect into Lakeland Avenue. The path will include a new pedestrian/bike bridge crossing over the Starkweather Creek parallel to the roadway bridge. New parking areas and street lighting are also included.

Off-street bicycle accommodations will be provided as part of the project. The exception being between Fair Oaks Avenue and Oakridge Avenue. Inbound cyclists have the opportunity of continuing on-street in a shared peak hour/parking lane or divert to the nearby Capital City Trail. Due to space constraints, outbound cyclists can either continue from the west on-street or utilize Fair Oaks Avenue on-street bike lanes to navigate to nearby adjacent routes including the Capital City Trail to connect into Atwood Avenue. A wider 7-foot wide sidewalk will be provided on the south side of Atwood Avenue within this segment to accommodate added pedestrian volume and small children with a destination of Lowell Elementary School.

Off-street bike facilities include a 10-foot wide path with an adjacent 5-foot wide sidewalk that extends along the south side of Atwood Avenue, between Oakridge Avenue and Margaret Street. To maintain the wider path adjacent to Atwood Avenue and minimize impacts to adjacent properties, the 5-foot sidewalk adjacent to the path will terminate just south of Margaret Street upon entering the City of Monona. In addition, travel lanes are minimized from 11 feet to 10 feet at the intersection of Atwood Avenue and Cottage Grove Road in order to maintain the off street multi-use facility without having large impacts to adjacent buildings and landscaping.


Tuesday April 10

Common Council Executive Committee

4:30p room 108 CCB


6. 51047 Update: Task Force on Structure of City Government (4/10/18) 

7. 51048 Update: President's Work Group to Develop City-Wide Surveillance Equipment and Data Management Policies (4/10/18)



This is my last CCEC meeting as Council President. My year long term as President is coming to a close. There will be Council leadership elections at the April 17 Council meeting. It was an honor to serve the Council and have the opportunity to manage the hiring process of our first Chief of Staff, Kwasi Obeng.


Tuesday April 10

Discussion Common Council 

5:45p room 201 CCB


City staff will be briefing the members of the Common Council on the Madison Metro Transit Building Executive Summary & Recommendations Report. Note, Resolution 50922 authorizing a non-competitive purchase of services contract with Mead and Hunt for professional architectural and engineering services for the design of (2019 - Phase 1) Metro Bus Barn Facility Upgrades is scheduled for Common Council action on April 17, 2018. 


Tuesday April 10

Common Council

6:30p room 201 CCB


1. 50978 Presentation: Poetry Recitation by Ali Muldrow - "Girl Got Game" & Oscar Mireles, City Poet Laureate, on recognizing April 2018 as National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States


7. 50597 Public Hearing - New License I/O Arcade Bar LLC • dba I/O Arcade Bar 720 Williamson St • Agent: Mitchell Turino • Estimated Capacity: 250 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 80% alcohol, 10% food, 10% other Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408


The applicant agreed to refer at the last ALRC meeting to allow the MNA P&D to review and make recommendations to the Board. See my March 19 update for a summary of the March 14 neighborhood meeting. The capacity the applicant is now seeking is 155 based on his architect's review of the space.


20. 51043 Authorizing the City of Madison to submit a grant application for up to $1,000,000 to the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Public Art Challenge to fund costs for a Citywide temporary public art project and authorizing the Council President and Vice President to sign a letter of support on behalf of the Common Council to be submitted with the grant application and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a contract with Bloomberg Philanthropies to accept Grant funding if it is awarded.


38. 50971 Request to extend license issuance beyond the 90 day limit under MGO 38.05 Encore Adventure LLC • dba Tiny's Tap House 308 S Paterson Street • Agent: Holly Alexander • Estimated Capacity: 30 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 75% alcohol, 20% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408


39. 48643 Establishing a Plan for the Confederate Monuments in Forest Hill Cemetery.


3/8/18 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s) to the BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Recommendation: Take down the current monuments and thus prevent gloriying the so -called "Lost Cause" movement by the repetition of the names of the confederate soldiers. The removed monuments should be given to the Wisconsin Historical Society for storage. No new monuments or markers should be erected in their place. The EOC also affirms the committment to rejecting all racist monuments, language, and hate groups in the City of Madison. 


3/14/18 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICER Recommendation: Support the removal of the smaller marker, leave the standing (larger) monument as is, and add contextualizing signage in the former location of the smaller marker. Also, that the smaller marker be offered to the Wisconsin State Historical Society and not be offered to any private resident. 


3/19/18 LANDMARKS COMMISSION Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s) to the BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Recommendations: The small plaque should not have been uninstalled without an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness and that an application should be submitted by the Common Council . Upon the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove the small plaque , the Commission suggests that the plaque be offered to the WI Veteran 's museum and the WI State Historical Society and not to private individuals. The motion passed on a voice vote. The large cenotaph should be retained in Confederate Rest. The motion passed on a voice vote, with Rummel voting opposed. An interpretive display should be installed, that  the Common Council should commission its drafting by a qualified historian, and that the events surrounding the small plaque be included in the display. The Commission further stipulated that the text, appearance, and placement of the display must be reviewed and approved by the relevant bodies prior to installation. The motion passed on a voice vote.


Two of the three committees asked to review the monuments recommended keeping the larger monument and adding an interpretive sign. All three committees supported removing the small plaque that valorized confederate soldiers. I was the lone No vote on Landmarks opposed to keeping the large monument. The monument does list the names of the soldiers which I acknowledge we need to memorialize but it also inscribed with the words "Erected in Loving Memory By United Daughters of the Confederacy to Mrs. Alice Whiting Waterford and her boys." You can see photos of the monuments in the second attachment.


If you google the United Daughters of the Confederacy, you will find the group is still active. They accept membership applications from "women who are at least 16 years of age who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or who gave Material Aid to the Cause". Here are the Articles of Incorporation posted on their website: 

To honor the memory of those who served and those who fell in the service of the Confederate States.
To protect, preserve and mark the places made historic by Confederate valor.
To collect and preserve the material for a truthful history of the War Between the States.
To record the part taken by Southern women in patient endurance of hardship and patriotic devotion during the struggle and in untiring efforts after the War during the reconstruction of the South.
To fulfill the sacred duty of benevolence toward the survivors and toward those dependent upon them.
To assist descendants of worthy Confederates in securing proper education.
To cherish the ties of friendship among the members of the Organization.


In my opinion, the legacy of the UDC continues today. The monument, dedicated in 1906, was part of a national movement to whitewash the Civil War and turn it into the War Between the States.  I believe in 2018, we have an obligation, as a community and a nation,  to repair the harm that slavery created. I will recommend to the Council that we remove the monument and erect an interpretive sign with the names of the soldiers, where they came from, the story of their capture and treatment, and how they came the Confederate Rest at Forest Hill Cemetery.


46. 50879 Amending the Master List of Street Names and Designations and amending the City Engineer's Street Numbering Map, referred to in Sections 10.34(2) and 10.35, Madison General Ordinances by designating Richard Davis Lane as the street name for the new public street connection between Webb Avenue and Darbo Drive. (6th AD)


Richard Davis is an amazing teacher, artist and advocate. This article from OnWisconsin captures him well


53. 50914 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for Park Playground Improvements - Group 2. (16th, 6th, 27th, & 12th ADs)


The proposed resolution approves plans and specifications and authorizes the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for the Park Playground Improvements - Group 2 project. Included in Group 2 are funds for Elmside Circle Park Playground and Reger Park Playground.


59. 50663 Accepting the Report, "Family and Medical Leave Use and Need Among City of Madison Employees".


65. 50527 SUBSTITUTE - Authorizing the City of Madison to enter into a contract with the Madison Central Business Improvement District (BID) for $60,000 to fund the continuation of the Downtown Activities Program focused on existing plazas around the Capitol Square and State Street (2nd, 4th and 8th AD).


73. 50919 SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 3.54(25)(b) and renumbering current Section 3.54(25)(b) to (c) of the Madison General Ordinances to provide a stipend to offset the cost of qualifying domestic partner health insurance.


74. 50922 Resolution authorizing a non-competitive purchase of services contract with Mead and Hunt for professional architectural and engineering services for the design of (2019 - Phase 1) Metro Bus Barn Facility Upgrades. (6th AD)


77. 50662 Approving the allocation of $50,000 in previously authorized funds from Miscellaneous Appropriations to fund eleven (11) proposals received during the 2018 Madison Food Policy Council "SEED" Grants funding process, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into agreements with the associated agencies, organizations, groups, and individuals to implement the designated projects or programs.


81. 49284 2nd SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 23.52 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish guidelines for the operation of security cameras at convenience stores and amending Section 1.08 to establish a bail deposit schedule for violation of this ordinance.


87. 50973 Declaring the City of Madison Common Council's Intent to Submit Comments to the Air National Guard as Part of the F-35 Operational Beddown Environmental Impact Statement.




92. 51065 Amending Section 28.183(8) of the Madison General Ordinances to require that the Plan Commission decide whether minor alterations should be approved if the alderperson of the district and the Director of Planning and Community and Economic Development do not agree on whether the minor alteration should be approved. Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This amendment requires that that the Plan Commission shall decide whether to approve a request for minor alteration to a conditional use if the Director of Planning and Community and Economic Development and Alderperson of the District disagree about whether a minor alteration should be approved. This language adopts similar language already contained in Sec. 28.098(6)(a), MGO, pertaining to minor alterations in Planned Developments.?


97. 51018 Amending the 2018 Stormwater Utility Capital Budget to transfer $600,000 in existing budget authority from the Starkweather Creek Coagulant Treatment project and $200,000 from the Storm Sewer System Improvements project to the Pavement Management, Reconstruction Streets, and Darbo/Webb Street Reconstruction projects to provide adequate funding for those projects to continue to bid and construction.


101. 51081 Approving the 2018 Neighborhood Grant Program recommendations made by the Staff Review Team and authorizing the Planning Division Director, Finance Director and City Attorney to execute grant agreements on behalf of the City


SASY's application did not make the cut.


102. 51084 Authorizing the City of Madison to accept ownership from Schenk Atwood Starkweather Yahara Neighborhood Association of picnic tables and boulder seating to be located at 252 Jackson Street and within St. Paul Avenue right-of-way.


104. 51091 Approving the Madison Public Market Foundation as the future operator of the Madison Public Market and directing staff to begin working with the Madison Public Market Foundation on creating an Operating Agreement for the Madison Public Market.


107. 51049 Public Hearing - New License Looking For Group Brewing Madison LLC dba Looking For Group Brewing Madison LLC 2438 Winnebago St • Agent: Eric Peterson • Estimated Capacity: 120 (40 outdoor) Class B Beer, Class C Wine • 60% alcohol, 30% food, 10% other Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 600?


See upcoming meetings below for information about a neighborhood meeting on April 16th.


Wednesday April 11

Urban Design Coalition

4:30p room 351 CCB


1. 50651 2045 Atwood Avenue - Comprehensive Design Review for "Kennedy Place." 6th Ald. Dist. Owner: Joe Krupp Applicant: Dan Yoder, Sign Art Studio


Wednesday April 11

Transit and Parking Commission

5p room 201 CCB

F.1. 51096 Metro: Mead & Hunt study overview of Metro Bus Barn Facility Upgrades. 


F.3. 50019 TPC Resolution No. 19-21 for the approval to Eliminate Paratranist Leave Attended Service and Paratransit Convenience Tickets as of 6/3/18. 

Other proposed changes have been deferred to a later date. No action will be taken at this meeting. 


G.1. 50922 Resolution authorizing a non-competitive purchase of services contract with Mead and Hunt for professional architectural and engineering services for the design of (2019 - Phase 1) Metro Bus Barn Facility Upgrades. 


H.1. 51089 Public Hearing on Metro's proposed service changes effective in August. Members of the public are allowed five minutes to speak. Please note that action on the proposal will be taken at the May 9, 2018 meeting of the commission.? 6:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING: to hear public comment on Metro's August service changes 


Wednesday April 11

Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee

6:30p John Wall Family Pavilion, Tenney Park, 402 N Thornton Ave


5. Introduction to City Plans 

6. Overview of historic preservation plans and typical content 

7. Living History Project overview 

8. How can Madison go beyond the typical plan? A. How can we create a community that values history and connects people to place? B. How can we capture the intangible parts of our story? 

9. What is next? A. Review the HPP process B. Review the role of the Advisory Committee C. Next meetings

Meeting Materials for Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee


Thursday April 12

Milwaukee St Special Area Plan Public Information Meeting #1

6:30p Whitehorse Middle School 218 Schenk St


The City of Madison has initiated a joint planning process with the Town of Blooming Grove to create land use and transportation recommendations for the area generally bound by Milwaukee St., Fair Oaks Avenue, and Highways 51 and 30. While the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan boundary contains approximately 300 acres, the focus will be on undeveloped areas and underutilized sites along nearly one mile of Milwaukee St. between Fair Oaks Ave and Highway 51. The planning area, which abuts the Eastmorland and Worthington Park neighborhoods, contains several major commercial sites, including Woodman's Food Market, the US Post Office and the Swiss Colony warehouse. Milwaukee St. is also home to Madison Metro Transit's East Transfer Point, used by 15 bus routes providing the surrounding area with some of the highest levels transit service in the City. North of Milwaukee St., the planning area transitions from urban to natural, with Starkweather Creek, wetlands and approximately 100 acres that will be preserved as open space.  The plan is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018. For additional information, visit the project website at and sign up for email list or contact Dan McAuliffe with the City of Madison Planning Division at or 608-261-9676


Friday April 13

President's Work Group to Develop City Wide Surveillance Equipment ad Data Management Policies

12p room 354 CCB






Upcoming Meetings-


Monday April 16

Neighborhood meeting RE Brewpub at 2438 Winnebago

7p Carbon Apartments Community room 2418 Winnebago St 


Please join me and Eric Peterson for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about Mr. Peterson's proposal to open a brewpub and restaurant at 2438 Winnebago Street. The establishment would have a 2500 square foot production area for brewing/storage, 1800 square foot dining area, 200 square foot bar, and approximately 1000 square foot patio with outdoor seating. Hours of operation would vary, with an earliest opening time of 9:00 a.m. and latest closing time of 2:00 a.m., per brewpub regulations. Estimated capacity is 120 indoors, 40 outdoors. In addition to the State-issued brewpub license, Mr. Peterson has also applied for Class B Beer and Class C Wine licenses from the City of Madison. The Alcohol License Review Committee will consider his application at its meeting on April 18. 


Please enter through the leasing office entrance. The Community Room is located next to the office.


Monday April 23

Neighborhood meeting RE Working Draft Beer Co's request for outdoor seating

7:30p Luke House, 310 S Ingersoll


The owners of Working DraftBeer Co., 1129 E. Wilson Street, have applied for a Conditional Use Permit to allow outdoor seating.  The outdoor space would be adjacent to the taproom, be designated as a non-smoking area, and have no amplified music.  Current capacity is 99; the proposed outdoor area would have a seated capacity of 40.  Proposed hours for the patio are Monday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will learn more about the proposal.



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