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Alder Marsha A. Rummel

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Alder Marsha A. Rummel

Contact Information

Home Address:

1029 Spaight St # 6C
Madison , WI 53703

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 Rummel’s Updates

D6 Items of Interest Week of April 16, 2018

April 15, 2018 11:01 PM

Highlights: Neighborhood meeting Monday night about proposed brewpub at Union Corners. Tuesday is the Council meeting, its a short one since we had one last week. Prior to the meeting, we will get a presentation on the Transportation Improvement Plan for 2019-2024. On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works is holding a public hearing on the Winnebago-Linden construction options. Also Wednesday there are several D6 license applications at ALRC, including the Union Corners brewpub.

Monday April 16, 2018

Committee on the Environment

4:30p Madison Water Utility bldg 110 S Paterson, room 121


51184 Tour of Water Utility Paterson St. facility. Al Larsen of the Madison Water Utility will lead a tour of the Paterson Street Operations center, highlighting the green infrastructure elements of the building. Tour will depart at approximately 4:45pm.


Monday April 16

Landmarks Commission

5p room 103A CCB


3. 50890 Amending Section 41.14 of the Madison General Ordinances to create an obligation for property owners in historic districts and next to Landmarks to refrain from engaging in behavior that contributes to the exterior decay of a neighboring property and to create a process for property owners to avoid prosecution for failing to maintain their building if, through no fault of their own, they are being prevented from doing so by a neighbor. Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel and Ledell Zellers 


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  The Historic Preservation Ordinance creates an obligation to maintain historic resources, such as landmarks, improvements on a landmark site, or improvements in historic districts.  Failure to fulfill those obligations can lead to prosecution for violations and, possibly, to a finding of demolition by neglect.  In some cases, such as when a zero lot line is involved, the ability to properly maintain one's property is dependent on the cooperation of the neighboring property owner.  If, for example, a neighbor refuses to allow access for maintenance purposes, the property owner who is obligated to maintain their property cannot do so.  The Historic Preservation currently has no mechanism to relieve a property owner - at least temporarily - of the duty to maintain in such circumstances.


This ordinance amends Sec. 41.14 to do two things.  First, it creates Sec. 41.14(2)(d), which places an obligation on all owners of property in historic districts or on property directly abutting a landmark or landmark site from engaging in behavior that causes or may cause exterior decay or deterioration of a neighboring property.  Engaging in such behavior could result in a notice of violation from the Building Inspector.  Second, this amendment creates Sec. 41.14(3), which adds a process for property owners who have a duty to maintain their property to request that the Landmarks Commission acknowledge, through a public hearing, that they have made efforts to maintain their property but have been prevented from doing so by a neighbor.  Such a finding by the Landmarks Commission would suspend prosecution of that particular alleged violation and could be used by the property owner as a defense if later prosecuted for demolition by neglect. ?


This substitute was necessary to add sub. (e), which more clearly provides a requirement to refrain from unreasonably preventing the owner of a landmark, improvement on a landmark site, or improvement in a historic district from maintaining the property.

Alder Comments: Alder Zellers and I sponsored this ordinance to clarify the obligation to maintain historic properties in situations where the owner of the historic property with a zero lot line is unable to work cooperativelywith the adjacent property owner. The substitute will be in legistar on Monday.


4. 47837 Landmarks Commission Historic Preservation Plan Status Report


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.

Tuesday April 17

Common Council Presentation

5:30p room 354 CCB


City Engineering staff will present information on the City's Transportation Improvement Plan for 2019 - 2024. The presentation will be followed by questions from the Common Council. 

The TIP is published annually by the MPO Transportation Planning Board Projects must be in the TIP to be eligible for federal funding. The TIP is not a final project plan, but a best guess, of projects planned by local entities such as the City of Madison and other implementing agencies, on an annual basis with a five year forecast. The Executive Capital Budget itemizes the proposed projects for the upcoming year, it is released on the first Tuesday in September.

Tuesday April 17
Common Council
6:30p room 354 CCB

1. 51161 Commending and thanking Alderperson Samba Baldeh for his dedicated and conscientious service during his tenure as Vice-President of the Madison Common Council.


2. 51162 Commending and thanking Alderperson Marsha Rummel for her dedicated and conscientious service during her tenure as President of the Madison Common Council.

12. 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)

13. 51126 Report: Landmarks Commission 2017 Annual Report

15. 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.

I worked with north and east side alders to incorporate the comments we heard from residents and other stakeholders at the February 28th listening session and from email communication to create the draft comments We hope to submit these comments to the National Guard Bureau soon.

19. 51170 Accepting the report by Strand Associates - Blair Street Corridor Study Report and approving geometry for the S Blair Street / John Nolen Drive / E Wilson Street / Williamson Street intersection. (6th & 4th ADs)

22. 51196 BY TITLE ONLY- Approving the provision of up to $150,000 in 2018 Emerging Opportunities Program (EOP) funds to agencies and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into agreements with those agencies to implement the designated projects.

Wednesday April 18
Dane County Narcotics Task Force Steering Committee
10a Monona City Hall 5211 Schluter Rd Monona

Wednesday April 18
Street Use Staff Team
10a room 108 CCB

1. 51188 MARCH FOR SCIENCE MADISON Sa, May 5, 2018, 1p-8:30p March route: Start James Madison Park, E. Gilman to N. Henry to Langdon St to Library Mall Rally/Celebration: Library Mall Event to champion science and promote evidence-based policies in the public interest.

2. 51190 MADISON MINI MAKER FAIRE Sa, May 12, 2018, 6:00am - 7:00pm 200 Block of MLK, Jr. Blvd. Maker Faire is a venue to show hobbies, experiments, projects. 


Wednesday April 18
Board of Public Works
4:30p room 354 CCB Public hearings begin at 5:30p

4. 50935 Approving Plans, Specifications and Schedule of Assessments for Winnebago Street, Atwood Avenue and Linden Avenue Assessment District - 2018. (6th AD)

From the project webpage:

This portion of Winnebago St. is currently 48 ft. wide, with a travel lane, bike lane, and parking lane in both directions, and approximately a 3 ft. terrace on both sides. Due to significant grade differences, a portion of the southeasterly side terrace has walls and railings adjacent to the sidewalk. There are two potential options for reconstructing Winnebago Street.

Option 1: Narrow the street by 2 ft. (down to 46 ft.) and maintain travel lanes and bike lanes in both directions, along with parking lanes on both sides of the street. This option would also include bumpouts at the intersections, and traffic calming islands at Fourth St. and Sutherland (mountable for driveway access). The bike lane and parking lane space would remain at standard widths, and the travel lanes would be narrowed by 1 ft. This option only provides for enough terrace space on the southwesterly side for small, ornamental tree plantings, and not enough space on the northwesterly side for any new tree plantings. A few parking stalls would be removed for the pedestrian improvements, and staff will review some of the bumpout areas to determine if some canopy trees could be planted within the bumpouts. This may involve extending the bumpouts, which would result in the removal of a few additional parking stalls. This option, as originally presented, provides for approximately 21 more parking stalls over Option 2, which may be reduced to approximately 17-18, if bumpouts are extended for more canopy type tree plantings.

Option 2: Narrow the street by 5 ft. (down to 43 ft.) between Sutherland and Bashford, and maintain travel lanes in both directions, a parking lane on one side, and bike lanes with 2 ft. painted buffers between the bike lanes and travel lanes to provide for more comfortable biking. The block between Second and Sutherland would essentially remain the same as described in Option 1. Bumpouts would also be constructed were feasible. This option would provide for enough space on the northwesterly side terrace for small, ornamental tree plantings (under overhead electric lines), and enough space for larger trees, albeit, not full canopy trees, on the southeasterly side. Similar to option 1, bumpout areas will be reviewed for the possibility of planting full canopy trees.

The City Parking Utility has completed a parking study in the area surrounding Winnebago St. to have a better understanding of the parking utilization in the area. The study was done at different times both during and after the alternate side parking (ASP) rules. A link to the data from that study has been posted. The results of the parking study indicated high utilization of the parking along this portion of Winnebago St. Parking Study PDF This PDF will open in a new window.

A significant amount of input has been received in support of both of the options that have been presented, so, based on the parking study and the input received thus far, Engineering is currently recommending Option 1. The assessment letter in legistar attachments (10. Winnebago BPW)  includes the latest information about trees to be removed and cost for each affected property owner.

Alder comments: The two options for reconstruction have generated a lot of emails, discussion on neighborhood listserves and social media. I am hearing from constituents who support both options. Many neighbors have expressed concerns about losing street parking,  others want  to create comfortable biking experiences and the opportunity to grow larger street trees. 

In 2017, the Council adopted Madison in Motion, a framework for future transportation decisions and investments. Recommendations include building and maintaining comfortable and safe infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists, improving the public transit system, building and maintaining streets and roadways for all users, and ensuring land use and transportation system coordination. The plan makes clear that streets need to be designed in a way that balances the needs of residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists as determined by the local context. 

In both options, Winnebago will become safer for all users, including bicyclists. The existing street will be narrowed,  which should slow traffic. Bumpouts will be added where feasible to lessen the distance crossing the intersection for pedestrians making it safer. The Fourth St intersection will be significantly improved.  Bike lanes will be marked. Some traffic calming islands will be added. Terraces will be widened 1.5' to 3.5' depending on the option.  Winnebago is part of a walkable neighborhood close to amenities. The question is what is the best plan for the street to accomodate all the users and the land use changes that are coming the Winnebago corridor - Madison CoHo on one end and Union Corners housing and commercial uses on the other end. 

The differences come down to eliminating 21 stalls of parking between Linden and Bashford on the north side of Winnebago in order to add a buffer zone to separate the bike lane from the travel lane, and the opportunity to plant larger street trees. I am not aware of any other street reconstruction project in the City of Madison where so many on-street parking stalls have been proposed to be removed. We have adopted plans and goals but we are asking property owners who will be paying over $450K collectively to replace curb, gutter, and drive aprons to lose access to a public amenity they rely on but we aren't asking businesses to lose their access to street parking from 2nd Street to Linden.  

I have asked Engineering to look at the possibility of adding larger trees to Option 1 by extending the bumpouts. Staff suggests 3-4 parking stalls would be lost if trees were added.  

11. 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.

Wednesday April 18
Alcohol License Review Committee
5:30p room 201 CCB

3. 50983 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Verona Wildcats Youth Hockey Association Event Location: 931 E Main Street Event Date: October 13, 2018 Aldermanic District 6 (Ald. Rummel) Police District: 408 Event: The Humdinger

From what I know now, I don't support this event. City staff raised questions about the route at the last Parks Commission meeting because the organizers proposed closing Ingersoll which would have impacted Metro. I have not been informed of the new route. The race has a Wisconsin theme-  it includes drinking 16 oz of beer or a non-alcoholic beverage at one of the stops - the event is sponsored by a youth sports team. From Verona. 

21. 51152 Change of Licensed Conditions Blue Agave Restaurant & Lounge LLC • dba Blue Agave Restaurant & Lounge • Capacity: 120 117 S Butler St • Agent: Sandra Alamilla Lopez Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 30% alcohol, 70% food Aldermanic District 4 (Alder Verveer) • Police Sector 406 Remove restriction against DJ's on condition two of entertainment license. 

Neighbors have concerns because the applicants stated they intended to be a lounge and agreed to limit to acoustic performances when their license was approved last October. The location is adjacent to residences.

27. 51132 21+ Entertainment License LEZAT Inc • dba Bandung Restaurant • Capacity: 90 600 Williamson St Suite M • Agent: Julie Adriansjach Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 20% alcohol, 80% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408 Recessed Public Hearing 

I support this application,

28. 50597 Public Hearing - New License I/O Arcade Bar LLC • dba I/O Arcade Bar 720 Williamson St • Agent: Mitchell Turino • Estimated Capacity: 155 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 75% alcohol, 15% food, 10% other Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408

MNA Board will make a recommendation at their monthly meeting on Monday. I will look forward to their comments.
29. 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

I am having a neighborhood meeting on Monday to get neighborhood input on this proposal.


Wednesday April 18

Subcommittee on City Government

6p room 321 CCB


The Task Force on Government Structure is creating a subcommittee to gather input from past officials to inform their work. This is the first meeting to figure out how to proceed.




6 LIST OF POSSIBLE OFFICIALS a. Current and former Mayors (Soglin, Cieslewicz, Bauman, Sensenbrenner, Skornicka) b. Former Council Presidents and Vice-Presidents c. All former council members (current?) d. Current and past public officials (Paul Reilly, Dean Brasser, Larry Nelson, George Austin, Janet Piraino, Eunice Gibson, Dave Schmiedicke, Natalie Erdman, others) e. Other 


7 OPTIONS FOR GATHERING INFORMATION a. Survey b. Public Hearing c. Invitation d. Other

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