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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 October 29, 2018

October 28, 2018 9:14 PM

I stand with my family, friends, fellow workers and neighbors to condemn racist assaults and murder, the daily misogyny and queer/trans phobia, hatred of Jewish and Muslim religion and people, anti-immigrant bigotry and the inhumane separation of families, and the calculated incitements to violence that have escalated since a Pandora's box of evil afflictions was opened in 2016. Thank you to everyone who is campaigning for a better world.

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.
Live in the present.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
Do the things that need to be done.
Do all the good you can each day.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
but neither are you free to abandon it.
Do the next right thing.
The future will unfold.

-- attributed to Talmudic texts


Highlights: Curbside collection of sandbags begins Monday October 29. You must put sandbags in the terrace before Sunday November 25. If your property is not located in the flood zone area, you will need to request collection.  More details including map of flood zone area here

Early voting continues this week at area libraries and the City County Building.

Monday October 29, 2018

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee

5p room 103A CCB


LORC hasn't meet since last December. We were waiting for the consultant to conduct two rounds of meetings with residents from each of the five historic districts.  Now this alder only committee will be in the hurry mode because the clock is ticking. The goal is to finish before spring 2019 elections.


1. Process Overview

2. Update on Findings from Historic District Round 1 Meetings

3. Historic District Round 2 Presentation

4. Discussion of Findings from Historic District Round 2 Meetings

5. Discussion of General Plan to Move Forward


Monday October 29

Transportation Policy and Planning Board

5p room 201 CCB


E.1. 53472 Adopting the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan.

E.2. 53405 Amending the Metro Transit 2018 Operating Budget to authorize the City of Madison to accept funds in the amount of $10,000 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in support of the JobRide Plus-Dane County project seeking to develop a proposal to connect public transit with transportation to jobs outside of Metro's service area.

E.3. 53220 Amending Sections 12.1335(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to expand the boundaries of the "Snow Emergency Zone."

F.1. 53629 Dream up submittal and concept

F.2. 53630 County Highway Jurisdictional Transfer update

F.4. 53631 Transit initiative package concept


Tuesday October 30

Common Council Executive Committee

4:30p room 108 CCB


6. 53433 Amending Section 2.20(1) and creating Section 2.20(3) of the Madison General Ordinances to allow the Mayor to delegate the duty to preside or chair meetings of the Common Council. Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin UPDATES


7. 53208 Update: 311 Request for Proposals (RFP) - Sarah Edgerton, Information Technology Director and Chief Information Officer


8. 53459 Update: City's Performance Excellence Survey - Council President Samba Baldeh / Kwasi Obeng, Council Chief of Staff


9. 52966 Update: Task Force on Structure of City Government (10/30/18) - City Attorney Mike May Attachments: 10/30/18 CCEC Update TFOG.pdf


10. 53036 Update: President's Work Group to Develop City-Wide Surveillance Equipment & Data Management Policies (10/30/18) - Update from September 14, 2018 & October 26, 2018 meetings


Tuesday October 30

Common Council presentation

5:30p room 201 CCB


Members of the City's Community Safety Intervention Team (CSIT) will present  information on their activities to the Common Council and answer questions from alders.

In February 2017 Mayor's office created a Rapid Response Team to strategize how to respond to increase in violence. Later this team was renamed the Community Safety Intervention Team (CSIT), it is an umbrella group of key organizational stakeholders who care about community violence and have the resources to help. They share information and develop strategies which will serve to mitigate and repair the harm violence causes in our community. The group also has protocols in place to respond to critical incidents of violence in order to prevent further harm to the community. The group meets biweekly but also has the ability to convene and activate protocols quickly in the event of a critical incident.

In the presentation members of the team will go over the formation of the group, partnerships, protocols as well as their mission and purpose. They will answer any questions alders may have and discuss the future of the CSIT.


Tuesday October 30

Common Council

6:30p room 201 CCB



1.53172 2019 Executive Operating Budget


9. 53221 SUBSTITUTE Amending Sections 28.211, 28.151, 28.061, 28.072, 28.082 and 28.091 of the Madison General Ordinances to add Tasting Room as a use and to amend the supplemental regulations of Restaurant-Nightclub and make Restaurant-Nightclub a conditional use in all districts where it is allowed.


RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO RE-REFER - PUBLIC HEARING to the PLAN COMMISSION On a motion by Berger, seconded by Oeth, the Plan Commission recommended that the zoning text amendment be re-referred to the November 5, 2018 Plan Commission meeting (November 20, 2018 Common Council). The motion passed by voice vote/other.


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance adds Tasting Room as a use in the food and beverage use category. Tasting rooms are a relatively new use that are becoming more frequently requested in Madison. Tasting Rooms are places that offer beer, wine, or liquor for consumption on the premises that was manufactured or rectified on the premises or at an off-site location associated with the Tasting Room. Under state law, as long as these establishments sell only the beer, wine, or liquor that they manufacture or rectify, they do not require a class A or B liquor license and, therefore, do not have regulatory oversight by the City like other similar alcohol and beverage uses. They are licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Accordingly, this ordinance adds Tasting Room as a use and makes it a conditional use in all employment districts and in NMX, MXC, TSS, CC and CC-T. As a conditional use, the city will be able to exercise regulatory oversight similar to that provided to traditional licensed establishments.

This ordinance also amends the supplemental regulations for Restaurant-Nightclub. Under the current ordinance, only restaurant-nightclubs that operate between the house of midnight and 5 a.m. require conditional use approval. This ordinance makes all restaurant-nightclubs a conditional use. It also removes the exception in the supplemental regulation making restaurant night clubs established before the effective date of the ordinance a permitted (as opposed to a nonconforming) use. 

This Substitute retains Restaurant-tavern as a Conditional Use in the LMX and NMX Districts.

12. 53453 Submitting the appointment of Yang Tao for confirmation of a five-year term as the City Traffic Engineer

26. 53509 Request to extend license issuance beyond the 90 day limit under MGO 38.05 Vintage II Inc • dba Tangent 803 E Washington Ave • Agent: Trent Kraemer Estimated Capacity: 387 inside / 75 outside Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 41% alcohol, 55% food, 4% other Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 407

January 2019 is the target date for completion of construction.

27. 52928 Adopting the 2018-2023 Park and Open Space Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan.

39. 53438 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for the Pinney Library. (15th AD)

41. 53456 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for Olbrich Cottage - Roof Replacement. (6th AD)

47. 53474 Approving State / Municipal Agreement for Local Let Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Project I.D. 5992-10-40/41 for Garver Path and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute this agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation for construction cost sharing and State design review costs.(6th & 15th ADs)

48. 53476 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an amended agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the improvement of E. Johnson Street (N. Baldwin Street to First Street). (2nd & 12th ADs)

51. 53491 Declaring the City of Madison's intention to exercise its police powers establishing the Williamson Street and East Wilson Street Assessment District - 2019. (6th AD)

52. 53504 Requesting Dane County and the City of Madison convene a technical work group to study strategies for reducing the risk of future high lake level events and flooding on the Yahara River and the Yahara Lakes.

61. 53284 Approving the Amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #46 (Research Park), City of Madison.

62. 53358 Creating Section 3.32(16) of the Madison General Ordinances to provide for Paid Parental Leave.

63. 53404 Authorizing the Mayor and Chief of Police to accept the FY2018 USDOJ STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program award for $250,000 and to utilize these funds to prevent school violence, through the training of school personnel and the education of students; and amend budgets accordingly

69. 53530 Authorizing an Amendment to the Executed Development Agreement between the City of Madison and Beitler Real Estate Services LLC and Directing Further Actions as a Component of the Judge Doyle Development Project.


82. 53620 Amending Section 41.09 of the Madison General Ordinances to clarify when a certificate of appropriateness is required under Sec. 41.09 of the Historic Preservation Ordinance at Forest Hill Cemetery. Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel

DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  The Common Council designated the entire Forest Hill Cemetery as a Landmark in 1990. The form nominating Forest Hill for Landmark status provides several reasons for the historical significance of the Cemetery, including its landscape architecture and that it serves as the final resting place for several persons of transcendent importance in local, state and national history: historian Frederick Jackson Turner, Cordelia Harvey, Eston Hemings Jefferson, Robert M. LaFollette, Sr., and several other Wisconsin governors, the graves of some of Madison's earliest Jewish citizens, as well as the confederate rest area, a specific section of the cemetery surrounded by a stone outcropping where 140 CSA prisoners of war who died at Camp Randall were buried in 1862. Thus, Forest Hill's historic significance as a landmark site ranges from the uniqueness of its landscape architecture to the effigy mounds that were constructed there over a thousand years ago to the historical significance of the people who have been buried there. 

In addition to being a Landmark, Forest Hill Cemetery is also an active cemetery that is operated and maintained by the City Parks Department.  This means - among other things - that new gravesites and landscape features are being added often daily.  Read literally, Sec. 41.09 would require a certificate of appropriateness from the Landmarks Commission any time the Parks Department interred a body or planted a tree.  Nevertheless, the City has never sought certificates of appropriateness for such actions.  Instead, the city traditionally seeks certificates of appropriateness when engaging in larger projects, such as repairs to the mausoleum. 

This amendment clarifies what actions require certificates of appropriateness at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Under this ordinance, a certificate of appropriateness would not be required to add a new gravesite, memorial or landscape feature to the cemetery.  Nor would a certificate of appropriateness be required when alterating, demolishing, removing, or relocating any existing structure, object, or landscape feature that is less than fifty years old at the time of its alteration, demolition, removal, or relocation.  Fifty (50) years is significant to this exception because it expresses the guidance provided by the Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines for Rehabilitation that fifty years as the amount of time that must pass before a structure, object, or landscape feature gains historic value.  Finally, a certificate of appropriateness would not be required to conduct routine day-to-day cemetery operations.

92. 53603 Establishing a sister city relationship between the cities of Madison, Wisconsin in the United States and Bahir Dar, Amhara Region in Ethiopia.

96. 53633 Awarding up to $4.82 million from the Affordable Housing Fund and $2,280,000 in Federal HOME funds to support four development projects, selected through a City Request for Proposals (RFP) process, that will construct approximately 310 units of affordable rental housing in Madison, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute loan agreements with the developers of those projects

The 2019 Executive Capital Budget authorizes $4.5 million of new spending for the Affordable Housing Fund (AHF). In addition, it carries forward the authority to spend $1,220,500 from the 2018 Adopted Capital Budget not yet committed to specific housing projects.  In addition, the 2019 Executive Operating Budget also reflects the availability of at least $5 million in 2018-2019 funds under the Federal HOME Program.  This resolution draws on both resources to provide up to a combined $7.1 million in direct financial support for four proposed affordable housing developments that will also leverage federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).

This resolution, if adopted, will allocate up to $7.1 million in City-administered funds for the four projects outlined below. Collectively, these projects will contribute to the development of approximately 310 units of affordable rental housing.  The resolution proposes the following allocation of funds:

Up to $1,850,000 million (of AHF funds) - Stone House Development, Inc., or an affiliate LLC for Schroeder Road Apartments

Up to $1,400,000 ($110,000 of AHF funds and $1,290,000 of HOME funds) - Movin' Out', Inc. & Mirus Partners, or an affiliate LLC for The Ace Apartments

Up to $2,900,000 million ($1,910,000 of AHF funds and $990,000 of HOME funds) - Bayview Foundation, Inc. & Horizon Development Group, Inc., or an affiliate LLC for Bayview Foundation Apartments

Up to $950,000 (of AHF funds) - Gorman & Company, LLC, or an affiliate LLC for Valor on Washington Apartments


Thursday November 1

Public Market Development Committee

5p room 207 MMB

Public Market Mission Follow Up - MarketReady Update - Funding Updates - Public Market Foundation Update - Design/Development Process Update


This will be my first meeting in the newly reopened Madison Municipal Building, I can't wait to see it...

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