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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 November 5, 2018

November 4, 2018 1:50 AM

Highlights:  Fall General Election: Tuesday, Nov 6. Public information meeting on Wednesday about Starkweather streambank repair and street reconstruction project. Mayor's neighborhood conference Saturday November 17 will include a session on community impacts from flooding (see details at the end). Curbside collection of sandbags continues through Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.


Monday November 5, 2018

Landmarks Commission

5p room 111 MMB


1.53356 2222 E Washington Ave - Addition to a Designated Madison Landmark (East High School); 12th Ald. Dist. REQUEST FOR CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS


The Applicant is proposing to construct a fieldhouse entrance addition on the rear of Madison East High School, which is a designated landmark. The submittal requests approval of both a one-story alternative and a two-story alternative. Which alternative will be constructed depends on the bids received.


2. 53289 1233 Jenifer St - Exterior Alteration in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.


3. 53566 952-956 Spaight St - Exterior Alteration in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.


4. 47837 Landmarks Commission Historic Preservation Plan Status Report


Monday November 5

Affirmative Action Commission

5:30p 103A CCB


1.50529 MGO 8.075 Disposal of Surplus Real Property – attachments:  Disposal of Surplus Real Property.docx RESJI Tool Comprehensive.docx RESJI Fast Track Tool.docx A


If the city decides a city owned property is surplus, there is a four-step approach:

       Use property for an approved City project or plan authorized by resolution, if not applicable:
       Make property available to all City departments and utilities, if none are interested:
       Make property available for purchase by tenants of the property or abutting property owners, if none are         interested or applicable:
       Make property available for purchase through direct sale or a public bid process


The ordinance review by Affirmative Action and recently by Equal Opportunities Commission is on my radar because the Water Utility is likely to dispose of 14 S Paterson as part of their plan to repay the city for their $6M shortfall.   The Water Utility is not subject to the Surplus Property Ordinance but city staff does use it as a guide in disposing of Utility property. AA and EOC have both looked at this process through the city's equity lens.


Monday November 5

Plan Commission

5:30p room 201 CCB


14. 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.


In response to concerns raised by residents that the original amendment expanded permitted uses of alcohol in the NMX and LMX for restaurant taverns, I asked for this substitute. I am still working on the final version of the substitute. Changes to brewpub definitions is underway and a typo in the table for brewpubs in the NMX and LMX (should be C for conditional) will be fixed by tomorrow.


Upcoming Matters - November 19, 2018

Adopting the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan

Zoning Text Amendment - Amend Section 28.151 to allow for the expansion of non-accessory temporary outdoor events that existed prior to January 3, 2013 (in TSS zoning district).


Upcoming Matters - December 3, 2018

3014 Worthington Avenue and 3001 Darbo Drive - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use Alteration - Demolish six-unit residential building at 3014 Worthington to construct accessory building and expand open space for Easton Square residential building complex



Monday November 5

City County Homeless Issues Committee

6:30p room 357 CCB


1. 53696 Recommendations on Jail Policies and Resources Related to Housing

2. 53697 Recommendations on Addressing Barriers to Housing and Tenant Screening Procedures in CDA/DCHA Housing PRESENTATIONS

3. 53698 Jail Polices and Resources Related to Housing - Sarah Wampole-Maciejeski, Dane County Re-Entry Coordinator

4. 53699 Dane County Housing Authority - Addressing Barriers to Housing, Tenant Screening Procedures: Rob Dicke, Director, Dane County Housing Authority

5. 53700 2019 Dane County/City of Madison Budget Update

6. 53701 Beacon Update


Tuesday November 6


Make a plan to vote!


Wednesday November 7

Board of Public Works

4:30p room 108 CCB


18. 53580 A Resolution approving plans and specifications for the commercial space, parking structure and transfer slab above the Judge Doyle Garage (the Podium) on Block 88 and authorizing the City Engineer to advertise and receive bids for the project. (4th AD) Supp Drwg Pkg Part 1.pdf Supp Drwg Pkg Part 2.pdf Attachments: This Resolution is for the construction of the Podium on top of the Judge Doyle Garage on Block 88, which the Common Council authorized in Resolution 18-00403 on June 5, 2018. When the City's development partner could not move forward with the Podium element of the project, the Common Council authorized that the Podium be built by the City. To coordinate the completion of the municipal garage, as well as the new Podium element above, construction activities have been grouped in the existing contract and the new Podium contract to achieve the most efficient combined project. Estimated cost of this total work will be $11M


24. 53661 Change Order No 15 to Contract No. 7939, MMB Renovation Construction, to JP Cullen & Sons, Inc., in the amount of $117,094.30. (4th AD) REPORT BY CITY ENGINEERING RECOMMEND APPROVAL


25. 53662 Change Order No. 10 to Contract No. 7951, Capitol East District Parking Structure, to Miron Construction Co., Inc., in the amount of $230,822.36. (6th AD) REPORT BY CITY ENGINEERING RECOMMEND APPROVAL


Wednesday November 7

Madison Food Policy Council

5:30p room 302 Central library 201 W Mifflin


6 53472 Adopting the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan.


The attached memo from the Urban Agriculture Work Group may be of interest


Wednesday November 7

Proposed Starkweather Creek streambank repair and street reconstruction project

Public Information Meeting

6:30p-8p Evjue room, Goodman Community Center 149 Waubesa St


Neighbors along S. Bryan St, Daley Drive, James St and Thorp St received a detailed notice about the proposed street reconstruction and streambank repair project.


City Engineering is hosting a public neighborhood meeting to review the condition of the streambank on Starkweather Creek from Thorp Street to Daley Drive and discuss a project to stabilize it. The steel bulkhead on the east bank of the stream is failing, which is noticeable as it is caving into the creek and has separated at a few of its joints. The City plans to remove the bulkhead and restore the streambank with rock riprap to protect the bank from further erosion, as was done previously on the west bank of the creek. In order to access the streambank with the appropriate equipment to complete the work, City property adjacent to the creek will experience considerable disturbance and tree removal. The City is planning to restore the shoreline in conjunction with the 2019 street improvement project to limit ongoing construction in the neighborhood.  Following the project, the City will review the restored streambank for opportunities to replant native, floodplain tree species.

During the public input meeting, City staff will explain the plan to stabilize the streambank and give updates on the rest of the construction project, scheduled for 2019


Wednesday November 7

Board of Park Commissioners

6:30p Warner Park Community Center 1625 Northport Dr


7 53690 Superintendent's November 2018 Report


Lots of good info in the report.


*Urban Forestry Taskforce – report with recommendations in early 2019

*Golf – As the 2018 Golf season concludes, staff is working to prepare a report to update the Commission, Golf Subcommittee, the Council, and the public

*Dog Policy – Updates in early 2019 in relationship to policies regarding dogs in parks. Staff is working on some early concepts to review with the Commission, subcommittee, and the public. I understand one concept being reviewed is to expand parks where dogs on leashes is permitted.


12 53472 Adopting the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan. RETURN TO LEAD WITH THE RECOMMENDATION FOR APPROVAL WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS TO THE PLAN COMMISSION


13 53686 Framework for RFPs for Recreation Enhancements in Madison Parks INFORMATIONAL


With the completion of the 2018-2023 Park and Open Space Plan (POSP), the Parks Division would like to issue a Request for Proposals for innovative, reoccurring recreational offerings that meet the POSP goals of promoting equity, public health and sustainability. As the POSP outlines, "a park system must be sustainable and adaptable to continually serve the community. This is especially the case with regard to environmental considerations but also to economic changes and changing recreational preferences" (POSP, pg. 22). The Request for Proposal (RFP) process invites the community to propose recreational uses that a person, group or organization would like to add to Madison Parks and has the resources to implement. It is evaluated publicly and can bring forth enhancements to the park system through an Agreement partnership.


One of the mission statements for the Parks Division is to provide affordable opportunities for recreational and educational experiences. The Parks Division does not offer a robust recreational program through City-funded resources. Instead, recreational offerings in Madison Parks are primarily provided by the Madison Metropolitan School District, community organizations and Agreement partners. The Parks Division relies on partners to manage recreational activities in parks. We also must look to partners to help us "evolve in conjunction with changes in [our] user base" (POSP, pg. 27). Working through an RFP and Agreement process allows the Parks Division the flexibility to approve activities outside of the standard reservation process and fee structure, as well as set unique parameters that meet the needs of the community. Across the country, we see a decline in the amount of time that children and adults spend outside. New and innovative recreational opportunities can be a means to bring more people outdoors and to the parks.


14 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. RETURN TO LEAD WITH THE RECOMMENDATION FOR APPROVAL TO THE LANDMARKS COMMISSION


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.


Thursday November 8

Public Safety Review Committee

5p MPD Midtown Station 4020 Mineral Point Rd


1. 50110 SUBSTITUTE - Establishing a moratorium on issuance of new alcohol licenses in a high density, high police call area in downtown Madison and establishing a Task Force on Downtown violence. 


2. 52680 Acknowledging the City of Madison inter-disciplinary staff team tasked with analyzing alcohol outlet density, to identify issues related to excessive alcohol consumption that result in disproportionate calls for service, and propose steps to address such problems. Attachments: 52680 DMI & BID Support.pdf


3. 53725 Madison Police Department Mission Statements Attachments: Proposed Mission Statement for the Madison Police Department Units (002).pdf


4. 53726 Discussion on the preparation of the OIC recommendation from the Policy and Procedure Ad Hoc Committee


Thursday November 8

MPD Policy and Procedures Ad Hoc Review Committee

5:30p Goodman Maintenance Facility 1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy


The Ad Hoc Committee is reviewing selected recommendations from the OIR Group report. Last week, the Council voted to contract with a professional freelance writer to assist the committee in preparing their report.


Saturday November 17

Mayor's Neighborhood Conference

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center



Registration is $10 for the day. Lunch, Snacks, and Reception included. Fee waivers are provided to individuals who are residents of the City of Madison. If you want to come, but the cost is prohibitive, check the box on the registration form to waive the fee.


There will be childcare onsite and language interpretation (ASL, Hmong, and Spanish). Other languages upon request.


Conference at a Glance

Check-in counter opens at 8:00 a.m. You will receive a conference packet upon arrival: updated details on the conference and other valuable information will be tucked inside.


8-9am | Registration, Networking, Exhibits

9-9:30am | Mayor's Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 -10am|Summer Flooding 2018 – Community Impacts

10:15-12| Workshops and Neighborhood Conversations

12-1:15pm | Keynote, Lunch, Awards, & Networking

1:30-3:15pm | Workshops and Neighborhood Conversations

3:15-4:30pm | Tour of the NEWLY RENOVATED Madison Municipal Building and Reception

EXTRA EXTRA| Walk to the Top of State Street for the Lighting of State Street @ 6:08pm


Please join me for this workshop:

Navigating City Processes and Shaping Policy (Repeat): We want to provide residents with the working knowledge of City government.  A team of alders will provide their INSIGHTS on what works well in making a difference working with elected officials and City staff.  You'll leave the room better equipped to be more effective advocates. The last part of the session, we'll offer five minute "ask-a-question booths" with selected City departments.  This speed info session will give insight on how to start tackling an issue in your neighborhood!  

Contributors: Alder Harrington-McKinney, District 1; Alder Rummel, District 6; Alder Carter, District 14; and Kwasi Obeng, Chief of Staff, Common Council. 


Monday November 19

Neighborhood Meeting

1936-1938 Atwood Ave

7p Bethany Evangelical Church 301 Riverside Dr.


Joe Krupp is proposing to demolish the c1914 apartment building and construct a mixed use building on two lots (the house and the surface parking lot) with two levels of parking, commercial frontage on Atwood, and three levels of housing totaling 76 units arranged in a U shaped courtyard layout.  The intent is to use grade level parking as a shared private/public parking to continue to support commercial demand in the business district. There will be a TIF application to help pay for shared parking.




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