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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 December 3,2018

December 2, 2018 4:24 PM

Highlights: The Common Council Executive Committee will meet with the co-chairs of the MPD Policy & Procedures Ad Hoc Review Committee to discuss the status of the draft report on Tuesday. At the Council meeting later, the Mayor's proposal for an alcohol moratorium will be placed on file and the downtown alders framework for a staff team to analyze alcohol outlet density, to identify issues related to excessive alcohol consumption that result in disproportionate calls for service, and to propose steps to address such problems to engage stakeholders and to report on the analysis to the Alcohol License Review Committee will move forward. The Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan is also before the Council. On Wednesday, the Street Use Staff Commission will discuss draft policies for events in the newly proposed Downtown Zone. If you were involved in the public process about the impact of events in downtown neighborhoods, please take a look at the proposed boundary and guidelines. On Thursday, the Golf Committee is meeting, see below for the Superintendents report about the golf enterprise finances (including Monona Golf Course). Also Thursday more on the news about the Madison Public Market's move back to the Fleet Building (it's original location).

Monday December 3, 2018

Landmarks Commission

5p room 111 MMB


3. 47837 Landmarks Commission Historic Preservation Plan Status Report


Monday December 3

Task Force on the Structure of City Government Boards, Commissions and Committees Subcommittee

5p room 110 MMB


Monday December 3


5:30p room 207 MMB


1. 53836 Authorizing the Community Development Division (CDD) to undertake a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for the purpose of selecting a Developer/Owner/Operator of a new neighborhood center to replace an existing facility serving the Bridge Lake Point Waunona Way neighborhoods and directing CDD to make recommendations to the Common Council of one or more entities to fulfill those roles.


The 2018 Adopted Capital Budget authorizes the Community Development Division to contribute up to $2 million toward the construction of a resident-inspired community facility in the Bridge Lake Point Waunona Way Neighborhood. These funds include up to $1.4 million from the City's Community Development Block Grant program and up to $600,000 of applied General Fund reserves derived from the City's share of the cash balance in TID 27 upon its closure in 2018. The goal of the project is to establish a centrally located facility providing space to better accommodate public gatherings and broader programming and other activities that meet the needs of neighborhood residents. Progress will be measured by greater capacity for uses desired by neighborhood residents and a corresponding increase in the facility's rate of use.


Monday December 3

Plan Commission

5:30p room 201 CCB


5. 53609 3014 Worthington Avenue and 3001 Darbo Drive; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a six-unit residential building located at 3014 Worthington Avenue; consideration of a conditional use to construct an accessory building exceeding 800 square feet in SR-V2 (Suburban Residential-Varied 2 District) zoning; and consideration of a conditional use alteration to expand open space for a residential building complex.


Upcoming Matters


December 17

- Zoning Text Amendment - Amend Sec. 28.185(7)(a)2.b., create Sec. 28.185(7)(a)5., renumber Sec. 28.185 (7) (a)5. to 6., and amend Sec. 28.185(7)(b) to add a Demolition and Removal standard requiring the Plan Commission to consider the proposed impact of a building relocation on city terrace trees

- 1954 E. Washington Avenue - TR-V2 to TR-U1, Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish office building and construct a four-story apartment building with 30 apartments along E. Washington Avenue and a six-unit townhouse building along E. Mifflin Street in an existing residential building complex (D15)


January 14

- 1050 E. Washington Avenue - Conditional Use - Construct 11-story mixed-use building with 53,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 128 apartments and four-story, 61,000 sq. ft. youth arts center, all in Urban Design Dist. 8 (D2)


Tuesday December 4


12:15p room 354 CCB


5. 53993 Discussion: Draft APM on Use of Surveillance Technology Attachments: DRAFT APM Use of Surveillance Technology (11/2018).pdf

6. 53997 Discussion: Spreadsheet on City Surveillance Equipment / Data Management (12/4/18) Attachments: Departmental Surveillance Policies (12/4/18).pdf


Tuesday December 4


4:30p room 108 CCB


5. 53847 Update: MPD Policy & Procedures Ad Hoc Review Committee (12/4/18) -

Co-Chairs Keith Findley and/or Tom Brown

· The Committee Writer status and expectations

· The Current Status of All OIR Recommendations

· Confirmation of plans for final Drafts and Deadlines

· Update on Community input, comments and postings/recommendations

Please note that the following two recommendations will possibly require

additional budgeting considerations for future implementation if adopted by the

Ad-Hoc Committee:

· The implementation of Body Cameras

· External Auditor and housing logistics


Tuesday December 4

Water Utility Board

5:30p room GR 27 CCB (enter from 211 S Carroll St)


Special Meeting

1. 53816 Resolution Authorizing and Providing for the Sale and Issuance of $30,765,000* Water Utility Revenue Bonds, Series 2018A, and All Related Details 

2. 53817 Resolution Authorizing and Providing for the Sale and Issuance of $9,605,000* Taxable Water Utility Revenue Notes, Series 2018B, and All Related Details Attachments:

3. 53585 Financial Update will include 3rd quarter financial reports


Tuesday December 4

Finance Committee

6p room 108A CCB



1.53831 Authorizing the City Attorney to File Suit Against the Village of McFarland to Contest the Annexation of Certain Lands from the Town of Blooming Grove.


A rare border lawsuit challenging Village of McFarland's annexation of Town of Blooming Grove properties identified in an adopted c2006 cooperative plan that would be annexed into Madison by 2027.


2. 53772 Authorizing the issuance and award of $12,500,000 principal amount of Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2018-E, of the City of Madison, Wisconsin; prescribing the form and other details and providing for the collection and disposition of the revenues to be derived from the municipal sewer system of said City; making other provisions with respect to the operation of the system and the issuance of the bonds; providing for the security and payment of the bonds; and prescribing other matters pertaining thereto.


3. 53816 Resolution Authorizing and Providing for the Sale and Issuance of $30,765,000* Water Utility Revenue Bonds, Series 2018A, and All Related Details


4. 53817 Resolution Authorizing and Providing for the Sale and Issuance of $9,605,000* Taxable Water Utility Revenue Notes, Series 2018B, and All Related Details


Tuesday December 4

Common Council

6:30p room 201 CCB


3. 53680 Public Hearing - New License CocoVaa LLC • dba CocoVaa Chocolatier 1815 E Washington Ave ste 100 • Agent: Syovata Edaari Estimated Capacity: 10 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 5% alcohol, 95% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 410 LICLIB-2018-01146 App.pdf LICLIB-2018-01146 11/21/18 ALCOHOL LICENSE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO GRANT WITH CONDITIONS - PUBLIC HEARING


The conditions are: 1. Alcohol sales to cease at midnight each day of the week. 2. Establishment must meet the definition of a restaurant at all times under MGO 38.02


13. 53969 Extending the deadline for the report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force.


14. 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. Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin     11/21/18 ALCOHOL LICENSE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO PLACE ON FILE WITHOUT PREJUDICE -REPORT OF OFFICER


This will be placed on file.


15. 52680 SUBSTITUTE - Directing the City of Madison Finance Director to analyze alcohol outlet density, to identify issues related to excessive alcohol consumption that result in disproportionate calls for service, and to propose steps to address such problems to engage stakeholders and to report on the analysis to the Alcohol License Review Committee. Sponsors: Ledell Zellers, Michael E. Verveer and Zach Wood 11/21/18 ALCOHOL LICENSE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT AS SUBSTITUTED - REPORT OF OFFICER


This resolution establishes a process to "engage with the multisector stakeholders to inform its analysis. These stakeholders will include but will not be limited to;  members from Downtown Madison Inc., members from the Business Improvement District, members of neighborhood associations in areas where the alcohol outlet density analysis shows a large number of alcohol outlets, members from the Downtown Coordinating Committee, members from the Public Safety Review Committee, members from the Alcohol License Review Committee, members  designated by the UW Chancellor, members of the Dane County Tavern League, members designated by the Associated Students of Madison, and Alders..." This version doesn't create a task force as proposed by the Mayor's version but should provide an option for interested residents to affect the outcome.


20. 53813 Second request to extend license issuance beyond the 90 day limit under MGO 38.05 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

11/21/18 ALCOHOL LICENSE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO GRANT - REPORT OF OFFICER The approval is to exend issuance to February 28, 2019.


21. 53828 Third 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 11/21/18 ALCOHOL LICENSE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO GRANT - REPORT OF OFFICER The approval is to extend issuance an additional 60 days.



Items 26-29 were lost in Legistar, all will be placed on file.


35. 53827 Issuing a Request for Proposals to solicit innovative and inclusive activation proposals (commerce, programming, etc.) for a business, nonprofit or other entity to implement at the Top of State Area. Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer, Zach Wood and Ledell Zellers


40. 53633 SECOND SUBSTITUTE - Awarding up to $4.82 million from the Affordable Housing Fund and $1,980,000 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.


Includes the Gorman & Co proposal for the Messner's site.


55. 53822 To approve the 2019 Urban Forestry Special Charge.


60. 53886 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a Room Block Agreement between the City and Beitler Real Estate Services, LLC.


62. 53472 Adopting the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan. Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel


The Plan Commission recommended adoption with the following additional conditions:

- Add the following sentence to the "Natural Features" paragraph on Page 8: "There is potential for continuing the farming legacy of the Voit family and utilizing some of the rich cropland it cultivated for decades with a small, urban, agricultural district in this area."

 - The last two sentences of the Public Parks paragraph on Page 10, be revised to read, "North of Milwaukee Street, the Parks Division owns parkland that was acquired through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program. This land is deed-restricted for outdoor recreation purposes only and is currently classified as a conservation park. See Map 9 on page 12."

- That Map 9: Future Land Use and Street Plan, on Page 12 be modified to differentiate between existing parkland, new parkland, existing open space and potential new open space held by City Engineering. Most of the property held by City Engineering consists of wetlands and floodplain and would not be suitable for urban agriculture.

- Revise Transportation Recommendations on page 18, paragraph 2 to include the following "As part of a larger transit center, study the potential of incorporating necessary space for intercity bus service."

 - Staff revise Map 11: Planned Transportation Network, on Page 19, to indicate that there are multiple options for the location of the bicycle facility on Milwaukee Street. - Add the following recommendation to those listed under "Land Use & Transportation" Goal #2, on Page 23: "Support future corridor studies for the larger Milwaukee Street corridor."

 - Revise "Green & Resilient" Goal #1, Recommendation #1, on Page 25, to read as follows: "Support the City's effort to reduce phosphorous in the waterways at appropriate locations."

 - Revise "Green & Resilient" Goal #1, Recommendation #3, on Page 25, to read, "Uses for new parkland should include both passive and active recreation opportunities and consider the ideas identified on p. 15 when developing plans for future park and open spaces."

- Revise "Green & Resilient" Goal #4, Recommendation #1, on Page 25, to read, "Ensure terrace and boulevard widths are sufficient to support large and health canopy tree growth in consultation with the City Forester."

- Revise "Culture & Character" Goal #1, Recommendation #4, on Page 26, to read, "To promote local food security and food businesses, encourage opportunities for food carts and community gardens, as well as support the direct sale of fresh food from nearby farms and gardens, through an onsite seasonal farmers market or farm stand." The motion to forward the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan to the Common Council with the recommendation of approval, with the above revisions passed by voice vote/other.


The following recommendation, moved by Rewey and seconded by Ald. Zellers, to add language to the text on Pages 20 and 21 stating that all Milwaukee Street reconstruction/ redesign options should include on-street bicycle lanes [in addition to an off-street bicycle path] failed on the following 4-5 vote: AYE: Rewey, Ald. Zellers, Cantrell, Oeth; NAY: Ald. Carter, Berger, Hagenow, Polewski, and Opin.





83. 53968 Amending Section 33.24(15)(e)3. of the Madison General Ordinances to change the maximum allowable height of the street façade for Block 4a from 3 stories to 4 stories and the minimum and maximum setback on North-South Streets from 5-10 to 7-10. Sponsors: Ledell Zellers


88. 53917 Adopting the Oscar Mayer Area Strategic Assessment Report, dissolving the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee, and authorizing the development of the Oscar Mayer Area Special Area Plan.


91. 53933 Authorizing an Amendment to RES-17-00664, Authorizing the Execution of a Development Agreement with Garver Feed Mill, LLC, to modify the Closing Conditions for Lot 2 and amend the Environmental Responsibilities. (6th A.D.) Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel


93. 53941 BY TITLE ONLY - Accepting selected bid for Food Terminal Cross-Dock Facility Feasibility Study.


95. 53956 Adopting the final report and recommendations from the Task Force on Equity in Music and Entertainment.


Wednesday December 5


10:30a room 108 CCB


1. 53818 Creating Section 10.056(2)(f), amending Sections 10.056(6)(a), (b), (d), (i), (o),10.056(11), and 10.056(12)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances creating and modifying the standards of issuance for street use permits, creating the Downtown Zone and authorizing policies for permits in that zone, and allowing a permit to be cancelled prior to an event in case of emergency.


2. 53991 Discuss Draft Policies for Events in the Downtown Zone that would be authorized by the ordinance amendment in item 1 (Legislative File No. 53818).


The proposed boundary goes to Blair St.


Wednesday December 5

Urban Design Commission

4:30p room 111 MMB

3. 53695 917 E. Mifflin Street - Public Project, Facility Improvements for Breese Stevens Field in UDD No. 8. 2nd Ald. Dist. Owner: Mike Sturm, Madison Parks Division Applicant: Peter Rott, Isthmus Architecture Initial/Final Approval is Requested


5. 52598 1954 E. Washington Avenue - New Development and Alteration to an Existing Development for The Avenue, Options in Community Living, and Graaskamp Park. 12th Ald. Dist. Owner: Madison Development Corporation Applicant: Kevin Burow, Knothe & Bruce Architects, LLC Final Approval is Requested


Thursday December 6


4:30p Yahara Hills Clubhouse 6701 Hwy 12 & 18


8 49608 Future of Golf Enterprise Operations


Supervisor Knepp's report


Thursday December 6


5p room 207 MMB


The Committee will be updated on the news that negotiations with the shopping center developers has failed to come to an agreement and the Mayor and staff are recommending we go back to the Fleet Building as the site for the Madison Public Market. We own it and it's less complicated. No sticky issues about the MPM relying on completing a successful TIF deal with the developer in order to move the market forward.


Future Meetings


Wednesday December 12

Public Kickoff: Madison Bus Rapid Transit

6-8p Madison Central Library 201 W Mifflin St

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