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Alder Marsha A. Rummel

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Alder Marsha A. Rummel

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Home Address:

1029 Spaight St # 6C
Madison , WI 53703

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
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Alder Rummel’s Updates

D6 Items of Interest Week of January 28, 2019

January 26, 2019 11:10 PM

Highlights: Last week's Common Council meeting was canceled due to snow, we are scheduled to try again. This week's forecast is for dangerously cold temperatures. Be careful. The city, county and our nonprofit partners are preparing for the bitter temps and will make sure homeless residents and others are protected. Please keep an eye out for your neighbors. With more snow expected, please clear your sidewalks including street crossings and fire hydrants.  


At Plan Commission Monday is the development proposal for 1936-1938 Atwood. I support the project with a recommendation to make up for the loss of affordable older housing stock, see my comments below. At the Water Utility Tuesday is an update on efforts to address PFAS contamination in Well 15 and the Purchase and Sale agreement for 14 S Paterson.  At Council Tuesday, is a new agreement with the state for the Blair/John Nolen intersection, a Development Agreement for Lot 2 of the Garver Feed Mill project that describes the plan for building micro-lodges, and several items relating to the Madison Public Market. The Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee/LORC decided not to meet on Thursday Jan 31 to allow staff to complete some tasks but will meet the following Thursday. We will address the big policy question of whether to adopt a uniform policy for all historic districts or continue to have standards for each district or some type of hybrid. If you have comments, please let me/LORC know. The MPD Ad Hoc Review Committee meets Thursday as they continue to review the OIR Group recommendations and start to prepare their final report to Council.


Monday January 28, 2019

Madison Sustainability Committee

4:30p room 207 MMB


1. 54155 Creating Section 23.61 of the Madison General Ordinances to impose air conditioning limitations on commercial use buildings or structures.

2. 54470 DRAFT 100% Renewable Madison Report Resolution

3. MGE Renewable Energy Rider

4. 50657 Report Regarding 100% Renewable Energy/Zero Net Carbon Goal

5. Tour of Digester in Middleton

6. 53550 Possible LaFollette Capstone project.

7. City/MGE Agreement and Working Group

8. 54139 Update: RESJI / Equity Lens for 100% Renewable Energy Plan

9. Urban Forestry Task Force


The policy geek in me thinks: this looks like a really interesting meeting!


Monday January 28

Finance Committee

4:30p room 215 MMB


2. 54202 Authorizing a non-competitive service contract with Anesis Center Marriage and Family Therapy, LLC for mental health case management and community programming for Southeast Asian elders and individuals with mental health needs of up to $115,000 from the adopted 2019 City of Madison Operating Budget of the Community Development Division


This no bid contract was rejected at Community Services Commission last week in favor of issuing a request for proposal/RFP.


3. 54089 Authorizing the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and 849 EWASH, LLC, a Wisconsin limited liability company, for the disposal of the city-owned property located at 14 S. Paterson Street. (6th A.D.) Note: Water Utility Board will consider this item at their 1/29 meeting.


6. 54146 Creating Section 4.01(7) of the Madison General Ordinances to transfer the office of City Treasurer to the Finance Department and make the Finance Director the City Treasurer. Note: The Common Council Executive Committee will consider this item at their 1/29 meeting.


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: A number of cities in Wisconsin have eliminated the position of City Treasurer and moved the duties to the Finance Department. This ordinance, combined with Legistar No. 54147, does this for Madison. The separate position of City Treasurer is eliminated, and all duties are assigned to the Finance Director. In separate legislative acts, a new civil service position of Treasury and Revenue Manager is created, to report to the Finance Director. The Finance Director is required to adopt the necessary internal controls to meet audit standards.


7. 54147 CHARTER Amending Section 3.055 of the Madison General Ordinances to transfer the functions of the City Treasurer to the Finance Director. Note: The Common Council Executive Committee will consider this item at their 1/29 meeting.


Monday January 28

Plan Commission

5:30p room 201 CCB


Note: Items 3 and 4 are related and should be considered together


3. 54249 Creating Section 28.022 -- 00358 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of properties located at 1936 and1938 Atwood Avenue, 6th Aldermanic District, from PD (Planned Development) District to TSS (Traditional Shopping Street) District.


The proposed development will acquire a strip of land along the railroad tracks from the owners of 1902/1924 Atwood that is zoned PD. There is an easement to allow access that will continue for the Second Street Apartments.


4. 54038 1936-1938 Atwood Avenue; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a five-unit multi-family dwelling at 1936 Atwood Avenue; consideration of a conditional use to construct a building with over 24 dwelling units in the TSS (Traditional Shopping Street) District; consideration of a conditional use for a building in the exceeding 25,000 square feet of floor area for a mixed-use or multi-tenant building in the TSS District; consideration of a conditional use for a building in the TSS District exceeding three stories and 40 feet in height; consideration of a conditional use for a building in the TSS District with non-residential uses occupying less than 75-percent of the ground-floor frontage facing the primary street, including frontage at a street corner; consideration of a conditional use for a private parking facility in the TSS District; and consideration of a conditional use for a building in the TSS District with non-residential uses constituting less than 75-percent of the building's ground-floor area, all to allow construction of a mixed-use building with 4,000 square feet of commercial space and 79 apartments.


Staff report:

"There are three requests with this proposal: 1) Approval of the demolition of a five-unit residential building; 2) Approval to rezone a portion of 1936-1938 Atwood Avenue parcel from the PD (Planned Development) District to the TSS (Traditional Shopping Street) District; and 3) Six conditional use approvals – a) to construct a mixed-use building with twenty-four (24) dwelling units in the Traditional Shopping Street (TSS) District; b) for a building in the TSS District with non-residential uses constituting less than 75-percent of the building's ground-floor area; c) for a mixed-use building in the TSS District with non-residential uses occupying less than 75-percent of the ground-floor frontage facing the primary street, including all frontage at a street corner; d) for a building in the TSS District exceeding 3 stories and 40 feet in height; e) for a mixed-use building in the TSS District exceeding 25,000 square-feet floor area; and f) consideration of a conditional use for a private parking facility in the TSS District – all in order to construct a mixed-use building with 4,000 square-feet of commercial space and 79 dwelling units at 1936-1938 Atwood Avenue.


The applicant proposes to demolish a three-story, five-unit residential apartment building before constructing a 79-unit, mixed-use building with approximately 4,000 square-feet of commercial space and 120 structured automobile parking stalls – 84 on the lower level for the buildings residents, and 36 on the ground level. While five of these 36 ground-floor stalls will be reserved for use by the adjacent residential building (Second Street Apartments), the remaining 29 stalls will be for use by the commercial employees during business hours and by the general public after hours or on the weekend.


According to City Assessor data, the building proposed for demolition is a three-story, five-unit, six-bedroom, roughly 3,700-square-foot, apartment building, originally constructed in 1914. It currently functions as a rental property. The applicant has provided photos of the building, which are available both on the Legistar page for this project (54038) as well as in the submitted packet of materials. While the applicant has not provided an assessment of the condition of the building, looking at the submitted photographs, it appears to be in modest condition. ...The existing five-unit, six bedroom apartment building, originally constructed in 1914, proposed for demolition was found by the Landmarks Commission to have historic value related to the vernacular context of Madison's built environment or as the work of an architect of note, but the building itself is not historically, architecturally, or culturally significant. Relocation of the building is not considered to be practical.


While the proposed building exceeds the recommended density in the Business District Plan and is slightly above the Comprehensive Plan density recommendations, staff believes the proposal is generally consistent with previous approvals. ... Going back to pre-application discussions, Staff have encouraged the development team to break up the massing along Atwood Avenue and provide appropriate setbacks along Atwood Avenue. In response to initial staff and neighborhood feedback, the applicant has provided some important modifications to improve the project, better aligning it with the approval standards. This includes pulling the building back from the front property line, dividing the building into more distinct bays with better-defined building recesses, and adjusting the architectural detailing and materials as described above. The most current version is in the Plan Commission materials, with supporting documentation.


Staff note that the majority of the public feedback received to date pertain to the two previous design iterations, namely the one that did not include any structured parking stalls which would be available for use by the general public after business hours. However, based on feedback stemming from the neighborhood meeting held on November 19, 2018, the applicant subsequently submitted revised plans increasing the number of ground-floor stalls by 17, all of which would be available to the general public after hours.


Residents also expressed an opposition to the demolition of affordable units, were concerned about the building's inability to adequately deal with stormwater on site, the building's affect on streetscape, and the building's interaction with the street life, and, restricting the width of the right-of-way of this stretch of Atwood Avenue in order to slow traffic speeds and add more greenery along the sidewalk. Comments are included in the packet and are also posted online as part of the Legislative Record (Legistar).


The Planning Division believes that, on balance, the proposal could be found to be consistent with the approval standards for Zoning Map Amendments, Demolition Permits, and Conditional Uses. This report advises that the Plan Commission give careful consideration to the approval standards, including Conditional Use Standards 4, 9, and 12, especially as it relates to the massing of the proposed building. Considering several factors discussed in this report, including general plan consistency, adjacency to existing four-story development, and the design improvements made to align the project with the relative approval standards, the Planning Division believes it is possible for the Plan Commission to find the applicable standards are met."


The staff reports reviews existing plans, recent nearby developments and lists the conditional use standards in detail. I just captured the highlight, read the report


Alder comments:

I support this project. After the news that the city would not be able to support tax incremental financing for the public parking component requested in the original submittal (due to staff analyzing project costs and determining there was no financial gap and finding that the applicant could make a reasonable rate of return if they financed the additional stalls as proposed), Joe Krupp and his team reworked the proposal. It now provides 29 parking stalls in the building at ground level that could serve the business district in the evening and on weekends. The loss of the "free" parking lot was a concern to many Schenk's Corners business owners. While the parking won't be free, it does provide a significant amenity that serves the neighborhood business district. To address some neighborhood and staff concerns, the project architect has simplified the design, pulled the building back slightly from the sidewalk and changed the terrace material entirely to grass surrounding trees.


I recognize and appreciate the improvements to the project but I continue to regret the loss of the neighborhood's historic fabric and affordable housing with the demolition of the c1914 house at 1936 Atwood. The proposed new residential building will create 79 new units at market rate prices with 84 units of underground parking. There will be a net loss of 5 affordable apartments. Existing older dwelling units tend to be more affordable. Yes, many are in "modest conditions" but it doesn't mean their useful life is over, only that reinvestment is needed. I understand that not every developer is willing to provide units that are affordable.  I would like to see the city expand the Affordable Housing Fund to create additional options for creating affordable units besides relying on WHEDA Section 42 tax credits. I can support the demolition if, as a way to account for and replace the loss of this older more affordable housing stock, we establish a program where the city's Community Development Division leases some market rate apartments in new developments for a fixed period of time and sublets them to individuals at 30-50% of area median income using the city's affordable housing funds.  I plan to work on that idea. We need more options to serve people of low and moderate income levels if we want to have an equitable approach to housing. I also agree with comments provided by SASY (see their letter of support in the legislative file) and other residents who say when that leg of Atwood is reconstructed we need to take the opportunity to narrow the one-way street to create a wider terrace for more trees/greenspace and add bike path improvements.


Tuesday January 29

Common Council Executive Committee

4:30p room 108 CCB


Last week's meeting was canceled. This agenda is a repeat.


Tuesday January 29

Madison Water Utility

4:30 119 E Olin Ave


1.54488 Update regarding poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)


January testing for PFAS has been delayed due to extremely cold temperatures. The water samples must be sent to an out-of-state lab for analysis, creating a risk that the samples could freeze in transit. If a sample freezes, it must be thrown away. Madison Water Utility hopes to move forward with testing once overnight temperatures are above 20 degrees. Madison Water Utility will be expanding the number of PFAS contaminants it's looking for. View the PFAS Drinking Water Testing Plan for more information. Click here to view the latest Well 15 PFAS test results PDF 


2. 53775 Amending Resolution Enactment No. RES-17-00875, which authorizes the grant of an underground electric easement to Madison Gas and Electric Company to accommodate updates to their facilities at 115 S. Paterson Street (Madison Water Utility Operation Center). (6th A.D.) Recommend to Council to Adopt


3. 54089 Authorizing the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and 849 EWASH, LLC, a Wisconsin limited liability company, for the disposal of the city-owned property located at 14 S. Paterson Street. (6th A.D.) Recommend returning to Finance Committee with the recommendation to approve


Tuesday January 29

Common Council

6:30p room 201 CCB


Last week's meeting was canceled. This agenda is a repeat.


9. 54455 Chief of Police 4th Quarter Update: Chief Mike Koval, Madison Police Department (1/22/19)


15. 54213 Approving State / Municipal Financial Agreement for Project I.D. 5400-00-02/72 for the S. Blair Street/John Nolen Drive Intersection and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute this agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation for construction cost sharing, plan development and State design review costs. (4th & 6th ADs)


20. 54290 Reapproving Plans, Specifications, And Schedule Of Assessments For S. Bryan Street, Daley Drive, James Street and Thorp Street Reconstruction District 2018 for the purpose of adding shoreline protection to the proposed project. (6th AD)


25. 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.)


27. 53955 SECOND SUBSITUTE-Amending the City's 2019 Operating Budget to transfer $165,000 from the Contingent Reserve to the Community Development Division authorizing a sole source contract with Tree Lane Apartments LLC, for the purpose of helping to fund services designed to enhance the safety, security and well-being of residents living in and around the Tree Lane Apartments property.


34. 54141 Amending Resolution Enactment Nos. RES-18-00069 and RES-18-00399, which authorize a lease with the Town of Blooming Grove for space within the building located at 3325 Thurber Avenue for use as an artist studio.


44. 54200 SUBSTITUTE - Amending the Police Department's 2019 Operating Budget and authorizing the Chief of Police to accept up to $30,000 annually for two years in overtime funds from the Wisconsin Department of Justice to allocate additional resources to the Dane County Narcotics Task Force for conducting heroin and opiate investigations;


45. 54211 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a contract for Purchase of Services (Architect) with Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. to provide professional architectural and engineering design services and construction administration services for the design and construction of the Madison Public Market. (12th AD)


48. 54222 Authorizing extending the City's contract with Hope Community Capital for Consulting Services to secure New Markets Tax Credits for the Madison Public Market.


51. 54228 Approving the Collaboration Agreement between the City of Madison and the Madison Public Market Foundation, providing a $250,000 grant to the Madison Public Market Foundation, and directing staff to move forward with creating an operating agreement and lease.


54. 54244 Awarding up to $1,185,000 in Federal HOME funds to Madison Development Corporation and Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development to help finance the development of affordable housing, and up to $400,000 in Federal CDBG funds to Irwin A Robert D Goodman Center to support capital improvements, as the recommended outcome of a competitive RFP process conducted by the Community Development Division; and authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to enter into agreements with those agencies to implement the specified development projects


Funding for Goodman Community Center building improvements.


59. 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.


68. 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.


This really obtuse title refers to Urban Design District #8 requirements for E Mifflin between Brearly and Ingersoll. The change accommodates the Stonehouse proposal on that block.




71. 54454 Amending Section 2.205 of the Madison General Ordinances to provide for a two (2) year term for the Common Council President and Common Council Vice President, and amending Section 33.13(1) of the Madison General Ordinances to make conforming changes to the terms of the Common Council Executive Committee.


75. 54388 Authorizing an execution of a lease with Madison Freewheel Bicycle Co. at 216 S. Pinckney Street for the operation of the Madison Bicycle Center on Block 88.


Thursday January 31

MPD Policy and Procedure Ad Hoc Review Committee

6:15p Goodman Maintenance Facility 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway


1. 22400 Discussion with Carrie Rothbud regarding timeline for the MPD Ad Hoc Committee's final report to the Common Council.

2. 54180 Review and discussion of resident submitted recommendations and MPD responses.

3. 23421 Review and discussion of OIR's recommendation number 146 found in OIR's Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Review "Madison should enhance its civilian oversight by establishing an independent police auditor's office reporting to a civilian police review body."


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