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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 29, 2019

April 27, 2019 6:19 PM

Highlights: The Council meets this week. Several important resolutions to start the meeting include Affirming the principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women in our community and supporting the United States ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and, Supporting the inclusion of Driver License for All provisions in the 2019 Wisconsin State Budget, to ensure equal access to driver licenses for all residents of Wisconsin. On Wednesday, check out the finalists for the first of two public art pieces for Pinney Library, details below.


Wednesday is May Day, Voces de la Frontera is organizing a Day without Latinx and Immigrants. One of the demands is Drivers Licenses for All. The rally starts at 11a at the Capitol, see details below.


Last Thursday's neighborhood meeting for the McGrath Group's proposal to redevelop the Essen Haus properties now called the East End, was well attended. The McGrath team announced that based on early feedback from First Settlement neighbors, they would not be proposing to demolish the four houses on Blair St. They reduced the number of units from 230 to 180, with 208 parking stalls. The McGrath Group plans to apply for WHEDA financing that will help subsidize 20% of units at 80% of area median income. They also said they would seek federal Historic Tax Credits to restore the Come Back In building and that would be a separate approval process. E Wilson St is in a National Register historic district and federal tax credits are available to help with rehab. The proposal will be at Landmarks on May 6 and Urban Design Committee May 8 as informational presentations.  Update: the second neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 16 at 7p, location TBD (not Saturday May 11 as previously announced).


Sandbag call out:  The City of Madison Engineering Division would like to gather information about who still has sandbags in eed of collection after last year's flooding. This information will be used to plan potential curbside collections and sandbag removal strategy. This sign up does not confirm curbside collection. It is to learn how much work and where, if any, there needs to be done to gather remaining sandbags. Check out the form online for the community to fill out. Please fill out the following information fields: name, location, how many sandbags and a point of contact.

Olbrich Expansion: The City's expansion project with Olbrich Botanical Gardens moved forward after crews poured part of the future learning center foundation last week. The space will eventually be used for classes and workshops focused on connecting people with plants and the natural world, including offerings for children, adults and school field trips. The second floor of the building will include office space for education staff and an observation deck overlooking the outdoor gardens. The observation deck will be accessible to the public. The learning center's foundation also included a section for a 60,000 gallon cistern to store rainwater off the building roofs. The rain water will be used to water the plants in the conservatory and greenhouse. This will be a more sustainable use of water that is better for the plants and has less impact on the aquifer. As of spring 2019, Olbrich used aquifer water that is softened and then processed through reverse osmosis to irrigate the plants. During this process, 170,000 gallons of waste water is produced each year. With the new cistern, about 75 percent of indoor irrigation will be met. The roof of the learning center will also have photovoltaic solar panels that will supply an estimated 6kW of power for Olbrich. The other part of the project includes a new greenhouse, which will be nearly the same size as the former greenhouse. The former greenhouse needed to be replaced because it had a European design, and replacement parts to fix it were no longer available. The expansion project cost is $12 million. The project was funded 50/50 between the City Parks Division and Olbrich Botanical Society.  

City Receives Three Responses to the Judge Doyle - Block 88 Project Request for Proposals:  On Monday, April 15th, the City received three responses to its Request for Proposals ("RFP") to develop the air-rights above the City's new municipal garage (opening in the fall 2019) on Block 88 behind the Madison Municipal Building. The RFP requested housing or mixed-use project proposals for the site. The Link to the RFP document is: PDF 

The following teams submitted responses to the RFP:

1. Stone House Development of Madison, WI proposes to build a 159-unit apartment development and 7,000 square feet of retail space in the Podium with a total project cost estimated at $40 million. Thirty-seven units would be income restricted at or below 80% of Dane County medium income. Stone House is requesting $1.2 million of affordable housing funds from the City of Madison and has proposed to pay $5.0 million to purchase the air-rights and the Podium.

2. Gebhardt Development of Madison, WI proposes to build a 196-unit apartment development and 26,000 square feet of creation/office space and amenities above the Podium with a total development cost estimated at $52.0 million. Seventy-eight units would be income restricted at or below 60% of Dane County median income. Gebhardt is requesting $1.75 million of affordable housing funds from the City of Madison and has proposed to pay $7.5 million to purchase the air-rights and the Podium subject to structural modifications to the Podium.

3. Mandel Group of Milwaukee, WI proposes to build a 144-unit apartment development and 7,000 square feet of retail space in the Podium with a total project cost estimated at $38.2 million. Twenty-nine units would be income restricted at or below 80% of Dane County median income. Mandel Group is requesting an unspecified amount of funding to be negotiated at a later date to provide the affordable housing. Mandel Group has proposed a lease arrangement for the Podium, and a future purchase of the air-rights for $1.0 million within ten years of the occupancy.

The received proposals will first be reviewed for completeness and compliance with the RFP guidelines. The preliminary timeline is to complete the staff analyses and Finance Committee reviews in May. The City Finance Committee will make the final development team selection and recommendation for the Common Council's consideration in June. Background information and materials can be found in the Gallery section on the Judge Doyle Project website at:

Watershed Studies: The City of Madison Engineering Division released its plan for upcoming watershed studies public information meetings. The Division also posted a new interactive map for the community to keep updated on the progress in each watershed study. This is a continued effort to address areas hardest hit by flooding last summer.


Property Assessment objection procedure: Open book refers to a period of time, April 15 – May 1, 2019, before the Board of Assessors/Review begins, when the completed assessment roll is open for examination. Communication is welcome via phone, email, or scheduling an appointment. During this open book period, the City Assessor is allowed to make any changes that are necessary to perfect the assessment roll. When Open Book ends, any change to the assessment roll (property values) requires formal process in front of Board of Assessors/Board of Review. If after communicating with the Assessors office, you still feel there is a significant difference  between the assessment and fair market value, you may file an objection to your assessment. Objections are first reviewed by the Board of Assessors to determine if changes need to be made. If you are dissatisfied with the Board of Assessor's determination, the next step is a hearing before the Board of Review. A hard copy of the roll is available for public examination in the City Assessor's office during regular business hours. Phone or email contact with appraisers regarding values is encouraged and accommodated during this period. (608) 266-4531. Residential property assessments are determined primarily by comparable sales in the Assessment Area (a complete list of sales by area for 2019 is available here: The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has a 2019 Guide for Property Owners


Tuesday April 30, 2019

Common Council

6:30p room 201 CCB


1.55459 Commending Natalie Erdman for her leadership to the City of Madison's Planning, Economic and Community Development Department on the occasion of her retirement from public service.


2. 55494 Proclaiming April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention Month


3. 55525 Honoring the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women's Hockey Team on winning the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey National Championship.


4. 55110 SUBSTITUTE - Affirming the principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women in our community and supporting the United States ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


5. 55183 Supporting the inclusion of Driver License for All provisions in the 2019 Wisconsin State Budget, to ensure equal access to driver licenses for all residents of Wisconsin.


The proposed resolution calls on Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin State Legislature to include in the 2019-2021 State Budget provisions to restore access to driver licenses for all without regard to immigration status, and to end the practice of suspending driver licenses because someone lacks money to pay fines, or for minor non-driving offenses. No appropriation required.


7. 55297 Approving Plans, Specifications, And Schedule Of Assessments For Oak Street Assessment District - 2019. (6th AD)


17. 55095 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Back Porch Radio Broadcasting Inc Event Location: 200 Block Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Event Date: May 19, 2019 Aldermanic District 4 (Alder Verveer) Police District: 406 Event: WORT Block Party


In case you wondered when the WORT block party was happening...


29. 55349 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for 2019 Olbrich Park at Walter Street Site Improvements. (15th AD)


32. 55369 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for Burr Jones Park - Site Improvements. (15th AD)


39. 55094 Amending the Police Department's 2019 Operating Budget, and authorizing the Mayor and Chief of Police designee to accept a grant award from the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice in the amount of up to $17,285 to purchase a livescan fingerprinting system to increase operational efficiency and flexibility


41. 55187 Amending Section 12.154(5) of the Madison General Ordinances to increase the grace periods within which to pay for a parking ticket without incurring additional charges.


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This proposal amends Sec. 12.154(5), MGO, to increase the time periods within which a person can pay for a parking ticket before incurring additional charges. Specifically, this proposal increases the initial grace period from 10 days to 14 days. In turn, this proposal increases the grace period before imposition of the subsequent charge from 21 days to 25 days. The purpose of this change is to provide additional time to persons of limited financial means to make payment on their parking tickets.


44. 55292 Seeking Common Council approval of the 2019-2020 Arts Grants awards funding as recommended by the Madison Arts Commission.


48. 55352 Amending the Parking Division 2019 Adopted Capital Budget to increase funding authorization for the South Livingston Street Garage project by $120,000, and accepting and applying a $33,332.50 reimbursement payment from MGE to the project budget.


Fiscal Note: The proposed resolution amends the Parking Division 2019 Adopted Capital Budget to increase authorization for the South Livingston Street Garage project (Munis #1627) by $120,000. The increase is funded by $86,667.50 from Parking Utility reserves and by applying a $33,332.50 payment from MGE to the project budget. MGE has paid for the extra cost associated a solar installation on the roof of $33,332.50. This resolution authorizes the Parking Utility to spend those funds received.


49. 55371 Approving the remaining Scope of Services for the Cooperative Enterprise Development Program for 2019.


50. 55372 Approving up to $10,000 each in cooperative in development funds for Madison Freewheel Bicycle Company, Soaring Independence Home Healthcare Cooperative and Roots4Change Cooperative.


51. 55377 Amending RES-17-00961, Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a development agreement to fund a $322,000 Tax Incremental Finance Loan to 134 Fair Oaks, LLC or its assigns to assist in the development located at 134 S. Fair Oaks Avenue within the boundary of TID #37 (Union Corners) Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel


Fiscal Note: The proposed resolution authorizes amending a development agreement with 134 Fair Oaks, LLC to extend the construction project completion date from June 30, 2019 to December 31, 2020 to match the requirements of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). No additional City appropriation is required.


58. 55078 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a parking lease agreement with Archipelago Village, LLC, for 50 parking stalls at the South Livingston Street parking garage.


3/25/19 PLAN COMMISSION Return to Lead with the Recommendation to Place on File without Prejudice to the TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION On a motion by Cantrell, seconded by Hagenow, the Plan Commission recommended that the Transportation Commission recommend that the resolution be placed on file without prejudice. The motion to recommend against the parking lease passed by voice vote/ other. Related to its recommendation to not approve the resolution, the Plan Commission approved a revised parking plan for the hotel and restaurant-tavern at 901 E. Washington Avenue (conditional use file ID 54482) to include 75 on-site valet stalls instead of the previously approved 138 on-site conventional surface parking stalls.





79. 55503 Amending the 2019 Budget to authorize the City of Madison to accept donation of a plaque commemorating Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch and donations to cover the costs of fabrication and installation of the plaque


81. 55519 Authorizing a Settlement Agreement with Bell Great Lakes LLC, dba Taco Bell Cantina and Issuing a Class B Beer and Class C Wine License to Bell Great Lakes, LLC


82. 55520 Approving funding allocation recommendations as part of a competitive RFP process conducted by the Community Development Division (CDD); and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into purchase of service contracts, to take effect on January 1, 2020, with the identified agencies, and in the specified amounts, for the support and expansion of programs and services in early childhood.


83. 55521 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation for East Washington Avenue (Blair Street to East Springs Drive) Adaptive Traffic Signal system. (2nd, 6th, 12th, 15th, 17th ADs)


Traffic Engineering was awarded an Intelligent Transportation System grant by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) for the East Washington Adaptive Signal project. The project includes installing video detection, new traffic signal controllers/cabinets, connecting existing signals to our centralized traffic signal management system through fiber optic backbone, as well as programming the adaptive algorithm into the traffic signals along East Washington Avenue between Blair Street and East Springs Drive (excluding Stoughton Road (STH 51), which is controlled by the State). Adaptive Traffic Signal System uses the state-of-the-art technology to reduce traffic congestion, stops and emission by adjusting the timing automatically in real time along the whole corridor according to the changing traffic demand.  Less congestion often reduces the potential for rear end crashes. It also helps reduce the cut through traffic on parallel neighborhood streets by maintaining mobility along the major arterial streets.


84. 55522 Approving the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of 1402 South Park Street, the former Truman Olson United States Army Reserve Center, (the "Property") and establishing a process for the review of responses to the RFP and selection of a buyer for the Property. (13th A.D.)


One of the goals of the RFP is to add a grocery store as part of a mixed use development on the Truman Olson site.


88. 55531 Amending the 2019 Adopted Operating budget for the Planning Division - Neighborhood Planning and Preservation, to expend up to $14,130 in funds remaining from a 2018 Madison Community Foundation grant to support renovations to an art studio space in Thurber Park in the Town of Blooming Grove and to support the Phoenix from the Ashes Project.


90. 55587 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a long-term parking lease agreement with Beitler Real Estate Services LLC or assignees, for 40 overnight parking spaces at the replacement Government East parking garage being constructed on Block 88. (4th AD)


Wednesday May 1

Street Use Staff Commission

10a room 108 CCB


Click on the link for upcoming events.


Wednesday May 1

Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants--Driver Licenses for All! No Work | No School | No Buying
11am State Capitol in Madison

Voces de la Frontera is organizing for a Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants general strike and statewide mobilization on the Capitol in Madison on Wednesday, May 1st, to urge the state legislature to restore driver licenses and state ID cards for all in Wisconsin. This means no work, no school, and no buying. Buses from across the state 414-643-1620


Wednesday May 1

Madison Food Policy Council

5:30p Central Library - Room 301, 201 W Mifflin Street


1 55435 BY TITLE ONLY - Amending Resolution, Legislative File No. 38465 that authorized grants up to $100,000 for the City of Madison's Healthy Retail Access Program by authorizing an additional one-time increase in the maximum award amount for a grocery store project that has been selected by the Madison Food Policy Council.


Wednesday May 1

Public Presentation Pinney Library Public Art Piece #1

7-8p YMCA 711 Cottage Grove Rd


Over 120 people submitted applications during Madison Public Library's call for public art for two permanent installations. The selected jurors have narrowed it down to six finalists who will introduce their art concepts during two public presentations on Wednesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 8 (see upcoming meetings at end of blog for May 8 details).


Public Art Piece #1 will be installed as a two or three-dimensional mounted artwork for the new library's Reading Room, a space intended for contemplation. Finalists include: Yeonhee Cheong; pARTS Collaboration: Caleb Weisnicht and Robin Good; and Maria Amalia Wood. 

7:00-7:20pm: Maria Amalia Wood
7:20-7:40pm: pARTS Collaboration: Caleb Weisnicht and Robin Good
7:40-8:00pm: Yeonhee Cheong

Finalists will be selected by a jury and results will be announced at the end of April. Selected artist(s) will begin planning and beginning fabrication for any new pieces in May 2019. 

Learn more at 


Thursday May 2

Urban Forestry Task Force

12p room GR 27 CCB (enter 211 S Carroll St)


55206 Accepting the Final Report and Recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force RECOMMEND ACCEPTANCE


Thursday May 2

Public Market Development Committee

5p room 207 MMB


27499 Public Market Discussion - Design/Development process update - Public Market Foundation Update - Funding Updates - MarketReady Update


Thursday May 2

Madison Public Library Board

5p Central Library - Room 104, 201 W Mifflin Street


7. PINNEY LIBRARY PRESENTATION OPN Architect Ryan Frank will be in attendance to present updates on the progress and plans for the new Pinney Library.


Thursday May 2


5:30p room 215 MMB


Special Nonrenewal Hearing


Upcoming meetings


Wednesday May 8

Public Presentation Pinney Library Public Art Piece #2

7-8p YMCA 711 Cottage Grove Rd


Public Art Piece #2 will be a site-specific piece will be installed as a sculptural element for the outdoor courtyard, creating a fence, wall, or other demarcation of the library's exterior courtyard space, primarily used by children and families. Finalists include: Peter Krsko, Michael Velliquette, and Erick "CK" Ledesma. 

7:00-7:20pm: Peter Krsko 
7:20-7:40pm: Michael Velliquette
7:40-8:00pm: Erick "Ck" Ledesma


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