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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 June 3, 2019

June 2, 2019 2:23 PM

Highlights: The McGrath team submitted their land use application as promised on May 29, here is a link They will be at Landmarks on June 24th. In the interim, residents and other stakeholders have requested to meet with Lance McGrath and his team to discuss outstanding issues for the neighborhood.

Tuesday is a special election for County Board Supervisory Districts 1 (Bassett/Mifflin, Mansion Hill and First Settlement neighborhoods), 17 (Madison east side), and 33 (Fitchburg). No city meetings have been scheduled per ordinance. The District 1 candidate Liz Doyle is running unopposed. She replaces Sup Mary Kolar who was appointed Secretary of the Department of Veteran's Affairs by Governor Earl. Be sure to remember to vote if you live in one of these districts!

On Wednesday, Alder Patrick Heck and I are co-sponsoring a neighborhood meeting to get feedback on the Salvation Army's proposal to develop their current site and possibly adjacent properties in District 2 with a purpose built overnight shelter for homeless women and their families and transitional housing. A week later, Red Caboose Daycare and Movin' Out will present a new proposal for their joint project at 6th and Winnebago. I am co-sponsoring a neighborhood meeting with Alder Syed Abbas on June 12, more details at the end of the blog.


Monday June 3, 2019

City - County Pride Month Celebration

12p Martin Luther King Jr Blvd plaza flag raising


Join Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and County Executive Joe Parisi in a rainbow flag raising ceremony followed by cake and coffee in room 206 of the Madison Municipal Building. The public is welcome.

From the Mayor's invitation: This June, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the beginning of the gay rights movement in this country. We're also celebrating the 5th anniversary of the first legal same sex marriages in Wisconsin. You likely know that in 1975 Madison became the first place in Wisconsin and one of the earliest in the country to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by amending its Equal Opportunities Ordinance. And that in 1982 State Representative David Clarenbach skillfully led the fight to pass a first-in-the-nation state gay rights law, which was signed by Republican Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus. And that Madison has a long history of electing out LGBTQ people to office, many of whom have been the first out people in their positions. We have a lot to be proud of.

The City of Madison has a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion across the board, and one of my top priorities is to make sure everyone's voices are heard in our decision-making process. That is easier if our team is reflective of the City, which is why I am working to make sure that my office, the City workforce, and our City committees represent the full diversity of Madison. Pride Month gives us a great opportunity to celebrate that diversity.

PS. MMB will have a little extra sparkle this month, too – be sure to come by at night to see it.

Mayor Satya


Monday June 3


5p room 201 CCB


E.2. 56094 Madison Ordinance Analysis of Parking Strategies process

Update on convening a Staff Team that will address the issues of on-street parking in the City and policies that influence such parking.

F.1. 54492 BRT UPDATE

F.2. 56095 Transit X

Transit X is a company from the Boston area which seeks to manufacture and implement a form of personal rapid transit (PRT) which it calls "flying solar pods". At present, Transit X has no operational systems but claims to have a pod prototype, is building a test track, and has agreements to build in several areas, most notably rural Atlanta area (Henry County), but also the Philippines, Manila suburbs, Rwanda, and Ghana. Transit X has prepared a proposal for a network serving Madison and Sun Prairie.

"Transit X proposes to build and operate a green, privately-financed micro-rail podway to carry passengers and freight for Madison that makes the Transit X service convenient to 95% of the population."


54542 Discussion of winter shared use path maintenance


Monday June 3

EOC Executive Committee

5p rom 523 CCC


5. Discuss updated draft of "Goals and Approaches to Housing Discrimination in Madison"

6. Discuss adding "Income" as a protected class for Employment Complaints

7. Discuss inviting the Mayor to attend the next EOC meeting


Tuesday June 4

Discussion on Short-Term Rental Policy (AKA tourist rooming house, AirBnB, VRBO etc)

4:30p room 103A CCB


Several members of the Common Council, including me,  have been invited to attend a discussion with staff on a short-term rental policy on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 103A, City-County Building. A proposed zoning change is in the works. 


Drafter's Analysis: Section 23.61 is created to regulate goods and services advertised online that are required to be licensed.  Internet marketplaces and social media sites are increasingly used to advertise goods and services that the City of Madison or a Wisconsin state agency regulates with a license; such as tattooing, food items or tourist rooming houses.  This ordinance will provide Public Health Madison Dane County and Building Inspection an enforcement tool in the interest of public health and safety.


Recently I received an email with information from Doug Voegeli, who is Public Health's Director of Environmental Health : "PHMDC licenses many activities such as short term rentals (Air BnB), tattoo/body piercing and food preparation.  This ordinance is intended to give us a tool for enforcement when we see these activities advertised on social media platforms or in the case of Air BnB, right on their website.  The ordinance also includes the language to add this change to the bail deposit and giving the authority to PHMDC to write citations for violations of this ordinance.  At this point, I do not foresee that we would issue citations, but use this to educate and promote proper licensing. ...We have fairly regular complaints in regards to people operating their homes as a Short Term Rental (STR).  These STR are found advertising on the Air BnB platform, but can also be on a variety of different platforms (Home Away, VRBO).  We identify a STR (via a software program called Host Compliance) and start the licensing process with an individual.  We give them the choice to get licensed or pull their ad off the Air BnB site.  Often, they will pull the ad only to put it up again a few weeks later and then we start the process again.  With this ordinance, we would be able to advise them that future ads would result in a citation.  While we have not had a lot of issues in regards to foodservice, we have in the past had posts that would allow people to order processed food from an unlicensed kitchen."


Wednesday June 5

Board of Public Works

4:30p room 108 CCB


5. 55961 Approving temporary construction work with associated noise impacts between the hours of 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM (Monday-Saturday) and between the hours of 7:00 PM and 10:00 AM (Sunday) for work associated with WSOR Railroad Crossing Replacement at the E. Wilson St., S. Blair St. and John Nolen Dr. intersection. (4th and 6th AD)


Letter to Residents:  During the ongoing reconstruction of E. Wilson St. and Williamson St., the City has been coordinating with the Railroad (WSOR) to replace the crossing that extends through the noted intersection. The existing crossing, constructed of timbers and asphalt, is in poor condition, and will be replaced with new concrete panels. To perform this work, the Railroad will need to close E. Wilson St. and S. Blair St. at the railroad crossing. During the closure, right turns on to Williamson from John Nolen will remain open, as will right turns off of Blair on to Main or Wilson. The City recognizes the importance of these streets to the transportation network, so we have been working with the Railroad to schedule the work such that it will be done mostly during off-peak travel times; it is anticipated that the closure on E. Wilson St. will start on the morning of Thursday, June 20, and the closure on S. Blair St. will start on the morning of Saturday, June 22. Both streets are expected to re-open to traffic by the morning of Monday, June 24. To ensure that this work can be completed on this schedule, the Railroad has requested an extension of the allowed work hours. More specifically, the Railroad has requested to start work at 6:00am on the noted Thursday and Friday and work as late as 9:00pm on those dates, to start work at 5:00am on the noted Saturday and work until 9:00pm, and start at 7:00am on Sunday. If weather prevents work from taking place on the noted dates, alternate dates for this work are to start on June 27 or July 11, and the proposed start and end times for those dates would remain the same.


Wednesday June 5


5:30p Central Library - Room 302


1 56099 Madison Organics and the New Food Scraps Recycling Program - Bryan Johnson, Recycling Coordinator (City of Madison)

Participants could not keep plastic and other contaminants out of the previous pilots. Staff is trying again and renaming the program FOOD SCRAPS RECYCLING. Not all food scraps accepted (no meat, no bones, no eggshells, no seafood shells, no food wrappers, NO PET WASTE and NO DIAPERS...).


Thursday June 6


4:30 PM 1501 W. Badger Rd.


2. 37890 Source-Separated Organics Program. Attachments: Depackager Test.pptx


More on the process to separate food waste from contamination, mostly plastic....


Thursday June 6


4:30p room 302 MMB


5a 55938 Accepting the 2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) study


Thursday June 6


5p room 153 MMB


  1. 55944 Accepting the Community Development Division (CDD) Neighborhood Center Support Policy Paper" and "School-Age Child and Youth Development Policy Paper" as the bases for structuring and conducting two Request for Proposals (RFP) processes, and authorizing the CDD to undertake those processes and recommend, for approval by the Common Council, funding allocation plans for each regarding awards and contracts to take effect on January 1, 2020


I have met with the directors of Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Goodman Community Center about the policy paper and both Gary Kallas and Becky Steinhoff are in strong support of the proposal. The city is trying to end the legacy of inconsistent funding of programming and non-programming expenses for neighborhood centers that has been in place since the 1970s. The policy report and RFP propose to add benchmarks to better articulate standardized performance expectations and apply clearer program standards, heighten attention to lower-income households, reinforce efforts to engage residents in decision-making about center programming and, where possible, widen access to facility use.


4. 55938 Accepting the 2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) study

No link to the report here or on the Housing Strategy Committee agenda.


Thursday June 6


5p room 207 MMB


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


Thursday June 6


5:30p room 215 MMB


1. 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 Attachments: Independent Monitor and Citizens Review Board.3.docx


2. 29075 Review and discussion of recommendations submitted by Rep. Chris Taylor Attachments: Taylor Recommendations.pdf


3.22783 Discussion with Carrie Rothbud regarding the MPD Ad Hoc Committee's final report to the Common Council. Attachments: Outline Sample to Ad Hoc Committee for Review.docx


Thursday June 6

Neighborhood Meeting on Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal
6p Lapham School Auditorium
1045 E. Dayton St. (enter on N. Ingersoll)

District 2 Alder Patrick Heck and District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel are hosting a neighborhood meeting on June 6 to learn about the Salvation Army's plan to restart redevelopment efforts at 630 E. Washington Ave (D2). Their proposal is just taking shape, but possibilities include demolishing the current shelter structure and constructing a purpose-built shelter and transitional housing units with social services, in addition to a combination of affordable and market-rate apartments. The adjacent lots containing a used car dealership at 648 E. Washington, a building at 12 N. Blount St., a parking lot at 655 E. Mifflin, and the QTI/Post Office building at 702 E. Washington, may be included in the redevelopment. Details will be discussed and input taken at the meeting - all are welcome to attend.

Upcoming meetings:


Wednesday, June 12

Red Caboose/Movin' Out neighborhood meeting

7p, location TBD.


Please join me and District 12 Alder Syed Abbas for a neighborhood meeting where the Movin' Out and Red Caboose Daycare development team will present a revised project design for 2340 S. Winnebago Street.  While the project is early in the design stage, they would like feedback from neighborhood residents on the project's direction.



Monday June 17

Underground Kitchen/Garver Events license application meeting

7p, location TBD


Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about a proposal from Underground Kitchen & Delicatessen, LLC to open a restaurant, Garver Events, at Garver Feed Mill, 3241 Garver Green.  The restaurant would have a capacity of 530 indoors and 280 outdoors.  Proposed hours of operation are Sunday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m., and Saturday, 6:00 a.m.-2:30 a.m.  They have applied to transfer their Class B Beer and Liquor licenses from 809 Williamson Street to the new location.  The Alcohol License Review Committee will consider the application at its June 19 meeting.


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