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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 August 19, 2019

August 16, 2019 11:07 PM

Highlights: PFAS and the future of Well 15 will be discussed Monday by the Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee. Both the Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee and the Historic Preservation Plan Committee meet this week. A white paper from Planning Division staff "Equitable Development in Madison: An assessment of factors contributing to displacement and gentrification" will be presented at the Economic Development Commission and Housing Strategy Committee. It is a data driven report with solid recommendations. The link can be found below. The Madison Arts Commission continues to have really interesting items on their agenda, including one that affects D6 – proposal to use Blink funding for special projects at the S Livingston Parking garage- and nearby neighborhoods (I miss serving on that committee...).


Last week, the Plan Commission granted three conditional uses for the Winnebago Arts Café:  as a theater/assembly hall that also serves as a restaurant-nightclub and for an outdoor patio. Instead of 225 person capacity as proposed, the Plan Commission approved a capacity of 130. If the DeHaven's decide to move ahead (assuming they plan to install required sprinklers), they must apply to the ALRC for a change of capacity and change of licensed premises. I'll provide updates when I learn more.


The City of Madison Parks Division is developing a preliminary report for Law Park that will serve as a reference and guide for future master plan development. The current project includes a robust community engagement effort and a technical analysis of the existing park.  The community engagement will focus on gathering input from a diverse range of Madison residents to identify desired park improvements, outline goals for the future master plan process, and generate ideas to connect the waterfront park to the greater downtown area. The technical inquiry will include site investigations and analysis of the current site conditions to identify potential improvement opportunities. Your input is key to this project's success! Please try to attend one of these meetings:

Wednesday, August 21, 6:00-7:30 PM, Workshop at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.

Wednesday, September 18, 6:00-7:30 PM, Workshop at Madison Central Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

Tuesday, October 1, 6:00-7:30 PM, Open House at Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, 501 East Badger Rd.


The Executive Summary of the draft Environmental Impact Statement  for siting F-35As at Truax Field is here, the full report can be accessed here


I encourage you to submit comments to the Air National Guard via their official public comment channels as this is a decision being made by the federal government, not the City of Madison. Neither the City of Madison, Dane County, or Wisconsin Senators and Representatives have authority over this decision. We do want to hear from you but please also submit comments to the ANG and your federal elected officials.


City staff from various departments are working on a review of the draft EIS, including impacts of noise, storm water and other issues. The end result will likely be a response to the EIS from the Mayor's office. I am also working with affected alders and neighbors. I will share the staff analysis when it is complete.


The Air National Guard has scheduled a public open house on September 12, from 5-8 at the Alliant Energy Center, and comments can also be made in person there. The final EIS will be published early next year, the Record of Decision is expected to be issued in February 2020. Comments must be submitted by September 27th and can be made online or by mail.  The link for public comments can be accessed here


You should also contact our federal elected officials:

Senator Tammy Baldwin 30 West Mifflin St Suite 700 Madison WI 53703 (608) 264-5338

Senator Ron Johnson  5315 Wall St Suite 110 Madison WI 53718 (608) 240-9629

Representative Mark Pocan 10 E Doty St Suite 405 Madison WI 53703 (608) 258-9800


The City of Madison Engineering Division is rolling out its next phase of its Watershed Studies with organized focus group meetings starting August 27 through the end of September. The Engineering Division is leading eight watershed studies this year covering Pheasant Branch, Spring Harbor, Wingra West, Willow Creek, Dunn's Marsh, McKenna/Greentree, East Badger Mill Creek and Strickers/Mendota watersheds (located on the west and near west side). Dates and times of meetings These focus group meetings are the next step in the watershed studies process.


Monday August 19, 2019


4:30p room 108 CCB


1 55206 SUBSTITUTE - Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force.


3 54745 Follow Up Discussion on Salt Issues Update from Stacie Reece, City of Madison Sustainability Coordinator, on the City water softener tracking and processes moving forward.



Monday August 19

Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee

5p 119 E Olin Ave





6. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS • MWU Master Plan & Capital Improvement Plan • Annexations – Town of Madison; Town of Blooming Grove



Tuesday August 20


5:30p room 206 MMB


1. 56918 Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance - Standards for Maintenance - Standards for Repairs - Standards for Alterations - Standards for Additions - Standards for New Structures

2. 57050 Example Tour Materials



Wednesday August 21


5p room 153 MMB


  1. 57047 Draft Historic Preservation Plan -Chapter 4 (Goals, Objectives, & Strategies) and Chapter 5 (Implementation) -Chapter 1 (Introduction), Chapter 2 (Community Engagement), and Chapter 3 (Underrepresented Communities Summary)



Wednesday August 21

Economic Development Commission

5p room 206 MMB


1. 57077 Introduction of new EDC members, Sabrina Madison and Seth Lentz


2. 56836 Creating Section 23.61and amending Section 1.08(3)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to regulate the distribution of plastic straws in the City of Madison and establish a bail deposit for violation thereof.


3. 56845 Accepting the white paper titled "Equitable Development in Madison: An assessment of factors contributing to displacement and gentrification"


4. 57078 Introduction of and discussion with Nan Fey, Interim Director of the Dept. of Planning, Community, and Economic Development


5. 46081 Connect Madison Economic Development Strategy Implementation Reporting and Discussion Regarding Work Priorities: 1) Business Assistance Team (Susan Bulgrin) 2) Development Districts (Craig Stanley) 3) Business Retention and Expansion (Frank Staniszewski) 4) Business Coalition for Transportation 5) Youth Work-Based Learning Opportunities 6) Equity Lens



Wednesday August 21

Alcohol License Review Committee

5:30p room 201 CCB


8. 56778 Change of Licensed Conditions Lake Managment LLC • dba BP 2801 Atwood Ave • Agent: Felisa M Corona Forte Class A Beer, Class A Liquor Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 602 Request to change condition two to add an additional cooler for wine and cider sales, and remove conditions: four, five and six


The conditions proposed for removal reflect concerns about previous owners and are not relevant to the applicant.


Thursday August 22


4:30p room 306 MMB


6a 55938 Accepting the 2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) study Analysis of Impediments Report- Progress Since 2013.pdf CDBG_ Draft Data Analysis Summary Presentation LSR.pdf DRAFT Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in the City of Madison


6b 56845 Accepting the white paper titled "Equitable Development in Madison: An assessment of factors contributing to displacement and gentrification


This report is worth reading. Selected highlights:


Since persons of color comprise a large share of Madison's overall population growth, virtually no tracts exhibited absolute decreases in this population. However, many tracts downtown and on the east side saw a relative increase in white population and a lower rate of increase in persons of color. The South Madison/Park Street area saw the largest decrease in the proportion of persons of color, a 7.9% decrease, a potential indicator of displacement. The largest increase in the rate of persons of color occurred on the already diverse north side, as well as along the University Avenue corridor.


The largest increases in income appear to be clustered in near the Capitol and Monroe Street area with Tenney-Lapham and Atwood on the east side also having large increase. In contrast, several tracts along the south beltline, near East Towne and the Troy Drive area saw decreases in median household income. When median income changes are compared to the previously discussed Economic Vulnerability, a few tracts stand out. South Madison/Park Street saw a 27% increase in household income, Sherman saw 20% and Carpenter-Ridgeway increased 28%.  ...


The Capitol Square and Atwood (which also includes Milwaukee Street and the Darbo Worthington area) are in late stages of gentrification and displacement. Both were previously considered to have economically vulnerable populations, but increases in populations with a college degree and median incomes and decreases in rates of persons of color and rentals transitioned these areas out of this category. Atwood saw residents with bachelor's degrees increase from 44% to 63%, which correlated with a 37% increase in median income. Rentals as a portion of housing units declined 4.5% between 2010 and 2017; at the same time home values increased by 16.4%, outpacing the citywide average of 10.7% and inflation of 12.1%. The Capitol Square and West Washington tracts saw the percentage of residents with college degrees rapidly increase to more than 70%, corresponding with median incomes nearly doubling between 2010 and 2017 and rents increasing by 40%. ...


An example of how increasing units even on the high end of the income spectrum may help maintain affordability can be seen in Tenney-Lapham. Historically this neighborhood has been a diverse mix of owner occupied and rental housing, including some students from UW. The addition of several new multifamily buildings in the neighborhood and by campus may have shifted demand at the high end from older units and flats/duplexes. Now in a market with greater diversity in housing and more availability, older units may have to compete more on price. Possibly as a result, median rents in Tenney Lapham have increased at a rate lower than the City average between 2010 and 2017 according to ACS five year data. Further, units renting for below $900 in 2010, (1,300; 60% of all units) appear to only have increased at the rate of inflation (12% total), far lower than the City average of 19%. According to the Zillow Rental Index, median rent in Tenney-Lapham increased less than 1% between 2012 and 2018. ...


Some of the best practice strategies summarized in the Strategy Section are also currently being implemented by the City of Madison and this white paper acknowledges and encourages continuation and strengthening of these efforts. Strategies such as the Affordable Housing Fund have substantially increased the supply of affordable rental units in the City of Madison since inception. Along with the Affordable Housing Fund other strategies such as Land Banking, Community Land Trusts, Impact Fee Waivers, Accessory Dwelling Units, Property Tax Assistance, Homeownership Programs, Economic Development/Commercial Stabilization programs and TIF, are also being used by the City and they should be continued and strengthened.



Thursday August 22

Madison Arts Commission

5:30p room 013 MMB


1. 56838 Adopting the Mifflandia Neighborhood Plan as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan and the Downtown Plan and directing staff to implement the recommendations contained in the plan.

What is the future of Miffland?  In case you didn't know, I worked at the Mifflin St Coop for six years in the 1980s so this neighborhood and its cultural and political legacy helped make me the person I am.

2. 56846 Amending the 2019 Adopted Operating Budget for the Planning Division - Neighborhood Planning and Preservation to accept $11,000 from the Madison Community Foundation for the Thurber Park Artist Residency.

3. 56868 Seeking Common Council approval of a $25,000 Matching Grant award to Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of Wisconsin Institute for Discovery's Science to Street Art as recommended by the Madison Arts Commission.

4. 56886 Authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to amend a contract between the City of Madison and Raymond Chi for design, fabrication and installation of a site-specific public art feature for Pennsylvania Park.

5. 56891 Accepting noncash charitable contributions from Kohler Company for the Thurber Park Artist Residency.

6. 56912 Accepting City Ownership of Artwork in the newly renovated Madison Municipal Building and affirming the value of including art in the design of capital projects.

7. 55290 Thurber Park Artist-in-Residence Updating selection process for 2020

8. 21297 BLINK Proposal Review Proposal to use BLINK funding for special City projects in Park East Garage Storefront

9. 27987 Art Space Exhibition Proposal Staff proposal for MMB Art Plan 2020 - partnership with Nelson Institute celebrating 50 year anniversary of Earth Day

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