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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

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 September 23, 2019

September 21, 2019 8:03 PM

Highlights: Join Alder Syed Abbas, County Board Supervisor Yogesh Chawla, Representative Chris Taylor and me at the Community Speak Out Against F-35s organized by Safe Skies Clean Water Coalition on Monday September 23 from 6:30-8p at Hawthorne Elementary School,  3344 Concord Ave.

We invite nearby residents who are the most impacted by noise to attend to get more information about the EIS review process and share feedback. Retired US Air Force Col. Roseanne Greco will be the Guest of Honor.  She spent 30 years in active service having worked in the intelligence community and specializing in strategic intelligence, nuclear weapons and arms control.  She is the former Chair of the South Burlington VT City Council and has been fighting to prevent the basing of F-35s in her city.

You can still submit comments to the National Guard Bureau until September 27. Strong community opposition is a necessity in avoiding the significant harm this proposal inflicts upon our community. Comments on the draft EIS can be submitted online or by mail to: Mr. Ramon Ortiz, NGB/A4AM, 3501Fetchet Avenue, Joint Base Andrews MD 20762-5157. I will share my comments once they are completed.


Last Thursday I held a neighborhood meeting about the redevelopment proposal for 210 S Dickinson. The meeting was well-attended although Dr. Mike Cohn (the developer) had a family emergency and was unable to attend. Architect Kevin Burow showed plans for a three story mixed use building with 20 dwelling units (15 one BR, 5 studios), 934 sf of commercial space, 19 indoor parking stalls at grade and 3 outdoor surface stalls. Planning staff has advised the team that Dewey Ct will be considered the 'rear yard' and requires a rear yard setback. My takeaway was the general consensus of nearby neighbors was a preference for a different housing type, such as townhomes, that would better fit the scale of the neighborhood and be more family friendly. Neighbors would also support employment uses. A BWSD (Baldwin, Wilson, Schley, Dewey, Dickinson) steering committee presented a statement of concerns and offered to work with the development team. As proposed, the project would require a conditional use permit because there are more than 8 dwelling units. It is zoned Traditional Employment.  Stay tuned.


Last Tuesday's Council meeting to discuss the beddown of F-35s at Truax Field lasted until 3am. Over 40 people registered to speak, all but one opposed to siting F-35s at Truax. The final version of the resolution melded elements of the original resolution from Alders Foster, Kemble, Abbas, Evers, Heck and me with the alternate that was proposed by Alders Harrington-McKinney, Carter, Moreland, Furman, Martin, Bidar and Albouras. After the substitute (original version) was introduced, a motion was made to propose the alternate. The vote for the alternate was 10-10. Mayor Rhodes-Conway broke the tie and voted in support of the alternate, making it the main motion.


Alders Heck, Foster, Lemmer and I then proceeded to amend the alternate, successfully moving it closer to the original version by removing sloppy language in one of the final be it resolved clauses (deleting phrase "worst-case") and adding back the deleted category of children to the list of disproportionately impacted groups. We were able to delete the clause that said the National Guard Bureau would re-evaluate the selection of Truax as a preferred selection "if the final Environmental Impact Statement does not provide strategies to affirmatively mitigate noise and/or reduce the number of training flights" (the EIS can't do that, the Federal Aviation Administration is in charge of mitigating noise impacts). The Council agreed to substitute the clause from the original version (bolded paragraph below).


I voted for the alternate as amended. It passed 16-3-1.


Some community members expressed disappointment that the original (substitute) was not approved and felt the Council passed a watered down resolution. Two of the alders who sponsored the original substitute voted against the final amended alternate (Abbas and Kemble) primarily because this clause was not included: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that based on the significant, negative impacts highlighted in the Draft EIS that will disproportionately impact children and residents with low-incomes and communities of color, and given that there is no guarantee that sound mitigation or abatement will take place and that the City of Madison would have no official role in any potential mitigation program, the Madison Common Council does not support the selection of Truax Field as a preferred location for the 5th Operation Beddown".  


I respect Alders Abbas and Kemble's decision.  Alder Kemble and Alder Foster worked hard to prepare a resolution that presented facts from the EIS and drew conclusions based on the information presented in the EIS of disproportionate impacts (from 1000s of pages of information). I was disturbed during the Council debate by arguments that supporters of the original substitute were being divisive and were making it an east/north side vs west side issue because we proposed a resolution that opposed the siting of F-35s based on the information in the EIS and what we heard from residents already impacted by F-16s. One alder said we were pushing an anti-military agenda. Others suggested we were denying the city a 'seat at the table' if we said no to F-35s. Some alders and the Mayor felt we didn't have enough information about noise mitigation strategies, flight path options, or the potential reduction of flights if/when simulator flight training is provided.  


There are certainly unknowns and information we don't have – how much will afterburners be used versus the assumptions of 5% in the draft EIS, would noise modeling based on impulses of sound be a more realistic way of determining community impact that 24 hour averages, are F-35s a multi billion dollar boondoggle for US taxpayers, will the NGB clean up the PFAS contamination on-site before construction of new buildings, and will our community be informed if the NGB changes the 115th Fighter Wing mission to allow nuclear weapons. But the EIS process asks that we submit a response to siting F-35s in a dense urban area based on what was provided in the EIS.  We had enough information to do that.


In spite of the apparent lack of understanding of the EIS process and some of the spurious reasoning by some Council proponents of the alternate,  I supported the alternate as amended because it included the entire list of whereas's from the original substitute that identified the disproportionate and adverse impacts from the EIS, included facts about the FAA and Dane County airport driven sound mitigation process and indicated there were no guarantees that funds would be provided,  included concerns in the city staff report about understated disproportionate impacts to persons of color, children and residents outside of the 65 dB noise contour maps who reside in CDA public housing in Truax, Webb-Rethke and other housing near Worthington Park and Packers/Northport and attend nearby schools and daycares, and, added the language from the original substitute about reconsideration of the selection, "until and unless", the final EIS findings misrepresent the significant environmental impacts in one of the final resolved clauses.  


I'm proud that sponsors of the original substitute decided to propose a Response to the Draft EIS and started the community conversation that generated over 1000 emails, pro and con. I'm proud how effectively my fellow east side alders collaborated to send postcards to invite neighbors within and close to the 65 dB noise contour maps to attend a meeting at Sherman Middle School that was attended by over 300 residents. We handed out F-35 ANG EIS comment forms and turned in approximately 35 on Thursday during the NGB Open House. And I appreciate that the Common Council voted to adopt a statement to send to the NGB to reconsider the selection of Truax for F-35s if the disproportionate impacts don't change.


The final resolved clauses as amended read as follows:


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Madison Common Council recognizes that the impacts described in the Draft EIS would substantially reduce the quality and quantity of current affordable housing stock, decrease the value of the property tax base, reduce opportunities for Transit-Oriented Development, disproportionately affect residents who are low income and people of color, and children, and are contrary to the City of Madison's values of equity, sustainability, health and adaptability as codified in our Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2018 the City's Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative, and undermine multiple long-term goals of City policy makers; and,


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Madison Common Council requests that the Air National Guard reconsiders the selection of Truax Field as a preferred location until and unless the findings of the EIS are shown to misrepresent the significant environmental impacts to those living, working, and visiting the north and east sides of Madison; and,


BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Madison City Clerk send a copy of this resolution to the F-35A EIS Project Manager, Secretary of the Air Force, US Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson, Congressman Mark Pocan, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Wisconsin Senators Miller, Risser, Erpenbach, Wisconsin Assembly Representatives Sargent, Taylor, Hesselbein, Anderson, Subeck, Stubbs and Heibl, the Dane County Board & County Executive Parisi, and Dane County Airport Commission.


Many thanks to the hundreds of north and east side residents who emailed the Council, attended the alder sponsored community meeting at Sherman Middle School September 11 and the NGB meeting at the Alliant Energy Center September 12, and registered to speak to the Council September 17. It's an honor to represent you.


Monday September 23, 2019

Finance Committee

4:30p room 215 MMB


2. 57415 Amending the Police Department's 2019 Operating Budget and authorizing the Chief of Police to accept a public safety pass-through grant via the Dane County Sheriff's Office from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for speed enforcement in the amount of $65,000; and amending the Police Department's 2019 Operating Budget by an additional $7,800 and to extend a Wisconsin Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children / Alicia's Law grant through 2020


5. 57233 Amending Section 12.1335 of the Madison General Ordinances to expand the boundaries of the "Snow Emergency Zone."


The snow emergency zone and alternate parking rules will be extended to ALL of District 6.  We heard concerns from those of you living on one side parking streets only and there will be no changes to those streets during a snow emergency, current practice will continue. 

See the ordinance language with attached map in this link The ordinance change was introduced for referral September 17, it will also go to the Transportation Commission (9/25/19) then back to the Common Council (10/1/19 - 15 votes required).


6. 57211 Amendment from the 2019 Streets Division - Emerald Ash Borer Capital budget to transfer $197,022 in existing budget authority to Traffic Engineering to provide additional funding to expand the Clean Streets Clean Lakes (CSCL) zones.


7. 57442 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute an Agreement with Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) for 5 Megawatt Renewable Energy Rider (RER) Project.


CLOSED SESSION When the Finance Committee considers the following matter, it may go into closed session pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(e), Wis. Stats., which reads as follows: Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. If the Finance Committee does go into closed session, notice is hereby given pursuant to sec. 19.85(2), Wis. Stats., that it may reconvene in open session without waiting 12 hours as specified in the statute.


8. 57543 Judge Doyle Square Negotiations Update and Potential Action by the Finance Committee




9. 57248 2020 Executive Capital Budget


Finance Committee amendments


Alder Patrick Heck and I are sponsoring an amendment to TID 36. The Executive budget proposes $50K for implementation but provides no details. We propose to create a process to prioritize how to use funds now that TID 36 is starting to turn the corner and significant tax increment will be available in future years.  The Council and the Joint Review Board will need to amend the existing TID 36 budget and adopted project plan in order to spend additional funds, this amendment creates a process to get stakeholder input.


"Add the following language to the project description for TID 36: Utilize the 2020 project appropriation ($50,000) for a consultant study to prepare an implementation plan identifying and prioritizing projects within the District along with ongoing funding for implementing the Capitol Gateway Corridor BUILD Plan. The goal of the consultant study is to prepare a prioritized list of future projects that may be funded with proceeds from TID 36 or a future district. The project will include outreach to neighborhood residents and other individuals with an interest in the Capitol East District. It is anticipated that work on this effort may continue into 2021, using a portion of the TID 36 funds in the 2021 CIP, subject to future approval of the 2021 Budget."


Monday September 23

Community Speak Out Against F-35s hosted by Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin

6:30-8:00p Hawthorne Elementary School 3344 Concord Ave


Retired US Air Force Col. Roseanne Greco will be the Guest of Honor.  She spent 30 years in active service having worked in the intelligence community and specializing in strategic intelligence, nuclear weapons and arms control.  She is the former Chair of the South Burlington City Council and has been fighting to prevent the basing of F-35s in her city. I understand she will share information about after burner use (the extra very loud thrust used up to 50% of the time to get planes in the air faster) and whether the Burlington EIS underestimated their use and what that may mean for Truax (the EIS suggests they will be used 5% of the time).


Alder Syed Abbas, County Board Supervisor Yogesh Chawla, Representative Chris Taylor and I will attend to listen and share information. The organizers will provide comment cards and urge people who haven't filled them out, especially the most impacted, to send them to the National Guard Bureau by the September 27 deadline.


Tuesday September 24

Water Utility Board

4:30p Madison Water Utility- 119 E. Olin Ave. Conference Room A&B


57499 Approval of Water Utility Board position on F-35 Environmental Impact Statement

There is no statement attached to the legistar item, I have followed up with the Board chair and staff to get it.


Tuesday September 24


5p Warner Park Community Center 1625 Northport Drive


OPEN HOUSE AND DISCUSSION - 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M. 1. THE TASK FORCE WILL RECEIVE INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC, AND EXPLAIN PROGRESS BY THE TASK FORCE ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS: 1. Boards, Commissions and Committees 2. Common Council 3. Mayor's Office 4. Resident Engagement and Representation


Tuesday September 24


5:30p room 206 MMB


57099 Disciplinary Matter - Revocation Action T.C. Visions • dba Visions Nightclub 3554 E Washington Ave • Agent: David Brown Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 100% alcohol, 0% food 21+ Entertainment License Aldermanic District 15 (Alder Foster) • Police Sector 513


Noticed for possible closed session


Wednesday September 25


3p  Goodman Maintenance Facility 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway


5 55254 Review of Policies Regarding Dogs in Parks

Draft policy


Wednesday September 25

Transportation Commission

5p room 215 MMB


F.1. 57233 Amending Section 12.1335 of the Madison General Ordinances to expand the boundaries of the "Snow Emergency Zone." Attachments: Map


Wednesday September 25


6p room 206 MMB



A. The BCC structure and the use of resident, alder, and staff members.

B. The scope and nature of the powers of the BCCs, such as how they report to the Common Council and how their recommendations are received.

C. The frequency and time of day of both Common Council and BCC meetings


Note: These were the original questions posed in the resolution creating the Task Force. In discussing these issues throughout the previous two years, the Task Force noted additional issues related to these issues as highlighted in the BCC Subcommittee Report submitted on March 12, 2019.


Decisions about recommendations raised in the BCC Subcommittee report will also be made at this and the next Task Force Meeting on October 2.


Thursday September 26


4p room 202 MMB


2 DISCUSSION - Future CCC tasks (~15 minutes) - Coordination with non-City paries on the 2020 Census (~15 minutes) - Reaching populations not covered by current Community Partners (~15 minutes) 3 57166 STAFF UPDATE ON CITY 2020 CENSUS ACTIVITIES - Community Partners (~5 minutes) - 2020 Census video (~15 minutes) - Workplan (~5 minutes)


Thursday September 26

Housing Strategy Committee

4:30p room 302 MMB


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


Thursday September 26


6p room 103A


1. 57549 Discussion of draft report sections and recommendation rationales

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