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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 February 10, 2020

February 9, 2020 12:06 AM

Highlights: The second substitute to the tourist rooming house ordinance is at Plan Commission Monday. Since the Board of Public Health didn't have the 2nd sub to review, it was referred last week, so it will likely be rereferred by Plan. The second substitute addresses many of the concerns we heard.  Please take a look and let me know what you think (unless you have already contacted me...).  I haven't heard from many people in support of the proposed changes but I have received dozens of identical emails like this:  "I am a Madison resident, voter, taxpayer, and Airbnb host. I welcome guests from around the world and share my space in Madison with them. I ask that the Plan Commission and the Common Council respect my privacy and the privacy of my guests when it comes to sharing personal information or inspecting my home. In addition, I ask that the Plan Commission and the Common Council rethink the proposed registration fee. Madison hosts already pay the applicable City and State administered sales and rooms taxes for our listings. A registration fee is an unnecessary addition. Similarly, the paperwork that would be required under the proposed ordinance is unnecessary and burdensome. I support light-touch regulations that don't unnecessarily compromise privacy, curtail property rights, or unduly burden small businesses, entrepreneurs, and everyday Madisonians. Because the city already has effective noise and nuisance regulations to keep our neighborhoods safe and livable, Ordinance 58895 is not needed. Please reconsider the proposal. Thank you for your time."  If you want your comments to be in the legislative record, send them to Heather Stouder, Planning Division Director


On Tuesday , the MNA Preservation and Development Committee has invited Austin Carl, the Canopy nightclub applicant, to provide updated plans. I plan to attend, more details below.


Dogs in parks policies and ordinance changes will be at Board of Parks Commission Wednesday. Also the Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee meets Wednesday to continue working on changing the standards and guidelines for the five historic districts.

Person with coronavirus confirmed in Wisconsin. On February 5, the Wisconsin Department Health Services announced there is a person with coronavirus in Wisconsin. That person resides in Dane County. The individual recently returned from China and went immediately from the airport to UW Hospital and Clinics. They were tested for coronavirus and have been isolated at home since then. The individual is doing well. They are still in isolation at home and will remain there until testing shows they no longer have coronavirus.

People should continue their regular activities. People who do not have symptoms or meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria , should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel. If someone is supposed to be isolated, Public Health Madison & Dane County will make those arrangements with them. There are steps everyone can take to stay healthy during cold and flu season. These include getting a flu vaccine, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home when sick, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, visit the CDC's coronavirus webpage , the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website , or the Public Health Madison & Dane County coronavirus page.

Madison Public Library is celebrating Black History Month with events and displays to honor the contributions of African Americans, past and present. In celebration of Black History Month, an exhibit of UMOJA's beautifully decorated cover art is on display at the Goodman South Madison Library for the month of February. 


The city asks for feedback on new stormwater guidelines. The Engineering Division is asking the public to give comments on its updated stormwater ordinance and attend upcoming public information meetings. Comments should be emailed to by April 10, 2020. Public information meetings are scheduled for the following time, date and locations:

1.       3-5 p.m., Feb. 26, 2020, Room 206, Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703

2.       6-8 p.m., March 5, 2020, Goodman Park Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway, Madison, WI  53715

3.       6-8 p.m., March 24, 2020, Room 206, Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703

*Note: The Feb. 26, 2020 meeting is geared toward professionals and potential developers, which will be presented from a more technical perspective. The March 5, 2020 meeting will be presented from a more public perspective, which will include background, general overviews and proposed changes to the ordinance. The March 24, 2020 meeting will provide a recap of comments and final proposed ordinance language.


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Monday February 10, 2020

Finance Committee

4:30p room 215 MMB


2. 59141 Authorizing the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Metro Transit Network Structure Study


3. 59428 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an amendment to the contract with AVA Civic Enterprises, Inc. as a sole source for Project Director Services for the private development phase of the Judge Doyle Project (Blocks 88 and 105) through December 31, 2020. (4th A.D)


7. 59217 Approving Facade Improvement Grant to Creative Warehousing, LLC. for a project located at 828 E. Main Street. (6th A.D.)


9. 59333 Authorizing an allocation of up to $1,045,000 in federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds to construct 11 rental housing units leased to qualified low- to moderate-income renters by Common Wealth Development.


10. 59334 Awarding up to $1,800,000 from the Affordable Housing Fund to support a rental housing development project, proposed by Rule Enterprises LLC and Movin' Out, Inc., selected through a City Request for Proposals (RFP) process, that will construct approximately 150 units of rental housing at 1402 S. Park Street in Madison, with 94 units affordable to households with incomes at or below 50% of the county median income, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a loan agreement with the developer.


11. 57619 Approving the Community Development Division's HUD 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan.


12. 59242 Accepting the Final Report of the President's Work Group to Develop City-wide Surveillance Equipment and Data Management Policies.


Monday February 10

Plan Commission

5:30p room 201 CB


  1. 59432 Staff Introduction to a potential Electric-Vehicle Charging Ordinance


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance creates a new use in the Zoning Code, Electric Vehicle Charging Facility. This would be a stand-alone facility existing for the purpose of providing electric vehicle charging on a retail basis--like a gas station. These facilities may not also sell other types of vehicle fuel, such as gasoline. Under this ordinance, these facilities would be permitted uses in the Mixed-Use Center (MXC), Commercial Center Transitional (CC-T), Commercial Center (CC), Downtown Core (DC), Urban Office Residential (UOR), Urban Mixed Use (UMX), Traditional Employment (TE), Suburban Employment (SE), Suburban Employment Center (SEC), Employment Campus (EC), Parks and Recreation (PR), and Airport (AP) districts. This ordinance also creates a requirement that commercial and residential parking facilities of a certain size and constructed after the effective date of this ordinance be constructed so that 50% of all spaces are electric vehicle capable (served with conduit/raceways and panel capacity to allow for the future installation of an EV changing station) and 10% of all residential spaces and 5% of all commercial spaces be electric vehicle ready (served with at least a Level II electric vehicle charging station). The purpose of this amendment is to ensure and encourage the present and future availability of electric vehicle charging stations in parking facilities throughout the City. Future projections are that by 2038, EV sales nationwide will eclipse internal combustion engine vehicle sales and that by 2040 over 57% of the total new car market will be for EVs. In Madison, recent data showed that 1.9% of new vehicles sold were electric vehicles--the highest such rate in the Midwest. Additionally, EV sales in Wisconsin increased by 24% from 2017 to 2018. As electric vehicles see greater adoption by the market, and to meet the projected increased future demand for charging infrastructure, it will be necessary to retrofit older parking facilities. This ordinance ensures that not only will current and near-term charging station demand be met, but that future charging station demand can be cost-effectively provided. It is far cheaper and more efficient to build EV capable spaces at the time of new construction than to retrofit parking facilities in the future.


  1. 58107 Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan Update


10. 58780 944 Williamson Street, 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Shopping Street (TSS) District for an accessory vehicle access sales and service window for a financial institution to allow an existing multi-tenant commercial building to be converted into a credit union with a vehicle access sales and service window.


12. 58895 SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 9.29, amending Section 28.151, amending and creating portions of Section 28.211 of the Madison General Ordinances to create an annual permit for tourist rooming houses, to amend the supplemental zoning regulations applicable to tourist rooming houses, amend the definition of Tourist Rooming House and Bedroom, and create a definition for Primary Residence. This item has generated a significant number of public comments. Due to the volume of comments received, copies of those comments have not been provided to the Plan Commission with their printed materials for this meeting. However, all of the comments received have been attached to the legislative file (ID 58895). The Plan Commission is encouraged to review those comments and all of the other materials previously provided to the commission in advance of the meeting.


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  This ordinance creates a new requirement that individuals operating a tourist rooming house (TRH) obtain an annual TRH permit from the City. In the years since the City permitted tourist rooming houses the tourist rooming house agency has expanded and changed.  With this expansion, staff has experienced challenges enforcing TRH regulations, including specifically the requirement that TRH operators obtain a public health license, pay room tax, and comply with applicable zoning regulations.  Moreover, prospective TRH operators have expressed confusion over what regulations apply and who is responsible for enforcing them.  By creating an annual permit requirement, this ordinance centralizes TRH requirements in one ordinance.  Moreover, it requires TRH operators to submit documentation confirming compliance with applicable regulations and requires TRH operators to update this information on an annual basis.  Under the ordinance, failing to do either of these things can result in permit denial or revocation.  Further, this ordinance specifically provides for TRH inspections so that the Zoning Department can ensure that a TRH is being operated in a manner that is consistent with the documentation the operator has provided.  In the event that the operator violates any of the requirements in this permitting ordinance, the ordinance contains a process for revoking the TRH operator's TRH permit.


                     This ordinance also makes several changes to existing TRH supplemental regulations contained in Sec. 28.151, of the Zoning Code.  These amendments are necessary because as the TRH industry in Madison has expanded, it has become increasingly difficult for staff to enforce certain key provisions of the TRH regulations.  For example, two critical provisions of the current TRH ordinance are that 1) the TRH must be the operator's primary residence, and 2) a TRH operator may only rent the TRH for 30 days per calendar year if they are not present at the time of the rental.  The combined purpose of these two provisions is to ensure that the TRH operator is on premises the majority of the time a dwelling unit is being rented as a TRH and to prevent investors from purchasing properties for the sole purpose of renting out the entire unit as a TRH.  However, increasingly, staff is encountering situations where TRH operators either do not understand or purposely mislead staff with regard to whether a specific dwelling unit being used as a TRH is their primary residence.  Other TRH operators have either failed to keep a guest registry or have been reluctant to share the required guest registry, making it difficult or impossible for staff to determine if TRH operators are exceeding the 30 days of rental days per year when the TRH operator may be absent from premises. Finally, other TRH operators appear to be purchasing or leasing properties in Madison for the sole purpose of renting it as TRH.


                     Staff believes that the combination of the permitting ordinance and changes to existing zoning ordinances will lead to more effective enforcement of TRH regulations.  


                     A substitute ordinance was created to delay the effective date of the ordinance until April 15, 2020 and to set a compliance date of July 1, 2020 for the permitting process.  This will allow staff and operators time to administer and comply with the permit requirements contained in Sec. 9.29.  This substitute also requires condominium owners who propose to use a condominium as a TRH to get permission from their condominium association before doing so.  In this way, the ordinance treats condominium associations similarly to renters, who are required to provide proof that their lease allows them to use their apartment as a TRH.  In addition to these two changes, this substitute also makes a number of typographical and stylistic changes. 


                     This second substitute ordinance was created to implement changes suggested by the Plan Commission and sponsoring alders, including removing the requirement to identify all guests and provide for the make, model, and license plate number associated with a TRH guest.  The substitute also adopts the maximum regulations allowed by state law for individuals operating a TRH for stays of more than 6 but less than 29 days.  Finally, this ordinance specifies that a TRH host may not rent to multiple unassociated parties at the same time unless the host is going to occupy the TRH at the time of rental.


The Board of Health referred this item at its February 5 meeting, so it will likely be referred by the Plan Commission on Monday.  If the item is referred, the Board of Public Health meeting of March 4th will take up the second substitute.  Assuming an action is taken, this item should be at Plan Commission on March 9 and Council on March 17.


The Council sponsors are considering holding a listening session process like we did when the ordinance was originally passed, stay tuned. 


Upcoming Matters - February 24, 2020

- Presentation by Anna Andrzejewski, Chair of the Landmarks Commission regarding demolition reports

- 849 E Washington Avenue - Conditional Use to convert office space in multi-tenant building into a restaurant-tavern with outdoor eating area in Urban Design Dist. 8

- 126 Langdon Street - Conditional Use to construct seven-story, 88-unit apartment building

- 216 S Pinckney Street - Amended PD (GDP-SIP) and Conditional Use Alteration to amend Block 88 Planned Development to construct nine stories above the podium to contain 162 residential units     and a request for a conditional use alteration for projections into the Capitol View Preservation limit

- 202 N First Street - TE to PD(GDP-SIP) - General Development Plan-Specific Implementation Plan (GDP-SIP) to convert the City's 43,500 sq. ft. Fleet Services Building into the Madison Public Market


Tuesday February 11

MNA Preservation and Development Committee

5:30p-7:30p  WilMar Neighborhood Center


I plan to attend.


Austin Carl, the applicant for Canopy at 924 Williamson has informed the organizers he will attend the meeting. His application for Class B combo and 21+ Entertainment has been referred to the Wednesday February 19 meeting of the ALRC. At their January Board meeting, MNA voted to opposed the application as presented. They have informed Austin they expect either a updated or new plan (FYI the item is the last one on the agenda...).


In addition, representatives from The Tinsmith, new event space at 828 East Main St., request support for an entertainment license and Class B liquor license; Moxy Hotel design team leader Andy Inman will present the site plan for the new hotel proposed for 825 E. Washington Ave, they have not submitted plans yet to the city. I will also plan to hold a neighborhood meeting; and Refine Jenifer, an affordable sustainable cooperative housing development proposed for the 900 block of Jenifer, is before P&D with project coordinator Dave Drapac presenting and seeking committee input on concept and design


Wednesday February 12

Street Use Staff Commission

10a room 108 CCB


2.58838 LA FETE DE MARQUETTE Thursday, July 9, 2020 - Sunday, July 13, 2020 Closure: S Ingersoll, between railroad tracks - Tuesday, July 7, 2:30pm - Monday, July 13, 12:00pm Closure: S. Brearly St., between E. Main and Williamson - Friday, July 10, 8:00am - Monday, July 13, 12:00pm No Parking: 300 block S Few, 100-300 S. Brearly, 100-300 S. Ingersol, 1100 E. Wilson - Thursday, July 9, 9:00am - Sunday, July 12, 11:30pm Annual music festival to benefit the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center Discuss location, schedule, set-up and activities. Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center / Beatrice Hadidian Attachments: 7.9-7.12 La Fete de Marquette - online app.pdf


3.58839 ATWOODFEST Saturday, July 25, 2020 / 11am-10pm - Sunday, July 26, 2020 / 11am - 8pm Closure: 2000 Block Atwood Ave / July 25, 7am - July 26, 11pm No Parking: Amoth Court, 2000 Rusk Street, 2100 Atwood Ave, small parking lot on 2100 Atwood Ave Annual street fair to benefit the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and SASY. Discuss location, schedule, set-up and activities. Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center / Beatrice Hadidian Attachments: 7.25-7.26 Atwoodfest-online app.pdf


Wednesday February 12

Urban Design Commission

4:30p room 153 MMB


1. 56314 202 N. First Street - Public Building, Madison Public Market Located in UDD No. 4. 12th Ald. Dist. Owner: Matt Mikolajewski, City of Madison Applicant: Jeryl Aman, MSR Design Initial/Final Approval is Requested


2.59005 849 E. Washington Avenue - Outdoor Patio within the Required Setback Area in UDD No. 8. 6th Ald. Dist. Owner: Andrew Hysell, 849 EWASH, LLC Applicant: Steve Shulfer, Sketchworks Architecture Final Approval is Requested


3. 57762 216 S. Pinckney Street - Judge Doyle, New Development 9-Stories Containing 161 Apartment Units above the Podium with Ground Floor Retail. 4th Ald. Dist. Owner: Richard Arnesen, Block 88, LLC Applicant: Duane Johnson, Knothe & Bruce Architects, LLC Initial/Final Approval is Requested


5. 57757 126 Langdon Street - New Development of The Hub II. 2nd Ald. Dist. Owner: 126 Langdon Street, LLC Applicant: Brian Munson, Vandewalle & Associates *Advisory Recommendation


Wednesday February 12

Transportation Commission

5p room 215 MMB


F.1. 59141 Authorizing the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Metro Transit Network Structure Study


F.3. 59442 Traffic Signal Priority List Approval


F.5. 59441 Metro: Request to hold public hearing at the March 11th meeting to hear comment on proposed service changes to be implemented in August

Proposed changes

a. Routes 3,4,7 and 37 on-time performance changes

b. Routes 29,32,33,35,39,50,67,80,81,82, and 84 route changes c. Bus stop changes


Wednesday February 12


6:30p Olbrich Botanical Gardens 3330 Atwood Ave


8 59451 February 2020 Superintendent's Report


Future Commission Items • Reindahl Park Imagination Center project – Staff is working with Library staff to determine the best course of action for presenting the Library led planning report to both the BPC and the Library Board. Currently, the concept is to hold a joint meeting for this purpose in March or April. • IPM Taskforce – The IPM taskforce has started active work again after a brief pause to realign the group. Staff will present on the current status as a part of a land management update in April/May. • Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks – The Task Force has been working diligently towards their goal of completing a report and recommendations by May 1st. The public engagement portion of the work will be occurring from late February through March and includes public meetings, a survey, and focus groups. Staff anticipates this timeline to be met and the Commission to review the recommendations in May and/or June. • Staff is working with both Brittingham Boats and the Madison Mallards to extend their current agreements to ensure continuity for the future.


Planning and Development. Olbrich Park – Garver Lot 3 Remediation • Parks staff reviewed existing site conditions with City Engineering and WDNR representatives to finalize remediation extents and requirements. Parks staff will hold a public meeting with area residents to review the proposed restoration approach in early 2020. Site remediation and restoration work will be publicly bid during the summer of 2020, with construction potentially starting in late 2020 and completion in 2021.


Community Services Quarterly Report--Lisa Laschinger, Assistant Parks Superintendent:

Park and Street Use Events--Kelli Lamberty: In 2019, we saw an increase of 13% in total street use and park events over 2018, of note, this makes an increase of approximately 59% since 2016. As our number of events grow, we refine our processes and policies related to them. The Community Events team attended the Municipal Special Event Summit in Reno, NV in January, where review of many relevant special event topics provided an opportunity for them learn how other Municipalities are dealing or have dealt with same issues we are facing. Events staff have been busy planning and preparing for the 2020 event season by processing both new and returning events. Staff developed and is working to refine parks and street use event tracking forms that we use to (what else?) keep track of where events are in the permitting process. We have found these tools to be critical to managing the volume of events that we process each year. Staff review and administratively approve many returning events that have not had condition violations in the past, and as part of the expedited permitting process for park events. Notices went out to organizers and we continue to review the tracker and follow up with event organizers as needed to coordinate this year's events. Street Use Staff Commission meetings have started with the usual full agendas. The information we collect for Street Use Events is similar. A significant number of street use events have "legacy" status – meaning they are included on the annual calendar of events as a matter of course as part of the tracking and permitting process. In addition to preparing for 2020 events, there are a number of event policies under review and development.


There continues to be work on First Amendment gatherings and what, if any costs are appropriate for these events. A political rally policy – similar to the Park policy adopted in January – is being finalized for Street Use events. Work is also being done on a "Park Event" ordinance. There are a number of pieces related to park events in MGO 8.15, 8.17, 8.18, 8. 24, etc., but we are looking to have an ordinance that provides detailed regulations to have an event in Madison Parks. We continue to work to ensure parks and events are accessible to all and have recently partnered with the Department of Civil Rights and Public Health to develop conditions around accessibility and water quality. We are also working on developing condition enforcement for both street use and park events. Currently, we do not have a tremendous amount of leverage when events violate the conditions of their permit. We are determining appropriate immediate consequences – lower amplification, remove unlicensed vendors – and additional requirements for future events. We have had or scheduled meetings with a number of park events that had issues in 2019. A report of the discussion will be prepared for the BPC to review when the 2020 applications for these event are considered.


11* 59397 Request from Olbrich Botanical Society to close Olbrich Botanical Gardens to the public at 2 PM on Saturday, June 20 and Friday, June 26, 2020 for Summer Breeze and at 5 PM on Saturday, August 29, 2020 for a preview of GLEAM, Art in a New Light. RECOMMEND APPROVAL


12* 59445 The Biergarten at Olbrich Park Annual Update INFORMATIONAL


13 59423 Request from City Engineering for an extension off the Capital City Path (the Garver Path), from Olbrich Park to OB Sherry Park DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION


14 59475 Proposed Plan to Implement the Statement of Policy and Guidelines for On-Leash Dog Access to the Madison Park System INFORMATIONAL


In the summer of 2019 the Parks Division began a discussion with the public to consider changing the current policies regarding dogs in parks.  The process included five public meetings, a public on-line survey and a media outreach effort. A wide variety of opinions were gathered via the process which has guided the Parks Division's work on this topic. Once the public process concluded, the Parks Long Range Planning Committee, the Board of Park Commissioners and staff worked to develop a policy that allowed more access for dogs to the parks but also addressed the public's concerns.


In October of 2019 the Board of Park Commissioners adopted the Statement of Policy and Guidelines for On-Leash Dog Access to the Madison Park System. The guidelines included language on rules for walking dogs in parks and several exceptions where dogs will not be allowed, such as conservation parks, golf courses, Forest Hill Cemetery, the immediate area around playgrounds and splash pads, and groomed cross-country ski trails, as examples.


The Ordinance change to effectuate this new policy has been introduced (Legistar #59294 <>).  This proposed ordinance change promotes several of the Parks Division's strategies from our most recent Parks and Open Space Plan, including, designing park facilities to accommodate diverse activities and populations, creating equitable access and increasing engagement with groups and organizations.


In addition to the blanket ban on dogs in the conservation parks, the Ordinance allows the BPC to determine a list of park properties that will be signed as "dog free". During our public process staff heard from many members of the public who asked for active use parks where dogs would be prohibited. These requests were made for a variety of reasons ranging from cultural reasons, to a bad experience, to simply not liking dogs.  Information regarding how the policy and new ordinance changes will be implemented in the park system will be presented.


15 59294 Creating Sec. 8.195 and amending Sections 8.19, 23.32 and 1.08 of the Madison General Ordinances to create Dog Recreation Areas and to reorganize and recreate a unified ordinance relating to dogs on City property and dog recreation areas. RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICER


This ordinance will reorganize and recreate the City's patchwork of ordinances that address on- and off-leash dog use of City property, consistent with the Board of Park Commissioners October 2, 2019 approval of the Statement of Policy and Guidelines for On-leash Dog Access to the Madison Park System (Legistar File No. 57578), which document was prepared following extensive public input and discussion. 


Current ordinances (Sections 8.19 and 23.32) prohibit dogs generally from City parks and any City-occupied buildings, while also allowing for 26 specific on-leash dog parks and 9 specific off-leash dog parks.  As part of this ordinance, dogs will generally continue to be prohibited from City buildings, but City agencies will now be able to designate whether any other City property under their control (such as City golf courses, Forest Hill Cemetery, the Public Market, Monona Terrace, etc.) should be dog-free, and under what conditions. 


In addition, under the ordinance change, all City parks and greenways (stormwater properties) will now, except where specifically designated as dog-free, allow for leashed dogs.  Greenways are already treated like park open space by many, so creating a mechanism to regulate the use of these open spaces, and treating them like parks for the purposes of this ordinance, is appropriate.  The current off-leash dog park list will remain, but temporary dog recreation areas will be allowed as well-which will give the City some flexibility in testing and establishing other areas where regulated use by dogs may be appropriate. 


Finally, the definition of "service dog" is being updated to align with the current usage under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


Of note, the main effect of these combined changes are that all parks will now allow leashed dogs except where otherwise specified, which is different than the existing status where dogs are banned unless allowed.


16 59474 Proposed Dog Free Locations in the Madison Park System RECOMMEND APPROVAL


The changes to MGO 8.19 (including the creation of MGO 8.195), and corresponding changes to MGO 23.32 and 1.08, provide the opportunity for the Board of Park Commissioners to designate dog free locations in the Madison park system.  This opportunity was first identified in the Statement of Policy and Guidelines for On-Leash Dog Access to the Madison Park System (approved October 2, 2019, Legistar 57578).  During the public input process, staff heard from many members of the public who asked for park locations where dogs would be prohibited. These requests were made for a variety of reasons ranging from cultural reasons, to a bad experience, to simply not liking dogs. The methodology for determining which locations should be dog free is described below.  


Staff completed an analytical process to determine a group of parks to propose as dog free parks. Some dog free parks were selected due to their size, and their use. For example, if they are so small as to mostly be a footprint of a playground, such as Morrison, Stevens Street and Sheridan Triangle Parks. Other parks are mostly beach, such as BB Clarke and Hudson Parks, which also contains burial mounds. Some larger parks were also selected to allow people wishing to enjoy an active use park without encountering a dog in the park. 


Staff sought to geographically distribute the dog free parks so that most residents are within a one-mile radius of a dog free park location. The attached list of proposed dog free locations includes golf courses (during the golf season) and Forest Hill Cemetery.  Overall, Parks staff suggests 33 neighborhood and mini parks for dog free status. This amounts to about 118 acres of mini and neighborhood parkland. In addition, the conservation parks represent about 1,821 acres of additional dog free parks. With the golf courses and Forest Hills the total acres is about 2,784.


Dog free locations in Madison Parks Proposed dog free parks in D6 include BB Clarke, Morrison, Hudson, and Elmside Circle Park.


23 59486 Authorizing the Park Superintendent and the Facilities, Programs and Fees Subcommittee to Approve Certain Park Event Permits


Facilities, Programs and Fees is a subcommittee of the Board of Park Commissioners under MGO 33.05(5)(c).  This subcommittee was reactivated in 2019 to review policies and operation standards, make program recommendations and recommendations on new user fees and charges.  Creating a policy regarding events in parks and the fees associated with park events is under the purview of the Facilities, Programs and Fees Subcommittee.


Wednesday February 12


6:30p room 013 MMB


1. 56516 Additional Public Engagement


2. 56918 Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance -"Parking Lot" Issues (as time allows) -Period of Significance -Visible from the Street -Spectrum of Standards for Review


Thursday February 13


4:30p East Madison Community Center Multipurpose Room 8 Straubel Ct


2. 58599 CDA Resolution # 4365 - Authorizing the signing of a contract for armed security services in various public housing properties.


8. 59484 Equitable Housing Development


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