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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 March 16, 2020

March 15, 2020 2:06 PM

Highlights: Everything changed on March 11, 2020 when the World Health Organization declared we are in a global pandemic due to the spread of a novel type of coronavirus (Covid-19) which has spread to over 114 countries. Governor Evers followed the next day with a declaration of a Public Health Emergency for Wisconsin. As of March 14, Public Health Madison Dane County reports there are over a hundred thousand cases worldwide and thousands of deaths.


Public Health Madison Dane County recently advised the community to stop mass gatherings of 250 or more individuals to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (the order was updated on March 14, 2020 to also include places of worship and religious gathering centers). The city has already canceled non-essential city meetings for the coming week and more updates will be coming. In the last few days, I have cancelled two upcoming neighborhood meetings. I don't expect to schedule any alder neighborhood meetings for a while and I will work with developers and license applicants to make sure they understand why delay of the city approval process may be required. To the extent you can, avoid exposure with people, and practice hand washing after touching surfaces that could harbor the virus.


Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison Mayor, Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County (with Council leadership in attendance) will hold a press conference this afternoon. Public Health Madison & Dane County will make an announcement about new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including new school closing information and limiting mass gatherings to a maximum of 50 people.


I will share updates as they become available but also check Public Health's website, it is updated regularly


On Tuesday, the Council will be amending our ordinances to allow remote/telephonic Council meetings during public health emergencies.


We've seen the community grapple with preparations for staying at home. Hopefully these efforts will dampen the severity of the spread of the virus.  It has been heartening to witness the speed of efforts to fundraise and set up networks to provide mutual aid to family, friends and fellow workers who need assistance. Working in the gig economy or for a service business (restaurants and hospitality, daycare centers etc) puts millions of people of the edge of economic catastrophe without a safety net. We need an economic system that works for the majority of people. The gravity of the situation we face makes it clear why US workers need paid sick leave and all residents should have access to a comprehensive healthcare program like Medicare for All.



Monday March 16, 2020


Special Meeting

4p room GR-27 CCB (enter 211 S Carroll St)



1. 59835 Interviews of Outside Search Firms

a. 4pm The Novak Consulting Group (appearing in person) for presentation and interview.

b. 5pm Police Executive Research Forum (appearing remotely) for presentation and interview



Monday March 16

Landmarks Commission

5p room 153 MMB


3. 59708 817-821 Williamson St - Demolition of an existing commercial structure, construction of a new three-story mixed-use structure, and land combination in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.


Staff report: While the proposed new structure is comparable to nonhistoric structures across the street, it differs from the historic resources within 200 feet in several ways. Overall, the character of the building is in keeping with appropriate infill to the historic district by using building materials found on historic resources within the vicinity and having a form that is in keeping with the historic commercial buildings in the vicinity while not creating a false sense of history by incorporating elements that make it clearly a new building. However, the gross volume, height, and proportion and rhythm of solids to voids in the street façade differs substantially from the historic resources within 200 feet. ... Staff believes that the standards for granting a Certificate of Appropriateness are not met at this time and recommends that the Landmarks Commission provide detailed feedback to the applicant and refer the item to a future meeting.


Alder comments: I met with the applicant Brandon Cook and his architect Kevin Burow on March 4 to discuss his proposal for demolition and new construction. At that time, we decided that I would convene a neighborhood meeting on April 14. With the Governor's declaration in recent days of a health emergency in Wisconsin due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Public Health Madison Dane County's recommendations to limit exposure/avoid large gatherings, the Mayor and Council leadership are discussing protocols for postponing city meetings except those that are essential. The discussion also includes using prudence about holding neighborhood meetings.


Given this extraordinary moment in history, I will likely decide to cancel the scheduled neighborhood meeting since I assume Covid-19 outbreaks in our area haven't peaked yet and we should practice limited social engagements for several more weeks. I concur with the staff report to refer for the reasons listed but would add the additional consideration of making sure I am able to gather feedback from nearby residents when it is prudent to do so.  I sent an email to the Landmarks Commission to request tp refer indefinitely in order for the applicant to respond to the staff report/LC recommendations and provide an opportunity for the neighborhood to review and share comments.


5. 59575 Adopting the Historic Preservation Plan as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan, directing staff to implement the recommendations contained in the plan, and dissolving the Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee.


7. 58738 Buildings Proposed for Demolition - 2020

Check out the link to see 400 blk E Wash condition reports from the development team and local preservationist Gary Tipler


-817 Williamson Street  (former MTI building) (Brandon Cook proposal)

-9 N Hancock Street -408 E Washington Avenue -410 E Washington Avenue -414 E Washington Avenue -8 N Franklin Street -12 N Franklin Street (LZ Ventures proposal)

-316 Russell Street -1937 Winnebago Street -1941 Winnebago Street -1947 Winnebago Street -1949 Winnebago Street (M and M Real Estate proposal)



Tuesday March 17


4:30p room 201 CCB (note the room change)


5. 59138 SUBSTITUTE. Repealing Section 33.11 and amending Section 33.31 of the Madison General Ordinances to eliminate the Committee on the Environment Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway and Grant Foster Mayor Response Letter 012720 Recommendations from the COE final Version 1 Attachments: 2/24/20 Sustainable Madison Committee recommended approval with additional language (see substitute) 1/27/20, 2/17/20 and 3/2/20 Committee on the Environment meetings cancelled - No Recommendation


6. 59712 Accepting the financial management and planning practices audit conducted for the Madison Water Utility Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway 33-Water Utility Financial and Management Audit.pdf MWU Financial Management and Planning Practices Audit Final.pdf Water Financial Management and Planning Practices Audit Results - January 2020 FINAL.pdf Attachments: Lead Referral: Water Utility Board 3/9/20 Finance Committee recommended approval.


7. 59914 Briefing on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Briefing by Janel Heinrich, Director, Public Health Madison & Dane County; Dr. Nasia Safdar, Medical Director of Infection Control, UW Health; Rob Phillips, City Engineer (or designee); and Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway



Tuesday March 17

Common Council

6:30p room 201 CCB


3. 58895 SECOND 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.


3/9/20 PLAN COMMISSION RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT WITH CONDITIONS - RECESSED PUBLIC HEARING On a motion by Cantrell, seconded by Ald. Rummel, the Plan Commission recommended approval of the second substitute of the ordinance amendment subject to the following revision: - That a definition of "Multiple Associated Parties" be added to the ordinance. The motion to recommend approval with the above revision passed on the following 5-2 vote: AYE: Ald. Heck, Ald. Rummel, Cantrell, Rewey, Spencer; NAY: Ald. Lemmer, Sundquist; RECUSED: Hagenow; NON-VOTING: Zellers; EXCUSED: Burnette, Statz.


A Third Substitute will be introduced from the floor with a definition of "Multiple Associated Parties".


5. 59493 Appeal of Plan Commission action concerning 3630 Milwaukee Street, Legistar File 58787. Appeal Legislative File No. 58787 OCA Memorandum.pdf Attachments: Legislative History 2/6/20 Clerk's Office Referred for Introduction Common Council Public Hearing 3/17/20 2/25/20 COMMON COUNCIL Refer For Public Hearing to the COMMON COUNCIL Agenda Note: 2/3 vote of the Common Council is needed to overrride Plan Commission action on Legislative File No. 59493.


10. 59956 Amending Section 2.15(1) of the Madison General Ordinances allowing members of the Common Council, unable to attend a meeting in person, the ability to attend telephonically or via the internet when authorized by the mayor and common council president, in an officially declared emergency or at the direction of the Director of Public Health Madison and Dane County. Sponsors: Shiva Bidar, Keith Furman and Satya V. Rhodes-Conway Legislative History 3/10/20 Attorney's Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS


11. 59958 Creating subdivision (c) of 33.01(10) of the Madison General Ordinances to prohibit meetings during an officially declared emergency or at the direction of the Director of Public Health Madison and Dane County unless authorized by the Mayor and Common Council President Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Shiva Bidar and Keith Furman Legislative History 3/12/20 Attorney's Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS


38. 59671 Creating the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Structure of City Government (TFOGS) Final Report Implementation Work Group. Sponsors: Grant Foster, Rebecca Kemble, Shiva Bidar and Keith Furman


43. 59296 Amending the Police Department's 2020 Operating Budget and authorizing the Chief of Police to accept up to $10,000 for two years in overtime funds from the Wisconsin Department of Justice to allocate additional resources to the Dane County Narcotics Task Force for conducting methamphetamine investigations. Sponsors: Patrick W. Heck, Barbara Harrington-McKinney and Christian A. Albouras


44. 59337 Authorizing a $75,000 contract with Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) for $75,000 to fund the continuation of the Downtown Activities Program focused on existing plazas around the Capitol Square and State Street (2nd, 4th and 8th AD), and to support the administration of a Downtown BLINK temporary art program. Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer


46. 59650 City of Madison Sponsorship of Sustain Dane's Accelerate Sustainability Workshops, Green Team Roundtables, and Sustain Dane Membership. Sponsors: Tag Evers, Michael E. Verveer, Shiva Bidar, Syed Abbas, Grant Foster and Marsha A. Rummel


47. 59710 Authorizing the Mayor, Police Chief and the City Clerk to sign an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Milwaukee to provide law enforcement services during the 2020 Democratic National Convention for a 10 day term, beginning July 10, 2020 through July 20, 2020 Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Shiva Bidar, Patrick W. Heck and Barbara Harrington-McKinney


50. 59833 Amending the 2020 Planning Division Budget to accept a grant of up to $10,000 from the National League of Cities Rapid Response Grant Program for 2020 Census "Get Out The Count" (GOTC) activities to reach historically undercounted communities. Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Shiva Bidar and Barbara Harrington-McKinney


56. 59844 In support of state legislation to allow police officers and firefighters to make workers' compensation claims for post-traumatic stress disorder under expanded circumstances.




57. 59856 Creating Section 28.022 -- 00434 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 2524 Winnebago Street, 6th Aldermanic District, from PD (SIP) Planned Development (Specific Implementation Plan) District to Amended PD (SIP) Amended Planned Development (Specific Implementation Plan) District. Sponsors: Planning Division


64. 59926 Amending the Police Department's operating budget, and authorizing the Mayor and Chief of Police to accept a Project Safe Neighborhoods grant award from the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice in the amount of $15,642 and a Dane County Narcotics Task Force subaward of $20,000 for overtime to address violence


71. 59944 Approving the path geometry for Garver Path from Sugar Ave to Milwaukee Street (6th and 15th AD), Approving the roadway geometry for Starkweather Drive from Hargrove Street to Dawes Street and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an Amendment to the contract with the KL Engineering, Inc for additional design engineering services. (6th & 15th AD)


78. 59960 Amending the 2020 Adopted Budget to transfer the Sustainability program (operating and capital components) from the Engineering Division to the Mayor's Office.


79. 59962 The proposed resolution authorizes the reallocation of up to $110,738, of funds awarded to the City of Madison by the U.S. Department of Justice under an "Our Neighborhood - A Safe and Beautiful Place" grant, to seven community agency contracts to support the goals of the grant to provide youth mentoring, safe passages and support to families programming on Madison's South West side.


81. 59969 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a service contract with RENEW Wisconsin, Inc. to administer the three annual MadiSUN solar programs for residential, business and a Backyard solar installations, through 2022.


82. 59978 Submitting the appointment of George C. Hank III for confirmation of a five-year term as the Building Inspection Division Director.


87. 59845 Establishing a Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee as recommended by the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee.


88. 59848 Requesting that the Madison Police Department create a summary document of MPD Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee Recommendations.



Wednesday March 18


5:30p room 201 CCB


10. 59619 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center Event Location: McPike Park Event Date: July 9-12 Aldermanic District 6 (Ald. Rummel) Police District: 408 Event: Fete De Marquette


11. 59620 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center Event Location: 4000 Block of Atwood Ave Event Date: July 25 & 26 Aldermanic District 6 (Ald. Rummel) Police District: 408 Event: AtwoodFest


21. 59616 Change of Licensed Conditions I/O Arcade Bar, LLC • dba I/O Arcade Bar • Capacity: 155 720 Williamson St • Agent: Mitchell Turino Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 80% alcohol, 10% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408 Request to extend hours on Sunday-Wednesday from 11pm to midnight


25. 59618 Change of Licensed Premise High Noon Saloon, LLC • dba High Noon Saloon Current Capacity (in/out): 400/34 • Proposed Capacity (in/out): 400/500 701 East Washington Ave • Agent: Fred Frank Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 94 % alcohol, 6 % food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408 Request to extend premises into parking lot for Labor Day, outdoor capacity to 500 for this event.


28. 59622 18+ Center for Visual & Performing Arts License The Tinsmith LLC • dba The Tinsmith • Capacity: 500 828 E Main St • Agent: Jessica WartenWeiler Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 40 % alcohol, 0 % food, 60 % other Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408


34. 59694 Public Hearing - New License Feast Modern Cuisine • dba Feast 904 Williamson St • Agent: Qiyu Wang • Estimated Capacity (in/out): 100/20 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 10% alcohol, 90% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408


35. 59695 Public Hearing - New License The Tinsmith LLC • dba The Tinsmith 828 E Main St • Agent: Jessica Wartenweiler Estimated Capacity (in/out): 470/30 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 40% alcohol, 0% food, 60% other Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408



Thursday March 19


5:30p room 206 MMB


2. Meet New Downtown Police Captain Donohue


3. 59665 Adopting the recommendations of the Transportation Policy and Planning Board for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Downtown Routing and West Side Routing and incorporating the recommendations into the BRT east-west corridor Locally-Preferred Alternative (LPA), and recommending that LPA enter into project development and the next phases of planning, preliminary engineering, design and environmental evaluation


4. 59645 SUBSTITUTE - Amending the 2020 Adopted Operating Budget to appropriate $50,000 from private donation to create Madison's LGBTQ+ Rainbow Murals and Crossings Art Pilot Program ("RMCAPP") authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a contract between the City of Madison and a vendor to install decorative rainbow markings at specific pedestrian and roadway locations.

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