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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 April 13, 2020

April 12, 2020 1:39 PM

Highlights: On March 31, the  Common Council held our first virtual meeting. The Council voted to declare a state of emergency and granted the Mayor extraordinary powers to act. The Council voted to reject the Final F-35 EIS because there was no significant change to the finding of disproportionate impacts to low income communities, people of color and children identified in the draft EIS. We amended the tourist rooming house ordinance but delayed implementation. And the Council overturned the Plan Commission decision to reject the proposed use of 3630 Milwaukee St as an accessory parking lot to serve the proposed Amazon warehouse facility at 3650 Milwaukee St.


Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that the state is seeking volunteers to support Wisconsin's healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Active and retired healthcare professionals and those who wish to help in non-clinical support positions are encouraged to sign up to volunteer through the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR). 

The City would like to provide face coverings to workers in Streets, Parks, Water Utility and other public facing departments. Mayor Rhodes Conway Blog on Face Mask donations Surgical masks and others known as N-95 respirators are in short supply and are being reserved for health care workers and other first responders. The City is working hard to acquire multiple types of PPE, including face coverings, but they are in short supply and often back-ordered.

In addition, the Mayor is asking people who know how to sew to consider making and donating masks to the City. There are a number of suggested patterns for the face coverings, including those from the CDC ( ) and Unity Point Health ( ). Although craft stores are closed due to the Governor's "Safer at Home" order, you can order fabric online and have it shipped directly to your home.

Donations of cloth face coverings will be gratefully accepted at Fire station #2 (421 Grand Canyon Drive) and #8 (3945 Lien Rd). The face coverings will be laundered before they are distributed to workers.

Chief Wahl's Blog on Social Distancing  "While [the Madison Police Dept. has] generally seen very good compliance with the restrictions the [stay at home] order puts in place, officers have responded to a number of informal "gatherings" (parties) held in private residences in violation of the order.  Please remember that any gathering – public or private – of any number of people not part of a single household is prohibited under the order (unless a specific exception applies). ...[R]emember that the order only allows religious facilities/entities to hold gatherings if fewer than 10 people are in a room or confined space at the same time.  This includes gatherings in parking lots or outdoor spaces. ...MPD officers have continued to focus on education and voluntary compliance when responding to possible violations of the order.  However, the order is just that – an order – and it is enforceable by arrest or citation.  So, please do your part...stay home unless you need to go out for something essential.  If you do need to go out, practice social distancing and minimize your exposure to others.  Adhering to these restrictions is undoubtedly inconvenient and difficult; but doing so is critical to the health and safety of our community."

Gov Evers Directs DNR to Close Some State Parks County and city parks remain open but please practice social distancing and take out what you bring it (no littering).


City Traffic Engineering is proposing to partially close some streets to vehicle traffic including Atwood Ave near Olbrich Gardens to allow more ped and bike access, see Wednesday's Transportation Commission agenda below for a link to the powerpoint with more info.


Neighborhood Meetings on Zoom. Now that I have had first hand experience with public meetings held by the city and fellow alders on the zoom platform, I am more comfortable with holding neighborhood meetings virtually. Stay tuned for postcards if you live in the immediate area with info about participating in the meeting as well as email/blog alerts about how interested neighbors can attend. City planning staff will also participate and help me navigate how to "chair" an online meeting.


Hold the date:

April 20 for 2902 E Washington/401 E Lawn in D12 (former Ella's Deli and vacant lot)

April 23 for 817 Williamson (demo of former MTI building)

TBD 1949 Winnebago (demo of three buildings near Schenks Corners)


Heartfelt appreciation to the City Clerk's office, myriad city workers who got reassigned to election duties and community poll workers who carried off Madison's April 7 election as best as possible under the conditions of a global pandemic. Your amazing and herculean efforts will always be remembered. I voted curbside for the first time ever. But the disenfranchisement of Milwaukee voters, primarily black and brown people, was deeply distressing and infuriating. The local and statewide results should be announced tomorrow. The City will be taking a look at how we implement absentee balloting process, stay tuned.

Monday April 13, 2020

Plan Commission– click on link for info about how to access/participate in the zoom meeting, you can send comments to

5:30p virtual


13. 59522 2021 Winnebago Street, 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Shipping Street (TSS) District for limited production and processing of coffee and baked goods in a restaurant.


Staff report: The applicant, representing Kin-Kin Coffee Roasters and Madison Chocolate Company, proposes to convert a portion of a mixed-use building into a coffee roastery, bakery, and restaurant/café. According to the submitted materials, 2,050 square-feet of the space will be used as a limited production and processing site for the roastery and bakery, with a separate 930 square-foot café. As proposed, the café will sell coffee, baked goods and other food items, and retail items related to the roastery and bakery. Both the roastery and bakery will have a wholesale component, with shipping occurring in the small off-street loading area in the rear of the site. According to the letter of intent, roasting will occur two to three times per week from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The bakery will operate three to five times per week between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The proposed hours of operation for the café are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. The applicant stated that the café will have educational opportunities related to specialty coffee, with 12-15 people attending these special events. The proposed exterior changes to the building are minor, including a new accessible entry on the east elevation and new windows on all sides of the building. According to the applicant, their coffee is roasted at "first crack", which they say produces less exhaust byproducts than "second crack" roasting processes. In regards to the bakery, the main products prepared on site will be chocolates and gluten free baked goods. ... The Planning Division believes that one way to minimize impacts is by limiting hours of operation for the roaster. Staff does not believe that the proposed uses will result in significant noise, vibration, or glare on surrounding properties. According to the letter of intent, roasting will occur two to three times per week from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., currently scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays. The bakery will operate three to five times per week between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Staff believes that the proposed hours of operation would limit impacts and are in keeping with the hours of operation for other limited production and processing facilities in the City. The Planning Division recommends a condition of approval prohibiting roasting on Saturdays and Sundays. The Director of the Planning Division may consider a minor alteration to expand the hours and days of the week that roasting occurs in the future, following a recommendation by the District Alder. While there are residential uses to the east and south, staff believes that this standard can be found met given the scale and proposed hours of operation for both the bakery and roastery.


17. 59684 1438 Morrison Street; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Residential-Consistent 4 (TR-C4) District to construct accessory building exceeding 576 square feet and exceeding ten (10) percent of the lot area.


18. 59686 110 King Street, 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Downtown Core (DC) District for a tasting room.


Staff report: The applicant, Plain Spoke Cocktail Company, proposes to convert a second floor tenant space of an existing mixed-use building into a tasting room for cocktails produced off site. The tasting room will also sell limited packaged offerings available for consumption off premise. According to the submitted materials, the tasting room will occupy 1,877 square-feet and will have a capacity of 99 persons. In regards to access, there is a stairwell 110 King Street leading to the second floor tasting room off King Street, with the ADA accessible entrance and elevator located in the rear of the building, off Webster Street. The brewpub located on the first floor of the building is a separate entity and is not part of this land use application. According to MGO §28.072, brewpubs are a permitted use in the Downtown Core (DC) Zoning District. According to the letter of intent, the tasting room will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. The tasting room will employ seven full time employees and four part time employees. This proposal is subject to the standards for Conditional Uses [MGO §28.183] as MGO §28.072 lists tasting rooms as a conditional use in the Downtown Core (DC) Zoning District. In regards to the approval standards, the Plan Commission shall not approve a conditional use without due consideration of the City's adopted plan recommendations, design guidelines, and finding that all of the conditional use standards of MGO §28.183(6) are met. In regards to the adopted plans, staff believes that this proposal is consistent with the Downtown Core (DC) recommendations in both the Comprehensive Plan (2018) and Downtown Plan (2012).


Upcoming Matters - May 11, 2020

- 2524 Winnebago Street - PD to PD(SIP) - Approve Specific Implementation Plan to construct five-story mixed-use building with 13,676 sq. ft. of commercial space and 105 apartments at Union Corners

- 2219 Monroe Street - Conditional Use - Install lighting for Edgewood High School stadium


Wednesday April 15

Transportation Commission– click on link for info about how to access/participate in the zoom meeting

5p virtual


The agenda items numbering system will change on Monday due to requirements for online registration (no lettering) .


E.1. 60179 Report on the actions taken by the Transportation Department during the COVID-19 health emergency 10 mins


E.2 Staff memo was sent to alders on Saturday with the following proposal to add this to the discussion. The agenda will be amended on Monday.


As you may know, Traffic Engineering has been making changes to our traffic infrastructures during the last few weeks due to the COVID-19 impacts, such as shorter signal cycles throughout the City, automatic pedestrian recalls, and social distance signage on shared use paths. Another social distancing measure we would like to implement soon is to close some streets and lanes where appropriate to provide more space for pedestrians and bicyclists. We would like to start implementing the changes next week. Please see pages 9-12 in the attached slides for the list of streets that we are considering for the first phase of this project. Streets closures during pandemic to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists


We would like to move forward on the following starting next week:

  •        E Mifflin St
  •        West Shore Dr
  •        South Shore Dr
  •        Clyde Gallagher Ave
  •        Trailsway
  •        Monterey Dr
  •        Vilas Park Dr
  •        Atwood Ave


F.1. 60121 Temporarily suspend the enforcement of Madison General Ordinance Section 33.56(5) to allow the Director of Transportation, Transit Manager, Traffic Engineer, and Parking Manager to take actions related to transportation issues identified in Madison General Ordinance Section 33.56(5)(a)-(c) 30 mins


Memo for City Attorney's office:  ...Thus, this Order will allow the DOT to take action on the above items without first going to the Transportation Commission during the pandemic, provided that any actions are ratified by the Transportation Commission when it is able to meet. If the Transportation Commission were to rescind an action taken by the DOT pursuant to the Order, the Mayor, any alderperson, or any member of the Transportation Commission could appeal the Transportation Commission decision to the full Common Council pursuant to M.G.O. § 33.56(6), just as usual.


...So far, the DOT has utilized this Order to take the following actions in response to the COVID-19 health emergency:

33.56 (5) (a) 1., 3., 4. Reduced Metro Transit service to Saturday plus commuter routes. 33.56 (5) (a) 5. Instituted rear door entry and exit for safety of the operator, 6-foot spacing within the coach for safety of passengers, and set a 15-person maximum passenger bus occupancy to ensure passengers can keep a safe distance from each other.

33.56 (5) (a) 2. Suspended collecting fares on fixed route and paratransit service in order to have rear door entry and exit and ensure operator need not handle fare media.

33.56 (5) (a) 8. Operating Metro Transit as Charter Service as allowed by the Federal Transportation Administration during declarations of emergency to transport clients from the Beacon to shelter. 33.56 (5) (b) 2. Suspended on-street parking rates. This waiver covers the requirement that the TC provide a recommendation to the CC on this issue. The suspension of parking rates, itself, was done pursuant to a separate Order and that Order and the fiscal impact associated with it will be addressed in a separate Memorandum.


F.2. 60139 Temporarily suspend parking regulations under Madison General Ordinance Section 12.122, to support curbside pickup from grocery stores and restaurants. 10 mins


F.3. 60178 To Approve actions taken by Metro during the COVID-19 health emergency 30 mins F.4. 60177 Review and Approval of Metro Transit's Proposed Service Changes to take effect in August of 2020 for Route 29 and UW Campus Routes 80, 81, 82, and 84. 30 mins


F.6. 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)

Proposed Garver Path Geometry

Thursday April 16

Common Council Executive Committee

6p virtual– click on link for info about how to access/participate in the zoom meeting


The CCEC is meeting more frequently during the emergency. We are talking about how to coordinate with the Emergency Operation Center, share information with alders and the public, discuss how to prioritize city meetings that are currently limited due to technical and staff capacity, and focusing on area for recovery – jobs, housing, plans.


Agenda will be available Monday, check Weekly Schedule



Marsha Rummel

District 6 Alder

City of Madison


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