Alder Marsha A. Rummel
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
WI Relay Service
Alder Rummel’s Updates
D6 Items of Interest Week of May 11, 2020
Highlights: The Plan Commission meeting Monday night could last for many hours. The agenda includes the request by the UW to demolish a civil war era house, the approval of "Nexus" a five story mixed use project at Union Corners, and the request by Edgewood High School to install stadium lighting. Alders and Plan Commission members have received 100s of emails about the lighting and I expect hours of testimony.
Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting will include a COVID-19 economic update.
Wednesday's Transportation Commission will take up two items of interest for east side residents – the 2020 traffic calming plan that includes a traffic circle at Spaight and Dickinson and the implementation of the Vision Zero project. In the 2020 adopted capital budget $350,000 was added to fund an analysis of traffic conditions and crash history and implement recommendations that will reduce the severity of specific crashes in west, south, and downtown Madison. See below for details about the 2020 Vision Zero project which includes E Washington improvements as part of the initiative. Started in Sweden, the Vision Zero concept of traffic safety starts with the ethical belief that everyone has the right to move safely in their communities, and that system designers and policy makers share the responsibility to ensure safe systems for travel. Vision Zero recognizes that people will sometimes make mistakes, so the road system and related policies should be designed to ensure those inevitable mistakes do not result in severe injuries or fatalities. This means that system designers and policymakers are expected to improve the roadway environment, policies (such as speed management), and other related systems to lessen the severity of crashes.
The Board of Parks Commissioners also meets Wednesday to discuss the adoption of the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan. This plan has also generated lots of interest among north side residents.
Milele Chikasa Anana, perhaps best known for publishing UMOJA Magazine, passed away May 6, 2020 after discontinuing dialysis. She put the magazine out almost single-handedly month after month starting in 1990, securing the artwork, selling the ads, interviewing, photographing, telling positive news on every page. The magazine was known for its covers, each month featured an original piece of artwork by an African American artist. She will be missed for the beauty and positive news she worked so hard to share each month and her lasting positive impact on countless lives.... City of Madison Dept of Civil Rights Statement on the Passing of Milele Chikasa Anana
Madison Public Library will offer curbside pickup service starting Monday, May 11, at all Madison Public Library locations except Alicia Ashman Library which is currently being renovated. All curbside pickup service requests will require an appointment; appointments will be scheduled by calling the library at which items will be picked up. Curbside pickup service hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Madison Public Library curbside service details
On May 5, the City of Madison launched LOOK FORWARD, on the Madison Public Library's website. LOOK FORWARD is a social media and public art initiative that will promote a sense of connectedness spanning across all neighborhoods and communities within the City of Madison. Look Forward celebrates the creative, expressive, and caring nature of Madisonians and helps us connect with each other online and look ahead to a time when we can safely be together in person again. Look Forward is a City of Madison collaboration coordinated by Madison Public Library and Madison Arts Commission, with the artistic support of Art & Sons and The Bubbler. Do you have stories you would like featured? You can submit them online at www.lookforwardmadison.org . City of Madison Launches Look Forward Campaign
An Update on our Community and COVID-19 Last week, Dane County Executive Parisi extended the county's COVID-19 emergency declaration through at least July 15. The Declaration of Emergency allows Dane County to maintain services, coordinate emergency response, and seek federal resources. To be clear, extending the Declaration of Emergency is NOT the same as extending Safer at Home.
For regular updates on COVID-19, please continue to monitor the PHMDC dashboard .
Protecting the Homeless
As we work together with Dane County to protect some of our most vulnerable, we have added a seventh area hotel to the group that is providing rooms to higher risk homeless persons. The total number currently being sheltered in hotels is about 365, which includes about 55 families. Hotel guests are receiving meals and support services. The Salvation Army is providing primary support services to families. Focus Counseling is assisting the Salvation Army with families and is the lead support agency for individuals. The use of a respite facility, established to serve homeless persons who have tested positive for the coronavirus, or who display symptoms commonly associated with the virus (fever, new onset cough or shortness of breath) has remained light over the past two weeks. Warner Park continues to serve single men (about 80 per night) who are not deemed at higher risk because of their age or underlying conditions and the Salvation Army is providing shelter services to about 45 single women at its East Washington Avenue facility.
I have issued an executive order directing that City ordinances prohibiting camping in City parks and other City properties not be enforced under certain circumstances. The order is intended to temporarily support campers and improve public safety including making portable bathrooms and hand washing facilities available, and facilitating ongoing contacts with service providers. The City is placing a premium on the health and well-being of campers, and the public at large, in permitting and promoting safer conditions during this pandemic. Madison to let homeless camp in certain parks and greenways during COVID-19 pandemic
More from Mayor Rhodes-Conway Contract Tracing's Role in Reopening Wisconsin
In Dane County, public health has been contact tracing since our very first case on February 5th. Since then public health has greatly ramped up its capacity, moving from a handful of contact tracers to dozens over the last few months. Public Health is hiring four additional contact tracers with support from federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, for a total of 34. This capacity gives us the ability to be in touch with hundreds of people per week.
Monday May 11, 2020
5:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting
2. 59133 Creating Section 28.022 -- 00419 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 935 West Johnson Street, 8th Aldermanic District, from TR-U2 Traditional Residential - Urban District 2) District to CI (Campus Institutional) District.
3. 59810 935 W Johnson Street, 8th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a single-family residence to accommodate a future University of Wisconsin-Madison academic building.
The house is from the civil war era...
4. 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.
Staff report: The Union Corners site was acquired by the City with Land Banking Funds for $3.3 million in December 2010. On July 16, 2013, the Common Council accepted a selection committee's recommendation of the applicant, Gorman & Company, Inc., proposal for the purchase and redevelopment of the City-owned Union Corners properties and authorized the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) for their purchase and redevelopment. The PSA calls for the 11.5 acres to be conveyed to the applicant and for a tax incremental financing loan agreement to assist with implementation of the planned development. The City previously constructed the current alignment of Winnebago Street, S Sixth Street and the roundabout where those streets intersect in 2007 as part of its participation in the previous redevelopment efforts for the Union Corners site.
On May 21, 2014, the Common Council approved a major amendment to the Planned Development–General Development Plan for Union Corners to call for various medical office, retail, mixed-use and residential buildings on four City-owned parcels generally addressed as 2340, 2504 and 2507 Winnebago Street. On October 6, 2015, the Common Council approved a Planned Development–Specific Implementation Plan to allow construction of a five-story mixed-use building containing a 28,000 square-foot grocery store, 10,000 square feet of general commercial space and 100 apartments (Buildings 1 and 2) at 2524 Winnebago Street at Union Corners. Final staff approval and recording of the approved Specific Implementation Plan did not occur, and no permits were issued for construction of the building.
Project Description. The applicant is requesting approval of a Specific Implementation Plan to construct the five-story, L-shaped mixed use "Nexus" building to occupy the corner of E Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street in the Union Corners planned development. The subject site was approved on the Union Corners General Development Plan for the future construction of two mixed-use buildings to extend along the E Washington frontage of the development northeast of the 60,000 square-foot UW Health Union Corners clinic located at S Sixth Street. The proposed building will extend along the E Washington frontage from the mid-block pedestrian path that extends through the Union Corners development before turning to parallel Milwaukee Street and extending easterly towards Winnebago Street.
Plans for the building call for the proposed building call for the 13,676 square feet of commercial space to be located on the first floor of the westerly wing fronting onto E Washington Avenue, with entry doors proposed facing both the street and a 111-stall surface parking lot to be located behind the building. The easterly wing of the building fronting onto Milwaukee Street will include three dwelling units, the resident entry to the building, a tenant fitness room, club room, leasing office, and two bike storage rooms. The westerly and easterly wings of the first floor will be separated by a covered plaza extending into the site from the E Washington-Milwaukee intersection. The plaza will have doors opening onto it from the easternmost commercial tenant space in the westerly wing and from the residential lobby in the easterly wing.
Floors 2-5 of the building will be L-shaped and include the remaining 102 apartments and residential amenities, including a second floor lounge and a fifth floor community room and roof deck, all of which will be located at the corner of the building overlooking the E Washington-Milwaukee intersection. The 105 dwelling units proposed will consist of four (4) efficiency units, 72 one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units, and seven (7) three-bedroom units. A variety of recessed and projecting balconies are proposed to provide open space for the dwelling units on the upper floors, while the three first floor units along Milwaukee Street will have direct entrances from the public sidewalk with front stoops. In addition to the 111-stall surface parking lot located behind the building, parking for the project will be provided in an 80-stall garage that will extend beneath the footprint of the building. Access to the garage and surface parking will be provided from an existing driveway from Winnebago Street that also serves the adjacent "Carbon" mixed-use development (Buildings 4 and 5 of Union Corners). The applicant indicates that 99 indoor and 28 outdoor bike parking spaces will also be provided for the Nexus building. The building will be clad with a combination of brick and metal wall panels. The elevations show a high percentage of vision glass at the first floor facing E Washington Avenue, the mid-block path, and the wall of the western wing facing the surface parking lot.
Alder: I support the proposal. Neighbors encouraged the developer to make the corner at E Washington iconic and more porous, provide additional residential density to the project, strengthen the spine that runs north to south from E Washington to Winnebago, and reduce surface parking. The Gorman team revised the architectural elements, strengthened the corner element, created a significant walkway adjacent to the site (and reduced surface parking slightly) and at the urging of neighbors and the alder approached the UW Clinic to discuss shared parking options (and were rebuffed). The Gorman team stated that adding more units would require additional levels of underground parking that could not be financially justified given the 24/7 dewatering that would be required.
10. 59537 3817 Milwaukee Street, 15th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish an auto service station, convenience store, restaurant, and car wash; consideration of a conditional use in the Commercial Center (CC) District for an auto service station and convenience store; consideration of a conditional use in the CC District for a car wash; and consideration of a conditional use for development adjacent to a public park (Eastmorland Park), all to allow an existing auto service station/convenience store, restaurant, and car wash to be razed, and for a new auto service station/convenience store, and car wash to be built as part of a planned multi-use site.
The applicant proposes to demolish an auto service station with a convenience store, car wash, and restaurant building in order to reconfigure the site and construct a new auto service station (lube center and fueling canopy), convenience store, and car wash. The redevelopment is part of a planned multi-use site, which contains a large grocery store (Woodman's Market) and accessory parking lot. As this redevelopment impacts more than 10% of the multi-use site, the applicant is required to bring the whole site up to current Zoning standards, which includes installing landscape islands. Project construction is anticipated to being in spring 2020 will projected completion in fall of 2020.
16. 60001 2219 Monroe Street, 13th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in a Campus-Institutional (CI) District without a campus master plan for the establishment, improvement, or modification of a secondary use occurring outside of an enclosed building, to allow installation of lights for the stadium at Edgewood High School ("Goodman Athletic Complex").
Staff report: Edgewood High School is requesting conditional use approval to light its Goodman Athletic Complex using four poles of either 68 or 80 feet in height to allow use of the athletic field to continue into the evening hours past sunset. No other approvals, including enlarging the stadium or installation of a permanent sound system, are proposed at this time. As with many recent land use requests involving Edgewood, the lighting request has proven to be controversial, as evidenced by the significant number of public comments received, [400 pages!], which are attached to the legislative file. While many of the comments received to date suggest an existing impact on uses, values, and enjoyment, the normal and orderly development of surrounding properties, or a negative impact on the public's "general welfare" from the daytime (unlighted) use of the athletic complex primarily due to noise generated, staff believes that the Plan Commission may find the conditional use standards met to allow the installation and use of lighting for the stadium under specific and limited conditions intended to minimize any further impact on the area surrounding the complex, bearing in mind that the daytime use of the complex without lights is allowed by right.
While limited use of the athletic complex after dark may exacerbate the noise impacts suggested by many of those commenting on the request, staff believes that a well-regulated conditional use approval can balance the needs of Edgewood while minimizing further impact on surrounding properties consistent with the statement of purpose of the Campus-Institutional zoning district. The conditions proposed by staff are intended to uniformly limit the hours that the lights may be used, and to ensure that the 10:00 or 11:00 PM proposed end-times for scheduled events are met with rare exception due to injury or weather. Staff believes that the Plan Commission should establish a specific number of non-practice events per school year that use the proposed lights following input at the public hearing to inform what a reasonable number might be. In the event that use of the lighted field successfully balances the needs of the athletic program at Edgewood with minimizing the impacts on neighboring properties, the number of events and other proposed conditions to limit this approval could be modified through the conditional use alteration process outlined in Section 28.183 of the Zoning Code.
Upcoming Matters - May 18, 2020
- Revised MGO Chapter 37, Stormwater Management System and Erosion Control Ordinance > Big changes are coming to the city's stormwater regulations.
Upcoming Matters - June 8, 2020
- 908 E Main Street - Conditional Use - Construct five-story, 92,000 sq. ft. office building in Urban Design Dist. 8 > Construct new office building for WHEDA on the Mautz block
- 825 E Washington Avenue - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish two commercial buildings to construct an eight-story, 151-room hotel with two restaurant-taverns and outdoor eating areas In Urban Design Dist. 8 > The Moxie
- 402-414 E Washington Avenue, 8-12 N Franklin Street, and 9 N Hancock Street - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish six residential buildings and a commercial building to construct a ten-story mixed-use building with 3,300 square feet of commercial space and 156 apartments in Urban Design Dist. 4 > proposed demolition of historic fabric for mixed use building with market rate apartments
Tuesday May 12
4:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting
2. 60312 Approving Facade Improvement Grant to FB Enterprises, LLC for a project located at 1402 Williamson Street. (6th A.D.) Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel
8. 60368 Directing $80,000 of the Municipal Art Fund towards Art in Public Places projects. Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Sheri Carter, Marsha A. Rummel and Michael E. Verveer
13. 60249 SUBSTITUTE - Authorizing the execution of a two-year Lease Agreement between the City of Madison and Watson Smith LLC for the City's lease of the property located at 4502 Milwaukee Street for temporary shelter purposes, with the option to purchase the property at the end of the two-year lease.
14. 60335 Amending the 2020 Operating Budgets of the Police Department; and accepting a U.S Department of Justice Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) grant award of $279,128 to fund unbudgeted COVID-19 response supplies and equipment.
15. 60383 SUBSTITUTE - Amending the Public Health Madison Dane County Operating Budget to appropriate $700,000 to Increase Staff Due to the COVID-19 Health Emergency and Add Funding to Assist Persons Who Are Required to Quarantine Due to a Positive COVID-19 Test
16. 60384 SUBSTITUTE-Amending the 2020 Adopted Operating budget to transfer $350,000 from the City's Contingent Reserve to the Clerk's Office for Supplies and to transfer $355,000 within Direct Appropriations from the Contingent Reserve to Supplies for COVID-19 related costs.
17. 60444 Emergency Orders Update: Status of Approved Budget Amendments
18. 60445 COVID-19: Economic Impact Update
19. 60446 Operating Budget: 2020 1st Quarter Projections & 2021 Preliminary Outlook
Wednesday May 13
5p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting
2. 60432 Opening Comments - Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway Preliminary Metro Plan; Vision Zero Advance Projects; TIP Review
3. 60433 Introduction of New Transit General Manager - Justin Stuehrenberg
4. 60435 Preliminary Metro service restoration plan after COVID-19 emergency 45 mins
5. 60436 Preliminary Parking Division Recovery Plan after COVID-19 emergency 30 mins
13. 60214 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for Local Road Traffic Calming & Arterial Pedestrian Enhancements-2020 (Citywide) 15 mins
Spaight and Dickinson traffic circle
14. 60430 Vision Zero Advance Projects Review 15 mins
Proposed projects include improvements to the E Washington intersection at Livingston with bollards to increase safety of pedestrians waiting to cross. And from E Washington from Pinckney to Baldwin a proposal to change speed limit signs from 35mph to 25mph, upgrade all crosswalks to continental crosswalks to increase visibility, retime traffic signals along the corridor to promote reduced speedm
15. 60434 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Review
Wednesday May 13
BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
6:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting
10 60405 May 2020 Parks Division Superintendent's Report
"We have accomplished tasks we never thought we'd take part in, we've seen nearly every aspect of our daily work lives change and we have provided outstanding services to keep the park system open and safe to all users as they are so desperately needed right now. While our offices may not currently be open to the public, we are certainly open for business. The parks system continues to play a major role in promoting the mental and physical well-being of the entire community. This is truly purposeful work that we can all be proud of." - Eric Knepp
Parks and Engineering staff worked together to convert the Warner Park Recreation Center to a temporary shelter for healthy single men experiencing homelessness. Extensive work was done, such as removal of furniture/art, installation of electrical service for laundry facilities, boarding of windows, removal of signage and features susceptible to damage and coordination of services to prepare WPCRC for its new guests. The shelter, operated by Porch Light and Beacon and supported by the City of Madison and Dane County, has served approximately 85 guests per night since it opened on March 30. Parks staff continues to provide ongoing support.
The following items were removed from the May BPC agenda in consultation with the President and Vice-President of the Commission to manage the complexity of the agenda during our first virtual meeting:
60070 Request from Sessions at McPike Park, Inc. to extend amplification at McPike Park to 11 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 21, 22 and 23, 2020.
60367 Request from Big Oak Child Care for non-exclusive use of Orton Park for 10-11 weeks of summer camp Monday through Friday starting in June and ending in August under a Fee Modification.
This determination was made based on the presumption that the BPC will take action on item 60250 in some manner to provide authority the body is comfortable with to staff. If no action is taken these events would either not be able to happen or would be brought to the Commission in June.
17 60250 Authorizing the Park Superintendent and the Facilities, Programs and Fees Subcommittee to Approve Certain Park Event Permits - Temporary Change Due to COVID Restrictions on Meetings RECOMMEND APPROVAL
Until the COVID-19 "Safer at Home" Emergency Orders are suspended and board, commission and committee meetings are reinstated, staff recommends the following changes to the approval process for park events:
• Recurring events are required to be reviewed and approved Parks Superintendent if there are significant changes to an event (adding vending or beer sales, change of location, etc.) or if there have been significant issues with an event that was previously approved by the Subcommittee;
• New events are required to be reviewed and approved by the Board of Park Commissioners
19 60410 Request from Big Top Events for a pyrotechnic display at Breese Stevens Field prior to May 1, 2021 DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION
22 59745 Adopting the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan. RETURN TO LEAD WITH THE RECOMMENDATION FOR APPROVAL TO THE PLAN COMMISSION
District 6 Alder
City of Madison
You can fill out the census from home. Everyone living in your household should be counted. Census data determines how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed to communities across the country for affordable housing, childcare, healthcare, education, transportation, and more. That's over $2,000 per person for Madison and Dane County every year. Please remind friends and family to be counted. By law your answers are confidential. Respond online at my2020census.gov, by phone, or by mail--without having to meet a census taker.
Email to a friend