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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 May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020 12:07 AM

Highlights:  At the Common Council Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, the Mayor will provide an update on COVID recovery and relief plans and preparations for the August and November 2020 elections. The Nexus project at Union Corners is at Tuesday's Common Council meeting for final approval. In addition the Council will vote to authorize a lease for a temporary shelter and provide services for outdoor encampments to address homelessness. The Historic Preservation Plan is up for adoption as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan. I was appointed in 2019 after the plan advisory Committee had completed most of its work but I was able to help prioritize recommendations and encouraged the acceptance of the (very impressive) Underrepresented Communities Historic Resource Survey Report as part of adopting the Historic Preservation Plan. The Council will adopt the "plans and specs" for 2020 local traffic calming projects which includes a traffic circle at Spaight and Dickinson. At Wednesday's Board of Public Works is the annual review of the Transportation Improvement Plan (5 year street reconstruction and ped/bike improvements). The BPW will also adopt various playground improvements, including at Morrison Park. Also Wednesday at ALRC are several D6 alcohol license applications.


Beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Wisconsin National Guard has expanded the hours for the Dane County community testing site for COVID-19. Previously, testing was available Monday through Saturday from 8:00am – 4:00pm. Hours have been expanded on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be open until 8:00pm. Testing is being conducted in the New Holland Pavilion at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The testing site will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020, for the Memorial Day holiday. The testing site will be open until at least June 6, 2020. Depending on utilization, this date could be extended.


Free testing is available to all Dane County residents 5 years and older who can arrive by car, bike, or on foot. No appointment is necessary. Translation is available in Spanish and Hmong. Free transportation is available for those that need it by calling the Public Health Transportation Line at (608) 243-0420. Those who drive up will remain in their car the entire time. Using the Exact Sciences test, Wisconsin National Guard staff collect specimens. The test is not an antibody test and does not indicate if someone has had COVID-19 in the past. Test results are provided via phone call within 3-5 days.


"In less than a week, over 2,765 people have been tested at the Alliant Energy Center and we hope that these expanded hours will allow more people access to testing," said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County.  "It's important to understand that, if you have a negative result after being tested, you should not assume that you can relax the prevention measures you've been doing, such as frequent hand washing, covering your coughs and sneezes, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible" said Heinrich. "This test is a snapshot in time, and we know that COVID-19 is circulating in our community. A negative test result doesn't meant let your guard down," continues Heinrich.


On May 13, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to invalidate the Safer at Home order issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, effective immediately. As a result, Public Health Madison & Dane County used their local authority to issue a City of Madison and Dane County order PDF  that incorporates the elements of the statewide Safer at Home order, effective immediately. According to the criteria Public Health Madison & Dane County has identified using the Badger Bounce Back scorecard our county data looks promising, but it is critical to continue following Safer at Home right now to keep Dane County residents healthy and keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.


By continuing to follow Safer at Home and practicing physical distancing, we can all work together to achieve these criteria and begin the phased reopening of Dane County as soon as possible.


Monday May 18, 2020

Plan Commission

5:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting


4. 58786 REVISED - 126 Langdon Street, 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of final plans for a site previously approved for demolition of a residential building with no propposed use; consideration of a conditional use in the Downtown Residential 2 (DR2) District for a multi-family dwelling with more than eight (8) dwelling units; consideration of a conditional use to allow outdoor recreation; and consideration of a conditional use to construct two additional stories in Area F of the "Additional Heights Area Map" in MGO Section 28.071(b), all to allow construction of a seven-story, 107-unit apartment building.


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

- 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

- 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


Upcoming Matters - June 29, 2020

- (Tentative) Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan

- 817 Williamson Street - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish one-story commercial building to construct a three-story mixed-use building with approximately 800 square feet of commercial space and 24 apartments

- 1937-1949 Winnebago Street and 316 Russell Street - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish four commercial buildings and single-family residence to construct four-story mixed-use building with approximately 12,000 square feet of commercial space and 13 apartments

- 614 N Fair Oaks Avenue - Conditional Use - Construct outdoor eating area for restaurant-tavern (Brothers Three)

- 224 Ohio Avenue - Conditional Use - Construct outdoor eating area for restaurant-tavern


Tuesday May 19

Common Council Executive Committee

4:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting


5. 60463 Discussion with Mayor Rhodes-Conway (5/19/20): 1. Reopening and Recovery Plans for the City of Madison 2. Preparations for August and November 2020 Elections 3. Federal and State Lobbying Efforts


8. 60222 Creating new Section 3.01(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to add a definition of the end of term of elected officials and renumbering current Section 3.01 to Section 3.01(1).


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  Madison has no rule about the end of a term for its elected officials.  Thus, under existing law, all terms end on the third Tuesday in April.  Usually, this is the time when new officials are sworn in.  This year, there was the possibility of a delayed election, meaning that all officials whose term ended would leave office, and there would be the possibility of there being no Mayor and no alderpersons to serve until the election was held. This amendment provides that all elected officials, including the municipal judge, serve until their successors are elected and qualified (sworn in).  In normal circumstances, this does not change the transition to new officers.  But in the rare event of a delayed or disputed election, it would assure that some person held the office in the interim. This provision is not a charter ordinance.


9. 60308 Amending Section 33.13(1) of the Madison General Ordinances to change the timing of Common Council Executive Committee appointments and clarify that such appointments are subject to Council confirmation.


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This amendment makes two clarifications to the appointment of the Common Council Executive Committee. First, it clarifies that the newly elected President of the Council is to make the appointment as soon as practicable after the organizational meeting. Second, it clarifies that the appointments are subject to confirmation by the Council. Both of these amendments are to conform to established practice by the Council.


Tuesday May 19

Common Council

6:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting


2. 60441 Honoring the Life and Work of Milele Chikasa Anana and Recognizing Her Impact on the City of Madison.


3. 60465 Commending, honoring and expressing appreciation to Michael P. May, City Attorney, on his retirement from the City of Madison after 16 years of service.


6. 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.


The UW will offer the civil war era house to interested parties who want to move it.


7. 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.


12. 60412 Confirming Mayoral Emergency Order #2 and providing a COVID-19 response for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness by allowing temporary use of specified City Lands, Terminable at any time by the City in order to support safe outdoor space practices


17. 60515 Condemning white supremacy and honoring those who have lost their lives to institutionalized racism and white supremacist violence.


WHEREAS, the City of Madison recognizes that the State of Wisconsin is the most segregated state in the country; and,

WHEREAS, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery is one of many recent incidents of white supremacist violence that has unnecessarily and tragically taken the lives of countless black Americans; and,

WHEREAS, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that hate and domestic extremism are rising in an unabated trend and found a 20 percent increase in U.S. hate groups between 2014 and 2019; and;

WHEREAS, in January 2014, the City of Madison approved Resolution 14-00919- Recognizing the role of the Common Council in addressing institutionalized bias and proactively advancing racial equity to recognize the City's understanding that government needs to work to actively undo institutional and structural racism; and,

WHEREAS, in February 2017, the City of Madison approved Resolution 17-00125- Reaffirming the City of Madison as an Open and Welcoming City, and Confirming the City's Policies on Federal Immigration Laws, and; 

WHEREAS, in September 2019, the City of Madison approved Resolution 19-00731 Supporting the Wisconsin Public Health Association's Campaign Against Racism and Recognizing Racism as a Public Health Crisis; and,

WHEREAS, it is the moral responsibility of all people of good conscience to stand in opposition to racial violence and injustice; and,

WHEREAS, it is particularly incumbent upon white individuals to stand in solidarity with people of color in opposing acts of racial violence,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Madison Mayor and Common Council condemn hate, xenophobia, racism, white supremacy, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexism and other forms of bigotry;  and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Madison Mayor and Common Council join people in Madison and around the United States in opposing white supremacy and reiterate our commitment to pursue anti-racist policies and practices.


25. 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.


27. 60312 Approving Facade Improvement Grant to FB Enterprises, LLC for a project located at 1402 Williamson Street. (6th A.D.)


28. 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.


30. 60368 Directing $80,000 of the Municipal Art Fund towards Art in Public Places projects.


32. 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.


Fiscal Note: The proposed resolution amends the Public Health operating budget to increase staff due to the COVID-19 health emergency and adds funding to assist persons who are required to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test. The cost of adding the eight positions, including benefits is approximately $450,000 in 2020. The funding requested to assist with persons who are required to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test is $250,000. The resolution appropriates $250,000 for 2,140 Visa gift cards (and associated fees), cleaning and personal needs supplies donated to existing pantries, and food donated to existing pantries. In 2020, the cost of these positions and the discretionary funds will be funded from County COVID Relief Funding.
In 2021, and beyond, the cost of the positions will be absorbed into the City and County operating budgets. The City and County share in the costs for Public Health (net of revenues received) based on equalized value. The current split is 44.82% City and 55.18% County. The estimated annual cost of the eight positions is $771,000. The City's annual share is approximately $345,600. The $250,000 in discretionary funds are a one-time appropriation based on the availability of CARES act funding. 


34. 59575 SUBSTITUTE Adopting the Historic Preservation Plan as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan, directing staff to implement the recommendations contained in the plan, accepting the Underrepresented Communities Historic Resource Survey Report, and dissolving the Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee.


Underrepresented Communities Historic Resource Survey Report I advocated to make sure this report was accepted as part of the adoption of the Historic Preservation Plan. It deserves our attention.


36. 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)


2020 Traffic Calming Projects  The project plan includes a traffic circle at Spaight at Dickinson (see page 8).  Kudos to the advocacy of nearby neighbors, MNA,  the Transportation Commission, traffic engineering and Metro staff to find a solution.




47. 60520 Amending Section 33.01(10)(c) of the Madison General Ordinances to limit when City subunit meetings are not to be held and to allow the Common Council to permit exceptions.


48. 60451 Approving the 2020 Neighborhood Grant Program recommendations made by the Staff Review Team

2020 Neighborhood Grant Recommendations


First Settlement NA was awarded funds for Placemaking at Crowley Station Public Gathering Space - bring neighbors together to create a destination place on the 2nd tier platform over the Madison Water Utility Building at 201 S. Hancock St. Explore adding seating, art and other elements that will enhance this raised community garden space.


Wednesday May 20

Board of Public Works

4:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting


10. 60351 Repealing and recreating Chapter 37, The Public Stormwater System Including Erosion Control, of the Madison General Ordinances


19. 60450 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for the Allis, Spaanem, and Shaffer Water Main project (15th AD).


The objective of the project is to allow for an adjustment of the existing boundary between pressure zones 4 and 6, and to enable Unit Well 9 to serve both pressure zones; currently it serves only zone 4. Due to recent PFAS concerns, Well 15 in zone 6 is offline indefinitely and has left zone 6 more vulnerable to water supply issues. Completion of this project would allow MWU to move surplus water from zone 4 as needed to better ensure water reliability. The work to convert Well 9 for this capability is underway this year, so completing the pipeline work this year as well would allow MWU to more immediately enhance the water system capabilities and reduce the supply risks in zone 6. There is some project boundary overlap with the proposed street work on Allis Avenue scheduled for 2021, however More than half of this project's limits would not overlap with next year's work, and for the work on Allis Avenue the intent is to limit roadway work to only the pipeline trench itself, which would then be patched until the full reconstruction next year. Water main work completed this year would also reduce the overall construction time on next year's project.


21. 60472 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for the Gates of Heaven Exterior Restoration. (2nd AD). This project restores the masonry, windows and doors at Gates of Heaven (302 E Gorham St) which is a landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The scope includes cleaning and consolidation of the Madison sandstone, limited repairs to stone, cleaning of brick, repointing of stone and brick, rehabilitation of the wood sash, doors, and related trim, and installation of exterior storms on all windows. Cost estimate is $475,000.00


22. 60484 Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for 2020 Playground Improvements - Group 3. (3rd, 6th & 16th ADs) Parks is planning to replace the play equipment at Galaxy, Morrison, and Orlando Bell Parks due to their age and condition. This contract is the third group of the planned 2020 replacements. Estimated cost $215,100.00. 2020 Playground Improvements


30. 60572 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Review

Transportation Improvement Plan 2021-2026 (Atwood projects on page 13)

TIP 2021-2025 Major Streets

TIP 2021-2026 Ped/Bike

TIP 2021-2026 Map


Reminder: If your street is in the 5 year TIP, I have learned you can't assume the date is finalized. Projects are delayed with regularity. Each year the adopted capital budget for the upcoming year is the best indicator for what streets will be reconstructed.


Wednesday May 20

Alcohol License Review Committee

5:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting


13. 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


14. 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


15. 60528 Temporary Class B Retailer License Concurrent with Street Use Permit Madison Festivals Inc. Event Location: Capitol Square Event Date: 9/5/2020 (2 - 8:30pm) & 9/6/2020 (11am - 7pm) Aldermanic District 4 (Alder Verveer) Police District: 405 Event: Taste of Madison


39. 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.


40. 60509 Change of Licensed Premise Musonics LLC • dba Cafe Coda Current Capacity (in/out): 99/0 • Proposed Capacity (in/out): 99/8 1224 Williamson St • Agent: Hanah Jon Taylor Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 60% alcohol, 40% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408 Request to extend premises for outside seating during seven hours of an operating day from June 1 through October 31.


44. 60526 21+ Entertainment License Ohio Tavern Inc • dba Ohio Tavern • Capacity: 49 224 Ohio Ave • Agent: Josh Swentzel Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 50% alcohol, 50% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 601


47. 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



Marsha Rummel

District 6 Alder

City of Madison


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