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District 6

Alder Brian Benford

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Alder Brian Benford

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Home Address:

2273 E. Washington Ave #1
Madison , WI 53704

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 Benford’s Updates

D6 Items of Interest Week of June 8, 2012

June 8, 2020 12:02 AM

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the protests that erupted across the country in defense of black life has profoundly affected Madison and the nation.  The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony Robinson and the thousands of people killed by police every year have left our nation and our city anguished and outraged. This racist state sanctioned violence against black and brown people must stop. For justice to prevail, we must dismantle the systems of white supremacy.

 

After the introduction on Monday June 1 of Legistar 60764 which called for the creation of a MPD civilian oversight board by October 6, 2020, alders received 1,698 emails in support of the resolution by the Council meeting of Tuesday June 2.  Since then, emails have continued to stream in demanding civilian oversight of the police, for the Council to make a more overt and visible commitment to racial justice, to expand community led health and safety initiatives, and to defund the police. We are in a historic moment.  The Madison Common Council is prepared to step up and meet this challenge but we must make sure we get this right.

 

After the fatal shooting of Tony Robinson by MPD Officer Matt Kenney on March 6, 2015, the Common Council initiated a process to hire experts with experience in community policing, racial disparities and implicit bias and to create an ad hoc committee to review "the policies, procedures, culture and training of the Madison Police Department". The MPD Policies and Procedures Review Ad Hoc Committee started meeting in November 2015. At our June 7, 2016 meeting, the Council amended the budget for the consultant in spite of then Chief of Police Mike Koval's blog railing against the additional funds and threatening members of the Council. In August 2016, the Common Council Executive Committee created the Presidents Work Group on Police and Community Relations. I served as Chair. By November 2016, the MPD Ad Hoc Review Committee recommended hiring Michael Gennaco/the OIR Group as the experts to conduct the review of MPD. In May of 2017, the President's Work Group completed its work with a final report and 13 short term recommendations including directing the Chief of Police to update the standard operating procedures to address use of force policies.

 

The OIR Group's final report was adopted by the Council in January 2018. The MPD Ad Hoc Review Committee then spent over a year evaluating all the recommendations and created a final report that was adopted by the Council last August. The 177 recommendations from the MPD Ad Hoc Review Committee represent four years of work by dozens of residents and elected officials committed to improve the accountability and performance of the Madison Police Department.

 

In the 2020 operating budget, Mayor Rhodes-Conway allocated funds to implement the report's major recommendation: to create an Independent Monitor. The position description for the Police Auditor is at Finance Committee on Tuesday. The roles and responsibilities do not match the recommendations in the MPD AD Hoc Review Committee report for the position. As originally recommended, the Auditor would report to a Civilian Oversight Board and would be fully independent of the police department and elected officials. This was vetted as the best model for success. Instead, the Mayor is proposing to locate the Auditor in her office and under her direction. I do not support this. Also at Finance and at the Public Safety Review Committee on Wednesday is the resolution to create the MPD Civilian Oversight Board. A new version of the resolution (Alternate #2) is being circulated that addresses the concerns about the original resolution and the first alternate. I support Alternate #2 (Legistar 60764) which creates an alder Work Group to work on the logistics of creating an ordinance to establish independent civilian oversight of MPD including provisions for the Civilian Oversight Board and Independent Monitor.

 

The Parking Division is extending the suspension of Resident Permit-Only and 1-hour & 2-hour posted restrictions in non-metered areas, and will again include the suspension of Street Sweeping and Clean Streets Clean Lakes restrictions in this extension. City of Madison Parking Restriction Update



Monday June 8, 2020

Police and Fire Commission

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

https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=738044&GUID=B9B42B28-E5C7-49ED-B57D-775C6FAF393F

 

2. 60829 Report on Recent Protests, Responses, and Impact on the Fire Department

8. 60835 Report on Recent Protests, Responses, and Impact on the Police Department

9. 60836 Update on COVID-19 Response and Impact on the Police Department

13. 60841 Police Chief Recruitment Process - discussion of scheduling, including meeting with PERF and meetings to gather public and stakeholder input



Monday June 8

Plan Commission

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

https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=724488&GUID=8B9DEB03-DC91-4DD4-A945-2D75B962C4AB

 

7. 60003 902-908 E Main Street, Urban Design Dist. 8, 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Employment (TE) District for a building exceeding 68 feet in height; consideration of a conditional use for a parking reduction of more than 20 automobile spaces and 25 percent or more of the required parking, and; consideration of a major alteration to a conditional use-planned multi-use site containing a hotel, all to allow the construction of a five-story, approximately 92,000 square-foot office building in a planned multi-use site containing a 144-room hotel and an approved 11-story, 230,000 square-foot office building with shared 680-stall parking structure.

 

8. 60172 825 E Washington Avenue; Urban Design Dist. 8; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish commercial buildings at 825 E Washington Avenue and 824 E Main Street; consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Employment (TE) District for a hotel; consideration of a conditional use in the TE District to allow construction of a building exceeding five stories and 68 feet in height; consideration of a conditional use in the TE District for restaurant-taverns; consideration of a conditional use for a parking reduction of more than 20 automobile spaces and 25 percent or more of the required parking, and; consideration of a conditional use in the TE District for outdoor eating areas for the restaurant-taverns, all to allow construction of an eight-story, 151-room hotel with two restaurant-taverns with outdoor eating areas.

 

9. 60173 402-414 E Washington Avenue, 8-12 N Franklin Street, and 9 N Hancock Street; Urban Design Dist. 4; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to allow five residential structures and a commercial building to be demolished; consideration of a conditional use in the Urban Mixed-Use (UMX) District for a multi-family dwelling with more than eight (8) dwelling units; consideration of a conditional use in the UMX District for outdoor recreation; and consideration of a conditional use to construct two additional stories in Area H of the "Additional Heights Area Map" in MGO Section 28.071(b), all to allow construction of a ten-story, mixed-use building containing 3,300 square feet of commercial space and 156 apartments.

 

Note: Item 9 should be referred to July 13, 2020 pending a recommendation by the Urban Design Commission

 

Upcoming Matters - June 29, 2020

- (Tentative) Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan

- Comprehensive Plan Progress Update

- 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

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



Tuesday June 9

COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE

3p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting

https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=786767&GUID=5D61CB55-63A0-427B-A6B7-360BC655B302

 

1. 57166 STAFF UPDATE ON CITY 2020 CENSUS ACTIVITIES a. Response rate and census timeline update b. UW census publicity c. Fraternity/sorority outreach d. NLC grant - social media advertising e. Communication to Neighborhood Resource Teams (NRTs) f. Potential alder postcards to NRT areas g. Community partners h. Apartment outreach i. Press releases j. Handouts at willing food pantries, MMSD meal distribution k. CDD coordination on counting persons experiencing homelessness

 

2. 58601 COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE CENSUS OUTREACH DISCUSSION a. Additional outreach to African American community b. Use of funds raised for census outreach c. Discussion/brainstorm additional outreach activities

 

3. DISCUSS CONTINUATION OF COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE, SCHEDULE NEXT MEETING RES-19-00160 (File #54496) established the CCC, with a dissolution date of 7/31/20 (when the 2020 Census was originally scheduled to end). The dissolution date can be extended by the City Council.



Tuesday June 9

Finance Committee

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

https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=726496&GUID=7600C0AB-DA09-4AB0-9781-3938D463E351

 

15. 60451 Approving the 2020 Neighborhood Grant Program recommendations made by the Staff Review Team

 

The 2020 program awards $23,661.24 to various neighborhood organizations, including First Settlement Neighborhood Association. https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=8441446&GUID=F2ECD3C7-BC49-4A8D-85E6-BB7DB804DB7A

 

16. 60764 ALTERNATE - Creating the MPD Civilian Oversight Board.

 

17. 60777 Creating Section 3.03(4) of the Madison General Ordinances entitled Police Auditor

 

The question is: should the Independent Police Auditor be independent of the Mayor's office?

 

18. 60778 Amending the 2020 Mayor's Office and Direct Appropriations Operating Budgets and creating of the position of Independent Police Auditor, in the Mayor's Office as a 1.0 FTE in CG21, Range 18, in response to the recommendations of the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee.

 

Position description: https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=8580365&GUID=2BF7C2E7-B4B8-470F-8297-BF1ACE734936

 

19. 60825 Emergency Orders Update: Status of Approved Budget Amendments

 

20. 60848 Economic Update

 

21. 60847 Update on 2020 & 2021 Budget

 

22. 60851 Update on COVID Funding & Recovery Team

 

Tuesday June 9

MNA Preservation and Development Committee meeting on outdoor alcohol licenses

5:30p virtual meeting

Join Zoom meeting: https://tinyurl.com/060920virtual Meeting ID: 859 6124 3961 Password: 361855 One tap mobile: 1 312 626 6799 

You will be able to join the meeting by using your PC, smartphone, or tablet, or listen in via telephone.

 

We will hear about MadSweetPea, LLC's application for a Class B Liquor & Beer License for Taco Local, a new restaurant located at 811 Williamson Street. Taco Local plans to be open Sunday through Saturday from 7am to 10pm, and they are requesting seating on an outdoor patio at the rear of the building. The Alcohol License Review Committee will review the alcohol license application at its meeting on June 17, 2020. Under the City's new Streatery Program, once they are open, they are eligible to apply for temporary outdoor seating, which does not require Conditional Use approval from the Plan Commission. The total on-site capacity (both inside and outside) for the temporary outdoor seating would be limited to whatever the building code occupancy limit is. The temporary outdoor seating would expire October 25. If they proceed to obtain Conditional Use approval from the Plan Commission, they could use that in place of the temporary outdoor seating. 

We will also hear about Musonics, LLC's application for outdoor seating for up to eight people at Café Coda, 1224 Williamson Street. The outdoor seating would be for seven hours of an operating day from June 1 through October 31. Under the City's new Streatery Program, they are not able to apply for temporary outdoor seating because Café Coda is a nightclub and only food service establishments are eligible. They will have to get Conditional Use approval from the Plan Commission and approval for a change in licensed premise from the ALRC. The Alcohol License Review Committee will review the application for a change in licensed premise at its meeting on June 17, 2020.



Wednesday June 10

PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE

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

http://legistar.cityofmadison.com/meetings/2020/6/22607_A_PUBLIC_SAFETY_REVIEW_COMMITTEE_20-06-10_Agenda.pdf?id=f8ef4be5-c669-4e7c-a85c-bae7412a2176

 

SPECIAL ITEMS OF BUSINESS 1. Comments by committee members and a moment of silence for George Floyd and other African Americans across the United States of America murdered without consequence. 2. Unrest in Madison: The latest coverage of the protests a) Update from Acting Police Chief Wahl and Fire Chief Davis b) Answers to questions raised from Alder Kemble and others in their letter to the chief. c) Consideration of demands of the protestors, what can we impact? -#DefundPolice. We demand Mayor Satya Conway Rhodes defund the Madison Police Department (MPD). Instead, invest in life-affirming infrastructure for Black people. Fund pro-Black and anti-oppression community-led projects and services. -#FreeEmAll. We Demand Sheriff David Mahoney free all incarcerated people and stop all projects to rebuild or renew the jail. We demand DA Ishmael Ozanne drop all charges against people, including protesters and freedomfighters. We Demand Department of Corrections (DOC) Regional Chief Troy Enger suspend all probation holds. -#CommunityControl. We demand the PFC, the Police Chief, Mayor and all other aspects of the State to immediately seize and abolish police force powers and acknowledge safety structures that are pro-Black, pro-woman and girls, pro-youth, pro-LGBTQI, pro-disabled, pro-immigrant, and refugee community--anti-oppression. Give Black people decision making power. d)Review of Demonstrations and Assemblies, SET Team policies, use of non-deadly force policies and others

 

1. 60822 Review of Madison Police Department Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to police response to protests

 

2. 60764 ALTERNATE - Creating the MPD Civilian Oversight Board.

 

3. 60777 Creating Section 3.03(4) of the Madison General Ordinances entitled Police Auditor.

 

4. 60778 Amending the 2020 Mayor's Office and Direct Appropriations Operating Budgets and creating of the position of Independent Police Auditor, in the Mayor's Office as a 1.0 FTE in CG21, Range 18, in response to the recommendations of the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee.

 

5. 59300 Creating Section 23.63 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish Surveillance Technology guidelines for Departments

 

6. 60782 Volunteer/selection of person so serve on the body worn camera committee

 



Wednesday June 10

BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS

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

https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=724812&GUID=16485608-C321-4E8A-B366-BE40E67598C5

 

7 60771 June 2020 Superintendent's Report

COVID-19 has created unprecedented issues for the Parks Division to manage while maintaining our critical services to the public. It was notable that from the very beginning of the pandemic, policymakers and Public Health of Madison and Dane County were clear that Parks were a critically important community asset and would be needed to keep people healthy. Over the last three months we have been through a variety of stages of public health orders, and have continued to evolve to provide the things we can for people to do, while being cautious to promote public health. As the pandemic moved along, it became clear that there would be a significant financial impact for the City (and pretty well everyone). This led to a hiring freeze that slowed our normal seasonal hiring down to a very low level. We are currently staffed at about 70% of the number of staff we would have in early June. This means we are currently unable to open the pool, splash parks, and restrooms. It has also impacted our ability to host field users and shelter reservations for groups that would be in compliance with the public health orders. This has led to a very sizable amount of refunds for the year. At this point, it will be very challenging for Parks to meet its budgetary allocation of taxpayer supported funding without reducing services offered. We are working closely with other agencies and the Mayor's Office to appropriately manage this financial issue and we are hopeful

 

11 59745 Adopting the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION



Thursday June 11

Common Council Executive Committee

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

Agenda not yet available

 



You may have noticed you are no longer receiving emails from me sharing this blog or other city news that is not covid related. As an elected official who is now a candidate for a state office, I am following state ethics guidelines that prohibit me from sending more than 50 identical messages using public resources. You will have to come find my blog on my alder website under Updates. I usually post on Sundays.

 

Marsha Rummel

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.

 




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