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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 July 6, 2020

July 5, 2020 10:42 PM

Many people have communicated with me and all alders their feelings of urgency about adopting an ordinance requiring facemasks to counter the community spread of COVID-19. Public Health staff have raised concerns about equity in a June 10 memo:  "While cloth face coverings can prevent the wearer from spreading the virus, there are valid reasons that may prevent an individual from wearing a cloth face covering and we do not recommend requiring or ordering individuals to wear cloth face coverings outside of certain employment spaces. Some health conditions may keep individuals from being able to wear a cloth face covering. These might include chronic conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer's, autism spectrum disorder, or COPD/emphysema; wearing a face covering may be challenging, dangerous, or stressful for individuals with disabilities. In addition to medical considerations, individuals may not feel safe wearing a mask for many reasons including emotional, behavioral, and trauma experiences. Individuals may also fear racial profiling or discrimination based on wearing – or not wearing – a face covering. Another reason why we do not recommend requiring or ordering face coverings is access to clean, multiple, or appropriate face coverings may vary based on socioeconomic status." Public Health Madison Dane County Memo Not Requiring Masks I have asked to meet with the Director to discuss their concerns and share my intent to work on a possible ordinance change.


On Monday June 29, Dane County Board Supervisors Announce Criminal Justice Reform Action Plan "Four of the initiatives are meant to divert people from the criminal justice system. These include expanding the use of the Community Restorative Court by broadening the age of individuals referred, the scope of charges and the number of communities participating. ...Other diversion initiatives include establishing an emergency response team of medical and crisis workers for those experiencing a mental health issue instead of law enforcement and establishing a triage center for individuals needing immediate care. ...Initiatives addressing charging and sentencing people -- including changes in criminal court processing to reduce the length for people who are sentenced and encouraging the creation of a mental health court -- would require movement on behalf of the court system, the district attorney, public defender and the sheriff. ... Three recommendations address the jail and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. They include urging the DOC to hold revocation hearings outside of the jail and review policy and technological changes that are occurring because of the coronavirus pandemic. Finally, Eicher and Stubbs are urging all Dane County law enforcement agencies to collect data on race for all stops and share the data with the Criminal Justice Council research and innovation team on a quarterly basis."


Also last Monday, the School Board voted unanimously to end the contract with MPD for school resource officers.  The Council will also take action to cancel the contract with MMSD this month. Congratulations to the Freedom Inc and youth activists for their persistence.  I agree with Madison Teachers Inc recent statement "If we remove police officers from our schools, but do not adequately staff those same schools with social workers, nurses, counselors, and psychologists, we are perpetuating harm upon our most vulnerable young people. " The state needs to restore the almost $1B that was cut from public school education over the years but the hits to state and local government due to COVID-19 makes the coming budget very uncertain.


At Monday's Transportation Policy and Planning Board, the Vision Zero policy to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on streets and paths is on the agenda. At a subcommittee meeting Tuesday morning and at Wednesday's 5p Public Safety Review Committee meeting,  the PSRC takes up more police related policy issues including the Independent Monitor. Also Wednesday, the Board of Parks Commissioners get updates on golf and goats... Expect a survey about East Side off leash dog parks coming soon.



Monday July 6, 2020


5p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to


3. 60922 Adopting and endorsing a Vision Zero policy to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries that are a result of crashes on streets and paths within the City of Madison by 2030.


4. 60918 Amending the 2020 Adopted Capital Budget to appropriate $3.0 million in GO Borrowing for the East-West Bus Rapid Transit project in the Transportation project in order to comply with FTA funding requirements necessary to enter project development. Being accepted by FTA into Project Development is a prerequisite for FTA's Small Starts project evaluation.


5. 61174 Madison Ordinance Analysis of Parking Strategies (MOAPS) Transportation Demand Management (TDM)


Tuesday July 7

Public Safety Review Committee Subcommittee on Madison Police Department Policies, send comments on agenda items to

11a virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting


2. Review of Committee members questions of staff for the following policies

Special Events Team Field Extrication Team - onTeam.pdf

Special Events Team Medic Platoon -

Use of Force Data Collection -

Use of Non-Deadly Force -

News Media Relations -


3. Additional policies that should be reviewed by the committee -



Wednesday July 8


5p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to


1.60777 Creating Section 3.03(4) of the Madison General Ordinances entitled Police Auditor.


2. 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.


3. 61219 Updates from budget and protest policies workgroups


4. 61223 Data on police impact on jail population konkel 6.15.2020 request reply.pdf Copy of Arrests by Status March to June 2018-20.xlsx Attachments:


5. 61226 Mayor's request for us to review "8 can't wait" Attachments: Fwd Tonight's PSRC.msg


6. 61227 Our response to other community demands and initiatives (Breonna's law, 8 to abolition, NAACP and WSJ article)


Wednesday July 8


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


1 61215 Discussion on COVID-19 Structure - Discuss/Approve Work Group Charters (MFPC-DCFC) Attachments: MFPC COVID-19 Framework FINAL 050620.pdf

1) Pandemic Food Access

2) Food Relief

3) Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

4) Food Recovery and Resilience


Wednesday July 8


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


7 61198 July 2020 Superintendent's Report RECOMMEND ACCEPTANCE OF THE REPORT


Aquatics • Through a dedicated team effort, final preparations are being made to open the Goodman Pool in accordance with Public Health Madison & Dane County Orders. We are in the final stages of recruitment and are conducting physically distanced training, with significant emphasis on preventative measures put in place for COVID19. Beaches are open for swimming and cleaned by Aquatics staff weekly as staffing resources allow.


East Side Dog Park Public Survey • Parks staff will soon be releasing a public survey to gather public input on the two options for East Side Off Leash Dog Parks, O.B. Sherry and Eastmorland. The survey includes an informative PowerPoint slide show to provide background on the project.


Goat Grazing • The goats are done with their work at Greenside and at Acewood. They are now munching at Olin Turville. Once done there, it will be a few weeks and then they will head back to Greenside for the second prescribed graze, and then complete their rounds at Acewood and Olin Turville. They have been a very popular addition to our Parks staff and we will be reporting out in fall regarding their impact on the parks they grazed.


14 61200 Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks Update INFORMATIONAL

Task Force on Municipal Golf Report



Thursday July 9

None of the agendas are available.


You may have noticed you are no longer receiving emails from me sharing this blog or other city news that is not Covid-19 related. As a local 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 (my weekly blog/updates and city email). You will have to come find my blog on my alder website under Updates. I usually post District 6 items of Interest for the upcoming week on Sundays.


Marsha Rummel

District 6 Alder

City of Madison


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