Alder Marsha A. Rummel
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
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 August 10, 2020
As of Saturday morning, the City Clerk's Office had issued 72,681 absentee ballots for the Partisan Primary Election. The Clerk's Office has only received 60 percent (43,272) of those ballots back. Voters may track the status of their absentee ballot at https://MyVote.wi.gov. Many polling locations have changed due to the pandemic. Voters may verify their polling location for Tuesday's election at www.cityofmadison.com/WhereDoIVote. Election officials are only able to count absentee ballots that are received by Election Day, per state law.
Voters who have yet to return an absentee ballot to the Clerk's Office have the following options:
1. Drop off the absentee ballot at the City Clerk's Office on Monday, August 10, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
2. Drop off the absentee ballot at the voter's polling location on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and
3. Destroy the absentee received in the mail, and vote at the voter's polling location on Election Day.
Voters may have a friend or family member deliver their absentee to an absentee voting site, a ballot drop-off site, or the polls. The absentee envelope must have the voter's signature, the signature of a witness, and the witness' address. It is acceptable to have a spouse or family member sign as the witness as long as they are an adult U.S. citizen who is not a candidate on the ballot.
The Clerk's Office will have teams of poll workers watching for curbside voters at every polling location. They will be wearing high visibility vests, face masks, and face shields. They will disinfect pens and clipboards after each use, and will frequently use hand sanitizer. The voter is welcome to use their own ballpoint pen. Poll workers can check the voter's ID through the car window. We are aware of several curbside voters who told poll workers they had COVID as they cast their ballots for this election. It is our new reality.
Madison is experiencing unprecedented gun violence. East District Captain Cory Nelson provided the following stats and call for help:
- 355 shell casings recovered in the last month; almost as many as all of 2019.
- This month 11 people struck by bullets: 1 fatality, 9 year old struck by a ricochet
- We have seen shootings between vehicles on public streets in broad daylight
- Shots fired incidents are up 87% from this time last year (as of last week)
- We have seen multiple vehicles and homes shot, shootings occurring in broad daylight, and in almost every metric relating to gun violence we have seen unprecedented increases in Madison.
- MPD will continue to do their part with these investigations but we need community leaders and organizations to unify, to work with us and to speak out against this rise in violence.
The recent increase in gun violence and shootings is quite distressing but given how people's lives have been made worse by pandemic which has deepened the crisis of employment, housing, healthcare and food insecurity and general stress perhaps it should not be surprising that during COVID the incidence of gun violence has been exacerbated along with all the other upheavals. But it's important to say that everyone has the right to be secure in their person, homes, jobs, school, and in public spaces and we need community based solutions.
Several years ago the city started funding programs that use a public health lens to address violence. One of the groups the city funds is the Focused Interruption Coalition which provides peer mentors to act as front line interrupters of violence. The mentors bring street cred and lived experience to make them credible messengers in helping mediate street conflict and reaching those at high risk of becoming the perpetrator or victim of violence and helping parties reach alternative solutions to conflict that do not rely on violence and stop the further transmission of violent retaliation. Just Dane (formerly the Madison-Area Urban Ministry) is another organization the city funds that provides programs that works to help those formerly incarcerated to build better lives and reduce recidivism. To get at the root causes, we need to address systemic impoverishment and racism and the trauma that results. The city is working on several fronts but we can't solve this alone.
We need more tools. Clearly we must advocate to get common sense gun laws passed in order to limit to access to guns. Madison, like every other Wisconsin city, is pre-empted from taking action to regulate firearms per Wisconsin Statute section 66.0409(2). The Republican controlled legislature has abandoned its responsibility to help prevent gun violence and protect residents. We need a specific plan, to address violence on a federal level, the state level, the city level--[a] multifaceted approach of neighborhood based groups led by community leaders, non-profit organizations, clergy-led groups, and gun violence interrupters. The city and county have implemented forward thinking programs to build wealth and equity but we need change at the state and federal level.
Speed racing on E Washington has intensified lately and so have complaints to surrounding alders about racers, speeding and general safety concerns. I have been sharing all the comments I receive from you with Yang Tao, the Traffic Engineer and Captain Brian Chaney Austin, the Captain of Traffic. Police traffic enforcement is one part of the solution but they can't provide constant enforcement due to budget and staffing constraints. Before the protests, MPD and other law enforcement agencies called TEST (the traffic enforcement safety team) conducted coordinated traffic enforcement stops in April and May. But since the protests against the police killing of George Floyd to the recent increase in gun violence incidents, MPD has not been able to commit to consistent traffic patrol. The city approved a new program called Vision Zero that includes the E Washington corridor. The city's goal for Vision Zero is to all eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries in city streets by 2030. Different departments are working together on strategies. We have $350,000 for Vision Zero projects in Traffic Engineering's budget for this year and hope we can roll out some of the changes soon. More details on the pilot here Vision Zero 2020 projects. One of the recommendations is a speed reduction project along E Washington Ave. Traffic Engineering plans to reduce the speed limit on E Washington between Pinckney St and Baldwin St from 35 mph to 25 mph and the speed limit between Baldwin St to Marquette St from 35 mph to 30 mph. They plan to change the timing of traffic signals and repaint crosswalks to make them more prominent. They may also look at strategic lane reductions. Eventually we will look at street redesign with the proposed Bus Rapid Transit route on E Washington. Please continue to contact me and/or the non-emergency number (608-255-2345) or 911 if appropriate to report noise and dangerous driving concerns.
Emails in support of continued funding of the Madison Public Market have been pouring in since the Mayor's comments about delaying the project due to COVID budget constraints. A recent editorial in the North Side News captured the sentiments shared by many Defunding the Public Market is yet another divestment from communities of color. I am committed to fulfilling the promise we made to the MarketReady vendors the city encouraged and nurtured.#MarketForward
This week several committees take up police accountability ordinances and policy discussions. The Finance Committee (Monday), PSRC (Wednesday) and Equal Opportunities Commission Thursday) have items before them. Wednesday's PSRC agenda is packed. There are 26 items, many could take an hour each, although several presentations are proposed for referral to the next meeting. All the ordinance versions about the independent monitor and civilian oversight board; prohibiting accepting military property via the 1033 program; banning tear gas and projectiles; prohibiting intentional carotid or neck restraints; review of 8 can't wait policies (and 8 to abolition); mental health ambulances; 2021 budget updates and more. Under the leadership of Brenda Konkel as chair, the PSRC is FINALLY taking up the work it has always been authorized to do. On Monday and Wednesday, the Police and Fire Commission continues gathering community feedback on qualities sought for a new chief. The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee meets on Thursday.
Monday August 10, 2020
4:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Finance Committee meeting is packed. Two TIF project plan amendments to benefit South Madison; accepting a USDOJ grant if awarded; the new small business equity loan program; readjusting Convention Bureau and Overture budgets due to projected 50% decline in room tax revenues; and competing ordinances whether to prohibit all or only some types of property from the Defense Logistics Agency under the 1033 Program. Placing on file the first version of the Independent Monitor and Civilian Oversight Board enabling legislation and replacing it with the work of the Alder Workgroup. Finance staff report on 2nd quarter operating budget and a first look at the 2021 operating budget requests from agency's.
3. 61552 Approving the Amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #39 (Stoughton Rd), City of Madison. (16th AD)
In 2020, the City of Madison proposes to fund a Small Cap TIF program that would be available to growing businesses within a half mile of TID 39. The City of Madison will work with Madison Development Corporation (MDC) to administer this program. The program will lend up to $250,000 to qualifying businesses for the purpose of purchasing real estate, financing real estate improvements or for purchasing capital machinery and equipment. City Staff will request the Joint Review Board authorize the use of the so called "1/2 Mile Rule" authorized in TIF Statute to allow TID 39 to fund this project which is located within ½ mile of TID 39. TID 39 continues to show positive cash flow. TID 39 is paying its outstanding debts and is in the process donating $1,700,000 of positive tax increments to TID #42, as allowed under State Statute.
4. 61553 Approving the Amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #42 (Wingra), City of Madison. (13th AD & 14th AD)
In 2020, the City of Madison proposes to fund three projects within a half mile of TID 42. The City proposes to: • $1,400,000 - Fund the acquisition of 1810 South Park St as part of a long-term land banking strategy; • $200,000 – Fund a homeownership assistance program through the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM), and; • $100,000 – Commence a ten (10) year Census to Census study of the South Madison area to track the impact of City investment on current residents of South Madison. City Staff will request the Joint Review Board (JRB) to authorize the use of the so called "1/2 Mile Rule" authorized in TIF Statute to allow TID 42 to fund these projects which are located within ½ mile of TID 42. While TID 42 continues to show positive cash flow of approximately $500,000 per year, the City of Madison is requesting that the JRB authorize the donation of $1,700,000 of incremental revenue from TID 39 to TID 42 in 2020. TID 42 would use this donated incremental revenue to cover the expenditures proposed in this memo. City Staff estimate that if current conditions continue, TID 42 will have sufficient revenues to pay for this project and all remaining project costs by 2023, remain open one additional year to fund affordable housing (as allowed under TIF Law), and close in 2024. However, should economic conditions allow, the City intends to return to the JRB in each subsequent year, for the next four years, to request additional incremental revenue be donated from TID 39 to TID 42. These additional requests for donations of incremental revenue and associated expenditures could affect this estimated closure date.
9. 61569 Approving Facade Improvement Grant to Eastside Ventures, LLC for a project located at 210 S. Dickinson Street. (6th AD)
12. 61433 Authorizing the Community Development Division to accept grants from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, Inc (known as the CFE Fund) to plan for and implement a Summer Jobs Connect youth employment program ($20,000), and create a Financial Navigator program ($80,000), and amend the Division's 2020 Operating Budget, as needed, to receive and expend the funds.
13. 61562 Amending the Police Department's 2020 Operating Budget; and authorizing the Chief of Police to apply for and the Mayor to accept the FY2020 USDOJ Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant award in the amount of $83,389 and to utilize these funds to support several law enforcement initiatives.
The proposed resolution and authorizes the Chief of Police to apply for and the Mayor to accept a FY2020 USDOJ Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. Should the grant be awarded, the resolution also amends the Police Department's 2020 Operating Budget in the amount of $83,389 to utilize these funds to support several law enforcement initiatives. The terms of the grant require that Dane County and the City of Madison submit a joint application under one agency. Dane County will receive $20,460. MPD will use their $62,929 portion of the award for a radio base station, monitors, chairs ($32,929) and strategic planning ($30,000). There is no matching requirement or impact on the levy.
14. 61605 Amending the 2020 Adopted Capital Budget of the Economic Development Division to appropriate $750,000 for a Small Business Equity and Recovery Program (SBER).
This is the alternative to the Downtown Recovery and Equity program that failed to get necessary votes at the July 21st Council meeting. Small Business Equity and Recovery Program details
15. 61482 A Resolution authorizing an Amendment to the Purchases of Services Agreement between the City and the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The City of Madison Finance Department staff, based on preliminary national forecasts of hotel industry revenues, estimated that 2020 Room Tax revenue will be reduced by at least 50% from actual fiscal year 2019 Room Tax collections. In response to the estimated reduction in Room Tax revenue, the Room Tax Commission at its July meeting adopted an amendment to its 2020 Adopted Room Tax Budget, which reduced the budget appropriation to each entity and agency supported by the Room Tax Commission, including the GMCVB/Bureau, and under the Commission's amended Room Tax Budget, payment to the Bureau for General Destination Marketing is reduced to $2,950,000.
16. 61732 Discussion pertaining the 2020 Contract between the City of Madison and Overture Foundation Inc
With the projected forecast of a 50% decline in room tax revenues, there will be an adjustment to Overture's share of room tax.
17. 61252 Creating Section 5.18 of the Madison General Ordinances to prohibit the Madison Police Department from obtaining any property from the Defense Logistics Agency under the 1033 Program.
The original version prohibits the Madison Police Department from obtaining any property from the Defense Logistics Agency under the 1033 Program.
There is now an alternate version: (1) The Madison Police Department is hereby authorized to obtain property from the Defense Logistics Agency under the 1033 Program. Prior to using any individual item valued over $50,000, the Madison Police Department must apply for approval for said use, by providing the Common Council with notice of the acquisition via Resolution. The Madison Police Department must provide the Common Council with a bi-annual report on all property received from the Defense Logistics Agency under the 1033 Program. (2) Exceptions. The Madison Police Department is prohibited from obtaining any of the following property from the Defense Logistics Agency under the 1033 Program: a. Tear Gas. b. Bayonets. c. Grenade launchers, grenades, and explosives. d. Armor-piercing firearms and ammunition. e. Tracked combat vehicles. f. Weaponized drones.
18. 60777 Creating Section 3.03(4) of the Madison General Ordinances entitled Police Auditor. Recommendation: Place on File
This is the version the Mayor proposed that did not follow the recommendations of the MPD Ad Hoc Review Committee.
19. 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. Recommendation: Place on File
This is the version the Mayor proposed that did not follow the recommendations of the MPD Ad Hoc Review Committee.
20. 61667 Adopting the Final Report of the Alder Workgroup to Develop Logistics & Operational Details for Madison Police Department Independent Civilian Oversight.
21. 61593 An Ordinance creating Sections 5.19 and 5.20 of the Madison General Ordinances establishing the Office of the Independent Police Monitor and the Police Civilian Oversight Board.
22. 61595 Amending MGO 3.54(9)(b) to add the position of Independent Police Monitor as a Compensation Group 21 level employee.
23. 60617 Amending the 2020 Operating Budget, creating the Office of the Independent Police Monitor and creating of the position of Independent Police Monitor as a 1.0 FTE position in CG21, Range 18, and other positions, providing funding for a Police Civilian Oversight Board, and establishing funding support for individuals bringing complaints before the Police and Fire Commission in response to the recommendations of the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee.
Agenda items 20 is the final report the Alder Workgroup. Agenda items 21-23 create ordinances to establish the Office of the Independent Monitor and Police Civilian Oversight Board and the position description of Independent Monitor, and an amendment to the 2020 operating budget to establish the Office and process to allow complaints to be filed er the recommendations of the MPD Ad Hoc Review Committee.
24. 61727 2020 Operating Budget: 2nd Quarter Projection Analysis
25. 61726 2021 Operating Budget: Agency Request Overview
Monday August 10
POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION
5:30p virtual meeting - Attendees who wish to offer comment during the public comment period should register with the Board's legal counsel prior to the commencement of the meeting by contacting Attorney Jenna Rousseau at 844.833.0828 or email@example.com.
POLICE CHIEF APPOINTMENT PROCESS Community organizations are invited to speak for up to 20 minutes. There is a link to an online survey to request an appearance at future meetings at www.cityofmadison.com/PFC. Written comments may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. 61705 Input from Black Umbrella organization (approximately 6pm)
10. 61706 Input from Wisconsin NORML organization (approximately 6:25pm)
11. 61707 Input from Urban Triage organization (approximately 6:50pm)
12. 61708 Input from UW Law School Student Bar Association (approximately 7:15pm)
POSSIBLE PFC RULE CHANGE
13. 61709 Consideration and possible action regarding amending Board Rule 2.a. to revise the current City residency requirement for the position of chief to within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City.
Monday August 10
5:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to email@example.com
2. 61552 Approving the Amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #39 (Stoughton Rd), City of Madison. (16th AD)
3. 61553 Approving the Amendment to the Project Plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) #42 (Wingra), City of Madison. (13th AD & 14th AD)
Note: Items 7 and 8 are related and should be considered together
7. 60907 Creating Section 28.022 -- 00442 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 133 East Lakeside Street, 13th Aldermanic District, from SE (Suburban Employment) District to TE (Traditional Employment) District.
8. 60480 REVISED - 133 E Lakeside Street; 13th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a fraternal lodge; consideration of a conditional use in the Suburban Employment (SE) zoning district for multi-family dwellings; and consideration of a conditional use in the SE District for dwelling units in a mixed-use building, all to construct a four-story mixed-use building with approximately 1,250 square feet of commercial space and 66 apartments.
Note: Items 9 and 10 should be referred to September 14, 2020 at the request of the applicant and district alder [to work with MMSD and DASD regarding school district boundaries]
9. 60914 Creating Section 28.022 - 00454 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 4000-4150 Packers Avenue and 4201 North Sherman Avenue, 12th Aldermanic District, from Temp. A (Temporary Agricultural) District to SR-C2 (Suburban Residential-Consistent 2) District; and creating Section 28.002 - 00455 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of the property located at 4000-4150 Packers Avenue and 4201 North Sherman Avenue, 12th Aldermanic District, from Temp. A (Temporary Agricultural) to TR-C3 (Traditional Residential-Consistent 3) District; and creating Section 28.022-456 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of the property located at 4000-4150 Packers Avenue and 4201 North Sherman Avenue, 12th Aldermanic District from Temp. A (Temporary Agricultural) to TR-V2 (Traditional Residential-Varied 2) District; and creating Section 28.022 - 00457 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 4000-4150 Packers Avenue and 4201 North Sherman Avenue, 12th Aldermanic District from Temp. A (Temporary Agricultural) District to TR-U1 (Traditional Residential-Urban 1) District; and creating Section 28.022-458 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 4000-4150 Packers Avenue and 4201 North Sherman Avenue, 12th Aldermanic District from Temp. A (Temporary Agricultural) District to CC-T (Commercial Corridor-Transitional) District
10. 60683 Approving the preliminary plat of Raemisch Farm Development on property addressed as 4000-4150 Packers Avenue and 4201 N Sherman Avenue; 12th Ald. Dist.
Tuesday August 11
No city meetings scheduled
If you haven't voted already....Make a plan to vote!
Wednesday August 12
West Side District Alders host community conversation with Captain Timothy Patton from the MPD West District Station
8:00a virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments to Alder Barbara McKinney firstname.lastname@example.org
West Side District Alders: Barbara Harrington-McKinney (District 1), Donna Moreland (District 7), Paul Skidmore (District 9), Zachary Henak (District 10), and Christian Albouras (District 20) are hosting a community conversation with Captain Timothy Patton from the MPD West District Station.
Wednesday August 12
5p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments to TransportationCommission@cityofmadison.com
3. 61693 Presentation on Redevelopment RFP for the State Street Campus Parking Ramp on Lake Street
5. 61576 Approving roadway geometry for the reconstruction of S. Blair St. from John Nolen Dr. to E. Washington Ave., including the intersection of S. Blair St., John Nolen Dr., Williamson St. and E. Wilson St. (2nd, 4th and 6th AD)
Wednesday August 12
PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE
5p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments to PDPSRC@cityofmadison.com
This is the most packed agenda I have seen the PSRC take up in 13 years. There are 26 items, many could take an hour each, although several presentations are proposed for referral to the next meeting. All the ordinance versions about the independent monitor and civilian oversight board; 1033 program; banning tear gas and projectiles; prohibiting the intentional carotid or neck restraints; review of 8 can't wait policies (and 8 to abolition); mental health ambulances; 2021 budget updates and more. Under the leadership of Brenda Konkel as chair, the PSRC is FINALLY taking up the work it has always been authorized to do.
Wednesday August 13
POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION
5:30p Virtual Community Conversation via Zoom Participants must pre-register at https://lvn.org/PFC
Local Voices Network will host small facilitated group conversations to discuss the role that police can or should play in our community. These conversations will be recorded and used as a way to collect public input into what we should be looking for in a new Police Chief. These recordings will be transcribed, indexed and shared with journalists, public officials, and the public via the lvn.org webpage. The PFC may have one or more commissioners present for each conversation in a listening role.
Wednesday August 12
BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
6:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments to email@example.com
7 61685 August 2020 Superintendent's Report RECOMMEND ACCEPTANCE OF THE REPORT
15 61200 Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks Update INFORMATIONAL
Thursday August 13
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
4:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments to CDABoard@cityofmadison.com
3. 61718 CDA Resolution #4406 - CDA's Role in Addressing Systemic Racism and Inequality in Housing and the Community.
9. 61060 Amending Resolution Substitute Resolution No.61179 relating to the purposes of the Façade Improvement Grant Fund to add a stated purpose of Downtown Recovery.
Thursday August 13
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION
5p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. 61250 SUBSTITUTE - Creating Section 5.17 of the Madison General Ordinances to prohibit the Madison Police Department from using tear gas, mace and impact projectile devices as crowd control measures. 61250 v2.pdf 61250 v1.pdf Attachments:
3. 61252 Creating Section 5.18 of the Madison General Ordinances to prohibit the Madison Police Department from obtaining any property from the Defense Logistics Agency under the 1033 Program. 61252 v2_Alternate.pdf 61252 Version 1.pdf Attachments:
4. 61265 Prohibiting the use of tear gas as of November 17, 2020 and requesting a study of alternatives by the Madison Police Department. Attachments: References
5. 61237 Who can the EOC reach out to for thoughts on body-cam effectiveness and concerns?
6. 53601 Housing Issues in Madison: What can the EOC do and who can they partner with to address the continuing problems?
7. 61733 Reverend Wright Award REPORTS
9. 61300 Pandemic Voting Access Equity Analysis
Thursday August 13
BODY-WORN CAMERA FEASIBILITY REVIEW COMMITTEE
5:30p virtual meeting - click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments to BCFRC@cityofmadison.com
1. 61731 PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE 8/13/2020 MEETING OF THE BODY-WORN CAMERA FEASIBILITY REVIEW COMMITTEE DISCUSSION ITEMS
2. Designation of 1st and 2nd Alternates
3. 61551 Discussion with community organizations regarding body-worn cameras Presenting Organizations: 100 Black Men and NAACP
4. 61547 Updates from Captain Brian Austin
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