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 October 12, 2020
Highlights: The 2021 Executive Operating budget is at Finance Monday and Tuesday. Every agency will present their budgets and answer questions from Alders. For those following police budget discussions, Public Safety (fire and police) are the second group of agency presentations up on Monday. Also at Finance Monday is authorization for CARES Act funding for homeless services and awards of city Affordable Housing funds for five affordable housing projects, including The Salvation Army at 651 E Mifflin St. Also Monday, the Police and Fire Commission continues the discussion about hiring a new police chief. On Wednesday, at the Transportation Commission, Metro Transit holds a public hearing to gather feedback on changes made to routes and bus stop locations in August. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The TC also discusses the Traffic Calming Subcommittee, lots of materials in the legistar link. Also Wednesday, the Board of Park Commissioners reviews a proposal to rescind Emergency Order #2 which created a city policy to allow temporary permissible encampments (TPEs) in parks and greenways to which City ordinances that prohibit camping would not apply. This order was intended to align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, which recommended that municipalities refrain from breaking up TPEs, and instead encourage sanitation and social distancing at TPEs. This resolution would rescind this order, meaning TPEs would no longer be permitted. The city is working with community partners like the Dane County Continuum of Care (CoC) to provide winter solutions for temporary shelter and rapid rehousing options to connect homeless individuals with landlords who may have vacant apartments. I support finding viable solutions before we enforce violations of the emergency order, such as in McPike Park. Also, in the Parks Supt report, there is a recommendation after reviewing the results of the East Side dog park survey regarding community support for OB Sherry and Eastmorland Park to not pursue either option: "The east side dog park survey closed on September 26th and the results have been downloaded and compiled. In general, opposition and support appear to be relatively evenly split throughout the survey responses. Parks staff also reviewed the email and phone correspondence received to date. From the Parks Division's perspective, neither option has definitive community support to move forward in the approval process. The community feedback has been saved to the file and Parks will continue to explore other potential east side locations in the future."
Community Meeting October 14 to Discuss Oscar Mayer Plant use for Metro bus storage Two separate virtual public meetings have been scheduled for residents to discuss and learn more about how a portion of the former Oscar Mayer meatpacking plant is being considered for use as a maintenance and bus storage facility for Metro Transit. Public Meeting #1 Hosted by the Northside Planning Council Wednesday, October 14 - 6:00 pm Zoom Link Public Meeting #2 Hosted by City of Madison Staff Thursday, November 5 - 6:00 pm Zoom Link Give feedback on this proposed project by calling (608) 266-4466, emailing email@example.com or filling out an online feedback form.
Metro Transit's main garage on the 1000 block of East Washington Ave. was designed to house 160 buses, yet now houses between 210 and 218 buses. Consequently, finding expanded storage for Metro Transit satellite facility became a key strategy in Madison's Imagine Madison Comprehensive Plan . In March of 2019, the Common Council directed staff to start negotiations to purchase the north end of the former Oscar Mayer factory for a satellite Metro bus storage and maintenance facility. Staff analysis identified the Oscar Mayer option as much as half the cost for satellite bus storage compared to the alternate sites considered. The analysis concluded the Oscar Mayer options as the most cost effective way for Metro to expand its system and prepare for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). More details in the link.
Public Health launches free drive through Flu Clinic at Alliant Energy Center The clinic is for Dane County adults and children 6 months and older who do not have health insurance, and Dane County children 6 months and older who are on BadgerCare or Medicaid. The clinic is being run in partnership with UW School of Nursing and Edgewood College School of Nursing. Getting sick with influenza is not desirable in any given year, but 2020 is not a typical year. There is growing concern that in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming flu season could cause a "twindemic," resulting in severe illness and an overwhelmed healthcare system. Public Health recommends that everyone who is able to get a flu shot, get one as soon as possible.
Voter Registration info The City of Madison Clerk's Office encourages voters who have moved since they last voted to update their voter registration now. Voters registered before Election Day are included in the poll book.
Monday October 12, 2020
4:30p click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. 62386 Authorizing the City to Enter into an Intermediate Attachment and Revenue Sharing Agreement with the Town of Blooming Grove.
Fiscal Note: As part of a Cooperative Plan between the City of Madison (City) and the Town of Blooming Grove (Town), a 70-acre piece of property is to be developed jointly between the two municipalities. Under the arrangement, the property would initially develop in the Town on City water and sewer; eventually transitioning to the City after a period of time. The proposed resolution allows the property to be attached to the City sooner than is allowed in the current plan and establishes a revenue sharing agreement if this occurs. Under this revenue sharing agreement, the City would pay 50% of local tax revenue from the property to the Town through 2027. If the property is moved into a Tax Incremental District (TID), the City would pay to the Town 50% of local revenue that would have been collected against the property if it was not in the TID. Any revenue sharing arrangements occurring from this resolution would need to be reflected in future budgets.
5. 62108 Authorizing the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and Brian David Janssen and Kayley Hope Janssen for the City's acquisition of the property located at 3457 Milwaukee Street for the expansion of O.B. Sherry Park. (15th AD)
6. 62438 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements, on behalf of the Dane County Continuum of Care (CoC), for up to $1,472,134 Emergency Solutions Grant Program Supplemental Funds (ESG-CV) allocated to the State of Wisconsin by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Fiscal Note: The proposed resolution authorizes contract agreements with six community agencies, totaling $1,472,134, for programs that aim to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus for persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The $1.47m is funded by Emergency Solutions Grant Program Supplemental Funds (ESG-CV) awarded to the Dane County Continuum of Care (CoC). Approved RES-20-00531 (Legistar #61293) amended the 2020 Adopted Operating Budget to accept Emergency Solutions Grant Program Supplemental Funds (ESG-CV CoC). No additional City appropriation is required.
Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc. - Up to $170,918 for prevention services and financial assistance targeting youth
Lutheran Social Services - Up to $182,314 for rapid rehousing program for single adults
MACH OneHealth - Up to $26,000 for medical street outreach
Sankofa Educational Leadership United - Up to $210,132 for rapid rehousing program for individuals or families and up to $299,315 for non-congregate hotel-based emergency shelter for women and families
The Salvation Army Dane County - Up to $306,877 for rapid rehousing program for women and families and up to $10,400 for rapid exit (entry cost assistance) for women and families
Urban Triage - Up to $266,178 for street outreach services
8. 62430 Awarding up to $5.77 million from the Affordable Housing Fund to support five affordable housing development projects, selected through a City Request for Proposals (RFP) process, that will support construction of approximately 320 units of new rental housing in Madison, about 240 of which will be affordable, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute loan agreements with the developers of those projects.
Fiscal Note: The 2021 Executive Capital Budget authorizes $5.77 million of new funding for CDD's Affordable Housing-Development Projects capital program. This program also has remaining budget authority of $3,600,500 from the 2020 Adopted Capital Budget not yet committed to specific housing projects. The proposed resolution uses this program funding to provide up to $5.77 million in direct financial support for five proposed affordable housing developments. The proposed developments will also seek to leverage federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).
The proposed resolution, if adopted, will allocate up to $5.77 million in City-administered funds for the five projects identified below. Collectively, these projects will contribute to the development of approximately 320 units of new rental housing, about 240 units of which will be affordable. The resolution proposes the following allocation of funds:
· Up to $1,040,000 to AgeBetter, Inc. and Gorman & Company, LLC for AgeBetter Community Living
· Up to $1,680,000 to JT Klein Company, Inc. for Westgate Commons
· Up to $1,200,000 to Madisonian Development, LLC for The Madisonian Apartments
· Up to $1,350,000 to Northpointe Development, Inc. for Uno's Madison Apartments
· Up to $500,000 to The Salvation Army, Inc. for The Shield Apartments
11. 62409 Creating Section 4.33 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a Small Business Equity and Recovery COVID Grant Program Ordinance.
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: As the City of Madison, residents, business owners and development community continue to adjust to the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, we recognize the need to invest in supporting our small business community. Many small businesses face the real prospect of permanently closing. We recognize the historic and current inequities in funding and support for small businesses owned by people of color. The Small Business Equity and Recovery COVID Grant Program aims to focus on businesses owned by people of color.
12. 62322 2021 Executive Operating Budget
Please watch the agency presentations on Monday and Tuesday if you are interested, 2021 Executive Operating Budget Agency presentation schedule.
The Mayor's explains the highlights of her budget here 2021 Operating Budget Summary
Monday October 12
Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee
5-6:30p click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to email@example.com
1. Water Utility Board Fluoridation Policy Review
POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION
5:30p click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to firstname.lastname@example.org
POLICE CHIEF APPOINTMENT PROCESS
9. 62559 Report on community input gathered to date and discussion of process going forward
Tuesday October 13
4:30p click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to email@example.com
1. 62322 2021 Executive Operating Budget
Wednesday October 14
5p click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to TransportationCommission@cityofmadison.com
7. 62569 Approving Metro Transit Bus Stop Standard Operating Procedures
8. 62570 Approving/Ratifying of Metro Transit Bus Stop Changes/Closures
10. 62568 Metro Transit Public Hearing to obtain input regarding current service
At the public hearing which starts at 6p, Metro staff will explain how the financial effects of Covid-19 and current staffing levels have affected the amount and types of service that have been restored since the beginning of the pandemic. Passengers are encouraged to provide feedback on how current service has been working and whether any essential trip destinations are being missed. Depending on comments received, staffing levels, and how Covid-19 may still be affecting the community, schedule tweaks may be made later in the year or in early 2021. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11. 61410 Update on Traffic Calming Subcommittee and 62232 Traffic Calming Subcommittee Materials
Wednesday October 14
PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE
5p click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to PDPSRC@cityofmadison.com
The agenda for this meeting was not available as of publication, but should be available later at the Clerk's Weekly Meeting Schedule.
Wednesday October 14
BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
6:30p click on the agenda for info on how to access the Zoom meeting, send comments on agenda items to PACommission@cityofmadison.com
9 62549 October 2020 Superintendent's Report
-Community Service staff are working to establish youth focused programming on the Northside with the continued lack of access to the Center. The plan is to work on programming in Warner Park using the shelter and with partner support from the Mallards to host safe programming for teens at the Duck Blind as well.
-Golf continues to produce favorable results year-to-date, though we are still uncertain of what the comprehensive net income will be. Rounds are up 27% and revenue from rounds is up 21%. We are hopeful for a successful fall season as many traditional fall recreational and entertainment outlets will not be available due to the pandemic and we may continue to fill that need.
-Staff is working with many of our contractual partners regarding their agreements with the City. Most of the partners have expressed concerns about the terms of the agreements given the inability to operate normally, or in some cases, at all. Staff expects a significant number of modifications to come to the Commission this fall.
-The Law Park Master Plan process is also continuing and an update to the Commission will occur in the next two to three months.
East Side Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area • The east side dog park survey closed on September 26th and the results have been downloaded and compiled. In general, opposition and support appear to be relatively evenly split throughout the survey responses. Parks staff also reviewed the email and phone correspondence received to date. From the Parks Division's perspective, neither option has definitive community support to move forward in the approval process. The community feedback has been saved to the file and Parks will continue to explore other potential east side locations in the future
Community Services Quarterly Report - Lisa Laschinger, Assistant Parks Superintendent
-The Park Rangers played a major role in providing an environment people can use for their own wellness during a time when many things are changing. Many of our procedures have needed to be adapted and some of our policies have changed to fit this crisis. This has required our communication to get faster and more frequent. Additionally, as the nation wrestles with the issues surrounding race and policing, our city saw large protests in our parks and experienced a general challenge to authority. The conflict surrounding these issues have shaped many of a Park Ranger's interactions with the public. As people's lives have individually become more stressful, a small interaction can escalate quickly. Our Park Ranger staff receive training in de-escalation thanks to the work of their Lead Park Ranger Ashley Bowman. This summer, the Ranger team reported an increase in tension during interactions and that they started using their de-escalation skills as a default rather than a tactic. Working every day in a uniform has been a challenge as oftentimes the presence of a uniform presents a barrier to communication. The goal and the challenge is to present that there is an empathetic and ethical person behind that uniform who the public can trust and break down that barrier. As the City of Madison struggles with social change, our Park Rangers are committed to equity.
-We're seeing a major increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness, and using parks as their safe haven. In accordance with CDC guidance, the Emergency Operation Center a staff team created the Temporary Permissible Encampment project, where locations on city owned land that meet specific criteria are temporarily permitting camping, including Reindahl and Starkweather Parks. In addition, the Mayor Rhodes-Conway issued an Emergency Order that would temporarily relax enforcement of ordinances that prohibit camping on public land. What this means for Park Rangers is that much of their interaction with the homeless community has been communication and connection to resources by working closely with multiple city agencies and outreach services.
13 62108 Authorizing the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and Brian David Janssen and Kayley Hope Janssen for the City's acquisition of the property located at 3457 Milwaukee Street for the expansion of O.B. Sherry Park. (15th AD) RETURN TO LEAD WITH THE RECOMMENDATION FOR APPROVAL TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE
14.-23. 2021 Proposed Parks Division Fees
24 62533 Proposal to provide an application process for small, park events (without a shelter reservation) to allow events that comply with Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) Orders in regard to gathering restrictions and guidelines during COVID-19. If successful, the program may be extended when guidelines are no longer required.
The application process will allow for better communication of these restrictions and guidelines as well as confirmation (signature) that these restrictions are understood. Madison Parks will be more aware of what is happening in our parks and there will be fewer "surprise events." Currently the only way to reserve open park space is through the Park Event Permit. This permit can take months for approval and has fees that are more appropriate for large festival gatherings and fundraisers. This pilot program could also address some of the equity issues facing private event organizers that cannot afford a Park Event Permit and could be of value for small events even after gathering restrictions are lifted.
25 62532 Golf Program Update INFORMATIONAL
26 62350 Creating Subdivision 8.24(1)(ii) of the Madison General Ordinances to Ban Alcohol at Allied Park RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICER
27 62393 Rescinding Emergency Order #2 and Directing City Staff to Enforce Ordinances Against Encampments in the City Parks and to Investigate Other Temporary Housing Options for the Unsheltered Homeless Population RETURN TO LEAD WITH RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE TO THE COMMON COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Fiscal Note: The proposed resolution rescinds Emergency Order #2, issued on May 6, 2020, under which City staff were permitted to create temporary permissible encampments (TPEs) in parks and greenways to which City ordinances that prohibit camping would not apply. This order was intended to align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, which recommended that municipalities refrain from breaking up TPEs, and instead encourage sanitation and social distancing at TPEs. City staff have reported problems at TPEs, including police calls for service. This resolution would rescind this order, meaning TPEs would no longer be permitted. No additional appropriation is required.
Thursday October 15
The agenda for this meeting was not available as of publication, but should be available later at the Clerk's Weekly Meeting Schedule. From what others have reported, I expect there will be a continued discussion of "City Financial Support for 4% Tax Credit and Other WHEDA Funded Housing"
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