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District 6

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 December 7, 2020

December 6, 2020 10:16 PM

There are two neighborhood meetings this week. On Wednesday, Alders Abbas, Heck and I are holding a virtual meeting about the temporary men's emergency homeless shelter at the Fleet Building at 7p. The men's shelter staffed by Porchlight has been located in the basement of several churches downtown for decades, found a temporary home at Warner Park Community and Recreation Center during the pandemic. The Fleet Building will be able to house more individuals. The 2021 budget includes funds to locate and construct a permanent "purpose built" men's shelter in a place TBD. The Salvation Army has been providing shelter facilities for women and families. On Thursday, I will be coordinating with the SASY Council to hold a virtual meeting at 5:30p about Kwik Trip's application for a Class A Beer, Class A Cider license at the Stop-N-Go at 2002 Winnebago St license and their proposal to end service for the post office boxes and postal services.


The Police and Fire Commission has announced four candidates for Chief of Police. Interviews will occur this week although it appears that there will not be an opportunity for public feedback. The Transportation Commission will review alder and resident requests for traffic signals on Wednesday, the list includes 8 intersections in D6. In the Parks Supt report for Wednesday's Board of Parks Commission meeting, Supt Knepp mentions he is working with Friends of Starkweather Creek to honor Carl Landsness.


In case you missed my announcement last week, I am not seeking another term as District 6 alder. It's been an honor to represent you and work on so many city and district issues together. I am happy to chat if you are interested in learning more about running for the position and the work involved. The filing deadline is the first Tuesday in January and the City Clerk's page is the best place to find the documents needed to get on the ballot.


The last day of the free drive through flu clinic at the Alliant Energy Center will be Saturday, December 19. The clinic, run by Public Health Madison & Dane County, provides free flu shots to anyone who lives in Dane County, regardless of insurance status. More details here

Monday December 7, 2020


5p You can send comments on agenda items to

The Police Civilian Oversight Board is continuing discussion on electing officers and receiving orientation trainings.

4. 63094 Election of Board Chair Attachments: POLICE CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT BOARD MEMBERS Introduce themselves

5. 63095 Election of Board Vice Chair Attachments:

6. 63098 Overview of MGO 5.20


Monday December 7


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PUBLIC HEARING - REQUEST FOR CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS Note: Item 3 should be referred to the January 11, 2021 meeting at the request of the applicant

3. 63101 1319 Rutledge St - Demolition of an existing garage structure and construction of a new garage structure in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.

Note: Item 4 and item 5 should be referred to the January 11, 2021 meeting as the property owner compiles an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness

4. 62805 719 Jenifer St - Demolition by Neglect in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.

5. 61086 719 Jenifer St - Exterior Alterations in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.


Monday December 7


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2. 63041 Amending the Triangle Monona Bay Neighborhood Plan to revise the transportation recommendations for the north-south public street from Regent Street to West Washington Avenue from bike/ped friendly to bike/ped only (with emergency vehicle access) for the north section from Regent Street to Braxton Place.


4. 63143 Repealing Sections 12.78, 12.781(3), (4) & (5), amending Sections 12.79 and Sec. 1.08(3)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to eliminate the City bicycle registration system.


5. 63241 Discuss/Approve Vision Zero Action Plan outline and Revised High Injury Network (HIN)


6. 63242 Discuss Revised Parking Purpose and Policy Tools


7. 63243 Madison Department of Transportation Climate Effort Update


Monday December 7


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2. 63269 City of Madison ordinances affecting vehicle campers Stefanie Niesen (City of Madison Parking Enforcement)

3. 63270 Occupy Madison Tiny Houses Brenda Konkel (Occupy Madison)


4. 63271 Discussion and possible recommendations regarding ordinances affecting vehicle campers

5. 63272 Discussion and possible recommendations regarding Occupy Madison Tiny Houses


Tuesday December 8



The PFC has selected four (4) finalists who will advance in the hiring process for the position of Police Chief for the City of Madison. Read here.


1. 63307 Contemplated closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 19.85(1)(c) to discuss and take action, if appropriate, regarding considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility; specifically: to conduct interviews of police chief candidates.

2. 63061 Reconvene into open session to consider any remaining agenda items and to take action, if appropriate, regarding the items discussed in closed session.


Tuesday December 8


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2. 56918 Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance "Parking Lot" Issues (as time allows) -Signage -Vinyl as prohibited building material -Cultural resources

3. 54448 Discussion of Next Steps and Schedule

LORC 11/05/20 Draft Ordinance with edits The draft ordinance, as it stands now, is organized by intervention (repairs > new construction) and category (windows, doors, etc. ). There is community interest in keeping sections in the ordinance for each historic district with general guidelines and specific standards for the district. The committee is reviewing that approach.

Madison Alliance for Historic Preservation proposal 03/06/20 has a detailed proposal for how to organize the ordinance.

Please take a look at Linda Lehnertz's letter for the 11/19/20 LORC meeting RE Document #33 Legistar 56918: does the draft ordinance effectively guide new construction? I have also suggested that we should consider using an Urban Design District type approach (like UDD #8) to incorporate the Williamson St Build guidelines into the Third Lake Ridge historic district ordinance. Linda shows us what this could look like.

LORC would like to complete the draft ordinance by the end of the aldermanic term in April.


Tuesday December 8


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2. 27011 Art in Public Places Staff Update

3. 55290 Thurber Park Artist-in-Residence Re-examine the Expectation of the Thurber Residency

7. 57899 Percent for Art Report Metro Transit Update

8. 62380 Arts and Culture Economic Recovery Staff Report


Wednesday December 9


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2. 62710 Authorizing the Transit General Manager to enter into an agreement with the State of Wisconsin and required terms to accept the Volkswagen Mitigation Program/Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program Award of funds not to exceed $7,522,500 to purchase 15 replacement diesel buses and dispose of the corresponding older fleet in 2022.

8. 63254 To set a date for Metro Transit Public Hearing to hear feedback and comments on proposed 2021 Service Changes on February 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

12. 63252 Traffic Signal Priority List Preliminary Review & Recommendations for Further Studies 2020 Traffic Signal Priority list

The list includes 8 intersections in D6. In order of appearance on the list: Dickinson/Williamson, Atwood/Miller/Waubesa, Dickinson/E Wash, Milwaukee/Waubesa, Milwaukee/Marquette, Milwaukee/Oak, Atwood/Sugar/Oakridge, and Few/Williamson.  The Commission will be discussing the preliminary list of new signal locations, but not finalizing them until their February 10, 2021, meeting. The Criteria for Traffic Signals document which briefly describes the conditions in which traffic signals are typically recommended, can be found here


Wednesday December 9


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2. 63264 Report from the Police Department

3. 61715 Recent gun violence

4. 63100 Direction of the Public Safety Review Committee/2021 PSRC Workplan

5. 63259 Chair/Co-Chair Report 6. 61227 Report from Anglim and Amoah on further research efforts - Our response to other community demands and initiatives (Breonna's law, 8 to abolition, NAACP and WSJ article)


Wednesday December 9


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4. 63277 Update on Current Lawsuits related to Emergency Orders

NOTICE: The Board of Health-Madison & Dane County may, by proper motion and majority vote, convene in closed session during the course of Legislative File No. 63277, Agenda Item #4 for one or more of the following purposes, as authorized by Wisconsin Statute:  1. Deliberating concerning a case which was the subject of any quasi-judicial hearing before the Board, under Wis. Stats. sec. 19.85(1)(a), 2. Conferring with legal counsel for the Board who is rendering oral or written advice concerning a strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved, under Wis. Stats. sec. 19.85(1)(g). PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that if the Board convenes in closed session, the Board may reconvene again into open session to continue its proper business, to schedule further meetings of the Board, and for other lawful purposes.


Wednesday December 9


5:30p the agenda has not been published yet


Wednesday December 9


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7 63249 December 2020 Superintendent's Report

1. Staff are allocating a significant amount of time and effort to developing the winter recreational schedule, especially in light of the newest PHMDC orders. This involves more changes and modifications to the normal. As a part of winter preparation we are working on defining essential workers and how we manage positive cases and/or close contacts within our work units. This requires a significant amount of discussion and review with staff, many of whom are more fearful than they had been regarding COVID infection rates. We have identified essential workers. We will work to communicate the plans for the winter as we finalize them, but please know the changing environment of regulations regarding public health orders makes this a challenge.


2. Staff are getting the WPCRC [Warner Park] back as a park facility. There is not a solid re-opening date yet, but staff are preparing for the necessary conversion work. This will take a very significant amount of time and effort before being open to the public and we want to ensure we have both the facility and policies/use procedures in place prior to doing so. We are working on all of those aspects now.


3. Parks Planning staff is working with the Friends of Starkweather Creek and City Engineering to find a way to honor the work and life of Carl Landsness.


4. Parks staff are actively involved in City planning projects for East Towne, West Towne, and South Madison. All three areas are critical for Parks being actively involved to make the best decisions now to ensure all Madisonians have access to high quality parks for generations to come.


5. The City Council did adopt the Mallards extension to their use agreement for Warner Park. There were concerns raised regarding our processes and at least one alder has requested additional evaluation of how we manage our partnership relationships. One item of note here is the focus on RFP's as a tool to manage these relationships prior to extensions. I would say that this would create a very significant need for increased resources to manage these ongoing contractual partnerships going forward.


6. The Finance Committee did accept the Golf Task Force report, but with more questions and concerns about implementation plans.


7. The City and Parks Foundation have been approached by a potential donor who would update and improve the Glenway Golf Course. More details will be available soon, but the initial concept appears to be very consistent with the Task Force's recommendations.


8. Also on golf, staff are working to develop a caddie program that would be focused as a youth employment/development opportunity.


9. Staff are working to develop improved work planning and priority lists for the coming year. As the pandemic continues, we are seeing an increase in cases and contacts by staff, which puts a significant premium on staff resources.


10. Very importantly, the City adopted its budget last month. Parks did ok all things considered, with limited reductions in resources available. One of those is a reduction in lifeguard services, which we look forward to working with the Commission on prior to the aquatics season for 2021. The most important part of the budget is the furlough program, which has led to lots of conversations with staff to date and will be a challenge to implement for the Parks Division without impacting services. Currently, the City is working on a voluntary time away program to see if mandatory furloughs can be reduced or eliminated. The uncertainty around this is creating more challenges as we work to establish project workplans for 2021 and beyond. At this point, it seems likely that we will need to reduce our commitment to the community on capital projects in 2021 a little to address staffing resource limitations.


Future Commission Items

• Staff are working with Big Top regarding the Breese contract and the current lack of ability for Forward Madison to play or train at the Facility. This issue has caused significant concerns for Big Top as it relates to the future of the relationship between the City and Big Top. The primary focus from a staff perspective at Breese is to maintain stability at Breese through this pandemic to allow for future success.

• The Law Park Master Plan process is also continuing and an update to the Commission will occur soon, likely in January.


Wednesday December 9

Virtual Neighborhood meeting on Temporary Homeless Shelter

7p You will receive login information after registering at 


Please join Alder Syed Abbas, Patrick Heck and me for a virtual neighborhood meeting where we will have a discussion with City staff and representatives from Porchlight, the shelter operator about the temporary use of 200 N. First Street as an overnight shelter operation serving men experiencing homelessness.


Wednesday December 9

Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee

7p agenda not available on clerk's page

2. Updates from Captain Brian Austin MPD 

3. Discussion of Draft Policy on Body-Worn Cameras

4. Discussion of Final Recommendation and Report


Thursday December 10

SASYNA Council meeting/Neighborhood meeting on Kwik Trip alcohol license

5:30p check back for zoom link

Kwik Trip Inc is applying for a new Class A Beer, Class A Cider license at the Stop-N-Go at 2002 Winnebago St. We will hear from Kwik Trip representatives who will make sure that members of their real estate department and store engineering department, as well as a representative from Stop-N-Go, will be on the virtual call to discuss their license application and their reasons for closing the post office and answer questions. Kwik Trip will be acquiring Stop-N-Go the week of December 7-11, 2020. 

I asked the Community Relations Manager to delay the decision to close the post office but have not succeeded in getting an agreement from Kwik Trip. Rep Mark Pocan's office has been contacted by concerned box office holders about the loss of the postal services and PO boxes and I expect a representative from his office to attend the meeting. SASY is hosting the zoom meeting and after the discussion with the applicant will continue with their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.



Marsha Rummel

District 6 Alder

City of Madison


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