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Alder Marsha A. Rummel

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Alder Marsha A. Rummel

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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 14, 2020

December 13, 2020 5:44 PM

Highlights:  On Monday, the Police and Fire Commission takes public comment on the candidates for Chief of Police.    Finalist process for the Police Chief appointment *   Police Chief candidates' Q & A session videos *   Background on the Madison Police and Fire commissioners and hiring process  On Monday, the Plan Commission will have discussion on a potential new framework for land use/sub-area plans and on Wednesday will hold a special meeting on coordinating Zoning and Historic Preservation policy. There are PowerPoints and staff memos on both topics, please take a look. On Tuesday, LORC meets to continue their review of the draft landmarks ordinance and discuss how to format upcoming public meetings. On Wednesday, the Alcohol License and Review Committee will discuss the new license application for Class A Beer, Class A Cider for Kwik Trip who has purchased the Stop N Go at 2002 Winnebago, see the update below about last week's neighborhood meeting. It will also review the license application for UMAMI GO at 901 Williamson St, the former home of That BBQ Joint.  If you want to share your comments, email them to

Happy first snowfall! To make public sidewalks safe for pedestrians, the owner or occupant of property immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk is responsible for the removal of any snow or ice that accumulates on the sidewalk. Residents are required to clear snow from their sidewalk by noon of the day after the snow stopped. Please help neighbors who may need assistance clearing their sidewalks. In the event that removal of ice is impossible, the property owner or occupant is required to use sand, salt or other suitable substance to prevent the ice from being dangerous. This should be done by noon of the day after the snow/ice stopped  Don't let the snow lead to a ticket or a tow! Remember to check and follow the Clean Streets Clean Lakes parking restrictions, this four hour window is when the Streets Division will clear the streets including the parking lane to the curb, avoiding the need to declare a snow emergency Sign up for snow plow and snow emergency alerts * Locations of free city sand  * Sign up for alternate side parking alertsSnow Emergency Zone map includes all of District 6!  * Protect our drinking water from impact of road salt, be salt-wise

City of Madison property tax bills for 2020 have been mailed and are now available online here. Due to the pandemic, in-person payments at the City Treasury Office are not available this year but you can use the drop box in front of the City-County building. All tax payments postmarked on or before December 31, 2020 will be processed as having been paid in 2020.

Election lawsuits dismissed. As I am sure most of you know, all of the lawsuits filed to interfere with Wisconsin vote tallies have been rejected at state and federal levels including the City Clerk's innovative Democracy in the Park effort. I am so proud of the city's efforts to find creative ways to expand voting options during the pandemic and conduct safe and reliable elections during this unprecedented public health crisis.

Kwik Trip Neighborhood Meeting about alcohol license application for 2002 Winnebago and loss of postal services held December 10. Last Thursday, preceding the SASYNA Council meeting, I held a virtual meeting with Community Relations Manager David Ring from Kwik Trip who provided information about their license application and answered questions about the closure of post office services and mail boxes to approximately 30 neighbors. According to Mr. Ring,  the Stop N Go owner terminated the contract with the Post Office because it was labor intensive. The PO box fixtures have been removed as of this week. The typical Kwik Trip store is 7,000 – 10,000 sf while the Schenk Atwood store is about 2,900 sf. There was consensus among all speakers regarding the importance of the post boxes and postal services to local businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhood residents. The post office boxes have been at the Stop N Go for about 25 years and the closure caused disruption for many. Several comments focused on the tradeoff of profit margin and community benefits and someone noted that an alcohol license is a privilege not a right. Everyone urged Kwik Trip to consider adding the services back. Several neighbors noted that the Schenk Atwood store was not the typical C-store: it was not located on a major arterial, they do not sell gasoline, the footprint is small, and made the case for treating it as a neighborhood store embedded in a walkable neighborhood. The sale of the Stop N Go includes the space occupied by the laundromat and the laundromat's lease is up in April. Kwik Trip is planning to expand the store at that time and offered to provide the planogram for the space with the SASY Council and the alder. David Ring acknowledged that Kwik Trip did not do sufficient outreach to the community or understand the neighborhood they would be serving and promised he would share concerns to Kwik Trip management and report back. He said he hoped to find a compromise when they expand into the laundromat. In a follow up email, Mr. Ring informed me that "Store 1515 located at 2002 Winnebago Street – will have a change in store hours due to staffing and training needs.  The store will now be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until at least the end of the year.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  Once our retail team is ready to extend the closing hours of the store back to 10 p.m., I will certainly communicate that information to you."

Recording Available of December 9 Neighborhood Meeting on First St. Temporary Men's Homeless Shelter At the December 9th  neighborhood meeting, hosted by Alder Abbas, Alder Heck and I, approximately 55 neighbors heard from City Community Development Division staff and from Porchlight as they presented the plan for locating the overnight shelter for men who are experiencing homelessness at the Fleet Services Building at 202 N First St, also the future home of the Public Market. The shelter is tentatively scheduled to be open on Wednesday December 16 and will be in place up to 4th quarter of 2021 (assuming the Madison Public Market is awarded a federal EDC grant). Since March, guests have been relocated from three downtown churches to the Warner Park Rec Center but the Center has reached capacity. The Fleet building will hold up to 250 people. Transportation will be provided for guests to/from the Beacon since the shelter will only be open from 5pm to 8am each day. A recording of the meeting can be watched here. The meeting included Q&A, COVID protocols, services, how to help, and how to contact the shelter. Porchlight is pausing enforcement of the 90 day shelter limit and relaxing some of the restrictions on allowing intoxicated individuals to stay overnight. Shelter services for women and families have been provided by The Salvation Army. Currently CARES Act funds are being used to provide temporary shelter in area hotels. The SA is working on leasing a former nursing home on Milwaukee St that can hold up to 35 families and assuming the lease is secured, the facility could open in January. Porchlight has a street outreach team and will coordinate efforts with street outreach teams from MACH and Friends of State Street Families to connect to unhoused people living in parks and greenways so they are aware of the services

On December 8,  Mayors For A Guaranteed Income  (MGI) held a press call announcing a second grant of $15M from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey through his #startsmall initiative, Madison is one of the participants in the pilot. This builds on Dorsey's initial donation of $3 million in July 2020. In Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway's press release she states she is "deeply appreciative of this seed funding which will allow a group of Madison families to chart their own path toward financial stability. Because affordable housing is such a critical issue in the City of Madison, my staff is exploring how we can design and implement a pilot that places housing affordability and security at the center of this conversation." Stay tuned for the details of the pilot.  Mayors for A Guaranteed Income Receives $15 Million Grant, Madison Will Benefit

The Greater Madison Music City (GMMC), a local music and creative network, has partnered with global consultant Sound Diplomacy to act on the recommendations of the 2019 City of Madison Task Force on Equity in Music and Entertainment and incorporate music into Madison's COVID-19 recovery planning. The GMMC is hosting a virtual event Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at noon. The event will feature performances by local musicians, visit  to register. Madison Task Force chair, President of Urban Community Arts Network, and GMMC lead, Dr. Karen Reece, said, "We began this work due to discrimination creating unequal access to stages for Hip-Hop artists and other artists of color. Racial equity will remain the focus of this work and our success will require broad community involvement with partners from music, government, private business sectors." To date, this project was allocated $45,000 from the City of Madison Room Tax Commission with additional financial support from Dane Arts, City of Madison Planning Department, Arts Wisconsin, Madison Public Library, and other resources. Supporting Recovery across music, equity and economic development


Monday December 14, 2020


5:30p Members of the public who wish to offer comments must register in advance using the City of Madison's Registration Statement Form : Once completed, the Form must be submitted to the following e-mail address:


1. 63384 Public Feedback and Registration for December 14, 2020

2. 62564 Public Input Received to date


Monday December 14


5:30p You can send comments on agenda items to



14. 63303 Planning Division presentation of a potential new framework for land use/sub-area plans. Staff presentation and memo


Staff memo highlights: Planning Division staff have begun to consider a new, potential approach to sub-area planning, starting with research on the ways several other cities approach sub-area planning. Essentially, this potential approach would purposely broaden and standardize "district" planning efforts to include land use recommendations, building heights, major infrastructure investments, and a few other big-picture recommendations. The City would include 10-15 discrete districts, with a goal of decennial updates to each plan. These plans would be slightly more detailed than the Comprehensive Plan Generalized Future Land Use (GFLU) Map, and would replace the decennial GFLU Map update, as well as the Neighborhood Development Plans (NDPs) on the City's periphery....Meanwhile, we would need to develop criteria for determining and be much more targeted with other, more specific sub-area planning and implementation efforts. For instance, staff have discussed the importance of continued planning efforts in low and moderate-income areas with deeper public participation. Moving forward, such efforts could perhaps focus less on long-term land use, and more on strategy and shorter-term actions to address community needs. Also, when the City faces a sudden and significant challenge/opportunity as was presented with the closure of Oscar Mayer, we may need to have the capacity to respond with a strategic and action-oriented redevelopment plan. Finally, we would need to make decisions as a city regarding the future of existing sub-area plans, many of which relied on time and effort volunteered by many contributors. "District" plans could likely involve the careful review and inclusion of relevant recommendations, and could ultimately replace many aspects of existing plans. However, decisions would need to be made regarding how or whether to sustain elements of existing sub-area plans not clearly covered in the more general "district" plans. ... As staff, we recognize that there are many challenges to the creation of a new planning framework. We are early in the process to explore this, and acknowledge there may be alternatives to this approach. We will present an overview of this approach to the Plan Commission, and look forward to early feedback at the December 14 meeting.


Everyone interested in land use planning should take a look at the presentation.


Recent Common Council Actions

- Amend Official Map to map reservations for future streets north of Milwaukee Street consistent with the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan - Referred to January 5, 2021


- Rezoning 3614-3700 Milwaukee Street and 102-122 West Corporate Drive consistent with recommendations in the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan - Referred to January

5, 2021 meeting


Upcoming Matters - January 11, 2021

- 817-821 Williamson Street - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use – Demolish one-story commercial building to construct a three-story mixed-use building with approx.

775 square feet of commercial space and 19 apartments


Tuesday December 15


5:30p You can send comments on agenda items to


2. 56918 Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance -Discussion of Options to Finalize the Historic District Standards

3. 56516 Additional Public Engagement -Format for Public Meetings

4. 54448 Discussion of Next Steps and Schedule


Wednesday December 16


5p You can send comments on agenda items to



2. 63354 Coordinating Zoning and Historic Preservation Policy Staff presentation and memo


Staff memo: Recommendations. Based on the specific direction in existing adopted plans, which were developed through a public process and adopted by the Common Council, staff recommends the following actions:

1) Change the Downtown Height Map in the Zoning Ordinance to reflect the changes recommended in the Lamp House Plan.

2) Map the building heights proposed in the Williamson Street BUILD Plan in either the Zoning Ordinance or Historic Preservation Ordinance.

3) Explore mapping setbacks and/or stepbacks in Mansion Hill as suggested in the Downtown Plan.


In addition, staff recommends the following ordinance changes to make the Zoning Ordinance and Historic Preservation Ordinance more consistent:

4) Delete the definition of "Height (of a Building)" in Section 41.02 of the Historic Preservation Ordinance and rely on the Zoning Ordinance definitions.


Wednesday December 16


5p You can send comments on agenda items to:


2. 63356 Economic Development Division Staff Update regarding Downtown Recovery Program

3. 63357 Economic Development Division Staff Update regarding Small Business Equity & Recovery Program (SBER)

6. 60990 Equitable Economic Response and Recovery - City efforts underway - Economy and Culture Recovery Team - Open discussion regarding Economic Development Committee and Economic Development Division related goals and work - Data review


Wednesday December 16


5:30p You can send comments on agenda items to


7. 62957 Public Hearing - New License Kwik Trip Inc • dba Stop-N-Go 1515 2002 Winnebago St • Agent: Paul Thurston Class A Beer, Class A Cider Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 410

10. 63118 Public Hearing - New License Umami Dumpling & Ramen Bar LLC • dba UMAMI GO 901 Williamson St • Agent: Michael Ding • Estimated Capacity: 47 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 10% alcohol, 90% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408


Wednesday December 16




2. 63426 COVID Relief Fund RFP and Update on the Violence Prevention Plan Priority Areas as it Relates to the RFP 3. 34250 Committee Reports -Early Childhood Care and Education Committee -Committee on Aging


Wednesday December 16


7p You can send comments on agenda items to


2. 62870 Discussion of Draft Policy on Body-Worn Cameras

    63302 Discussion of Final Recommendation and Report


Thursday December 17


2p You can send comments on agenda items to:


2. 63188 Discussion of Next Steps on the Administrative Services Staff Team


Thursday December 17


5p You can send comments on agenda items to


6. 63044 Review AHAA recommendations, specifically how the city can help prevent evictions, operationalizing the Landlord and Tenant's Gold Star program, and the role of nonprofits AHAA recommendations


Thursday December 17


6p You can send comments on agenda items to


2. 62870 Discussion of Draft Policy on Body-Worn Cameras

    63302 Discussion of Final Recommendation and Report


Marsha Rummel

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