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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 January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021 12:13 AM

Highlights: On Monday, the Transportation Policy and Planning Board discusses the final changes to the BRT route (which goes to Council on Tuesday) and also provides interesting reports on traffic calming and a comprehensive review of 2020 initiatives. Also Monday, the Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Study finalizes their recommendations.  


If you worked with City Planner Jule Stroik, please note the Council is honoring her at Tuesday's meeting on the occasion of her retirement. Jule has been contributing her talent to the Planning Division for over 30 years. She has worked extensively with neighborhood associations and helped organize the biannual Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable.  Her positivity and energy will be missed!


Both the Common Council Executive Committee and the Common Council will vote on authorizing the placement of advisory referendum questions related to the structure of city government on the Spring 2021 general election ballot.


Several alcohol related D6 items are on the Council agenda including Kwik Trip's application for a new license at the former Stop-N-Go at 2002 Winnebago, a new license for Umami Go at 901 Williamson St, and a request to extend the license issuance beyond the 90 day limit under MGO 38.05 for MadSweetPea LLC, dba Taco Local 811 Williamson St.


Two items related to recommendations of the Milwaukee St Special Area Plan are on the agenda at Tuesday's council meeting. If you are following the future of the Voit Farm, please pay attention! I asked for referral of approval of the proposed revisions of the Official Map to reserve future streets (#9) to the next CC meeting in order to discuss the proposed Chicago Ave extension with affected property owners on N Fair Oaks. Leo Ritter & Co, LLC, the property owner for 3630-3650 Milwaukee St (which contains the Amazon package distribution facility and parking for approximately 700 vehicles and is zoned IL and TR-C1), has filed a protest petition objecting to the proposed rezoning their property to TR-U1 and TSS (#61).  They object to what they call "transformational zoning" arguing it limits their property rights. The goal of the proposed zoning map amendment is to begin to implement the land use recommendations in the Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan, which was adopted in December 2018 by the Common Council guide future land uses and street networks, transit facilities, bike facilities, street design, and open spaces for the existing and future City of Madison bounded by State Highway 30 on the north, N Stoughton Road (US Highway 51) on the east, the south side of Milwaukee Street on the south, and N Fair Oaks Avenue and Starkweather Creek on the west.  In order to approve the zoning map amendment, a favorable vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the members of the Common Council voting on the ordinance is required. The question for the community is whether we should be proactive about implementing our adopted plans by rezoning (which in this case would allow the distribution facility to continue but limits improvements and expansion above a certain threshold).


Under the Council's new business for introduction is an ordinance to amend the Wellhead Protection maps for several wells (including Well 8 at the Olbrich sledding hill), an amendment to the lease for Art+Lit Lab at the S Livingston parking garage to help them survive the pandemic, and a new license for I/O Arcade Bar at 924 Williamson St. Mitchell Turino proposes to move the business to the former Prism/Plan B location. I will announce a neighborhood zoom meeting soon.


On Thursday, the Community Development Block Grant Committee has the first of two meetings receiving presentations from applicants to the 2020 Housing Forward RFP process. This is really exciting.  Instead of putting all of our Affordable Housing Funds into one basket and awarding it to mostly for profit developers seeking WHEDA Section 42 tax credits, in 2020 the Mayor and the Common Council modified our policy in to allow cooperatives and nonprofits to also seek funds. Common Wealth Development, Madison Community Cooperative, Movin' Out and RefineJenifer LLC are several of the agencies with a track record of providing affordable housing in D6 that have proposals but all the applicants have done good work. Last November, with over $6.8 million in City funds available exclusively to local nonprofit organizations and housing cooperatives, the City solicited proposals from applicants that seek to address barriers to affordable housing access in Madison. The City hopes to partner with local agencies to find creative solutions to our affordable housing problem by supporting these organizations with funds to support their programming and financial capacity. The RFP represents the first time that money from the City's Affordable Housing Fund will be used to support proposals not seeking federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Opening up access to the city's Affordable Housing Funds to a new field of applicants will give agencies an opportunity to be creative in how they create new housing units, such as through the expansion of housing cooperatives or community land trusts. The hope is that by combining local and federal funds together, we can maximize the opportunities available for local nonprofits to be successful in achieving their mission of serving Madison's lowest-income residents.


Winter parking reminder: All District 6 residents are now included in the Snow Emergency Zone as of the winter of 2020-2021.  In the Snow Emergency Zone, you only need to follow overnight alternate side parking rules during a Declared Snow Emergency for the next two nights after the snow emergency is declared.  All other times follow the signs on your street for the Clean Streets/Clean Lakes parking restrictions. The Clean Streets/Clean Lakes street maintenance program prohibits parking during a posted four-hour block of time which allows the City Streets Division to conduct important maintenance work, like street sweeping or snow plowing.  The Clean Streets/Clean Lakes street maintenance program keeps more leaves, salt, sand and other toxic debris out of our lakes. A version of this program has been in place for many Madison neighborhoods since 2003. Starting in 2019, Clean Streets/Clean Lakes (CSCL) areas in District 6 were extended to include most of the Atwood neighborhood. As of today, the program now includes all of District 6. Check out the  Snow Emergency Zone map. The CSCL rules are now enforced year-round.  


During a Declared Snow Emergency, follow both Clean Streets/Clean Lakes and alternate side parking rules. Depending on the days posted on your street, it is possible that during a snow emergency you may not be able to park on your street. I realize this may be difficult and frustrating for some residents. Perhaps a nearby neighbor has off street parking to share. But please remind yourself that our watershed needs protecting. Exception: Blocks with one-sided parking are exempt from alternate side parking requirements, including during a Declared Snow Emergency The city can email or text message you when a snow emergency is declared. Sign up for winter alerts



Monday January 4, 2021


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2. 63185 Debrief on ORENS (Office of Resident and Neighborhood Engagement) and Discussion of Next Steps

3. 63188 Discussion of Next Steps on the Administrative Services Staff Team

4. 63190 Planning Schedule and Topics for CCEC and Committee of the Whole Discussions

5. 61664 Continue Discussion of TFOGS Recommendations



Monday January 4

Community Development Authority Housing Operations Division PHA Annual Plan Public Hearing

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Monday January 4


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3. 63184 Adopting the recommendations for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) east-west corridor described in the report entitled "Revised Locally Preferred Alternative".  BRT Report 12/22/20


4. 63473 Review and Approve Traffic Calming Subcommittee Summary Report and Request for Extension Traffic Calming Subcommittee Recommendations 12/17/20


5. 63471 Transportation Department 2020 Report - Comprehensive Plan Review  Transportation 2020 Report



Monday January 4

EOC Executive Committee



2. Housing Issues in Madison: What can the EOC do and who can they partner with to address the continuing problems?

3. Reverend Wright Award

4. How has COVID-19 impacted City Services

5. Vaccination Plan for the Vulnerable Population

6. Independent Police Monitor position



Monday January 4


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



3. 63541 Discussion and possible recommendations regarding the roles of the City-County Homeless Issues Committee

4. 63542 2021 Committee Work Plan



5. 63543 Follow up on the ordinances affecting vehicle campers discussion

6. 63544 Emergency shelter updates



Monday January 4


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2. 63302 Discussion of Final Recommendation and Report



Tuesday January 5


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5. 63557 Presidential Order: Creation of President's Work Group to Review and Revise the Chief of Staff Position Description Members: Ald. Barbara Harrington-McKinney Ald. Shiva Bidar Ald. Arvina Martin Council Vice-President Syed Abbas Staff: Erin Hillson, Human Resources Department


6. 62813 Establishing the Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee to recommend new Ward and Aldermanic District boundaries.


7. 62930 A Resolution authorizing the placement of advisory referendum questions related to the structure of city government on the Spring 2021 general election ballot. Note: Recommendation will need to be made from the floor at 1/5/21 Council meeting.


The proposed resolution authorizes the placement of advisory referendum questions to the spring 2021 ballot regarding the structure of City government. Additionally, the resolution instructs City officials to develop plans for informing the public and evaluating the results of the referendum questions. If the proposed referendum questions increase the ballot length, the City will incur additional costs from the County Clerk. The City Clerk has begun discussions with the County Clerk to determine potential costs. However, these conversations have been delayed as the County is currently conducting a recount of the presidential election ballots. Historically, ballot printing costs have varied by approximately $3,000. Any dramatic increases associated with ballot or planning costs may require additional appropriation. Resolution #58656, which accepted the final report of the Task Force on Government Structure, discusses initial estimates associated with structure changes and estimates an additional $1m in costs from transitioning to a full-time council.


The sponsors of the resolution for the advisory referendum believe that there is not enough time to conduct effective outreach about the size of the council, length of term, rate of compensation and term limits and make sure there is a robust discussion in the community. The proposed advisory referendum is separated into four questions that could provide meaningful data from the public. There is also an ALTERNATE Resolution authorizing the placement of binding referendum questions on the Spring 2021 general election ballot. There was not a majority of Alders who supported a binding referendum based on the discussion to date at the Council.



Tuesday January 5


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1. 63537 Commending Jule Stroick for her contributions to the City of Madison's planning  program on the occasion of her retirement from public service.


2. 63304 Appeal of the Plan Commission action on the Conditional Use request for 4606 Hammersley Road, Legistar ID 62600. Appeal_12-03-20.pdf Referred for Introduction Common Council Public Hearing (1/19/21)


3. 63305 Appeal of the Plan Commission action on the Conditional Use request for 619-621 N Lake Street, Legistar ID 62598. Appeal_12-03-20.pdf  Referred for Introduction Common Council Public Hearing (1/19/21)


5. 60646 Appeal of Plan Commission action on Conditional Use request for 2219 Monroe Street, Legistar ID 60001. Edgewood Appeal_05-21-20

Agenda Note: Requested Action: Recess public hearing and re-refer Legislative File No. 60646 to the 1/19/21 Common Council meeting.


Lots of appeals of Plan Commission actions lately and it looks like they could all show up at the next council meeting...


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


9. 61589 Amending the City of Madison Official Map to establish mapped reservations for future Streets and Highways in the current and future City of Madison generally located north of Milwaukee Street between N Fair Oaks Avenue and West Corporate Drive consistent with recommendations in the adopted Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan.

Agenda Note: Requested Action: Recess public hearing and re-refer Legislative File No. 61589 to the 1/19/21 Common Council meeting.


10. 61929 2nd SUBSTITUTE - Amending Sections 28.211, 28.061, 28.072, 28.082 and 28.091 and Creating Section 28.141(8)(e) of the Madison General Ordinances to create a new use, Electric Vehicle Charging Facility, and to require that certain parking facilities are constructed or reconstructed to include a specified amount of Electric Vehicle Ready Spaces and Electric Vehicle Installed Spaces.


12. 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


14. 63327 Approving Plans, Specifications, And Schedule Of Assessments For Garver Path & Starkweather Drive Assessment District - 2021. (15th AD)


24. 63508 Extending the deadline for a final report and recommendations from the Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee to January 27, 2021.


28. 63431 Request to extend license issuance beyond the 90 day limit under MGO 38.05 MadSweetPea LLC • dba Taco Local 811 Williamson St • Agent: David Rodriguez • Estimated Capacity (in/out): 50/50 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 25% alcohol, 75% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408


30. 61936 Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Task Force on Municipal Golf in Madison Parks.


43. 63365 Awarding Public Works Contract No. 8503, Dunning Street, Jackson Street and Lafollette Avenue Reconstruction Assessment District - 2020. (6th AD)


44. 63367 Awarding Public Works Contract No. 8985, Street End Repairs - S Brearly Street. (6th AD)


46. 63378 Approving plans and specifications for public improvements necessary for the project known as 1945 Winnebago Street and authorizing construction to be undertaken by the Developer, Private Contract No. 9005. (6th AD)


M & M Real Estate Investments, Inc., received the City of Madison's conditional approval for the demolition of four commercial buildings and a single-family residence and construct a three-story mixed-use building with approximately 8,000 sf of commercial space and 11 apartments at 1937-1949 Winnebago Street and 316 Russell Street and now the plans and specifications for the public improvements necessary to serve the development are up for approval.


49. 62813 Establishing the Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee to recommend new Ward and Aldermanic District boundaries.

Agenda note: The Common Council Executive Committee will be meeting on 1/5/21 and a recommendation will be made from the floor.


50. 62930 SUBSTITUTE. A Resolution authorizing the placement of advisory referendum questions related to the structure of city government on the Spring 2021 general election ballot.

Agenda note: The Common Council Executive Committee will be meeting on 1/5/21 and a recommendation will be made from the floor.


56. 63561 Report: Madison Police Department on Tear Gas Usage & Alternatives (As requested by RES-20-00707, Legislative File No. 61265)

The report has not yet been posted at the time this blog was published.


57. 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.


59. 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.

Bicycle Registration PowerPoint


 60. 63184 Adopting the recommendations for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) east-west corridor described in the report entitled "Revised Locally Preferred Alternative".

Agenda Note: The Transportation Policy and Planning Board will be meeting on 1/4/21 and a recommendation will be made from the floor


61. 62174 SUBSTITUTE - Creating Section 28.022 - 00461 of the Madison General Ordinances to rezone properties located at 3614-3700 Milwaukee Street and 102-122 West Corporate Drive, 15th Aldermanic District, from CN (Conservancy District), TR-C1 (Traditional Residential-Consistent 1 District), SE (Suburban Employment) and IL (Industrial-Limited District) to TSS (Traditional Shopping Street) District,; creating Section 28.022 - 00462 to rezone portions of those properties from CN, TR-C1, and IL to TR-U1 (Traditional Residential-Urban 1) District.


Agenda Note: 3/4 vote required of Common Council members voting due to Zoning Protest Petition filed on 11/30/20.


63. 63169 Amending Sec. 3.53(3)(b) and creating Section 3.53(10) of the Madison General Ordinances.


Fiscal Note: The proposed ordinance establishes rules for the approval of furlough programs, which will now require Common Council approval in order to implement mandatory furloughs for City employees. Currently, administration of furloughs is overseen by the Mayor's Office through establishing APMs. The ordinance does not establish or alter any specific furlough program and therefore does not have a fiscal impact.


65. 60412 Confirming Mayoral Emergency Order #2 and providing a COVID-19 response for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness by allowing temporary use of specified City Lands, Terminable at any time by the City in order to support safe outdoor space practices


The onset of the pandemic resulted in delay in adopting the emergency order introduced in May 2020. The City County Homeless Issues Committee did not meet until October.


66. 62393 SUBSTITUTE. Directing City Staff to Address Encampments in the City Parks and to Investigate Other Temporary Housing Options for the Unsheltered Homeless Population.

12/1/20 COMMON COUNCIL Refer to a future Meeting to Place on File to the COMMON COUNCIL Place on File 1/5/21


67. 62908 Authorizing a four-year memorandum of understanding between the Madison Police Department and Journey Mental Health Center, Inc. to continue a proactive co-responder police-mental health program serving individuals with mental illness.


68. 63198 Establishing a policy on furlough.




69. 63324 Amending Section 32.04(4)(e)(1) of the Madison General Ordinances to waive the rent abatement application fee for tenants who apply prior to June 30, 2021.


70. 63436 Amending Section 28.102 of the Madison General Ordinances to amend and replace maps for Well 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, and repealing Sections 28.102(9) and 28.102(20).


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance amends maps of the Wellhead Protection Zone which restricts certain uses that may introduce contaminants into the City's drinking water system. Wellhead Protection Zone maps


105. 63565 Authorizing the City's execution of a First Amendment to Lease with Art + Literature Laboratory, Inc. to amend the terms and conditions set forth for the use of commercial space in the City-owned South Livingston Street Garage, located at 111 S. Livingston Street; and, authorizing property holding costs to be charged to the General Land Acquisition Fund. (6th A.D.)


108. 63494 Public Hearing - New License I/O Arcade Bar, LLC • dba I/O Arcade Bar 924 Williamson St • Agent: Mitchell Turino • Estimated Capacity: 300 Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 75% alcohol, 15% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 408



Thursday January 7


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2. 63552 Presentations from Applicants in the 2020 Housing Forward RFP Process


5:30pm - Madison Community Cooperative

6:05pm - Project Home, Inc.

6:40pm - RefineJenifer, LLC

7:15pm - Urban League of Greater Madison

7:50pm - Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development, Inc.


(Remaining presentations with Common Wealth Development, Madison Area Community Land Trust, and Sankofa Educational Leadership United to be heard at next committee meeting)


3. 63426 COVID Relief Fund RFP and Update on the Violence Prevention Plan Priority Areas as it Relates to the RFP


RFP #1 -- Funds will support rent assistance, legal aid, counseling or mediation services, or other activities that will help prevent evictions or loss of housing stemming from the pandemic. Proposals will be measured by the extent to which they (1) are efficiently responsive to the goals, objectives, and requirements of the RFP and (2) prioritize services to City residents within CDBG Targeted Areas. This RFP will make available up to $612,500, comprised of: • COVID Relief Fund ($362,500): Established by the City of Madison Common Council, these funds are dedicated to support community-based efforts to prevent evictions or provide other types of housing assistance to meet needs caused by COVID-19. • CDBG-CV Funds ($250,000): Awarded through the CARES Act, these dollars are available to support "emergency grant payments" allowed under federal CDBG guidelines, and able to cover expenses for up to six consecutive months, to providers of items or services that help meet basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, and utilities. This RFP will specifically support housing assistance and eviction prevention.


RFP #2 – Violence Prevention, Youth Programming , and other community support.  This RFP will make available up to $225,000. Continue to analyze the community/stakeholder input received around violence prevention, supporting children and youth, and household needs as we prepare to release a second RFP. Work with PMHDC to incorporate feedback from the results of their violence prevention plan


Marsha Rummel

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