Alder Marsha A. Rummel
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Alder Rummel’s Updates
D6 Items of Interest, Week of February 8, 2021
Highlights: The Finance Committee will vote Monday on Affordable Housing funding awards for 10 nonprofits and cooperatives as part of the 2021 budget initiative to expand affordable housing funding beyond WHEDA Section 42 low income tax credit developers for the first time. Recipients include Common Wealth Development, Madison Community Coops, Madison Area Community Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity, Movin' Out, Refine Jenifer LLC, and the Urban League. The Finance Committee will also vote to on whether to authorize a purchase and sale agreement for the Metro bus satellite facility to be located at a site on Hanson Rd near Hwy 51, instead of at the Oscar Mayer site. Madison eyes east side Fedex facility for Metro bus garage. Also on Monday, the Plan Commission will review an amendment to the approved GDP/SIP plan for the proposed hotel at Judge Doyle Square on S. Pinckney St. At Wednesday's Public Safety Review Committee, the committee will vote whether to accept the report of the Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee as well as MPD's report on the use of tear gas. The Council will be discussing the Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee report soon. If you are interested in this topic, let me know what you think and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your address if you send comments to the all alders email). You can read the Final Report of the Body-Worn Camera Feasibilty Review Committee, see Wednesday for more comments. Also Wednesday is Metro's public hearing about proposed service changes.
At last week's Council meeting, the vote to reconsider the denial of Kwik Trip's license at 2002 Winnebago was referred to the February 23 CC meeting, in deference to my excused absence due to illness.
McPike Park homeless campers update. The safety of campers is especially worrying with the bitter cold weather. The men and women's shelter both have capacity to take in folks on cold weather nights. The city is working with the county, grassroots organizations, and outreach partners to secure hotel stays for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness during excessive cold nights.
Over the last several months, residents have contacted me about campers at McPike Park, worrying about their safety, concerned about conditions and wondering how they can help. I have been in regular communication with city staff in the Community Development Division regarding the McPike Park homeless encampment. McPike Park is not one of the two Temporary Permissable Encampments/TPEs in city parks or greenways, established per the directive of the Mayor's Emergency Order #2 issued May 6, 2020. The approved TPEs are at Reindahl and Starkweather. Due to COVID-19, clearing the McPike Park encampment was considered a potential source of spread of the disease if people were dispersed, so the encampment was allowed to continue. The city and our homeless outreach partners have been working with campers to find shelter. The population at McPike Park has fluctuated. At one point there were about 40 people reported to be sleeping in the park. Many campers have moved to tinier houses, emergency shelters and permanent housing. Outreach partners confirm there are fewer than 10 at the site now.
Recently, the city has created a McPike Park Response team. The goal is to help people camping at the park connect to safe shelter or housing as soon as possible. The McPike Park Response team includes staff from the City's Community Development Division, Parks, Police, Fire, Streets, homeless street outreach partners, and me. The McPike team has started meeting and will have weekly meetings for updates and problem solving for/with each camper. Outreach partners have been working with campers to connect them to shelter, housing and other resources. A Housing First strategy informs their efforts. Our McPike Park outreach partners include MachOne Health, Sankofa Behavioral Health, Social Justice Center, volunteers from Friends of State Street and Catalyst for Change.
Meet the Catalyst for Change outreach team of Michael Moody and John Adams at a Capitol Neighborhoods virtual neighborhood meeting on Thursday February 11 (the zoom link is below).
The McPike Response team will work with the our partners to help campers address safety issues related to the use of fires at the site and will work to encourage campers to move the tents to locations along the two fence lines and take responsibility for cleaning and maintaining the areas near their tents. Fences can serve as a wind barrier and can prevent tents from collapsing with heavy snow. There are many abandoned tents and unwanted items at the Park. The team will work with the outreach partners to help the campers clean up the site. On a mild weather week, the city will provide a dumpster and organize a cleanup. If it's not doable because everything is frozen, subsequent cleanup efforts will be necessary in the spring when the snow melts. Neighbors and allies will be invited to help as needed.
Instead of bringing food, clothing and firewood and leaving them at the site, neighbors should drop donations off at the Social Justice Center or donate toward encampment housing funds managed by the Friends of the State Street Family and the Madison Area Coordinated Outreach group. Funds will be used for security deposit, first month rent, moving cost, respite hotel, and other housing and shelter related costs. Please email email@example.com or call their Outreach line 608-535-9394. They can support individuals who do not qualify for the Dane County hotel programs to stay in hotels when the weather turns frigid. In addition, monetary donations will allow them to coordinate and provide the most essential resources equitably throughout the Madison area.
Community Development Division staff and outreach partners will look for ways to connect shelter staff to campers to begin the process of developing relationships and reducing barriers for shelter access. Porchlight announced at a neighborhood meeting last year before the Fleet building opened as a temporary men's shelter that they have relaxed their shelter rules about 90 day limits and will allow people under the influence of drugs and alcohol to stay at the men's homeless shelter. This has been a concern of homeless advocates for several years and it is a welcome change. In addition, CDD is connecting with the County to bring in additional mental health or AODA services such as peer support if possible. Every effort will be made to avoid relocation of campers to other camp sites.
The McPike Response team has communicated the end date of February 28, 2021 with the campers. A notice has been posted and a letter will be shared through outreach partners. The substance of the notice will be: "By February 28, 2021, all structures and personal property must be removed from McPike Park. Beginning March 1, 2021, prohibition of camping at this location will be enforced." "No Camping" or similar sign will be kept at the park to prevent the return of campers. The goal is to connect people to safe indoor shelter and housing, not to disperse them to other unsheltered locations or to ticket individuals. The police and park rangers don't want to be in the position of enforcement. If people have not moved until the last day, outreach partners will inform campers of Temporary Permissible Encampment sites and provide follow up services. The McPike team will develop an end date plan for people who may refuse to leave. The team will also plan for how we will prevent new campers from using the park and avoid the resumption of camping there beyond the end date.
In my opinion, the city should consider adding an approved Temporary Permissable Encampment in the near east/central city given there are some people who, for a variety of reasons, don't wish to seek indoor shelter and want to be downtown. The city's TPE guidelines recommend that encampments not be located within 500' of a any residential property. Other parks and greenways that are not adjacent to residential property should be considered.
Please let me know if you have comments or concerns. I will share information as I get it and get your questions answered. Also you may have seen recent announcements and news stories that the city and county are seeking to purchase a permanent men's homeless shelter near East Towne. If you are interested in staying informed, you can sign up to get email updates Men's Homeless Shelter - Engineering Facilities project page
Zoning changes proposed to increase and diversify housing I plan to work on a virtual meeting with staff to discuss what the proposed changes mean for District 6 and the city as a whole. Stay tuned.
Small Business Equity and Recovery Grant Program deadline is February 10. The City of Madison recognizes the need to invest in supporting our small business community. Many small businesses face the real prospect of permanently closing. The Small Business Equity & Recovery Grant aims to focus on businesses owned by people of color. Independently owned businesses are eligible for funding. The application deadline is Feb. 10, 2021. All independently owned/operated businesses owned by historically underrepresented populations are eligible, however, priority will be given to businesses owned by people of color. Note: there is no guarantee of funding until the application and disbursement process is complete. For more information: Ruth Rohlich firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday February 8, 2021
4:30p You can send comments on agenda items to email@example.com
3. 63934 A Resolution authorizing a sole source contract authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a service contract with RENEW Wisconsin, Inc. to administer the three annual MadiSUN solar programs for residential, business, nonprofit and affordable housing solar installations, through 2023.
7. 63974 Amending the 2021 Adopted Operating Budget for the Community Development Division-Community Support Services to authorize and accept $200,000 from the Madison Metropolitan School District to distribute to community-based organizations offering virtual learning support through the School-Age Child Care Stabilization Fund process.
8. 63936 Awarding up to $1.7 million from the Affordable Housing Fund and up to $300,000 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds to help finance the development of affordable housing, and up to $360,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and up to $700,000 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds to support four housing services programs, and up to $50,000 in City levy to support one homebuyer education program, as the recommended outcome of a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process conducted by the Community Development Division; and authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to enter into agreements with those agencies to implement the specified development projects. CDD memo on 2020-2021 Housing Forward RFP awards
11. 63900 Approving a Development Agreement between the City of Madison and Rule Enterprises, LLC and Movin' Out, Inc for the sale and redevelopment of 1402 South Park Street, the former Truman Olson United States Army Reserve Center.
12. 63901 Authorizing an amendment to RES-20-00144 that awarded a loan of up to $1,800,000 from the Affordable Housing Fund to support an 150-unit affordable rental housing development at 1402 S. Park St., proposed by Rule Enterprises LLC and Movin' Out, Inc., to decrease the loaned funds to up to $300,000 and restructure of the allocation of funds from the Affordable Housing Fund for this development.
13. 64012 Authorizing the City's execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and McAllen Properties Madison, LLC, or their successors and assigns, for the purchase of the property located at 3901 & 3829 Hanson Road ("Property") in the City of Madison for Metro Transit Satellite Facility purposes.(17th A.D.)
Fiscal Note The proposed resolution authorizes a purchase and sale agreement for the City's purchase of property located at 3901 and 33829 Hanson Road Metro Transit Satellite Facility purposes. The cost for the acquisition of the property is $16,220,000 plus an estimated $40,000 for environmental studies and closing costs. The property acquisition will be funded by the Metro Satellite Bus Facility capital project, which included $12,893,000 in the 2020 Adopted Capital Budget and will receive an additional $7 million of grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration for satellite facility purposes.
Monday February 8
5:30p You can send comments on agenda items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments received after 3:00 p.m. may not be added to the public record until after the meeting.
2. 64011 2020 Planning Division Annual Report 2020 Planning Division Annual Report
5. 63856 Creating Section 28.022 - 00490 and Section 28.022 - 00491 of the Madison General Ordinances to amend a Planned Development District to approve an Amended General Development Plan and Specific Implementation Plan at property located at 223 S. Pinckney Street, 4th Aldermanic District.
6. 63476 126 Langdon Street; 2nd Ald. Dist: Consideration of final plans for a site previously approved for demolition of a residential building with no propposed use; consideration of a conditional use in the Downtown Residential 2 (DR2) District for a multi-family dwelling with more than eight (8) dwelling units; consideration of a conditional use to allow outdoor recreation; and consideration of a conditional use to construct two additional stories in Area F of the "Additional Heights Area Map" in MGO Section 28.071(2)(b), all to allow construction of a seven-story, 106-unit apartment building. Note: Item 6 should be referred to February 22, 2021 at the request of the applicant.
Upcoming Matters- February 22, 2021
- TID 36 Plan Amendment Public Hearing
- Zoning Text Amendment - Amending Table 28E-2 of Subsection (1) of Section 28.072 to add Live-work unit as a permitted use in the Downtown Core (DC), Urban Office Residential (UOR), and Urban Mixed Use (UMX) Districts
- Zoning Text Amendment - Amending Section 28.151 to allow Recreation, Community or Neighborhood Centers as an Accessory Use for Keeping of Chickens
Upcoming Matters - March 8, 2021
- Zoning Text Amendment - Amending various sections of Subchapters 28C and 28D of the Zoning Code to increase allowable densities and decrease conditional use thresholds in certain multi-family residential, mixed-use, and commercial districts
- 2822 Milwaukee Street - Demolition Permit - Demolish single-family residence with no proposed use
- 725 Jenifer Street - Conditional Use - Construct accessory building on a lakefront parcel
Tuesday February 9
MADISON ARTS COMMISSION
5:30p You can send comments on agenda items to MadisonArtsCommission@cityofmadison.com
2. 23110 Endorsing Community Projects Crowley Station presented by Emily DeVore
Wednesday February 10
POLICE CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT BOARD EXECUTIVE SUBCOMMITTEE
10a You can send comments on agenda items to: PCOB@cityofmadison.com
NEW BUSINESS ITEMS
2. COB Budget: 2020, 2021| Finance Department
3. PFC Hiring Process
4. Review of Independent Monitor Position Description
5. Review timeline & next steps in recruitment process for Independent Monitor
6. Review/Update list of required & recommended training topics
7. Review/Update COB 2021 Workplan
Wednesday February 10
PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE
5p You can send comments on agenda items to Committee e-mail at PDPSRC@cityofmadison.com
4. 64043 Report on recent gun violence
5. 61151 Madison Police Department's Response to OIR/Ad Hoc Committee Reports (7/13/20) - Interim MPD Chief, Vic Wahl 7/13/20 .pdf 59848.pdf MPD Update on Implementation/Response to OIR/Ad Hoc Review Committee Reports
7. 63561 Report: Madison Police Department on Tear Gas Usage & Alternatives (As requested by RES-20-00707, Legislative File No. 61265) MPD Report on Use of Tear Gas
8. 63932 Accepting the Final Report and Model Policy from the Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee.
A clip from the report's Overview: "Advocates of BWCs tout their potential to create an objective factual record of disputed events; increase police transparency and accountability; reduce imbalances of power in police said, suspect-said credibility contests; enhance public views of police legitimacy; reduce police use-of-force incidents; reduce unfounded civilian complaints against police; improve police and civilian behavior during encounters; streamline the complaint-resolution process; provide improved evidence for criminal prosecutions of criminal offenders; and provide improved opportunities for police training. For these purposes, across the spectrum, BWCs enjoy wide popular support. Polls consistently find that, nationwide, nearly 90% of the public supports BWCs. Support for BWCs is far from universal, however."
"Critics of BWCs point to the scientific literature researching BWCs (which indicates that in reality, BWCs have little impact on either police or civilian behavior), the expansions of surveillance and intrusions upon privacy, the financial cost of BWCs and data storage, and data suggesting that BWCs expand criminalization of marginalized populations. The public support they enjoy thus masks challenges to and unintended consequences of BWCs that make the decision whether to implement a BWC program, and if so, how, much more complicated than they first appear. Various segments of Madison, especially among some marginalized communities, are strongly opposed to BWC implementation, citing a variety of costs and detrimental effects. Our Committee worked hard to understand all of these potential benefits and potential harms. The picture that emerged is a complicated one."
The Committee voted to approve the use of body-worn cameras only if 9 conditions were met.
The decision about MPD using body-cameras has been discussed for years as a succession of ad hoc citizen committees reviewed the issue. I know my thinking has evolved over the years to a more nuanced view. As someone who advocates for re-visioning public safety along with many of my fellow alders and many Madison residents, the focus is usually on allocating funds to services and solutions to reduce the need for armed officers to respond (the recently approved mental health first responders pilot for example). Cameras are an expensive tool and the results may not always be as intended according to recent studies and articles reviewed by the committee.
In the 2021 Capital budget deliberations, Finance Committee alders amended the Mayor's Executive budget to add funds for a 1 year pilot program to use cameras in the North District. The final budget passed with the pilot intact. The Council will review the pilot again now that the report is available and vote to move forward so there will be opportunities for public input. (The budget amendment included a legislative history of discussion of the body camera that might be of interest 2021 Capital Budget amendments approved at Finance - Body-worn camera pilot is #11)
Wednesday February 10
5p You can send comments on agenda items to: TransportationCommission@cityofmadison.com
6p PUBLIC HEARING: to hear public comment on proposed Metro 2021 service changes
2. 64012 Authorizing the City's execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and McAllen Properties Madison, LLC, or their successors and assigns, for the purchase of the property located at 3901 & 3829 Hanson Road ("Property") in the City of Madison for Metro Transit Satellite Facility purposes.(17th A.D.)
4. 64054 Update on Crossing Guard Program move from MPD to TE Crossing Guard Program PowerPoint In the 2021 adopted budget, the crossing guard program was moved from MPD to Traffic Engineering.
6. 64055 Review and Approval of Traffic Signal Priority List and Selection
7. 64056 Neighborhood Traffic Management Program List Approval
9. 64053 Proposed Metro service changes
PUBLIC HEARING: to hear public comment on proposed Metro 2021 service changes
Route 2 – Increase weekday frequency from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes in both directions between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (To offset suspension of Route 10 & 27.)
Route 10 – Route suspended. (Service added to Routes 2 and 38.)
Route 27 – Route suspended. (Service added on Route 2.)
Route 38 – Weekday route restored with added mid-day service. During morning and afternoon peaks, buses run every 30 minutes in both directions between University Row/Whitney Way and Pflaum Rd. (via UW Hospital, Wilson/Square & Dennett/Dempsey). During mid-day, buses continue to run every 30 minutes in both directions between the University Row/Whitney Way and Isthmus area (via UW Hospital & Wilson/Square). (To offset suspension of Route 10.)
Bus Stop Changes: · New Bus Stop on EB Route 38 on Atwood at Fair Oaks. · Installation of concrete boarding pads at four stops on/near Rutledge.
10. 61410 Update on Traffic Calming Subcommittee Traffic calming subcommittee materials
Wednesday February 10
5:30p You can send comments on agenda items to email@example.com
2. 64006 Discussion of current internet/WI-FI accessibility and barriers for families Sarah Edgerton, Chief Information Officer - City of Madison Information Technology Alyssa Kenney - State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission Chad Wiese and Jeff Knutsen – MMSD
Wednesday February 10
BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
6:30p Send comments on agenda items to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOINT MEETING WITH LIBRARY BOARD
3 63945 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a competitively selected, two-step contract for Purchase of Services (Architect) with Joseph Lee & Associates, LLC to provide professional architectural and engineering design services and construction administration services for the design and construction of the Reindahl Imagination Center/Library. (17th AD)
END OF JOINT MEETING WITH LIBRARY BOARD
9 64020 February 2021 Superintendent's Report https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=9134413&GUID=144342A8-84E7-4F14-9DE2-625A7E344228
Winter operations are busier than ever. As of February 3, more than 3,300 annual cross country ski permits have been sold by Madison Parks, completely blowing away our five year annual average of 1,379 permits and our previous single year high of 1,501 permits. Along with the incredible increase in permit holders we have seen incredibly high rental rates at our ski and skate rental locations. Despite reduced rental hours and elimination of warming shelters and food/drink concessions due to COVID-19 we have brought in more than four times our usual January winter concession income. This year's rental income has surpassed almost all previous years' in only a single month. We hope that continued interest in safe, outdoor activities and favorable weather will mean a strong February of rentals and additional record high sales figures.
Thursday February 11
Capitol Neighborhoods and Catalyst for Change discuss homelessness in downtown Madison
7p Join Zoom Meeting
Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. (CNI) and Downtown Madison Inc. (DMI) invite downtown residents, stakeholders, and guests to a virtual discussion with Michael Moody and John Adams. John and Michael have been instrumental in the success at the Beacon, the day resource center for homeless in Downtown Madison. They will talk about their new initiative, "Catalyst for Change." They will offer their perspective on the current status of the homeless and the gaps in services presently holding some back because so many homeless in our community struggle with mental health, addiction and live in poverty.
A member of CNI's executive council, Ron Luskin, will serve as moderator. Ron serves as a member of Porchlight's board of directors and chairs the Beacon's Community Advisory Team. Following Ron's moderated conversation with John and Michael there will be plenty of time for audience members to ask questions.
Friday February 12
TIF REVIEW BOARD
1p You can send comments on agenda items to TIFreviewboard@cityofmadison.com
64040 RESOLUTION APPROVING THE AMENDMENT TO THE PROJECT PLAN FOR TID 36 - CAPITOL GATEWAY
I am supporting the resolution and updated project plan for TID 36 to approve funds for the Madison Public Market. The budget for the proposed project plan amendment is estimated at $12.5M, including $7,000,000 of project costs to support the creation of the Madison Public Market, $5,000,000 of project costs to support public / private / non-profit partnerships and TIF loans, and $500,000 of project costs related to administration. The total amount of nonassessable costs to be paid for with TIF funds is $45,722,000.
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