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Posted: Monday, May 6, 2019 7:12 pm

The Madison City Commission approved on Monday a services agreement with RSArchitects of Sioux Falls to perform a study to move city offices, including the Madison Police Department, to a site on S. Highland Ave.

Chief Justin Meyer spoke with the city commissioners about a proposal to have RSArchitects study the lot where Cars for Les previously operated as a possible site for a new police station in Madison.

City officials have considered for the last couple of years remodeling the current City Hall building at 116 W. Center St. to provide more space for the police department and make other offices more accessible to the public. Meyer said city officials should have all information that’s available on the pros and cons of remodeling the current 90-year-old City Hall or constructing a new building.

Meyer said an architect’s study would help the city commissioners make an informed decision.

Mayor Marshall Dennert, who was sworn in to his new position earlier in the meeting, said he had spoken with Meyer about the architects' study last week. Dennert proposed that the study should also review the possibility of placing other city offices, such as the finance office, at the Highland Ave. site.

Meyer said an expanded study would increase its cost from $5,500 for just the police station to $9,000 for the police station and other city offices.

The city commissioners approved the expanded study of the S. Highland Ave. site.