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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:44 pm

Madison's city commissioners agreed on Monday to match a $75,000 grant that will help pay for new playground equipment and playground safety surfacing in Memorial Park.

The commissioners were informed earlier this year about possible grant funding for play improvements at Memorial Park. Jennifer Eimers, city finance officer, presented them with an agreement in which the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department would present the city with up to $75,000 in federal funding.

To use the grant money, Madison will need to spend an equal amount up to $75,000 on the improvement project.

The federal grant money originates with the U.S. Department of the Interior which manages the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federal program supports the protection of public lands and waters -- including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and recreation areas -- and voluntary conservation on private land. LWCF grants secure public access, improve recreational opportunities, and preserve environmental benefits for local communities.

The City Commission was asked by state officials to approve the initial paperwork to start the project. The city has until Dec. 31, 2021, to complete the project. Gary Gonyo, city parks director, and Mike McGillivray, parks supervisor, attended the commissioners' meeting to provide current information about the improvement project.

Eimers told the commissioners that the Finance Office had expected to provide matching funding and $110,000 was available in the current city budget for the playground project.

Fire department

The commissioners approved an agreement with the S.D. Department of Agriculture for the Madison Fire Department  to receive $3,900 in federal funding.

The city needs to match the $3,900 that was awarded through the state Division of Wildland Fire. Fire Chief Randy Minnaert had spoken to the city commissioners in May about his department's grant application for a Volunteer Fire Assistance grant.

According to Eimers, the city Fire Department typically receives a VFA grant each year. She said the city had $10,000 in its current budget to provide the matching grant funds.

Madison officials have nine months from the date of the agreement to complete the work related to the VFA grant.

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