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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:38 pm

The city commissioners approved a task order amendment during their Monday meeting that would have engineers study the preparations and changes that the city of Madison would need to make to provide electrical power to a proposed Tru Shrimp plant that would operate in the city's Lakeview Industrial Park.

The amendment to the professional-services agreement with DGR Engineering of Rock Rapids, Iowa, stated, "The expected (electrical) loads for this new facility are large enough that significant improvements will be required to the City's electric system in order to serve it."

The DGR engineers will look at the needs of Tru Shrimp in the areas of electrical system infrastructure, financial impacts and rate design.

As part of the study, DGR engineers will look at options such as expanding Madison's Southeast electrical substation vs. constructing a new substation near the proposed Tru Shrimp plant. The engineers will identify the financial impacts to Madison, such as infrastructure costs and power supply and transmission costs. They will work with city officials and Heartland Consumers Power District to develop a rate package that will meet the requirements of Heartland's power supply offer and recover the costs that the city would incur in providing electrical power to the proposed plant.

Brad Lawrence, city utility director, said the reason for performing the study was to have the city avoid any extraordinary expenses related to a new Tru Shrimp plant.

The Madison City Commission had approved in March a payment of $7,000 to DGR Engineering for the original professional-services agreement. On Monday, the commissioners approved up to an additional $17,000 to pay for the work specified in the amendment.

New city building study

The commissioners approved 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.

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

City officials have considered for the past couple of years remodeling the current City Hall building at 116 W. Center St. City officials were interested in providing more space for the Police Department and making other offices more accessible to the public.

Visitors to City Hall need to climb steps to reach the municipal finance office, visit the city utility office and meet with the staff in the city engineer's office.

The agreement with RSArchitects would have the architects determine the space needs for a building, develop a schematic floor plan, evaluate construction costs and provide an illustration of a new building.

Meyer said city officials should have all information that's available regarding remodeling the current 90-year-old City Hall or constructing a new building.

Commissioner Bob Thill asked if the Police Department was abandoning a proposal for working with the Lake County Sheriff's Department on a joint law-enforcement facility. Meyer said an architect's study would help the city commissioners explore all of their options and 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. On Monday, Dennert proposed that the architects should also review the possibility of placing other city offices, such as the finance and city engineer's offices, 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.

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