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Mayor proposes purchase of Hanson building

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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 8:17 pm

Speaking during a short budget meeting held after the Madison City Commission’s regular Monday session, Mayor Roy Lindsay proposed a couple of funding items that would assist a proposal to purchase the Hanson building, located next to City Hall, for city use.

Among the reasons for purchasing the building located on the northeast corner of Center St. and Van Eps Ave. were the Madison Police Department’s desire for expansion room and better access to the Madison Finance Office.

The police department wants more space for additional interview rooms and a large conference room that would support personnel involved in major incidents. The Madison police also want additional room to store evidence.

Lindsay said moving the police department to the Hanson building would allow remodeling at City Hall to improve access -- particularly for the handicapped -- for persons visiting the finance office.

The mayor also proposed moving the City Engineer’s Office to ground-level offices on the west side of the Hanson building.

Lindsay proposed that to help pay for purchasing the Hanson building, city commissioners budget $70,000 annually and enter into a three-year contract with Dr. Derrill Hanson for buying the building. Lindsay also proposed that the city place $50,000 annually in reserve funds to help pay for future remodeling of the Hanson building.