Madison City Commissioners got their first look at what it may cost to update a drainage report for the city and county during their regular meeting Monday evening. Kent Johnson of Banner Engineering of Brookings presented commissioners with a preliminary scoping document that outlined some estimated costs for a couple of different alternatives.
The first alternative was estimated at 15-to-19-thousand dollars and Johnson estimated it could be done within around six months. A second alternative presented by Johnson added much more to the study’s update and was estimated to cost in the range of 70-to-75-thousand dollars. Johnson said that the commissions could choose whatever elements of the report that they want done and that could change the cost estimates as well.
Mayor Gene Hexom said the subcommittee of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (or LEPC) that has been appointed to work as a flooding task force will look at this scoping document more in depth. Commissioner Mike Waldner said that group will be making the recommendations to the city and county commissions.
The cost estimates and alternatives will go before the LEPC subcommittee during its first meeting on August 16th. Before that, City Engineer Chad Comes said he will present the information to the Lake County Commission as well. The last time the study was done in 1995, officials said the cost was shared 50-50 between the city and the county.