Since a committee made a proposal for a community thrift store to Madison City Commissioners a couple of months ago, committee members say there has been a lot of discussion in the community about the topic. Clark Sinclair and Jerry Johnson met with city commissioners last night to provide an update on the proposal in front of a filled commission room. Sinclair told commissioners that through listening to the public’s concerns about the project they have found one consensus, and that is that there needs to be something done to improve downtown Madison.
Sinclair said that the committee is taking all of the public input seriously and still believes in the project it originally proposed. The committee initially asked for the city’s financial support of 150-thousand dollars to go toward the purchase and demolition of the buildings involved at the proposed location near the intersection of Egan Avenue and Southwest 1st Street. The decision on that was tabled by commissioners over a month ago.
Sinclair said that the committee will continue to work on what it believes is a good project for the city.
Sinclair told commissioners that they are going to continue to educate the public about the benefits of a thrift store and will start raising private funds from businesses and the community to try to make the store a reality some day.
Jerry Johnson told commissioners that he hopes they will consider forming the task force the committee proposed.
Commissioner Dick Ericsson commended the committee for its work on trying to make improvement to the city.
No motions were made to take any action on the proposal in any form during Monday’s meeting, so no discussion was held involving any of the other community members in attendance.