The Madison City Commission has ratified a lease agreement with a local resident for the storage of materials for the duration of the city’s Water System Improvements Phase-2 project. City Administrator Jameson Berreth told commissioners during their meeting Monday that as part of the city’s Rural Development project, the contractor for this phase needs a staging area to store materials. He said that area will be three acres of property in northeast Madison owned by Mark Johnson. Berreth said that USDA Rural Development requires the city to handle the leasing of the property. He said the city will pay 65-hundred dollars up front for the lease, which includes 24 months of rent and a five-hundred dollar deposit.