The Madison City Commission on Monday agreed to re-open some of the city’s facilities. Commissioners discussed opening the Madison City Armory and the city’s enclosed picnic shelters. After some discussion, the commission decided to re-open the Armory and the shelters effective immediately. They did say that if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases though that the facilities could be closed again. Commissioners had previously planned to keep the Armory closed through the month of June.
Commissioners on Monday also agreed to allow the Mart in the Park event to be held in Library Park at the end of July. Organizers of the event had previously met with the city’s Park Board and said that they have taken measures to spread out the vendors and removed some of the booths or attractions that would have high contact areas. Commissioner Kelly Johnson said that the event is a major fundraiser for the Madison Christian School and he felt that they were making the changes necessary for the event. Johnson also said that if there was an increase in COVID-19 cases that plans could change.
Park Supervisor Mike McGillivray told commissioners Monday that the Park Board also had recommended that the city not host any baseball or softball tournaments for the month of July. He said that applies to travel team tournaments, but the city league games and tournaments will proceed as previously planned. Commissioners approved the Park Board’s recommendation.