Madison City leaders encourage residents to wear masks when in public, but aren’t in favor of a mask mandate for the city.  Mayor Marshall Dennert said during Monday’s city commission meeting that he has been receiving a lot of comments from residents on both sides of the issue.  He said that he talked with Madison’s Police Chief Justin Meyer and said that he doesn’t think a mandate is necessary.

Dennert said he encourages local businesses to also encourage people to wear masks.

Commissioner Adam Shaw said he continues to advocate for mask wearing in the community, but does not want to see a mandate put into place.

Commissioner Bob Thill agreed that if a mask mandate isn’t enforceable, then it is a waste of time.  He said that he would like to see Governor Kristi Noem make it mandatory in the state, because he said that would carry a lot more weight.