The Madison City Commission has tabled a proposal for design services for a new water building.  Commissioners on Monday discussed a proposal for design services for a new metal building to replace the current building located on Highland Avenue in Madison.  Utility Supervisor Brad Lawrence said that the proposal from designArc Group will cost just more than 23-thousand dollars to have the engineering done to put plans together for bids for the project. He said he’s looking at the design for a new water building because renovating the old building was going to cost too much.

Commissioner Bob Thill made a motion to deny Lawrence’s request, saying that the new building was more of a want than a need.  There was no second to Thill’s motion, so it failed.  

Madison resident Michael Johnson questioned Lawrence on the need for the new building.

Lawrence said that the current building was too expensive to remodel.  Commissioners rejected bids for renovation in February of this year because they came in higher than what was budgeted for the project.  

Lawrence estimated the cost of a new building to be around 196-thousand dollars.  

Commissioners agreed to table the proposal decision for two weeks and will discuss it again during their meeting on October 19th.