Council to make decisions on big projects at meeting Monday

New police, fire stations on the agenda
Council to make decisions on big projects at meeting Monday

The fate of a proposed new police station for Madison’s west side and a new fire station for the city’s southeast side could be decided Monday.

The Madison common council will hold a budget meeting Monday to talk about its spending priorities for the next couple years.

But what the council decides over the next two days may not be what actually takes place, since the mayor has different priorities.

Many city council members would  like to start work on the city’s 14th fire station  on Madison’s southeast side and a police station on the city’s west side.  

But Mayor Paul Soglin doesn’t want to start work on either of those projects next year. Instead, he would like to start working on a public market targeted near the corner of East Washington Avenue and First Street.

The council, and the mayor can’t seem to agree on this project either.

In terms of the fire station and the public market, I would guess that there will be more budget amendments about the market,” said council president Mike Verveer. “The mayor is passionate about the public market and likewise there are many colleagues of mine on the council who believe it should not be a priority in terms of city services .”

The council meeting is scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Monona Terrace.

If they don’t cover all of the amendments Monday, they will meet again on Tuesday.