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The City Engineering Department inspects sidewalk for safety defects in response to citizen complaint, reported falls or scheduled inspections areas of the City.
The edges of tripping hazards are painted to visually alert pedestrians to the defect and reduce the chance for a fall. The sidewalk panel(s) will be marked for repair with dots on the opposing corners of the panel or with arrows used to mark the limits of replacement for multi-panel replacement areas.
The pedestrian ramps, including the corner panel at a street intersection are the responsibility of the City. The City will repair the pedestrian ramp area at no cost to the property owner.
If the City completes the sidewalk repair, the property owner will be assessed to the property and interest will be added to the total after referral to the City Commission for collection though property tax assessment. For sidewalk replacement, the period of time that this assessment will run on the property taxes is typically 5 years.
Property owners can call 605-256-7514 for a square foot estimate of the sidewalk repair.
The City would rather the sidewalk replacement work be completed by private contractors and recommends that property owners use the private contractors whenever possible. But, It has not always been economical for property owners to attract private contractors to small sidewalk replacement jobs. Because the City's rates are set based on the area of the sidewalk replacement, the property owner can usually obtain a lower price from a private contractor if the job is larger. The City rate could be lower than the private contractor rate for small jobs. The job size at which the private contractors will charge less is dependent on several factors including 'how busy the sidewalk contractor is'.
The City sidewalk replacement contract will only replace the sidewalk panels that were marked as a safety hazard and typically will not replace additional sidewalk panels, (unless it is deemed necessary by the sidewalk inspector at the time of contract to do more) driveway aprons, service walk or concrete on private property. The property owner must have this type of work completed by the private contractors.
The property owner can replace the sidewalk. Property owners that consider completing their own sidewalk should be aware that concrete work is difficult to complete properly and the City holds the property owner's workmanship to the same quality standards to which contractors are held. The property owner can hire a bonded and insured sidewalk contractor. The property owner can have the City do the work. Any individuals paid by the property owner for sidewalk replacement are contractors and therefore must be bonded and insured with the city.
The Yellow Pages can be used as a resource in contacting 'Concrete Contractors'. Ask if they have bond and insurance filed with the City. Ask for references. Ask friends and acquaintances for recommendations. If you are unsure if a contractor has a current bond and insurance, call 605-256-7500 (Note: The City will not specifically recommend a contractor).
The person/contractor doing the work obtains the permit. If a contractor is hired, they must obtain the permit. If the property owner will do the work themselves, they must obtain the permit. Permits are obtained at City Finance Office or the City Engineer's Office located at:116 W CenterMadison, SD 57042
There is no fee for the permit. All that is needed is the address of the property, the name of the person or contractor conducting the sidewalk replacement, and the approximate lineal foot of sidewalk to be repaired. Permits will normally be issued while you wait.
The following summary applies to most situations:
Mud-jacking is not recommended as a sidewalk replacement/repair process by the City if the damage is being caused by a tree root. However, the City does not prohibit the practice with the following limitations:
Grinding is not recommended as a sidewalk replacement/repair process by the City, if the damage is being caused by a tree root.. However, the City does not prohibit the practice with the following limitations:
No. Only City approved ready-mix may be used for sidewalk replacement. Ready mix concrete is required to assure that adequate strength and durability is achieved.
City Hall is located at 116 West Center Street. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm with the exception of holidays.
City of Madison residents have a few options to help them stay informed of happenings in Madison. This website, social media, departmental email newsletters and alerts, and even a texting service are used by the City.
Customers must complete an Application and Agreement for Residential/Commercial Utility Service - which can be found in the Miscellaneous section of the Applications and Forms page of our website (near the bottom of the page). Completed applications must be presented to the Finance Office located at 116 West Center Street for processing and billing. For any questions, please call 605-256-7504.
The restricted use site is located at 23241 446th Avenue which is 2 miles west of Junius and 1/2 mile north on the west side of the road.
Hours of operation are as follows:
The fee schedule can be found under the Restricted Use Site (Landfill) portion of the page.
Find types of waste (PDF) accepted at the restricted use site.
The Madison City Commission approved a "Step-Up" program (PDF) for city utility customers used to establish a fund to award scholarships to graduates of Madison High School who continue their education at Dakota State University.
To participate in this worthwhile program, please call 605-256-7504 or email the Utilities Department.
To view the most up-to-date utility rate schedules, please visit the following pages:
For more information, contact the Finance Office at 605-256-7504.
In accordance with Ordinance Number 1384 (PDF), the city reserves the right to require a deposit from an electric customer due to delinquent payment history. For more information, view Ordinance Number 1576 (PDF) or contact the Finance Office at 605-256-7504.
In accordance with Ordinance Number 1405 (PDF), payment of electric bills rendered shall be due by the date listed on the utility bill, but in no event shall be less than ten days from mailing by the Finance Office. Currently, utility bills are due either the 5th or the 20th of each month depending upon where you live within the city.
Consumers who are delinquent on their electric bills will be immediately mailed a "notice of account delinquent" which will state that the consumer will be given seven days to make payment, and if full payment is not received at the end of seven days, proceedings will be implemented to terminate utility service.
If the electric consumer has not made full payment of the delinquent amount within the seven days, as stated in the "notice of account delinquent", the Finance, Revenue and Electric Commissioner will direct the Finance Office, in writing, to issue a written notice to said electric consumer that electric service will be terminated after seven days. Said notice will give the time and date disconnection will commence, the exact dollar amount which is delinquent and must be paid to retain electric service, and state the reason upon which the disconnection is based.
Unless the consumer has entered into a payment agreement with the city, utility service will be terminated on the date sent out in said notice if the delinquent amount as stated in the letter is not paid in full.
An residential electric account which has been terminated either by disconnection or remained unpaid at the time scheduled for disconnection will not be reinstated until all billings on said account have been paid in full, including a reconnect/reinstatement charge of $50 if the electric utility service is reinstated during the regular electric department working hours and $100 if the electric utility service is reconnected after regular electric department working hours. Discontinued service will be resumed only upon full payment of all electric billings and the above stated electric service charge.
Payments can be made in several ways:
If a holiday falls during the work week, your garbage may be collected on an alternate day. Visit the Streets / Solid Waste / Recycling page for a current Holiday Garbage Schedule.
City garbage customers are required to participate in the recycling collection program. Visit the Streets / Solid Waste / Recycling page for more information.
Items may also be taken to the Recycling Center located at 800 SW 7th Street in Madison. Hours are Tuesday and Saturday 9 am to 3 pm.
In accordance with Ordinance Number 1356 (PDF), it is unlawful to combine, mix or dispose of any large electronics (desktop and laptop personal computers, monitors, printers, televisions, video cassette recorders, etc.) and hand-held electronics (cell phones, pagers, handheld video games, compact disc players, radios, cameras, etc.) within garbage or rubbish either through the solid waste collection system or at the restricted use site. The city will have a collection day each April and November for consumers to dispose of these electronics. Otherwise, you can take them to the Sioux Falls Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 1015 East Chambers Street, Sioux Falls. Click here for more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Wastes such as auto batteries, paint and aerosol products, used motor oil and propane cylinders can be disposed of free of charge at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 1015 E Chambers Street in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Phone them at 605-367-4946.
The City of Madison issues building permits in accordance with Ordinance Number 1433 which adopted the 2006 International Residential, Building and Mechanical Codes. You can obtain a building permit from the City Utility/Finance Office or online. Cost is $10 for projects less than or equal to $500, then increasing depending upon the cost of the project. Flat fees are applicable to roofing of unlike materials, siding and demolition. Building permit fees will be doubled if construction is commenced without a permit. Contact the Engineering Department with any questions at 605-256-7514.
Ordinance Number 1431 (PDF) repealed the requirement of dog licenses. However, Ordinance Number 1430 (PDF) increased animal impoundment fees and inoculation requirements.
Please refer to the police department's Guide for New Residents (PDF) for information on parking, speed zones, noise, alcohol and animal violations.
A snow emergency may be declared after a snowfall of more than two inches. Plowing starts on the snow emergency routes first and then goes to side streets. Please familiarize yourself with the City of Madison's snow removal regulations found on the Streets / Solid Waste / Recycling page.
Yes. A Mosquito Control Program (PDF) for the City of Madison has been approved by the City Commission. Public awareness, along with our comprehensive mosquito control program, will help to reduce the risk of West Nile and other viruses to our citizens.