Madison City Council members and Mayor Damon Welch recognized February as Black History Month in Madison by reading a proclamation during Tuesday’s meeting.

Welch spoke of Madison’s contributions in the fight against slavery in the 1800s. The area – which was near the dividing line of free states and southern slave states – served as a hub for Underground Railroad activities, he said. The mayor also noted the county served as the location for one of the first African American schools in the state, as well as the first college in the state to admit African American students.

Three members of Madison’s Human Relations Commission accepted the proclamation following the reading.

Also during the meeting, council members heard the first reading of an ordinance affirming the zoning map for the city. The ordinance states the updated zoning ordinance approved last December had changes that will need to be reflected on the city’s zoning map. 

The ordinance also notes that city officials recognizes previous changes, which will remain, and that any future changes will be updated by the City of Madison Plan Commission Office after the approval by the city council. 

A second reading will be heard at an upcoming city council meeting on Feb. 21.

In other business:

• Parks Director David Stucker said applications for summer work with the city’s parks department are available. Stucker noted applications were usually ready around Spring Break, but the department decided to make work applications available a little earlier this year.

Applications for the summer jobs are available at the Parks Department office at the Brown Gym, 101 S. Broadway, or at City Hall, 101 W. Main St.

Questions about summer employment may be directed to the parks department at (812) 265-8308.