Special to the Courier

The owners of the former Elks lodge are bringing the burned-out hull back to life by working from the inside out, city building inspector Mark Johnson said in his report to the Madison City Council this week.

They are building new framing inside and will tie the exterior walls to that framing, Johnson said.

“It’s like a whole new building,” he said.

There has been a lot of public interest in anything that has happened or not happened in the nearly 12 years since an arson fire gutted the brick building at 420 West St. on Aug. 25, 2006. No one has been charged.

Larry and Valecia Cristafulli of Madison began work to turn the brick shell into apartments last year and said it would take two years.

Other topics at the council meeting Wednesday, which was a day later because of the primary elections, included:

• The decorative banners that fly from utility poles on Main Street from spring through fall are being redesigned and replaced, community relations director Andrew Forrester said. The banners “came out of storage for winter, and most of them looked really, really bad,” he said. The Chamber of Commerce is helping design the banners that fly between corners and Heitz Sign Co. will make them, he said. Forrester said he is hoping to work with the Madison Area Arts Alliance to design new flags for the poles on street corners that carry the city’s logo.

• German American Bank will be the title sponsor of the Madison Regatta parade at 7 p.m. Friday, July 6. The parade theme will be “Sounds of Summer.” The parade will start at Main and Jefferson streets and move westward to Cragmont Street. Parade participation forms are available at or at City Hall. The participation fee is $75, which will be waived for nonprofit groups and schools. The deadline for parade entries and fees is June 29. The fee will help pay for the free Regatta fireworks show Saturday, July 7 on the riverfront, according to the Regatta website. Post 9 of the American Legion will be the title sponsor of the fireworks show, and Commonwealth Engineers will be a supporting sponsor. The 68th Madison Regatta and 2018 Roostertail Music Festival will be July 6-8. • Community activist Bert Fitzgerald asked the City Council to support his idea to name the walkway on the Milton-Madison bridge after Harlan and Anna Hubbard. He said he also will be asking the city council in Milton, Kentucky, to support it. Kentucky owns the bridge. Harlan Hubbard was an artist and author who lived off the land with his wife, Anna, for 34 years at the home they built, Payne Hollow, on the Ohio River in Trimble County, Kentucky. Before settling on the bank of the river, the Hubbards lived on the river for eight years in a boat he built, traveling the Ohio and Mississippi rivers from Kentucky to New Orleans.

• Mayor Damon Welch appointed Bob Courtney to the Zoning Board of Appeals to replace Paul Robinson, who is moving out of the city.