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Town of Superior Residents to Vote on Proposed Fire Hall Tuesday

Taylor Holt
Updated: April 02, 2018 06:42 PM

Town of Superior residents will be seeing a couple referendum questions on their ballots Tuesday night including, for a new proposed new fire hall.

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"We believe that every one sees the need of a new station," said Town of Superior Fire Chief Darryl Fiegle.

Fiegle says the needs are wide -ranging.

"The building is over 40 years old, and in certain sections it's deteriorating. There's a lack of space between trucks, and it's hard to get people in and out of. It's a safety hazard," said Fiegle. 

The building has also had issues with mold, and roof leaks during rainstorms and is no longer viable to operate out of, which is why they are hoping residents will support building a new hall.

"The current size is 36-hundred square feet. The size we are looking at (for our new building) is 98-hundred square feet," said Fiegle. "We want to grow with the community. We've added space for decontamination, and a storage area for our equipment so it doesn't affect the rest of the building."

Tuesday night, the referendum questions will include, one, asking if residents would support the town constructing a new building - that would be capped at $1.8 million.

"The average cost per person would be about $5.50 annually for a residence in the town," Fiegle added.

The second question, would ask if they support purchasing the land to build it on, which would be located right behind the current building and cost up to $25 thousand.

"It seems like a lot but this is something that impacts them (residents in Superior) directly," Fiegle said. "One of the biggest concerns is to reduce the hazards that come with the job. If you are working on a structure fire, you're exposed to contaminants, and carcinogens. We want to be able to take that stuff off and not bring it home to our families."

Tuesday's vote will gather public input, but for towns in Wisconsin, town boards need to be authorized at a special meeting to move forward with construction of any building. 

The vote for that will take place on April 17th, and ultimately determine whether or not they move forward.

People can attend open house to learn more about the proposed fire building Monday night. It will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the current fire hall. 

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