Info meetings set ahead of Wheatland fire station referendum
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Info meetings set ahead of Wheatland fire station referendum

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WHEATLAND — Informational meetings will be held over the next several weeks to educate the public about plans for a $3.8 million firehouse.

A referendum on the proposal will go before voters on Feb. 18.

Town chairman William Glembocki said while the referendum is nonbinding, he hopes there will be an overwhelming majority for or against the measure to help guide the three-member Town Board.

The “yes” or “no” question that will go before voters:

“Should the Town Board issue bonds or other debt issues in order to borrow up to $3.8 million to pay for the construction of a new fire station in the town which is currently in need of replacement?”

The following informational open houses will take place at the Wheatland Firehouse, 34011 Geneva Road:

8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28

8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11

The need for a new fire station was identified more than two years ago. The existing station lacks meeting, training and storage space and lacks the room needed to properly maintain fire trucks, equipment and apparatus, according to Fire Chief Lou Denko said.

The proposed plan is a scaled-down version of a plan presented in 2018 at the request of the Town Board. The 15,594-square-foot firehouse plan includes:

Seven stalls in a 6,745-square-foot apparatus bay with a flat floor to allow for vehicle maintenance.

A separate 1,302-square-foot quarantined wash bay with pitched drainage.

A turnout gear laundry room and locker room.

A 1,408-square-foot training and meeting room.

A 270-square-foot kitchen.

Storage rooms for various emergency response departments.

A general office/dispatch area and office space for the fire chief and assistant fire chief.

A day room with space for future bunk rooms and three bathrooms with showers.

As presented, the new firehouse is proposed to be located behind the existing station, which could be used as a town garage.

The first day to cast an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is Jan. 28. The last day to vote via absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is Feb. 14. The Town Hall, 34315 Geneva Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday.

The deadline to apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

For more information about early voting or voting via absentee ballot, contact clerk Sheila Siegler at 262-537-4340.

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