Eble Park barn will be demolished later this year.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
OF BROOKFIELD - The Eble Barn - which has stood along
Bluemound Road in the Town of Brookfield for decades -
appears to be one step closer to demolition.
The Waukesha County Public Works Committee will meet
Thursday to approve a bid of $32,290 by Guelig Waste Removal
and Demolition, LLC for the demolition or removal of the
barn and an adjacent silo.
According to a July letter from county Hazardous Materials
Coordinator Steve Todd to Dale Shaver, the director of the
county’s Department of Parks & Land Use, Guelig came
in with the lowest cost estimate of the three qualified
The letter was included, along with a copy of Guelig’s bid
application, in materials sent out by the county in
advance of next week’s meeting.
In their bid proposal, Guelig estimated the cost of
“razing or removal of an approximately 96’ x 36’
barn” along with one silo and a breezeway to the silo at
$27,600. Asbestos abatement would tack on an additional
Earlier this year, the family of the late Florence and Roy
Eble — who donated the barn to the county in 1987 —
considered legal action as a last-ditch effort to keep it
The barn has stood as a monument to the town’s rich
farming history, but has fallen into disrepair in recent
The family previously maintained that the dedication
agreement, which left the property to the county, did not
allow the barn to be demolished.
Shaver, however, pointed out that this requirement was not
actually included in the agreement.
“There were two obligations for the county under this
donation,” he told The Freeman earlier this year. “One
is that the land will forever be maintained as a public
park, and (the other) is that it be known as ‘Eble
Park.’ That’s it.”
Shaver said Friday that the legal issues have been put to
rest and the county has been working along with the family
to preserve some materials from the barn for their use.
“We will work with the contractor and have some of the
wood set aside to have the family come and pick up — they
wanted to make some mementos,” he said. “I think it is
just a nice touch.”
Once the barn is demolished, the county will also retain
some of the barn’s structural elements to use in the
possible construction of a small-scale gazebo or gathering
shelter on the site.
Earlier this year, Shaver estimated the demolition would
take place before the end of 2014.