County takes next stop toward Eble Barn demolition
Family will keep some materials for mementos;
possible gazebo on site

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

August 9, 2014

The Eble Park barn will be demolished later this year. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

TOWN 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 bidders.

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 $3,350.

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 standing.

The barn has stood as a monument to the town’s rich farming history, but has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

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.