DELAFIELD - While a referendum to construct a new fire
station in the Town of Delafield has failed before,
proponents of the plan feel optimistic that Tuesday will
be the day the latest version will be approved by the
Opposition to the plan, however, continues to raise
concerns about possible negative effects and costs to
taxpayers if the new facility is built.
Tuesday, residents will vote on whether to move ahead
with new construction plans for a proposed
18,795-square-foot combination fire station and town
hall, which would be located at the corner of Maple
Avenue and Silvernail Road. The proposed building has
two levels, with the 6,092-square-foot lower level
serving as the town hall portion and the
12,703-square-foot upper level functioning as the fire
also includes two restrooms that will only be accessible
through the Delafield Sports Complex, which is also on
project costs are capped at $3,950,000. The estimated
cost to taxpayers has been $0.20 per $1,000 of assessed
property value, or an extra $100 per year for a $500,000
home until the building is paid off.
Supervisor Larry Krause said he doesn’t think people
have a strong feeling about how the electorate will
personal experience, for the first time I have had no
negative calls for it,” he said Wednesday. “I have had
more positive feedback than I have ever had.”
said in his nine years on the Town Board, this is the
first time it has voted unanimously to approve the
amount of money, location and plan it’s asking voters to
approve for a new station.
feel that the more people who come out and vote the
better our chances are on this project,” Krause said.
Supervisor Cindi Duchow, who also serves as a liaison to
the volunteer Town of Delafield Fire Department, also
adamantly supports the project.
well past due,” she said of replacing the fire station.
“It should have been done several years ago, I think.”
people tour the existing fire station, “they are shocked
to see what it is,” she said, describing it as small,
old and not updated.
Plan includes sleeping quarters, remodeled bathrooms
more than 50 percent of the volunteer firefighters
living outside of the Town of Delafield, Duchow said it
can be hard for them to get to the station quickly. The
proposed new station would have sleeping quarters to
help improve the response time.
bathrooms would also be remodeled in the new plan.
Duchow said at the existing station there is only one
small bathroom for the 15 female firefighters and one
restroom for the 27 male firefighters, which is also
used as storage.
it comes to washing the gear after a fire, the
volunteers have to do it in the kitchen sink because
there are no other facilities on site, and because there
are no showers, they have to get back into their
vehicles and drive home, possibly contaminating their
vehicles with toxic elements or bodily fluids from the
incident to which they responded, she said.
Former Plan Commissioner concerned about cost, response
of Delafield resident and former Town of Delafield Plan
Commissioner Lisa Cunningham said she feels the town’s
volunteer firefighters do a great job and they should be
“commended as heroes.” However, she is concerned about
the location of the proposed fire station, as well as
moving the station, Cunningham fears it “will put people
the farthest north in jeopardy for higher response
also questions the accuracy of the $3.95 million price
tag, saying that doesn’t include interest or the cost to
run a larger station.
you look at the facility, everyone’s concerns are our
response times going to go down,” she said.
Cunningham said she and other members of the opposition
have pushed for consolidation with Lake Country Fire &
Rescue. If a better fire station is needed in the town,
Cunningham said, she would prefer to remodel or rebuild
the current building at W304-N2455 Maple Ave.
“Unfortunately it might pass only because they have been
very hush-hush about it,” she said.
Cunningham said she and others in opposition will be
making a big push this weekend in advance of the
referendum, as will the proponents, who invite residents
to visit the fire station this weekend.
Clerk Mary Elsner said Wednesday she is not sure what to
expect for voter turnout because she has not received
many absentee ballots. She hopes there will be at least
a 30 percent voter turnout.
referendum is the only item on the ballot Tuesday in the
Town of Delafield.
Town Board decided to have the referendum In February
versus during the spring election because if the project
goes out to bid, the bids should come in lower than if
they did it later in the season, Krause said.
Wording of the Town of Delafield referendum question:
“Shall the Town of Delafield, Waukesha
County, Wisconsin, be authorized to construct a fire
station/town hall on the southwest corner of the sports
commons, which is located on the corner of Maple Avenue
and Silvernail Road, and to issue pursuant to Chapter 67
of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds or
promissory notes in an amount not to exceed $3,950,000
for the public purpose of paying the cost of
constructing and equipping the fire station/town hall?”