Firemenís Hall is scheduled to be leased out by the town
beginning in October.
IXONIA ó Starting mid-October, the purpose of the
storied Ixonia Firemenís Hall will change completely and
an area woman is likely to be the person behind the
Though a contract has not yet been finalized, the Ixonia
Town Board voted in May to accept the bid to lease the
space made by Kristy Zinsheim, who owns Betrothed
Boutique and Modern Bloom flower shop, both located at
203 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Oconomowoc.
town informed the Enterprise on Monday that the lease
contract has not yet been finalized.
Ixonia Chairman Perry T. Goetsch said around the time of
the vote that five parties were interested in leasing
the property and two submitted proposals. The town had
no interest in selling the building and had only hoped
Goetsch said the selection of the offer came down to
what what each of the two was proposing. He said the
village wanted to pick the offer that was in the best
interest of the town and the most viable.
Though he said the other offer was good, Goetsch said
Zingsheimís proposal was a little better.
A history of the hall
hall was built in 1949 and still features the same
all-wood dance floor, which has long been admired by
people throughout the state.
addition to accommodating some quality dancing, the hall
has hosted a number of other social events, such as
Melcher, who had attended his first dance at the venue
several decades ago, previously told the Enterprise that
weddings at the hall were once so popular that many
couples would plan their special day around when the
venue wasnít booked just so they could celebrate at the
Ixonia Volunteer Fire Department had previously sold the
hall to the town in exchange for a payment of $50,000 a
year spread out over 10 years. The last payment was made
department, which founded the hall and still operated it
after the deal, was hamstrung by declining volunteer
help and diminishing public interest in dances and
final dance at the hall was held in April. Prior to the
dance, Ixonia Volunteer Fire Department President Dale
Saeger said most members have reached an age where itís
difficult to offer their time. The younger, active
volunteer firemen and EMTs also donít have as much time
to tend bar or perform other duties at the special
events, he added.