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Firehouse expansion project nearing its start date PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:21

Final bids being sought for the nitty gritty of the $2.3 million endeavor; Park Avenue work also on the radar

The final steps are being taken to get the long-awaited $2.3 million, 7,320-square-foot expansion of the Village of Fredonia’s firehouse underway.
Last week, requests for bids for the final components were advertised.
They include landscaping, drywall, tile, plumbing, flooring and carpeting.
Other needs are grading, concrete, utilities, steel materials and erection, general trades, overhead doors and painting.
Quasius Construction of Sheboygan is serving as construction manager. A start date has yet to be determined.
In conjuction with the expansion, the village is looking for a company to improve Park Avenue, which runs adjacent to the firehouse on South Milwaukee Street. Park Avenue needs to be moved slightly to the south to allow for a new sidewalk to be built — part of it currently sits on the property of a residential home — and for new sewer and water mains.
Also, the road’s new location will allow for a driveway to the firehouse. It will serve as the main entrance and exit for fire trucks, which now use Milwaukee Street.
“It’s a tight squeeze right now when they pull out of the garage,” Roger Strohm, the village’s public works director, said. “The front end of the engine has to cross the sidewalk across the street before they can close the door behind them.”
Futhermore, Milwaukee Street sees heavier traffic, he said.
The intersection of South Milwaukee Street and Park Avenue will get special attention during the project. Strohm said its current layout is too tight.
“Trucks run over our stop sign there two or three times a year,” he said of the intersection, which leads to an industrial property at the west end of Park Avenue.
The cost of the road work has not been determined.
Meanwhile, the village’s Architectural Control Board last week decided the recommended color options of white or tan are both acceptable. The village will now consult with residents Wally and Cathy Quade, who live across the street and have voiced apprehension regarding how the large building will appear.
“Initially, they were concerned about the large white garage doors, but when they realized that they would be broken up by windows and that the color choices are white or tan, they decided that it wasn’t that important,” Strohm said. “We are also asking the contractors to quote colored concrete as an alternate to the standard gray color. If that price is not too high, I think the Village Board may want to color the concrete.”
The expansion more than doubles the station’s size, now at 6,770 square feet.
“There hasn’t been enough room for the engines, and firefighters are literally leaning up against the engines to get dressed as the engines start to take off,” Strohm said.
The station doesn’t even have a shower, he said.
“Imagine coming back from an emergency where you might be covered in blood and having nowhere to wash it off,” Strohm said.
The new space will not only allow for showers, but separate quarters for female firefighters.
“It’s now a co-ed department,” Strohm said.
Once construction begins, the playground equipment at neighboring Firemans Park will need to be moved to the south, near the village’s public works building. The estimated cost is $10,000 in village employee time, covering five days, but a local contractor has volunteered to do the work for free, said Strohm, who noted the company’s owner has asked to remain anonymous.

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