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Town of Delafield asks residents for new fire department building
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - Resident Mark Sankey isn’t a fan of higher taxes, but adds some things, like improving fire protection, are worth it.
“I wouldn’t mind if they did, they probably need it especially with the size of the other one,” Sankey said.
Town Supervisor Cindi Duchow hopes other residents feel the same.
“We needed a new fire department about 10 years ago and fire departments do not get better with age like wine. What was bad 10 years ago is worse now,” Duchow said.
“People are getting dressed here as the trucks are moving in and out,” said Fire Chief Paul Kozlowski.
Kozlowski showed us what needs to be fixed or improved at the firehouse. There’s no storage, and no ventilation from the trucks’ exhaust.
“We end up having high levels of carbon monoxide in here,” Kozlowski said.
While the department wants a new building, taxpayers would be forced to pay another $80 to $100 dollars a year to pay for the estimated $4 million building.
“I think the people don’t think they need a new firehouse and to spend $4 million is not what they are looking to do right now,” said Former Representative Scott Newcomer. He argues there’s another option. “I believe there needs to be some consolidation there.”