By Alexander Calles
During the Jefferson County Board Meeting on March 10, there was new proposal for the satellite facilities to be built. In this new proposal, there was a change in the money that would spent and how bond would affect the purchase of the facilities.
There are currently four satellite facilities in or around the Jefferson county area that are being used or were used in the past. Those four sites include, Palmyra, Waterloo, Ixonia, and Lakes Mills.
With the proposal, the Palmyra site would be demolished, cleaned and turn the property over to a new owner. The Waterloo and Ixonia buildings would be sold along with the properties. The Lake Mills site can either be demolished and sold, or just sell it in its current state.
In the event of getting rid of these four sites, there would be another site built in a more convenient location. The new location would be in the southeast section of the county.
The new site would need to be able to have room for the purchase for a salt shed and future satellite shop.
The primary reason for the decision of the location is to reduce critical response time for winter maintenance and emergency response.
The initial response time will be reduced by 30 to 45 minutes. In the event of replacing the Lake Mills site, there would be 90 miles of overlapping reduced.
This is critical because the primary money saving tool in this proposal is the saving of gas. As one member pointed out, nobody knows what gas prices will be.
“The positive news is that it’s not as bad as it could be,” Benjamin Wehmeier, the Jefferson County Administrator, said about the four facilities.
Response time is affected by the how fast it takes the employees to get from their houses to the actual site.
In addition, another reason for the placement of the new facility would be to reduce overlapping from plows.
Amy Rinard, Jefferson County’s member from District 9, raised questions about reducing response with the fact that there is a possibility that four sites might be better than two new ones.
“The way they were placed any, many years ago, they are placed in inefficient spots,” the Highway Commissioner, Bill Kern said.
There was a unanimous vote from the 29 board members present to move the $590,000 of improvements for the facilities and replace it with the budget of $500,000.
The updated budget proposal will include:
- Base improvements that will cost $440,000
- Interior build with unisex bathroom that will cost $40,000
- A private well that will cost $15,000-$20,000.
The overall cost of the proposal to build a new site and improving on the existing site that will continue to be used will be $17.22 million.
In addition, the Jefferson County members:
- Approved that March 13 of each year is to be known as K-9 Veterans Day.
- Approved that the month of April is to be known as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month
- Approved that general obligation bonds do not exceed $3.98 million.
- In her annual report, Medical Examiner, Nichol Wayd, would like to hire two more employees so current employees are not overworked or understaffed when employees take vacations.