JEFFERSON – The Jefferson County Board approved the construction project for two new satellite facilities in Lake Mills and Concord on Tuesday.
Jefferson County was granted a $17.89 million bond back in 2014 for city construction. Of the $17.89 million, $1.5 million was set aside for the construction of the two satellite shops.
The price for construction of the two, 12,500-square-foot facilities was reduced from $1.2 million to $500,000 thousand.
Originally, $3.5 million in bonds was placed toward the project. The Jefferson County Board put forth that the amount must not exceed $4.39 million. It was compromised on Tuesday that $3.98 million would be put toward the project.
The use of the satellite shops will be used for the storage of emergency highway traffic patrol vehicles. The facilities are being built to reduce to the response time to emergency situations.
Highway Commissioner Bill Kern explained that adding two new satellite shops at the corners of the county will significantly reduce the response time for weather emergencies.
While the county already has four satellite shops, Supervisor Amy Rinard questioned the motive to add two more.
“The existing sites were placed many years ago,” Kern said. “The sites are in very inefficient spots.”
Kern explained how Jefferson County was the only county to keep its original satellite shops while other counties had built new ones. He continued to explain that the current satellite shop locations are in inconvenient locations and are missing key factors that the new facilities will have.
Supervisor John Kannard was concerned about the cost, stating how they won’t break even in 50 years.
Supervisor Carlton Zenter expressed his agreement with Kannard, stating the costs would outweigh the potential for savings.
Supervisor and Highway Committee member George Jaeckel showed his agreement toward the proposal, stating how dangerous the current satellite shop locations actually are.
Supervisor Walt Christensen agreed, explaining that the facilities being built are expected to last 20 years and will more than likely last longer than that. He continued by saying that the benefits would outweigh the costs.
Supervisor Greg David stated that the costs shouldn’t be an issue, pointing out that the costs were already reduced back from $1.2 million to $500,000 thousand.
Jaeckel explained that construction on the new main highway shop is 90% complete. The project should be completed by the end of March and can be moved into around the first week of April.
The Jefferson County Board has yet to determine what will be done with the old highway shop. The county may sell or demolish the building or sell the land. The only location that will remain is the Concord location.
The approval of the two new satellite shops passed in 25 to four vote.
Other discussions Tuesday included:
-An agreement authorized for transportation for a portion of Jefferson County including the Milwaukee urbanized area.
-A proclamation to make March 13 K-9 Veterans Day.
-An agreement to approve new radio equipment for the 911 systems, converting it from analog to digital.
-A proclamation to make the month of April Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
-Gave a memorial for former Jefferson County Board Supervisor Kathleen Grosskoff.