The Jefferson County Board on Tuesday decided that two new satellite Highway Department facilities in Lake Mills and Concord can begin construction.
The board voted on the initial proposed cost for the project at $1.2 million; however, the board was able to decrease this cost even further.
Tuesday’s approval of the project means that two new satellite facilities at a size of 12,500-square-foot buildings be built with the cost not exceeding $590,000 per site, which is less than the initial plan.
Initially, the proposal resulted in a tax rate of $.193 per $1,000 equalized value in 2016. Due to efforts by the board to reduce project costs resulted in a decrease in the 2016 tax rate. The tax rate for 2016 will now be $.188 per $1,000 equalized value.
Jefferson County currently has five satellite shops in Concord, Lake Mills, Ixonia, Palmyra and Waterloo.
The Waterloo shop is falling apart, has no salt storage, and is difficult to access because if its location. Ixonia location is unable to house new equipment because of its outdated structure. The Palmyra site has pretty much been abandoned because of similar issues as Waterloo and Ixonia sites.
It was recommended on Tuesday that the county demolish or sell the buildings and sell the land at these locations.
Building of the two new satellite shops will cut the response time down, Highway County Commissioner Bill Kern noted as the primary reason for construction.
The Lake Mills and Concord satellite future shops will allow better options for plow routes. Initial response time could be reduced as much as 30 to 45 minutes.
“This is the most important reason to build these satellite shops,” Kern said.
The new satellite shops will include: proper equipment storage, salt storage, appropriate and accessible site location, refueling tanks, unisex bathrooms, and emergency devices. The main location site will also include a heated side of the facility.
This proposal is part of a $17.22 million total construction project under the Jefferson County Highway Department.
The board also Tuesday authorized issuing $3.98 million in general obligation bonds to help fund the highway satellite shop project. The bonds have accumulated over a 20 year period.
Currently, it is prime-time to begin the building of the two new highway satellite shops as construction rates are down making municipalities have to pay a little less.
In other news, the board on Tuesday:
- Proclaimed April 2015 as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
- Authorized the remnant parcel sale of county owned property along County Highway B in the Town of Aztalan to David Messmer as the land is no longer needed by the county.
- Proclaimed March 13, 2015 as K-9 Veterans Day-calls upon residents to acknowledge, support and honor all of the military and police working dogs and K-9 Veterans of all our wars.