Falls board approves building two new fire stations

April 15, 2014

The Village Board on Monday night unanimously moved forward with the construction of two new fire stations in Menomonee Falls.

A new Fire Station No. 1 will be constructed at the southwest corner of Main Street and Menomonee Avenue, following the demolition of the former Sunnyside School.

The station will replace the existing Fire Station No. 1 downtown, which village officials have said needs renovation and doesn't have enough room to house administration, living space, and the necessary vehicles.

Arlyn Johnson, public works director for the village, also pointed to bad location as a reason for relocating.

"Being located along Appleton Avenue near the intersection of Appleton Avenue and Main Street, access to the facility can be difficult during times when traffic is backed up at the traffic signal along Appleton Avenue blocking the driveway to the fire station."

The board did opt to amend the proposed plan to incorporate cautionary flashing light signals on Main Street, due to the 40 mph speed limit in the area. The amendment will be subject to approval by Waukesha County, as it is a county highway.

"The speed limit on that road isn't a typical street," said Village Board President Randy Newman.

"I could see if I was only going 25 miles per hour, but I would like some warning out there."

The cost of the new Station No. 1 is estimated at $2,750,000, according to the plan, which is slightly more than the estimated $2,585,000 cost of constructing Fire Station No. 5, which will be built on West Silver Spring Drive on village-owned land next to Well House No. 10.

"This station is necessary to serve future development that is occurring in the south west area of the village," Johnson said, "as well as to reduce response time for calls within this area."

Construction on both buildings is slated to being in May, with estimated completion dates of December 2014.

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