LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The construction of a municipal building in the area is slightly ahead of schedule.
On Tuesday, crews could be seen working at the site of the Lake Hallie Municipal Building on 30th Avenue. Village Clerk Leanne Eddy says right now it is on pace to cost $4,350,000, which is slightly under its $4,500,000 budget. She went on to say that a few items like landscaping costs and lobby furniture could put it closer to the original $4,500,000 figure. Eddy says the building is sheet-rocked inside, and that crews are starting to paint rooms and install flooring. She says the village has a tentative date of June 16 to move into the building.
Village President John Neihart says that the village board walked through the building several weeks ago, and members were generally happy with what they saw. It could take a week to move into the building. Neihart says the village will try to hold a grand opening event. A date has not been set.
Years of discussion led to voters approving the building in an advisory referendum in November 2012. Five years before that, voters rejected a binding referendum to build it by a near 70 to 30 margin. The construction site is across the street from the current public safety building. It will house the Lake Hallie Police Department and a station for the Chippewa Fire District.