Lake Hallie, Wis. (WEAU)- Nearly a year after getting voter approval, the village of Lake Hallie moved one step closer to making its plan of a new public safety building a reality Monday.
It might be a few small piles of dirt now, but come next summer the Lake Hallie Village President says a field across from the current building will be the new site of a bigger and better municipal building.
“It's a big step we did all the work the citizens supported it we did all the background and engineering and todays the first big step with the groundbreaking,” Village President John Neihart said.
John Neihart says the new building will better meet the current needs of a 24/7 fire and ambulance service.
“Some of the equipment that should be at the Hallie station is housed currently at Lafayette station and that will be moved here,” Neihart said.
Right now as it stands in the current building, ladder trucks and engines are literally inches apart, in the new building with more space that won’t be an issue.
“The new building will give us ample room for the trucks and a much safer working environment,” Fire Chief Scott Bernette said.
The fire chief says after years of discussions and a failed vote it’s nice to see the beginning stages of the building process taking place.
“To see the ground being turned over today just it's another step forward and we are really excited,” Bernette said.
It’s that excitement that the village hopes will continue as crews work to make a space to meet the needs of a growing community.
"It will provide a single access point for the citizens whether they need to come to the village offices for contact with the court treasurer or the Police Department or the Fire Department," Neihart said.
Neihart says construction crews will be coming in the next few weeks to pour the foundation for the new building.
He says they hope to have the building finished by next July or August.