New Fire Station Approved
On December 15, 2016 the MHAJFD Board of Directors met and approved the new Fire and EMS station as part of a public safety building shared with the Village of Mount Horeb Police Department. A resolution was signed to authorize the project.
The municipalities of the Joint Fire Department (Villages of Mount Horeb and Blue Mounds, Towns of Cross Plains, Vermont, Springdale, Blue Mounds, Primrose and Perry) held referendums on November 8, 2016 to obtain information from the residents with respect to whether they want the municipality to participate in the fire station project. With approval of 7 of the 8 municipalities, (Primrose voted Nay) the project passed.
Call volume for the MHAJFD has more than doubled since 1991 when the Department moved into the current station. The current facility was constructed as a lumber yard in 1963, and the Department has outgrown the space and the building is in need of structural repair. The Department will save significant money in jointly constructing a Public Safety Building with the Police Department.
The preliminary cost estimate of the MHAJFD portion of the project is $8,415,000. The Departments will begin work with Bray Architects to start on design of the project.