New Fire Station

Voters in Minocqua have approved a new fire station for the town that will replace a current fire station in use since the early 1970s. The final tally was 63 votes for authorizing construction of a new fire station for no more than $3.4 million and zero against. Minocqua fire chief Andy Petrowski and other town officials are hoping that once the actual bids for the building are in, that figure will be reduced somewhat. The building will be built on property next to and to the south of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce building on Clawson Lake. The town received authorization from electors last fall to purchase the land for $375,000. Petrowski, after the meeting concluded, said he was happy with the overwhelming support. "There were some legitimate concerns and I want everybody to understand we take those seriously but without people being at some of those meetings and some of those discussions, it's hard for them to know we did address some of those issues and hopefully from here on, it'll be smooth." Over the next few months, work will progress to develop specifications for bids and get the project advertised for bids.