Debra Lewis, Mayor of Ashland says, "It's one of those historic days, once in a lifetime kind of days. You only get to see something like this happen once every several decades."
It wasn't an easy battle getting the new fire station. It took nearly 40 years of fighting, after several voices of the community felt a new station wasn't necessary. It wasn't until the old station became inadequate and not up to code that the community felt it was time for a new station.
Wayne Chenier, Fire Chief of Ashland says, "It's a beautiful building and our staff is grateful that the community stepped up. Were excited, I'm excited, that we're going to have a building that lasts decades."
The City of Ashland has worked with Ed Mishefske and Steve Gausman for over 12 years and through multiple studies. In November 2014, the citizens of Ashland passed a referendum for a new fire station by 69%. This has been a long time in the making and is a grand moment in time for many.
Residents have until Wednesday, Oct. 7, to sign up for tours of the building with Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ponkauskas and the construction project manager. The tours, about a half-hour long, will begin every 15 minutes from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
Verona Fire Department is wrapping up nicely.
On Saturday, August 8th, 2015 Five Bugles Design, ADG-Architects, and MEP Associates teamed up to particpate in Mayo Clinic Health Systems' inagural Dragon Boat Festival.
The Janesville Fire Department is sharing time-laps videos throughout the duration of the construction project. At the end of construction the Janesville fire department will use the images gathered to create a presentation video to play during their grand opening event.