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Fire station ground breaking in May

 Town of Delafield - Town officials are hoping to break ground in late May on a new fire station/town hall that will be constructed in the northwest corner of the Sports Commons park near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Silvernail Road.

Supervisor Cindi Duchow told the Town Board that work on preparing documents for bids on the project, which are expected to be let in April, began immediately after voters approved by a 51 to 49 percent margin the $3.9 million referendum in the Feb. 18 election.

The town board had decided in November to front $38,000 in fees to consultant John Mann to complete soil borings, begin desigan plans, and prepare to let bids in the event the referendum was approved by voters.

However, during Tuesday nights 15 minute Town Board meeting, Supervisor Pete Van Horn asked that Mann be fired from the project but none of the four other  board members would go along with his request.

Van Horm claimed that Mann was not needed for the project and had not performed some of the work for which he has been paid.

Duchow and Supervisor Larry Krause, the two board members most directly involved in planning the project and the referendum, came to Mann's defense.

"I don't know what we would have done without him," said Duchow.

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