WAUSAU - Wausau Town Council members decided on the location where the new fire station will be built when they met in regular session May 10.
The new location is set directly across the street from City Hall on Second Avenue. After seeing site plans from engineering firm Dewberry, and speaking with members of the fire department, the council voted on and approved the location in a 3-1 vote. The sole vote against was cast by Dewayne Carter who said it was because of parking.
“I did not vote against this because I don’t want the fire department to have a new facility,” said Carter. “I voted against this location because I fear it will interfere with parking for town hall.”
The Wausau Fire Department are the recipients of $985,500 in allocated state funds with which they will be building the new facility.
The department is hopeful construction will begin by the end of the year.
The council approved signing a contract with Point Broadband in order for the company to have backing in gaining a federal grant that will allow the company to bring broadband internet to small rural counties in the southeast.
The contract, should the council so choose, would permit the company to place computers in town hall as a testing site for the company. The council however, is leaning towards not utilizing that clause as they are in an exclusive contract with an internet provider at the town hall.
In other business, the council approved a request to Capital City Bank for an extension on a loan payment due to waiting on funds from the state for Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant.
Wausau Town Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on June 14.