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About the New Freedom Facilities

In February 2008 town residents voted to remodel existing facilities with a 10-15 year life expectancy before an expansion would be needed. With this in mind the town of Freedom launched a study of the town’s building needs earlier this year. New space requirements are necessary for the Fire Department, Police Department, EMS and town administration. A citizen committee has reviewed and identified needs and submitted a potential plan from architects SEH® Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the School Referendum Building Project associated with the town building project? 2017-10-02T17:01:17+00:00

No. The two projects are independent of each other.

Why is the Town considering building facilities now? 2017-10-02T17:01:54+00:00

In 2008, town residents voted for the lowest cost option to remodel the current facilities with the understanding they would be adequate for 10-15 years. In May of 2015, safety concerns and cramped working conditions led the fire and EMS departments to begin researching and collecting data from other area communities regarding their facilities. Earlier this year, the town board started doing its due diligence regarding upgrading the facilities that serve community residents.

The town isn’t growing. Do we really need new facilities? 2017-10-02T17:02:27+00:00

Freedom’s population has grown by 11.5 percent from 2000 to 2010 and 2.16 percent from 2010 to 2014 (http://www.city-data.com/city/Freedom-Wisconsin.html) (http://www.outagamie.org/home/showdocument?id=40941) But more importantly the facility issues each department face have been apparent for years, and will only get worse.

Is there an option of remodeling the current facilities? 2017-10-02T17:02:51+00:00

That option has been considered but is not a good option because of land constraints surrounding the current facilities. Some of the initial feedback was “if you’re going to do it, do it right” and not like several community projects in the past. There has been some interest by outside parties to purchase the current facility. Reducing the Town’s liability and number of roof tops is desirable.  Returning the current Town Hall/Fire /Police facility back to the tax role as a viable facility for business growth in our central business district is a responsible option for the Town.

Who was on the citizens building project committee? 2017-10-02T17:03:20+00:00

The committee included seven town residents without connections to the fire, police or EMS departments or town administration. The town board wanted an unbiased view of the town needs and facilities.

Does the Fire and EMS really take that many calls to justify added space? 2017-10-02T17:03:46+00:00

The volume of calls doubled in the past several years. EMS calls have already exceeded last year’s level with three months remain in the year. The truth is the community is taking a risk by not providing sufficient facilities to do their job well.

There is an ambulance stall on the proposed plan. Will Freedom now have an ambulance in town? 2017-10-02T17:04:16+00:00

Yes. Gold Cross will supply the ambulance and stock all equipment and medical and life safety supplies materials. It will be housed at the new facility, and EMS personnel will staff and drive the ambulance for more efficient response to medical emergencies.

How much will this project cost the town? 2017-10-02T17:04:39+00:00

Actual construction drawings and bidding documents are not completed, but based on an estimated $225 per square foot, the estimated cost would be 8.8 million.

How did you arrive at 225 per square foot? 2017-10-02T17:05:05+00:00

The current construction and material cost data for our region on projects of similar size and scope tell us that as of today, $225.00 is a realistic number.

How much will this raise my taxes? 2017-10-02T19:32:02+00:00

Property Value Estimated Annual Tax Impact
$100,000 $155
$200,000 $310
$300,000 $465

Based on estimated project cost of 8.8 million over the next 20 years

Why is the tax impact higher relatively speaking compared to the School Referendum Building Project? 2017-10-02T17:12:59+00:00

The school district is much larger and divided among many more homes and equalized value contributing to the overall cost of that project.

Will this go to referendum? 2017-10-02T17:13:24+00:00

That is being discussed. The town board does not have to take the building plan to a referendum question, and can vote to build facilities without a referendum. The town board, staff, and building oversight committee members continue their community outreach efforts to gain public input on the importance of a referendum. Once the Town Board has a solid understanding of how the majority of residents feel about the project and the necessary approval process, they will determine the best course of action to engage the community and seek the appropriate approvals for the project.

Can’t it be built cheaper? 2017-10-02T17:13:49+00:00

Yes, it can and town leadership has exhausted options for cheaper upfront costs vs. long term payback in their analysis of this project. The Town through the public bid process will bid all aspects of the project for independent construction bids. The outcome of this project is to build a professional facility that presents the town of Freedom in a positive light. When families or businesses consider moving to an area of the town, our emergency service and town hall facilities and services could mean the difference.

Will local contacts and businesses be considered to do the work? 2017-10-02T17:14:21+00:00

Absolutely. It is our desire to keep as many dollars directly in our community.

Please note: This website is dedicated to the construction of new town facilities.  For all other Town of Freedom information, please visit:

www.townoffreedom.org

Facility Documentation.

Below you will find links to the plans and other supporting documentation for the new Freedom Town Hall facilities.

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Building For Our Future

Keeping our Freedom families safe by properly planning and constructing a new Town Hall to provide Emergency Medical Services, Fire Services, Police Service & Town Administration.