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About the New Municipal Complex for Administrative, Police, Fire & EMS

In February 2008 town residents voted to remodel existing facilities with a 10-15 year life expectancy before an expansion would be needed. 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. Keeping the building life expectancy in mind the Town of Freedom launched a study of the town’s building needs in 2017. It was determined that the current facilities are inadequate and do not meet minimum requirements for such facilities.

The needs and challenges facing Freedom’s fire, police, EMS and our community are not unique. The emergency vehicles will continue to increase in size and complexity. The requirements and public expectations placed on our fire, safety and police personnel has increased dramatically. The number of calls for service has increased, the environment in which we expect our emergency responders to work has become increasing more dangerous.

The ballot for August 14, 2018 will have two questions. By voting for one of these two options, you are indicating your preference for that option. The Town Board intends to use the results to assist in making the final building decision.

Vote on August 14, 2018

Option 1

Construct a new 39,245 sq foot town hall, fire department, police department and first responder municipal complex on the town’s property at County E and Schmidt Road at the estimated cost of $9,700,000.

  • 7,195 sq feet smaller in size

  • Eliminates EMS training room

  • Eliminates EMS storage room

  • Reduces the size of fire department kitchen and day room

  • Reduces size of shared break room

Option 2

Construct a new 46,440 sq foot town hall, fire department, police department and first responder municipal complex on the town’s property at County E and Schmidt Road at the estimated cost of $11,480,000.

  • 7,195 sq feet larger

  • Includes one full depth drive through fire truck bay

  • Includes bunk rooms in mezzanine for fire department

  • Includes sally port for police safety

  • Includes two hard interview rooms and two holding rooms for police

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the additional tax impact? 2018-07-27T17:36:31+00:00

Tax Impact $9,700,000 Plan Option 1

Property Value Annual Monthly Daily
$100,000 65.00 5.42 0.18
$150,000 97.50 8.13 0.27
$200,000 130.00 10.83 0.36
$250,000 162.50 13.54 0.45
$300,000 195.00 16.25 0.53

Tax increased, over current mill rate for debt of $1.44, using 6 year average of combined mill rate (2021-2026) on Scenario 1 A: $0.65. Tax increased, in looking at project on standalone basis, averaged over 20 years using Scenario 1 A: $1.25

Tax Impact $11,480,000 Plan Option 2

Property Value Annual Monthly Daily
$100,000 80.00 6.67 0.22
$150,000 120.00 10.00 0.33
$200,000 160.00 13.33 0.44
$250,000 200.00 16.67 0.55
$300,000 240.00 20.00 0.66

Tax increased, over current mill rate for debt of $1.44, using 6 year average of combined mill rate (2021-2026) on Scenario 2 A: $0.80. Tax increased, in looking at project on standalone basis, averaged over 20 years using Scenario 2 A: $1.48

Assumptions:
1 - Impacts above based on 2017 Equalized Valuation of $508,669,700 with annual growth of 1.00%.
2 - Impacts above used planning estimates only. Significant changes in market conditions will require adjustments to impacts. Rates subject to change.

Did the town consider future expansion for these facilities? 2018-06-25T16:29:08+00:00

Yes, both options can easily be expanded in the future, but the town wanted to meet the immediate needs while taking into consideration the increased cost to expand in a short amount of time.

Will local contactors and businesses be considered to do the work? 2018-07-25T15:10:05+00:00

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

Could it be built cheaper? 2018-07-25T15:09:21+00:00

Yes, it could, 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, our emergency services, and town hall facilities, could mean the difference.

There is an ambulance stall on the plans. Will Freedom now have an ambulance in town? 2018-07-25T15:08:17+00:00

A new facility allows us to finalize an agreement with Gold Cross to supply an ambulance and stock all medical equipment, life safety supplies and materials. It would be housed at the new facility. Details need to be sorted out, but our goal is more efficient responses to medical emergencies.

Is the town growing? Do we need this size of facilities? 2018-06-25T16:27:25+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.

Did the town ever consider remodeling the current facilities? 2018-06-25T16:26:52+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.

Will the town hall gathering area be available for town residents to rent for personal and family activities? 2018-07-25T15:07:05+00:00

Yes, the new space will feature a kitchen and gathering area for 350 people with direct access from the parking lot. If there are movable tables and chairs arranged the room will seat approximately 165. The current facility accommodates 225.

When will construction start and be completed? 2018-07-25T15:06:10+00:00

Construction will start approximately spring 2019 and is expected to be finished early 2020.

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.