Gordon volunteers muster approval for fire hallDemolition is underway at the Gordon Fire Hall destroyed by fire last month. The Douglas County town hopes to have it rebuilt by spring.
By: Brad Phenow/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Demolition is underway at the Gordon Fire Hall destroyed by fire last month. The Douglas County town hopes to have it rebuilt by spring.
Gordon Fire Chief Mike Chmielecki said the town meeting last week to get the public’s approval in re-building the fire hall was a success.
“It went good; we had roughly around 20-some people show up to the meeting,” Chmielecki said. “The town board took a vote on the approval to rebuild … after a short discussion there was a unanimous vote to approve.”
He said the exact numbers from the insurance company haven’t been calculated but they have a pretty good idea.
“Right now the best that we can tell, it’s well over $2 million at this time, with a little bit left to go yet.”
They’re waiting for bids before they know if that’ll cover the total amount lost.
He said they are planning to start construction as soon as demolition is finished and contractor is selected.
The Gordon Fire Hall served as headquarters for fighting the Germann Road wildfire in May that burned about 7,000 acres in Douglas and Bayfield counties, destroying more than 70 buildings.
Chmielecki said they are hopeful to get a start on the new structure yet this fall. He said the town board sent out proposals for invitation to bid on replacing the building; the bids are due back by next week.
As for the volunteer firefighters, Chmielecki said they are keeping busy.
“We’ve been having lots of meetings to work on training on the trucks that we have,” he said. We just received our brand new turnout gear that we ordered so the guys are pretty excited about that, basically have something that’s kind of their own.”
The fire department calls the nearby highway department building home for now. There still hasn’t been a fire call since the fire hall blaze, but they have responded to medical calls.