Oconto Falls fire station takes shape

Warren Bluhm
News Editor

Mild weather has contributed to progress on construction of the new fire station on Chestnut Avenue in Oconto Falls, and city officials are making tentative plans for a dedication in early June.

In his monthly report to the city council for its Feb. 13 meeting, City Administrator Peter Wills said interior drywall has been installed and plastering is expected to continue through the end of February.

The new station is being built with the help of a $7 million Neighborhood Investment Grant, obtained through the state Department of Administration using federal funds allocated to Wisconsin through COVID relief programs.

Fire Chief Tim Magnin said about $5.71 million of the $7.5 million budget has been spent to date. Magnin, Wills, Mayor Brad Rice and fire department member Joel Schmechel have been meeting weekly to discuss the construction effort.

Painting has begun in the apparatus bays and is expected to take about three weeks, and door and window frame are also being installed, Wills said.

Work continues on the final design for the overhead doors in the apparatus bay, Magnin added.

Wills and Magnin were also scheduled to give the latest updates to the council Feb. 13 during their regular monthly meeting.