Dodge County Borrowing Internally For New Reeseville Highway Shop

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board this week approved internal borrowing to cover the costs to reconstruct the Highway Department’s storage building in Reeseville. The project’s price tag is expected to be just over $3.5-million dollars.

Maas Brothers Construction out of Watertown will be paid $1.5-million dollars for general construction. Madison-based H.J. Pertzborn will get a total of $159-thousand for fire protection and plumbing while Sure-Fire and United Electric will each be paid around $200-thousand dollars for HVAC installation and electrical.

The county will borrow from the General Fund at an interest rate of 1.9-percent to be financed over a five-and-a-half period beginning next month. Originally, the county had planned on borrowing around $3.4-million dollars.

Supervisor Jeff Schmitt made a motion – which passed – to increase the borrowed amount by $90-thousand dollars to cover the wages and benefits for county employees working on the project. Those dollars were originally part of the Highway Department budget. Schmitt says he would rather see that money go towards maintenance and road construction projects.

Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field says the Reeseville shop, which was built 1945, is too small and they need additional space for storage.

Demolition and construction is slated to begin the end of March. Field says the goal is to be moved in to the new facility around October.