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Summit - The village board voted unanimously earlier this week to schedule an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 before its next meeting, for residents to see and ask about plans for a new Village Hall complex in the Summit Village Commons.

"We want to get this out to the public as quickly as possible," said trustee Kraig Arenz, who noted that the village first began studying a possible new building nine years ago.

Timothy Knepprath, project director for MSI General, said the cost of building the complex has been set at $5.8 million for an 18,000-square-foot village hall and police department, an 11,000-square-foot public works building and a 2,000-square-foot salt storage structure.

Knepprath said the target for groundbreaking is sometime in April, after bids are obtained. With an April groundbreaking, he voiced hope the DPW building would be ready by Dec. 1, with the village hall completed by Feb. 1.

Village Administrator Henry Elling set the total cost of the project at about $6,9 million, which includes $490,000 to purchase the site and $540,000 for furnishings, fixtures and data systems for the buildings.

The village expects to obtain $400,000 from sale of the present village hall site, and has $1.2 million in reserve from payments in lieu of taxes made by Aurora Medical Center Summit. With the reserve funds and land sale proceeds, Elling said he projects that the village will need to borrow just under $5.3 million.

Elling presented copies of a projection from June 2015 on the tax impact of a 20-year loan. The closest projection offered then was borrowing $5.8 million, for a $7 million project. At that rate, the owner of a home assessed at $250,000 would pay an additional $93.08 per year in taxes. The exact cost won't be known until construction bids are obtained.

In other action, the board approved the new Lake County Village subdivision with a projected 332 homes. The project is not expected to break ground until the spring of next year.

On Oct. 26, the Dousman Fire District will discuss status of talks with city of Oconomowoc about a possible consolidation of fire departments. If a consensus is reached, the project will be presented to the village board at its November meeting.


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