Allouez receives annual fire report
By Rich Palzewic
ALLOUEZ – At its March 2 village board meeting, Fire Chief David Litton gave an update on happenings during the last year.
“2020 was quite the year,” said Litton. “Starting with the COVID-19 pandemic in March, I’ve never seen anything like this in my 38-year career. Our department, despite all of the unknowns, has done a tremendous job. There’s been no backing away from the normal way we do things.”
Litton said in the last six years, there’s been an 11 percent increase in the number of calls his department has responded to.
“There’s a host of reasons for that,” he said. “As a general rule, we had fewer calls in 2020 than in previous years because of the pandemic. Not as many people were out doing things compared to previous years. We still have the capacity for more, so I’m not concerned with the increase yet.”
Litton also discussed the need to replace a fire station with the village during the next three to five years.
“We have two fire stations – No. 1 and No. 3 – that are approaching 90 years old,” he said. “They’ve already exceeded their natural life, so we’ll need to spend some money from the capital side of things in the near future. I would intend to build one new station, not two.”
Green Isle Park reconstruction project
The reconstruction of the Green Isle Park roadway is in phase two of the asphalt-replacement project.
In 2020, the parking lots at the park were reconstructed using money through 2019 bonding and fund balance from Fund 47.
The roadway phase of the project will reconstruct the road from the trail crossing by the north park entrance, east through the woods, to the softball diamond parking lot on the south side, as well as the driveway leading to the pavilion.
There is another small portion of the roadway at the south park entrance that will be reconstructed, too.
The project, which will be funded utilizing 2021 bonding, was awarded to the low bidder, Vinton Construction, for $228,320.
“We are anticipating the project will begin in the late summer or early fall and be completed by November,” said Chris Clark, director of parks, recreation and forestry.