The Menomonee Falls Village Board approved conditional use permits that will allow for the construction of two new fire stations in the village.
The board approved permits that will allow for the construction of a fire station on the southwest corner of Main Street and Menomonee Avenue and at N56 W19350 Silver Spring Drive. Both fire stations would be 8,004 square feet. The fire station at the southwest corner of Main Street and Menomonee Avenue will replace the existing fire station on Appleton Avenue in the village while the Silver Spring location will be a new station to serve new development in the area.
During discussion on the Menomonee Avenue and Main Street, Trustee Steve Raymonds noted there was discussion about installing additional signage and lights along Main Street to alert motorists to the presence of a fire station in the area. Public Works Director Arlyn Johnson said flashing lights are available and can be a condition. Johnson said he did talk with the Fire Department about the lights.
"The response I got on those was they really didn't help much," Johnson said. Johnson said village staff researched the matter and talked with officials in Wauwatosa, where flashing lights were installed near one station that are activated any time a Fire Department vehicle responded to a call. Johnson indicated that in that instance staff was told by Wauwatosa officials that many motorists didn't pay attention to the lights.
Village President Randy Newman said the concern of Plan Commission was that the speed limits for Menomonee Avenue and Main Street was higher than many residential streets. The board added the additional lights and signage to the conditional use request for the Main Street and Menomonee Avenue fire station and the Silver Spring fire station location. Johnson added that the village would need approval from Waukesha County to install lights and signage on the fire stations near those areas.
—By Thomas J. McKillen, Managing Editor