The town of Union has never had a town hall.

Meetings have been held haphazardly around town—at the library, fire department, an insurance company or wherever there was space, said Kim Gruebling, town supervisor.

But that will change once construction on a $1.3 million town hall and maintenance facility is finished in December, Gruebling said.

Construction on the 10,000-square-foot facility began earlier this month on Green Bay Road, north of Evansville.

Building the hall was prompted by the town’s decision in 2009 to take care of its own road maintenance, Gruebling said. The town previously contracted with Rock County for road maintenance.

The town’s trucks and plowing equipment are now kept in a shed that is too small and is not temperature controlled, Gruebling said.

Diesel trucks need to be warmed up before use in the winter, Gruebling said. With a heated garage, less time will be spent warming trucks before plowing. It will also allow for easier conditions for truck maintenance.

“Wisconsin winters are no fun if you have to try to fix something and it is close to 0 (degrees) and winds (are) blowing and it is dark,” Gruebling said.

Kendall Schneider, town board chairman, said he met with representatives from Union Bank and Trust on Wednesday to discuss project financing.

The town will borrow $1.5 million over 30 years for the facility, Schneider said.

He did not know by press time what impact that will make on the tax rate but expects it is “not going to be that significant.”

The town borrowed more than what the project is expected to cost to cover any unanticipated expenses, Schneider said. Tariffs on steel have already caused project costs to increase from previous estimates.

The project did not require the town to go to referendum, but a public informational meeting was held in January for the public to voice concerns, Schneider said.

The hall will be the new polling place for town residents once it is constructed, moving the polling place from the Evansville fire station, Schneider said.

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