Oconomowoc approves fire district; Dousman to vote Monday

  • Source: Lake Country News
  • Published: 02/08/2017 02:40 AM

The common council on Tuesday night unanimously approved the creation of a fire district with three nearby municipalities, which city officials say will save money in the long run and provide round-the-clock EMS service. The Summit Village Board approved the agreement on Feb. 2, and the village of Dousman and the town of Ottawa must still approve it before it is made official. If the two remaining municipalities approve the agreement, the Western Lakes Fire District will be created on March 2. Since October, the municipalities have been working together to create a fire district because a shared-services agreement between the Dousman Fire District and the city of Oconomowoc is set to expire at the end of 2017. Dousman Fire Chief Bruce Bowen has estimated that the new fire district will save the four municipalities about $2.3 million in capital expenditures over 20 years, which is about 17 percent less than they would spend if two separate departments continued.


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