Wheatland Fire Chief Lou Denko spent months meeting with town residents to address any potential concerns or questions involving plans to build a new $3.8 million fire station.
On Wednesday, it was back to the drawing board.
The non-binding referendum stated: “Should the Town Board issue bonds or other debt issues in order to borrow up to $3.8 million to pay for the construction of a new fire station in the town which is currently in need of replacement?”
Voters shot it down on Tuesday with 308 (42%) in favor and 426 (58%) opposed.
“It was disappointing,” Denko said. “There’s no denying that.”
Despite several public informational meetings held over the past two months, Denko said misinformation about the project remained heading into the vote.