Asbestos thickens plot in determining mill’s future


A PARTIALLY COLLAPSED ROOF on the Waubeka Mill (top) contains asbestos, Town of Fredonia officials say. But the building owner and the town haven’t determined how to address the matter. Orange cones (bottom) warn passersby to keep their distance. Photos by Sam Arendt
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Town of Fredonia officials are wrestling with what to do with the Waubeka mill, whose roof partially collapsed recently, exposing asbestos in the roof and possibly elsewhere, officials say. 

“The old mill has been in disrepair for a number of years and gave up the ghost some time ago,” town Clerk Bob Eichner said.

“The owner is trying to figure out the options to fix it up. We have environmental issues because there were asbestos tiles in the roofs and maybe in the building,” Eichner said. “It could be an expensive process.”

The owner, Jacquie Voeks, did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment.

The mill is one of the oldest buildings in Waubeka and has been out of use for decades.

Town Chairman Rich Mueller said there’s hope that grant money may become available to help in the cleanup due to the historic nature of the structure and the environmental implications of the collapse.

“All we can do is try to protect the public from around the mill because it’s a private building,” Mueller said. “There may be grants we can help procure to help defray the cost to the owner.” 

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