Town will ask voters to decide on cost of new hall

By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton Town Board is weighing its options for a new Town Hall.

The current Town Hall is in a leased portion of a building at 1230 11th Ave. in the village. In the past, the board has periodically discussed purchasing property in the town to construct a hall.

During the September Town Board meeting, the supervisors agreed to take the issue to residents at the annual meeting this fall. The meeting has not been set but will likely be in October when the budget is considered.

Town Chairman Lester Bartel said residents need to approve a set cost before the board can make an offer on property. He also said the town is not at risk of losing its current location.

Bartel said the board has several potential sites in mind but has not begun purchase negotiations.

“In the event we come upon something,  that time is of the essence,” Bartel said. “We’re not all in agreement where we should go.” 

The town is seeking a property large enough to accommodate future growth. Bartel said he wants the hall to provide additional amenities for residents such as recycling and yard waste disposal.

Supr. Tom Grabow said it is difficult to predict the future needs of the town during the next 30 years. Supr. Paul Melotik said he would like to see the property centrally located in the town.

Bartel said he is concerned about parking for older adults at the current Town Hall, where meetings and elections take place.

The board sets aside $15,000 in its annual budget for construction of a new Town Hall. The hall fund currently has about $175,000.

Two years ago, a study conducted on the potential cost of a new hall estimated the cost of land and construction at $1.26 million. 

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