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Woodville gets $600,000 loan to help finance new fire station

On Monday the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands approved a State Trust Fund Loan of $600,000 for the village of Woodville to construct a fire hall and rebuild a street.

The total cost of the fire hall, which is nearly completed, is about $825,000, said Village Clerk Jan Nelson. She said the village had been saving money and had about $375,000 in cash set aside for the fire hall.

The Trust Fund loan will also help pay for reconstruction of Church Street, a project that is essentially finished, said Nelson.

The new fire hall replaces an old one, which was torn down.

Woodville is part of the United Fire & Rescue District, which also has fire halls in Baldwin and Hammond.

In January 1994, the three villages consolidated to form United Fire & Rescue. United Fire serves its parent communities and the townships of Baldwin, Springfield, Hammond, Emerald, Pleasant Valley, Rush River, Eau Galle, Erin Prairie and Cady and the village of Wilson.

It provides fire suppression, extrication and rescue services to central St. Croix County. United Fire & Rescue has 70 volunteers and 13 fire and rescue apparatuses.

The other loans approved by the BCPL Monday include $250,000 for Brazeau Sanitary District in Oconto County to finance lift station rehabilitation and $200,000 for the city of Ripon to finance a street project.

With income generated by State Trust Fund Loans, the BCPL provides all of the state’s financial aid to public elementary, middle and high school libraries -- $30.1 million in 2013.

State Trust Fund Loan monies come from the principal of the state’s Common School Fund enhanced by revenue generated by fees, fines, forfeitures, unclaimed property and timber sales.

Established by the Wisconsin Constitution, the BCPL consists of Secretary of State Doug La Follette, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and State Treasurer Kurt Schuller.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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