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Falls, Lannon Begin Official Fire Department Merger Negotiations

The two communities have discussed a merger for quite some time, but now both communities have passed resolutions to start hammering out an agreement.

Fire deparment merger negotiations between Menomonee Falls and Lannon took a big step forward Monday.

Preliminary discussions regarding merging the two departments have been ongoing for some time. However, the Village Board on Tuesday authorized Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald to dig deep into the negotiations with Lannon and craft an agreement that would be brought forward for approvals by both boards.

Now, the two communities will get down to the nitty-gritty details of a merged department.

“We hope to bring back a tentative agreement to move through the ratification process,” Fitzgerald said. “We hope to have a final resolution by the end of summer.”

Last week, the Lannon Village Board passed a similar resolution, which authorized Lannon Village President Jerry Newman to engage in merger negotiations.

A collaborative relationship already exists between the Lannon and Falls fire departments. Falls provides dispatch services for Lannon, and Lannon provides fire services to the southwest side of the village.

Falls Village President Randy Newman said Lannon would likely close its current fire station once Falls constructs two new stations. The Village Board approved its 2013 capital projects plan earlier in March, which includes funding to draw up designs for the stations.

One new fire station would be built on Silver Spring Road west of Pilgrim Road. Then, Fire Station #1, which is on Appleton Avenue in downtown Falls, would be relocated to Main Street and Menomonee Avenue on the former Sunnyside School property.

“Lannon would close their fire station in downtown Lannon, and we would use them to help equip and run those new stations,” Newman said. “We’ve been talking about this for a while and we think this is a great use of our resources.” 

james March 19, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Next get rid of the Barney Fife style Lannon police dept.
james March 19, 2013 at 02:55 PM
so shut down a Lannon fire station that is up and running now -- just to build a new one-- sure use more tax dollars we dont have ...
Carl Engelking March 19, 2013 at 03:29 PM
They were going to build that new fire station regardless of the merger.
Patches March 19, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Don't we already have a fire station next to Silver Spring and Pilgrim Road?
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 19, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Gots to build a new one, yo

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