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New Facility for Marshfield's Public Power and Water Takes a Step Forward
Thursday, February 13th, 2020 -- 1:02 pm
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director


(Hub City Times) -A new multi-million dollar facility for Marshfield’s public power and water utility is another step closer to becoming a reality. The city’s Common Council voted 6-3 on Feb. 11 in favor of a job order which gives the project the initial okay to move into the planning and design stages.

Among those voting “no” was Alder Rebecca Spiros. She said the $17.5 million dollar price tag was too high, considering all of the other major spending on the city’s horizon. Alders Adam Fischer and Ken Bargender joined Spiros in voting “no.” Alderman Tom Witzel said the job order approval merely keeps design work for the project moving forward. Even though full funding still needs to be finalized and authorized, Witzel said the council’s vote simply forwards initial estimates for the demolition, design, and construction of the Marshfield Utilities headquarters at 2000 South Central Avenue.

The city’s water and electric department is proposing a $17.5 million facility on the site of the existing office building. The utility’s architect has identified a need for more than 77,000 square feet of additional space, for a total of 82,600 square feet. The project would start in March of next year, with completion scheduled for July of 2022.

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