CITIZENS for a RESPONSIBLE
CAMBRIDGE FIRE & EMS STATION
Our MISSION is to provide voters in the Cambridge Fire and EMS District the relevant facts and information so they can make informed decisions regarding the upcoming $6.5 million dollar Fire/EMS referendum.
We encourage everyone to look at the facts, ask questions, and be informed.
We are not promoting or opposing a vote for or against the Referendum. We are providing information that voters may have been unable to find, from named sources, that will help to inform voters on an important issue that will affect them directly for years to come. We have published verbatim comments we have received on our email site from readers, not the Committee’s thoughts or opinions. Voters should consult other sources such as the Cambridge Fire and EMS sites as well.
Election Results on Referendum for the $6.5 million Fire/EMS Station
*Village of Cambridge 267 297
Village of Rockdale. 36 30
Town of Lake Mills 346 269
*Town of Oakland 393 502
*Town of Christiana 203 222
TOTALS 1,245 1,320
*THE REFERENDUM FAILED IN THE 3 MUNICIPALITIES THAT WOULD
CONTRIBUTE THE MOST TAX DOLLARS TO THE PROJECT.
What is the next step
for the station project?
The Fire Commission met on April 29, 2021, and moved to have a Building Committee formed to meet and recommend a new proposal. The members of the committee decided by the Fire Commission included Devin Flanagan, the Keller representative who was paid $1,500 to put together the proposal that was the subject of the Referendum, the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, EMS Director and Assistant and one representative from each of the five municipalities The Commission said that 2 citizens “at large” would be selected and asked for volunteers. The meetings were to be open to the public, with the first one to be held on May 13, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the Fire Station.
Between April 29 and May 13, 2021, however, there was an appointment of four “citizens at large” announced without full Fire Commission input or notice. Three are from the Town of Oakland and one from the Village of Cambridge.
Also, Terry Johnson, the Fire Chief sent out an agenda that stated, “Again, this is a working meeting and not open to the public” (emphasis added). The process for determining that the meeting would be closed to the public has been challeneged, as well as whether having meetings without proper notice to the public and having them closed to the public violates the Open Meetings Law in the State of Wisconsin.
For more information on this subject—please go to the Cambridge News Independent website for their Thursday, May 13, 2021 article titled, “Cambridge board member says station meetings should be open” and look for a preview of the articles that will appear in the upcoming editions of the News Independent.
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
The following comments have been submitted to us through our website from known Cambridge citizens. We have uniformly decided to publish only the responses and not their names.
THE MONEY BUDGETED IS CONSERVATIVE
Let's take a pause, reassess our immediate needs and come up with a financially responsible building design.
What are your plans when all the volunteer firefighters quit because of all the negative press?
Breakdown of costs for each municipality as currently provided are as follows:
*Reflects building and land cost only. Operating costs are not part of these estimates.
VILLAGE OF CAMBRIDGE
*Estimated Percent Share of Total Cost /**Estimated Share of Total Dollars - as of December 2020
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