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Public safety building project gets stripped down

You are getting closer to learning the final price tag of the long-discussed Kewaunee County Public Safety building project that has been seven years in the making.


County officials are currently in Phase 3 of the project, where some of the final drawings of the layout and floor plan of the building are completed. During the discussions, it was decided that the new building would be strictly a jail and a dispatch center. The decision keeps the offices for Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski and other department members at the Kewaunee County courthouse. The county will also keep deputies working as a jailer and dispatch worker in their current dual role.


By making decisions like this, Joski says it helps them start nailing down the final numbers for the project before presenting them to the community.

Once the plans are finished, the county could either move forward with the project or put it up for referendum. Joski says the referendum answers are essentially “yes” and “not now,” with the latter potentially costing taxpayers $1 million every year the project gets delayed because of changing costs.

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