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Kewaunee County exploring WPS facility for highway shop

You may see highway trucks and other maintenance vehicles leave from a different location in the future. Members of the Kewaunee County Highway Department will tour the former Wisconsin Public Service building located on State Highway 42 in the City of Kewaunee on Friday as officials continue to weigh options for an updated facility. Last year, former Kewaunee County Highway Commissioner Todd Every floated the idea of fixing up its current highway shop to the tune of $10.5 million for a phased-in approach or $26 million for a complete overhaul. A Milwaukee firm later found 20 deficiencies in the facility, including issues with the plumbing, sewer, and septic systems. Interim County Administrator Ed Dorner told the Kewaunee County Board on Tuesday that it would likely take a few months for WPS to get the property ready for sale but that they have been open about letting them check it out to see if it could be a viable option in the future.

The Kewaunee County Highway and Solid Waste Committee are also slated to discuss the project during their Friday meeting at 7 a.m. The Kewaunee County Board also met its incoming administrator, who is set to replace Dorner later this month. Jeremy Kral, who has been the Executive Director of Brown County Health and Human Services for the last two years, says he is excited to get started.

In addition to Kral’s confirmation, the board approved the appointment of Marty Treml as its new highway commissioner. He will start his position in June while he wraps up his time in the military.

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