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Village of Pewaukee makes appointments for LCFR consolidation

The Village of Pewaukee is getting serious with their considerations to join Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR). In a close vote, they appointed three members to sit on the LCFR Consolidation Committee late yesterday.

President Tom Calder appointed Pat Nauth, Paul Evert and himself. Nauth and Evert abstained while Jeff Knutson and Joe Zompa voted against the measure – it barely passed at 3-2, with Calder voting for himself.

LCFR currently includes the City of Delafield and the Villages of Nashotah and Chenequa. Talks are under way to consolidate and also provide emergency services for the Village of Hartland, the Town of Delafield and the City of Oconomowoc. Oconomowoc has yet to appoint representatives.

Knutson voted against it, seeming to have a change of heart.

“I have a real issue with this being on the board, on the table, or even discussing it without having first talked with the fire departments and the city about our issues with the pricing,” Knutson said.

Calder curbed discussion, though, saying that the matter wasn’t under discussion because the motion on the table concerned only the appointments. He did, however, add that he invited Pewaukee Mayor Scott Klein to weigh in. It should be noted that Calder did not acknowledge Pewaukee Fire Chief Kevin Bierce, who happened to be present at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Zompa voted against it and criticized how the appointments were decided. He sat on the Emergency Committee for the City of San Francisco and questioned why the board wasn’t asked or informed about the appointments.

“This committee is to be dealt with by this board… We are a community that contracts for fire services. We have complete autonomy according to that contract as to what we want to do and how we deal with that, okay? There’s other options out there. There was strong support and we’ve been saying for years, we’ve been looking at that number continuing to creep up,” Calder said.

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