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Razing Eble Park barn would cost $60,000 less than maintenance
Question: A recent Ask NOW and a subsequent article in NOW stated that Waukesha County is considering tearing down the barn at Eble Park because it is too costly to maintain. What are the exact costs of maintaining the barn and demolishing it?
Answer: Waukesha County plans to raze the barn, if it is approved as proposed in the 2014 county budget next month. The barn has been part of county-run Eble Park since the land was donated in 1987.
Ginny Bocek, the county parks program specialist, said the county concluded it would be an "inappropriate use" of tax dollars to invest in fixing the barn.
Bocek said a hired firm estimated it would cost $89,000 to fix structural issues with the beams and walls of the barn, as well as repaint it. Further spending would be required to make it usable for storage or events.
The cost for razing the barn and restoring the site is estimated at $26,000, she said.
Several residents at a Sept. 30 public meeting about the future of Eble Park on said they hope the county can preserve the barn and suggested various uses for it, including an indoor farmers market and a space for weddings and other events.
The public hearing was part of the county's process for updating its master plan to guide its parks for the next 20 years. The county has posted an online survey about Eble Park at WaukeshaCounty.gov/masterplan.
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