NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Electrical Department was open to the public to view Sunday afternoon, boasting several new features including a loading dock, more storage and heat.
The 12,000 square foot building was completed last winter at a cost of $771,000, approximately $250,000 under budget. Village Administrator Wayne York said there were several factors that went into choosing to build the new facility during the recession.
“The fact that we came in under budget was part of the reason we went ahead and had this built during the recession,” York said. “We upgraded our White Mountain substation in 2009 and it came in $1.5 million under budget. Once we knew the situation on that, we knew it was time to move forward.”
The new electric department building houses five full-time employees and was built in the New Bremen Industrial Park. York noted the facility is located on an odd-shaped lot.
“We picked this lot because it was the odd- shaped lot and was the least marketable to other businesses,” York said.
The building houses two offices, a break/conference room and mezzanine storage. One of the offices is set up to do GPS and map records of the village. York said the mapping will also help other village departments.
“We set up an office for GPS and map records that will also help out the water and sewer records,” York said. “We’re building good records for all of our utilities.”
Among its several new features, York noted that the building has a loading dock, the only one for any of the village departments.
“We get deliveries for all departments here, and before we were having to use unsafe practices to get things off the trucks,” York said.
York said the new facility is also heated, an important feature for the village’s trucks.
“The bucket trucks and digger trucks run on hydraulics,” York said. “They used to be kept in an unheated facility in the winter, which would cause some problems.”
York said the New Bremen Electric Department has done well at providing a reliable service, noting that mother nature causes most electric outages in the village.
“We pride ourselves on the level of service we provide,” York said.