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Hales Corners Village Hall renovation moves forward

Jan. 7, 2010

Hales Corners — The village has completed more than half of its yearlong, $3.5 million renovation of Village Hall, Village President Robert Ruesch said Thursday.

The renovation includes an expansion of the Police Department that will allow for all squad cars to be parked inside of a garage instead of outdoors, Ruesch said. In addition, many of the mechanicals, such as generators, in the 41-year-old building are being replaced, he said.

The cost of the renovation was reduced significantly over the summer when the Jerry Holz family pledged a donation of $500,000 toward the cost, Ruesch said.

Holz Motors is located in Hales Corners.

The donation is being made over three years and significantly reduces the principal on the 20-year loan the village made to pay for the renovations, he said.

The renovation began last summer and is expected to be completed by July.

Village Manager Michael Weber said no estimate has been done on how much in interest the donation will save the village. He also said the Village Board would have to decide whether to use the savings to defray taxes or to put it toward other village needs.

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