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Chippewa Falls bond money to be spent on emergency vehicles, parks

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Emergency services are about to get an upgrade in Chippewa Falls. Last week, the city council approved $4.4 million in borrowing. The money will be spread around from parks to paramedics.

"The work is going to be done in the fall and the spring, so during the summer months when people want to enjoy the park, we don't want to affect everyone's usage," said Richard Hebert, Chippewa Falls' Parks and Recreation Director.

Irvine Park visitors in Chippewa Falls will soon have a smoother drive.

"We've been trying to repair the roads for many, many years. And they've gotten to the point where we cannot repair them any further, they need to be replaced," Hebert explained.

Four sections of roads within the park will be replaced, and there are also restroom replacements in order.

"This is a very popular part of the park now because of the amenities that surround these bathrooms. They're not large enough and can no longer accommodate the usage in this part of the park," said Hebert.

All told, the Irvine Park improvements cost $525,000, which the city is borrowing through bonds to be repaid over a 15 year span. The city is also buying a new ladder truck, replacing the current 32 year-old option.

"We do have some taller buildings coming into town, the sand plant we need to be able to reach upwards of 100 feet to get to some of the catwalks, which this truck was unable to do," said Nate Martell, a Chippewa Falls firefighter and paramedic.

A new ambulance will also be purchased. The ambulance being replaced only has a few rust spots, but the inside is where the upgrade will be felt.

"They are larger, offer a little bit more room for working in the patient compartment. And a little bit better lighting than the older models," Martell added.

The $4.4 million in borrowing also includes money to purchase land near the intersection of West River and South Bridge Streets. The city will make road repairs as part of a larger plan to put a park in that spot.

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