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Demolition moving along for Boyceville ambulance building

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE —  Demolition at the building on Race Street is moving along quickly.

The Boyceville Ambulance District plans to remodel the building for housing the ambulance service

Demolition started on Saturday, reported Matt Feeney, ambulance director, at the Boyceville Ambulance District’s March 12 meeting.

The glass on the east side of the building is out and the openings have been boarded up, he said.

“It’s down to bare concrete,” Feeney said.

Crews of volunteers worked on the west half of the building the night before the ambulance district meeting and also have cleaned that area down to bare concrete, he said.

Volunteers expected to tackle the apparatus bay the next Saturday, Feeney said.

“By the middle of next week, demolition will be done,” he said.

After the permits have been issued and approved, construction can begin, Feeney said.

The structural engineer for the project will have to submit the plans to the state for approval, and Feeney said the engineer expected to have state approval by the first week in April.

The Boyceville Village Board also will have to approve the permits before construction can begin.

At the February 11 meeting, the Boyceville Village Board agreed to take the lead for the ambulance district and has submitted an application for a $248,000 state trust fund loan.

One of the municipalities in the ambulance district needed to take the lead on applying for the loan, although all of the municipalities in the ambulance district will share in paying off the loan for remodeling the building.

The other municipalities in the ambulance district in addition to the Village of Boyceville include the Towns of Hay River, New Haven, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, and Tiffany.