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Boyceville ambulance: set of plans underway

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE — “Good things come to those who wait.”

If that old saying is true, then the Boyceville ambulance district’s new station on Race Street in the former Chevrolet building is going to be extraordinary.

Marty Koleno, project coordinator, reported on the status of the building plans at the Boyceville Ambulance District’s July 10 meeting.

The building plans are in the process of being drawn up right now, Koleno reported to the members of the ambulance district who attended the meeting.

Construction on the building has been delayed by three or four months because of a lack of engineering plans for remodeling the structure.

The person who originally said he would draw up the plans backed out of the project in May.

Koleno then said he contacted Tim Peterson, a retired architecht from Architectural Design Group, who said he would have the plans finished by the end of June.

Peterson then decided he also would be unable to do the plans and handed the project over to ADG out of Eau Claire, Koleno said.

Koleno said he had been assured that for the next three or four weeks, three members of the ADG staff would be devoted entirely to drawing up the Boyceville ambulance station plans.

Once the plans are complete, they will have to be reviewed and approved by the state.

ADG will give the Boyceville Ambulance District a discount and will complete a set of engineering plans for $8,000 to $10,000, Koleno said.

ADG normally charges between $18,000 and $25,000 for a set of engineering plans, he noted.

After the plans are completed, it will be easier to establish a schedule for obtaining permits and doing the construction, Koleno said.

“We are hoping to send it out for bids at the end of the month,” he said.

The Boyceville Ambulance District meets next on August 14 at 7 p.m.

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The Boyceville Fire District met prior to the ambulance district meeting.

Boyceville Fire Chief Brian Marlette reported that the fire department has gone out on 38 runs so far this year.

The five most recent runs included a grass fire in the Town of Hay River that was sparked by fireworks; an accident in the Town of Hay River; a car vs. train accident in Hay River; a motorcycle accident in the Town of Stanton; and mutual aid provided to Menomonie.

The Boyceville fire department responded to two Dunn Energy fires in May that were caused by limbs hanging on wires after the heavy snowfall in early May. One fire was on 280th Street and one was in the area of county Highway K and state Highway 64.

The Boyceville Fire District meets next on August 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Boyceville village hall.