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Boyceville Ambulance seeking demolition experts

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE — Now that the Boyceville Ambulance District is planning to tear down the former Chevrolet building on Race Street and constructing a new building to house the EMTs — they need a demolition expert.

Matt Feeney, director of the Boyceville ambulance service, reported at the Boyceville Ambulance District meeting on June 11 that he and Andrew Kissh, also a Boyceville EMT, have been looking for estimates for demolishing the former Chevrolet building.

Feeney and Kissh said they had contacted a number of local heavy equipment companies looking for quotes but that most had not returned their calls or had not provided any price quotes.

One company that did provide a quote said the demolition would cost $25,000, Feeney said.

Out of the $248,000 state trust fund loan taken out last year for the ambulance building, approximately $200,000 remains.

Preliminary estimates for a post-frame building are around $120,000. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) will cost nearly $80,000.

Electrical work for the building is being donated.

The long and short of it is — there is no money for demolition, Feeney told the ambulance district board.

Feeney said he also was considering renting excavating equipment and dump trucks so the EMTs could do the demolition themselves with volunteer labor.

The Boyceville Ambulance District board approved a motion directing Feeney to gather more bids for demolition and for full site preparation for the new building.

After Feeney has obtained the information, the Boyceville Ambulance District plans to hold a special meeting to consider the estimates for demolition and site prep.

The Boyceville Village Board took the lead for the ambulance district on obtaining the state trust fund loan nearly a year and a half ago.

The initial plan was to renovate the former Chevrolet building and then move the EMTs and the equipment into their new quarters late last summer or early in the fall.

The project has faced one problem after another, most notably that the project engineer abruptly withdrew from the project.

Fire station

During the Boyceville Fire District meeting held prior to the ambulance district meeting, Rich Monn, chair of the Town of Stanton and chair of the five-year planning committee, said the committee was considering recommending that Five Bugles Design complete the feasibility study about the possibility of building a new fire station.

Monn said he was concerned about the liability disclaimer from Five Bugles and wondered if the village’s attorney could review it to determine whether it is a standard disclaimer or whether it could have additional implications for Boyceville.

Gilbert Krueger, chair of the fire district board and the ambulance district board and Boyceville village president, said he would check on the legal disclaimer to see if it is standard.

Quarterly

Rather than a meeting monthly, a quarterly meeting of the fire district and ambulance district boards was one of the agenda items for the June 11 meeting.

Monn said that sometimes, with all of the other meetings that are required for town chairs and town board members, making a monthly fire and ambulance meeting can be challenging.

A quarterly meeting would help to ease up the meeting demands, Monn said.

Krueger pointed out that the bills for both districts are paid monthly.

Krueger said he also seemed to recall that the agreements for the fire district with the other townships included a monthly meeting.

If the meetings were going to be quarterly, and the agreements say monthly meetings, then the fire district will need new agreements with the village and the townships, he said.

Fire district members agreed that action on the the quarterly meeting agenda item should be postponed and that the item should be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.

Krueger noted during the ambulance district meeting that he was of the opinion that quarterly meetings would not work for the ambulance district right now until the building issue is resolved.