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Boyceville approves demo, new ambulance building

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE —  Members of the Boyceville Ambulance District have accepted bids to demolish the building on Race Street and to construct a new building to house the Boyceville ambulance service.

The Boyceville Ambulance District board met June 26 and accepted the low bid of $7,840 from Wirth Brothers Excavating out of Ridgeland to demolish the old car dealership building and accepted a bid of $118,648 from Design Built Structures to construct a new building.

 Andrew Kissh, a captain with the Boyceville ambulance service, reported that he had received five bids all together for demolition.

The high bid was from T&T Construction for $29,000. Extreme Excavating submitted a bid of $25,000. Cormican Excavating came back with a bid of $18,800, while Pioneer Excavating bid $9,750.

The representative for Wirth Brothers “apologized for being so high” with the bid of $7,840, Kissh said.

The statement about the Wirth representative apologizing for the bid being “high” prompted a short burst of spontaneous laughter from the members of the ambulance district.

Kissh said he had spent about a half hour on-site discussing the demolition with the representative from Wirth Brothers.

Wirth is proposing to dispose of all roofing materials at the approved landfill on state Highway 29 near Menomonie and to verify that the materials were disposed of properly at an approved landfill with paperwork that will remain with the ambulance service, he said.

Wirth is also proposing to break off the footings from the existing building about halfway down in the ground, meaning that there will be less disturbance of the site, and, therefore, less site preparation, Kissh said.

The higher bids were all proposing to dig the footings out completely, which would mean the site would be excavated down four or five feet, and then the site would have to be filled in and compacted, he said.

Several board members wondered if the remaining portions of the footings would cause problems in the construction of the new building.

Kissh said he planned to mark the location of each footing with a flag or some other marker so that when the new building is constructed, it could be moved a foot or two in either direction to avoid the remainders of the footings.

Double duty

Another reason the Wirth bid was lower is because Wirth has a job by Menomonie that will require hauling material to the company’s pit in Prairie Farm, Kissh said.

Wirth will be able to haul the Boyceville roofing materials to Menomonie and then haul the other material back to Prairie Farm, which will save a trip on both jobs, he said.

The other companies that submitted bids, Kissh noted, would not say where they were going to dispose of the roofing materials.

In response to a question from an ambulance district board member about whether there might be contaminated soil at the site, Gilbert Krueger, chair of the ambulance district and Boyceville village president, said that to the best of his knowledge the site was clear.

The site had been monitored for contaminants for several years a while back, and there was no indication of contaminated soil, he said.

A motion to accept the low bid from Wirth Brothers was unanimously approved by the ambulance district board.

Design Built

The low bid of $118,648 from Design Built is for a 40×80 foot building with R40 roof insulation, R19 wall insulation, walls sixteen feet high, three overhead doors for the apparatus bay, a fire wall between the bay and the crew quarters, and two fire doors, said Matt Feeney, director of the ambulance service.

A bid of $74,000 from Halvorson Plumbing and Heating out of Menomonie was previously approved for plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), he said.

The in-floor heat will be electric heat that will use off-peak electricity, which will be more efficient and more cost-effective than forced-air heat, Feeney said.

The building will have a four-inch reinforced concrete floor, he said.

The lumber for the crew quarters has already been acquired. The electrical materials will have to be purchased, but a company out of Hudson is donating the labor for installing the electrical, Feeney said.

Several board members expressed concern about the project going over the $199,000 that is in the district’s account for construction.

The EMS association has $8,000 for furniture for the crew quarters that could be used if necessary, Feeney said.

Kissh also noted that the large equipment fund currently has $10,000.

Since the in-floor heat will not require tubing or a boiler, that will also reduce the cost of the HVAC, Feeney said.

In addition, the Design Built bid includes a steel liner for the entire building, but the crew quarters will not require a liner because it will be lined with Sheetrock that has already been acquired, he said.

Moving in

Krueger wondered about the EMTs being able to move into the new station even if it were not completely finished on the inside.

“Many people build houses and move in but the basement doesn’t get finished for a few years,” he said.

“If we have the shell and bathrooms, we have a legal building. With the bedrooms (for crew members) we will have a functioning station,” Kissh said.

Feeney pointed out that the current quarters for the Boyceville EMTs is not in compliance with state law.

“We are not compliant having people sleep in the multi-purpose room,” he said.

“Seventy-five percent of our EMTs do not live in or near Boyceville … they have to stay at the building to keep the four to five minutes out,” Kissh said.

“The longer we put it off, the more it will cost, and we need to be in compliance,” said Rich Monn, chair of the Town of Stanton and Stanton’s representative for the ambulance district.

Several members of the ambulance district board pointed out that if the building still needed finishing on the inside when the EMTs moved in, it might provide a “sense of urgency” for the fund raisers held by the EMS association.

A motion to approve the Design Built bid and to not exceed the present budgeted dollars passed with five voting in favor.

Representatives for Hay River, New Haven, Stanton, Tiffany and Boyceville voted in favor.

The Town of Sheridan did not have a representative at the meeting.

The representative for the Town of Sherman abstained from voting.

Feeney and Kissh noted that Design Built requires 20 percent down for permits and to start the process for state approval of the plans.