By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — Members of the Boyceville Fire District have approved accepting a proposal from Five Bugles Design at a cost of $5,000 to study the feasibility of building a new fire station in Boyceville.
The Boyceville Fire District accepted the proposal at the July 16 meeting.
The fire district’s Five Year Capital Improvement and Planning Committee had some concerns about the legal language of the contract, said Rich Monn, chair of the Town of Stanton, chair of the five-year planning committee and acting chair of the Boyceville Fire District.
Monn chaired both the fire district meeting and the ambulance district meeting in the absence of Gilbert Krueger.
The committee had asked Krueger to check with village’s attorney about the contract, Monn said.
The attorney’s opinion is that the Five Bugles contract is a standard contract and that the language should not be of concern, he said.
The feasibility study will address Boyceville’s need for a new fire station and will cover the “what, where, the how and the cost,” Monn said.
Five Bugles Design strictly deals with fire stations, he noted.
The five-year planning committee also received a proposal from Cedar Corporation out of Menomonie.
The Five Bugles proposal came in at the lowest cost and was the most complete, Monn said.
In addition to $5,000 for conducting the feasibility study, Five Bugles will ask for additional compensation for travel expenses, attending meetings and the costs for printing and copying, he said.
The five-year planning committee met with Ed Mishefske and David Cihasky of Five Bugles Design in May to talk about the feasibility study.
The committee met in April with representatives of Cedar Corporation and the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to discuss the possibility of building a new fire station.
Representatives of the Boyceville Fire District unanimously approved the contract for $5,000 with Five Bugles Design.
The Boyceville Fire District includes representatives from the Towns of Hay River, New Haven, Stanton, Tiffany, and Sherman as well as representatives from the villages of Boyceville and Wheeler.
At the July 16 meeting, there were no representatives from Tiffany and Wheeler.
In other business, the Boyceville Fire District:
• Learned that the Boyceville Fire Department has gone out on 39 runs so far this year. The most recent runs included a brush fire on county Highway F; a landing zone on county Highway Q; a motorcycle accident on state Highway 64; a car accident on Highway Q; a car roll-over on state Highway 79; a structure fire; a lift assist; and a truck fire.
• Learned that the fire department had income of $4,765.59 in June and had $2,115.47 in expenses in June for an ending balance of $165,755.12.
• Learned that from July 1 through July 16, the fire department received $4,325.08 in income and had $358.83 in expenses for funds on hand as of the July 16 meeting of $169,721.37 with bills to pay of $1,562.65.
The Boyceville Fire District meets next on August 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyceville Village Hall.