Boyceville ambulance: still waiting for state-approved plans

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE —  As far as anyone knows, as of the August 12 meeting of the Boyceville Community Ambulance District, state-approved plans had not yet been received for the new ambulance station.

The Boyceville Community Fire District and the Boyceville Community Ambulance District each barely had a quorum at their respective meetings on August 12.

Rich Monn, chair of the Town of Stanton, chaired the ambulance district meeting in the absence of Gilbert Krueger, who attended the fire district meeting but then had to leave for another commitment.

Monn said as far as he knew, the state-approved plans for the new ambulance station on Race Street had not yet been received.

Matt Feeney, ambulance service director, was unable to attend the meeting, so there was no director’s report available to district representatives.

The old car dealership building has been torn down, and the site is prepped and ready to go for construction of the ambulance station, Monn noted.

Brian Marlette, Boyceville fire chief, suggested that the site for the new ambulance station should be taped off to prevent people from parking there during the Boyceville Cucumber Festival that weekend.

According to the financial report, the Boyceville Community Ambulance District had funds on hand as of August 12 of $18,463.43 with $1,374.47 in bills to pay.

Representatives at the ambulance district meeting included one each from the Towns of Tiffany, Stanton, Sherman and Sheridan, and one from the Village of Boyceville. The Towns of Hay River and New Haven did not have any representatives at the meeting.

Fire district

The Boyceville Fire District faced a similar situation with barely a quorum at the fire district meeting held prior to the ambulance district meeting.

Fire Chief Marlette reported that the department has had 44 runs so far this year.

The pumps on both fire engines have been tested and both are in good shape and only require small repairs: a pressure relief valve on Engine 1, and a leaking rear valve on Engine 2, Marlette reported.

As of August 12, the Boyceville Community Fire District had $172,816.86 on hand with $2,666 in bills to pay.

One representative each for the Towns of Sherman, Stanton and Tiffany attended the fire district meeting, along with two representatives for the Village of Boyceville. The Towns of Hay River and New Haven, along with the Village of Wheeler, did not have any representatives at the meeting.

Next meeting

The Boyceville Community Fire District and the Boyceville Community Ambulance District meet next on September 10.

The fire district will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Boyceville village hall, and the ambulance district will meet at 7 p.m.

The September meetings will focus on the budgets for 2015.