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Boyceville village board approves wage schedule, puts off land appraisal for fire hall; police chief is retiring

BOYCEVILLE — The village board approved a new wage schedule for village employees during its regular meeting Monday evening, November 10th. They also discussed village-owned land that is being considered for the site of a new fire station. And, they were informed that the police chief is retiring.

The Boyceville Community Fire District is in the planning stages of building a new fire station and they have identified two parcels in the village for that purpose. One of the sites is village-owned land just south of the BP convenience store along State Highway 79.

Village Board member Bud Gilbertson reported to the board that it would cost  $900 to have the six-acre site appraised. During the discussion board members also talked about the other site, which is privately owned, and Gilbertson asked if “we should wait with the appraisal until the other site is explored.” Village President Gib Krueger moved to table the issue until the December meeting saying, “Another month wait is not going to hurt.”

The board also approved the intent to retire statement from Police Chief Dan Wellumson. Krueger stated that he was reluctantly moving to accept the retirement letter. Board members Jo Palmer questioned, “What happens if we do not approve his request?” To which Wellumson stated, “I will retire anyway.” Krueger noted that Wellumson’s last day on the job would be November 27th. Krueger also asked for a special meeting of the board on Thursday evening to discuss a replacement for Wellumson. The meeting will be a closed session of the board.

The board also approved a new wage schedule for the coming year, which increases wages about fifty-cents per hour. The board also approved the hiring of Heidi Upton as a Public Works employee.  She will fill the spot vacated by the retirement of Doug Hellendrung.

Ohly Expansion

The board discussed the request from Ohly Americas for a study to allow the firm to increase its input into the village’s wastewater treatment facility. Board member Herb Dow indicated that the Ohly “wants to increase production next year.” The engineering firm of Sambatek will do the study yet this year, and Ohly will pay for the $33,000 cost.

In other action the board heard from Police Chief Wellumson, that the department handled 70 incidents in October including 20 traffic-related items. He also told the board that he had a visitor at his office recently and was informed by the former manager of the Eagles Nest that the business is closed down. Wellumson was asked about the bow permits to allow hunters with bow and arrow to hunt within the village. He estimated that there were 12 to 15 permits so far this year.

The board heard a request from Dan Brandenburg about the upcoming Spirit of Christmas event set for December 13. He said he was representing the CAC group, who are asking for the board approval of two new items for the celebration. One was a bonfire near Main Street and the other was a vintage snowmobile, one-eighth mile radar run, drag race. The members of the board all agreed with the new items.

And finally the board approved a two-year contract with the Dunn County Humane Society for animal shelter service. The cost to the village will be $1.52 for each person in the village for the 2015 year and for the 2016 year the price will go to $1.63.