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Boyceville’s new ambulance station in over budget

BOYCEVILLE — Board members of the Boyceville Community Ambulance Service learned last week that the new Ambulance Station came in over budget by some $40,500, according to Ambulance Director Matt Feeney.

Feeney was discussing the matter with the board at their regular monthly meeting on April 15th. But a larger question that Feeney presented to the board was an unpaid bill to Halverson Brothers for the heating and ventilation of the new ambulance quarters. According to figures at the meeting, Halverson has presented a bill for $68,070.73 that was for the remainder of the work on the new station. The board learned that Halverson Brothers had already received some $19,576. Feeney told the board that their total bid was at $77,000.

But, according to Feeney and a board member, they were not satisfied with the work that was left uncompleted. Feeney told the board that when the firm was installing the ventilation they had to cut a hole in the south wall of the building to place air ducts. Apparently, the hole was cut in the wrong spot and that hole was left uncovered nor was a J-channel installed on the outside of the wall around the air duct. After a long discussion, it was decided to withhold funds from Halverson until the work is completed. They will pay $50,000 of the bill and hold the rest. There was also a discussion about the overrun of the bill for an excavator that was damaged while working at the building site, which board members felt was the responsibility of the firm.

As for the cost overrun of the structure, Feeney asked the board to move $30,000 from the large equipment fund to cover the overrun, which the board approved. Feeney noted to the board that the service now has a very nice station for $260,000.

As for the finances of the service, the report showed that it had over $150,000 on hand.

On the fire department side of the meeting, the report showed that the department had 21 calls through April 15, but fire chief Brian Marlette was not at the meeting because the department was fighting a grass fire near Knapp.

Rick Monn of the Town of Stanton spoke about his visit to Grantsburg, Wisconsin to look over their new fire station and its cost. After a long discussion about building a new facility in Boyceville, the board decided that they needed to put together a plan and a cost so that each municipality will know what their share of the new building is going to be.