By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — Members of the Boyceville Community Fire District have decided to “revisit” Five Bugles Design to draw up architectural plans for a new fire station.
The Boyceville fire district met September 16 with Allyson Baier, an attorney with Schofield, Higley and Mayer out of Menomonie, to talk about loans and agreements.
The Boyceville fire district could ask the Village of Boyceville to take the lead on a loan for a new fire station, or each municipality could borrow the money, Baier said.
A new fire station for Boyceville is expected to cost between $1 million and $2 million, depending upon the scope of the project, and borrowing that amount of money could put the village at or over the debt limit, said Gilbert Krueger, chair of the fire district and Boyceville village president.
Paying for the fire station would be based on the municipality’s equalized value and the percentage of equalized value in the village or township.
For example, if Boyceville has ten percent of the equalized value in the fire district, then Boyceville would pay ten percent of a new fire station.
All of the municipalities would have to agree to pay for a new fire station, Baier said.
If one of the municipalities did not approve the project, the project would be unable to move ahead, she said.
Although it was not an agenda item, the Boyceville fire district approved a motion to revisit Five Bugles Design for designing a new fire station.
Five Bugles has already done preliminary work on a design for the fire district.
Don Rose, director of public works in Boyceville and a member of the fire department, suggested it would be a good idea to describe to an architect what the fire board is looking for.
Several fire board members noted there was a range in cost estimates for a new fire station ranging from $1 million to $2 million, and without any concrete information on design and cost, it would be difficult to gain approval from residents.
Baier said each of the municipalities could hold a referendum on the new fire station to ask approval from residents and mentioned that Colfax and Menomonie had built new fire stations within the last few years.
Townships in the Colfax fire district held special town meetings to allow their residents to vote on whether to approve building a new fire station.
The Colfax Village Board supplied the approval for the village’s portion of the new fire station in Colfax.
The fire board would have to give the architect an idea of how much the district would be planning to spend on a new fire station and then draw up the plans accordingly, Rose said.
Members of the Boyceville fire district agreed that the five-year planning committee should meet with Five Bugles Design and bring information back the fire board at the next meeting October 14.
The five-year planning committee planned to meet September 23 with Five Bugles to discuss plans for a new fire station.
In other business, the Boyceville Community Fire District approved a budget of $125,375 for 2016.
The budget initially presented to members of the fire district was for $119,375.
The budget approved by the fire district included an additional $3,000 for legal fees and a new line item for architectural fees containing $3,000.
The assessments for 2016 are $16,566 for the Town of Hay River; $10,499 for the portion of the Town of New Haven in the fire district; $10,733 for the portion of the Town of Sherman in the fire district; $16,852 for the Town of Stanton; $8,825 for the portion of the Town of Tiffany in the fire district; $13,060 for the Village of Boyceville; $3,190 for the Village of Wheeler.
Total of the assessments for 2016 will be $79,675.
The Boyceville Community Ambulance District met immediately after the fire district and was presented with a budget of $396,744 for 2016.
Ambulance district members approved adding $4,200 to the line item for budget recovery deficit; adding $1,000 to the line item for village personnel; adding $2,000 to the line item for an audit; and adding $2,000 to the line item for Lifequest collection.
With the additions, the total budget for 2016 is $405,944.
Members of the ambulance district also approved having the ambulance service director take over accounts payable and payroll with Quickbooks Pro. The Quickbooks payroll program will be purchased from Best Buy.
In addition, members of the ambulance district approved doing a full audit for 2015 and that the audit will be done in January.
According to the status of the ambulance district accounts available for district members, the ambulance service had a balance of $85,921 at the end of August.
As of September 16, following receipts of $5,208 for the first half of the month and expenses of $7,272 for the first half of the month, the ambulance service had $85,857 in funds on hand, with $3,753 in bills to pay.
The Boyceville Community Ambulance District meets next on October 14 at 7 p.m., or immediately following the fire district meeting.