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Boyceville expecting recommendation for fire station proposal soon

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE  —  Members of the Boyceville Community Fire District board expect to have a recommendation on a proposal for a new fire station next month.

Rich Monn, representative for the Town of Stanton and chair of the fire district’s Five Year Planning and Capital Improvement Committee, reported at the September 14 meeting that members of the committee had received clarifications on Requests for Proposals from all but one of the four architectural firms.

The response from Five Bugles Design is expected to arrive shortly, Monn said.

The five-year planning committee met in August to discuss RFPs for building a new 13,000 square-foot fire station submitted by Ratsch Engineering, Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Cedar Corporation and Five Bugles Design.

Committee members ended up with more questions than answers at the August meeting about what each amount in the bids actually covered and asked each of the design companies for clarification on the RFPs they had submitted.

The amount for the Ratsch Engineering RFP is $84,000; the Five Bugles Design RFP is $101,500; the Cedar Corporation RFP is $119,750; and the RFP from SEH is $174,000.

The five-year planning committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. October 5 at the Boyceville Village Hall to review the clarifications and evaluate the RFPs.

The Boyceville Community Fire District board is scheduled to meet next at 6:30 p.m. October 12 at the Boyceville Village Hall.

In other business, the fire district board:

• Learned from Brian Marlette, fire chief, that the fire department is holding steady with 44 runs for the year and the department had gone out on zero runs in the previous month.

• Learned that Darlene Lee, village clerk-treasurer and clerk for the fire board, was planning to go to a budget workshop the following day with Karen Adams, deputy clerk-treasurer, and expected to work on the fire district’s 2017 budget for the next meeting in October.

• Learned that the fire district had funds on hand of $269,193.74 as of September 14.

• Approved payment of invoices totaling $8,582.03.

Ambulance district 

The Boyceville Community Ambulance District board met immediately after the fire district meeting.

Matt Feeney, ambulance service director, was unavailable for the meeting, and other representatives of the ambulance service also were not available, so there would be no report, said Gilbert Krueger, representative for the Village of Boyceville and chair of both the fire and ambulance district boards.

Charles Maves, representative for the Town of Sherman, said he believed someone from the ambulance service should always be at the ambulance district meetings, even if the representative would not be able to answer many of their questions.

“I feel there should be someone here,” Maves said.

“I agree,” Krueger replied.

Other members of the ambulance district board agreed, too, that someone from the ambulance service should be at the meetings.

Krueger directed Lee to send a memorandum to Feeney outlining the ambulance district board’s expectations of a representative from the ambulance service to be at the meetings.

The ambulance district board cannot hold up payment of the bills, “but we should know what it is we are paying,” Monn said.

The Boyceville Community Ambulance District board meets next on October 12 at the Boyceville Village Hall immediately following the fire district’s meeting.

In other business, members of the ambulance district board:

• Learned that Lee also expected to have a budget for 2017 ready for the ambulance district’s October 12 meeting.

• Learned that as of September 14, the ambulance service had received $3,328.34 from LifeQuest in money collected for ambulance runs.

• Learned that the Boyceville Community Ambulance District had $81,604.31 on hand as of September 14.

• Learned that the payroll from August 11 to September 14 was $14,053.43.

• Approved paying invoices totaling $2,381.77.