Boyceville fire board approves $1 million budget for new fire station

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE  — Members of the Boyceville Community Fire District Board have a set budget of $1 million for the new fire station.

“I am in favor of $1 million. What can we get for a million?” said Charles Maves, representative for the Town of Sherman, at the Boyceville fire board’s May 10 meeting. 

[emember_protected] At the April fire board meeting, representatives for Five Bugles Design presented schematic designs for the new fire hall at a cost of $2.3 million and $3.08 million.

The estimated cost of a 12,245 square-foot brick and block building was $3,078,160.

The estimated cost of a 12,245 square-foot metal building was $2,292,221.

Rich Monn, representative for the Town of Stanton and chair of the fire district’s five-year planning committee, said he had received a call from Dave Cihasky at Five Bugles Design asking for information from the fire district about the style of the new fire station, the size and the budget.

The five-year planning committee approved a motion recommending that the fire district board set a budget of $1 million for the new fire station, Monn said.

The fire district and the architects are “treading water” until the fire district can tell Five Bugles “where to go and how much to spend,” he said.

Members of the fire district also talked about the possibility of applying for grants to help build the new fire station.

At various times, different agencies have said, “yes” grants are available and “no” grants are not available for a new fire station, board members noted.

Gilbert Krueger, representative for the Village of Boyceville and chair of the fire district board, suggested setting up a grant committee to explore the possibility of applying for grants.

Dave Bartz, representative for the Town of Tiffany, Chuck Siler, representative for the Town of Tiffany, and Charles Maves, representative for the Town of Sherman, agreed to serve on the grant committee.

A motion to send a $1 million budget to Five Bugles “to see what they say” was approved on a vote of five “yes” to one “no.”

Representatives for the Towns of Tiffany, Stanton, Sherman, New Haven and Hay River voted “yes” on the motion.

Representatives for the Village of Boyceville voted “no” on the motion.

The Village of Wheeler did not have any representatives at the fire board meeting.

Memorial

In other business, the Boyceville Community Fire District Board also approved a motion to leave the Ron Grutt memorial money in a special account with Thrivent for the time being. 

The money will earn 3 percent interest and can be drawn out at any time.

At the April meeting, fire district members learned that Grutt, a native of Boyceville, had left $28,753 to the fire department.

Grutt died April 6 at the age of 85.

Municipalities cannot compound interest, so if the money were left with Thrivent, the interest could be added to the account, said Darlene Lee, village clerk-treasurer and clerk-treasurer for the fire board.

The Boyceville Community Fire District Board unanimously approved a motion to leave the money with Thrivent.

Fire district representatives talked at the April meeting about the possibility of using the money for furnishings in the new station.

Since the fire district has not yet established how the money will be spent, leaving it with Thrivent makes sense, said Brian Marlette, fire chief.

Krueger suggested the fire district should send a card to Grutt’s family members.

The Boyceville Community Fire District Board meets next June 14 in the Boyceville village hall after the ambulance district meeting at 6:30 p.m. [/emember_protected]