Boyceville fire district settles on 11,390 square feet for new fire station

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE  — The Boyceville Community Fire District has settled on 11,390 square feet for a new fire station.

Rich Monn, chair of the district’s five-year-planning committee, reported on a recent meeting with Dave Cihasky of Five Bugles Design at the fire board’s October 11 meeting.

The apparatus bay would be 7,340 square feet. The administrative portion of the building would be 2,260 square feet, while mechanical would be 800 square feet, and the “shell space” for future expansion would be 990 square feet, Monn said.

[emember_protected] The total square footage initially proposed by Five Bugles Design was 14,400.

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.

The fire board set a budget of $1 million for a new fire station in May.

At the August meeting, fire board members learned from Cihasky that $1 million would build a 6,700 square-foot apparatus bay for the Boyceville fire department that would not include a meeting room, offices or a hose-drying tower.

At the September 13 five-year-planning meeting, committee members, along with Brian Marlette, fire chief, decided that five total apparatus bays would be sufficient, with one apparatus bay (instead of two) being built for future equipment acquisitions.

The five-year-planning committee has been considering both a post-frame type of structure (like a pole barn) or pre-engineered steel.

A pre-engineered building would not have any posts in the middle of the apparatus bays to support the roof the way that a post-frame building would, noted Dave Bartz, representative for the Town of Tiffany.

Members of the five-year-planning committee agreed that a pre-engineered steel building would be a better construction for a fire station, Monn said.

The five-year-planning committee emphasized using energy-efficient windows, heavier steel, and in-floor heat with Modine heater backups, he said.

“The committee felt we’d made progress,” Monn said.

After the design is finished, the fire district will advertise for bids, and then the cost of the fire station will be available to be presented to the townships and villages, he said.

The Boyceville Community Fire District includes the Towns of Hay River, New Haven, Stanton, Tiffany and Sherman along with the Villages of Boyceville and Wheeler.

According to an opinion from the village’s attorney, a majority of the municipalities must approve building a new fire station before the project can move forward, and the project would not have to be unanimously approved by all of the member municipalities.

The Boyceville fire district board meets next on November 15 at 7 p.m. or immediately following the ambulance district meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m.

Budget

The Boyceville Community Fire District Board also approved a budget of  over $145,000 for 2018, which compares to last year’s budget of $130,875.

The bulk of the increase will be devoted to purchasing new turnout gear for some of the firefighters, said Brian Marlette, Boyceville fire chief.

One brand new set of turnout gear is about $3,000. Boyceville currently has 40 firefighters on the roster, he said.

The budget presented included $18,000 for new turnout gear.

Several fire board members noted that the 2017 budget would have a carryover of about $17,000 that also could be applied toward turnout gear.

If the fire department is going to buy some new sets of turnout gear, the department could get 10 new sets at the end of this year and 10 new sets at the beginning of next year and order them all at once, Bartz said.

Several board members also noted the budget should include more money for reimbursing the village for the village’s office staff.

Village office staff take notes for the fire board meetings and complete other paperwork.

The 2018 budget also includes an additional $4,000 for training.

Board members believed, too, that firefighters should receive a 50-cent per hour raise over the current pay of $13.50 per hour for new firefighters and $14.50 per hour for certified firefighters.

The Boyceville fire board unanimously approved the budget for 2018, although it was not clear what the total budget would be with the additional money added in for the firefighter raises and for the increase for office personnel.

The budget includes $6,000 for the fire department to rent the fire hall from the village.

Gilbert Krueger, village president and representative on the fire board for the village, noted that the rent would not be $6,000 next year if there was no progress on building a new fire station.

The village would like to get into the building to use it as soon as possible, he said.

Fire assessments

Fire assessments proposed for the 2018 budget are as follows:

• Town of Hay River — $17,209 compared to $17,419 for 2017 and based on an equalized value of $59.69 million.

• Town of New Haven (87 percent of the township) — $10,547, compared to $10,473 for 2017, and based on an equalized value of $35.96 million.

• Town of Sherman (51 percent of the township) — $10,248, compared to $10,334 for 2017, and based on an equalized value of $34.95 million.

• Town of Stanton — $16,491 compared to $16,109 for 2017, and based on equalized value of $56.24 million.

• Town of Tiffany (72 percent of the township) — $8,555, compared to $8,593 for 2017, and based on an equalized value of $29.18 million.

• Village of Boyceville — $13,317, compared to $13,277 for 2017, and based on an equalized value of $45.42 million.

• Village of Wheeler — $2,709 compared to $2,870 for 2017, and based on an equalized value of $9.24 million.

• Total assessment is $79,075, compared to an assessment for 2017 of $79,075, and based on an equalized value for the fire district of $269.68 million. [/emember_protected]