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Boyceville ambulance district approves quarterly meetings

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE — Instead of meeting monthly, the Boyceville Community Ambulance District board has approved meeting quarterly on Thursday evenings.

The Sherman Town Board is supportive of quarterly meetings but would like the ambulance service to send out a list of monthly bills to the town clerk, said Charles Maves, representative for the Town of Sherman, at the Boyceville ambulance district’s February 15 meeting.

Other town board members at the meeting agreed they would like to see a list of monthly bills.

Matt Feeney, director of the Boyceville ambulance service, said he would have no problem with sending out a monthly report to all of the town boards.

The Boyceville ambulance district includes the Towns of Hay River, New Haven, Stanton, Tiffany, Sherman, Sheridan and the Village of Boyceville.

The Boyceville ambulance service recently purchased a new ambulance and will not need another new ambulance for a while. The ambulance service also recently built a new station, so there is no need for more than quarterly meetings, Feeney said.

Feeney said he would obtain the e-mail addresses for all of the town clerks and would send out reports on or before the date of the next fire board meeting.

For the past several years, the Boyceville ambulance district has been meeting on the same night as the Boyceville fire district.

The Boyceville ambulance board unanimously approved meeting quarterly.

The Boyceville ambulance district meets next on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the village hall.

Drug room

A “drug room” was set up at the Boyceville ambulance station February 7, Feeney reported.

The room was designed to look like the bedroom of a teenager and included a variety of drug paraphernalia.

The object was to help those attending to be able to identify drug paraphernalia, Feeney explained.

“It was a bid eye opener and very worthwhile,” said Gilbert Krueger, chair of the ambulance district board and Boyceville village president.

Maves said he would like the ambulance service to let town boards know when an event like the drug room was going to be taking place.

Several other town board members serving on the ambulance district board said they also were unaware that the drug room had been scheduled.

“It was not ‘one and done,’” Feeney assured the members of the ambulance district board.

“It was a good learning opportunity, and the people who came from the community were impressed,” Krueger said.

Other business

In other business, the Boyceville Ambulance District Board:

• Learned that Andre Medical Billing (AMB) had collected $19,000 in outstanding invoices for the Boyceville ambulance service.

• Learned that as of February 15, the Boyceville ambulance service had $156,920.01 on hand, which included annual payments from the Towns of Tiffany, Sherman, Sheridan, Hay River and New Haven.

• Learned that payroll from January 10 to February 15 was $16,426.41 and that bills for the month amounted to $32,272.99.