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By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Community Fire District Board has approved borrowing $318,236 from Peoples State Bank, which includes $214,141 to pay the balance on the new fire engine.
The money will be borrowed at 4.4 percent interest for 10 years with an annual payment of $38,785 due March 1 every year, said Levi Wagner, a representative for Peoples State Bank, at the December 11 meeting of the Boyceville fire board.
The first payment will be due March 1, 2019.
Wagner said he had contacted an attorney, and the fire district is not a taxing authority, so each municipality in the district must sign a guarantee for the note.
In addition to the remaining balance of $214,141.50, the Boyceville fire department has made a downpayment on the new fire engine of $300,000.
The fire engine payment will be consolidated with a note for $105,000 borrowed by the fire district earlier this fall to fund operations.
The Boyceville Community Fire District Board unanimously approved a motion to borrow the money.
The fire district will send a bill to each township and village for their share of the loan.
The municipalities in the Boyceville fire district include the Towns of Hay River, New Haven (87 percent of the township), Sherman (51 percent of the township), Stanton, Tiffany (72 percent of the township) and the villages of Boyceville and Wheeler.
Earlier in the meeting, representatives on the Boyceville fire board unanimously approved a motion to revise the fire assessments for 2019 to remove the cost of the fire truck.
The total fire assessment for 2018 was $79,075.
The total fire assessment for 2019 will be $102,750.
The total fire assessment approved by the fire board for 2019 in October was $111,942.
For 2019, the Town of Hay River will pay $22,156; the Town of New Haven will pay $14,183; the Town of Sherman will pay $13,631; the Town of Stanton will pay $21,294; the Town of Tiffany will pay $11,110; the Village of Boyceville will pay $16,978; the Village of Wheeler will pay $3,398.
Cory Green, fire chief, reported that on the day of fire board meeting, he had received notification the new fire engine would be delivered the following Friday.
Green also reported he had thought new communication equipment was included in the cost of the new fire engine but then discovered the equipment was not included.
The Boyceville fire board approved adding $8,794.20 to the bills to be paid for December to cover the cost of the communication equipment.
The equipment will actually cost $6,294.20 because the Boyceville fire department received a $2,500 grant from Walmart for the communication equipment, Green said.
The Boyceville Community Fire Board meets next on January 16 at the Boyceville village hall on Charlotte Street following the quarterly Boyceville ambulance district meeting at 6:30 p.m.