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By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Community Fire District Board of Directors has approved sending a modified version of the fire district agreement to the law offices of Bakke Norman for review.
Many of the changes in the agreement were routine, such as replacing the word “Boyceville” with “fire district,” and removing the provision that the village shall provide a fire station.
The fire board reviewed the proposed new agreement at the November 13 meeting. The changes were recommended by the fire district’s Five Year Capital Improvement & Planning Committee.
The agreement notes the fire district clerk-treasurer will maintain separate accounting for the fire district instead of the village clerk-treasurer maintaining the accounts and the fire district paying a fee to the village for the accounting services.
The Boyceville fire board recently approved hiring a clerk-treasurer for the fire district.
Perhaps the most substantial change to the agreement is the provision for buying into the district or leaving the fire district.
In the existing agreement, if a municipality wishes to leave the fire district, “the terminating municipality shall be entitled to its pro-rata share of the cash on hand, less outstanding amounts payable to the fire account, pursuant to this agreement. The payment shall be made on the same basis as the payments for annual assessments.”
The proposed change to the agreement is that when a municipality wishes to leave the district, the municipality will “still be liable for any equipment debt service while the municipality was part of the district,” and the information pertaining to the pro-rata share of cash on hand being paid to the municipality leaving the fire district has been removed.
The existing agreement does not include a provision for a municipality to buy into the fire district.
The proposed agreement states that a municipality can buy into the district with payment equal to the “current year assessment plus 1.5 times or the fee to be negotiated.”
The proposed agreement also states that current member municipalities which only have part of the municipality in the Boyceville fire district (Tiffany, 72 percent; Sherman, 51 percent; and New Haven, 87 percent) are exempt from the buy-in if they choose to join at 100 percent.
The municipalities currently in the Boyceville fire district include the Towns of Hay River, New Haven, Stanton, Tiffany and Sherman and the Villages of Wheeler and Boyceville.
Wheeler was not represented at the November 13 meeting.
The motion to forward the proposed agreement to Bakke Norman for review was approved unanimously.
No timeline was proposed for members of the fire district to approve the modified agreement.
In other business, the Boyceville Community Fire District Board of Directors:
• Learned the fire department has been out on 70 calls to date, including an accident in New Haven and a structure fire in Colfax.
• Learned that the new fire station is expected to be completed around December 10.
• Learned the fire district had $439,667.15 in funds on hand as of November 13, with $364,654.82 in bills to pay.
• Approved hiring Go Green Lawn Care for snow removal at the new fire station. In case of an emergency, firefighters with snow plows or Don Rose, Boyceville director of public works, will do the snowplowing.
The Boyceville Community Fire District Board of Directors meets next on December 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyceville Village Hall on Charlotte Street.