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By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Community Fire District Board has approved a proposed budget of $207,618 for 2023.
The proposed budget considered at the September 14 meeting compares to an adopted budget of $221,368 for 2022 and an adopted budget of $161,334 for 2021.
The proposed budget for 2023 includes $30,000 for protective equipment and clothing, which compares to the adopted budget of $12,000 for 2022, said Cory Green, Boyceville fire chief.
The 2022 budget includes $10,000 for the new equipment fund, but the $10,000 to set aside for new equipment has been taken out of the 2023 budget and has been applied to protective equipment and clothing, he said.
The line item for gas, oil and tires has been increased by $1,000 to $7,000, Green noted.
Maintenance of other equipment has increased from $2,500 to $5,000, and a new line item has been added for “celebrations” at $1,000 because the fire department will be celebrating 75 years in 2023 as a fire department, he said.
The 2023 proposed budget of $207,618 compares to the projected year-end budget for 2022 of $192,075.
The assessments to member municipalities at $129,990 is an increase of $16,000, Green said.
The assessments for member municipalities in 2022 was $113,850, and the assessments to member municipalities was $111,200 in 2021.
The 2022 budget used surplus funds of $30,000 to reduce the assessments.
No surplus funds will be used in the 2023 budget to put toward assessments.
Information on the individual proposed assessments in each of the municipalities for the 2023 budget was not available to the Tribune Press Reporter at the time of the meeting.
The Boyceville Community Fire District Board unanimously approved the proposed 2023 budget.
Member municipalities include the Villages of Boyceville and Wheeler and the Towns of Hay River, New Haven, Sherman, Stanton and Tiffany.
The Village of Wheeler did not have a representative at the meeting.
The Boyceville fire board meets quarterly, and since the last meeting in June, the Boyceville fire department has gone out on a tractor fire, a hay bale fire, a tractor accident, several ATV accidents and three or four car accidents, Green said.
The Boyceville fire department also has responded to two carbon monoxide calls, a grass fire, has set up a landing zone, has provided mutual aid for a shed fire for the Glenwood City fire department, has responded to a downed power line in the Town of Sherman and responded to several fire alarms at school, he said.
The Boyceville fire department has done the annual fit testings of face masks as part of the training schedule and also has done hose testing, Green said.
Members of the fire department have cut up cars at Kadingers as part of training, and there are plans to set up training with LifeLink helicopter service, he said.
Four fire fighters are enrolled at the entry level class in Glenwood City, and the Boyceville fire department has 37 on the roster, Green said.
The Boyceville fire department has participated in parades at Wheeler, Ridgeland and Glenwood City, has participated in National Night Out, and participated in the Boyceville Cucumber Festival, he said.
The pickup truck the Boyceville fire department ordered last October was sitting on a rail lot as of June 2, Green said.
Several other vehicles are now also waiting on the rail lot, and the dealership will be transporting all of the vehicles soon, he said, noting that a representative for the dealership said Green would receive a telephone call on the Friday following the fire board meeting with a delivery date.
The Boyceville fire department has received a $3,500 grant from Dunn Energy and a $500 donation from the Glen Hills Golf Course, Green reported.
After a delivery date is established for the pickup truck, Green said he wanted to use the grant money to buy a topper and tools for the truck.
The topper will most likely be a black aluminum topper that can be locked, he said.
The Boyceville Community Fire District Board unanimously accepted the grant and the donation to be used for buying a topper for the new pickup truck and for tools for the truck.
The Boyceville fire board also unanimously approved a motion to put the fire departments’s 1979 Ford pickup truck up for auction on the Wisconsin Surplus auction site.
The Boyceville Community Fire District Board meets next on December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyceville village hall.