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CMBRG to show off Colfax Municipal Building Sept. 29

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — Construction on the energy efficiency and electrical project for the Colfax Municipal Building was officially completed this summer, and the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group wants the public to see.

As part of the regular business at the September 10 Colfax Village Board meeting, the village board approved the CMBRG’s request to hold an open house on Saturday, September 29.

The administrator clerk-treasurer’s office will be open during the open house and so will the library, noted Jackie Ponto, administrator clerk-treasurer.

In April of 2010, the Village of Colfax was awarded a $180,000 energy efficiency community block grant as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.

CMBRG pledged $100,000 toward the electrical work in the building.

The Colfax Village Board, as a separate part of the project not covered by the grant money, approved installing a new roof.

The village board’s willingness to authorize roof work was included in the grant application.
The energy efficiency project included new heating and cooling systems for the building, new energy efficient windows in the library and new energy efficient windows in the upstairs auditorium and other parts of the building.

The auditorium windows had been covered for about 40 years, and the auditorium part of the building also had not been heated during that time.

The municipal building open house will begin at 2 p.m. on September 29.

Jim Herrick and Friends will present a program in the auditorium at 4 p.m.

Refreshments will be served, and the Colfax History Room, which has also been refurbished, will be open on that day.

Larger locally-significant historical items that have been donated will be on display in the Projection Room.

The event is free, and all members of the public are welcome.

The Colfax Municipal Building is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.
Prior to the Colfax Village Board meeting on September 10, members of the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group presented a check to the Colfax Village Board for $100,000 to cover the CMBRG’s pledge on the electrical work.