Cul-de-sac missing from nursing home project

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — For whatever reason, a cul-de-sac is missing in the area of the new facility built by the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center behind Viking Bowl.

Lisa Fleming, an engineer with Ayres Associates, told the Colfax Village Board at the July 22 meeting that Ayres had recommended the cul-de-sac be included in the village’s developer’s agreement with Colfax Health and Rehab.

Representatives for Ayres were not involved in the negotiations for the developer’s agreement, and for whatever reason, the cul-de-sac was not included, she said.

The missing cul-de-sac is not very important right now, but when it comes time to plow snow, a cul-de-sac to allow snow-plowing equipment to turn around will become very important, said Rand Bates, director of public works.

If there is no cul-de-sac, the snow plow driver will either have to back into Colfax Health and Rehab’s driveway to turn around or will have to back out almost to state Highway 40, he said.

The street up to the driveway is the village’s responsibility, noted Rick Johnson, village trustee.

Fleming said she could return to the village board at the first meeting in August with options and cost estimates.

“I can see (how) this is a problem, especially if we were expecting a cul-de-sac,” said Mark Halpin, village trustee and acting village president in the absence of Scott Gunnufson.

Other business

In other business, the Colfax Village Board:

• Approved a “Class A” liquor and Class “A” fermented malt beverage license for Lynn’s Brewed Awakenings for the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. “Class A” and Class “A” licenses allow for retail sales of alcoholic beverages.

• Learned that the Colfax Commercial Club had raised $1,800 to date and that the organization had enough money to make the down payment for booking The Dweebs for the sesquicentennial in Colfax in July of 2014.

• Reviewed the audit report for the year ending December 31, 2012, with Dan Carlson of Bauman Associates. The audit did not reveal any “red flags” regarding the village’s finances. Many of the problems that came up in last year’s audit were solved by implementing the Workhorse software or will be solved by using the software. The Colfax Village Board also unanimously approved accepting the audit report.

• Formally accepted the donation of land from the Colfax School District for an addition to Evergreen Cemetery. The school board has approved donating the land, and the village also was required to make a formal acceptance of the donation, Ponto said.