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Colfax village board wants more options for rescue squad building

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — From the time that the Colfax Rescue Squad moved into the building on Railroad Avenue several years ago, snow melting off the roof has created a skating rink by the door on the north side.

Don Knutson, director of the Colfax Rescue Squad, presented at the Colfax Village Board’s November 25 meeting a proposal for an overhang that would drain freezing water away from the doorway and would also protect the new generator installed outside last spring.

At a cost of either $4,800 or $4,250, depending upon the contractor, village board members said the proposal was too expensive and that they wanted a proposal for a lean-to on the building and a “dog house” for the generator.

The proposal involved steel brackets and materials to attach steel roofing from Anderson Bridges in Colfax for $3,300 with installation and roofing materials provided either by Riemer Construction for $1,500 or MDL Construction Services (Mark Levra) for $950.

Posts sunk into the ground to support a roof overhang were initially considered, Knutson said.

The problem with using a support system of posts, rather than steel brackets, is that the roof overhang would be attached to the posts and to the building, and if the posts shifted, the roof overhang would work against the building, he said.

The steel roof attached with brackets would extend four feet out from the building, and the drip line would be past the generator, Knutson said.

The roof overhang would serve three purposes: to protect the area right in front of the door from ice, to protect the generator, and to drain the water coming off the roof away from the building, he said.

Knutson noted that he used between 500 and 600 pounds of salt last year trying to keep the ice melted in front of the door.

Scott Gunnufson, village president, wondered about a self-supporting structure using posts.

The concrete slab in front of the door extends ten feet out of the building and presents a problem for the posts, Knutson said.

Gunnufson suggested cutting out sections of the concrete slab and then digging the posts down below the frost line to eliminate frost heaving.

Village board members approved a motion directing Knutson to talk to the two contractors about a price quote on a six-foot by ten-foot lean-to and a “dog house” for the generator.

The Colfax Village Board is expected to act on a proposal for an overhang at the next village board meeting.

Other business

In other business, the Colfax Village Board:

• Approved a second-hand jewelry dealer’s license for Nancy Odom from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014, for Twice Blessed Treasures.

• Referred a request from Brian Longdo, Midwest Classics, for a semi-trailer on his property for storage to the board of zoning appeals.

• Approved a loan ownership change for Colfax Prairie Homes. Eloigne Company owns 99 percent of Colfax Prairie Homes and the West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency (West CAP) owns 1 percent. Eloigne will be selling its ownership to West CAP Colfax Prairie Homes LLC. The transaction will not affect the debt owed to the village. Payments will still arrive every month, said Jackie Ponto, village administrator-clerk-treasurer.

• Approved a resolution changing the name of the Park Drive by the Cedar Country Cooperative Car Wash to Short Street.

• Approved a resolution changing the name S.A.F. Park Drive by the fairgrounds to Fairview Drive. S.A.F. stands for Scandinavian American Fraternity.

• Approved a posting for the Colfax Chief of Police job opening. The job-opening announcement did not include a salary range, and Colfax Village Board members also were not sure if five to ten years of experience in law enforcement were necessary. Although the Colfax Village Board approved the job posting, they also referred it to the personnel committee for details such as salary and amount of experience. It was not clear from the discussion what the village board’s motivation was for approving the job posting since they intend to make changes to it.