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Colfax rejects bids for beer tent

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — Although the Colfax Village Board had hoped to have the refreshment building replaced at the fairgrounds by the time of the Colfax Free Fair in June, it now appears that will not be the case.

The Colfax Village Board opened bids May 21 for what is commonly known as the “beer tent” and rejected both bids.

The bids received at the village clerk’s office were for $22,200 from P&V Construction, and for $50,772 from CS Carpentry Specialists.

One bid was incomplete, and the other bidder said the job could not be completed until mid-summer, said Jackie Ponto, village administrator-clerk-treasurer.

Under normal circumstances, mid-summer might have been a workable time, but this year, the Colfax Sesquicentennial is scheduled for July 17 through July 20.

The beer tent (shed, garden, structure) collapsed following a heavy snow toward the end of February, was declared a total loss by the village’s insurance company, and was demolished in April.

At a special meeting May 1, the Colfax Village Board approved bid documents for the beer garden, approved advertising for bids for the structure and approved opening the bids on May 21.

The advertisement for bids was published in the Colfax Messenger May 7 and May 14 and also was published in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.

The new 40×60 foot building will have cream-colored walls, a red roof and red trim and doors. Instead of eight-foot walls, the building will have nine-foot walls. A 16-foot door going out to the dance hall will replace the eight-foot door that was there previously.

In addition, the roof on the dance hall will be replaced with a red steel roof to match the building.

After the bid opening on May 21, the Colfax Village Board had planned for construction to start on May 22 so that footings could be poured and allowed to cure over the weekend.

Construction could then be completed over the next several weeks, allowing the building to be finished by the time the Colfax Free Fair starts June 12.

The Colfax Village Board will have to decide what the next step will be, which could include starting over again with the bidding process.

During initial discussions of what to do about the beer shed, village board members had suggested that a tent could be rented for the American Legion to sell beer at the fair.