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Colfax approves demolishing 1903 building for $3,300

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  The Colfax Village Board has approved demolishing the 1903 building on Evergreen Street next to Iverson Park currently used to store salt-sand for winter road maintenance.

The village board approved a bid from T&R Recycling of out Chippewa Falls in the amount of $3,300 at the September 12 board meeting.

The bid was dated August 31, 2015, and since the bid was more than a year old, village board members wondered if it was still valid.

Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, said she had talked to representatives from T&R about a month ago and was relatively certain that the bid amount had not changed.

Village board members have become increasingly concerned about the stability of the building over the past year or two, and now that the overhead door can no longer be closed, the building also cannot be secured.

On a recent tour of village facilities, board members noticed footprints in the salt-sand indicating that children have been playing inside the building.

The bid of $3,300 does not include removing the concrete floor of the building.

State law requires salt-sand to be stored on concrete and covered, and until the village can construct a more permanent solution, the pile of sand can be covered with a tarp, said Rand Bates, director of public works.

T&R Recycling is the same company that removed the old boiler from the basement of the Colfax Municipal Building, Niggemann said.

Funds will be moved from the streets budget to buildings and grounds to cover the cost of demolishing the building, she said.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved demolishing the building and transferring funds to pay for the demolition.

Village Trustee Annie Schieber was absent from the meeting. Schieber serves on the village board’s public property committee along with Village Trustee Dave Wolff (chair) and Scott Gunnufson, village president.

The public property committee recommended that the village board approve demolishing the building.