Still no word on Marshfield Clinic

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  Colfax still does not know whether Marshfield Clinic plans to open a facility in the former Mayo Clinic location on High Street.

Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, reported to the Colfax Village Board at the February 27 meeting that she had e-mailed Scott Polenz to find out if the Marshfield Clinic Board of Directors had made a decision about opening a clinic in Colfax but that she had not yet heard back from him.

Mayo Clinic closed the clinic facility at the location of the former Area Nursing Home on High Street last July 1.

Polenz, district administrator for Marshfield, along with other Marshfield Clinic staff, held a public forum in Colfax at the Viking Bowl in October of 2016 to talk about the possibility of Marshfield opening a clinic here.

After finding out that Mayo planned to close the Colfax clinic July 1, 2016, the Village of Colfax sent out a survey about the community’s interest in a clinic locating in Colfax.

Engineers for Marshfield Clinic had conducted walk-throughs of the clinic facility on High Street this past fall, and the estimated cost for remodeling the clinic so Marshfield could move in was $77,000. 

The Colfax Village Board approved donating $7,000 toward remodeling the clinic at the December 27 meeting.

Niggemann told the village board she hoped to hear something from Polenz by the end of the week after the February 27 meeting.

If Marshfield is not willing to locate in Colfax, the village will have to start looking in another direction for a clinic, Niggemann said.

Other business 

In other business, the Colfax Village Board:

• Learned that Josh Shipman has been hired as a full-time police officer. Shipman officially began his duties March 5. He grew up in the village and attended school at Colfax. Shipman has worked for the Colfax Police Department for about a year and a half as a part-time police officer. 

• Learned that Kurt Devroy has been hired as a part-time police officer. 

• Learned that statewide, the turnout for the February 21 primary election was 6 percent but that the turnout in Colfax was 9.8 percent. 

• Received a reminder that if village residents or village board members have a complaint, they should direct those complaints to the administrator-clerk-treasurer so Niggemann can communicate with the appropriate person to address the complaint.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Jami Kuesel (Express Mart) for February 23, 2017, to June 20, 2017.

• Accepted a donation of $50 in memory of Marlene Johnson for the Colfax Rescue Squad. Johnson was a founding member of the rescue squad.