Colfax sells old warming house for $520.67

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  The Colfax Village Board has awarded the high bid to Gary Hill of Colfax for the old ice skating rink warming house in the amount of $520.67.

The village board awarded the bid at the January 25 meeting.

The Colfax Village Board had been scheduled to meet January 21 but the meeting was cancelled because of the snowstorm that dumped about 14 inches of snow across the area.

[emember_protected] The Village of Colfax advertised for sealed bids to sell the old ice rink warming house.

The old warming house, which is built out of wood, became obsolete and was no longer useful following the construction of a new warming house by the employees of Timber Technologies in Colfax.

Timber Tech and Woods Run donated materials for building the new ice skating rink warming house. The project was part of Timber Tech’s Community Enrichment Program. As part of the program, employees formed a committee to select a project, and Timber Tech paid the employees for their time and also donated the materials.

Bids for the purchase of the old ice skating rink warming house were opened in the village clerk’s office January 22.

The opening of the bids was conducted by Sheila Riemer, deputy clerk; Rand Bates, director of public works; and William Anderson, Colfax police chief.

In addition to the bid from Hill for $520.67, the village also received a bid of $103 from Jessica Bosel, and a bid of $217 from Jesse Niggemann.

According to the advertisement for bids, the purchaser must remove the old warming house from Tom Prince Memorial Park by 3 p.m. January 31.

The advertisement for bids also states the bidder is responsible for any costs associated with loading and transporting and/or for permits required to move the building.

Carey Davis, village trustee, wondered how Hill had arrived at the 67 cents on his bid.

Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, said she did not know.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously accepted the high bid of $520.67 from Gary Hill for the old ice skating rink warming house.

Village President Gary Stene was absent from the meeting. Village Trustees Annie Jenson and Casey Rihn also were absent from the meeting.

Village Trustee Mark Halpin, who chaired the meeting in Stene’s absence, voted “yes” on the motion as did Village Trustees Carey Davis, David Wolff and Keith Burcham.

Other business

In other business, the Colfax Village Board:

• Approved a training request for Police Chief Anderson to attend the Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation Mid-Winter Training Conference in Wisconsin Dells February 11 to February 14.

• Approved a temporary Class “B” / “Class B” retailer’s beer and wine/picnic license for the Colfax Woman’s Club at the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center January 27.

• Approved a quote from Expert Tree Service & Science for trimming the basswood tree and the maple tree in Tower Park and to treat both trees for stress at a total cost of $447. Pat Eggert, representing the Colfax Woman’s Club, said the club appreciated the board’s willingness to take care of the trees during the Tower Park drainage project two years ago. The gazebo roof needs to be fixed, and the trees should be trimmed, she said. The Colfax Woman’s Club is offering to donate $150 toward the project, Eggert said. The quote for all of the work came to a total of $525. Expert Tree Service is donating the trimming of the maple tree, Eggert said. The money will come from the parks budget, Niggemann said.

• Approved a letter of engagement with Bauman Associates to complete the Village of Colfax’s annual Tax Increment Finance District reports. The work is expected to cost between $1,600 and $2,125.

• Learned the village could lose up to $26,145 in property tax levy because the state of Wisconsin has eliminated the personal property tax for businesses. Previously, the village received tax dollars on approximately $1,005,600 in value on equipment. The exempt computer tax, which the state Legislature also has eliminated, has typically generated about $1,300 annually for Colfax. [/emember_protected]