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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Village Board’s public property committee declined to make a recommendation as to whether the village should bid on the Arvold building.
In anticipation of the Arvold Chiropractic building on the corner of Main Street and East River Street going up for online auction December 18, the public property committee toured the building December 12.
Margaret Burcham, chair of the public property committee, reported on the committee’s tour of the building and subsequent meeting at the Colfax Village Board’s December 17 meeting.
In addition to Burcham, village trustees Anne Jenson and Carey Davis also serve on the public property committee.
Jenson and Davis were absent from the December 17 village board meeting.
The Arvold building “would not suit our needs,” Burcham said.
“We felt (the Arvold building) wasn’t right for us,” she said.
The village had plans to remodel another building in Colfax for village offices but then decided against the project, Burcham noted.
The Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center had offered to give the old nursing home building on High Street to the village, but after checking into how much it would cost to remodel the building for village use, the village board decided the project would be too expensive.
The minimum bid for Arvold the building was $150,000, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer.
The building would need work to turn it into village office space, Burcham said.
According to minutes from the public property meeting included in the village board packet, Davis believed bidding on the building would require a decision to be made too quickly.
Davis also believed the village should focus on the river bank project for the wastewater treatment lagoons before investing in any other projects or purchases.
The river bank restoration project at the wastewater treatment lagoons to prevent the lagoons from washing out into the Red Cedar River is expected to cost the village nearly $600,000, although the actual cost will not be known until bids are received.
The river bank project is under the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
According to the minutes from the public property meeting, Jenson believes it would not be in the best interest of the village to move forward with purchasing another property because there would be maintenance and utilities to pay for an additional building.
The minutes also noted Jenson had asked about the location of plans for the Department of Public Works building remodel, and Niggemann had brought out the floor plans that had been drawn up.
The village explored remodeling the rest of the Department of Public Works building on Railroad Avenue for village offices about 10 years ago and concluded it would be too expensive.
The east end of the building has been remodeled to house the Colfax Rescue Squad.
Part of the building also has been remodeled to include a small conference room and offices for Department of Public Works employees.
The next step would be to get estimated costs for remodeling the Department of Public Works building to accommodate village offices.
No information was available at press time about whether the Arvold building had been sold at auction or who may have purchased it.
Village board members received a reminder from Niggemann that December 3 was the first date people could take out nomination papers for trustee and village president for the spring election April 2.
The deadline for notification of non-candidacy is 5 p.m. December 21.
Nomination papers are due back to the clerk’s office by 5 p.m. January 2.
Offices that are up for re-election in April are Village President Gary Stene and Trustees Keith Burcham, David Wolff and Anne Jenson.
In other business, the Colfax Village Board:
• Approved a training request for the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting January 23 at the UW-Stout Student Center. Jim Bensen, President Emeritus Bemidji State University, will present “Good to Great is a Platform for Starters: Now Shoot for Brilliance!” Early bird pricing is $40 by December 31 and is $50 as of January 1.
• Approved a mobile home park license for Donald and Marcia Henderson from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019.
• Approved a second hand jewelry license for Nancy Odom Mouledoux (Twice Blessed Treasures) from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019.
• Approved a resolution adjusting the tax rate for 2019 because of an adjustment in the equalized value of the village. As a result of the adjustment, village property taxes will be $1.23 less per $1,000 of property value, or $123 less per $100,000 of property value. The prior mill rate for 2019 was $27.33 per $1,000 of property value. The current mill rate will be $26.09 per $1,000 of property value.