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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Timber Technologies has been granted a zoning variance for two larger driveways to accommodate the company’s expansion project.
The village’s ordinance only allows one driveway per parcel, and Timber Technologies needs two driveways that will exceed the 30-foot width, which will require a variance approved by the village board, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, at the Colfax Village Board’s March 11 meeting.
The semi-trucks will need to be able to complete a loop in order to turn around, said Tom Niska, co-owner of Timber Technologies.
According to information included with the village board packet, the driveways will be 36 feet and 37 feet.
Timber Technologies has purchased the parcel next door, and while there is room for the driveways, because the property has become one parcel, the zoning variance is required.
“Everything down there is wider than (the width in the ordinance),” noted Rand Bates, director of public works.
The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved a motion to allow a variance for Timber Technologies to have two driveways wider than the zoning ordinance allows.
Timber Technologies is planning to enclose the yard where the lumber is stored, and construction could start in April, weather permitting.
According to a copy of the Wisconsin Uniform Building Permit application included with the village board packet, the contractor for the expansion will be Marawood Construction Services out of Marshfield. The estimated cost of the project is $1.48 million.
Niggemann also told the village board that Sean Lentz with Ehlers and Associates, the village’s financial consultant, is working on putting numbers together to compare the difference between reimbursing Timber Tech for part of the property taxes paid on the new construction and the village making a direct contribution to the project.
Village board members have indicated they are willing to help the company, but the question is how to help in the best way and to do what works best for Timber Tech and for the taxpayers, said Gary Stene, village president.
“This is our poster boy … (Timber Tech) has been good for the village,” he said.
In other business, the Colfax Village Board:
• Approved a training request for Rand Bates, Don Logslett and Ryan Bauer to attend the Wisconsin Rural Water Association Annual Technical Conference in LaCrosse March 26 to March 29.
• Approved renewing a policy with United Health Care for village employees covering life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment, dental insurance and vision insurance. The annual premium for life insurance and AD&D will be $891, representing no increase in the premium. The annual premium for dental insurance will be $10,865.76, representing an increase of $804.48. The annual premium for vision insurance will be $1,335.72, representing no increase in the premium.