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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Village Board has approved rezoning two adjacent lots for Pleasant Valley Properties and Anderson Bridges from Business 2 to Manufacturing and from Residential 3 to Business 2.
Lot 1, with a rezone from B2 to manufacturing, is currently owned by Pleasant Valley Properties and Lot 2, with a rezone from R3 to B2, is currently owned by Anderson Bridges.
The property owners are going to switch ownership, so that Anderson Bridges owns Lot 1 and Pleasant Valley Properties owns Lot 2, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, at the Colfax Village Board’s April 27 meeting.
The two lots are located directly south of Fifth Avenue (on the west side of state Highway 40) and directly east of Elm Street. Lot 1 is .82 acres, and Lot 2 is .88 acres.
The Colfax Plan Commission discussed the rezone and also the request for a quit claim deed from the village at a meeting prior to the village board meeting at 7 p.m. and recommended that the rezone and the quit claim deed both be approved, she said.
The quit claim deed is for Lot 2 on the north side along Fifth Avenue.
The road width and right-of-way was measured for 50 feet, but the road and right-of-way is actually 49.5 feet. All utilities and hydrants are within the 49.5 feet, Niggemann said.
The quit claim deed will clear up the discrepancy between Fifth Avenue and the property line for Lot 2, she said.
The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved the quit claim deed.
The property owners currently are doing the paperwork for ownership of the lots, Niggemann said.
Anderson Bridges will be using the lot for a storage area, and Pleasant Valley Properties is planning a storage building.
The Colfax Village Board also unanimously approved the zoning changes.
In other business, the Colfax Village Board:
• Approved dental insurance with Principal Financial Group for village employees at a cost of $743.01, vision insurance with United Healthcare for $101.65 and life insurance with United Healthcare for $66 for a total monthly cost of $967.96, representing a savings on insurance premiums of $200 per month compared to if dental insurance also was through United Healthcare. The change to Principal for dental insurance will not impact coverage for the employees because the network provider list is the same, Niggemann said.
• Learned that the village has received $5,900 in federal money from the CARES act related to COVID-19. The village must identify how the money is spent, and there are rules about how the money can be spent, Niggemann said. Any remaining funds must be returned, she said. Buying cleaning supplies the village would not normally buy or hiring someone to do cleaning and sanitizing related to COVID-19 would qualify, Niggemann said.
• Discussed adjusting alcohol licensing fees for the 2020-2021 period of July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, because of the businesses holding alcohol licenses being closed temporarily due to COVID-19. A Class “A” beer license has no state maximum or minimum, and Colfax charges $10. A Class “B” beer license has a $100 maximum per state law, and Colfax charges $100. A “Class A” liquor license has a maximum of $500 and a minimum of $50 set by state law, and Colfax charges $50. A “Class B” liquor license has a $500 maximum and a $50 minimum per state law, and Colfax charges $400. The village also charges a $22.50 publication fee. The audio on the teleconferenced meeting was garbled at the point where one of the village board members made a motion, and the Colfax Messenger was unable to hear the motion. The motion was not repeated before the village board voted on it.
• Approved allowing temporary signs along University Avenue for 10 days to honor the Colfax High School Class of 2020.
• Approved recognizing village board members with a plaque after they have finished serving on the Colfax Village Board.