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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Although many people may have already assumed that it was, the Viking Bowl and Lounge will soon officially be located within the Colfax village limits.
The Colfax Village Board approved a “unanimous petition for annexation” from Viking Bowl owner Alicia M. Young at the July 27 meeting.
Village officials, representatives for H&H Plumbing and representatives for the Viking Bowl met last week to discuss hooking up sewer and water utilities to the Viking Bowl, said Scott Gunnufson, village president.
The owner of the Viking Bowl approached the village about being annexed in, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer.
Annexation is a simple process involving the unanimous petition, a map to scale of the property and approval by the village board, and then the paperwork must be submitted to the state, she said.
The north parking lot of the bowling alley property is already in the village limits, but the rest of the property is located in the Town of Colfax, Niggemann said.
As part of the annexation process, the village must reimburse the Town of Colfax for the property taxes that would have been paid to the township for the next five years. The 2019 taxes will amount to $649.87, she said.
Viking Bowl will pay the cost of hooking up to the village’s sewer and water lines, Gunnufson said.
After the property is officially annexed to the village, Viking Bowl will install the laterals to the village’s hook-ups, Niggemann said.
The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved the annexation petition for Viking Bowl.
In other business, the Colfax Village Board:
• Approved changing to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s state debt collection initiative. Most of the debts collected will be for the Colfax Rescue Squad, although the village does have some uncollected debts as well, such as unpaid parking fines, Niggemann said. The debt collection company used by the village charges 25 percent of the debt collected. The DOR program charges a collection fee to the debtor and can collect debt by garnishing wages, intercepting tax refunds and setting up bank levies to access money in bank accounts, Niggemann said.
• Approved purchasing a Polaris Ranger side-by-side from Air Tec Sports in the amount of $8,962.05. The final purchase price includes a $2,900 trade-in on the current vehicle. The village board had approved purchasing a different side-by-side at the previous meeting, but Rand Bates, director of public works, discovered those side-by-sides are not available. The side-by-sides are considered “essential” in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the people building them are not, so not enough of the vehicles have been produced, he said.
• Approved a job listing for a full-time public works general laborer. Mitch Kreutzer accepted a position with the Town of Spring Brook, and July 29 was scheduled to be his last day on the job in Colfax, Bates said.