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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Village of Colfax’s elevator fund for the Colfax Municipal Building is now close to $130,000.
Lisa Bragg-Hurlburt, director of the Colfax Public Library, reported in a videotaped library update available on the library’s Facebook page that the elevator fund is $168 shy of reaching $130,000.
The elevator thrift sale on August 10 to August 12 raised $4,030 between items sold at the thrift sale and concessions at the thrift sale.
Some of the money has been deposited in the elevator fund as cash, while a certain portion of $130,000 has been pledged by the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group and by the Colfax Public Library Board from a fund set up for library improvements.
The elevator money is in a restricted fund with the Village of Colfax, which means it can only be spent on an elevator project and not appropriated for another purpose.
Plans for the municipal building include an elevator that serves all three floors (basement, main floor and the auditorium), bathrooms on all three floors, and renovating the basement so that it can become a usable space.
Hurlburt gave a report to the Colfax Village Board on library operations at the August 14 village board meeting and asked for a meeting of the village board’s public property committee to discuss improvements for the Colfax Public Library.
The property committee held the first of what is intended to be a series of meetings on August 23 to begin discussing steps on how to make improvements for the village’s administrative offices, the library and the Colfax Police Department.
Various space needs studies over the past 25 years have indicated the administrative offices, the library and the police department need more room.
The $130,000 could be used to apply for federal Community Development Block Grant funds that would pay for the municipal building project with two-thirds grant money and a one-third local match that could include grants from other sources.
The application for CDBG funds requires a full set of architectural plans for the project.