Ravenna Town Hall will be rebuilt
A new town hall will be built in Ravenna Township.
Less than two months after the Town Hall was destroyed by fire, the Ravenna Town Board of Supervisors will receive bids for the construction of a new town hall.
Sealed bids for the 2,200-square-foot building will be received until 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the residence of the clerk Barb Kienberger. The Town Board will consider the bids at its regular monthly meeting July 9.
"It will be rebuilt on the concrete slab of the former building," Kienberger said. "That is in good condition."
The new town hall will be very similar to the former one, a one-story wood frame building with metal siding, with some "tweaking," according to Kienberger - a fire protection system will be installed.
The Ravenna Town Hall, located at 20425 Red Wing Blvd., about nine miles south of Hastings, was destroyed by fire. The fire was identified as arson, and its investigation remains open.
Fortunately, most of the township's records and minute books were saved.
"I had purchased a fireproof cabinet with two large drawers last fall, and I put a lot of the records into them," Kienberger said.
The Ravenna Town Hall was built in 2003 at a cost of about $161,000 and opened in early 2004.
Prior to that time, the township's town hall was a one-room building previously used as a schoolhouse, near the Vermillion River. It had no indoor plumbing or running water. That building has been moved to Steve and Sylvia Bauer's Little Log House and Antique Power Show.
Township meetings are currently being held in the Marshan Town Hall, 19497 E. 205th St. - Highway 61 south from Hastings to 105th St. The town hall is at the intersection.
As part of the bid specifications, the new town hall must be completed by Nov. 1.
For more information about the reconstruction, call Kienberger at 480-1902.