Town Hall fundraiser on Saturday

The south end of the Genoa Town Hall's veranda is sagging.

The south end of the Genoa Town Hall's veranda is sagging.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

The Genoa Church may get some work with the arrival of spring, and townspeople are hoping that a fundraiser on Saturday will help fund work needed on the Genoa Town Hall.

Built in 1886 by the Raycrafts, the town hall has served as venue for town events ever since.

Town Manager David Qualls said on Thursday that the roof on the south side of the veranda is sagging, requiring replacement of one of the supports.

“The floor needs to be refinished,” he said. “It has some gouges and stains, and it’s not polished. It just looks very dingy.”

Qualls estimated that $20,000 would take care of both needs.

He’s also looking at fixing the backsteps on the southeast corner of the building.

“They are old and rickety and not ADA compliant,” he said.

He said he plans to present a list of the unfunded repairs he believes require work as part of the town’s budget process. The boards of the unincorporated towns of Genoa, Gardnerville and Minden’s are all advisory to the county.

Most of Gardnerville and Minden’s work is financed by their tax base, but Genoa’s annual Candy Dance raises nearly 10 times what the town receives in property taxes.

The town board may see plans for repairs to the church at their meeting 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The town has been the beneficiary of several windfalls including $45,000 to work on the church, $103,000 to work on the roads, both from the American Rescue Plan Act.

He said the town has also been awarded a $300,000 grant through the state’s Firewise program to conduct hazardous fuels reduction in town.

Founded in 1852, Genoa is touted as Nevada’s original settlement.

Sales for Saturday’s Foolin’ Around in Genoa event 4-6 p.m. have ended online, according to a link. For more information about the event or to participate, call the town at 775-782-8696.


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