CVIC Hall is dedicated with large town picnic |

CVIC Hall is dedicated with large town picnic

by Sheila Gardner

The downtown Minden skyline has shifted a bit with the completion of the addition to the 87-year-old CVIC Hall.

Town officials and other dignitaries dedicated the 4,400-square-foot building on Sunday. Town board Chair Dave Sheets welcomed about 75 people to the dedication, including county commissioners, downtown business people and residents. He thanked the county for supporting the town in its efforts to build the addition to the historic hall, which opened in 1912.

The building now houses the town offices, fulfilling a decades-old dream to have town business conducted in the downtown area. The two-story addition also includes a kitchen, restrooms, elevator and offices on the second floor which are available for lease.

Cris Etchegoyhen, president of the Minden Fortnightly Club which meets in the CVIC Hall and includes its upkeep and preservation as one of the group’s priorities, said the hall provides a special record of life in the Carson Valley for the past 90 years.

“We were formed on Sept. 1, 1910, and are the oldest chartered women’s organization in the state,” Etchegoyhen said. “A lot of coffee pots have come and gone, a lot of tables and chairs have come and gone, and as you can see, the wallpaper has come and gone.”

Shades of the ’70s. Remodeling of the old CVIC kitchen unearthed orange paneling to complement the avocado, gold and orange striped wallpaper which the women of the Fortnightly Club selected in the 1970s.

The new kitchen features state of the art appliances – and no wallpaper or paneling.

Office manager Sheila Byington said she was thrilled to be in the town’s new location.

“So far, the response has been really good,” she said Tuesday. “It makes it really nice that we’re right next door to the hall. People love it that we’re downtown.”

Byington said she hoped the new parking lot adjacent to the CVIC Hall would be sealed and striped by the end of the week and ready for public use.

The $800,000 addition was financed through town funds and a $161,000 Community Development Block Grant.

Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, lifelong Carson Valley resident who has lived in Minden for 48 years, recalled his service on the town board.

“We were $10,000 in the red, and the first thing we did was raise the water rates. That didn’t make us very popular,” Jacobsen said.

“I’ve just returned from a tour of eastern Nevada,” he said. “And, ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you there is no place like Minden.”

Festivities began Sunday with the dedication of Town Clock Park. Board member Ray Wilson thanked the business owners who raised the funds for the park at the intersection of Highway 395 and Esmeralda.

“I’ve heard a lot of nice comments,” Wilson said. “People say, ‘You folks seem to do it right.'”

Byington estimated more than 400 people attended the free town picnic in Minden Park. The crowd was entertained by the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra.

The addition to the CVIC Hall was designed by Carson City architect John Copoulos and took eight months to complete.