Genoa fights weather damage |

Genoa fights weather damage

Staff Reports

This winter was not kind to the streets and structures in Nevada’s oldest town.

Town Manager Phil Ritger said he’s looking for funding to help protect the town church from future flooding.

“During the storms, significant sandbagging had to occur around town church,” he said. “We’re looking at putting in a retaining wall, so we need to set money aside for that.”

The church was built in 1910 in the wake of the Genoa fire that claimed most of the town’s business district.

Ritger said the town has half the money needed to repair $12,000 in dry rot that occurred with the town hall’s windows.

Work also will have to be done to repair the foundation of the former Raycraft Hall, which was built in 1886. The hall was donated to the town in 1941.

The buildings are a source of revenue for the town, which rents them out for special events.

Ritger told County commissioners on Tuesday that between the rentals and the town’s tax base it raises about $107,000. That pays for the town’s two part-time employees and covers utilities.

“In Genoa, based on tax revenue, we’re left basically with the ability to keep the facilities open,” he said.

Most of the town’s revenue comes from special events like Candy Dance and to a much lesser degree, the just complete Cowboy Festival.

Those events raise $401,000, according to the town’s budget.

“That’s not tax dollars,” he said. “It is revenue we generate as an enterprise for the town. It is what covers the rest of the salaries and benefits for the town.”

Ritger said he is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover $20,000-22,000 in road and drainage damage done during the winter.