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3/13/2014 3:21:00 PM
Former Boulder Junction community center/library comes down
Demolition work expected to be completed this week
Boulder Junction Town Supervisor Dennis Reuss (right) stands by in a hard hat labeled “Boss” as an excavator for Musson Brothers of Rhinelander maneuvers into position to begin ripping into the next section of the former community center/library building. Reuss, who owns a construction firm of his own, has acted throughout the construction of the new community center/library building as the liaison between the town and the project’s primary contractor, Tradewell Construction of Antigo.Dean Hall photographs

Boulder Junction Town Supervisor Dennis Reuss (right) stands by in a hard hat labeled “Boss” as an excavator for Musson Brothers of Rhinelander maneuvers into position to begin ripping into the next section of the former community center/library building. Reuss, who owns a construction firm of his own, has acted throughout the construction of the new community center/library building as the liaison between the town and the project’s primary contractor, Tradewell Construction of Antigo.

Dean Hall photographs

Roy Young, a heavy equipment operator with Musson Brothers of Rhinelander, operates an excavator as work progressed Monday on demolition of the old Boulder Junction community center/library building.

Roy Young, a heavy equipment operator with Musson Brothers of Rhinelander, operates an excavator as work progressed Monday on demolition of the old Boulder Junction community center/library building.


Brian Jopek
Reporter


The building that, until recently, housed the Boulder Junction community center, library and town office is now officially history. 

First built in the 1950s as a grade school and then renovated in 1990, the building was replaced by a new structure that became operational in early January. 

Voters approved construction of that new building in October 2012.

The intent was always to demolish the old community center and haul everything away, something included in the $2.1 million cost for construction of the new building, as soon as it became warm enough to do so. 

On Monday, with daytime high temperatures climbing into the mid-50s, that demolition work began in earnest. 

Boulder Junction Town Supervisor Dennis Reuss has acted as the “point man” between the town and the project’s primary contractor, Tradewell Construction of Antigo. 

He said if everything continues to go well, work will be able to proceed on the parking area, and other landscaping issues yet to be done sometime in May, with the goal to have everything done by the time the yearly flea market starts its weekly run for the summer in early June. 

By Tuesday, Reuss said there was only part of the old building’s large meeting room left to come down. 

Everything to this point, he said, has “worked as smooth as silk.

“In fact the snow actually worked in our favor,” Reuss said. “It kept the dust down. As things turned out, snowmobile and other traffic is down and it turned out to be a good time to do it.”

As far as any connection area residents had to the old building, Reuss said he has some items, such as stones or bricks, saved for them as mementos. 

“It’s available for who wants it,” he said. “I’m going to try and incorporate something ... at least a piece from the old building into the new building before we get finished up here.”

Brian Jopek may be reached at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com.







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