Genoa project shows signs of progress |

Genoa project shows signs of progress

Kurt Hildebrand

New signs indicating the north and south entrances to Genoa were installed on Tuesday, along with one of the kiosks that are part of the town’s $2.2 million renovation project.

The project, which represents Douglas County’s largest nondisaster expenditure of money on Nevada’s first settlement, is moving ahead with pavers and stonework.

Removal of a half-dozen power poles downtown, the original goal of the project, is expected to occur in the next few days.

Workers have already run power under Main Street to replace the poles.

Once the poles are gone, workers can complete the downtown portion of the project, Town Manager Sheryl Gonzales said Tuesday.

The downtown landscaping work has been under way since early spring.

A&K Earthmovers won with a $1.013 million bid to remove the island at the four-way stop in downtown Genoa.

Landscaping downtown will connect with the 1.3-mile Genoa Vista Trail linking the town and 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs

Funding for the projects was approved by Douglas County commissioners sitting as the redevelopment agency board in April 2011 after the Nevada Legislature started looking at sweeping up money in other budgets around the state in order to balance the budget.

Then County Manager T. Michael Brown said the prospect that the Legislature might change state law to direct redevelopment money for purposes other than economic development was also a concern.

The project dovetailed with the economic vitality plan to improve the town’s status as a tourist destination.

Another trail from town to the Nature Conservancy’s Whit Hall was part of the original plan.

On Tuesday Genoa Town Board members planned a dedication ceremony for a Saturday in July.

All work on the town is scheduled to be completed before the annual Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Fair Sept. 28-29.

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