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June 2, 2017

New Marshall Ruritan Club hall slated for fall opening

The new structure will have a carport fronting Salem Avenue.
Photo/Don Del Rosso
Marshall Ruritan Treasurer Gary Wink surveys the site, where construction will run through the summer.
File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Heavy snow crushed most of the original building in February 2016.
The community, as a whole, has been very generous. We were quite surprised, early on, by the number of checks we got in the mail.
— Gary Wink, club treasurer
New Ruritan Hall
• Where: 8400 Salem Ave., Marshall

• Structure: About 5,700 square feet, including community hall and carport; single-story building will include about 1,900 square feet of original structure, heavily damaged in Jan. 22, 2016, snowstorm.

• Construction cost: About $600,000.

• Construction schedule: Framing should begin in July; if all goes according to schedule, project should be completed by Sept. 15.

• Architect: Steve Wagner, Marshall.

• General contractor: Miller Brothers Inc., Marshall.

• Website: Click here
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The Marshall Ruritan Club hopes to move into its rebuilt hall on Salem Avenue this fall.

If all goes according to plan, the 5,700-square-foot building and carport should be completed by Sept. 15, President Jan Sickel said.

A heavy snow crushed the 36-year-old structure on Jan. 22, 2016.

A 1,900-square-foot portion of that building, including restrooms, the kitchen and storage, and the north and west walls will be incorporated into the new structure.

The one-story building also will feature a vestibule, office, coat room and banquet hall. A new carport will front Salem Avenue.

To cover various losses, State Farm Insurance has paid the service organization $738,000 to:

• Rebuild the club, which will cost about $600,000, according to according general contractor Miller Brothers Inc. of Marshall. For tax purposes, the county valued the building at $265,800.

• Replace furnishings and equipment.

• Compensate the club for a year’s worth of lost revenue — about $50,000 — because the organization had to cancel several fundraisers that would have taken place at the hall in 2016, Marshall Ruritan Treasurer Gary Wink said.

For about the past 18 months, the club has conducted monthly meetings at Grace Bible Church near Marshall.

The insurance payout also covered demolition costs and architectural, engineering, survey and other fees.

Throughout the process, the club’s leaders had remained confident that State Farm adequately would compensate the Ruritans for the snowstorm’s damage, Mr. Wink said.

Marshall State Farm Agent Aaron Mormann proved especially helpful, he said.

“It seemed like when we were in negotiations with State Farm Corp., I always thought he was on our side,” Mr. Wink said. “He would speak on our behalf a lot, and that always makes you feel good.”

The club also received about $25,000 in local contributions, including a $15,000 check from a Marshall business, which Mr. Wink declined to identify.

Additionally, the club’s online “GoFundMe” account so far has generated $1,125.

“The community, as a whole, has been very generous,” Mr. Wink said. “We were quite surprised, early on, by the number of checks we got in the mail.”

Work on the building began last spring, with removal of the collapsed portion of the social hall. Last week, a crew removed the two-story front portion of the building.

Framing should begin in about a month, said Miller Brothers President Glenn F. Miller, who estimated there will be up to 15 workers per day onsite during the three-month construction project.

“It’s a simple building to construct,” Mr. Miller said of the 22-foot-tall structure, which will be sheathed in vinyl siding and brick. “The only challenge has been to build it for what they have it covered for — trying not to exceed the insurance payout.”

Helping to defray costs, Hagerstown Block Co. in Marshall has agreed to sell the club brick at a discount, he said.

Mr. Wink visited the building the day after the snowstorm.

“You walk up to it, and there’s a building in a pile,” he recalled. “The first questions are: My god, what do we do? Does the community want it back? Do we just dig a hole and push it in there and go on with business as usual? Do we rebuild for the community?”

After canvassing folks, the club had no doubt “the community kind of misses us” and that it would rebuild the social hall, Mr. Wink said.

“I don’t come into town one day that I don’t run into someone that says, ‘How’s the building doing? You’re going to rebuild, right’? I say, ‘Yeah, we’re going to rebuild. Just taking a little time’.”

After the building’s completion, the club plans to hold a “welcome-back” party, said Mr. Sickel, the organization’s president.
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