Colusa banking on boat ramp construction by end of May

The City of Colusa is making headway in the permitting process for their boat ramp project, and if everything goes according to plan, they will begin construction on May 29.

“There is lots of good momentum right now. It’s a very exciting time to start working on the bid (documents) and to begin talking construction schedules. We have a couple of hoops left to go through, but we are very close,” Bryan Stice, Senior Planner for the City of Colusa, said.

At the City Council meeting on Feb. 7, Stice updated the Council on the progress to date, and laid out a time-line as the project moves forward. While the project still lacks the blessing of a handful of different permitting agencies, Stice said that a key cog – a duo of permits from the Army Corps of Engineers – should be issued soon. After those permits are issued, the others will fall into place, he said.

“Essentially, everything is hinging on the Army Corps of Engineers right now. There are other permits, primarily the Central Valley Flood Control Board encroachment permit, which is ready to go for the most part – but it will not be issued until the Army Corps has concluded their review,” Stice said.

Before the two required permits are issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, they are reviewed by other agencies, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife and State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO). Stice said that the Army Corps permits are now hinging solely on a review by SHPO.

“The Army Corps gave us a letter last week and said that they’d concluded their own  internal review of the project’s historical and cultural resources impacts, and feel that there is no impact. They forwarded that determination to SHPO,” Stice said. “That is the final portion of Army Corps review. Fish and Wildlife blessed it generally a few months ago, and they will get one more crack at it, give it one more soft look before it is approved… But the scope of necessary review is getting smaller and smaller and smaller.”

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