The Colusa City Council unanimously approved the sale of the two city-owned parcels at the corner of Bridge and Main Streets during their meeting on Feb. 6, announcing that Brent Nobles, owner of Fur, Fin & Feather Taxidermy in Colusa, would be purchasing them for about $107,500.
Nobles was thrilled after the meeting last week, and said that he intends to build a new shop at the location and to move his taxidermy and duck picking business there in the near future.
“I’m excited,” Nobles said. “Last night, when it passed, I was just really happy… The plan is to offer a full service USDA butcher shop, taxidermy, and duck picking (at the new location).”
Nobles said that he would initially construct a small, temporary facility that he would be able to work out of while the larger, permanent building was constructed. He added that the timing of the move would be dependent upon the sale of the property that currently houses his business – the W.C. Stokes building located at 8th and Main Streets.
For the City of Colusa, the sale of the property – which was gifted to the city in 2015, and the city determined it had no use for – means more flexibility in the budget. The sale of the property brought the city from a budget deficit of $65,000 to a surplus of about $42,000, City Finance Director Toni Benson said, which will go to immediate use. The money from the sale of the property will be used to buy a much-needed brush chipper, which was approved by the council later in the meeting.
“If you purchase the chipper, then you’ll have a deficit of just $19,000,” Benson said. “That’s how fluid the budget is.”■