Top Officials from various county and city organizations met at Steal Head Lodge on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to discuss reviving the quarterly Colusa County Joint Cities and County meetings.
“It has been quite some time since the county and the cities have come together,” said Supervisor Mark Marshall, “There are new council members and new supervisors on our boards and I hope this event will pull the groups together to discuss the important issues between the cities and the county.”
A social evening, followed by a meal prepared and sponsored by Steal Head Lodge, the meeting began with introductions.
Supervisor Marshal officiated as individuals from around the room introduced themselves.
“I want to welcome everyone, and hope tonight will be the first of many gatherings,” said Marshall, “We are here to work collaboratively with the county as a whole. We are all here for one purpose, and that is to serve our community members and together we can do great things.”
The group quickly discussed hosting quarterly meetings with the next event tentatively set for the month of August to be hosted by the City of Colusa. The City of Williams is expected to host an event tentatively in December.
The second item on the agenda was the Colusa County Grown Center, a project brought forward through Supervisor Marshal and the Colusa County Grown project.
“This is a vision I have to market Colusa County as a whole,” said Supervisor Marshall, “From agriculture to its businesses, and I would like to see it come to fruition.”
The Colusa County Grown Project took shape prior to the Colusa County Farm Show where Supervisor Marshal and the Colusa County Grown committee presented the idea to prospects.
“This is a project that needs everyone’s support,” said Supervisor Marshal, “not just the farmers, and the businesses, but the communities and the visitors.”
The group anticipates that the center will showcase anything grown or produced in Colusa County, but it will go beyond selling of wares.
“For example there will be programs offered where individuals can attend day-long education seminars on crops grown here. Following the seminars the agritourism component will take the students on field trips to the farms to see the process. The day will conclude with chef demonstrations of how to prepare the products they have just seen,” said Supervisor Marshall.
Supervisor Marshall would like the center constructed in Williams near Interstate 5 and Highway 20 because of its access to the Interstate.
“This is a great way to entice tourism and increase interest in what Colusa County as a whole has to offer,” said Supervisor Marshall.
While agriculture is the key to the success of this project, it is not designed to be limited to agriculture.
“Any artisan or group who provides a product or service created in Colusa County will be welcomed to display at the center,” commented Supervisor Marshal.
Supervisor Marshall and the Colusa County Grown committee will continue to host meetings with stakeholders and to ask for input on the project.
Funding for the project is still under grant research; however, once built the group hopes the center will be self-sustaining.
Following the discussion of the Colusa County Grown Center, the meeting was concluded with a thank-you to Ed Hulbert, and CIP Properties for sponsoring the nights Dinner.
For more information about the Colusa County Grown Center or to become involved, contract the Colusa RCD at (530) 458-2931 Ext. 101.<