Improvements continue to be made to the building that has housed the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2441 the past 60 years – so much so that the Bridge Street hall might see a wedding or major community event again in the near future.
Colusa County Supervisors Denise Carter and John Loudon last Friday presented $25,000 to the veterans for new tables and chairs, and new kitchen appliances, which completes the first phase toward complete restoration.
The money comes from the county’s special projects funding for District 2, said Loudon, a Vietnam veteran and member of the Post.
“We are really focused on getting this place back up to speed,” Loudon said.
The Colusa VFW hall has been used as a congregate facility and meeting place for veterans since the 1950s, when it was built, but few improvements were done until the past few years.
California Military Code 1260 requires counties to maintain dedicated veterans facilities, notwithstanding special circumstances, so long as the veterans’ associations do not abandon their use.
The Board of Supervisors previously funded the kitchen and restroom remodel, as well as an Eagle Scout project, which included the new monument sign and three flagpoles.
All total, the county has contributed about $55,000 in recent years, Carter said, but the VFW and other organizations have pitched in as well.
“This has been a huge community effort,” Carter said.
Tanner said Colusa Rotary Club donated for new flooring; Sacramento River Firefighters Association donated for new doors; and Recology donated paint.
“Everyone has been very good to us,” Tanner said. “It really means a lot.”
VFW members said the improvements have not only restored their pride in the facility, but have helped catapult it back into public use for events like weddings, conferences, receptions, and community events.
“What the VFW is trying to do is to make it as self-sufficient as possible, without having to go to the county every time we need a light bulb,” said former Commander Dennis Sanders. “The only way we could do that is to put in ADA restrooms and a kitchen so we can rent it out. We could not rent it out the way it was before.”
Although the improvements make the building more attractive for private and public events, the VFW said there was still work they would like to do. The old gas range is in remarkably good condition, they said, but they would like to have it refinished.
Otherwise, the VFW hall is back in business. It can be rented by contacting Tanner at (530) 405-6322 or any member of Post No. 2441. ■