A handful of downtown business owners joined city and county officials for a brief groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the City of Colusa’s soon-to-be new boat ramp on Monday morning.
After more than a decade of waiting, construction on the project is in full swing: Behind the scene of the ceremonial turning of gold-painted shovels, a backhoe was doing the real work, moving mounds of earth to make way for the boat ramp.
“It’s about time,” Bryan Stice, city planner, said. “It makes things a lot more real, seeing things all cleared out.”
While Monday’s ceremony was short and sweet, the plan is to have a more substantial celebration when the project is completed, Mayor Greg Ponciano said. If all goes according to plan, City Manager Jesse Cain said that he hopes to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony in the third week of September, when the first boat is backed down the new ramp. Cain added that SnL Group, which was awarded the $1.94 million contract for the ramp’s construction on May 16, has 120 days to finish the project. That would give the company until November to finish the project, Cain said, but he added that he didn’t anticipate it would take them that long to wrap up construction.
Ponciano credited city staff for their dedication to the project, as well the late Kirk Kelleher, who he said was instrumental in getting the project done. Councilman Tom Reische also thanked State Park officials, and Supervisor Denise Carter credited community members like Pat and Shelly Kittle, who helped push the project forward over the years.