There have been many fits and starts since the City of Colusa received the $2.9 million grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways for their boat launch facility in 2016 – from Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo birds to overturned tractor-trailers – but now, it’s official: the city has nailed down a date for the grand opening of the its new boat ramp.
On Dec. 28, at 3 PM, the city will hold a ribbon cutting for the boat ramp. City Manager Jesse Cain said that he expects work on the ramp to be completed by Friday.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Cain said on Monday. “From what I understand, the city has been meeting and trying to get this boat ramp accomplished since 2002. The council and I are really excited to finally announce that it’s going to be opening and available to the citizens of Colusa.”
Prior to the ribbon cutting at around 1:30 PM, there will be a social gathering at the project site, where city and county officials plan to honor the many individuals who have been involved in the boat ramp since it was first proposed in 2002. Cain is asking those individuals who have contributed to the project to contact him prior to the ceremony.
“I’m working on just a little hour-long social before the ribbon cutting,” Cain said. “We will potentially be serving some beer and wine, and I’m working on setting up a caterer for the event.”
The social will be open to the public, and attendees will have the first shot at bidding on what Cain says will eventually be a piece of the city’s history, and helping to put the finishing touches on the facility in the process.
The Colusa Firefighters Association (CFA) is putting on a sealed bid auction for a special, commemorative (first) first annual boat pass, which will be sold to the highest bidder. The proceeds from the auction in excess of the annual pass fee will go toward covering landscaping costs and adding amenities – such as a fish cleaning station on the end of the dock – to the boat launch facility. The money raised from the auction will be added to the $14,000 currently in the Colusa Boat Ramp Fund – money that was raised by a group of private citizens in the early 2000’s – earmarked for the same purpose.
“We’re always striving to help the community in any way possible, and this is a great opportunity to do that,” CFA member Beau Salazar said. “We’re hoping to generate some additional funding to help with the landscaping and beautification efforts at the project site.”
Bidding on the auction will open during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 28, and will remain open until the conclusion of the Colusa Firefighters Association’s Annual Crab and Steak Feed on Jan. 19. People interested in bidding for the first-ever annual pass issued for the new facility can fill out a bid slip and place it in a locked box on location at the ramp during the ceremony. After the ribbon cutting, bids can be dropped off at boxes located at Kittle’s Outdoor & Sport, Colusa City Hall, and the Colusa Fire Department, during normal business hours. The last opportunity to submit bids will be on the night of the Crab and Steak Feed, which will be held at the Colusa Fire Department for the first time in many years. The sealed bids will be opened at the conclusion of the dinner, at which point the winner will be named. The winner will be announced in the Jan. 23 edition of the Pioneer Review.
“I really believe that this commemorative first annual pass is going to be a piece of history and it’s going to be worth something, someday down the road,” Cain said. ■