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Colusa seeks per capita grant for Splash Pad 

The Colusa City Council last week approved a resolution to accept a per capita allocation of $177,000 from the State of Californian’s Proposition 68. 

The City Council approved the resolution on Jan. 19 in a meeting that had not been properly noticed, due to an invalid web conference number on their agenda, and was closed to the public due to COVID-19. 

California voters approved the Park and Water Bond Act in 2018, which authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects.

The city’s allocation is the minimum a jurisdiction of Colusa’s population could receive, officials said. 

“This is just the money that every jurisdiction got in California,” said City Manager Jesse Cain. 

After the resolution is sent to the state, the City Council must still approve where the money is to be spent, as long as it meets the objectives and guidelines for the grant, officials said. 

While there has been no discussion at the council level on any specific projects for this funding, city staff announced on social media just five minutes after the Jan. 19 meeting that plans are in the works to build a splash pad in A.B. Davison Park, and that a “virtual” meeting about the future water feature is scheduled for 3 PM on Feb. 4, via zoom. 

A splash pad is a themed play area for children that sprays water upward from the deck and has no standing water in which children could drown. 

Cain stated in his staff report that he would be sending out a request for proposals for the splash pad to bring back to the City Council to approve, an indication that a consensus has already been reached and as to how this money will be spent.

While the per capital allocation is a guaranteed pot of money from Proposition 68, the city of Colusa also is eligible to make five applications to the state for up to $8 million. 

The city is currently contracted with a design firm to make a Proposition 68 application to build a marina on the Sacramento River. 

The City Council received an update on that project on Jan. 19.

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