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County to help with pool?

City also seeking state grants for park improvements
By: Kathy Ito, Colfax Record Correspondent
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Colfax will get help from the county in its efforts to rebuild the city pool, according to City Manager Bruce Kranz, “County park administrator John Ramirez committed his support to help the city secure a $90,000 (county) grant for capital improvements,” said Kranz at the May 25 city council meeting. Approximately 80 percent of the pool users are unincorporated county residents outside of the city limits, Kranz said. The city pool, originally constructed in the 1960s, was closed in 2009 due to structural issues, and subsequently demolished in May 2010. The city has been searching for adequate funding to renovate the pool since that time. “We’re seeking both state and county grants to improve the park for city and county residents,” Kranz said. Along with the county grant, the city is applying for an estimated $1.5 million grant from the California State Parks and Recreation to substantially improve the entire Colfax Memorial Park. “The preliminary scope of the project is to construct a new swimming pool facility, upgrade the baseball field, playground and picnic areas,” Kranz said. “Other improvements are renovated bathrooms, parking, security surveillance and a new walking path.” The city is actively soliciting community input to insure the park meets the needs of the community, Kranz said. In other action, council approved a contract with the county’s Office of Sheriff-Coroner-Marshal to provide city law enforcement services for fiscal year July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The 2011-12 contract cost is $547,901, a $9,567 or 1.78 percent increase year over year. Council also approved unplanned expenses totaling $6,980 for emergency repairs at the wastewater treatment plant. Two pressure pumps at the plant were damaged when a temporary operator started the pumps without sufficient water for proper operation. Mayor Kenneth Delfino also presented a proclamation plaque to Charlie Gray, Commander of American Legion Post 192, acknowledging the services of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2003 and the American Legion for keeping the true meaning and purpose of Memorial Day alive in Colfax. The groups host annual memorial services at the Colfax Cemetery, as well as at the Indian Cemetery, honoring veterans buried locally.