Council obtains grant funds for pool renovation

By: Cheri March
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Colfax City Council members took necessary steps to secure Community Development Block Grant funds for upcoming city projects on Wednesday evening. After receiving approval from the state’s CDBG program, the council voted to transfer $180,000 from its approximately $291,000 in uncommitted program income to the pool rehabilitation project. Colfax’s aging municipal pool is being demolished to allow for construction of a modern six-lane pool. So far, $623,000 has been budgeted for design and construction of the facility. Councilman Ken Delfino abstained from voting on the resolution, expressing dismay that community members – including local school and youth swim teams – haven’t attended meetings or otherwise showed support for the pricey project. “I want to see more public involvement,” Delfino said. “If they want it, why aren’t they telling us? This is coming out of taxpayers’ money.” Council members also reviewed and approved a $70,000 CDBG grant awarded to the city for a historic downtown corridor master plan – a subcomponent of the city’s general plan – as well as plans and specifications for city sewer lift stations. In order to receive state funding, the city was required to submit the plans by June 3. In other business, council members amended city code to allow alcohol to be served within city limits during approved special events and at licensed sidewalk cafes. Previously, all public alcohol consumption was prohibited.