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Steve Harvey takes the reins as new mayor

By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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The mayor’s gavel has changed hands on the Colfax city council. Steve Harvey, who was elected to the council in 2008, assumed the position during the Dec. 14 council meeting, replacing outgoing mayor Ken Delfino. Delfino also used the opportunity to hand out what he called “much deserved” and “way overdue” presentations, including keys to the city. Proclamations were given to the Colfax High School varsity football teams of 2001-10 as the “Pioneer Valley League Team-of-the-Decade” and to Coach Justin Heimann for the Colfax Junior Falcons Midget squad’s undefeated and league championship season. Appreciation plaques went to the Colfax Volunteer Fire Department, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Colfax Substation, and the California Highway Patrol in Gold Run “in appreciation of their support of all Colfax events and dedication to the safety of our city and citizens.” Bill Bean Sr. was also recognized with an appreciation plaque for his “continued dedication to Colfax Falcons’ football program.” A Patriotism plaque was awarded to 10-year-old Aubrey Nave for her “5,000 Cards for the Troops” Girl Scout project. Keys to the City recipients were Doug Dunn, CEO of Tully-Wihr/GKM, “for his and his company’s active community involvement”; Dick and Helen Wayland, “for their volunteerism and dedication to the preservation of Colfax history”; Gary and Pene Todd, “for their generosity to our community and active community involvement”; Colfax High School football Coach Tony Martello, “for his outstanding 99-20-1 record since 1996, 83 percent winning percentage and resulting championships and one undefeated season”; Assemblyman Dan Logue, “for his dedicated work behind these scenes with the State Water Board on behalf of the City of Colfax’s waste water treatment plant projects”; and former Congressman John Doolittle, “for his work on the federal level in helping the City of Colfax secure over $6.5 million in loans and grants for our waste water treatment plant projects. Combined with Assemblyman Logue’s work, this saved the residents potential emergency rate increases.” Colfax City Manager Bruce Kranz said Logue “went far beyond the call of duty to help Colfax with its water quality problems. He deserves a lot of credit for helping us solve this issue, and we couldn’t have done it without his assistance.” Logue said he was “honored and humbled” by the award. “North State residents face many difficult challenges unique to the region, and I am proud to fight for them in Sacramento,” Logue said.