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No ‘hot' and ‘cold' for water towers
It's official: Colusa's trademark water towers will not be labeled "hot" and "cold" in a tribute to the historic graffiti of yesteryear.
At the Colusa City Council meeting on Feb. 4, the council voted on what would be displayed on the water towers — near Ninth and Main streets.
The decision? The council, minus Mayor Pro-Tem Kirk Kelleher, unanimously decided that one tower would read "Welcome to Colusa" with the city seal, and the other "Historic Riverfront District."
And while the hot/cold route failed to receive any real consideration, councilwoman Donna Critchfield did bring it up during the discussion, if only to say she actually had some city residents inquire about that possibility. The reference drew a few nostalgic chuckles from councilmembers and members of the public alike.
Interim City Manager Randy Dunn said that the towers would act as the city's de facto billboard — and it was the staff's intention for the lettering to be visible from three miles away.
The wording on the water towers is the bow to tie together the $330,179 renovation project that began in April of last year. In the past 10 months, the city has worked to bring the towers up to code — work that included re-epoxying the interiors of the towers and repainting the exteriors.
Jesse Cain, the city's public works director and superintendent of the Colusa water and sewer departments, said the project is all but completely finished. Cain said his department will be doing some landscaping at the site as things wrap up.