Two Plumas projects on Congressman’s priority list
Congressman Doug La Malfa announced his final list of 15 community projects to be considered for federal priority spending — two of them benefit Plumas County.
Last year, Congress created “Community Project Funding,” which allowed Members to submit funding requests for specific programs and projects based in their District. Project eligibility was also expanded this year to cover a wide variety of programs included but not limited to healthcare, public facilities, public safety measures, educational services, infrastructure, emergency operations, and small business projects. Congressional Member designated projects are not guaranteed to receive funding but are a publicly available priority list that allow projects to receive additional opportunities for federal funding.
Following is a list of the projects finalized by LaMalfa, with the two Plumas projects listed first:
Dixie Fire Collaborative [Re]Build, $1,000,000: Sponsored by the North Valley Community Foundation. This project would begin a two-phase strategy involving residents from Greenville, Canyon Dam, and Indian Falls, government agencies, and local organizations to assess the area’s strengths and weaknesses pre-fire, and determine how to improve the area’s livability, safety, and economic development needs for all while becoming more resilient to future natural disasters.
Lassen and Plumas County Emergency Communications Integration Project, $1,557,500: Sponsored by the County of Lassen. This project would integrate Lassen and Plumas County emergency communications networks, radio systems, dispatch radio consoles, along with Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management and geographic information system (GIS) systems that will allow either dispatch center to have the full capabilities of the other.
Alta Loop Pipeline, $1,000,000: Sponsored by the Placer County Water Agency. Funding this pipeline project will leverage limited Placer County Water Agency Capital Improvement funds to implement additional water system infrastructure replacements, water treatment plan upgrades, and other water system improvements.
County of Glenn Countywide Groundwater Recharge Development Plan, $275,000: Sponsored by Glenn County Resource Conservation District. This project would develop priority sites that would increase local recharge capabilities and as a result, create more usable water for California.
Modernization of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, $909,275: Sponsored by Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. This project would provide upgrades and modernization of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, including new body-worn cameras, bullet proof vests, a drone to assist with the Special Response Team and Search and Rescue, some fire-resistant uniforms to assist with wildfire evacuations, radio upgrades for law enforcement vehicles, and the restoration of a Special Response Team in the County.
Paskenta Water District Operational Investments, $85,000: Sponsored by the Paskenta Community Services District. This project would provide upgrades to the Paskenta Community Services District that covers an area of mostly low-income customers and has to maintain low and affordable monthly water charges.
Scott Valley Biomass Utilization Project, $1,000,000: Sponsored by the Northern California Resource Center. This funding would support a biomass plant to simultaneously increase economic development and decrease the threat of catastrophic wildfires in Northern California by thinning forest debris.
Roe Road Extension Project, $1,800,000: Sponsored by the Town of Paradise. This project would provide new intersections at streets that experienced high concentration of traffic-related fatalities during the Camp Fire as victims were unable to efficiently evacuate.
Shasta College Public Safety Fire Training Ground Expansion, $2,657,401: Sponsored by Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District. This project would expand current fire training grounds which would increase the number of certified fire personnel in the local career pipeline as well as provide required training necessary for existing state and local firefighters.
Northstate Community Facilities and Infrastructure Strengthening Project through Canal Modernization and Community Fuels Reductions, $518,312.20: Sponsored by the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District. This project would continue the modernization of the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District’s infrastructure, which provides water to 6,833 acres and additional benefits to habitat for wildlife, water savings, and essential groundwater recharge to shallow wells.
Frederick Whitman Display and Event Building, $1,000,000: Sponsored by the Feather River Rail Society. The proposed Frederick Whitman Display and Event Building will be a community facility capable of serving as a display building for historical rail equipment which could boost tourism, host community events, and be utilized as a disaster evacuation center.
Fix 5 Cascade Gateway Project, $10,000,000: Sponsored by the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency. This project would ensure the long-term reliability of I-5 and State Routes 299, 44, and 89 and effectively mitigate the impacts of closures on northbound I-5.
Corning Veterans Memorial Hall Rehabilitation, $2,000,000: Sponsored by the County of Tehama. This project would keep this facility open will ensure that the area’s local veterans continue to have a meeting place, as well as give the general public access to this facility.
Anderson Soccer Field Lighting, $250,000: Sponsored by the City of Anderson. This project will replace dated and inefficient infrastructure and improve safety in the area while also saving on energy usage.
Cohasset Road Widening and Fire Safety Project, $1,400,000: Sponsored by the County of Butte. The project would widen existing roadway and add expanded shoulders, drainage, and guardrail improvements to improve emergency ingress and egress and road/public safety along the only route serving the Cohasset area.