Congressman Doug LaMalfa announced his final list of community projects for consideration of federal priority spending. The House of Representatives altered funding procedures earlier this year to allow members of Congress to nominate up to five infrastructure projects and 10 non-infrastructure projects in their district. The projects must meet stringent criteria including having significant state or local matching funds, be in the planning process already, and be under $15 million in requested funds. Cities, counties, hospitals and water districts within LaMalfa’s district were given the criteria and asked to submit projects that met the requirements.
Transportation infrastructure projects were announced earlier this week. 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.
“The community projects I have nominated for additional federal funding consideration have a range of strong community benefits that are worthy of federal support,” LaMalfa said. “From expanding sewer lines and rural broadband access to assisting law enforcement and hospitals, these are the types of community projects that are for government to help advance. I will continue to work to help North State communities improve the lives of our citizens through advocating for good policies and the responsible use of taxpayer dollars.”
LaMalfa designated community projects include:
• Plumas Sierra Telecomm Lassen County Project, $5,333,597. Sponsored by Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications – Expand broadband access through southern and central Lassen County.
• Chico Sewer Master Plan Project P-18 Trunk Line, $8 million. Sponsored by the City of Chico – Funds the shovel ready expansion of sewer in South Chico that allows for Paradise to connect to the Chico system if approved. It also will help with housing and parks in the South Chico area.
• Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone, $1,750,000. Sponsored by Nevada County – Fuels reduction work on over 600 acres of private and public lands to protect 3,000 residents in wildland-urban interface near Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, and Grass Valley.