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Mabton Council presses ahead with proposed well drilling project

MABTON - With only the official proclamation of March 11 as Mabton Town Hall Day on its agenda, the Mabton City Council spent most of Tuesday evening discussing progress on the city's new well project.

"We're still expecting to begin drilling the well this year," said Mayor David Conradt.

He said as yet, the city has not received word if it will be awarded the $960,000 state community development block grant it is seeking. "But we are receiving encouraging signs that the grant will be approved.

"We recently received the OK from the Yakima County Water Conservancy Board to proceed with the drilling," Conradt told the council.

"We just need to get the funds," he said.

Conradt said the city may not get the full $960,000 grant, as the state doesn't believe the funds for the methane clean-up equipment is really necessary.

"The methane gases give the city water that rotten egg smell, but it's not unhealthy," said Conradt, adding the city plans to go ahead and get the methane clean-up equipment using other funds.

The city should know in March if it will receive the state grant funds, Conradt reported.

In other business, the Council approved the mayor's proclamation for the Mabton School District request to declare Friday, March 11, as Mabton Town Hall Day.

Conradt said the official designation serves to encourage all Mabton residents to participate in the town hall meeting, making a "...visible statement that we are strongly committed to the success of our students."

The school district's town hall meeting will be held at Mabton High School and more than 300 people are expected to attend the day-long forum, explained Conradt.

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