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Mabton city well project receives state grant funding

MABTON - The City of Mabton has received a much needed boost to its efforts to drill a new city well for the community.

Mabton city officials have learned they will receive a $480,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state Department of Community Trade and Economic Development (CTED).

"We haven't seen an official release yet," said Mabton City administrator Ildia Jackson. "But we're getting the funds."

With the additional funds the city has received from the state Public Works Trust Fund, which is a loan for $104,000, and the city's match of $50,000, Jackson said the city can now move ahead to drill its new city well.

She said the community block grant covers everything the city asked for except a scrubbing system, which would have eliminated the smelly methane gas from the water.

"But we may not need it," Jackson said, adding the state did not want to tie up funding that could go to other agencies.

Mabton's water project was one of 12 applications approved during the state's recent funding go-round.

"I'm pleased," Jackson said.

Last year, the Mabton Council approved the new well drilling project and set its sights to begin the drilling a new 1,000 foot well as soon as the necessary funds became available, Jackson explained.

The well, to be located in the western end of the city's Governor's Park, is expected to cost an estimated $1.1 million.

The Mabton Council approved funds in its 2005 water/sewer fund be set at $1,114,325 to aid with the drilling of the new well, Jackson explained.

In November 2004, the Council approved the transfer of $50,000 from its water and sewer emergency fund into the water-sewer fund to begin the engineering design.

"We hope to get started drilling as soon as all of the plans are in place," she said.

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