MABTON - Last night the Mabton City Council gave its approval for city staff to apply for a grant that would help the city build a park and ride.
Brian Curtin, a commute trip reduction program coordinator for the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments, told the council a regional mobility grant has been reviewed and it has been found that Mabton's need is consistent with the regional transportation plan and policies.
He told the council that because there is an absence of a local regional transit system available in Mabton, the transportation plan encourages the use of carpooling and vanpooling as an alternative to driving alone.
The area where the park and ride would be is at Governor Park in Mabton, and lies adjacent to SR 22, which is a direct connector to I-82 and I-97.
The new park and ride would provide 36 centrally located parking spaces. The grant funding would be used to bring the park and ride lot up to standards, which would include grading, surfacing, striping, parking bumpers, lighting, landscaping and irrigation.
The total cost of the project would be $58,923 with the city of Mabton responsible for $7,686 for engineering costs.
Curtin told the council the application deadline is Dec. 18 and the members of the city staff must be available from Dec. 19 to Jan. 29 to answer any questions.
He said if the city receives the grant the money should be available sometime in July.
Also at last night's council meeting, the council voted to approve a lease agreement between the city of Mabton and the Mabton Food bank for use of the senior center. The Mabton Food Bank will pay $250 a month to store food at the senior center and to distribute the food twice a week.