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Transportation improvement plan approved in Mabton

MABTON - The Mabton City Council accepted the city's six-year Transportation Improvement Plan at its regularly scheduled meeting last night.

The document covers all proposed improvements on the city's streets for the years 2010-2015. The document is required by state law. A public hearing was held at last night's meeting. Although four people were in attendance no one spoke up during the one-minute hearing.

The document is required if Mabton expects to receive any grants for road work in the future. Ten areas were listed on the list for improvements.

The first priority for Mabton is a park-n-ride located at the end of South Street. Other projects making the list for improvements, in order, are 7th Avenue, from Washington Street to Monroe Street; Maple Street, from Main Street to 2nd Street; 2nd Street, from Pine Street to Maple Street; 3rd Street, from Pine Street to Maple Street; South Street, from Boundary Road to Main Street; Monroe Street, from 7th Avenue to Vance Rd.; Pine Street, from 6th Street to Alison Rd.; Fern Street, from 6th Street to Alison Rd.; and Alison Rd., from the end of the pavement to the end of the city limits.

Also at last night's meeting the council authorized Mayor Velva Herrera to sign a Community, Trade and Economic Development grant application for the police department. Interim City Clerk Ret Stewart said the grant is almost a given, it just needs to be applied for. The grant, worth $9,999, will fund several items for the police department, including breaching tool packs, a weapon lighting system for the department's AR-15, weapon slings, night vision and air soft training guns, among other items.

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