The city of Mabton has received $35,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce in the form of a Community Development Block Grant.
The money will be used to plan improvements for the city's aging sewer treatment plant.
Mabton Mayor Angel Reyna said the city met with the Department of Ecology last February and was told about problems at the sewer plant.
"We decided to move forward with upgrading our facilities," Reyna said.
The cost for the facility plan, which is the first step the city must take, is $80,000. The $35,000 block grant will help offset nearly half of the costs for the facility plan. The city's engineering firm, Gray & Osborne, Inc. of Yakima, should have the plan finished in either February or March of 2011.
Because the city decided to use emergency funds for the facility plan earlier this summer, Gray & Osborne, Inc. has been able to get the first four chapters of the plan completed. Those chapters were explained to the council at its last meeting.
When the facility plan is completed it will have to be approved by Ecology. Once that is done, the city will be able to look for loans and other grants to prepare for the next phase of the sewer plant upgrade, the design phase. Once the design is completed construction can begin.
Engineers gave a conservative estimate of 2014 as to when the construction of the treatment plant might begin.