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City of Mabton awarded records preservation grant

MABTON - The city of Mabton recently was awarded $6,200 in grant funding for the preservation of its records.

The grant was awarded by Secretary of State Sam Reed's office, which provided 33 government agencies a total of $200,000 in grant monies.

The grant was awarded to Mabton through the Washington State Archives Local Records Grant Program.

The city of Mabton will provide services and staff, gathering city records for the purpose of having them scanned and recorded on microfilm by the Washington State Archives office.

Records will also be digitized for preservation, in accordance with the grant.

Mabton City Clerk Ret Stewart said the records include any council meeting documentation and other records kept by the city.

There were 104 applications submitted for preservation of historical minutes, ordinances and resolutions. The state, however, was only able to provide funding to certain municipalities.

"For the past 10 years, this grant program has helped nearly 250 local government entities preserve records for future generations, and we're very pleased to continue our support of these fine projects," said Reed.

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