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Transportation Benefit District board approves funding two more road projects

GRANDVIEW - Two more transportation projects are planned in Grandview, and this past Tuesday night the Grandview Transportation Benefit District Board, consisting of the members of city council, approved funds for those projects.

City Treasurer John Myers told the board the Transportation Benefit District last fall allocated $110,000 for transportation projects when the council approved the establishment of the district.

This past spring funds from the allocation were approved for the East Second Street overlay project. Myers said another $34,434 is needed to move forward with that project, as well as the design phase of two other projects on Euclid and Bonnieview roads.

He said funding is also necessary for grant applications and services. The grants the city of Grandview would like to apply for are the safe routes to school grant and funding from the Washington State Department of Transportation pedestrian and bicycle program.

Myers told the Transportation Benefit District Board the city also wants funding to display a map of the projects funded by the monies collected by the district.

"But, the ending fund balance will be in excess of $75,566," Myers said of the benefit district's fund.

Grandview City Administrator and Public Works Director Cus Arteaga said the money the transportation benefit district spends is worthwhile. "For the amount of money we are spending, we are getting a great return."

He said funding already allocated toward transportation projects has been used for securing grants well in excess of the Transportation Benefit District's initial investment.

Arteaga and Myers believe the same will be true of the funding allocated last night.

The Transportation Benefit District approved nearly $42,600 in allocations per Myers' recommendation by a 5-0 vote.

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