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Mabton gets slice of $18 million energy pie

MABTON - Residents in Mabton will be able to see a little clearer after receiving a grant issued by Gov. Jay Inslee last week.

Nearly $18 million in grants to create jobs and to lower energy costs for 12 higher education institutions and 37 local governments statewide were awarded last week.

An estimated 543 jobs will be created by the construction spending. The total cost for all the projects is more than $66 million, including more than $48 million in non-state funding.

The city of Mabton is set to receive $68,229 for its efforts in making the city's streets and buildings more energy efficient.

Mabton Councilman Mario Martinez says the city has planned to upgrade the lighting structures at city hall, the police department and the wastewater treatment facility. The city will also see upgrades in the street lighting to more energy-efficient and longer-lasting bulbs.

Pacific Power and Lighting will also contribute about $16,000 in incentives to the project. Martinez says nearly $10,000 in matching dollars will also be contributed by the city, for a total cost of around $95,000.

Martinez says the funds may not be distributed to the city for another few months.

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