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Student learns about upcoming changes to city landscape

MABTON – Mabton High School student Naida Gusby came to last night’s Mabton City Council meeting offering her help as a part of her senior class project.

She suggested she could do something out at the Mabton City Cemetery, such as paint or clean up the grounds.

She nearly found herself named as the high school representative to the city council, a position current Mayor Mario Martinez is considering adopting. “We certainly welcome your input to the council,” said Martinez.

Gusby, who suggested she would be glad to learn more about her city’s government, listened as variety of current projects under consideration were discussed by the mayor and the city council.

One of the projects the council is considering is the possible demolition and rebuilding of the Mabton civic center, a long time popular community meeting place.

According to city contracted engineers, the center, built more than 50 years ago, is in serious need of structural, wiring and other infrastructure repairs. The council has allocated $125,000 to replace the center’s roof, but upon further investigation it was discovered the building, which has also served as an alternative school, food bank and senior citizen center, needs much more than a new roof, said Martinez.

“It appears as though it would be best to start from scratch,” said Martinez. He suggested the council look into designing a new civic center.

“We’ll need to be looking into this project in the coming year,” he said.

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