State awards $10.5 million for vital infrastructure projects

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 25 rural cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2019. Twenty-seven projects were selected from 41 grant applications requesting over $20 million. The projects awarded funding will improve water and sewer systems, streets, community facilities and fire protection systems, and also support affordable housing projects and community planning.

“Partnering with local governments to create infrastructure is essential to our mission of strengthening communities,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “The grants we are announcing today will result in cleaner water, safer streets and ultimately, a higher quality of life in towns, cities and counties across Washington State.”

In our area, Ferry County received $310,000 for water system improvements, the town of Metaline Falls got $735,000 for water distribution improvements and the City of Colville was given $24,000 for a comprehensive plan update. The town of Nespelem got $24,000 for an asset management plan as well.