Legislature funds local projects
Three local projects, to the tune of $2.25 million, may now go forward thanks to the Washington State Legislature, which included funding for the 2013 Capital Construction Budget in its down-to-the-wire budget signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday (June 30).
All three public projects – Phase 2 of both Winthrop’s Susie Stephens Trail and ice rink, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Methow Forest Restoration Project – get half or more of their funding through grants from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP).
The town certified that it could fund its matching share of both its projects in May, but no other steps could reasonably be taken while the Legislature went into special session to hash out the budget that would fund the WWRP, Winthrop’s Town Planner Rocklynn Culp said.
“There had been so much uncertainty with the state budget that I honestly haven’t done much more work on Phase 2 of the trail,” Culp said.
Funding contracts should be sent out this week and approved by the end of July, Culp said. The town will then have a three-year window in which to complete work on its two projects.
“It’s important to note that both projects are following through on long-term visions this community has had,” Culp said. “We have heard from many different forums over the years that the community wants to see these projects happen.”
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