The City of Washington is ready to begin the second phase of community surveys to determine eligibility for grant dollars for community projects. Within the last month, every occupied household received a short income survey which was to be returned to the City Hall. The City wishes to thank everyone who has already returned the survey. If you have not done so, a second opportunity will be arriving in your mail within the next week.
Current results from those surveys already returned show that the City does have a majority low-income residents; however, insufficient surveys have been returned to meet eligibility requirements for the Community Development Block Grant funding source.
City Council members believe that there are some infrastructure improvements that need to be made in the near future to ensure that the city is able to meet resident’s basic needs. For instance, the aging water system, including valves, hydrants, and lines is in need of replacement to limit water loss, leaks, breaks and outages. The sewer system continues to age as well, and additional lining and rehabilitation of the lines is necessary. Several heavily trafficked areas in the City would benefit from curb, gutter, and road resurfacing. A major undertaking that may also qualify for grant dollars is the completion of the electric voltage conversion project.
Council members urge you to complete the survey and return it to City Hall at your earliest convenience. It will benefit the local tax structure and City budget if outside sources of funding can be used for these necessary improvements. Outside funding might include grant dollars, which do not need to be repaid and/or financing at a more favorable rate and term than can be secured on the open market.
If you have questions, you may contact Caroline Scoville or Denise Powell at the City Office at 785-325-2284. Surveys should be returned within one week to City Hall at 301 C Street, PO Box 296, Washington, KS, 66968.