Happy Spring to everyone! If wind is a prerequisite for the season, we have had plenty. I am praying for moisture as I am sure many of you are. It just seems so very dry and warm for this time of year. Normally we don’t think, Fire Season, this early in the year, but our neighbors in the outlying areas have already had many acres burned.
As we prepare for the upcoming projects in our wastewater (sewer) system this year, we also plan to have more information available on our website. Be sure to check it out at www.cityofcolstrip.com There will be pictures when possible and weekly updates on the progress we are making.
Our Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and some of the mains are decades old. Engineers had recommended the upgrades we are undertaking this summer, nearly eight years ago. The City Public Works Department employees have done a great job of taking care of the wastewater facility and system, minimizing costs and prolonging its life. Thank you all for the conscientious, hard work guys!
We are in great position to receive a Coal Board Grant- June 12, 2015. In our presentation last fall, the Coal Board favorably received our request, though they did not have the funds at that time. We have asked for $500,000 to aid us in this venture. They were willing to award that amount when funds became available; which will be in June of this year. The City has allocated $500,000 to this project and we will be applying for State Revolving Loan Fund finances to help complete the project. Interest rates are low at this time and we should be ready to go by mid-summer.
Congratulations to all the area graduates and their parents this Spring of 2015. Work hard, plan well and give thanks daily for your many blessings. May you be blessed as you move into this next life adventure!
Mayor Rose Hanser