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Income surveys in Lyle pave way for financial help of treatment plant

PUD may now get financial assistance following survey results.

The results are in from an income survey of Lyle residents and they give hope to Klickitat PUD in its attempt to receive financial assistance for a new wastewater treatment plant in Lyle.

Over 200 Lyle residents received the surveys, and 171 were returned.

According to Skip Rand from the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, of those surveys that were returned, approximately 63 percent of the responses were at or below the government's definition of low to moderate income for their household size, therefore, 37 percent were above.

Those responses will enable the PUD to qualify for grants and low interest loans to fund construction of the estimated $2 million plant, according to PUD Water and Wastewater Manager Lorraine Reynolds.

"This doesn't necessarily guarantee any particular financial package, but it makes our chances much better. I am particularly hopeful of getting a Community Development Block Grant, and anticipate applying to other sources of assistance as well" said Reynolds.

The new plant is required by the state Department of Ecology in order to meet stricter regulations on wastewater plant discharges.

The project has already received $36,922 in loans for the Wastewater Facilities Plan and another $45,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service and $174,250 from the Pubic Works Trust Fund for design and engineering work. Construction is anticipated to begin sometime in 2004.

"I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to return the surveys and everyone else who helped in this effort. Special thanks to the Lyle High School students, the Lyle Community Council and the Lyle Lions Club. I expect that those minutes Lyle residents spent completing the survey will mean rates lower than they would otherwise be for years to come," said Reynolds.


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