The City of Winlock has received $23,000 from the Evelyn Miller Trust Fund to update the city's water system plan and better-qualify for grant funding in the future.
Announced Friday by Mayor Lonnie Dowell, funding from the trust had been request by Winlock last month after the city allocated $23,000 from reserves for the plan update, seeking reimbursement for the transfer.
Dowell explained the update is needed to help Winlock qualify for grant funding to replace large sections of its water system, with the city having been turned down last year for state grants on such grounds. The $23,000 is expected to be coupled with a $24,000 Community Development Block Grant, with Dowell adding the update is expected to take between nine months and a year.
Winlock has been pursuing funds to replace its water system since last May after reports from engineers showing multiple leaks throughout the system. Though larger leaks have since been repaired, the total water loss has led to well pumps being over-worked and requiring replacement earlier than normal, sometimes at the cost of multiple thousands of dollars.
Trust fund representative Paul Foster said, after considering the $23,000 request, the trustees felt it was within the spirit of Miller's bequest to the community, noting her donation in 2012, shortly before her passing, of $35,000 for water system upgrades along First St. Miller had left close to $1 million to the Winlock community in 2013 to encourage new businesses and economic growth.
Trustees had previously awarded the city $30,000 from the fund last year for the purpose of purchasing land for a pump house related to the extension of sewer services toward industrial property near Exit 63.