For Immediate Release
June 26, 2012
WOODLAND, Wash. – Cowlitz County Commissioners today announced they have awarded the Port of Woodland a Rural Development Planning Grant to help pay for a feasibility study on a proposed new boat launch in the Woodland Bottoms. The commission awarded the full $10,000 that the port requested in its application, and the port’s project was one of six applications and one of four that were awarded funds. “Obviously, this grant will really help us maintain efficient use of our resources while addressing one of the biggest recreation infrastructure opportunities we’ve had in Woodland in some time,” said Port of Woodland Executive Director Nelson Holmberg. “It’s a good day at the port.”
County commissioners awarded a total of $42,000 out of a fund that had $50,000 available this year. This grant program is funded by a portion of sales tax revenue that’s set up for economic development and infrastructure development. While the fund was far less than usual due to recent decreases in retail sales, The port’s feasibility study was awarded to Waterfront Engineering of West Linn, Ore., and is underway. Other Cowlitz County projects that received funding included $12,000 for test drilling at the City of Woodland’s Ranney Well, for the purpose of testing how much water could be produced from the well; $10,000 to the City of Castle Rock for planning improvements to the north entrance to its core area; and $10,000 to the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments for a study on broadband access to rural areas along the two corridors (SR 503 from Woodland to Windy Ridge and SR 504 from Castle Rock to Johnston Ridge) to Mount St. Helens.