Trolley grant gets city oversight

February 9, 2009

By Staff

Trolley grant gets city oversight

The City Council unanimously approved a financial agreement between the city, as certified acceptance agency, and the Issaquah History Museums, so members can get the trolley restoration project moving.

The agreement recognizes the city will be responsible for tracking and executing the spending for the project.

In all, the History Museums will receive $471,095 in federal funding for the project. To receive that, members must raise $46,821. Some funds have been raised, but the next phase of the project will include community fundraising for the remainder.

City officials will be responsible for ensuring the grant money is spent in accordance with federal guidelines.

During public comment, Keith Watts, president of the DownTown Issaquah Association, fully endorsed the proposal.

“We want to show our support for the trolley project,” he said. “We believe the project will bring many visitors and tourists to the area, which in turn translates to more dollars to businesses, especially those along the route.”

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