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Transfer station fees to fund nonprofit groups and schools, Gresham City Council says after vote.

FILE PHOTO - Mayor Shane BemisThe Gresham City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Oct. 17, meeting to form a Enhancement Advisory Committee to manage grant funding to local community-enhancement projects.

The city of Gresham and Metro entered into an agreement on July 1 that will use solid-waste fees collected at the Gresham Transfer Station to provide the funding. That money will pass through the city to assist projects from nonprofit organizations, schools and community groups.

Grant amounts are estimated at $23,000 per year, and will be distributed in amounts less than 15 percent of the total.

The Enhancement Advisory Committee will establish a boundary area for eligible projects, develop a process for soliciting and selecting where the funds will go, provide an annual review of revenue expectations, and present outcomes back to the Council.

The committee comprises Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, Gresham Councilor Karylinn Echols, local business people Bess Wills, Michael Patrick and Shannon Chisolm.

To be considered for the funding, projects must increase employment and economic opportunities, rehabilitate housing, preserve wildlife, improve public safety, or enhance neighborhood appearance, among other goals.

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