Marion County approves community grants to local cities this month: Woodburn, Mount Angel and Gervais

The Marion County Board of Commissioners awarded several community project grants to cities in North Marion County in June.

Woodburn received a grant for $15,000, Mount Angel received a grant for $16,000 and Gervais received a grant for $25,000.

Woodburn will use the grant to install new signs to direct Woodburn visitors toward downtown, according to Woodburn Economic Development Director Jamie Johnk. The signs will be installed on Highways 214 and 99E.

"We wanted additional directions for people traveling through Woodburn to find their way downtown. Visitors only really know about the outlet mall," Johnk said.

The city of Mount Angel will use its grant to fund updates to the downtown city scape, according to Mount Angel City Manager Amber Mathiesen. Improvements will include continuance of the Heritage trail, new street signs, and new benches and garbage cans on city streets.

In Gervais the grant will help fund a new master plan project, according to Gervais City Manager Susie Marston. Marston said she wants to start updating the city's water, waster water and stormdrain master plans by July 1. The total cost of the project is estimated at $150,000.

"(The grant) is only a small chunk of the cost, but it's still welcome," Marston said.

Patrick Evans



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