City Council finalizes funding for outside agencies

Nexus, Plateau Outreach Ministries and the Chamber of Commerce were among the several organizations receiving funding from the city.

Financial assistance to a handful of agencies that benefit the Enumclaw community was formalized Jan. 22 by a vote of the City Council.

The extent of the “outside agency” funding had been confirmed during the crafting of the 2018 city budget. But, the total of $131,000 comes with a “service agreements” that spell out the city’s expectations in exchange for public funding.

The largest city contributions are $70,000 to Nexus, for operation of the Enumclaw Youth Center, and $22,500 to Plateau Outreach Ministries. That money comes from the city’s General Fund, as does $20,000 for the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce – half of which funds Visitor Center operations – and $5,000 for the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation.

Most of the money directed to POM is to be used for utility vouchers, while $7,500 is earmarked for rental assistance – specifically, to help low-income senior citizens residing inside the city limits.

From its Lodging Tax Fund comes $10,000 for the Visit Rainier organization and $1,000 for the local Arts Alive!. Visit Rainier promotes tourism around the mountain and Arts Alive! will use its money for its annual Art in the Garden event.

A pair of special funds direct $1,000 to the Friends of the Library and $1,500 to the Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society.

The biggest part of the council discussion centered upon a $20,000 award to the Enumclaw Expo Center. The money had been allocated through the budget process, but was pulled during the Jan. 22 council deliberation.

There was no objection to approving the financial help; rather, the question involved the timing of the cash distribution. City plans were to dole out the money in quarterly installments, but it was noted that plan doesn’t mesh with the annual schedule of events at the Expo Center. It was suggested the money would be more helpful if it could be received by the Enumclaw Expo and Events Association early in the year.

Rather than delay the entire matter involving all agencies, the Expo Center item was removed and will be dealt with separately.

Aside from the cash appropriations, the council also finalized two rental subsidies for tenants of city-owned buildings. An annual subsidy of $9,000 goes to the Chamber of Commerce and a $7,000 subsidy was authorized for Arts Alive!

Both those entities occupy a building fronting Cole Street at Stevenson Avenue.

More in News

Recovering the mantle of ‘senior’

The Enumclaw Senior Center, with the help of a potential five-year grant from the county, hopes to change how people think about getting older.

Enumclaw mayor’s proposed budget reflects recent growth, stashes money in reserves

One suggestion was to delete funding for the city’s Art Department. While other council members are suggesting a compromise, citizens can make their input official during the first public hearing on Nov. 13.

Futures Academy aims to teach lessons for a lifetime

The soccer program, put on by the Mount Rainier Futbol Club, is meant for elementary-aged athletes.

Paul Allen, shown in 2015. Courtesy of the Herald
Paul Allen dead at 65

Microsoft co-founder, developer, and philanthropist struggled with cancer for decades

East Pierce Fire and Rescue Commissioners approved the upcoming $80 million bond measure for the ballot during their July 17 meeting. A supermajority of voters, or 60 percent, need to approve the measure for it to pass. File photo Ray Miller-Still
East Pierce Fire and Rescue residents, look for $80 million bond measure on ballot

The vast majority of the money will go replacing five fire stations on the Plateau.

Pierce library system seeking levy lift to keep facilities, programs operating

If approved, the levy will increase the annual tax bill by around $32 a year, bringing the average total up to $160 annually.

DOT invites public to see SR 410 survey results

Changes to help reduce traffic on the highway will be slow in coming, but one of the first major steps has now been completed.

State Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

All nine justices found the use of capital punishment in Washington state unconstitutional and racially biased.

King County Executive announces new and expanded emergency housing options | King County

Dow Constantine said a total of between 285-310 new beds would be available by the end of the 2018 year, along with an additional day center and increased street outreach.

Most Read