PENDLETON — The city of Athena is getting $50,000 for the ongoing restoration of its public pool.
The money was the largest award from the latest round of grants from the Athena-Weston Education and Resource Enhancement program. The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners approved the grants at its meeting Wednesday morning in Pendleton.
The county established AWERE in 2004. Donations and fees from FPL Energy’s wind farm near Athena fund the grant program for community improvements. The six-member grant committee received requests for $332,620, but the program had approximately $151,000. The county board approved the pool project and the follow 10 grants totaling $150,844:
• $34,000 to the East Umatilla County Ambulance Area Health District for upgrading monitors;
• $27,440 to the Athena-Weston School District for the high school track parking lot;
• $18,000 to the Weston-McEwen High School for an FFA truck project;
• $5,000 to the Blue Mountain Kees Cemetery Board to repair memorials;
• $5,000 to the Weston Cemetery Maintenance District for memorials and a radar project;
• $5,000 to the American Legion Post 130 for the veterans’ memorial park;
• $3,555 to Weston-McEwen High School for the weight room;
• $2,000 to the Jolly Circle Club for pioneer queens photograph restoration;
• $500 to Weston-McEwen High School to replace a grill;
• And $349 to Weston-McEwen High School for a tennis ball mower.
The terms of the grants require the completion of improvements or projects by Dec. 31, 2018. The county provides the funds as reimbursement to recipients.