The city of Milton-Freewater is working hard to makes sure it gets its fair share of stimulus dollars.

It's received $19,800 from the Oregon Department of Transportation's transportation economic stimulus funds for three bus shelters.

Ron Wyden's office also sent out a press release saying the city will receive $300,000 from the Omnibus Appropriations Act to build a holding pond facility to treat stormwater that can later be used for agriculture.

City Manager Linda Hall said she's received notice of the $19,800 from the ODOT program, but not about the $300,000 from the Omnibus bill. Until she gets it in writing, she's not factoring it into the city's coffers.

Hall said she and the city are applying for everything they can. She's been working with Public Works Director Dave Bradshaw and Electric Department Superintendent Mike Charlo.

They're working on applying for money to replace water and electric meter in the city with meters that can be read remotely by radio and applying for money to do some re-paving of existing street systems.

The city has forgone applying for some funds because, as Hall put it, there were too many strings attached. Usually the string requiring the city to match the dollar amount being given.

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